Thurday, January 19, 2017
Last October we took an architectural bike tour through Rotterdam (with rented bikes), and I had the misfortune of riding over small bits of glass. Small, but big enough to puncture the tube, forcing the guide to take corrective action. He had some sort of foam which goes into the tube through the valve and is supposed to find the hole from the inside and seal it. He had two single-treatment cannisters, but the two of them in sequence were not enough, and my bike became unusable and had to be locked along the way to be collected later. A couple had to double on their bike in order for the group to continue to progress. And I felt guilty.
Part of his normal tour was a planned stop at a converted factory which had become a small food court of local food vendors, plus a book store (I've posted a few shots). On this occasion he said he felt bad about the delays in our progress due to the puncture and on this occasion would be buying everyone coffee.
When we reached the place, I went up to him and said, "I want to pay for the coffee, I feel guilty." And he said, "No, it's not you're fault!" And I responded, "Yeah, but we invaded Iraq." And we laughed. And he said, "Well, if you're going to try and pay for your country's mistakes by buying coffee, you'll be very poor if Trump gets elected."
"Trump's not going to get elected," I said.
I need to find that guy. I owe him serious coffee.
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