‘Urgently looking for a secondhand indoor bike for sale.
I need it to get to work.’
In a (Gazelle) bike shop in Antwerp, Belgium.
My husband (to the shop assistant): ‘I would like a bike for myself – what do you recommend?’
Shop assistant: ‘Now, that I look at you, the Heavy Duty model for sure.’
My husband: ‘Heavy Duty – very authentic. Describes my whole existence. Let’s find a bike to my wife, too. Do you have also models like ‘Easy Life’?’
‘OF COURSE I did not lose it – I just can’t remember momentarily where I put it.
– Noëmi, a Belgian-Hungarian teenager, 2 seconds before leaving to school this morning, patiently explaining to her mama the location of her bike key.