How Are You Still In Business?

I always rent from the same small bike shop when I'm in Florida, but this was the first time I met the shop's owner. He was the only one working on a Friday morning, and when I asked for a bike he said, "Nah man, I think it's gonna rain. You're better off trying tomorrow or Sunday. How long you here?" I told him three days. Then I took out my phone to look at the weather, it showed rain, but well to the south. He looked at it too and said, "That's rain. See, if you looked at cloud cover, you'd see it's everywhere. I've lived here for a few years, these storms blow in super quick. One minute it's clear on the radar, the next second it's all red." I told him I had money, he had a bike to rent, and we should make this happen. He said, "Okay, okay, I'll give you a deal." I hadn't asked for one, and I have to wonder how he stays in business. We chatted while he ran my credit card and I told him I was thinking about opening a bike shop and beer bar. He said, "Yeah, everyone's doing that." Then I thought about working retail again and decided right there that it wasn't the business for me. In any case, it didn't rain the entire time I was in Florida.

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