Spoke-less Bikes

Tonight during my shift at Dandelion, I had a customer make a very interesting comment. I went to their table of four to ask if they would like dessert. They ordered two off the menu to split. So, as I put the dessert spoons down at the table, one of the men was talking to the other about a topic, but the second man was clearly not listening. It seemed like he was day dreaming or staring into space. However, a second later, he told me that his daughter would just love all of my “bangles and rings” that I was wearing. Turns out that he was looking at my jewelry!


(Note: Ben and I will be starting a business selling these bracelets and more this coming January!!)

Instead of saying thank you and moving on, I promptly informed him that both of my bracelets are actually homemade out of bike spokes. I told him that the fancy one was a college graduation present from my boyfriend, who is a cyclist. The man at the table said that he really liked them both!

When I came back to the table to drop off the desserts, the man told me that I put the funniest image in his head and he could not stop thinking about it. He said he imagined my boyfriend going out to his bike in the morning to discover a missing spoke or two, because I had taken them to make jewelry! He imagined the bike wobbling all over the place! 🙂 The conversation totally made my night and made my long shift pass a little quicker.

Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: long black. Meaning a black coffee. Usage: With my dessert, I would like to order a long black with one sugar.

2 thoughts on “Spoke-less Bikes

  1. Karen Began says:

    Alicia, what a coincidence! Last night, at dinner, we were discussing your new jewelry business with Ben!! Your new venture was written in the stars.

  2. Corine says:

    How awesome is that 🙂 ! But how do you keep the idea from being stolen? Shhh… I love the man’s image, though, and love that he noticed!

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