Just a few from today:
At the coffee shop: The espresso machine is broken, they all recognize me and say 'now this guy is going to be bummed' (4 shots + coffee most mornings, medium in a large glass so I don't spill it.) They offer different places I can hit for espresso, but I'd already had 12 shots at home before heading to work, so regular coffee was fine, and I had to get into work. 'You're a messenger, right?' 'Nope, just don't have a car and ride everywhere.' I kind of doubt that they'd remember that much about me if I was going in there in a suit and ordering some crazy complicated drink every morning unless I tipped well...
Leave the coffee shop and head towards the construction zone, there's the guy on the cruiser commuting the other way with the armband tatoos. I see him a lot of mornings. Do the cagers see the same people most of the time?
Leaving work, one of the other guys I've been working with on a lot of special projects and new business is leaving the same time. He stops to say goodbye and is totally having to lean over all strange and stuff to see me standing there. If we were both on bikes, we would have just talked.
My old boss was leaving at the same time, and he was parked way over in the lot. He didn't stop to talk. We both stopped at the first red, he turned towards 5 oclock traffic on the freeway, I went for the bike path a block away that takes me 2 blocks from work. I only had to stop moving once.
That one stop was for another biker who was putting his bike back together after a flat. We had one more bike stop while we were stopped to offer help. How many people still change their own tires on the side of the freeway? Let alone have other vehicles stop to offer help? With the craziness on the freeways these days, I know I wouldn't feel safe... It turned out he'd had 3 flats in the last five days, all on the rear. I recommended some better tires (bontrager racelites, which the other guy that stopped was running on the rear as well...) and where to get them. Turns out he's new to the area and doesn't know the shops, so I gave him some recommendations on that too. Even if you were stopped on the side of the freeway and some random stranger stopped to help, would they know a better tire, and offer advice as to what repair shop to go to?
I dunno, today just seemed like a really good day for bike commuting, and I thought I'd share....