Because we’re all a little hardcore sometimes
The inspiration for this week's comic comes from one of the most annoying commercials I've ever seen. It's by Florida Orange Juice; if you don't recognize it and want to know what I'm talking about you can click here to watch it.
I like this comic because it has a double meaning for me. The company promotes their orange juice as a way to start the day off right so you're prepared to "take on" life's daily hassles. So, my comic is in direct response to that: I'm promoting bikes as a great way to deal with life's daily hassles.
But it's about more than that, too. As I was doing research for this comic (i.e., rolling my eyes at both versions of this commercial series), I noticed that car-related frustrations were prominent. Across the two commercials, the orange-juice-drinker is foretold about getting:
- a ticket for parking at an expired meter
- their car towed away
- a flat tire and having to walk (in the pouring rain)
Interesting, because cars are marketed as a mode of convenient transportation. Sometimes this is true. However, as these commercials point out, cars can give us some pretty big (and expensive) headaches.
With a bike, you don't have to pay meters and you don't get towed away. And if you get a flat, it can be changed relatively quickly or, at least, it comes with a pretty minor financial cost!
Sure, bike riding has it's own inconveniences and annoyances. But there is at least the part where you're riding a bike! In a car, at best, I feel neutral. I don't enjoy it. When riding a bike, however, I feel pure joy interrupted by moments of irritation.