The humble brag

Hum­ble brag (n) — to brag about how hum­ble you are.

I often fall into this trap. Read­ers of this blog have seen me brag about how hum­ble I am, many times. “I save money this way, so I’m bet­ter than those who don’t.” “I’m more envi­ron­men­tal than the peo­ple who drive that kind of vehi­cle.”

Humble-bragging is obnox­ious to any­one who detects it. And as T Bone Bur­nett sang, “It’s a funny thing about humil­ity, As soon as you know you’re being hum­ble, You’re no longer hum­ble.”

Hav­ing said that, let me launch into a hum­ble brag.

an entry-level bikeA recent Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle on triathlons had a side­bar fea­tur­ing rec­om­mended equip­ment. the “entry-level” road bike was $1,449. that freaked me out a lit­tle until I real­ized that their nor­mal read­ers are in a class where that price is entry-level.

Across the page, the fea­tured moun­tain bike cost $11,000 (with an inte­grated hydra­tion sys­tem).

My hum­ble brag: my road bike is worth a lot less than $1,449. But I know that hav­ing both a road bike and a moun­tain bike puts me into the 1%. So there goes my humil­ity.


Author: Paul

Sharing the shiny bits of life since I can remember. I run

2 thoughts on “The humble brag”

  1. I think it takes more than more than hav­ing both a road & moun­tain bike to get you into the 1%. Or maybe you were just talk­ing about 1% o bicy­cle own­ers.

    1. Though it sounded like I meant “the 1%” in the tra­di­tional sense of the phrase, I meant that less than 1% of the world has the lux­ury of own­ing both a moun­tain bike and a road bike.

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