A good buddy of mine has offered to buy me an excessively generous gift. What do I say?
The head of my motorcycle club recently came into a large amount of money (converting from our local currency, the equivalent of around $1.8 million). We've been good buddies for a while, and we got closer during his convalescence after he had a near-fatal accident.
Now that he's technically a millionaire, he's offered to buy me a Harley-Davidson cruiser to replace my battered old sports bike. I've tried light-heartedly joking and laughing it off, but he's deadly serious and getting more insistent. It makes me distinctly uncomfortable.
Complication: I'm a high-functioning autistic, diagnosed as a child, but with therapy and medication most people find it hard to tell. Now I'm adrift in a knotty loom of social rules and obligations about accepting or declining expensive gifts. I've examined social etiquette advice
, and previous AskMeFi questions
, but really I've got no clue what to do. Having a new bike would be great, but I'm unfamiliar with the power-balance and social issues involved with this kind of unusual human interaction. Any advice would be extremely welcome.