I had a bit of an epiphany today.
I had some errands to run. They were out in the 'burbs requiring use of busy arterial roads. It was cold and rainy. I had a bunch of stuff to haul, so I was riding the Big Dummy.
My "cold wet weather" gear is less than attractive. My $2000 bike with $500 worth of lights is still "just a bike" on the road. I was screamed at 3 times in less than a mile. I think they viewed me as "less than human". They were grouping me in with the homeless.
I don't normally care what others think, but when their idea of me causes stupid behavior, maybe I should care.
I'm not sure what to do. Carry on as-is? Do something stupid (don't know what) to show I'm not indigent? Buy a car? (NO!)
I'll just carry on. If they want to view me as poor and crazy (who else would ride in cold rainy weather on an arterial road carrying a bunch of crap on the back of a bike?) they can. Hopefully they don't throw things or run me over.
Sorry for the negative vibe. I actually had a good day other than about 30 minutes of hell.