My friend said to me jokingly yesterday "My New Years Resolution is to become a bigger asshole!" We all laughed. Today, I embodied that statement.
So I regularly go on a 24 mile road bike ride, starting in Denville, heading north into Boonton/Kinellon/Montville. The route I take is a recognized bike route, complete with green "bike route" signs. On a gorgeous day like today, I'll see 15 other likeminded riders. You see all types of riders, from the serious racer pro's to the overweight older people trying to get some exercise. The serious racers pass me all the time.
I notice that these racers go very light. No backpack, No saddle packs. Just a bike, helmet, designer glasses, and spiffy colorful clothing. Every single one of them slim, sleek, and in perfect shape. And they zip past me...leave me in their dust. Not only am I a husky slow rider, but I carry a heavy hydration pack full of tools and emergency road repair supplies. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that sooner or later, you're gonna get a flat. No big deal if you have a spouse or friends you can call to pick you up. But I'm on my own. So I carry a small First Aid kit, tools, 3 spare tubes, a pump, inflation chargers, I even carry a spare tire!! I'm a boy scout on wheels...prepared for most situations. I don't want to bother anyone else. I want it to be my own problem if something predictable should fuck up.
So today, I pass a woman carrying her bike. Yet another colorful racer pro, traveling light. Clearly a flat tire.
I rode right past her. Yes, I could've resolved her problem right then and there. But I just wasn't feeling like being a hero today. Wasn't feeling like being nice. Didn't feel like donating a $7,00 tube to somebody I'll never see again. Was more interested in getting home so I could have lunch. Now if she was remotely cute and there was even a shot at getting into her pants, maybe I'd have thought differently. But today I felt like letting this woman learn a lesson on her own, tough love style. Go buy a backpack and carry the right shit so you can get yourself out of a problem and not pull other people into it....U dumb be-otch.
Today, I became a bigger asshole! LOL.
(I have helped others in the past, and I will continue to do so...but today, not so much!).