I can't believe those words came out of my mouth! But they did.
This morning I'm doing my early, beat the heat ride when I come upon three mid-twenty men. One has a flat. I'm told that it's his fourth flat on this ride. They ask if I have a patch kit. I do, and offer to share it. As things unfold I realize that three of the flats were pinch flats. They were using gas cartridges to inflate the tire and weren't doing a very good job getting it inflated. Next, I offered my pump, since none of them had one. I also realized that the first flat was caused by a pretty big gash in the sidewall. I suggest that they cut one of the tubes (they went through four of them) and use it as a boot inside the tire. The most talkative one says, "How we gonna do that?" I pull out a small pocket knife from my seat bag and offer to do it. He says, "You're a real boy scout, aren't you?" At which point I blurted, "When you get to be my age you learn to prepare for the unexpected and to take care of yourself." All three looked at me like they had just been scolded. My wife says, "No wonder. It was kind of condensending." Then I remembered a few of the times people started a sentence with that phrase while addressing me. Most times it was a put down or some form of being condensending. Oh, well. I've now said another one of those phrases I promised myself I would never say.