oh... I never said it... Happy Memorial Day... thanks to all that gave for this country

this is andy
andy lost his leg in iraq

a better photographer would have taken this shot from the other side
not a bad shot
but not a good shot of the prosthetic limb
I guess there is some poignancy to this
most people just see a man on the bike
most people more than likely do not notice the additional carbon fiber and titanium

people could learn a great deal from andy
when I say people... I mean me
I could do to learn a great deal from andy

andy is not bitter
andy is not angry
andy does not have a chip on his shoulder
andy does not appear to have any regrets

ask andy and andy will tell you
"they did not kill me"

I do not know andy
it was a pleasure meeting him
he is just a man... maybe just a boy
a boy of 25... no... a man at 25
a young man with a fine appreciation of life

andy was riding that bike fixed with a time cleat attached to the artificial limb
in his pack was another artificial limb... more than likely a walking leg
not sure if he has a different apparatus for running and walking

no helmet


Meredith said...

No helmet but he's got a hand brake.

Jason Berry said...

Andy did the Tuesday Conte's ride. Gwadz needs to join the Tuesday Conte's ride.

Jeff said...

That photo of Andy with the Capitol in the background speaks volumes.

Jeff said...

And what's with the anti-helmet hate? Helmets may prevent head injuries in crashes, but brakes prevent the crashes themselves.

Blue-eyed Devil said...

Yeah, what's the point in adding "no helmet"?

This is a guy who is clearly comfortable taking chances. It's his choice, as it should be.

(And don't take my comment to mean I'm suggesting that a helmet helps or hurts anyone's chances of anything, except having bad hair, assuming they have hair to begin with.)

gwadzilla said...

if I had hair... I would not wear a helmet.

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