Sunday, March 15, 2009

My dad wrecked his Harley

Over the past week the response I've gotten most often to "My dad wrecked his Harley," isn't, "How is he?" but, instead is, "Your dad has a Harley? Cool."

Because he is going to be okay, I can live with this response. And it made me realize I don't know anyone else whose 71-year-old father has a Harley that he rides regularly. (Or at least used to ride regularly. He's still not sure whether it's totaled or not.) He rides it so regularly, in fact, that he owns assless chaps and a reflective, nearly glow-in-the-dark Harley vest.


He chipped his sternum in the accident, a break that takes a long time to heal because there's no setting it, and he can't stop breathing to hold it still. But his doctor says he'll be fine because he works out.

My father, who was a couch potato of the highest order for at least as long as my mother's known him and they were high-school sweethearts, started going to the gym after he retired. Before the accident he went to aerobics classes three times a week, shaming the other people (mostly women, he loves that), who are more than 20 years younger than he is. He's still looking for his six-pack abs, but he's not carrying around a keg anymore, just a case.

So I hope his recovery time isn't too long. I want him to get back to the gym, so he can get back on his Harley. (Or his airplane. He flies, too.) While I worry about him a little on his dangerous toys, I know he's a very cautious man. And I'd worry more if he took to sitting in his recliner and never moving from in front of the television, because my mother would kill him faster than the motorcycle or the airplane.


Besides I love having the only dad around who has a Harley, even if it also means he owns assless chaps!



Janet Reid said...

Book tour by Harley!!!

Karen K. Kennedy said...

Do I need to start planning now?

Elizabeth Turney said...

So glad your dad is OK, and since he is --- go, go DADDY-O!

Becky Rhyne Parks said...

The Harding Class of '57 thanks you for entertaing us with your family's antics. Since we don't get to see Barbara and John but every 5 years, it is nice to know they are still alive and kicking!

Karen K. Kennedy said...

Hi Becky, glad you're enjoying the blog. Stop back by. There's no telling what these folks will do next! Thanks!

Erik Lucien said...

Well, having a Harley is certainly a cool thing. But, it is good to know that your father is well after the accident and the Harley, too! Just tell your father to always take care on the road. Even if he is a good driver, there are always unexpected thing that can happen. So, it would be good to take precaution every time your cool father drives (or even fly the airplane). :)

Claudio Mccarty said...

Eric is right. What’s matters most is your father’s safety. Even if it’s sad to hear what had happened to his Harley, you must still feel grateful that your dad is fine. What’s the condition of his Harley, by the way? Is it beyond repair or were you still able to fix it? I can see that your dad loves his Harley so much. He even has a Harley vest. Haha!

Karen Kennedy said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Erik and Claudio. Daddy's fine, the Harley's back in road-worthy condition and he still rides it all the time. He brags on its gas-savings these days!