Last week I was out with a woman I'd been seeing for a few years. It finally dawned on her. She exclaimed: "So you're not poor! You ride around on that old bike. You don't have a car. You don't have a big house. How could I tell?" I don't know what she'd been thinking. I never complained about lack of money. I guess she thought I was making a big sacrifice for her when I bought good tickets to shows or fancy restaurant meals. Car free people don't emit some of the normal American signals for "not poor".