One pants leg rolled up = drugs?
So today, like most cold days, I wore jeans to school. My commute is only 5 miles so I dont bother changing clothes or wearing bike shorts. I just roll the right leg of my pants up to keep it out of the chainring, throw on a tshirt and hoodie, grab my windbreaker and hit the road.
I used to feel awkward having one pants leg rolled up and would unroll it the moment I arrived anywhere. I felt like it looked dumb, especially with long socks. Recently I embraced it. I roll it up one time in the morning, with three perfect rolls, and it stays that way till it hits the laundry hamper that night.
Today was weird though. I had three people approach me and say some puzzling things.
First girl said, "Yo I dig the style, keepin' it oldschool!" Then tried to invite me to a poetry jam.
I shrugged it off. I had no idea what was oldschool about my typical, jeans and a hoodie, outfit.
The next guy asked, "what chu want?"
I had no idea what he was talking about because I hadn't even made eye contact with him before he said it. I guess he saw the puzzled look on my face because he just turned and walked away.
The last guy said something about LL cool J but I ignored him because I was doing homework.
After a while I figured out it had to be about the pants leg. That was the only thing setting me and any other student apart. So, I google "one pants leg rolled up" and get lots of stuff talking about hip hop fashion, drug buying/selling, and gang affiliation.
Its so weird because I don't remember this fad. Maybe I'm just too white, but the three people who noticed didn't act like it was weird for me to be doing. I have always associated pants leg rolling with trying not to damage your pants... Roll'em up if they're too long, on a bike, walking barfoot in the surf on the beach...
Either way, I think im going to own it. Maybe the trend will catch on, and with it the cycling bug. :D After all, more cyclist begets more awearness begets safer streets for riding!
Just be careful if you roll'em up in a sketchy neighborhood. You might get mistaken for a gangbanger and get shot at!
Enjoy the spring weather and remember rule#9 everyone!
--Richard 'Ratchet' Boatwright