Here is my situation. I work in the auto industry... sort of. The company I work for re-creates old muscle cars (57 Chevy, 60's Mustangs, Impalas, etc) from the ground up. The correct term is "body in white". To subsidize my companies income we do jobs for the big 3 automakers here in the Detroit area; pre-prototype, prototype, and production jobs. Actually, the company I work for did all of the work on the 55-57 Chevrolet Bel Airs way back then.
However, I am a car free person in a car lite family. I gave up my automobile over a year ago and was only driving it once or twice a week for a while before then, but only when the weather was nice. So I guess I have been a full time bike commuter for the last 12 months or so.
Well, today I had to drive my wifes car in because I just bought me a nice new Kennedy tool box, total weight... somewhere around 200 pounds, there is no way I can hault that on my bike rack!
No sooner did I get into the building did someone see me walking in wearing regular street clothes and ask "puss out today eh?" I ignored it and went on my way. Met up with another coworker and he asked "so Brandon, have you saved up enough money to get a new car yet?" huh? I wasn't aware that I was having financial problems in the first place. A few hours later, another coworker walked by as I was refilling my water bottle, he had seen my wifes car in the parking lot and asked "who's car is that out there?" I said that I had driven it in and he remarked, "ahhh, I knew you'd chicken out this winter". Chicken out? I'm not in a contest here. Plus, it was 25F when I rode in today, for the last few weeks it has been much lower and in the beeginning of February it was well below 0!
So at lunch time tonight (I work the graveyard shift) we are all sitting in the break room when one guy exclaims, "ole Brandon there couldn't handle it and drove in today". After much snickering from the other monkeys in the group I finally made a retort. I just asked the guy who said it, who also happens to weigh 400lbs, "when was the last time your fat ass biked or walked further than from your couch to the fridge?" Then I walked out.
Coworkers can be such jerks. We all had a laugh about it on our last break though so there is no thick air between any of us, it just bugs me though... the car culture in this area. Then it dawned on me, I am creating the very thing I dislike.
Up until now no one has ever made mention of my bike commuting and car free lifestyle. It's like it was all planned out or something.