“Jake and Karen spend the next few days enjoying each other’s company, doing all the things they once liked doing together. Long rides along the coast on his bike, stopping at a rustic restaurant for lunch, or riding up to the mountains of New Hampshire filled the hours they were together.

And, of course, there was the sweet excitement of rediscovering how good they were with each other. In some ways it was as if her time away had never happened. The thoughts in their heads about what to do and how to do it seemed to run as smoothly as a well tuned motor. There were no big issues to deal with. Each deferred to the other rather than seek to dominate. Jake had never been the possessive type, but he was protective of the women he had loved. He figured it all came down to respect. Respect for the other person. Respect for their wants, needs, and desires—and respect for the other person’s mind. Respect is one of the foundations of  life. In the grand scheme of relationships, this ability was rare, and they both knew it.”

Chapter 2 / Page 19- One Light Coming: A Biker’s Story (Book 3 in a series). Published by Blockhead City Press. Available through Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, iTunes, or through your favorite local bookstore.

On a recent episode of a TV show that glorifies the Outlaw Biker community, there was a scene where a husband, one of the lead characters, brutally beats his wife.

The first episode of Season 4 was violent with 7 killings in 58 minutes.

I had no trouble with that. Our biker community is not the life of Ward and June Cleaver. It’s not the Mary Tyler Moore Show. We all know that.

But this scene was unconscionable. It was the last episode I’ll ever watch of that show.

Real men don’t hit women.

Real bikers, especially the Prez of a three patch club, wouldn’t beat his Ol’ Lady like that. An Ol’ Lady can make or break a club. Women have that power. A good woman knows how to balance that power.

But more importantly, it has to do with Respect.

I’m a big fan of Respect.

In our world, the phrase “Love and Respect” is not tossed around like used napkins.

They have meaning; and well they should.

Respect is earned daily and given to those who show it to others.

You have to show respect towards other people’s thoughts and ideals and actions because you want them to respect your thoughts and ideals and actions.

I have a design for a tattoo that has star points that signify six principles that I live my life by:
Truth Honor Strength Love Loyalty and Respect.

Respect is all about not having an ego to think that only your ideas are the best.

Respect is all about not having the attitude that you are the only one who knows how to do something.

Having respect and showing respect is the only way to make this world a better place.

And now, there comes a point where you have to say ‘NO’ to the media; just like the beating was unacceptable, so is promoting it the way this show did.

It’s just wrong.

I will not watch the rest of this season.

I will also lobby all those that I know who watch to quit it too.

I hope that this show doesn’t get picked up for next season.

But it probably will.

Nothing sells on TV like violence. Except maybe sex.

Ride Safe, Ride Hard, Ride Often.