Many times people have told me that things happen for a reason. Maybe they do, or maybe things just happen and it's what we do with them that creates the reason.
Years ago now we moved to New Zealand from the US. Our kids were born here and we couldn't feel more at home. Nearly two decades later and we are still exploring all that NZ has to offer. We live in the mighty Waikato and love every minute of every day.
Professionally I have always geeked-out about how people connect. I was experiencing Christchurch for the first time to do some work with my team and one of my colleagues suggested I visit a quirky bike shop down the road. I was told that Scotty Browns was a local institution and that they were a little different. Same has never really worked for me, but different I could relate to. My colleague sketched out a map (it was that long ago now) and I was pointed in the right direction in search of different.
I walked into Scotty Browns for the first time, not really knowing what to expect, but full of anticipation from what I had been told. The place was cool for sure, but so are lots of shops. There is a whole industry built around making shops cool and it takes more than an intelligent design to build a great experience.
Enter Scotty. He was pretty full-on. Energetic to the point where I was briefly worried for my safety. When he heard my twangy accent he was away. Was I from the States? Where did I live exactly and did I know a guy named Dave from California? Did I know about this Gran Fondo, what about this other one? Did I know about this rider or that frame builder? Did I own a muscle car? All the while I was thinking that I had found the different that I was told about.
Scotty and I talked for an hour, not so much about bikes, more about life. Years have gone by since Scotty and I first met. He has transformed into the world's oldest hipster and for reasons that I am only just now coming to appreciate, does lots of burpees and press ups. Through Scotty I have reconnected with all that is cycling. I last rode in the 80s so it has been a while.
During one of our many talks, Scotty asked me to capture some of my experiences as I have fallen back in love with cycling. Geeking-out over how people connect and using cycling as the common thread. Sounds good to me Scotty.