Biker Babe · 7 April 2013

I sometimes wonder if my wife, The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi, wants to be a biker babe. I wonder if she sees herself riding off into the sunset on a big Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Or if she just wants to dress the part.

Actually, I only recently wondered these things when we went to The Experience Music Project (EMP).

She spent lots of time in the leather jacket exhibit. I never knew she even liked leather jackets, but she came back with all these facts about how they are made and why they are shaped the way they are. It was opposite of the way it usually happens when we go to museums. The kids and I had rushed through the exhibit while she seemingly read every placard on every piece and watched every movie too.

Even though she spent so much time in the leather jacket exhibit, I did not fully realize The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi wanted to be a biker babe until we got to the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Thing 2 told us the exhibit existed. He had seen pictures of an exchange student posing with a leather jacket on a motorcycle. He said that this student had recently been to the EMP with his host family and we ought to look for the motorcycle. I did not say so, but I did not figure such an exhibit existed since museums usually do not like people touching their stuff. However, one of the cool things about the EMP is that there are many things to touch.

We mainly went to see the video game exhibit. We had a great time interacting with it, even playing a few games. We also enjoyed the musical instrument exhibit where we got to play guitar, drums, and keyboard. (I might need to get the kids to start their own band after seeing them in the musical instrument section.)

When we got to the Harley-Davidson, I should not have been but I was surprised to see the motorcycle and the leather jackets hanging on a stand next to it. I was even more surprised that The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi put on a couple different jackets as she posed on the big bike. If they had had chaps and helmets, she would have put on the whole outfit to pose for photos. I never realized until then that she wanted to be a biker.

I do not see my wife and I going on a long bike ride across the country any time soon. There is no Sturgis rally in our future plans. Or Harley-Davidson in our future garage for that matter. But seeing the huge smile on The Mindboggling Mrs. Miyoshi’s face as she sat on that big bike made me think that maybe my wife wants to be a biker babe. Or at the very least dress the part.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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