Ah, that deliciously awkward moment when Thong Man rides his bike by you, your husband, and your thirteen-year-old. Awesome....
For those of you who don't know Thong Man, let me introduce you. Thong Man is less the name of an individual, and more the name of a group of out-there dudes. Thong Man can bee seen at Barton Springs Pool, walking around, swimming, and sun bathing, and, of course, he's wearing only a thong swimsuit (last I saw him it had a conveniently located zipper in the front). Thong Man can also be seen riding his bike down the sides of busy streets and on the hike and bike trail. Thong Man is old and sporting a beer belly and Thong Man is middle-age and fit. Thong Man has a very nice all-over tan. Austin is home to multiple Thong Men, and I admit I think they pretty much rock.
Today as we waited for my big guy after school, Thong Man rode by.
Little dude: "Ooooohhh, I just threw up a little in my mouth! Why would he do that?!?!"
Dave: "I think his thong is getting smaller."
Me, thinking silently: "I wonder if he just rode by my big guy giving him a full rear view."
I'm grateful for all of the Thong Men, I must say. I appreciate their guts...their absolute lack of shame or worry about others' negative responses. I love, love, love watching people react as they pass by (a "rear" cam on the back of the bicycle would make a great short film). Austin wouldn't be nearly so wonderfully weird without them.
Long live Thong Man!