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Old 04-09-2013, 03:30 AM   #1741
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Sounds like a lot of relationship breakups start with "It's not you, it's me". I know I've said it a few times and walked, never been happier.
In my case, figuring out that it was me enabled me to go back to my family. As with you, I've never been happier. Instead of thinking the grass is greener on the other side, I tend my own lawn.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:08 AM   #1742
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Now I'm not a very star-struck person. Mostly because I never recognize anyone. But I recognized that guy above because, in addition to being a MotoGP pilot and the 2009 WSBK Champion, he pioneered the Ben Spies method that completely changed my riding style
So you've become a keychain hoarder that only consumes pretzels and ice cream. Nice.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:09 PM   #1743
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So you've become a keychain hoarder that only consumes pretzels and ice cream. Nice.
And rings the living shit out of the best motos on the planet. Don't forget that part.

Sea Horse. I saw that right away. Maybe Spies should hire me as his track adviser?
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In short, adaptation is the precursor to growth and seeking out difficult, uncomfortable and challenging situations accelerates development, enriches our lives and provides us with the kind of awesome fucking memories that will sustain us until a final sleep rounds our little lives.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #1744
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Who'd have thunk that day I roared out of LA that I'd end up here?
You are surprised?
A genuine person, like yourself, is easily detected.
In short, good things happen to good people.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:14 PM   #1745
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AH you have now surpassed amazing and have gone straight to Super Hero status !!
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #1746
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In short, good things happen to good people.
Agreed. Being completely authentic with yourself strips away the veneer of appearances. It's been my experience that the universe inevitably responds positively to authenticity.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:57 PM   #1747
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What a great trip. I am such a huge MotoGP fan, would have loved to have been there. I have met both Nicky and Ben, before they were superstars at the AMA races. Both really approachable and friendly guys at the time.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:48 PM   #1748
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Great comments, guys. I should be able to fire off another post in in 3...2.....1......
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:27 PM   #1749
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My first glimpse of the private side of a MotoGP rider was interesting. Tim had gone out to grab the Audi while I was talking to Claudio and when everyone went back to work I stepped outside, to an empty parking lot. Oh, wait--not empty. Nicky was standing there with a few of his gear bags. Imagine a giant slab of asphalt, a building, a MotoGP rider and your humble narrator, who is very good at two things: awkward conversation and slightly less-awkward silence.

But I still managed to state something perfunctory about the 1199 R to which Mr. Hayden replied by picking up his gear bags and walking into the building across from where we both once stood. He then stared out in my direction through the glass. This was the first instance in which I saw the other side of a MotoGP rider. In the paddock, he was all smiles and southern charm. Once outside, he was 'off the clock'. The last thing I believed he wanted was to have his personal time usurped, which I can't blame him for. I was actually relieved when he took off, as it got me off the hook, too! Then Tim showed up and I'm guessing #69 was a little surprised that the car was coming for both him and the abandoned guy in the parking lot.

Before anyone says anything negative--these guys have very little time to themselves and have to cram everything possible (including decompressing) into a short window. Movie stars on the red carpet may love to indulge fans and the Paparazzi. But when they're grabbing a sandwich or going into a restroom on the set, well, different story. Privacy is something we all take for granted and I honestly don't know how these guys can live without it.

After some small talk in the car, a phone call to dad, and no doubt lots of sext messages to reply to....




....we made it to the hotel.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:57 AM   #1750
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Suite was gorgeous. And like everything Ducati does, it's all about the details.....











And this single sheet of paper was a reminder of what was in store for the following day.



BTW--the gift above was a pair of Nicky Hayden Oakleys. Very cool, but the Elvis look w/tinted lenses was a bit too "Super Stud" for my pointy head.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:18 AM   #1751
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BTW--the gift above was a pair of Nicky Hayden Oakleys. Very cool, but the Elvis look w/tinted lenses was a bit too "Super Stud" for my pointy head.
Looks are important. Send the glasses to me then.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #1752
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Superb. I hope this ride report never ends.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:04 PM   #1753
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Superb. I hope this ride report never ends.
Agreed. This has been an epic RR that has inspired many folks.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #1754
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Did they misspell brake point or is there another track concept of breakpoint I'm missing?

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And this single sheet of paper was a reminder of what was in store for the following day.


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Old 04-10-2013, 06:15 PM   #1755
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Did they misspell brake point or is there another track concept of breakpoint I'm missing?
Yeah, and they misspelled 'highest', too.
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