Regarding SLO/Darin's death...
I spoke with another founding member of the PPMC earlier. I am just throwing this out there. You may disagree with me and I may be wrong, but I don't think so.
My first reaction when learning about this was to rally up the boys and ride down to SLO this weekend. Then I thought, jesus, that's all the family needs is a bunch of guys on KLR's rolling up when Darin just died on his goddamn bike. Then I thought, well, I'll just drive down for the funeral. I met Darin's family once when we went down for an epic ride and camped in his backyard. His kids are wonderful as is his wife, but we spent maybe four hours total hanging out with them. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like going down there would be selfish, something to make myself feel better. The way I figure it, right now, she doesn't want to be talking to a bunch of hooligans she associates only with MC's.
I asked my wife how she would feel - I'm pretty torn up and we've been talking a lot about this. I have a three year old and my wife is 4 months pregnant. Right now the idea of getting on my bike twists my stomach. And she told me that she would want to be around family and close friends only - not my biking brothers.
I know, since we all ride, that your first reaction is probably like mine was. Shit, lets roll 50 KLRs down there for Darin. But that would be salt in the wound for the people still living. In my opinion.
Darin was my brother. He was a hell of a rider and mechanic and just an all around great guy. I get choked up even typing this. But I think my presence in SLO in the immediate future would do more harm than good. I know at least one of my brother agrees with me. And I'm just throwing it out there. You do what your heart tells you to do. I'm gonna donate some money and think about the things I loved about Darin. And in a few months, I'm going to go down there and give my condolences, give his wife a big hug and tell her how much I thought of her husband, kick a ball around with his kids. And I'm going to try to keep doing that because that is part of what the PPMC is all about. But for right now, *I* think it would make things worse to insert myself into the intense grief they are experiencing when I am essentially a stranger to the family.
Just my .02. Everybody needs to do what they think is right. That's the way I feel.
"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig
Soon, we ride.
AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.
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2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Last edited by Lockjaw; 05-10-2012 at 05:38 PM.