The only way to ride... Riding Sober

  • View author's info Author posted on May 06, 2005 11:30


    While the legal limit may be .08, some impairment begins at BAC levels as low as .01.

    If ya don't want to be a statistic or a threat to others the safest bet is to wait until yer scoot's is in the corral for the night.

    Ride Safe!
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  • View author's info posted on Apr 09, 2006 10:59


    A few people know me as "two-beer's".
    The joke is I never drink more then one, riding or not, but am famous for declining offers of "want another?" by saying, "I have a two beer limit". "Yeah...well....you've only had one?" Classic reply is, "Right, but I am saving the last one for when some hot babe walk's in here".

    Truth is, known to close friends, I am a light-weight and sometime's had to walk around to sober up after just two beers, so I stick to one and call it a nice balance.

    I am happy to have an occassional beer and then can morally and legally do whatever I want afterwards. Not so much to cop a buzz, which is pleasant, but to stand as an example that just a beer is nothing to look down upon.

    I don't hesitate at snatching key's and refuse to ride with anyone even slightly off. but that wasn't always the case.


    Ancient History:




    As a kid, I dove in head first, no such thing as to much of any substance making he rounds - most of which made sitting up impossible, let alone finding my key and motorbike in the same day. Several years like that, I was cool and set the example. High times in the 70's.

    Then came a rash of burials in a condensed time period of a few months.
    There was no small amount of guilt felt by myself - it was a moutain of the misery.

    My mother showed up unexpectantly at my best friends service. She hung back, didn't speak to anyone, and left early, but I caught the look on her face - she was getting ready to attend my service.

    Jeez, what does one do after that?
    I dropped out of that scene soon after and spent the next 15 or so years clean, sober, and tied up with several substance groups trying to pay back my karma.

    So some 7-8 years back, in a "grown-up" setting I am offered a drink at a meeting with clients. In a flash I think it through and say, "Sure.".

    Am going to test the waters, if I am an addict then at some point I'll be suffering the steps and working a program. But if I can do so and not slip-slide my way back to hell, then Hey, I'll be back among the "normal people" and wouldn't taht be nice?
    So, imagine my surprise at not crashing back into the dark side of using and instead finding out that I can take it of leave it and ironically, by facing a fear, I now have one less fear.
    I concider myself lucky to be alive, lucky to be able to say "yes" and lucky to be able to pass a pee test anytime, anyday - what could be better?
    There's the jist of my story, DD.

    PS, how does one make paragraph breaks in a post here?
  • View author's info posted on Apr 05, 2006 15:22


    asweetie write:
    Thats for sure! Clean and sober is the only way to ride. I dont think I would have ever had the funds to own two HD's if I was still using and abusing. Life is good and fun to live, Ride safe, Smiles..

    Amen to that sister... the gifts of recovery!!!
  • View author's info posted on Apr 05, 2006 14:21


    Thats for sure! Clean and sober is the only way to ride. I dont think I would have ever had the funds to own two HD's if I was still using and abusing. Life is good and fun to live, Ride safe, Smiles..
  • View author's info posted on Feb 12, 2006 11:12


    imagine it only took me 44 tears to figure that out
  • View author's info posted on Dec 23, 2005 13:02


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  • View author's info posted on Dec 23, 2005 06:47


    Hey , I am alergic to drinking ; if I drink I break out in cocaine and handcuffs
  • View author's info posted on Dec 22, 2005 20:37


    seeme1st write:
    how true--reaction time dimishes on the 1st drink


    Judgement is also impaired after the first drink. That is why it was so easy to have a second, third...
  • View author's info posted on Sep 25, 2005 03:19


    Scary--have a good and safe trip---you may want to look at some of the sober biker/ppl sites online--i think AA may have one--not 100%---i know Alanon does and they have meetings on-line
  • View author's info posted on Sep 24, 2005 07:53


    Rock on Scary! One year is very cool! Have a blast on your trip and keep it real!
    Peace.
    Leila
  • View author's info posted on Aug 31, 2005 07:11


    When I returned to "the world" from overseas, I was a juicer. (drinker)
    Didn't give two sh*ts about mucha anything except the sauce and trying to outrun my dreams. Then one mornin, as I reached for the bottle to pour my breakfast I noticed my hands were trembling. I asked myself what the fuk I was doin. Poured the bottle down the drain, made a few meetings, stayed clean and sober ever since.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 31, 2005 06:29



    scarydave write:
    Well I made it to my 1 year last week. Was pretty cool.

