as she passed, she looked at the bike i was holding and said, “nice bike.”
i smiled, turned to the bike salesman, and said, “i’ll take this one!”
the bike salesman and said with a stone face, “right on man, good choice.”
i really loved that bike it was my first real road bike. it was light, it had dura-ace components and it was hawt! i know the girl only said it was “nice” but to me it felt like she meant “hawt.”
anyway, i rode it to work almost everyday that first week. about that same time back at home we were getting ready for an extended weekend trip to yellowstone national park. i was still pretty excited about my new bike and i didn’t want to leave it at home, besides i knew there would be some great road riding up there. so i took it along.
that first night we stayed in a cheap hotel along the wyoming idaho border. we unpacked all of our stuff into the hotel room and i brought my bike in for safe keeping.
i don’t really remember what everyone was doing but i remember exactly what i was doing. my bike was parked in the narrow isle between the left side of the bed and the window. i was laying on the bed next to the bike, and my wife was on the right side of me reading a book or something. i laid there in bed propped up with pillows. i had one arm around my wife and the other arm to my side. i remember looking at my bike being so happy, and each time i thought about my bike i would hold my wife a little tighter.
finally after a few minutes of just thinking about how happy i was, i said,” i am so happy right now.”
my wife asked, “why?”
without thinking, i just said it like it was,”well, i am right in the middle of my two favorite things!”
my wife: “WHAT?!?!?”
me: “what’s wrong with that?”
my wife: “ME and your BIKE!?!?”
my wife: “…i am included with your bike?”
me: “well, yeah…”
me: “isn’t that good?”
needless to say i didn’t get any that night… nor did i get any for the next few nights. i guess it kind of worked out that i had my bike with me, i got to spend a lot of time thinking about what i said. even to this day, i feel really badly about the grouping my wife with an inanimate things, and often apologize to my wife when i bring up the story. she actually thought it was pretty humorous at the time, and she still does. over the years i think she has actually learned what an honor it is to be top two in my twisted world.