Harleys Give Thanks This Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 24, 2011
A few of the things in life I'm most thankful for - my beautiful wife, Angelyne, and my wonderful kids, Lily and Dylan, even though they've grown since the picture below.
I'm thankful Team Oregon has such a wonderful program and recently taught my wife how to ride. I couldn't be more proud of her.
It’s Thanksgiving Day, one of my favorite times of the year. For us, it’s a time to gather as a family, eat lots of good food, watch lots of football, gives lots of thanks, sleep, repeat. But it also allows me a moment to reflect on the many things I have to be thankful for in my life.
First off, I’d like to thank all of the Motorcycle USA readers out there. Without you, there is no Motorcycle USA. Thanks for sharing in our many adventures, for letting us know what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong. With so many motorcycle related sites out there, Motorcycle USA is proud you chose us to bring you the latest bike tests, race reports, event coverage, product reviews and news in the moto world.
I give thanks for my family. My beautiful wife, Angelyne, just learned to ride after taking the Team Oregon course a couple months back, and it’s fun to see the enthusiasm on her face now when we talk about riding. She’s always been a great passenger and we’ve embarked on numerous journeys two-up, but I couldn’t be more proud of her since she learned to ride. I give thanks that she has provided me with the greatest gifts I’ve received in life, two incredible, bright, healthy, children, Lily and Dylan. They bring a joy to my life unlike anything else. Have to give a big “Thank You” to their Uncle Joe from Sonora, too, who recently came up big time by giving us a Honda 80 so I can teach my kids to ride. Soon all the Harleys will be riding, and we couldn’t have done it without your generosity, Uncle Joe.
I give thanks that this Thanksgiving, I’ll be surrounded by people I love. My wife’s father and Uncle Tom are coming over, as well as my mom and dad. My sister Tera is coming, too, along with her boyfriend Keith, who we consider family. Wish my sister Cathi and her husband Kevin (a Gold Wing rider) could be here too, but hopefully we’ll see you at Christmas instead.
I give thanks for my job. I know I have one of the most incredible jobs in the world, and I don’t take it for granted. I work for a man who treats his employees fairly and who looks out for us. I appreciate his dedication to the company and his work ethics. A former road racer and true moto head, he gets it, and understands the business as one of us, not someone on the outside looking in. I am thankful for the great group of people that I work with, from the editors I have had the pleasure of befriending over the past five years to the people behind the scenes that don’t get enough credit. We stick up for each and cover each other’s backs, the way it should be, which makes for a work environment most jobs can’t match. I am thankful that the OEM’s trust us enough to ride their latest motorcycles and respect the level of professionalism we try to conduct ourselves with. Many of those people I consider friends as well.
And finally, I thank the good Lord for the many blessings He provides for my family on a daily basis. I am nothing without Him by my side. And regardless of personal beliefs, if you look close, I’m sure you, too, can find something to be thankful for. So on this day, I’d like to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
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