|09-15-2012, 11:39 AM||#62|
I wanted to say a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who attended the service, in person and in spirit. I know that, for most of you, attending meant rearranging work schedules and traveling long distances.
Thank you, Lepy, for organizing the memorial ride. We heard the bikes come in as we were waiting in the side room for the service to begin. I pointed them out to Chris, and he was excited to watch them through the windows. I'm glad he had a chance to come out afterwards to meet you all and see the bikes.
Since the accident, I have moments where I get stuck on a certain thought, and it's hard to move past it. A few days before the service, the sticking point was that I didn't want Mike to be forgotten. Since the service, I feel comforted in that regard because it's clear how much he means to you all.
I wish I had had more time that day to sit down and talk with everyone and put names/usernames with faces. If you see me on a ride, please don't hesitate to introduce yourself if we haven't met yet and share a memory/thought of Mike. It'll put a smile on my face.
On a slightly different topic, I imagine that most of you have probably caught the thread about Mike's memorial marker, but just in case: If you're ever past Unity, Or
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|09-28-2012, 09:31 AM||#63|
Joined: Nov 2007
From: Silverdale, Wa
I Ride: Buell XB9SX City-X
Been off the boards for a while and out of the community since the bikes all disappeared.
Sorry to hear of Mikes last ride - he was always a great spirit; fun, full of humor and always an eye to safety and riding your own pace. I greatly miss the Thursday night rides out of Kitsap - and his regular appearance.
This is one of my favorite pics and moments of how he loved the ride.
Quit your whining, get your big girl panties on, and RIDE !
Miss ya Mike.
|10-10-2012, 02:18 PM||#65|
Thanks for the pic, Brian. I had heard the "panty boy" story many times but never saw photos of it. I actually have a piece of fabric Mike saved from that night. It says "To Mike with love" and is signed, but I can't read the signature. Anyhow, if anyone who was there that night would like it as a memento, just send me a PM with your address, and I'll drop it in the mail.
On another topic, Ed had asked if there were photos from the service. The Navy just gave me the CD of photos today. Here are a few:
Waiting for our turn to speak.
Presenting Mike's hat to his family.
The Senior Chief presenting the flag to Mike's mom.
|10-11-2012, 06:39 AM||#68|
Joined: Sep 2005
I Ride: 05 KTM 625smc, 03 Are See fiddy one, 05 DRZ470SM, 95 FZR1040, 69 Combat Commando Roadster, 73 Commando Interstate, 67 BSA B44, 71 BSA B50
Thanks for the pictures.
I was just thinking of Mike this morning.
|10-11-2012, 10:54 PM||#72|
Joined: Aug 2006
From: port orchard, wa
I Ride: SV650 - now SV996R
Thank you Candiya.
The pictures brought back
the bitter sweet intensity
of that service
how many lives he touched
all of ours included
was thinking today about
a ride from Kohl's a coupla
when I told Mike i was
presenting my bike for his
he happily knelt down
and pointed out a great list
of items I missed...
then a few wonderful hours of
watching the Mike and Candiya
I'm so greatful to you both
|10-11-2012, 11:10 PM||#73|
Joined: Apr 2006
From: HighBridge Snohomish, WA
I Ride: GSXR600,DRZsm
Thanks Candiya. Ive never seen Mike outside of leather and goofy tee shirts. He wore that suit well. Im a novice when it comes to medals/honors in the military. Can you post up what they all mean?
|10-12-2012, 07:06 PM||#75|
I actually don't know what all the medals/honors are so thanks for the assist. I asked Mike once, and he just rolled his eyes and pooh-poohed them. He didn't tend to take his own accomplishments very seriously.
The only time I ever saw Mike in his dress blues was the night we took that photo of him and his son. His mom had specifically requested photos of him in his uniform with Chris before he went to Afghanistan so he obliged.
And thanks, everyone, for letting me know that it was okay to post the photos. It's hard to know what's appropriate sometimes.
Dave, thanks for the memory. That was a fun day.
|10-12-2012, 08:51 PM||#76|
Joined: Jan 2009
From: Silverdale, WA
I Ride: 2001 RVT RC51
No problem, Candiya. We all tend to do that. We spend so much time in uniform, we
normally do not like to talk about it when we are out of it; even though it is a big deal.
I think posting the photos was more than appropriate. Everyone has different ways of
dealing with it. My wife took it pretty hard even though she never met him. I want to
thank you for getting up and speaking. We all laughed, and cried.
Mike would have liked the laughs, it was definitely his style.