In a lot of ways I think we are one of the few groups left that it is OK to hate, dismiss, degrade, etc. I was reading a Chuck Klosterman book the other day. I like him. He's funny. And then he said something to the effect of how he always figured people who ride motorcycles want to die and probably deserve to (or something...sorry Chuck, your attitude makes my desire to quote you accurately a little bit less intense...guess it's the old death wish).
Obviously, I have heard these sentiments before. I'm sure you have, too. But shit. Really?
Motorcycles are dangerous. I know that. I have spent a lot of money on gear to make it less likely that I will die, be maimed, crushed, etc.
to die? For real? How the hell can anyone even say that. Granted, Chuck is a humor writer, but still. How funny would it be if I said everyone who smokes deserves to die (I used to smoke, btw...not judging)? How funny would it be if we said anyone who bungee jumps is asking for a snapped neck and it wouldn't bother us a bit if it happened?
How is this shit OK? Much like a lot of you (and especially since I just had a baby), I get people judging me ALL THE F'ING TIME because I am so irresponsible as to put myself at risk. From people who are morbidly obese. From people who do hard drugs. From people who are just generally uninformed and obnoxious. It's really not OK. And I am getting sick of it. But there is nothing we can do, I guess. I just wanted to rant. And I'm hoping that someone will print up a bunch of witty stickers.
"Motorcycles don't clog your arteries."
"A motorcycle can't give you lung cancer."
Something to that effect.