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Old 01-30-06, 09:51 PM   #1
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i got called a hippie today...

Ok, so im down at the grocery store, getting some milk and bread, my bike is ouside locked up, but ive still got my helmet on. as im paying for the things, the lady started putting them im bags, so i told her not too that i didnt need them so i put them in my back pack and put the milk on my bike rack...anyways, an old man behind me said under his breath, but loudly enough that everyone heard him "you dam hippie"....is it wrong that i laughed at him? i thought it was funny...ive never been called a hippie before.

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Old 01-30-06, 09:59 PM   #2
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I always take it as a compliment.
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Old 01-30-06, 10:02 PM   #3
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Someone complaining about how you weren't using bags (and gasoline) that you didn't need?

You using less bags and gasoline means lower grocery prices and lower gas prices for everybody else. Not a very smart thing to be mad about.

But then, maybe I'm a hippie too.
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Old 01-30-06, 10:09 PM   #4
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Far out, man!
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Was he joking? If serious, that sounds more like a reaction someone would have had in, say, 1972.

Do you have long hair?

Let's form a club for people who keep their helmets on in grocery stores!
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Old 01-30-06, 10:20 PM   #6
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and... Groovy!
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Old 01-30-06, 10:26 PM   #7
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haha, my hair isnt that long, and it was in my toque and my helmet, so none of it was showing. and he was serious haha. im down with that hemet in the store club haha, can i be prez?

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wow... I could be the author of this post... 'cept I'd have to replace "you dam hippie" with "tree hugger"
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Old 01-30-06, 10:45 PM   #9
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...ive never been called a hippie before.
Stick around here and I guarantee it'll happen again! Peace, man...
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Old 01-30-06, 11:16 PM   #10
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maybe you were taking too long? Regardless, guy sounds like an ass... Should have turned around and cleaned his clock, and then been like, "betcha never had a hippie punch ya!"
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Old 01-31-06, 01:31 AM   #11
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is it wrong that i laughed at him?
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....no that's a really GOOD response.
'Hahaaaa, right you half dead raisin. Shut up!'

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Old 01-31-06, 03:29 AM   #12
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Hippies are WAY cooler than car\class oldies.
I'm 40. 'Get the ___ outta my way you autonomous jerk.'
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Old 01-31-06, 05:37 AM   #13
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wow... I could be the author of this post... 'cept I'd have to replace "you dam hippie" with "tree hugger"
Tree hugging is an extremely rewarding experience, and one that I would recommend to anyone.
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....no that's a really GOOD response.
'Hahaaaa, right you half dead raisin. Shut up!'

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Old 01-31-06, 10:38 AM   #15
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Ok, so im down at the grocery store, getting some milk and bread, my bike is ouside locked up, but ive still got my helmet on. as im paying for the things, the lady started putting them im bags, so i told her not too that i didnt need them so i put them in my back pack and put the milk on my bike rack...anyways, an old man behind me said under his breath, but loudly enough that everyone heard him "you dam hippie"....is it wrong that i laughed at him? i thought it was funny...ive never been called a hippie before.

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Congratulations, that was an important rite of passage. You are now an individual, and no longer a sheep.
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Take it as a compliment. And yeah, I would have laughed too.
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i get it all the time
'damn hippie'
'tree hugger'
'environmental wacko' (my favorite because the ignorance is so frustrating)
'enviro freak'

where has the concept of protecting or at least trying to have a minimal impact on the beauty God has allowed us to borrow from our children become such a bad stereotype.
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Old 01-31-06, 11:37 AM   #18
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-where has the concept of protecting or at least trying to have a minimal impact on the beauty God has allowed us to borrow from our children become such a bad stereotype.
WORD!

Treehugger and proud of it.
Guess why I don't drive...=2 tons less carbon in the atmosphere per year.
I own a BMW, never driven it.....o.k once, then parked it the drive.
Gonna flip it and make a trials bike.
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i heard two people talking on the subway about the artic drilling debate. one of the woman said something to the effect of "i don't care about some freaking trout 2000 miles away".

arrrgggg!!!!!!!
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"those dammed birkenstocked, bunny-huggin', dope-smokin', granola-munching long-hairs". That's me! As hippies and as humans, we all need, right now, to take a moment and laugh at ourselves. Aaaand...go!!
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Old 01-31-06, 11:58 AM   #21
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Was there not some old Bob Seeger song about red necks- wasted from the neck up. Song can be used as our creed. In the song, Seeger has his hair under his hat.
If I had long hair, guess it would be under my helmet.
I rebel at those who demand conformity. Supposed to be a free country. ? Can't bike, imagine what else one can't do. Laughing is ok. My response would be to say, thanks. Wish I better lived up to my First Amendment rights. Those that do make the world safer for those that follow.
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I think laughing is the best way to go. . I don't think there's a better response to such ignorance.

And yeah, I'll subscribe to the "helmet in grocery store" club (HIGS). There's just never a good place to hang it that's out of the way. The head is a perfet resting place for it.
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My helmet makes me look more like a dork than a hippie.... Well, I like to blame it on the helmet.

I usually lock my helmet to the bike when I go in a store.
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Maybe the guy perceived stevefox to be a threat to the American way of life in Canada? What did "damn hippie" ever really mean anyway?
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The old man was pi$$ed 'cause he knows you're going home with munchies, smoking a big bowl and watching Ren and Stimpy.
At home he gets creamed peas, laxatives and Wheel of Fortune.
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