November 11, 2008
Don and I took the bikes to see Edmonton Opera's Flying Dutchman by Wagner. I love Wagner! And they had the amazing Jason Howard and Susan Marie Pierson playing the leads - SO good.
I think the temperature was maybe... 2 above freezing? I wore my super wool tuxedo blazer and Burberry merino wool scarf to keep warm. Underneath is a strapless metallic tartan dress with bubble skirt from Zara. Shoes are Fornarina and hair piece is from Clerys in Dublin.
So we're unlocking our bikes afterward to ride home and these two girls walk by, one of them saying "Oh, I WISH I had ridden MY bike!" with total sarcasm. I replied, "It'll be warm as soon as I start pedaling" and she said, "Yeah, well I don't think my DRESS would do so well on a bike."
I hate comments like that. You know, the kind that aren't reasonable? First of all, she wasn't even wearing tights or anything, and she also had on open toe slides. If she's so fashion conscious, she should have taken into consideration her blaring lack of tan before leaving the house with black platform slides and bare feet sans pedicure. Goosebumps aren't really a fashion statement. Neither are patches of dry pink skin on unexfoliated calves.
Also, somebody who is wearing a black swishy A-line skirt in cotton jersey should not be telling me their dress can't handle a bike. A-lines are easier to bike in than pants. Cotton breathes and jersey is stretchy. Obviously she wasn't thinking nor does she likely have any experience with biking in a dress. I found it ironic that she would conclude herself too formal to be on a bike. Particularly when addressing me when I'm ON my bike!
It's this 'I don't even bother trying' attitude that bothers me the most. Just because it's chilly and the opera, someone who rides a bike is somehow sort of crazy? Ridiculous. And making a sarcastic comment insinuating how I'm stupid to ride my bike is lame. I know I know, she probably wasn't trying to be dumb. I guess my point is that most people in Edmonton have a dumb attitude towards biking in general. It's just little episodes like this where I'm reminded about how ignorant some people are.
Not everybody wants to sit in a line in their car for 15 minutes exiting a parking lot. And that's after walking at least 5 minutes to get to the car first. I think THAT is a monumental waste of time. Plus, if somebody is so concerned about looking pretty in a dress, there's no better way to show it off than riding past the chumps in the cars on the way home. Dresses & bikes forever!