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Old 06-15-08, 04:41 PM   #1
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I did a good thing, I think

[Warning: This is long.]

Today. coming home from my regular ride, I passed through a pretty fancy neighborhood. It was "big item pick up day," the weekend you can put almost anything out on the curb and the city will haul it away for free. Of course, I was checking out the trash piles as I rode by, but was going just too fast to dive for anything that might have been a "must have." In one pile I saw an almost perfect Nishiki road bike from the early 80s. It was a carbon copy of the one I had at the time, but it was blue with gold pinstriping (mine was BRG with copper). It had the original group still on it and the same crumby reflectors it came with. Even the front sprocket guard was perfect. I slammed on the brakes, hung a U, and picked it up. It was covered with dust (probably hadn't even been thought about in years) and had the original gum walls on it (flat, naturally). i really wanted that bike, but couldn't figure out how to get it home. Just then a kid, maybe 16, driving a pretty beat up Jeep Wrangler, stopped on the other side of the road. He jumped out of the Jeep, ran across the road, and said he had seen the bike while going the other way and turned around to get it. Well... I had my hands on it and, as far as I was concerned, it was mine. But then I thought, "Here I am with a pretty decent bike that probably cost more than that Jeep, wearing enough lycra and gear to finance this kid's lunch money for the next three years, and I am going to argue over who gets the bike?" Besides, I could see he really wanted the bike too. He was kind of chubby, and his face was just plain innocent. I told him I had the exact bike in the 80's (before he was born...), thought all he would need to do was change the tubes and tires, lube everything, clean and wax the he11 out of it, re-tape the bars, and he would have a pretty good bike. He said, "awesome - I really want a bike like that and I want to ride it until I get good." That did it. I caved and said, "Take it! Get it out of here quick. If you didn't come along I would have walked home with it." He said, "Hey, thanks man!" grabbed the bike and took off.

That felt good.

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Old 06-15-08, 04:45 PM   #2
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I think you did good. Hopefully the young man will get a lot of use and enjoyment from the bike
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Old 06-15-08, 04:56 PM   #3
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I think you did good. Hopefully the young man will get a lot of use and enjoyment from the bike
You know, all sorts of cynical things went through my head on the way home (was he really going to ride it?, sell it for drugs?, spray paint it flat black, put small wheels on it, and turn it into a rad bike?, bash the cr@p out of it, etc, etc). But it really doesn't matter what he does with it. My nostalgia is my baggage, not his...
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Old 06-15-08, 04:57 PM   #4
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Totally agree, You for sure did the right thing, no doubt.

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Old 06-15-08, 05:50 PM   #5
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You did the right thing.

But don't expect any good karma from it. I did a nice thing for someone the other day, and the very next day not only did I have to pay $300 for a repair to my car, but when I got on my bike to ride to the auto repair shop to get my car, I had a flat. And I had left my wedge bag, with spare tube, in my car.
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Karma or no karma, ya done good.
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Wait until you see it on E-bay.
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Wait until you see it on E-bay.
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Old 06-15-08, 06:56 PM   #9
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Three cheers ----- yeah ya done real good. Lp
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You did the right thing.

But don't expect any good karma from it. I did a nice thing for someone the other day, and the very next day not only did I have to pay $300 for a repair to my car, but when I got on my bike to ride to the auto repair shop to get my car, I had a flat. And I had left my wedge bag, with spare tube, in my car.

Oooooh. Don't double guess Karma. You could have had a $1500 bill and 2 flats, but you didn't. Karma?
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Good job, R!

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Old 06-15-08, 07:20 PM   #12
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Yes, you did a good thing - regardless of what he does with the bike.
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I didn't think of the EBay part... See? I guess I've become so hardened against good outcomes - or at least genuinely virtuous good ones. I'm not really looking for "credit" here, karmacly speaking, but I am also just now appreciating the synchronistic nature of the whole thing. A Nishiki, just like the one I had, being the centerpiece of my realization that what I have is all that I really "need," and what someone else wants can be so easily achieved if I forget about what I think I "need" or "want." I know there's a lesson here somewhere. Maybe its that I have exactly what I need because if I really needed that Nishiki I wouldn't have sold mine at a garage sale in 1991 in the first place!
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Good job , santa will make a 'good deed done' in his book today.
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You did great!! That kid knew that the bike was yours and the way you handed it over to him is something he is going to remember. He said that he is going to ride it until he gets good - that means he is just starting and you contributed to another person getting into the wonderful world of cycling. Kudos.
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dvs beat me to the ebay remark, but I still think you did good.
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