This morning, 7 AM, Noe Valley. I was riding my bike down 24th St, as I crossed Church I heard "Murph!" I turned to my right and some guy was waving at me and said "Have a good ride", I sort of mumbled something like "Yeah thanks", and rolled on. I certainly didn't utilize my best social manners in this instance but I was scrambling to make a train and trying not to bite it on the J-Church tracks. All said and done - I didn't quite establish who the guy was - leaning against the outside wall of Happy Donuts. My best guess is that it's someone from the Google ride and that he was waiting for a Google shuttle.
Suffice to say, had either of us been in a car, this little interaction never happens. I get this sort of interaction on a daily basis. It's certainly helped by being part of a couple of large communities that spend a lot of time together and not in a car - the SFBC the Caltrain Biker Cabal, and SF2G of course. Throw in the people walking their dogs and (now) babies around Noe Valley and SF can become a pretty small town pretty quick - and that's a good thing.
So who was the mystery man giving me a hollah today? I did in fact have a decent ride and getting a shout out was a good part of it.
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