Make the Scary man go away!

Being the Sci Fi geek that I am, there are certain lines from shows I grew up with that will never leave me.  One such is from the opening of the 1970s Battlestar Galactica (the one where Starbuck was a guy).  In the opening you hear Lorne Greene (Pa from Bonanza) (For the luva gawd please don’t tell me y’all aren’t young to remember Bonanza!)) saying “There are those who believe that life here, began out there….”

Why am I mentioning this?  Because lately I have decided this is applying today at work.  Why?  Because “There are those who believe that when starting to cycle, one must seek out Tony….”

I started at the Mighty P a little over two years ago.  Prior to that I had cycled back and forth to work as a bag boy after my senior year in college, and maybe twice rode home from work since then.

When I came back after being laid off though, I have ridden home on average 3 days a week, rain or shine, and even sometimes in the snow.  I don’t go out of my way to tell people about it (well except for y’all that keep coming back to read the blog) but somehow my reputation has grown at work.

Now, given the great weather, I have people seeking me out all the time as they start to ride.

It started with my buddy Rod.  He sent me an email telling me he just purchased his first bike.  He wanted to know what equipment, aside from the bike itself I recommended for him to buy.

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I will tell you ALL real work stopped!  I had fingers of fury putting together list including:helmet, padded gloves, lights, and a padded seat.  I am pretty sure he was expecting 2 or 3 things, and I swear I gave him 20!  I tried to hedge it a little by saying, “Well you don’t need ALL of this at once…”  I think he has avoided me since..

Then Judy, out of the blue, stopped at my desk to tell me she just bought a bike for the first time since she was a kid! “COOL!!” says I, “Where do you live?” When she told me, I started in on “Great!  Here are some fantastic places to ride!  OH, and you should get an odometer and….” She put up her hand and said “Uh, Tony, I only have 5 minutes before I have to get back..”  Then she scurried off like the wind! I swear today she made sure NOT to notice me as she went by..

Last week, Adrienne told me she had signed up for the STP for the first time.  Once again, I couldn’t help myself.  “Do you know about Dan Henry’s, the markings that guide you on the ride?” ( I sent her this picture when I got back to my desk when she told me no)

Left turn ahead on the STP

Left turn ahead on the STP

I then proceeded to tell her to make sure she rode hills to train for it, where to start if she wanted to avoid the madhouse of the starting line, what Century rides help prep you for the ride, and then moved on to butt callouses (HEY, if you don’t ride enough before a double century, you can have one angry tush!  My wife tells legend of mine after my first 200 mile day!)  At least with her, I noticed her eyes glazing over so I left her in peace.

Then just today, Darlene found me and said “We just moved to Woodinvillle and I rode my bike this weekend!”

Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but I went all school girlish with, “OMG! There are so many places you can ride from there!  The best wineries, Snoqualmie Falls,

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In fact you can even bike to work it you…” At that point she did the classic “Did you hear that?  Someone is calling me.”  “Coming!” and she left.

You know, I am beginning to think that maybe when it comes to bikes I am a bit overwhelming.  Possibly I am scaring people away with my exuberance.  Maybe I should just smile and say, “Oh that is nice!  Have fun.” and Drop it…

Do you think I can pull it off?

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5 Responses to Make the Scary man go away!

  1. sarburch says:

    “Yeah, right, good luck,” Sarah says sarcastically.

    I would imagine that word would travel quickly if, “While Tony may be a biker, he’s too hardcore. Don’t ever mention to him that you bike or he’ll talk your ear off!” The fact that you still have folks embarking on bicycling conversations with you probably means they appreciate the conversation. 🙂

  2. Develop a “set of talks,” starting with “bike to the grocery store,” and increasing levels from there! Next you will be on a world tour as a speaker. Oh, wait, first you have to write a book, then go on a world tour to tell all that you know about biking.

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