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Rench
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The Fairy Godfather

Post by Rench » Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:00 pm

I'd like to tell you about my fairy Godfather Al Knox, who died yesterday.

He was a leader (committee I think) in my Boy Scout troop. I was one of the older kids, and his son was one of the younger ones, so we were never particularly close, but had regular interactions. I earned my Eagle Scout, aged out of the troop, and stayed in loose contact with other older scouts and leaders.

Then everything sucked. My mom left the family, I had a shitty breakup, I failed out of university, all the boo hoos. And with no job, no future, but lots of debt, I made a plan. I spent 20 months paying off all my debts, so I could buy a motorcycle. I'd never ridden before, I just needed something to focus on.

And after 20 months of less than ramen, and everything paid off, my credit was still so bad that no one would loan me the money for a bike. I took a 78 Honda for a test ride in my old Scoutmaster's neighborhood, so I stopped in to get his opinion on it as a rider and mechanic. He asked about my dreams of a Sportster, and I could only shrug. He told me I should call Al, he knew some people at the independent bank in town. Out of desperation, I did. And Al sounded like he was smiling and jovial as ever through the phone, and gave me a name to ask for at the bank the next day. I called the bank and asked, and like it was no problem at all, they handed me a check for a brand new Harley. I called Al to thank him, and he claimed he had nothing to do with it, same smile over the phone.

I saw him a few times over the years, we'd talk about bikes and other casual catch up. Years later I had just paid the bike off, and Buell was going under. I called the same bank and asked if I could take another motorcycle loan. I was informed they don't do those. I said that's a shame, I just finished paying off my bike with them. The bank reiterated they don't do, and never have done, motorcycle loans.

We've all got our attachments and anthropomorphic feelings to our bikes. But I cannot accentuate enough how much I was in the shit, and a bike became the focus to pull myself out. And Al Knox made it happen, denying it the whole time.

-R


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Jaeger
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Re: The Fairy Godfather

Post by Jaeger » Wed Jun 15, 2022 4:37 am

Godspeed, Mr. Knox. :(

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Re: The Fairy Godfather

Post by Bigshankhank » Wed Jun 15, 2022 4:58 am

RIP Al, I never knew you but you helped a friend and so helped me.
It's time for Humankind to ditch the imaginary friends of our species' childhood and grow the fuck up.
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