In case you guys haven't already noticed, I am new to this whole 'leather/biker community.' I grew up in a suburban neighborhood in upstate NY, so when I arrived down here this whole lifestyle was a bit of a culture shock to me. As much as I hate to admit it, my first perspective of bikers was not a good one to say the least.
At first, I thought of bikers as ignorant, crude, loudmouth people that are trying to compensate for their small dicks. I didn't come to this belief on my own however. Most TV shows, movies, music, and video games portray the bikers as nothing more than menaces to society. Mayor Rhodes has also done little to help debunk this stereotype. Fortunately, after working here at Jamin' Leather for the past two months, I've been able to finally meet some of the bikers. Because of this, all previous notions that bikers were somehow 'inhuman beasts' have been thrown out the window into the garbage.
I've come to realize that the majority of bikers are all real human beings just like the rest of us. Some enjoy listening to classical music, others prefer Autograph; some like pizza while others prefer yogurt; a few like to watch Oprah while some even watch Southpark. Bikers are just everyday people that like to do everyday things. I did happen to come across a few 'hardcore' bikers. However, despite any misgivings I may have had, they were nothing but kind, respectful, and completely hilarious.
Working at Jamin' Leather through bike week has given me a better understanding of people as a whole. Now I respect the fact that every person has the same capacity to be considerate and decent, as well as being a complete asshole. It all depends on how that particular individual wishes to act. Accordingly, despite all our differences, I wholeheartedly believe that we are all more alike than not.
In the past, I used to loathe working in customer service. Now, everyday I look forward to the chance of meeting new and interesting people. Who would've thought that it was possible for me to come to this revelation simply by speaking with a few bikers? I sure as hell didn't think it was and I am happy to say that I was wrong. Cheers!