I did a thing. I (finally?) bought myself a new sea kayak! After being boatless in Europe for various reasons, I am now the proud owner of a purple low volume Cetus. I'm in love. She doesn't have a name yet, so if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments! FYI "Big Purple" is taken - that's the name of my first boat, which is in Boston at the moment...
Why is it so much easier for me to buy a fancy kayak than a decent bike, the latter of which would be a far more practical purchase?
Maybe he was trying to get rid of this "interesting colored" boat, as his colleague called it, or maybe he meant it when he said it floated at just the right height in the water. Either way, he and I are both happy today.
Eventually, when *NAME* was all safe and snug on the room, I drove home to Rotterdam and managed to unload her and get her up into a spot, all by myself! I had a few quick flashbacks to the first time I unloaded Big Purple from a minivan and she slid nicely off the saddles but then sideways off the car, BOOM, onto the driveway. She still has the dent to show for it. So far, so good.
This week I will bike to work with a grin on my face, even though one of my brakes doesn't work, my back wheel needs replacing, and every day it greets me with a new grinding, squeaking, or clacking sound.