By Peter Finch
*Across America, entrepreneurs and seasoned executives are sidelining a popular networking activity — golf — in favor of a different group sport. "Unlike golf, cycling is also a great equalizer," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. … [T]he big chance to network comes at the end when they stop at a Mexican restaurant for chips and salsa and a round of drinks. *
-- CNN Money, April 29, 2014
Jones: This was [gasp] an interesting idea [sputter]!
Smith: I know, sir. I'm so stoked you could join me. There's no better
way to connect with a person than to share a 35-mile bike ride. Say, did
you get a look at my report on the Conglomerated takeover?
J: I did. [15-second pause.] It was [25-second pause] problematic.
S: Really? What concerned you about it?
S: Say again?
J: I need water!
S: I'm so sorry sir. Here you go. [Hands over a bottle of water.]
J: [Guzzles water.]
[The two men ride for 10 minutes in complete silence.]
S: About that Conglomerated deal…
J: Yes, as I was saying …
[A police siren suddenly blares.]
Officer [through a loudspeaker]: SINGLE-FILE RIDING ONLY. ONE OF YOU HAS
TO MOVE OVER NOW.
[Smith brakes and lets Jones ahead. The police car passes.]
J: This is very dangerous territory.
S: You mean the Conglomerated takeover, sir?
J: No, the fact that we're riding in traffic!
S: Yes sir. We need be careful. Brad in marketing broke six ribs on our
J: Why did I ever agree to this?
S: Because it's more healthful than golf?
[Traffic sounds increase as they approach a busy intersection]
S: Because cycling is so much more healthful than golf?
J: Look, I can't hear a thing you're saying.
S: [shouting] Your health, sir! [He pedals in silence for a moment.]
Let's talk it over when we get to Chipotle!!
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