helpothers.org Biker Dude At the Grocery Store--posted by ppiemomma on May 8, 2008 "The other day I was shopping with my four-year-old son, Jacob. We had been in the store quite a while, so his patience was already wearing thin when I mentioned that I had forgotten to get soup. As I turned the cart around and headed down the soup aisle we saw the biggest, baldest, most bewildered looking biker dude staring at the cans. I thought he might be threatening them to jump into his basket! Like most children his age, Jacob is still learning to not shout out his observations about people in public. As we approached the man, Jacob yelled, "He rides a motorcycle, I bet! Do you think he looks mean?" I was mortified, but the biker smiled and won Jacob over with a high five. The biker sheepishly asked if I could help him out. There was a single mom with small children who lived next door to him and she had just lost her job. He was looking to buy groceries for her family and, since he had no children, he had no clue what little kids liked. He didn't want her to know where the groceries were coming from, so he hadn't asked her any questions. I have to admit, walking around the grocery store for half an hour with a big, bad, biker dude taking orders from a four-year-old about what to buy was a blast. The best part happened when we went out to the parking lot. Once again, in a typically innocent way, Jacob yelled out his observation to the biker, "You really rock!" I could see the biker blush from three cars down!" i always think it's funny the assumptions people make based on external appearances. most riders i've met here are a pretty gentle-hearted, daggy and a somewhat geeky lot, even those that look like 'big bad biker dudes'. personally, while i normally get perfectly friendly smiles from people in the street, it seems to me that i get less warm reactions when i'm in leathers and carrying my helmet. once i borrowed a very gay looking sunhat from a lesbian friend of mine and got quite a few sideways glances and disapproving looks. i also get a very different reaction from the world now that i'm 8 months pregnant and the size of a house. i get friendly 'knowing' smiles from women and am invisible to most men. do you get different reactions from people based on what you're wearing?