This is bicycle related but has nothing really to do with commuting and quite a bit to do with spousal annoyances. I just need to get this off my chest.
So two nights ago I found an insanely great deal on a really nice '06 Giant OCR road bike with lots of upgrades on Craigslist. I've been lusting for a road bike for a while. I emailed the seller and he replied the next morning (yesterday) saying it was still available.
So, I send my wife an IM about it. Tell her it is an awesome bike, great deal, looks like it will be the right size, yada yada yada. My wife, much to my surprise, starts really encouraging me to go get it. Telling me to drive an hour and a half after work to go ride it. Buy it.. It can be considered my birthday/Christmas present.. She sounded much more sure about spending the money then I was. Wow!
So I email the guy to arrange to come see it and he says that he has 2 other people who are really interested. Not wanting to miss out I take off work early. I went home to change first and my happy new bike mood went to pot. My wife was clearly ticked that I was going to go buy this bike. Wouldn't say anything of course, but was very short in her communication and was visibly annoyed. I persisted and then she unloaded about spending too much money on bicycles and not understanding why I need a road bike when I have my hybrid commuter. None of these are particularly bad arguments, but... WHY WAS SHE SO POSITIVE ABOUT THE WHOLE THING ON IM?!?!?!?!?!
So we discuss the stupid thing for an hour and a half.. I say that's fine, no big deal, I'll just let it go. Then she 180s on me and starts insisting again that I go get it.. Starts to cry over the stupid thing. Ugh. At this point I genuinely don't want it because the joy of purchasing it is totally gone and now it is just an object of guilt.. Oy'.. She keeps going and going on about it... Apologizing and saying no she really does want me to go get she's just being hormonal.. It soon becomes clear that if I now don't go get it she will be beating herself up over it for the next week.
So fine. With an hour and a half wasted I throw my bike rack in the backseat and drive to downtown Cleveland. An hour and a half later I pull up in the dude's driveway. See the very beautiful bike sitting there. Hoorah... And then the seller comes out to tell me that someone had shown up 5 MINUTES AGO and bought the bike.
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRR! AAAAH!!!! UGH...
*sigh* And as an extra bonus the timing worked out such that I got to drive back home, without the bike, in Cleveland rush hour traffic.
Ended up telling my wife that I didn't like how the bike felt and decided to pass. I was just way too pissed to tell her what actually happened.
But for a good long while on the ride home I *seriously* considered finding an LBS and buying the hottest damn road bike on the rack that I could find.
*Note: In all fairness my wife is pregnant and her hormones are all over the place. And I do love her very much. And she totally doesn't understand my bicycle love or why a mountain bike, a hybrid commuter bike, and a road bike are different beasts with different purposes so it makes it hard for her to understand why I would want this thing to begin with.
** Second Note: GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!