Like Finding Money

20200804_234444I got a nice surprise in my mailbox today.  I had ordered a pair of bibshorts to add to my roster of cycling clothes.  I have enough jerseys (though I wouldn’t say no to another one) but I needed more shorts since I plan to get more riding done this August and September.

I bought the exact same pair that I already had.  I like them and this guaranteed both quality and size.  The only difference is that these have red trim on them.  I think they look pretty good.

I tried to buy them from my local bike shop, but they didn’t have any in stock and they weren’t letting anyone enter the store–yes, they ran the whole thing out of the parking lot.  I wrote about it here.  So, I searched online and ordered it from Ireland.  Of course this meant shipping costs and import taxes.  However, the total price was still much better than I could get here.  I also got a first time user discount and that brought the price down even more.

When I mentioned it to one of the club riders he warned me that I would have to wait a long time for it to arrive.  They promised a week, but it took about a month or maybe longer.  I really can’t remember when I placed my order.  I could blame Covid 19–anything else I ordered from overseas also took a long time–or I could rant against the system.  Instead, I am just going to be happy it arrived.

I remember going to the mailbox with some enthusiasm in weeks past.  I thought it would show up, but it didn’t.  My stamps from Bulgaria arrived, but the bike stuff didn’t.  As the days wore on, I completely let it slip my mind.  So today, when I walked to the mailbox, I was actually only expecting some fast food coupons and junk mail.  Obviously this was better.  It was like finding money in the pocket of your jacket.  It was Today’s Perfect Moment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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8 Responses to Like Finding Money

  1. idlecyclist says:

    Where did you buy them from? Especially curious as I’m in Ireland and I’m always on the lookout for good deals 😆

    • Anthony says:

      Chain Reaction –their prices are tremendously better than what I can get here–they also quote them in Canadian money which makes it easy for me.
      Perhaps their prices are the same as every store–that would be lucky for you, but here good cycling kit is expensive.

  2. Do you collect stamps?

    • Anthony says:

      I started collecting stamps after reading a bunch of Lawrence Block books which featured a stamp collecting hitman.
      My original aim was to collect Canada, and every stamp issued in 1970. After watching one too many episodes of Exploring Stamps on YouTube, I started to collect stamps from Antarctica. (Currently Australian and New Zealand (Ross Dependency).
      You can read more about my stamp collecting stuff in my stamp collecting blog. There is a link on the right side of my page (you have to go to the actual blog to see it, but it’s there). I also have hobby blog–because I have way too many hobbies.

  3. retrodee says:

    Do they fit? That would definitely be a a Perfect Moment for me, when I order something and it fits. I usually end up with something that’s too big or too small… but when something fit,s it makes my day! Maybe even my whole week! 🙂

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