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am I weird?(29 posts)

am I weird?namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 6:22 AM
The brown Santa is due to arrive today with the "new" Gunnar and I'm all geeked up about it. Last night though, when I asked my wife where the slip of paper w/ the tracking number was she started laughing at me. Laughing soon turned to incredulous looks and her commenting that "you have a problem". Now she was just teasing and all but I think that deep inside she just doesn't get it. We've been married for 11 years so it's not like my bike fixation is anything new, yet she finds it absolutely bizarre that I want to stalk the brown Santa from work so I know when he shows up with the goods!

Is is weird that I want to know even though I'm not there or is just one of those two wheeled things that you don't understand unless you love bikes the way most of us here do?
My wife just shakes her head..Dave Hickey
Nov 17, 2003 6:30 AM
Overall she's very supportive but she can't understand why I get excited about a brown box arriving. This weekend I was building up a Van Dessel cruiser style ride. It has flat bars, swoopy frame, and fatter tires. My wife actually took an interest in it because it's a bike she can relate to. She said "I'd ride that". Normally she looks a my skinny tired "bent over" bikes and just shakes her head.
at least someone understands....namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 6:38 AM
I figured you would Dave. For me, it's usually my mountain bike she shakes her head at. Like your wife, she's supportive but she can't fathom how I can spend the amount of $ I do on that bike and then abuse it the way I do. I guess she has some point there. Still, after beating on the bike (and body) for a while, we both come back inside. I'll usually wash it first but ever since I started single speeding, cleanliness is really just a formality, not a necessity! (for the bike of course)
Thank goodness...msmootsiemartin
Nov 17, 2003 6:42 AM
I am not sure who is worse in our house, my husband or me! I thought we had agreed on a moratorium of "no more bikes in the house". Then, he offered to buy me a fixed gear/single speed for the holidays. I am sooooo excited!

mmm
single speed goodness!!namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 7:22 AM
ain't nuthin' quite like it! Have fun on that, as if there was a choice!
At least you share the same obsession!!...[nm]bent_spoke
Nov 17, 2003 10:32 AM
When she starts to raise her eyebrows, I just remind her...T-Doc
Nov 17, 2003 7:01 AM
about shoes....hundreds of them. Imelda would be proud.

Seriously, she loves me getting into shape and just laughs when I start asking about the little brown boxes arriving weekly from various etailers. She even now knows I need to save the Performance invoice for several months in case I need to send something back. I remind her that it used to be cigars, whisky, and sports cars, and she is grateful for the change...
so basically the lesser of two evils...namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 7:25 AM
what am I saying? Cycling, evil? Never! Good onya for making the changes and hey, a few small brown boxes is a small price to pay right?
don't you mean the "lesser of two weevils?" (nm)theBreeze
Nov 17, 2003 7:30 AM
It's a common problem, 700cmonpedalAZ
Nov 17, 2003 7:01 AM
That's why we all go to group sessions (here) to talk about it.
now that you mention it...namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:54 AM
this is really therapuetic! And what do you charge again???
No you're just....PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 17, 2003 7:12 AM
...one of us.Wait a minute.You are weird. :-)
at least that's an honest answer, lol!namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:56 AM
weird is as weird does!
re: am I weird?aliensporebomb
Nov 17, 2003 7:15 AM
The night before I got my TCR (I'd test ridden it a week
before I bought it, then the day before I test rode it
again) I was a wreck.

Couldn't eat.
Couldn't sleep.

I probably got 2-3 hours of sleep. I was worse than a
little kid on Christmas.

I get home from work and change into comfortable clothes
and was ready to head to the bike shop - I was waiting for
my wife to come home. I see a message waiting light on
the phone.

I check voicemail:

"Hi, this is Penelope from the bike shop - we were going
to have the bike ready for you but there was an accident
at the shop and the frame of the bike was crushed. It
will take about three weeks to get another in your size."

I was like "WHAT?!?!?!?!!?!?!" For a second I was
freaking out. But I did some thinking....I recognized
that voice....

Turns out it's my wife's mischievous co-worker Shari.
She has been known to do stuff like this before. She
will call people and use fake voices and accents and
does all kinds of evil stuff. She's cute though, so
it is ultimately endearing in a weird way. Her husband
has funny stories about her pulling ones over on her own
family at times. It's her weird way of letting people
know she likes them she does it in a strange way.