    I am prolly gonna go to a big biker meeting in torance Ca this friday night to grab a cake from soem sober biker buds of mine. Might even be a cool woman from here there if I am lucky an she is there :)

    Now I got a bunch of guys askin me to sponsor them. Guess I won't be gettin loaded any time soon now hehehehe

    Anyone here go to any cool meetings aroudn LA ?

    Sincerely
    DAve



    hugs, kisses and congrats to you scary!!!!!
  • View author's info posted on Aug 24, 2005 21:46


    Big HUH to all clean & sober & yeah if that ain't the BEST way to ride! You don't MISS nothing whether hawks abouve deers along side or some dope trying to broadsisde ya!
    So here's a weird one on me I've just realized I've ridden longer clean (14 yrs) than I did using (12 yrs)...how'd that happen? :)
    Always said I'd rather be good AND lucky!
  • View author's info posted on Aug 21, 2005 21:20



    Rexbo47 write:
    While the legal limit may be .08, some impairment begins at BAC levels as low as .01.

    If ya don't want to be a statistic or a threat to others the safest bet is to wait until yer scoot's is in the corral for the night.

    Ride Safe!



    I'm with ya on this Rex!

    Even if not so much for your inability to control your ride, but for just the inability to predict the cell-fone wielding cagers!

    Ride Safe!
  • View author's info posted on Aug 21, 2005 15:55


    I totally agree. Basic not Big is what I always say. "Alcohol IS a drug"
  • View author's info posted on Aug 21, 2005 15:51


    Recovery is where its at! Screw fallin over on my bike The cool thing is that I don't ever have to go to prison again!
  • View author's info posted on Aug 12, 2005 09:31



    aed428 write:
    i have no clue how to do this or how it works but i found it to be an interesting topic since i'm comming up on two years 8-29

    aed, do me a favor as you celebrate your re-birth day...August 29, 1953 was the day my 1st husband was borned...he died a few days before my 32nd birthday...I'm so sorry he didn't have the strength to ride sober! Think of him...think of you...and then thank God! Congrats, Brother! I'm proud of you!!!
  • View author's info posted on Aug 12, 2005 09:25



    JULES write:

    scarydave write:
    As a 30 year pot smoker I rode high for a little over 25 years. (15-40+) I never did drink and I would hate to even think of what coulda happened to me if I had.

    Although I used to get jacked up and frisked constantly, I always passed every sobriety check I was ever put through. Usually the cops were dissapointed that I was a non drinker and it never dawned on them I mighta smoked I guess. they were too busy accusing me of being in a gang (was never in a club). Back in those pre helmet days, riding my FLH with long hair and tats bought me nothin but trouble, still I never got popped fo rbein high cuz I never carried and always passed the sobriety checks.

    These days, thanks to MTV and discovery channel I rarely get anything but smiles from cops. Although I did get popped for loud pipes last month in west hollywood due to a major crackdown. Funny it took 5 sherrifs to pull me over and check my paperwork. lol Seems like they coulda been more usefull doin somethin else but apparently they were afraid of me so they surrounded me.

    Now that I been clean and sober almost a year (aug 20th) not only is riding more enjoyable (less paranoia) but I had all those sill cops rollin in the street laughin and we all drove away a little bit happier. What's that sh!t? I get jacked up by five cops and ticketed and we all drive away happy? That's just not eht me I am used to ;)

    So I don't think warnin people about the consequences of drivin drunk and loaded is gonna mean squat to an addict. On the other hand, it is my experience that no matter how much pain my past is/was fulla and how many resentments I use to wear like a giant flag of anarchy, my life since I got clean is much less painfull.

