Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
It's all ego and image. I work in the construction industry and a lot of our field guys are pipefitters/steamfitters and welders, etc. Obviously Harleys are a big thing to many of them, and I know many of them that have ties to the Hell's Angels. The funny thing is that when you are talking to them by themselves most of them are the nicest people you'll ever meet. Something about once they get on their bike and get moving they become too cool to acknowledge you.
I know, perhaps that once they start that monstrosity up it is vibrating so badly that they really can't see much of anything. It's not that they are ignoring you, they simply can't see you. The only reason that they wave to other Harley guys is that they are so loud that they can't help but notice that someone else is there, and since nothing is as obnoxiously loud as a Harley, they know it's another rider, and wave accordingly.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. - Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion