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Old 06-23-08, 08:00 PM
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Coincidence

It is early, early in the morning and I have just finished my morning laps in the park and am heading to the office. As I am approaching the Times Square, some kid in a fancy SUV with New Jersey plates cuts me off. He proceeds to flip me a bird when I tell him a few things about his state of residence and overall intellectual capacity. I smile at him and go on with my ride-commute. Shower, change, and next thing I know I am buried in the usual risk-related crap that occupies my mornings.

At around 7:45, a woman from HR rings me up to tell me that my summer associate is here and he's going to come down to the desk in a few. Guess who that was...
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Old 06-23-08, 08:04 PM
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So, you guys going to ride together during lunch?
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Old 06-23-08, 08:05 PM
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What was the kid's reaction?

From the way it's described, sounds like he's reporting to YOU!
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Old 06-23-08, 08:05 PM
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Dude. Either gonna be a deal breaker or an ice breaker. Let's hope for the latter.
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Old 06-23-08, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
So, you guys going to ride together during lunch?
Well, if anything, I can get some motorpacing out of it


Originally Posted by McTufferton View Post
What was the kid's reaction?

From the way it's described, sounds like he's reporting to YOU!
He was "profoundly sorry". Yep, he'll be reporting to me, for what it's worth.

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Dude. Either gonna be a deal breaker or an ice breaker. Let's hope for the latter.
Or a ball-breaker. I don't think I am going to let the incident influence my opinion of him.
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Old 06-23-08, 08:34 PM
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Uh oh...looks like someone might not be a summer associate anymore....
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Old 06-23-08, 08:37 PM
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can him...will either make him reconsider and realize the consequences of his actions or make him hate all cyclists.
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Old 06-23-08, 08:42 PM
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LOL! That's awesome. The way I see it, you've got extra leverage against the poor sap. Not only can he spend his summer as your personal piss-boy (er...."intern"), but now that he's facing finding new employment in the fast food arts, you can probably get him to mow your lawn and pick up your dry cleaning to boot.

Crush his soul.
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Old 06-23-08, 08:52 PM
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sweeeeeet ! Dont let him off too fast...let him think about it for a couple of days.... then let him off easy..show him how nice you can be... and then if he wants to kiss ass... you talk to him about bikes all day.. so he has to start doing some research to keep up with the conversation!!!!
Main subject: safety and people that run over bicyclist...
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Old 06-24-08, 10:29 AM
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Tell him it can be pretty pleasant to take the train in from New Jersey.
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Old 06-24-08, 10:48 AM
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Invite him to go take some laps in the park with you sometime. Seems like this is a perfect opportunity to convert him into a cyclist. He'll go out of guilt or fear of losing his job the first time, and then realize he actually likes doing this...
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Sounds like a Kodak moment. Several.
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Sounds like a movie: The Longest Summer
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This is amazing. You have to update us.
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Originally Posted by qw1a View Post
He was "profoundly sorry". Yep, he'll be reporting to me, for what it's worth.
Ask him if he's just "sorry" in your case, or will he treat other riders better too.
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Old 06-24-08, 01:15 PM
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Life Lesson #1: don't flip off people in your company's parking lot.
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Old 06-24-08, 01:29 PM
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Karma...wow.
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Old 06-24-08, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by NYJayhawk View Post
Crush his soul.
I vote for this option.
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Old 06-24-08, 01:51 PM
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Make a point of cutting him off when he walks to get some coffee or decides to walk around the workspace. You could flip him the bird but you don't want HR getting involved....
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Old 06-24-08, 01:58 PM
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That's pretty sweet karma.
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Put Preparation H in his coffee.
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Originally Posted by Kuma View Post
REQUIRE him to go take some laps in the park with you sometime.
Fixed.
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Old 06-24-08, 06:28 PM
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Well now you know more about his character don't you?

And +1 to eventservices. The longest summer indeed. Hopefully he'll think twice before being an asshat to someone next time.
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It can be more dramatic if you were riding in full kit, helmets, sunglass & the kid didn't recognize it was you on the bike. He came into your office & start telling you how he cut off a jerk on a bike coming to work this morning.... the possibilities are endless
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Old 06-24-08, 08:54 PM
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Well, it's been two days so far. The kid is most certainly not getting an offer to join my desk. His ability to understand anything, be it the products or the related math, is on par with his driving skills.

PS. I will, however, offer to write him a reccomendation letter to any of our competitors
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