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Old 04-06-21, 05:34 AM
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Weird looks

Anyone else get weird looks occasionally from other customers when you walk into the bike shop and the general manager and other employees address you by your first name?
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Old 04-06-21, 05:39 AM
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No. And you probably don’t, either.
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Old 04-06-21, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
No. And you probably don’t, either.
I do occasionally when I walk in still grubby as hell from work. I have long hair, long beard, and work mechanical maintenance in a foundry. So I walk out pretty dirty on occasion.
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Old 04-06-21, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
I do occasionally when I walk in still grubby as hell from work. I have long hair, long beard, and work mechanical maintenance in a foundry. So I walk out pretty dirty on occasion.
That’s why they’re giving you “weird looks.“ Because you’re filthy. Not because anyone greets you by name.

Is there a point to this?
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Old 04-06-21, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
That’s why they’re giving you “weird looks.“ Because you’re filthy. Not because anyone greets you by name.

Is there a point to this?
Killing a little time at work while on running repair.
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Old 04-06-21, 08:10 AM
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Get your beard and hair trimmed, wash them occasionally, and carry yourself like you know more about the world than the dirt on your attire, and people will look at you differently. If it bothers you this much, perhaps a shave and a haircut (toot toot!) are finally due. Shower after. Grab a fresh shirt to throw on for those unplanned stops on the way home from work. I’ll bet you $5 the bike shop staff will truly appreciate it.
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Old 04-06-21, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
Get your beard and hair trimmed, wash them occasionally, and carry yourself like you know more about the world than the dirt on your attire, and people will look at you differently. If it bothers you this much, perhaps a shave and a haircut (toot toot!) are finally due. Shower after. Grab a fresh shirt to throw on for those unplanned stops on the way home from work. I’ll bet you $5 the bike shop staff will truly appreciate it.
After 15 years in the construction trades and 5 years Navy, what others think of my appearance is about last on my short list of stuff to worry about.
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Old 04-06-21, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
After 15 years in the construction trades and 5 years Navy, what others think of my appearance is about last on my short list of stuff to worry about.
Yet here you are.
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Old 04-06-21, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
Yet here you are.
And not complaining, simply stating an observation.
I didn't think it was that cryptic to understand that.
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Old 04-06-21, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
That’s why they’re giving you “weird looks.“ Because you’re filthy. Not because anyone greets you by name.

Is there a point to this?
I'm pretty sure this is some sort of weird humblebrag.
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Old 04-06-21, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Skulking View Post
I'm pretty sure this is some sort of weird humblebrag.
Wasn't meant to be. Just bored at work.
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Old 04-06-21, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
That’s why they’re giving you “weird looks.“ Because you’re filthy. Not because anyone greets you by name.

Is there a point to this?
Also, I said when I get called by my name, not because I was called by my name.
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Old 04-06-21, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
After 15 years in the construction trades and 5 years Navy, what others think of my appearance is about last on my short list of stuff to worry about.
Unless you’re at the LBS.
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I get greeted by name everytime I enter the local booze shop, does that count?
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I get greeted by name everytime I enter the local booze shop, does that count?
Only if its one of those places "where they serve hard drinks for men who want to get drunk fast!"
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Old 04-06-21, 10:07 AM
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Happens to me all the time, but my first name is Lucifer.
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Glad BF has an iggy list.
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
After 15 years in the construction trades and 5 years Navy, what others think of my appearance is about last on my short list of stuff to worry about.
Then why are you asking a bunch of total strangers for validation?
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
Happens to me all the time, but my first name is Lucifer.
And when you walk in, you say "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste."
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Then why are you asking a bunch of total strangers for validation?
Wasn't aware I was asking for validation.
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Old 04-06-21, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
Get your beard and hair trimmed, wash them occasionally, and carry yourself like you know more about the world than the dirt on your attire, and people will look at you differently. If it bothers you this much, perhaps a shave and a haircut (toot toot!) are finally due. Shower after. Grab a fresh shirt to throw on for those unplanned stops on the way home from work. I’ll bet you $5 the bike shop staff will truly appreciate it.
Besides, we have laundry service at work for our uniforms. Mostly because the uniform manufacturer has very strict washing guidelines to maintain the FR rating. So, I rarely wear actual dirty work clothes home. Just when I forget to grab uniforms from the front. So, at most it an undershirt that might be dusty and stained from old silicone and/or oil. I do knock the big chunks off my face and wash my hands most days before leaving work.
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
Anyone else get weird looks occasionally from other customers when you walk into the bike shop and the general manager and other employees address you by your first name?
Is it a 'nickname' associated with your appearance? Maybe something like 'Pig Pen' if you're coming in dirty and grungy looking? I used to work with a fire department (admin capacity) and had to wear a uniform with a badge, so when out in public I'd regularly get called 'Chief' or 'Boss' and wasn't offended by it.
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Well, actually yes! I have a buddy who used to race, great mechanic so I've followed him from shop to shop since 1996 till he opened up his own shop about 5 years ago. I walk in and he pretty much shouts my name, he's one of those overly excited loud guys. So customers turn to look at me and my wife when we walk in. Now the entire shop knows our names. Then I get even more looks when he tells them about rides we did together. OK, so now total strangers in the store know my name and cycling history!
But are they weird looks?
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Old 04-06-21, 02:50 PM
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Ya, I go to my bike shop, and the owner yells out, "Brooks.. good to see you standing!....did you bring the IPAs?"
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
Anyone else get weird looks occasionally from other customers when you walk into the bike shop and the general manager and other employees address you by your first name?
that used to happen to me when I went to cheers
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