Back when hard-partying outlaw bikers dominated the Sturgis motorcycle rally, there was a running joke, always delivered in a sarcastic tone: Most of the bearded, tattooed, leather-clad bikers, the joke, went, were really “doctors and lawyers and dentists.” From what I heard, there will be a few cowboys at the annual rally this weekend, too.
You know what happened to one cowboy a few years ago?
A cowboy appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. ‘Have you ever done anything of particular merit?’ St. Peter asked. ‘Well, I can think of one thing,’ the cowboy offered. “On a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota , I came upon a gang of bikers, who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn’t listen. So, I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker and smacked him in his face …. Kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled – Now, back off!! Or I’ll kick the crap out of all of you!”. St. Peter was impressed, “When did this happen?”. The cowboy “Just a couple of minutes ago”.
And that’s just one reason I’ll be steering clear of Sturgis this weekend. Be safe and be smiling.