Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Born to be Wild"

The Army has a lot of pros and cons. Pros are things like health care, job stability and a different a pair of gloves for every occasion. Cons are things like mandatory workout at 6:30 in the morning, silly training classes where the instructors tell you what they are "TOLD" to tell you and then show you how "things are really done". Leaders that think they are gods gift to the Army and expect you to agree. Did I mention working out at 6:30 in the morning?

Well this week I got to participate in one of the best things that the Army offers soldiers. (In this Sergeant's opinion) This week I took the Motorcycle Training Course. In the civilian world this class costs about $150 and you have to do it on the weekend. But soldiers get take the course during the week and its free. Now you might ask (and so does my wife) why would I take a motorcycle training class if I don't have a motorcycle?? The answer to that is you don't even have to own a motorcycle to take the class. Sweet, Right?!! Well the class was very fun and I learned a lot. Especially since I've never actually ridden a motorcycle. I learned how to ride one and become pretty proficient at it. The good thing about the class is that they dumb it down for all riders. If you've never seen a motorcycle before or you've been cruising with the Hell's Angels for 20 years your going to learn to be SAFE.

Waiting in line to run the bike course

Me on the Hog


Tobi said...

Danger? I eat danger for breakfast!! I'm glad you indulged your wild side. But I'm happier that you made it out alive!!

Apis Melliflora said...

This is a guy fantasy for sure. Glad you lived it out!

Just so you know, I've been on some motorcycles in my time. The most memorable was around the Arch de Triomphe in Paris. I was wearing a helmit, thank you very much, and a polka dot the life.

Kernal Ken said...

Okay, Sergeant, the pics of you on the hog are pretty cool, but what we ALL want to see are the pics of Apis in her helmet and miniskirt circling the Arc de Triomphe.

"We will always have Paris..."

Crazy Granny said...

As a mother all I can say to you Is, what in the heck are you thinking? I can see why you didn't tell me about this particular training.

But I have actually drove a motor cycle myself, and I must say it's pretty fun.

Just don't ever get on one again.
Your loving Mother

Mammallama said...

Go Joel.. Be free... Buy a hog and ride it.
Grew up on the back of a motorcycle. Dumped on my yass sass a nator a few times dirt biking with my uncle Wayne down by Bears Stadium. If you look up the history of Colorado, you'll know it's been a long time since anyone called it Bears Stadium.
As for the mini skirt.. WOA

The Queen Vee said...

I'm thrilled for you Joel. I think it is wonderful that you had the chance to take this course. I feel perfectly comfortable with you riding a motorcycle in a military class...... but like your mom, I also feel perfectly comfortable with you not owning one or ever riding one again.