“You stopping me is kind of strange because I left the house this morning and I thought this looked kind of funny. I am from the Netherlands and I work in a Dutch building and we have a whole pile of Dutch people working there. But this is not my umbrella.”
Notes: There are loads of reasons to stop a cyclist. Just the bike alone is enough for me. Then there are the oddball visuals. like this orange umbrella slicing up the road. Perfect reason for a chat. I should have some sympathy for presuming he was Dutch. Last year, I bought flaming orange hat and gloves for the cold nights and, time after time. people roll up to me and start speaking Dutch. I look like some dotted patriot.