So over the weekend the thread began again over whether it should be compulsory to wear helmets on motorcycles....
My humble opinion follows:
Compulsory or not, I value my contributions to my community, the love of my family and friends, and the obligations I have made to my peers more than any statement I can make by catching metal objects with my skull or seeing how quickly my flesh can be ground down to bone. If I want the wind running through my hair, I can get that effect from running, walking, or even riding around with the windows down and sunroof open. And the local butcher shop has plenty of ground up bones and meat to satiate the need for the visuals and sound effects fix.
Too many of us, choosing to opt out of wearing the most basic of safety equipment, has put ourselves in harms way, and some of us have even paid the ultimate price or have permanently injured ourselves as a result. For what? A dream? A fantasy? A right? Pride? Vanity?
We have our own experiences with ER docs and nurses... and recent posts have suggested if we're injured on a bike and get care in an ER... they might not treat us so well on account of the fact we were on a bike. Perhaps that is true... and why might that be? Resentment? How many scrambled body parts have they collected from motorcyclists they've scraped up from the pavement? To make matters more aggravating.. how many of those bikers... sustained injuries even the most basic of safety equipment would have mitigated or prevented from occurring?
Stupid is what stupid does. Not wearing ATGATT, is asking for Darwin to come by and hand us an award we so justly deserve but haven't received yet. By the way, there are no 2nd time Darwin Award winners.
To wear or not to wear... there is no question.
'70 Sears.... Nah