Sometimes You're Soft and Sometimes You're Hard

So everybody likes to say they are "hardcore," whether you claim to be a hardcore surfer, hardcore mountain climber, or hardcore shopper . . . but what if you're not hardcore? . . . what if you're just moderately into the thing you are talking about-- I purchased a new mountain bike the yesterday and I told the guy at the bike store that I used to mountain bike, but I didn't tell him I was a "hardcore" biker because that would have been exaggerating-- I certainly took my bike to a lot of difficult single-track and rode often, but I wasn't "extreme" or a "gear head" . . . so I suppose I was a "soft-core" mountain biker, but I'm not sure if you're allowed to say that in any context other than the pornographic-- telling someone you're a soft-core mountain biker makes it sound like you do niche films with lots of bikes, oil, and spandex-- so I didn't say this . . . but perhaps someone braver than me will try out the phrase . . . perhaps you can tell the guy at the camera shop that you're a "soft-core" photographer or tell the Boy Scout den leader that you're a "soft-core" camper . . . I think if we all cooperate we can make this phrase as permissible as it's more explicit companion.

5 comments:

zman said...

Similarly, I've often wondered why fans are always die hard. Why must they die? Are their bodies hard? Or is their death hard? I'd like to die softly.

Igor said...

Do people who ride bicycles call themselves "bikers"? What do the Hell's Angels think of that? I believe you'd get you're ass kicked calling yourself a biker in a biker bar. If you called yourself a "softcore biker" in a biker bar you would be murdered.

Danimal said...

cyclists

Igor said...

Dave, Canada is eliminating pennies. I would think this would make you appreciate Canada a great deal.

Dave said...

i'm not a mountain cyclist, am i?

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