As it is such a high traffic area, I've noticed that it's become a popular place for panhandlers to set up shop. As far as I've seen, the panhandlers don't get aggressive or obstruct the flow of traffic. They just stand near the off-ramps holding their cardboard signs.
So, I was minding my own business and went on by one such panhandler. We smiled our hellos and I continued on when I heard him say, "...mumble mumble mumble..to spare?"
I stopped and turned to him, "Sorry... what?"
To which he replied, "Ya got any weed to spare?" and brought his fingers up to his lips to mimic toking on a joint.
"Ah... no, sorry" I answered, "Good luck" and a wave good-bye.
So as I was pedaling on home, I got to thinking. He's standing there asking motorists for money, but he didn't ask me for money. He just asked me for pot.
Is it because I was on a bicycle?
Is it because I have a tattoo?
Is it because I ride a bicycle and have a tattoo?
Is it none of the above and I just look like a pothead?
Seriously, you guys would tell me if I looked like a pothead, wouldn't you?