of the "Oh Please Let Me Be Jeff Green's New Motorcycle" contest, is:
This brand-spankin' new 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic! Yay! Beers for everyone! Just before riding! Just kidding mom! I'd never do that!
This was a late-entry dark horse that suddenly, swiftly moved to the head of the pack. Followers of my tedious exploits were aware that I was waffling between a smaller 650 style cruiser, and a (for me) humongoid 1100. (I've ridden a Yamaha Seca II 600 for years now...).
So this one, right in between the two, just felt right. Like, literally felt right. I sat on a buncha bikes this afternoon, and this one was just the one for me. Enough leg room for my long, bony chicken legs, whereas the VStars felt a wee bit too cramped for me. I had no real intention (har har) of riding out of the store with a new bike today, but it is amazing what those salespeople can do to your brain, huh? They sealed the deal for me by taking my Seca II off my hands at a not-bad trade-in cost, plus not requiring to put even one penny down today. That's right! I got this bike FOR FREE! And good luck to them trying to get a payment out of me! SO LONG SUCKERS!!!!!
I kid. I got a great deal. It helps to be in a old white man in this country, with a good salary and a good credit rating. Also telling them I worked at EA now didn't hurt either. Sure, guys! Free Rock Band 2s for everyone! Seriously, the cool folks at Golden Gate Cycles in SF get big kudos from me for helping me out, being very patient with my numerous questions, not bamboozling me into something I didn't want. I ultimately was happy to let them con me out of my money.
The ride home across the Bay Bridge was unbelievable. I was grinning like a moron the whole way. I got a bunch of thumbs ups from People With Good Taste. It felt like a good reward for me for 17 years of service to Ziff Davis.
Now, when I show up for my first day of work at EA on Monday, I'll be doing it in STYLE, baby!