After I looked at the caller ID I realized that the
shop had not called that day at all and the number
that did call was my wife's workplace and a number
that wasn't my wife's phone I put two and two
together.

So I called her and used a strange old man voice (she
works in a nursing home) on her voicemail that my diaper
was soiled and needed changing in room 18. Heh.
They constantly get people dialing random extensions
saying anything so it took her a while to realize that
it was me!

And yes, I did get the bike and ooh and aah and fawn
over it and polish it and whatnot. My wife rolled her
eyes a bit but she got her own spendy bike that year so
she understood.
great story!!!!!!!!!!!namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:23 AM
I had the whole visual working as I read it, especially the look that must have been on your face when she left the message.
Damn that's funny!NatC
Nov 17, 2003 12:15 PM
Good for Shari!
I think they should outfit the UPS trucks with GPS...NatC
Nov 17, 2003 7:55 AM
location systems so I can track their every move until they roll up to my driveway.

"Hello, UPS? Truck #437 has been lollygagging at Roberto's Taqueria a little too long for lunch. Can you give him a call and tell him to get a move-on? Oh, and tell him to not hit any speed bumps too fast; my bike is in there."
and while theya re at it...namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:58 AM
you can have the trucks mic'ed up so you can actually talk to the drivers. Im sure they'd welcome the company of a semi lunatic cycling freak talking to them all the way from Colorado to (insert destination here).
"Hurry up!"NatC
Nov 17, 2003 12:11 PM
"Not getting any younger here!"
Everyone Does That About Everythingchbarr
Nov 17, 2003 7:57 AM
Geeze, with the advent of the internet, it is so easy to track things, that I just assumed that, when ordering anything--bike parts, coffee, software, or clothes--you would track it when it was getting close to home. Not only is it not odd by cyclist standards, it doesn't even strike me as registering on a more general weird-o-meter.

I actually have a box at Mailboxes, Etc. (now the "UPS Store," but it will always be MBE to me!), where I recieve my e-tailed goods (plus a lot of junk mail). They sign for the package, and keep it locked up in a dry place until I can get to it. I can even call to see if I have anything. However, it's not that convient to my house, so I generally don't go more than once a week unless I'm expecting something. Tracking the UPS guy on-line definitely helps facilitate this.
I like the weird-o-meter thing....namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:53 AM
would come in quite handy in many many instances!
Nah, we all do it.........Len J
Nov 17, 2003 8:40 AM
and most of our SO's roll their eyes.

Mine always laughed at me, until I got her a bike. She started riding, and has built her milage up to where she rode a solo 45 miler on Saturday at around 14.5 MPH, with half the ride into an 11 MPH headwind.

Now, after a week out of town, I come home Thursday night and I'm going thru the mail. I find my Colorado Cyclist catalog, and notice that several pages are folded down. She has already been thru it and has marked what she wants, even before I get a chance to look at it. What a hoot, who woulda thunk?

Len
thats outstanding!!!!namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:55 AM
you've helped her see the light. No wait, you've drug her down with you...no...ahhh, forget it, as long as new bikes and parts keep coming, its all good!
Which Gunnar? (nm)SpecialTater
Nov 17, 2003 8:46 AM
Ultegra Roadie....namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 8:59 AM
I'm pretty stoked to get on her tonight! I have always loved stell on the road and I have a feeling a new "relationship" is about to blossom - and it's not even springtime!
re: am I weird?Barton
Nov 17, 2003 9:09 AM
Not weird to me. A few years ago, I missed the UPS delivery of a bike by about 10 minutes. I jumped into my car and drove around the neighborhood for 20 minutes until I found the truck.
lol! you too huh?namaSSte
Nov 17, 2003 9:48 AM
how bout the look on the face of the driver when you got to him/her? priceless, isn't it? they think you ahve lost it completely but what they don't know is that if you didn't find them, you might have lost it!
I did that, lol...MVN
Nov 17, 2003 10:59 AM
I did that when I bought a frame (my first road bike)online. I missed him by a few minutes, and I went through the neighborhood and found him at a beauty shop. He got a kick out of it, and I found out he was a mountain bike racer several years ago. Now we are on a first name basis, lol. UPS, USPS, and FedEx all know to leave the package on my patio if I'm not there. I used to leave notes with those instructions, but now they do it anyway, lol!
and yes, I'm weird. Geez I'd hate to be normal (nm).MVN
Nov 17, 2003 11:04 AM