    The best part of drivin sober for me is that cops don't make my heart race. I don't have to plan my trips around how to get high. I actually go out more often cuz I don't have to plan aroudn gettin high and dealin with my addictions were just plain inconvenient.

    I admit my first 6 months of sobriety were not the happiest moments of my life and I can come up with a hell of a lot of great experiences which went down while I was high but now.... I don't HAVE TO get high. I have a choice now. I ain't workin fo rsome drug dealer. I am workin for myself.

    Best of all, this year, my 10 year old son came out to visit me and we rode and rode and rode together for the first time. The tv never got turned on and I never had to feel guilty bout ridin with my kid while loaded or put off his right to ride with me cuz I was loaded.

    So I aint gonna moralise or warn of consequences but man, my life is sure a lot better and so are my rides. Besides now I can sink all that drug money into my ride and gas money ;)

    Pain is a given but suffering is optional!

    There is a differnce between pleasure and happyness!

    Ride free!

    ScaryDAve

    Awesome story and congrats

    Dave, if I wore a hat, I'd tip it to you Brother! Congrats and God's Blessings!
  • View author's info posted on Aug 10, 2005 18:25



    scarydave write:
    As a 30 year pot smoker I rode high for a little over 25 years. (15-40+) I never did drink and I would hate to even think of what coulda happened to me if I had.

    Although I used to get jacked up and frisked constantly, I always passed every sobriety check I was ever put through. Usually the cops were dissapointed that I was a non drinker and it never dawned on them I mighta smoked I guess. they were too busy accusing me of being in a gang (was never in a club). Back in those pre helmet days, riding my FLH with long hair and tats bought me nothin but trouble, still I never got popped fo rbein high cuz I never carried and always passed the sobriety checks.

    These days, thanks to MTV and discovery channel I rarely get anything but smiles from cops. Although I did get popped for loud pipes last month in west hollywood due to a major crackdown. Funny it took 5 sherrifs to pull me over and check my paperwork. lol Seems like they coulda been more usefull doin somethin else but apparently they were afraid of me so they surrounded me.

    Now that I been clean and sober almost a year (aug 20th) not only is riding more enjoyable (less paranoia) but I had all those sill cops rollin in the street laughin and we all drove away a little bit happier. What's that sh!t? I get jacked up by five cops and ticketed and we all drive away happy? That's just not eht me I am used to ;)

    So I don't think warnin people about the consequences of drivin drunk and loaded is gonna mean squat to an addict. On the other hand, it is my experience that no matter how much pain my past is/was fulla and how many resentments I use to wear like a giant flag of anarchy, my life since I got clean is much less painfull.

    The best part of drivin sober for me is that cops don't make my heart race. I don't have to plan my trips around how to get high. I actually go out more often cuz I don't have to plan aroudn gettin high and dealin with my addictions were just plain inconvenient.

    I admit my first 6 months of sobriety were not the happiest moments of my life and I can come up with a hell of a lot of great experiences which went down while I was high but now.... I don't HAVE TO get high. I have a choice now. I ain't workin fo rsome drug dealer. I am workin for myself.

    Best of all, this year, my 10 year old son came out to visit me and we rode and rode and rode together for the first time. The tv never got turned on and I never had to feel guilty bout ridin with my kid while loaded or put off his right to ride with me cuz I was loaded.

    So I aint gonna moralise or warn of consequences but man, my life is sure a lot better and so are my rides. Besides now I can sink all that drug money into my ride and gas money ;)

    Pain is a given but suffering is optional!

    There is a differnce between pleasure and happyness!

    Ride free!

    ScaryDAve

    Awesome story and congrats
  • View author's info posted on Aug 10, 2005 05:00


    Good for you, Man! I know my two year mark meant more to me then my one year. I wwas able to get to know myself and my spirituality better. First year was kind of a blur. Keep on being happy and clean.
    Peace.
    Leila
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