However, I'm now starting to see this as a safety issue as well.
I mean, travel experts typically recommend that you carry pepper mace for dealing with aggressive dogs, and of course a large crucifix to ward off aggressive groups of vampires. Fine. But here I am riding through Southern red states with a pony tail and a vehicle that's not exactly traditional for the region. So, what do I do if I get surrounded by rough-looking locals, who might have made a series of assumptions about my personal life and level of patriotism based on my appearance? Well, in that case I just whip out this little flag, and the crowd scatters like vampires before the crucifix.