Sep 262009
 

Don’t know the original author, but here goes.

I saw you hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But you didn’t see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But you didn’t see me playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But you didn’t see me attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by.
But you didn’t see me riding behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But you didn’t see me when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you stare at my long hair.
But you didn’t see me and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves.
But you didn’t see me and my brothers donate our old ones to those that had none.

I saw you look in fright at my tattoos.
But you didn’t see me cry as my children were born and have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But you didn’t see me going home to be with my family.

I saw you complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But you didn’t see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you yelling at your kids in the car.
But you didn’t see me pat my child’s hands knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But you didn’t see me squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you race down the road in the rain.
But you didn’t see me get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But you didn’t see me trying to turn right.

I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But you didn’t see me leave the road.

I saw you waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But you didn’t see me. I wasn’t there.

I saw you go home to your family.
But you didn’t see me.

Because I died that day you cut me off.

I was just a biker. A person with friends and a family.
But you didn’t see me.

Dear Drivers, don’t be stupid, watch for bikers…

Nov 192008
 

Waking on Sunday morning, I feel energetic even that I have barely slept 4 hours: I am going for a long day riding and its enough to put a huge smile on my face. I eat my cereals, drink my coffee, take a nice shower, brush my teeth, check my e-mail and that’s where my usual routine stops, I go into the garage wearing only my underwear, open the closet.Thermal base layer, thermal socks, body armour, leathers, gloves, boots and my trusty helmet are all on me.I turn on the ignition, the engine purrs into life sending chills down my spine, almost orgasmic.

I choose a random route, I just have to endure the first half hour until I get out of the city and arrive to the open road.Nothing feels better than the freedom that you feel a motorcycle: maybe its the danger, maybe its the thrill, maybe the skills required to stay upright, I don’t know but I have been obssesed about motorcycles since I was a kid. Lots of people told me not to be crazy, that they are dangerous, but thankfully I didn’t listen to them, or I would be just like every person sitting in a car right now , in their own personal bubbles, isolated from everyone else. They can’t feel the road like I do, smell it, touch it,  or they can’t even perceive why would I pick the weirdest looking roads to ride on,small back roads that seem dangerous, but at the end I always end up somewhere amazing, meet lovely people which wouldn’t be possible if I am sitting in that block of metal.

Some car drivers look down at us motorcyclists, they think we are anti-social, agressive, lawless, lack descipline, and just plain dangerous.Though, from time to time, at an intersection I pull next to a driver, and I feel his sad eyes looking at my ride, scanning it, dreaming about it: an unborn biker. He probably always wanted a bike, but other car drivers kept pressuring him, his parents, his friends:”don’t be a motorcyclist, they are bad, just stay with us, just stay with who you belong with, they are different”.He might have surrendered physically, but his mind will always dream about motorcycles and how it would have been, until the day he dies.

You don’t have to ride a motorcycle to be a motorcyclist, listen only to your heart screw conformity, screw everyone else, its your life do what you want.

 Posted by at 3:41 pm
Jul 082008
 

When young you have imaginary heroes, superman, batman,spiderman, wonderwoman or whoever was your hero when you were a kid.In your teens your idols are usually Rock stars, Actors, Actresses, or whoever you found wild enough to tickle your fantasies.But when you become an adult, other than your parents, you would have a few selective heroes that do things that you either want to do, or you aspire to become like them.

I have a few heroes like that: George Carlin(Joe Bless him), Michael Schumacher, Valentino Rossi, Jacki Chan, and Nick Sanders.If you are not into motorcycles, you probably never heard of Nick Sanders, so let me enlighten you: Nick Sanders is a motorcyclist, an adventurer, a philosopher, a writer and most importantly a great guy whom I had the honor to meet last march at the Scottish Motorcycle Show in Edinburgh, He is the current record holder for fastest globe circumnavigation on a motorcycle which he did on a Yamaha R1 in 2005 in  He made the trip in 19 days 3 hours and 25 minutes with a total mileage of 19,650.

It wasn’t his first time circumnavigating his globe(his is not a typo), in fact he is now doing his 7th one doing 55,000 miles, 45 countries in just 120 days!!! In fact he has his own blog, and even posts his videos on youtube, I highly recommend checking them out, if you care to look at the world from his perspective, and after that if you don’t have the urge to get a motorcycle and start riding then you have something wrong in you :P.

