|Starbucks, PCH, Newport Beach|
- Do I live around here?
- Is there good cycling around here?
- How far was I going?
She then told me I looked a bit like Jan Ullrich. This comment caught me both completely by surprise and confirmed my suspicion that she was, in fact, German.
Under normal circumstances, I would have no idea how to respond to this. And standing in a crowded Starbucks added additional tactical problems to the equation. Consider the two other cyclists in the corner, for example. Had they heard what the fraulein had just said, they would have started snickering. I know this to be true because had the roles been reversed, I would have snickered without delay and with extreme prejudice.
With this much pressure, the best I could muster was "Oh, really?". Clearly I was not on my game. Thankfully a short espresso saved me by arriving at the counter a few seconds later.
I'll admit I didn't know too much about Jan Ullrich other than he was the bridesmaid for a bunch of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France wins. I also knew that he has a full head of hair. As you may know, I don't. And when my internal facial recognition software kicks in, it's not trying to match bald people with people sporting a full head of hair no matter how similar the nose or eyes might be. I've certainly never said "Wow man, you look just like a bald Fabio!" or "Oh my gosh dude, you are Kojak with a Caesar!". As a result, I was confused as to how she was making the connection. But then again, I did have a helmet on.
Obviously, her comment piqued my curiosity. So when I got home I Googled "Jan Ullrich Images". The picture above was one of the first to came up.
It's a stretch to see any resemblance. True, we both have our mouths open. We both have white rimmed sunglasses. And we both look like we have our mind in the game. But I don't think that's enough for someone to make the random "look alike" call in a coffee shop. Because while riding a bike, it's not a stretch by any means to assume that many people ride their bikes in white rimmed sunglasses while concentrating with their mouths open.
All that said, my research did reveal one physical trait we do have in common - we've both been known to be a little chubby coming into the season.
Do you think?