Re: interesting thread
I haven't completely finished reading the threads yet. I'm about 5 pages in. It is a great story. I'm going to try and get my wife to stop moving long enough to read it. It really shows why we ride. It's not just a different form of transportation; it's a different way of enjoying the time you're driving. Like an old car commercial said, it's not where you're going, it's how you're getting there (although I don't believe that car would've done it for me).
I could relate to the paragraphs about the humbling he felt when looking at the Nebraska plain, and how it made his issues seem small. I used to feel that way when I would have my telescope out by myself, hopping through the skies, back in my teenage years when life was more confusing and difficult. Space is so vast, and the universe just doesn't give two hoots about Bob standing in some field in WI, and his little problems. Boo hoo. It made me realize that things would work themselves out and life would go on, and years down the road, I probably wouldn't even remember the grief I was feeling then. You just had to do your time, and things would get better.
The story seems to have a flair of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I may need to read that again. In the meantime, I'm going to subscribe to advrider. I didn't know what gems I could be missing.
When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.
- Maxwell Anderson