I was cycling home from training; tired, wet, dressed head to toe in spandex, 20 minutes outside Bristol, and being rained upon. I passed a bloke on his bike. This in itself in not extraordinary, nor is the fact that a few moments after I passed him (easily), he caught me up, huffing and puffing. (I have observed that males really hate being passed by females when cycling. Poor fragile male egos!) I was about to make a sarcastic crack about being passed by a girl, but before I could open my yap, the fellow let loose with,
"I just had to tell you, you offer the nicest rear view I've seen in ages!"
!!! What a hoot.
"Thank you, good sir," I replied, laughing broadly. "It's very nice of you to say. You just made my day."
"That's fair," he said. "The sight of you certainly made mine!"
By that point I was laughing too hard to respond, and he peeled off and went in another direction.
I was so glad he decided to be jovial and forthright and speak up. We are waaaaaaay too uptight in our culture about inappropriate comments and sexual harassment. It's gotten so it's almost impossible to have an innocent flirt anymore. How wonderful that he made free to pay me a friendly compliment and spread a bit of cheer.
So mate, wherever you are: thanks a million.