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Bike guy

Back in college days, I was in my living room studying when my wife exited the front door and met a guy coming up the sidewalk.  He wanted to know if I was at home.  Yes, she told him, just knock.  She continued on, getting in the car and leaving for the miniature Wal-Mart in Ruston, Louisiana.

A knock at the door; I opened, and there stood a dirty college student in a sleeveless tee-shirt.  Since he had knocked on my door, I was expecting him to speak first, which he didn’t.  He just stood there, looking above my head a few inches.  After a few seconds’ awkward delay I said something lame like, “Yes?”

He lowered his eyes and met my gaze in an unblinking stare.  “You got a bike?” he asked, and before I could answer he continued, “I got a bike.  Been known to ride it.  Lo-o-ong way.”

I assured him I had no bike.  His eyes cast wordless contempt and disappointment in my direction before he turned and walked away.

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