The old guy doesn't creak anymore.

The old guy doesn't creak anymore.

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    The old guy doesn't creak anymore.

    I have an appointment on Tuesday to x-ray and finalize the rehab on my broken left hand. That's the "official word." And if anyone truly knows me they realize that I cannot tolerate officials and I strive for the last word.

    In truth I've been taking the splint off since the bones stopped cracking, and I have been squeezing rehab clay. I sped through 'easy purple,' and 'medium pink' only hurts after a bit. 'Green hard' will have to wait.

    But I have continued to sharpen, lift weights and be positive. I heal very fast; a broken neck scheduled for eight months healed in two. Cuts actually just 'go away.' I get them, and then a day or two later cannot find them. Scars fade over two to three years. All childhood scars were gone by my late teens and early twenties.

    So, today after my wife and I returned from the bookstore and parked her Explorer, I told her to go inside and that I had some puttering around to do in the garage. I just didn't want her around in case I 'failed.'

    I tossed back the cloth covering on the Harley, and stared down at the new handlebars. In December, I had the complete handlebar assembly, all switch boxes, reservoirs and levers, changed out to chrome.

    My fear was the clutch cable. I had it replaced with a stainless braided cable which was a lot stiffer than the stock cable. And truth be told, the original clutch was adjusted for my bigger 95-inch engine.

    No more putting it off. I reached down, put the tips of the fingers of my left hand onto the clutch lever and I pulled.

    The lever moved painlessly!

    I released it, and engaged it a dozen more times. No pain.

    Suddenly I did not feel small and vulnerable. I felt my brow cut a hardened 'V' on my forehead. Doubt washed away in an instant.

    I have always said that bikers are born, not made. Sometimes we are re-born.


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    Suddenly the theme song from Easy Rider plays.....sorry, couldn't help it.
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    Peter Fonda is older than I am! And Dennis Hopper is older than us both!

    I saw the movie on cable about a month ago. The time represents my early twenties. Man, was that film dated.

    They did kick-start their bikes, however, my children.

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    Thumbs up Good Thread Tourist

    Glad that you're doing OK.
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    Tourist sometimes I read your stuff, and I wonder:

    Change from a blue eyed Sicilian to a brown eyed redneck, change from a Harley to a Chevy, and change from a pile of SIGs to a pile of Smiths, transition from married to bachelor, add 30 years... Will that in some twisted bizarro way be me?

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    Euc,

    Yes, yes it will. I did always own a Harley. But...

    At your age I had only two firearms, a 4" nickel plated SW 29 .44 Mag and a 4" nickel plated Colt Python in .357 Mag.

    My car was a white 1963 283 Chevy with a two speed slush-box. I was unmarried, but I "dated heavily."

    And truth be told, as a Milwaukee born biker, I am probably more Polish and German than I like to admit.

    I was you. And it creeps me out a bit.

    You have no idea of the wild ride ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclidean
    Will that in some twisted bizarro way be me?
    But then again, I am mostly the same as I was when I was in my 20's, gray hair and some level of wisdom that comes with it notwithstanding.
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    Red face

    So far so good.....so far so good!

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