Funny story courtesy of Glen, coordinator of The Ride to Montauk:ridetomontauk.com/Montauk_2011/Home_Page.h
Buy a $10,000 Racing Bike and Get an Invitation to a Divorce for Free!
Apropos of nothing in particular...
Awhile back my then wife-to-be Heather and I were going to the spectacular RAGBRAI week-long bike ride across Iowa.
We shipped our bikes ahead, so we wouldn't have to take them on the plane.
And UPS lost my road bike.
My VERY OVER-INSURED road bike.
I wound up shipping a SECOND bike out to Iowa so I would have something to ride when I got there. (The airlines lost that one, not UPS, but that's another story for another day...)
After RAGBRAI was long over UPS looked and looked for my road bike and couldn't find it and they were getting ready to write me a check.
So I started doing what any sane person would do: shop for a $10,000 bike. Maybe something nice in a little carbon-titanium frame cut to my exact size with a custom paint job...
And that's when my almost-wife said something incredibly odd:
"If they give you $10,000, why don't you put $5,000 in to the house, and buy a $5,000 bike."
A blank look from me. Is she nuts?
"But the bike's insured for $10,000. That's how much they're going to pay me. Besides, I bought that bike long before I met you, so it really is MY bike, and when will I ever have a chance to buy a bike like this again?"
It was her turn for the blank look. Is he nuts?
"Why would anyone need a $10,000 bike?
The answer was clear to me, but I had a funny feeling that it was going to be hard to explain...
We want back and forth on this for a couple days and it became time to either cancel the wedding or order the carbon aero rims, when UPS decided that before they write a check that big they should really REALLY look for my bike.
Which is when they found it in Lexington, KY, costing me one dream bike but saving my marriage.
There's a moral to be learned here, but I have not a clue of what it could be, and it's probably a lot safer for me if I don't try to guess.
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