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Old 05-13-2011, 07:43 AM   #181
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He's 3, but still likes to drive sitting on my Knee




Messing with the JCB.

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:31 PM   #182
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my son on the new (to me) XL600R.



and him on his bike

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Old 05-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #183
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This was a trip to Rockingham Nc last year for a bike rally. In the pic is my old man and my two brothers one of which is my twin.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:19 PM   #184
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This is my son and I. Who will be a big brother in a matter of days. We are zoned out on this motorcycle movie. Anyone guess what movie??? Here is a hint it is a cult classic?.?.?
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:17 PM   #185
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My brother, Chris, and his only child - his son, Jordan. Jordan was KIA in Iraq 3 years ago today (right about at this hour).


Playing soldier as a boy:


On the observation deck of the World Trade Center with my daughter, Jess, on 8/29/01


In Iraq:


Picture of the gate to his base in Ramadi taken from a Humvee (photo was on Jordan's camera) - Jordan and another Marine were killed when the gate and guard shack (large pile of sandbags to right of gate) were leveled by a truck bomb a few days after this picture was taken:




I like to think that I gave him some motorcycle riding ops on our little dirtbikes and his first 'big bike' experience piloting my TW200 for a short ride in the yard... it sure would be nice to have him around still now that his cousins (my kids) are licensed and riding - I'm sure he would be with them riding his Dad's KLR or VFR. We all miss him dearly.
I'd like to offer my most sincere condolences to you and your brother.

When I see pictures and hear stories like this, it brings up a lot of mixed feelings.

Gratitude...gratitude for the fact that people like your nephew chose to serve and give of themselves for their team, for those in foreign lands, and for their families back home. Despite what is on the news, the average Iraqi, the average Afghani...they are deeply appreciative of what we are doing for them.

Sadness...sadness for the family members left behind.

Pride...pride in knowing that your nephew and others like him did not die in vain. They went doing something they believe in for people that are closer than any other...their brothers and sisters in arms.

Responsibility...In a very short time I'll be deployed again and will be responsible for bringing home safely the men I lead.

It's sobering to see these pictures. If something happens to me, there's not much I can do about it. Whether I come home alive and kicking, missing some parts, or in a box, I've made peace with those possibilities. What I cannot make peace with is the thought that I will knowingly be putting my men's lives on the line, every day, and it's possible that not all of them will make it home. Every time we roll out, every time we're on a mission, every time we lay our heads down at night...every minute of every day, I will be responsible for the lives of men like your nephew. We have a job to do downrange and I'll do everything I can to accomplish that, because in doing so, it may just keep others from having to deploy in the future. But first and foremost is my responsibility to my men. It is not a responsibility that I or any other leader take lightly.

My hope and my prayer: I pray that I can bring my men home safely, and I hope that in doing so I will earn the trust of the mothers and fathers giving me their sons for a year.

I'm thankful for your nephew's service.



I hope that my gender-specific use of the word "men" didn't offend anyone...there are tens or even hundreds of thousands of great and brave women serving. I know this because I've worked with some of them. But I happen to be part of an all-male organization.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:32 PM   #186
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stahop screwed with this post 05-13-2011 at 07:32 PM Reason: me and my son. Mt Shuksan Washington
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:40 AM   #187
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My son Scott on Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on our trip from NYC to Hollywood, FL 8/05. Ran into a little squall called Hurricaine Katrina around West Palm Beach. He still doesn't want to talk about riding through it. Last year at 18 he decided to move away from his mom and live with my wife my daughter and I here in Mount Holly, NC. I have too much I have to apologize to him for over the years. He's here now and we have a lot of time to make up for. We have many long trips planned together. Luv ya, Scottso.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #188
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I enjoy riding with my son and his friends, it is more than just riding, we like to have a look about.




Great times are had on trips away.


Sometimes his sister comes for a ride too.


Mum gets involved on race days.


His uncle rides with us as well


He likes riding MX but prefers trail riding with his dad..



Picking up his brand new YZ250F last Saturday. Happy Days!! I wont catch him now!!

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:28 PM   #189
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My boy and I on Saturday. He hasn't been on the bike in nearly a year and all of a sudden has slot of interest in riding again. My other boy won't hardly let me leave the house on a scooter without taking him

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:24 AM   #190
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My boy and I on Saturday. He hasn't been on the bike in nearly a year and all of a sudden has slot of interest in riding again. My other boy won't hardly let me leave the house on a scooter without taking him

Where did you get those googles? Way cool.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:36 AM   #191
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Where did you get those googles? Way cool.
http://www.shop.captain-itch.com/Ugl...ly-Goggles.htm

I have been wearing them for a few years. Great vision with them and very comfortable. I got lots of pics taken of me while in Sturgis.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #192
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God Bless You, soldierguy and havocdog....





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Old 05-17-2011, 02:31 PM   #193
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Son was living in Taipai when I visited him in 2003.

We took a train to the Pacific coast of Taiwan and rented scooters. Just rode around for a couple days on 125cc Kymcos.

Had a blast - lots of strange and curious things there.

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Old 05-17-2011, 02:32 PM   #194
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Dad and I on a trip in WV

He loved to ride on the back.

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Old 05-18-2011, 04:22 AM   #195
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My son is currently attending MMI in Phoenix AZ. Since he had a v-max to ride when I visited him a month or so ago I rented an FJR for the day so we could ride around a bit. What a perfect day and great roads....

He has already sold this bike...said it was going to get him in trouble


Only put 200 miles on it but what a fabulous bike..


Yes my young son is taller than me...I am still better looking
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