Ah! A Classic!

I’m always amazed how we say stupid things without even realizing how stupid we sound.

I rolled my mountain bike into a shop the other day to get a couple parts.  The store, which is a national chain and one of the larger web resellers, will remain unnamed.

Now, my bike is nine years old.  The newer frames are nice, but I can still hold my own out on the trails.

One of the young kids working at the shop was really helpful and doing everything he could to offer great customer service.  Another employee walked up and probably thought he was going to help more.  He was wrong.

“Yes, that’s my Gary Fisher bike right there.”  I said.

“Ah, a classic!”  he replied with a grin on his face.  I know I’ve got a lot of miles on that bike, but his tone made it sound like I was surfing on a longboard from the 1960’s.

He continued:  “I’ve broken many of those.  They just never held up too good.”

It was then that I realized that this was the guy!  You know, the guy who wrote that book, How to win friends and influence people.

The look on my face must have been priceless.  I was embarrassed for him.  The younger kid looked a little speechless but continued being helpful.

I had to be real careful, because when I get tired, that’s when the guard on my tongue disappears and I start making stupid comments.  My wife has really helped me with this flaw over the years.  She always reminds me of the verse that says Even a fool is thought to be wise when he keeps his mouth shut.

As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I saw the joker walking to his vehicle.  It was one of those older import pickups…  like early 80’s.

I held my tongue, but the temptation to say something idiotic was right there.


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