Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bryan's Handler

BO and I bought a motorcycle today. On the drive home I became his handler, following behind so no one would cut him off. I also fended off the ladies with a stick out my window.

People (usually women) keep asking me if I'm nervous for him to be riding a motorcycle. Obviously they haven't spent much time with my methodical, meticulous, intelligent husband. But I understand he can't control how other drivers behave, and perhaps this give me a little apprehension.

Earlier this morning, Bryan and I were in his car and spotted a dog loose in the neighborhood. Bryan asked me to get out and approach the salt-and-pepper poodle. After he led me around the complex a few minutes, he must've decided I was innocent enough and let me pet him. He didn't have a collar, and when I told Bryan this, he said, "We gotta take him home and make up fliers."

But the dog then led me back to a house. After I rang the bell, a man answered, look at me and then at the salt-and-pepper poodle, and said, "Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh."

Dumbly, I asked, "Is he yours?"

He nodded. "Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh."

By this time the dog had sauntered through the door and out of sight. The man thanked me profusely, and I just nodded, said, "Sure," and walked away.

It was Bryan who'd insisted we stop and try to get this dog home safely. I hope other people on the roads will look after my husband, too.


Mom said...

What a great post! I was in your shoes 40 years ago, and in the words of Yogi Berra, "It's like deja vu all over again." Dad's motorcycle is long gone, but we'll always have the memories.

I don't suppose you have a photo of you waving that stick out the window, do you?

Kathryn Law said...

Has Bryan taken the Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider courses? They have basic and advanced riding skills courses, and this training is absolutely lifesaving out on the roads. I commuted daily by motorcycle from San Francisco to Berkeley while in grad school, and never even had a close call, because I knew what to look for and was well trained in how to react. Experience alone is not enough, the way people drive now! Wishing you both many pleasant and safe adventures on "the other two-wheeler."

Michelle Panik said...

Mom, whatever are you doing up at 12:21AM your time?

Kathryn, Bryan did indeed take the MSF Basic Rider Course last weekend. He's thinking of taking the intermediate in a couple months. I'm glad to know you have such a good experience commuting on your bike.

Mom said...

Boy, you don't miss a thing! What else -- I was so excited about the motorcycle I couldn't sleep!