Sunday, July 27, 2008

My Heros Have Always Been...

AMA Superbike Champions?

Do you know who this is? It's non-other than Matt Mladin, 6-time AMA SuperBike Champion and featured guest celeb of the Seattle 100, a motorcycle lap-a-thon that I had the privilege of attending Saturday as a member of "Team Toby". (More on Toby Later).

A couple of weeks ago, I couldn't tell you what AMA stood for, let alone who Matt Mladin is. Needless to say, Matt has achieved "Rockstar" status in the motorcycle road-racing world. Toby was thrilled and honored to be on the same track with him. (That's Toby below)

I guess it would be like me getting to sit in on a jam-session with The Eagles back-stage at some concert. Yeah, I'd feel terribly out-classed, but who cares?

Kinda' gets you thinking about who we put on a pedestal. How long will that individual (or group) be on top? Will you always be proud of their accomplishments, conduct and lifestyle? Are they "real" people, or just arrogant snobs who think they're "something"? (Mladin seemed to be a very nice Aussie with a humble demeanor) He's a family man who rides a 200 hp crotch-rocket, owns & flies 5 airplanes, and doesn't have a problem drawing a crowd at a racetrack. But if you were like me at the beginning of this blog, he'd just be another guy in a t-shirt and expensive sunglasses.

The only true hero worthy of lasting worship didn't fly a plane or ride a bike that cost more than most of us make in a year (or two).

He wore linen instead of leathers, rode a donkey into town and split history in half (BC-AD). He flew without the aid of thrust, velocity or lift and He changed my life forever.

I can't wait to get my picture taken with Him face-to-face!


KathyB. said...

Wow....Well said brother ! Jim and KathyB.

CaroltheRose said...

yes you can add me on there. hah some days I'm scratching my head wondering what to write....its all the same thing! "the weather is sunny, the babies are teething/napping/crying/playing
I should be cleaning..or making dinner..blah blah blah." its hard to find interesting things!