I show up at your house. It’s weird, because you don’t know me, but I’m on a bike, so you answer the front door despite your misgivings. First, I explain who I am, and you’re like, “The guy who writes the nonsense on the thing?” And I’m like, “Yup.”
The ice is broken, and you wanna know what I’m doing at your house, so I say, “I’m here to ride bikes.” In this scenario the bike that I have ridden to your place and the kit I am wearing are nebulous. All that’s important is that I’m there and I’m ready to ride.
And let’s just say that whatever it is that you do, you are not doing it in this particular moment, OR you are doing it, but taking a break to ride a bike isn’t a big deal, because work is for suckers and the sun is shining, and we’ll all be dead one day anyway. Sorry. That got grim.
So there we are standing at your front door (unless you’re one of those people who come and go by a side door…look, don’t make this weird or get too hung up on details, ok?), and I’m like, “Grab your stuff and your bike! Let’s go!”
At this point, some sort of magic happens. My bike and cycling costume suddenly align with your instincts for where and how we’re gonna ride bikes. If you have trouble accepting that this kind of magic is possible, you probably didn’t open the door in the first place to find out what I was doing on your stoop. I do this to people who come to my house to get me to sign petitions or to contribute to some cause I have not sought out on my own. I ghost ’em.
I get it. Who has time for this nonsense?
The better question though, in this case, is, who doesn’t have time for this nonsense? This is the most serious nonsense going. It’s riding bikes. Get your stuff. Let’s go.
So this week’s TCI Friday asks, where are we going? What is the bike? Where is the spot? What are you gonna show me and what are we gonna do after? Food? Coffee? Get matching bike tattoos? Did I have fun on our ride, or did you flog me within an inch of my life. I wouldn’t blame you. I’m pretty much asking for it.
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