For some reason, three different people searched “biker’s homophobia” recently and were directed to this blog. One from Olathe, Kansas; one from Ottawa, Canada; and one from Warsaw, Poland. That led me to thinking, “are bikers homophobic?”
Well, not quite, but the title got your attention! LOL!
Today and tomorrow will find me suited and booted while representing my professional association at a major national meeting in Washington, DC. A strange feeling has come over me about this meeting.
I was reading on another boot blog the other day that boots sold by any of the Justin Brands (Justin, Chippewa, Nocona, and Tony Lama) in California, USA, are coming with a label that advises that the state knows the boots contain chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
I have written posts on this blog from time to time about various characteristics of a masculine man, and trying to diffuse wrongly-held stereotypes that all gay men are frilly-froo-froo queens with lispy high-pitched voices and limp wrists. Unfortunately, there are too many postings on the internet that portray that stereotype that it persists deeply among the less-educated and closed-minded among us.
Anyway, there is one behavioral trait that masculine men have about which I wish to write, and that is optimism. Masculine men are, for the most part, optimistic. Positive. Forward-looking.
Being a “bootman”, or let’s just say that I am a guy who likes boots and owns more than a few pairs, I continually see boots for sale from various vendors that attract my eye. From expensive custom-made exotic cowboy boots to more common, commercially-made biker boots — I like many of them.
Lately, two styles of lace-up Chippewa boots have caught my eye.
The county in the state where I live has a rather large police force, including a motorcycle squad. I have had the pleasure of being escorted by these officers on some official rides, as well as ride with them on their off-time when they join rides that my club sponsors.
When my local county motorcops show up in uniform to escort a ride for us, I look at their boots, and I’ve been disappointed with what I see.
Every biker has a different opinion about “the best” ride. Some like to take long journeys by themselves; go where they wish, stay as long or as little as they like at pit-stops and final destinations. Some like to travel with friends, so what to them makes a great ride is the joy of sharing it with others. Some like to seek out new sights, while others like to discover roads seldom traveled in their back yard. Some like to challenge their riding skill by “running through twisties” while others prefer more gentle hills and curves on their route.
The answer to the question subject of this post is…
Man, back in the days of my youth, I was seriously “into” jumping out of “perfectly good airplanes.” Over 11,000 times, some of those jumps from rather extreme altitudes. The rush, the view… what thrills. I still jump from time to time, but not nearly as often as “the good old days.” Back in the day, it was common for me to jump eight to ten times a day, two or three days straight. My buddies formed a very tight group.
While I am fortunate that I did not have any major injuries, such as broken bones from a bad fall, I have had the unfortunate experience of breaking my left eardrum — not once, not twice, but three times. All due to a thermocline.
I learned that the U.S. Government agency that studies injuries and fatalities published an article on June 15, 2012, that confirmed my point all along, that wearing a motorcycle helmet should be required by law:
The main points of this study are as follows:
In states with universal (meaning, they apply to all riders) laws, 12 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet. In contrast, states with partial helmet laws saw 64 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet. In states without a helmet law, that rate climbs to 79 percent.
Looked another way, from 2008 to 2010, 14,283 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, and 6,057 (42 percent) of them were not wearing a helmet.
What do I think about this?
Someone in Texas, the state in the U.S. known for cowboys and cowboy boots, asked this question via a search engine:
“Men who wear boots says what about the man?”
Boots say a lot about a man. From this boot-wearing guy, my opinions about what boots say about a man are: