The REI Night Kitchen

No falling naked into large vats of dough, but it did feel warm and cosy, coming in from a dripping black night, to buy skiis at the REI on 9th and Brannan, 8pm, right before close. They have this board behind the register showing inches of snow at various ski places. I asked if they did that because so many people asked- my friendly sales man (needed a break, everybody else was leaving, he was closing, but still kind of nice and mellow) said no, they just helped get people excited. Well REI was selling out of men’s gloves so in a strange market economy despite no snow, or little snow, there was still a rush to consume, shop and plan. Talked to another worker about popular bikes. He was saying bike messengers are sawing off the flat handlebars so they can squeeze through traffic. I try to ogle my fair share of fixies around the Mission but hadn’t seen the sawed off handlebars. This was my second sportsstore in thre days- hit Sports Basement (no cross country skiis) on Sunday. I almost wonder if we go there when it’s raining just to remember that we mostly get summery sunny weather and more opportunities to bike/sail/swim/run etc. Hmmm. Camera is coming back soon from the Canon repair shop, and I’ll post with photos, I swear.

1 Comment so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    Super-narrow handlebars always seemed boneheaded to me. Why go any narrower than the widest part of your body? meh…

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