Something I saw today on my way home made me think about how much we communicate about ourselves to people who see us. And how important it seems to be to some people.
Walking home from the local grocery store, a young couple rides past me. The girl on what some would call a "Dutch bike", but we refer to them as "ladies' bikes". Not only was it that kind of bike, but also a particular cheap and unsafe (yes, really - fork crowns often snap on this bike while JRA!) model which of late seems to convey a message of an "I don't care about fancy bikes" attitude. Not only that, but the bike was painted in all the colours of the rainbow, and very inexpertly so at that. To top it off, the spokes had multi-coloured plastic beads on them...
And the rider matched the bike. Neo-hippie chick with long dreads, facial piercings and all that stuff. Dressed in a loose, flowing, medium-blue dress of some sort, with thin silk-like fabric. A skirt in bright orange that seemed to be made of the same kind of fabric. Shirt in some light and clashing colour. 3/4 pants under the skirt. Can't recall the colour, but I'm sure it was equally "out of synch" as the rest. Sandals on her feet.
The guy behind was on a cheap blue department store cruiser bike. Unmodified.
He was dressed in a striped t-shirt reminiscent of the late 60s and early 70s, with its slim fit and muted earthy colours. Pale green cotton bag hanging across his upper body (left shoulder to right hip). Baggy 3/4 pants in a grey khaki colour. I think he wore sandals as well. He had that "I just woke up and haven't showered yet" medium-length fuzzy hair and a radical left-winger fashion beard (hard to describe if you don't know what I mean).
And the sad part is that I'm pretty sure these two actually spend time to look like that. It's all in the details.
As you can probably tell, I'm not too fond of people like them (I know and regularly meet a fair share of people who dress like that, and it's not a group of people I go along well with. Argumentative, too radical, see everything in black and white. But when they also go out of their way to dress like they do, it just makes me laugh.
However, it's nice to see they ride bikes after all! Even if the two they used were pretty crappy.
I'm not sure what my point with this post was. I just had to tell someone!