Today I am back at work. I put away my bicycle and collect my breakfast and head up the stairs. En route I am joined by someone I know only a little. I nod. She nods. Personally I think that's enough socializing for one day but apparently not.
distant co-worker three times removed: [cheerily] "still bicycling in 2012?"
Chafe City: [I admit it] "Yes."
distant co-worker [with wonder] "How do you do it?"
Chafe City: "umm." [I mean what. How to bicycle? How to pedal? Where to get a bicycle? Where to get a pedal?]
distant co-worker: "I get up in the morning and just head right to my car."
Chafe City: [uncomfortably] "I do basically the same thing. Except it's a bicycle."
distant co-worker: "But how do you ...you know...get yourself to do it?"
Chafe City: [we are now stalled on a stairwell. I fight off despair] "Do you ever have a tough time getting pysched to go to work in the morning?"
distant co-worker "Well, sure."
Chafe City [briskly] "But you go anyway, right?"
distant co-worker "Well sure."
Chafe City "Same thing. Except I bicycle. You could too."
distant co-worker [earnestly] "It's different. I just get in my car and turn the key in the ignition."
Chafe City "It's the same. I just get on my bicycle. And I pedal."