Lance Armstrong seems like a man with an abundance of life's gifts. Women, calves, Tour de France victories.
However, someone who chooses to "live weak" snuck into his team's truck in Sacramento, Calif., and pilfered Mr. Armstrong's time trial bike. I am assuming that one of his entourage may have informed the police of the heinous event.
Mr. Armstrong himself, however, turned to the one force he can trust. Yes, his 112,000 Twitter followers. With a huge great heave of emotion coursing through his every vein, he penned: "Someone stole my time trial bike! Wtf!? APB out to the twitterati."
Then he posted a Twitpic of his missing article. He explained that it was the only bike of its kind in the world and therefore hard to pawn off. He even offered a reward.
However, one of the beauties of Twitter is that you can cast a peek on who someone's followers really are. So might I bring to you a couple of the replies, just to give you a flavor?
One follower, allemm, expressed his feelings very clearly: "Nice ride. I bet it was one of them Colombians." I'm not entirely sure which Colombians he had in mind, but perhaps he was referring to certain dealers of questionable substances.
Follower janusinfinity offered this bulletin: "That's a crazy-looking bike! I couldn't miss that for anything. That freakin' sucks. So how does someone contact Lance, if they see it? Sacramento sucks." Some might find this a little harsh on Sacramento, where politicians are desperately looking for money rather than bikes.
But a fair smattering of followers appear to be using this difficult event to deliver a spanking to the U.S. Postal Service, which seems to have stopped sponsoring Mr. Armstrong's team in 2004.
A follower called tribaby suggested: "The Postal Service took it, and they lost it like they did my racing bike. Hopefully someone, somewhere brags about it, and it comes home to you!! Mine never did."
A man, they say, is known by the quality of his friends. What is the likelihood that one of the twitterati will provide valuable information that results in the return of this unique bike? And what is the likelihood that one of them might have actually stolen it?