15 December 2007

Things people say, No. 3

Posted by todd under: Things people say .

DO YOU WANT A RIDE HOME?

Response: This one usually comes from a well-meaning colleague at the end of a night shift. It’s really dark. Maybe it’s raining, or even snowing(!). They don’t want me to get wet, cold, or run over.

I appreciate the concern. But I have lights (a headlight and at least two taillights), an electric-yellow jacket, and all the gear I need to stay dry.

I can remember accepting a ride maybe five times over 6+ years of commuting — once or twice because it was raining cats and dogs and I had left the raingear at home; a time or two because of ice; and a couple of times to talk with the driver during the drive (plus he had a truck — it was very easy to toss the bike in the back).

Otherwise, the answer has been, and will continue to be: “No, thanks!”

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Yes, that's me, Todd Van Campen. No, I'm not wearing a helmet. Yes, I usually wear one, so please don't scold! Seriously, I endorse wearing a helmet! Pinky swear! In fact, I almost ALWAYS wear one (while riding a bike anyway). (On the other hand, if YOU don't want to wear a helmet, I have no problem with it.) I don't remember what happened on this particular day. Fortunately for all of us it makes for a less-nerdly picture. My exceptionally talented professional photographer friend Charles Bertram took this photo.

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