made me wonder

I am pretty sure you cant really read this.
I found it taped to our building's wrought iron/glass front door about 5 years ago.
It totally captivated my imagination.





Let me tell you what it says:

Female Cyclist on grey ORBIT BICYCLE MONDAY Late Morning. We were racing each other. You're good. Would love to ride together again soon. Sorry I died at the end but I'd been riding like that for 2 hours already. Please call so that we can set up a time to get together. Saw you turn up 80th off Riverside you were wearing headphones and no helmet. I was on a Black/White TREK with Red, White, & Blue helmet & Red, Blue & Black clothes. So this is a bit unorthodox. You were having a good time. So was I.
Call DAN - 752-xxxx


I have wondered
many times since finding this, if she ever saw his note, he pasted it on every door all the way up 80th St to West End Avenue and if she ever called.

I hope Dan found his Cinderella. Dont you?

35 comments:

  1. What a great story - I do think they found each other, and I wonder if it ever developed beyond training partners to something more...

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  2. This is a book in the making -- or at least a Meg Ryan movie!

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  3. how romantic i hope she saw it and called dan!

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  4. Omg! Daryl, this is so romantic! I hope Dan found his cyclist too! A tear in my eye! :)

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  5. Way cool, Daryl. You are such a romantic! But I agree this sounds a lot like a Cinderella story.

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  6. Desperate! Pathetic! Pitiful! I hope she responded and dumped his limp ass in the most polluted part of the Thames.

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  7. I'm a romantic. I hope she saw it and they were soul mates. Hey, it could happen
    Sandi

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  8. I am a romantic also. I sure hope they found each other and are still together.

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  9. Oh, I hope he found her & that they cycled off happily into the sunset...this is a great story!

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  10. I loved reading this and how well it went with your great WLWednesday photo. You are so very in tune to the world around you--its a joy that you share with us and for me to know you are out there somewhere.
    :O)

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  11. I hope it worked! A precursor to Craigslist Missed Connections!

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  12. I love this - what a romantic guy! If I were single and saw that, I would totally have called and pretended to be her and waited until he fell madly in love with me before telling him the truth. And I would have to pretend to have a broken leg or something so that he didn't notice my lack of cycling skills in the meantime. It's probably best I did not find this note as a single girl. This sounds like it might have gone downhill fast.

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  13. How fun, this is a wonderful story and would make such a cute movie. Maybe with Meg and Tom, unless Dan's last name is King or Rice or Koontz. Sorry warped side of me. I'll vote for the chick flick.

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  14. I can only hope that he found her. It's so romantic!

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  15. Ah, I loveromance. I am going to pretend that they in fact did find each other and did live happily ever after. And if Dan didn't find her then I hope he found some girl who appreciated him - he has a good heart. Do you think you could follow up on this for us and trace him down? Hang some notes up in the 'hood. Thanks.

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  16. That is what I call "persistence", with a capital P!

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  17. Ok. You're going to call the number, aren't you? This is good stuff.

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  18. Daryl, a book is crying out to be written here!

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  19. Oh I hope so! And I hope he wasn't some pervo creep trying to find a girl!

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  20. Yes, they met at the top of the Empire State Building as the sun was setting on a calm, warm, and breezy day.

    She knew who he was because of his bicycle shoes...he knew who she was because of her bicycle helmet.

    Before long they were producing tricycles.

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  21. I struggled through the note before I saw that you had transcribed it below. It does have the making of a movie opening. You've never called that number to find out?

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  22. that is so cute.
    hope they met and had a sweet time together!

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  23. Oh yes! I do hope they got together. Gee! You could write all kinds of stories beginning this way!

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  24. That is so sweet. I really hope she saw the note. I'm such a romantic at heart, although I don't admit it very often.

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  25. In the local free weekly here, there's a section in the classifieds called "Missed Connections" that is full of listings just like this. "You were sitting on the bench next to the statue of ... Neiman Marcus and I was on the TTA 105". Stuff like that.

    If she didn't call after all that effort, she really dropped the ball. Surely she saw it if he pasted it on every door for ... how many blocks is that?... or if she didn't somebody she knew did. It's a big city but still...

    I give the guy credit for some serious chutzpah in any case. Hope she called.

    and TexasRed's right... this is a made to order Meg movie... You've Got Mail meets City of Angels or something.

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  26. I do hope that they both found happy ever after.

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  27. I HATE not knowing the end of the story!

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  28. Wow. She must have really made an impression.. yes, it does leave you wondering if they ever found each other... gutsy guy.

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  29. Oh, I do! And I hope he's as much of a Prince Charming as he seems!

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