what year?

Apr. 3rd, 2019 08:00 pm
syntonic_comma: riding Grasshopper fx home from work past 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, DC (by Steve Chong) (bike)
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Wed Apr 3 20:00:00 EDT 2019

While I was waiting at a red light on my commute, someone came up to me, certain that I was a veteran. "What year? What year? Viet Nam?" (My greying hair?) No, I was in high school when Saigon fell (or was liberated).

I'm guessing he thinks recumbent bikes are a "veteran" thing. Maybe he's seen paraplegics or amputees riding hand-cranked recumbent tricycles. But without enough attention to detail to note that I was on a bicycle, not a tricycle, and my feet were on pedals – no hand cranks.

Of course, lots of veterans have the use of their hands and feet, and can ride recumbent bikes – or conventional bikes. So someone on a bike like mine still could have been a veteran. But it's an unfounded expectation.

(Note that the middle of the street is not a good place to strike up a conversation. I'm taking a lane and there's cars behind me, so I can't stay to clarify anything after the light turns green.)

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