Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kindness of Strangers

Metal Ural mug from my no long anonymous gifter. A HD guy in my building won them as door prizes. Very cool.

In the previous post, I told the story about some mysterious gifts that had appeared anonymously on my desk at work. The mystery has finally been solved!


If you recall, I received the following:

  • Ural pin
  • Ural key chain/holder
  • “It’s a Ural” sticker
  • Metal Ural Mug

I tried my magic divining rod. Ok it isn’t magic. It really isn’t a rod either; it is more of a pencil. Its not even a cool mechanical one either, just a boring #2 pencil. It didn’t do anything special, so I put on my detective hat and began chatting with those around me to see if they had seen anything or knew where they had come from. No one had seen anything until I talked to the last person. A shame the last person usually isn’t the first person.

She mentioned that a guy named something like “Falkner” had stopped by the night before and left them on my desk after I had left. She also said he was part of the maintenance staff.

A few days after I wrote the original post, he stopped by. He wanted to see I had found everything. I had never met him before – a guy in his late 50s wearing a black Harley Davidson coat and black jeans. He said he was a Harley rider and was at St. Croix HD picking something up. He happened to be there on the Ural National Rally Day, and he won one of the door prizes with all of the items mentioned above.

He is not a Ural fan. He remembered seeing the Ural poster in my cube, and my rig parked in the lot. He brought the goodies in for me since he thought I would enjoy them more than him. I thanked him for his generosity, and he left. He wasn’t interested in chatting.

Mystery solved. I did love some of the creative ideas you guys had left in the comments on the source of the items, but in the end it was the kindness of a stranger. I never would have guessed. Very cool!

Have you had something similar happen? Let me know in the comments.


  1. I had never heard of a Ural until a link on a site brought me over here. That lead me to find out there is a dealer about 20 miles from my house. I just may have to take a test ride.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Ok try #2. I commented earlier, and they showed up. Now the comments are gone?! silly blogger.

    Dom: I was surprised to say the least!

    Robert: Thanks for stopping by. I hope you stick around to watch the winter Ural shenanigans.

  3. Dear Chris:

    You meet the nicest people on Harleys. I always have.
    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  4. Dear Jack:Isn't that the old honda slogan...