I was grocery shopping this morning, and loading my panniers with my various foodstuffs for the week, when this lady comes out of the supermarket with the cart piled high - sodapop 6-pack rimmer and everything, living suburban WASP stereotype - and comes over to me:
"Oh, you poor thing! Don't you have a car?"
I didn't have a witty comeback or anything; I didn't want to embarrass her. I just explained to her how much I love bicycles and that I gave up cars 3 years ago (I always say it like ex-smokers do). She politely went along with it, we exchanged standard low-wit pleasantries (she made the 'gas prices these days' joke, of course) and she waddled away.
It's not the first time anyone has accosted me in the supermarket parking lot, but the genuine pity she innocently expressed at seeing some 'poor' young man who has to resort to using his bike (gasp!) to shop for food was a first for me, and very amusing. She was very nice, of course. She just had no visible concept at all that one might willingly and pleasurably use a bike in favor of a car for any other reason than money tightness or as a play toy.