Anyway I had to dress as Father Christmas and run the grotto for the kiddiewinks - all great fun.
Organiser says to me,
“wouldn’t it be great if you arrived dressed up on your Harley?”
Me : “er it’s a Ducati…”
Org : Yeh ok - we could park it inside!"
So we went ahead and it went down a storm, however during the session the organiser said -
Org: “It’s going really well! Tons of kids outside and they LOVE your Harley!!!”
Me : “er Mandy, it’s a Ducati…”
Org : “Oh yes sorry”
Afterwards she put up a FB page about it and put…
“A big thank you to Santa who turned up on his Harley!”
Bloody hell , Mandy is a lovely person but like a lot of ‘civilians’ ANY big bike is a Hardly … and like Porsche or Ferrari people assume that they are the best, biggest engined . fastest and most impressive bikes in the world…
Plato said that for every object or thing in the world there is the idealised object which forms the basis of our understanding of objects that are like it - e.g:
These Forms are the essences of various objects: they are that without which a thing would not be the kind of thing it is. For example, there are countless tables in the world but the Form of tableness is at the core; it is the essence of all of them. Plato’s Socrates held that the world of Forms is transcendent to our own world (the world of substances) and also is the essential basis of reality.
For people who don’t know anything about bikes the name Harley Davidson for obscure cultural reasons is the only motorbike that has vaguely impinged on their consciousness so for them ‘Harleyness’ is the essence and idealised form of the object ‘motorbike’.
Bravo Ninja Junkie! Very elegant explanation as to why some people are just dumb-asses! I am thinking this lady must be quite old (50+) for her ‘idealised object’ to be a Hardly. I think younger people would (and in my experience often do) use a Ducati as their ‘object’. Sometimes think I should get one, just so I disappoint fewer people!
Thanks mate - It’s amazing to think that outside of time and space in Plato’s ‘world of forms’ there exists an idealized GSXR rider wearing white trainers and tracksuit bottoms who is the essence of all GSXR riders.
Love the black cat story, unfortunately my mum and step dad are just like that - they seem oblivious to how cringey and annoying it is. My mum doesn’t try to keep up with the Jones’s - she thinks they are the Jones’s!!