Today the Bike Doctor came on-site to repair bikes for Googlers. I wheeled my mountain bike across the parking lot to the large white van bearing the "Bike Doctor" emblem.
Microsoft bought this bicycle for me when I interned there, nine years ago. It cost three hundred fifty dollars new, and although it's been almost a decade, in my eyes it still holds the bloom of youth.
Bike Doctor: You'll need a new seat ... new brake line .. The shifters are broken. Brake pads are almost gone. Chain is pretty bad. All in all, it's going to come out to 150 dollars. You might as well spend 250 and get a new bike.
Me: How much would you say my bike is worth right now?
Bike Doctor: Zero to thirty dollars.
Me: Zero? [to Piaw, walking by] Piaw, my bike is worth zero to thirty dollars.
Piaw: [looks bike over] [chirpily] That's about right.
Oh bike, how rough are the ravages of time!