Noise and bikers are part of the community
I have been reading the letters this week concerning the motorcycle rally in Glenwood Springs. To Steve Smith:
First of all, this is not “your” community. It is a community of many diverse individuals. I understand you may have some “Tiptoe through the Tulips” vision of life, but I hate to tell you – this vision is not reality. Contrary to what you may think, noise will not hurt you. You will not melt, you will not explode. And a rally is like any other weekend function – it will go away. Strawberry Days is noisy, children are noisy, parades, Christmas carols, I could go on and on. Should we do away with all noise?
I grew up here and I can tell you the bikers have been a part of this valley as long as I can remember. What? You have not noticed them? Goodness, they are so loud – how did you miss them? Did it ever occur to you or to others who are always trying to direct life for everyone else that maybe the bikers find your vehicle, your clothing, your lifestyle offensive? Maybe they think you don’t belong in “their” community?
Hmmm. Maybe they should write letters about how you ruin their quality of life. After all, each individual has a different view on what qualifies as quality of life (remember as you said “independence from the tyranny of a few”). And no, while the corn cob is where it is, you will never understand why people ride bikes or even horses.
A cowboy is a cowboy, whether his horse is flesh and blood or metal. My real father rode bikes, my stepfather rode horses. So my brothers and I grew up on both. I always understood both my fathers were in essence cowboys. It is all about an inner freedom each person must find for themselves.
As to the noise of a Harley, you completely missed the point, which was obvious in the letters written back to you. Here, I will try to help you. My brother has one leg. You may see him around, as he is rather an eccentric-looking character. He wears a peg because, as any amputee can tell you, the pain is so intense while wearing a prosthetic. Obviously, the pipes on his motorcycle were not loud enough. The driver of the car that decided to turn left from a right-hand lane did not hear him and did not care to see him. Unfortunately, the driver of the car had no license, no insurance and was not even legal in our country.
My brother, like our father before, most of our male relatives, and many of the bikers across this nation, served our country. These are men who served our country through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and now. They have the right to ride whatever they want, on any road they want, in any town they want. They are the same people who will always continue to defend this country in any way they can.
Freedom. This is what it is all about, and I am sorry you cannot understand this. I drive an SUV, I raise children, I run businesses and I have not been on a Harley or a horse for many years. But I will always remember, and I will always defend the right to be a cowboy.
And if you can’t handle the noise, go home for the days of the rally, plant some tulips in your yard, and try to forget there may be people enjoying themselves, making noise, and daring to live different than you.
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