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Sunday, 13 February 2011

A salute to older motorcyclists everywhere!

Baron  posted a great joke on his excellent blog about ageing bikers.  In a salute to mature bikers everywhere, here's another great piece sent by a riding partner of mine.


In 1923, Who Was:

1. President of the largest steel company?
2. President of the largest gas company?
3. President of the New York stock Exchange?
4. Greatest wheat speculator?
5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
6. Great Bear of Wall Street?


These men were considered some of the worlds most successful of their days.  Now, 88 years later, the history book asks us, if we know what ultimately became of them..


The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company. Charles Schwab,
died a pauper.

2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson,
went insane.

3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney,
was released from prison to die at home.

4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger,
died abroad, penniless.

5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement,
shot himself.

6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livermore,
also committed suicide.

However, In that same year, 1923,  the winner of the world's most important road race, the Isle of Man T.T, was Stanley Woods.

What became of him?





Stanley Woods at the TT

He won 10 T.T. races between 1923 and 1939, he lived on the Isle of Man and rode motorcycles all his life. He lapped the island circuit at 82 mph in 1957 (The Golden Jubilee) aged 54
He was a wealthy man when he died aged 90.


The Moral:

F*** work.
Ride motorbikes.


15 comments:

  1. No need to comment.......nicely said.

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  2. I needed this today. Especially after reading bluekat's diary of work commuting this week. Definitely...F*** Work. Ride Motorbikes! Thank You!

    -Lori

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  3. A friend of mine once said; "Do you want to know the secret of life?" As I leaned in close he whispered; "It's all bull s--t."
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    I have a philosophy that we learn all the things we need to know the second before we die. If I'm right, then God has one hell of a sense of humor.

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  4. Roger:
    Amen to that!

    Hi Lori! Thanks for dropping by...
    Glad to have been of assistance, haha!

    Scribe:
    Love it! Absolutely, haha. The older I get, the less I know!

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  5. Like the saying goes;

    Live to ride.....ride to live

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  6. George:
    Yup, and with work largely out of the way, I'm doin' it!!

    Safe riding mate!

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  7. I even left my home country to be able to spend less time working and more time on riding ;-)
    Well said!

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  8. Well done Geoff and very eloquentely said...Fuck Work..Let's ride...you hit a right nerve here buddy.

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  9. I, unfortunately, discovered riding late in life and then realized that heading north wasn't the best thing to do. But then again, much of NA seems to be having rather poor weather.

    I've enjoyed your posts and subsequent discussion on aging riders. Great job.

    Richard

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  10. Guys:
    Yep, there's times when being succinct says it all! Richard, sure you shouldn't be riding a snowmobile or dog sled?? Thanks for the nice comments. All David Hough's doing really. Gary, I'll even shout you a cold one or two to drink to that if you make it over here :-)

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  11. Cheers SB - life balance is what it's all about (Heavily weighted in favour of bikes!!!)

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