since i have been out of the shop and into the 'real' world of my own business, i've had the opportunity to get acquainted with people that i have known for a long time but never got to 'know'. it has been really interesting.
it's really nice to not be so married to a particular store. that seems to force a person to draw lines and make alliances that leave out people you would normally really like to get to know. i think the same thing can be said for racing teams, too. it's natural to segregate people by shop and team, even though i don't think it's healthy.
outside of the bike shop/bike team people, i have met some great customers. there are a lot of cool people out there that just ride bikes for the pure enjoyment of it that DON'T race and that DON'T work at a shop that are rabid enthusiasts. one of my first customers is a great guy who has more bikes in his apartment than i ever did as a single guy. cooler bikes, too. i met a guy today who happens to own a company that makes KILLER salad dressing. go figure!
i like this job. i work more hours than i ever have, but i like it.