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Old 09-20-06, 04:25 PM   #1
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A really nice commute today....cool co-workers.

The day started off being one of those movie set kind...At 5:00am,
a fabulous mixture of weird patches of thick fog that opened
up to spectacular stars and eerie blue shadowing on the roads......
No traffiic except for the OMYA train and very cool ambient....Great stuff !
When I got to work a co-worker told me dont bother punching in
because he already got me. He was concerned that I was about a mile
back from where he usually sees me and didnt want to see a lateness on
the omni-present 'permanent record' ...............Then I remembered
I did have to stop for the train for about 4 minutes which would have put
me that mile back
This got me thinking...My co-workers always ask me if I want I ride when it
rains, beep(as in 'hi') when they go by me and now make sure I dont get
penalized for unforseen situations that might make me late.
A nice day to be on a bike
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Old 09-20-06, 05:02 PM   #2
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That is cool
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Old 09-20-06, 05:30 PM   #3
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Sounds like good people. Nice story aswell.
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Old 09-20-06, 05:33 PM   #4
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The nicest things my coworkers do is not run me over.

I kid, I kid.
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very cool people indeed, I hope your employer isn't too uptight about someone else punching in for you (some employers get very annoyed about this practice).
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Cool co-workers! Some people get it and some don't.
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We are often quick to complain about our coworkers, but it sure is nice when they look out for you. When I started my current job about a month ago, my coworkers thought it was odd I rode my bike to work... on the first day no less. But now it's been accepted. They ask me questions about riding, and they through in the whole "I wish I had that kind of dedication/ motivation" bit, but I don't preach the cycle-commuting lifestyle to them. When I work late they always wish me well and say "be safe!" It's nice. Although we can't clock each other in (it's impossible and grounds for termination for employee dishonesty).
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We are often quick to complain about our coworkers, but it sure is nice when they look out for you. When I started my current job about a month ago, my coworkers thought it was odd I rode my bike to work... on the first day no less. But now it's been accepted. They ask me questions about riding, and they through in the whole "I wish I had that kind of dedication/ motivation" bit, but I don't preach the cycle-commuting lifestyle to them. When I work late they always wish me well and say "be safe!" It's nice. Although we can't clock each other in (it's impossible and grounds for termination for employee dishonesty).
I agree. Some posters (apparantly the "preachers") seem to take offense when coworkers are being nice such as offering a ride home in inclement weather. Other posters can appreciate a friendly gesture for what it is and can graciously say "No thank you."

I have a non-issue in that anytime in inclement weather when I stop by the side of the road to make an adjustment (or for any other reason) co-workers and strangers pull up in their cars and offer assistance. I appreciate their concern, thank them for their concern and say "No thank you" . It is nice to know that if I ever should need assistance I can get it. I don't believe there is anything to gain, for anybody, by preaching cycle-commuting lifestyle, or any lifestyle issue at co-workers.
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ILTB, as you describe two ways of responding to the offer (taking offense vs. appreciating a friendly gesture), there are also many ways in which such an offer can be made. I know a patronizing offer will be difficult to appreciate.

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Old 09-21-06, 07:16 AM   #10
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ILTB, as you describe two ways of responding to the offer (taking offense vs. appreciating a friendly gesture), there are also many ways in which such an offer can be made. I know a patronizing offer will be difficult to appreciate.
Without a doubt. But a snotty reply to a patronizing offer will only confirm the patronizer's opinion, doncha think? IMO in the case of the patronizing offer a quick "no thank you" (curt if necessary to show no appreciation) by the bicyclist should work and upset neither the offerer or the cyclist.

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