Tuesday, March 23, 2010
250 Words - A Fantasy Conversation at the Bike Shop
"Excuse me sir."
I look up from the hub overhaul I am deep into. "Oh sorry, I didn't see you come in. How can I help?"
"Do you work on bikes besides selling them?"
I glance down at the wheel I have apart not six feet away from the customer. I look at my hands coated in tired worn out grease from the hub. I feel the tight confines of the work apron I have on. Instead of a smart ass answer I smile and say, "Well yes. Yes, we work on bikes. But it depends I guess."
"Depends on what?" The customer looks perplexed.
"It depends on whether you are a politician or not. Are you?"
The customer is confused now. A flash of annoyance crosses their face as they search for the meaning of this question. Not finding any answer, they recover their calm and answer. "Why yes, I am indeed a politician."
"Well then, I will promise to work on your bike but only after you have paid me money to make that promise. Ultimately, I will disappoint you by letting it sit untouched or make it worse than when it came in. When you call about its status, I will tell you it is almost ready. After weeks of no action, you will figure out I never had any intention of fixing your bike."
"But how can you take my money and not do the job?"
I look at this clueless politician and just say, "Exactly."
Just one of the daydreams I have from time to time.......See Ya..............