The title is how I wanted to start my reply to this week’s One-liner Wednesday. As you will see in a minute, I was nice. This story begins last Wednesday, on a day that I had been looking forward to for over a month.
The company I work for held an employee outing at Dunkin Donuts Park, so we could enjoy a Yard Goats baseball game from the comfort of a party deck. Burgers, hot dogs, mac & cheese, sausage and chicken were provided, along with potato salad, chips & salsa and fruit. Fruit? At a ball game? Who eats fruit? Oh well, it was free. Beer and wine were available for purchase, and each ticket was preloaded with two beers worth of spending money. I went with my best friend, John.
John lives in Hartford, about a 10-minute walk from the stadium. So, my plan was to take the newly christened CT Rail – Hartford Line into Hartford and then ride a Lime Bike up to John’s condo. There were a few hitches with the train, but it’s new, and it rolled into Hartford’s Union Station pretty much right on time. I had been worried about having to figure out the Lime Bike, but fortunately, I found one near Great River Park, the day before.
I have the app on my iPhone, so getting the bike was easy. You preload the app with either $10, $20 or $30 worth of rides. At the $20 and $30 level, you get some bonus bucks. I won’t be able to ride often, so I went with $10. The app tells you where the closest Lime Bike is, and directs you to it. Once there, you scan a QR Code on the bike to unlock it. You ride and then you lock the bike when your done – easy peasy. The first hour is $1, the per-hour rate increases after that, because they want to keep the bikes close to the city.
The seat is adjustable, but not quite as much as I would like. It’s an old school ride, so it took a little getting used to. For the first 50′ (15 m) I looked like I might need a parent holding onto the seat. Once I got going, I got comfortable. It was like, well, riding a bike. So, on Wednesday, I rented, adjusted and rode off on that Lime Bike like an old pro.
Around the corner of Union Station, I stopped at a crosswalk. My plan was to cross into Bushnell Park. John’s building is on the east edge of the park, so that would be an easy ride. On my test ride, I had coasted to a stop next to my car. At the crosswalk, I applied the brakes and came to an abrupt and inelegant stop next to a young man on his bike. Pointed into the street, I waited patiently for the light to change. When the walk sign appeared, the young man looked over at me and said:
“You can go now, sir!”
I wanted to point out that I’ve been riding bikes for more than twice the time he’s been alive, but I simply smiled and said, “thank you.”
Aside from having my foot squeezed by an idiot driving a BMW, the day was everything I had hoped it would be. The Yard Goats even won!
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.
The gallery includes some photos from the day, albeit none showing the license plate of that BMW.