Freedom Thinkers


Marlene Smith

Ferbuary, 2004

If everyone has been watching all of the important news items lately, you would have seen that Punxsutawney Phil has predicted another six weeks of Winter! Well, that’s no big deal for the Polar Bear riders, of course, but for the rest of the gang, it’s another reminder of how bitterly cold it’s been this year. I do hope if you are not riding your bikes this Winter, that you have at least been showing them some attention, a battery tender, a warm blanket, and some nice words once in awhile will do the trick come Springtime!

I wanted to extend another BIG thank you to Alex (and John) for opening their beautiful home to us for Video Nite. We had a blast. Most of the time was certainly spent eating and laughing – some of the things we do best! Of course, we were also busy hatching plans for the July picnic there. Oh my, is it going to be a VERY memorable and fun time! Cameras may have to be prohibited!

Interestingly enough, when you get almost a dozen women together, all sorts of subject matter gets discussed. Anything from current events, to relationships, to each other…some of which I can’t repeat here…the subject matter runs the gamut. One thing that we were chatting about was our differences from one another, and how as a group, we are extremely accepting of these differences. We talked about how we don’t even notice some of these differences at all unless someone else has brought it to our attention, or if we do notice, it just doesn’t register as something we should be concerned about.

We then questioned why, as a group, this seemed to be the case. Many thought that perhaps as women, since we engage in the activity of motorcycling and though much more mainstream now, is not necessarily something considered “socially acceptable”. That our thinking processes are “different” perhaps than more mainstream society, just like others who may choose to engage and enjoy those activities not considered “socially acceptable” or less mainstream, by society’s standards. That we listen more to what’s on the inside versus what society tells us we should think. We started to use the words “Freedom Thinkers” to describe this attitude.

As always, I look forward to seeing everyone and enjoy listening to you share what is on the inside, and what your heart tells you to hear. Keep “riding” to the beat of your own engine, and I’ll see everyone on the open roads.

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."
--Christopher Morley


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