|Is it a good omen? Or a radical new encouragement scheme?|
Possibly one cyclist left this behind for the next one of us as a gesture of brotherhood. Or, the universe smiled upon me and sent it my way as a good omen for biking. Now, I don't drink, but I recognize positive signs in all forms. I've been given a thumbs-up by the cosmos in the form of beer before. It was a long time ago, but this photo is still a happy memory. This full can was even better, though, because this actually was just sitting there for the taking. I didn't take it, leaving it as a positive sign for a cyclist who might possibly appreciate it more. Then about halfway home, as I started to get hungry, I imagined marinating a bratwurst in the beer, grilling the brat until the skin popped, then eating it smothered in kraut with brown mustard, and I almost turned around to go back and get it. Then I laughed, because it probably wasn't even there any more.
In any case, I bet more people would bike to work if free beer at the bike racks was a standard deal. "Did you bike in today?" "Well yes I did!" "Have a cold one." Bike commuting rates through the roof. A modest and very affordable proposal.