April 21, 2010

Sometimes Bike skirting pays off!

By Elisa | 11 Comments »

Last Friday I had one hell of a day.  Busy morning with a busy afternoon planned.  I had an hour to spare so decided to take a quick ride to a locksmith.  You see, I had told a friend that I would take her Vespa key to be copied at a locksmith in “Downtown” Birmingham.  She didn’t have time, I’m always downtown…seemed perfect.  So off I went.

I headed in the direction I knew was correct, and about 2 min in, I realized that it was going to be a bit farther than I thought.  We had thought it was 32nd St. N, no big deal since I live near 29th, right?  Nope…it was 32nd AVE N.  I was only at 9th Ave.  Shit.

I knew I needed to get this done, so I kept on.  Downtown is pretty flat, I thought.  That’s true-until about 20th Ave.  Then it opens to a 4 lane hwy with viaducts over the tracks every few blocks.  Shit. After it was all said and done, I ended up in Tarrant!

(view of the road I had to travel for 5 miles on! those trucks were not nice)

I kept on and finally got there, to be hit on by some unsavory characters (they only wanted to”be my friend and take me to the park and hang out if my heart is broken”…seriously). I was dripping, dripping sweat, out of water and generally pissy.  Did I mention I was wearing work clothes?  A skirt, cute top and flats, to be exact.  I panted for a while in the waiting area, fending myself from the predators until finally it cleared out.

Guy behind the counter: “You rode that 10 speed all the way here?  from Southside?!”
me: “yep, got a water fountain?”
(he runs to the fridge and grabs a cold bottle of water, which I attack)
him: “What do you need?”
me: “This key copied please”
(takes key, copies it in 30 seconds flat)
me: “how much do I owe you?”
him: “nothin’ darlin.  You bike all the way here and you earned it”
me: “Seriously?!  Awesome”

I leave, call my friend, tell her the story and then tell her I am using her money on lunch. 20 min later, Anna and I are sitting outside as I have a beer and pizza and recount this for her.  “this has to go on Bike Skirt!” she says, “riding in a skirt pays off”.  She was right.

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  1. On April 22nd, 2010 sabinna said:

    What a nice story. Cycling can really bring out the best in people in so many ways.

  2. On April 22nd, 2010 Jenn said:

    I love when stuff like that happens, it reaffirms my faith in humanity.

  3. On April 22nd, 2010 Ted Major said:

    Wow–riding through Tarrant? That’s bike-unfriendly even by Birmingham standards. Impressive.

  4. On April 22nd, 2010 Cyclin' Missy said:

    Awesome! You’ve got cahones, girl!

  5. On April 22nd, 2010 oldfool said:

    The power of the skirt is unstoppable.

  6. On April 22nd, 2010 Carrie said:

    I think I can say for sure that the Vespa owner appreciates it! (Do you get extra earth credits for bike commuting to an errand that will ultimately allow someone to use less gas by scooting instead of driving? I think yes.)

  7. On April 22nd, 2010 wle said:

    i think it helps to be a cute girl too..

    i mean an old white bearded guy – even wearing a skirt – isn;t going to get any free key – southside or not..

    :)

    wle.

  8. On April 22nd, 2010 Steve A said:

    Hmm, I think Tarrant COUNTY Texas is not a lot like Tarrant Alabama, though we do have some less upscale cities within.

  9. On April 26th, 2010 Karen said:

    Yah!! You amazed someone. How fun.

  10. On May 4th, 2010 Richard Masoner said:

    Very cool story, though sorry about the unsavory characters.

    @wle — maybe it’s the beard?

  11. On May 7th, 2010 wade G. said:

    Nice to hear. Freebies are always nice.

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