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Old 06-18-06, 07:52 PM
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Craigslist FS section... Not just for selling bikes anymore!

So I listed a frame on Craigslist here in SD. A normal add with pictures, etc. Rather than preface, here are excerpts from the emails from one interested party.

Email 1:
"Hello,
I would like to buy your frame. Where are you located and when is a good
time to come see it?
Thanks"
Sounds normal. Sweet! Maybe I'll get some money. I respond with a location and date/time.

Email 2:
"Hello James,
Tomorrow would be good for me, preferably later on in the day. I am coming
from Solana Beach. Has the frame ever had components mounted? If so, how
serious of a style of riding has it seen? I am planning on building a
practice bike for an upcoming triathalon and your frame caught my eye. I
look forward to meeting you and checking out your frame.
Thanks"
Interesting wording in some places, especially since I specifically stated in the thread the frame is untouched by components.

Email 3:
"James,
That sounds good. I'm not sure the type of ride you are looking for but a
group of us start out in Solana Beach by the bike shop where this pizza
place and the tidewater bar is every Sunday morning at 5am and head inland
to Palomar Mountain and back. You are most welcome to join us, you seem like
a nice boy. In any case, I will contact you tomorrow around high noon. Happy
riding!"
I am a nice boy! How did she know? Everything sounds normal until. . . Email 4?

Email 4: (15 minutes after email 3)
"James,
I forgot to ask you what you prefer for payment? Cash, check, bank check,
etc...
Not to come off too strong but I am an attractive athletic woman in her
early 30's who does enjoy the energy of another rider...Just thought I would
try to sweeten our little transaction for you. Please do not be offended by
my offer.
Thanks,"
... WTF? I mean I'm not saying I have a problem with this, but where did it come from? Did I accidentally post my frame for sale in Casual Encounters? Still, maybe it's just platonic. I respond to email 4 saying cash works best. I also say:

"As for your offer, I have trouble finding time to do many rides besides my current group ride. However, a friend of mine who has just moved here and is staying with me is a fit triathalete who currently has plenty of time to ride but doesn't know the area. I'm sure he'd love for you to show him around."

Really I find plenty of time to ride, but I have a girlfriend so I thought I'd help a brotha out. Or at least be amused by someone else's embarassment when it's some 6'6" 50y/o bull-****.

So then some time passes and unfortunately I don't hear from her at all. I respond inquiring if she changed her mind about the frame. Nothing. Then I come back from dinner to find this...

Email 5:
"James,
I don't think I will be able to make it today; I went out late last night
and missed my morning ride and am very sore today. I would love to show you
friend a good time if he thinks he can do the same. When is a good time
during the week to see the frame along with his? "

So... The poll question remains...
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Old 06-18-06, 07:59 PM
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Let us know how this turns out.
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Let us know how this turns out.
Oh I will. I'll reply with future emails if there are any.

I noticed you voted for one of my friends. The thing is, there are only 2 people who even know I listed it, and only one who is remotely capable of such hilarity. I would be bummed if that were the case.
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Old 06-18-06, 08:10 PM
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Well look at the bright side, at least it's not the usuall nigerian scam.
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I really can't decide if I think it's just someone messing with me or not. It just seems too reasonable to be a joke. I can't imagine someone putting that much effort into screwing with me and not being more absurd. We'll see I suppose.
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its probably your gf or one of her friends making sure you are behaving
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So what size frame are you selling? I hope you're not 6' 2" 'cause if you are and she's wanting to buy it...
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
Well look at the bright side, at least it's not the usuall nigerian scam.
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At least it wasn't a guy and he didn't want to meet you in Hillcrest. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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So I just received this as the next email...

"I'll be there at 6, the more enthusiasts around the better. Anything I
should bring with me besides cash for you?"

Any suggestions? So far I've got chocolate sauce and hot friends...
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Old 06-19-06, 12:09 AM
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Dude this sounds like a scene from the movie "Closer". I'd skip on this. It is a setup..... It could be a wacko and your face could end up on a milk carton.
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I would go with a friend.
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Originally Posted by twbradford
Dude this sounds like a scene from the movie "Closer". I'd skip on this. It is a setup..... It could be a wacko and your face could end up on a milk carton.
+1. Ok so maybe this isn't an axe-murderer, but still even if it were legit, what kind of person tries to meet other people by setting up something like this? They certainly weren't being straightforward about their intentions in their original response. It sounds either like a joke or someone who is desperate. If they want to meet people if they can't do it in some semi-honest way, I say don't set them loose on your friend.
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are you semi-famous? maybe you're getting punk'd! that would awesome!

