“People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.”
When I settled in Pensacola I didn’t really know if it would be long-term or not. However, the longer I stayed, the deeper and further my roots grew, and I find myself very torn about leaving.
You see, Okinawa is a second home to me and something I am very familiar with already. I am stoked about scuba diving there again. About the polite, non-violent people. About the food, the culture, and yes, all the weirdness (it abounds in Japan!!).
However, Pensacola has become my home – my first and really only home. I have worked the best job I’ve ever had here in Pensacola, and was instrumental in building something meaningful and lasting (National Flight Academy). I retired from the Navy here, and lived, for the first time, on the water here. I have grown two strong and lasting branches of my family tree here: skydiving and bikers. My home Dropzone is here, where I trained and literally obtained my human wings for flight. My first brand-new motorcycle was purchased here, and it was here that I really lost my motorcycle training wheels.
And although these are “things” I am describing, what makes those things even possible, let alone memorable, are the people of, in, and around those things. People like Dan “Danno” Flynn, Thomas “T” O’Neil, Time Mueller, and Jake Muehls. I will certainly miss these family members here, every bit as much (and even more) as I’ll miss my own family spread across this country. There are very hard to leave behind.
As we bikers say, it’s not the destination but the journey. I’m ready for this one to begin.
- “Kaizen” (itsallaboutjeffkun.wordpress.com)