Dublin – biking with a dash of fairness

My favourite way to get around Dublin is by bicycle, (and Paris, too. Well, really anywhere by bike is my favourite thing).

Here in Dublin is a bike sharing service called Dublinbike.ie.

Since it’s  been really sunny here in Dublin, which is unusual, bikes are a popular way to get around.  I bought a three day card for a few euros, where you can check out any available bikes at any of the many stations which are peppered throughout town and particularly at popular destinations. Short trips cost nothing at all, and longer trips are billed by time. But with so many stations, it’s easy to take them out and put them back – all day long.

Riding around you can discover sculptures like this along the river:

On my way back, I walked up to the bike cue with my 3-day card at the same time another man was walking up to it with his. There was one bike left. We both looked at it and each other. I asked if he was looking for the bike and he said yes.  Me too, I said.

Without missing a beat, he said “rock paper scissors and winner gets the bike”. I smiled at the great way to decide. One thing I didn’t know was that here in Dublin, with this man anyway, first you count to three and then reveal your rock, paper or scissors on what would technically be the fourth go. I had always done it on three. So the first one, I did rock when he was still counting.  I said I had gave my choice away. He said, “No, we go again.”

One, two, three – paper. We both picked paper. Then one, two, three – scissors. What? Then one, two three – rock. We both laughed. Three times in a row we picked the same thing.

I could see he was formulating a strategy and so was I. One more time. One, two, three – I picked scissors and he picked paper.

“You win,” he said, smiling, “I’ll find another, not to worry.”

Rock, paper, scissors made a potentially awkward or competitive situation completely fair. Chalk up one for childhood games.