His Blog and his Youtube Channel .

 Posted by at 6:17 am
Jul 112007
 

So I was in London for 5 days, basically to see Metallica in Wembley stadium which was on Sunday, London is almost an exact opposite of Edinburgh, its wild, chaotic , exciting all the time, and the weather , compared to Edinburgh, is heavenly.

I am seriously considering applying for jobs here as well, its just cool :). Don’t take me wrong, Edinburgh is very cool, but really I am really tired of being sick here, the weather is so unstable, so humid, and so unpredictable that it gets you.We are in July and it feels like winter in Lebanon, no even worse. It gets on your nerves after a while.Imagine, me , a Person coming from the middle east, got sun burned when I came to London and sat in the park for some hours(just to show how for the last 10 months I barely saw the sun).

Anyway, what was I doing in the park?Well… It wasn’t any park, it was the famous Hyde park to be specific, and I was basically having a beer laying down on the grass watching the tour de France time trials on a Big screen while the cyclists were rotating around the park.It was a festival there as well, all sports and cycling oriented, including French food and merchandises and some greasy, unhealthy but very yummy English food :P. I even tried things called churros …YUMMY.

London’s transport system is cool, specially the underground is efficient, a bit expensive (like everything else in London), and gets packed at peek hours pretty badly, you would laugh when you see people stacked in inside like sardines.

Generally people there are okay, not as friendly as people in Edinburgh, but its to be expected from a big city with over 7 million people, its also so mixed; Edinburgh seems like China with some Scottish, Greek and other minor tourists, its sometimes annoying that its not very mixed, well its to be expected from a city mainly built around its University and where its well know within China.bleh.

Now a very important thing, since London is more mixed, women are from all around the globe, its also a trendy city which means there is a lot of different type of beauty and they all keep up with fashion, and they take care of themselves much more than people in Edinburgh do. I will make a comparison between the two cities soon.

Generally it was kinda fun there, but since I was alone I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could, and I only had 3 full days to take advantage of, its very very expensive, if you want to go think triple at least for everything in Lebanon (I had 26 pounds Steak,thought…it was the best steak I ever had…). Oh and if you ever want to go there, don’t be cheap with the hotel… I went to a cheap hotel, Called Queens Hotel, WHAT A DISASTERRRR…cracked walls, and basic stuff aren’t found there, they don’t give you the typical bathroom stuff like shampoo , not even a damn TOWEL, and there is an old lady at the reception who was very very rude, I arrived at 10:30 pm and I was dead tired, I asked if they serve any food she replied in a rude way:” just don’t go there, we only serve Breakfast in here”. So I went in to put my stuff and on my way out, I asked again to confirm if they stay 24 hours on the reception: she replied also in a rude way: “I already told you the first time”. So what ever you do, don’t go to Queens Hotel 33 Anson Road next to Tufnell Park, oh and btw it was not that cheap… 227 pounds for 4 nights in a shitty place…not cheap at all…the room was barely half my own room in here.The Tv had 4 channels, One day I had to shower in very cold water, there was a boiler next to my room and it was very noisy, there were no insect grill on the windows, so I couldn’t open the window and it was hot like hell…

Anyway, Enough of the bad things…METALLICA WAS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEE … They rocked Wembley Stadium, there were thousands of people, The stadium is huge and they played only old songs not from the St Crap Album, and on top of that they said they are coming next year and with a new album :).

Wooohooooooooo

 Posted by at 8:57 am
Apr 272007
 

1)Learn Languages: German(again),Swedish(guess why :P),Norwegian/Danish,Swiss-German,Greek,Indian,Japanese,Chinese,Italian,Spanish, Catalan,Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Farsi.

2)Get 2 motorcycles, a cruiser for everyday use and a track sports bike for weekend fun.

3)Get back to Judo.

4)Add Kendo to that.

5)Make the world tour on a motorcycle.

6)Finish 10 triathlons.

7)Be top 10 in at least 1.

8)Have a threesome, make that two… FFM and MMF.

9)Get a dog.

10)Do the Paris-Dakar race.

11)Cruise the US on a Harley

12)Own a Boat and live in it.

13)Visit all Continents.

14) Do humanitarian work in Africa for a year.

15)Join the mile high club.

16)Buy my parents a nice house in the country side.

17)find someone to share all this with me.

 Posted by at 8:18 pm