Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Self Portrait Challenge: Red 2 - mistaken identity as a hoodlum
When thinking about this month's topic for SPC, Red, I thought - what are things that are without a doubt, red?
And then it came to me: The Lumberjack Jacket.
Yes, there are the brave souls that deviate from red. I've known some to pick the mint-ish green. Others may choose the zany combination of red & purple (I admit, I had this one too).
But the classic & true lumberjack jacket is red. Most likely found under a jean jacket in the fall or a leather jacket in the winter. The they are not worn by all. Reserved for the tougher crowd, sometimes the loner crowd (might be wrong usage of 'crowd' but you know what I mean), where I grew up it was synonmous with the 'North Wall' crowd.
I had one, of course. Actually I've had more than one over the years. Funny thing is, I wasn't really a hoodlum. I'd never do anything illegal, but throw this outfit together and some of the various outfits and haircuts (chelsea, shaven head, every shade under the sun) sometimes people thought I was. Thought I would destroy stuff, steal stuff, many a store did I enter did I receive mean looks or on some occasions was asked if I had anything in my bag or pockets.
What's funny is now, this never happens. Now I get passed through places without getting searched. I think it's wrong to use appearance as a rationale for how people are treated. I always have, and I always will. See the person. Listen to them. Heck, ask 'em something. Who cares what they are wearing.
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