"What an awesome bike! Great work keeping it in shape! Thanks for riding it and lighting my day."
How did he react?
He and his friend laughed. His friend said: "See I told you she was gonna say something about the bike..:"
He said: "Haha, yeah! Thank you! As a matter of fact this one is 40 years old! I used to have another one of those but i gave it to my son. Guess what I got two 40 year old cars - beetles- in my garage, too!"
"Oooh beetles! I love them! You've got a great taste in vehicles... So are you an Oberwinterer?"
"Sure. I live right over there... I am fairly new to this area though, I have only lived here for 8 years. Originally I am from another town 7 miles further. But my kids live here and they kept telling me to sell my house and buy one here. So eventually I did it."
"Sounds like you are one great dad."
How did I feel?
Meeting Ewald was a pleasure. My friends and I were taking a bike trip along the Rhine. We had just turned off from the trail, about to take a break and buy some food in an Oberwinter supermarket. That's when Ewald passed us on his motorbike. It's rattling drowned our conversation and it's red caught our attention. I saw him again in front of the supermarket and ran, shouting. "Excuse me..." The compliment went super easy, Ewald was pure friendliness. I spent five minutes with him in which about 7 people passed, grinning, greeting and asking "How are you, Ewald? Good to see you!". His accent was amazing. To me it sounded like a mixture of all German accents there are but apparently it's typical for the area he was born in. I wished he'd never stop talking so I could listen to his accent and enjoy his friendly vibe forever.