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  1. #1
    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    Bizarre Bike Family Story - Bike Gods Smile On My Family

    A while back my daughter (10) entered a contest at the local Army Air Force Exchange here in Okinawa. What she thought was the grand prize was a shiny pink beach cruiser bike. A cheap bike, but to a 10 year old girl a shiny pink bike she can get for nothing.

    Well, she won the contest drawing all right only instead of winning the bike she won a Charbroil Gas Grill.

    So I take the gas grill and advertise it on a local American web site here in Okinawa and have had no takers in several weeks.

    Couple days ago I see an ad in the same classifieds that basically says.

    "Our daughter won a bike in an exchange drawing and the bike is too big for her. For sale"

    So I email these people and tell them my kid entered the contest and won the gas grill and asked them if they wanted to trade. Their response this morning is that they'd love to trade.

    So they're getting the better end of this deal however it is my daughters gas grill and I asked her what she wanted to do, hold out for a couple extra bucks or swap for the bike. She wants the bike.

    She has a bike that's way cooler but my wife has laid claim to the beach cruiser which is a blessing because I've been dying for my wife to start riding a bike, even if it's not with me and is with my daughter.

    This is just one of those weird circumstances that worked out. Yes I could sell the grill for more than the bike (maybe, it hasn't been working well so far) but in the end the kid gets what she intended to get and that's worth more than a few extra bucks for me.

    Even better is my wife might get out and ride some.

    John

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    This is AWESOME! I love it! Congrats x 2!
    ~*~*~*~*~* FREE CARGO BIKE GIVEAWAY from MADSEN! ~*~*~*~*~*

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    may the bike gods continue to smile on you!
    Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right

  4. #4
    el padre
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    Who cares about what the grill is worth...if you won the bike in the first place you would not know the difference... ...yes you did a good thing, make your daughter think more of you and make a decision with something that was hers, a decision that I am sure she is glad to live with...hope she continues to enjoy the ride.

  5. #5
    billyymc
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    Super lesson for your daughter too -- something has more value if it's of use to you, or sentimental/emotional. When people realize this it becomes very liberating.

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    Gotta say, This a sweet day for you! -John

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    I totally miss Okinawa... I'd go back in heart beat!! I will be going back someday, I've been kinda dreading the traffic and trying to ride there. Where do you ride? More accurately where do you live there cuz that would effect where you ride significantly. I used to live in Kitanakagusuku.

    I hope you enjoy your tour in Okinawa as much as I did!

    Dan
    Mine- Marin Muirwoods 29er, Hers- Dec 1968 schwinn Collegiate 5spd & Dahon Mariner

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    The grill was only worth what someone was willing to pay for it and to your daughter they paid top dollar for it. What a great story, I'm a sucker for a happy ending

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    Congrats and ride on!

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