anyway. I'm looking forward to hearing how this turns out bring a camera!
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This reminds me of the time one of my cycling buddies posts a roommate wanted ad on craigslist. It was a legitimate ad. Anyway, someone writes back, seems to show some interest in the place. Then the next email they tell my friend they want to rent the room and asked if it would be ok if they ran around naked in the house. he was like, um, no thanks.
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A lot of people are responding as if I'm going to leave and go meet her in a dark alley somewhere. I'm certainly not worried about my safety. She's coming to my house where there are 3 other guys and plenty of blunt objects for me to hit her with. I think I'm still voting for it being a semi-normal but not attractive woman who wants to buy the frame and find a boytoy. I didn't push this on my friend without his knowing. He's all for it. We decided it'll either be awesome for him, or terrible but hilarious.

Also, we decided that the only women who openly refer to themselves as attractive to strangers are either a) Extremely attractive or b) not at all attractive.
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Make sure to update us with pics!!!!!!! Gotta love SoCal!!!
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Originally Posted by Nims
I can't imagine someone putting that much effort into screwing with me and not being more absurd.
Oh I can. But then, I'm kind of a dickhead.

If you can manage a camera, pics would be good! I'm thinking your buyer has some pretty major cajones, figuratively, and possibly literally.

On second thought, nix the pics.

Cheers.
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I vote with cohophysh, its your girl friend jerking you around!
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Originally Posted by Nims
I really can't decide if I think it's just someone messing with me or not. It just seems too reasonable to be a joke. I can't imagine someone putting that much effort into screwing with me and not being more absurd. We'll see I suppose.
I had some chick get my pager number once and do that same thing. I never found out who or what she looked like. Not that I cared unless she was one hot piece of spandex! Just kept leaving pages she and her friends had seen me around and you know the rest.
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Ok... I'm starting to be more skeptical.

New Email:
"James,
Ok, I have to ask. I feel like I have been throwing myself at you. Either
you are a bit slow or like to play with boys which is okay with me; I've had
my same sex moments too. Anyways, I look forward to seeing you at 6,
hopefully I can turn you straight."

My reply:
"
I am certainly not slow or gay, more that I'm skeptical. Don't be offended by that, but this is the internet after all. Also, I have a girlfriend and not a lot of spare time for riding with other people. As I mentioned, my roommate/friend is looking forward to meeting with you and hopefully you are not a dude and this isn't a joke. Even if you are a dude, I hope you are at least interested in buying my frame. I look forward to meeting you at 6. "

I'm starting to be sure that this is a joke. It has certainly been entertaining but I really just want to sell the damn frame!

The saga continues...
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Originally Posted by Nims
Ok... I'm starting to be more skeptical.

New Email:
"James,
Ok, I have to ask. I feel like I have been throwing myself at you. Either
you are a bit slow or like to play with boys which is okay with me; I've had
my same sex moments too. Anyways, I look forward to seeing you at 6,
hopefully I can turn you straight."

My reply:
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I am certainly not slow or gay, more that I'm skeptical. Don't be offended by that, but this is the internet after all. Also, I have a girlfriend and not a lot of spare time for riding with other people. As I mentioned, my roommate/friend is looking forward to meeting with you and hopefully you are not a dude and this isn't a joke. Even if you are a dude, I hope you are at least interested in buying my frame. I look forward to meeting you at 6. "

I'm starting to be sure that this is a joke. It has certainly been entertaining but I really just want to sell the damn frame!

The saga continues...
Catdaddy.................you must let us know what happens! You have my curosity up now!
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Funny...it sounds like a cop. If I were you, buddy, I'd not be home when this person comes a-callin. If your roommate wants to be there, fine, but I'd stay the hell away.

(CL is the perfect venue for the police to troll for philandering....which this sounds like.)
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Originally Posted by Nims
A lot of people are responding as if I'm going to leave and go meet her in a dark alley somewhere. I'm certainly not worried about my safety. She's coming to my house where there are 3 other guys and plenty of blunt objects for me to hit her with. I think I'm still voting for it being a semi-normal but not attractive woman who wants to buy the frame and find a boytoy. I didn't push this on my friend without his knowing. He's all for it. We decided it'll either be awesome for him, or terrible but hilarious.

Also, we decided that the only women who openly refer to themselves as attractive to strangers are either a) Extremely attractive or b) not at all attractive.
Or very beautiful but crazy as hell! I dated one once, sorry BF for the next statement. Best sex I ever had but she was crazy as a shot cat!
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