For our bike-ridin', chicken-lovin' friends (grab the tissue box)

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dawn419, May 7, 2008.

  1. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Skip's Mom sent us this one today, still in tears as it really hit close to home for Skip and I ...

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    THE
    BIKER

    I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the
    grocery store line.

    But, you didn't see me, put an extra
    $10.00 in the
    collection plate last Sunday.


    I saw you, pull your child closer when
    we passed each other on
    the sidewalk.

    But, you didn't see me, playing Santa at
    the local mall.

    I saw you, change your mind about going into the
    restaurant.

    But, you didn't see me, attending a
    meeting to raise more
    money for the hurricane relief.


    I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head
    when I rode by.

    But, you didn't see me, riding behind you when you
    flicked your cigarette butt
    out the car window.


    I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at
    your children.

    But, you didn't see me,
    when I took time off from
    work to run toys to the homeless.


    I saw you, stare at my long
    hair. But, you didn't see me, and my friends cut ten
    inches off for Locks of
    Love.

    I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets
    and gloves.

    But, you didn't see me, and my brothers
    donate our old ones to
    those that had none.


    I saw you, look in fright at my
    tattoos. But, you didn't see me, cry as my children
    were
    born and have their name written over and in my
    heart.


    I saw you, change lanes while rushing
    off to go somewhere.

    But, you didn't see me, going home to be with my
    family.


    I saw you, complain about how loud and
    noisy our bikes can be.
    But, you didn't see me, when you were changing the
    CD and drifted into my lane.


    I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car. But,
    you didn't see me, pat my child's hands, knowing he was
    safe behind me.


    I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove
    down the road. But, you didn't see me, squeeze my wife's leg
    when
    she told me to take the next
    turn.

    I saw you, race down the road in the rain. But, you
    didn't see me, get
    soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go
    on his date.




    I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few
    minutes of time.

    But, you didn't see me, trying to turn
    right.

    I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in
    the lane I was in. But, you didn't see me, leave the
    road.




    I saw you, waiting impatiently for my
    friends to pass. But, you didn't see me. I wasn't
    there.

    I saw you, go home to your family. But, you didn't
    see me.


    Because, I died that day you cut me off.


    I was just a biker.
    A person with friends and family.

    But, you didn't see me.

    Re-send this around in hopes that people will
    understand the biker community.


    I hope you never loose someone that rides.


    EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO
    RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA
    SECONDS TO BE SURE WE'RE NOT IN 'YOUR' WAY - LIVE TO
    RIDE . . .
    RIDE TO LIVE

    After a 20 year "young" kid ran his red light as we were going through our green light...

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    Keep those knees in the breeze!!!

    Dawn & Skip
     
  2. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Loud Pipes Save Lives!"
    From the looks of that bikle, you guys are lucky to be here!!!


    I too am suffering from PMS.....need to run a new fuel line.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That choked me up, mainly because I was one of those bikers who rode with other bikers people took sideways glances at when we entered an establishment. DH and I rode with the Christian Motorcyclists Association and often took road trips to meet up with the Sons of God, made up of many former Hell's Angels. They still looked the part, some of them. Bikers can be some of the most generous people on earth, I've found. I'm so glad you and Skip survived your accident and came back to us. I had friends who didn't survive theirs.
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  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Wow Cyn!! [​IMG] Although, I must nag at you... You'd better wear a helmet!

    Dawn... I am speechless. You both are lucky to be alive. I'm not a roadbike rider, but I am a dirtbike rider, and I've buried one friend and have one that is brain damaged.

    Everyone, ride safe!
     
  5. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The local Starbucks hosts a biker nite some Saturdays, run by a group of Christian bikers. They raise money for all sorts of things by doing fund raising rides, karaoke contests and other creative things.

    I had a couple of friends that were both champion motocross racers. They both died in traffic accidents, both when drunk drivers veered into the wrong lane. They WERE wearing helmets, but when a car hits you at 80 mph, head on (John) and your body (only) goes through the windshield, helmets don't help much. He was still wearing it when they found it 3 hours later. Joey was coming home from his GF's house and someone changed lanes without seeing him. And it was at night with headlights on.

    People just don't see bikers, even when they look right at them!

    I have had to lay mine down several times to avoid a car or truck.

    ....and people wonder why I am such a defensive driver.....
     
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  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    My cousin was a biker...He's dead now because some drunk felt the need to leave his car to get another drink.left the car and some idiot woman was too important to let Bobby and his friend out of the lane...Bobby died a couple of days later...I ALWAYS make sure to give plenty of room to bikers and truckers too...
     
  7. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    My friend and I talk about this all the time. We know those guys with the long hair, tattoos, leather. But they do toy runs for Christmas, runs to raise money when a buddys girlfriend died and left 2 kids behind, runs to raise money for the local childrens hospital. And many of them would help you if you needed them but many wont stop for strangers in need because of how they might be viewed.

    The same thing happeded to my oldest sons father, kid ran a red light. He was in the hospital for months with a shattered pelvis and had to be bolted, plated and screwed back together and had to learn to walk again. He is lucky he was wearing a helmet.

    My own boyfriend had to throw his bike down to avoid being hit by a garbage truck less than 2 blocks from my house. He rolled for another block.
     
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  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Wow Cyn!! Although, I must nag at you... You'd better wear a helmet!

    I dont ride anymore, but Carri, I promise, I've never ridden a motorcycle without a helmet and anyone who does is an idiot, plain and simple. People just dont see bikes, even great big, honkin' Goldwings like ours was. In that pic, I was just sitting for the snapshot. Some stupid woman ran into the back of my DH while he was stopped to turn left into our subdivision way back in the early 90's. She went around him on the right because she was too impatient to wait two seconds for him to turn and ran smack into his tag. Totaled the bike. At least he wasn't hurt badly. I was 4 days out of the hospital from major surgery and couldnt drive. [​IMG]
     
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  9. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Oh Lord I'm crying now. Dawn that is so true, I have been there done that. Thank God that you and Skip were spared that day. Here's a pic of me in 1988 after a wreck. I was in the hospital for 11 days. We were run off the road by a drunk on the way back from the lake. He never even stopped to see if we were all right.


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  10. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I not only ALWAYS wear a helmet, I wear a full face motocross type!
    There have been several times I have been glad of it and seen people that wished they had been wearing a helemt with the chin piece and visor.
     

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