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Conversations overheard in Salt Lake By Stephen C. Weston #21713


MY WIFE, SUZANNE, AND I JUST returned from the BMW MOA national rally in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was hot, lots of vendors, good sem- inars, old friends, and it was hot. While the vendors who were inside had a cool space, the outside vendors and mechanics contended with heat in the 100-degree range. I felt sorry for them. While the seminars were inside, they were still hot. The air conditioning just wasn’t quite up to the task. There were old


friends, though. I got hugs from several female friends of long standing. Guys don’t generally hug. They will, on rare occa- sions, if there is a really good reason. “My wife just divorced me and


“Thanks for your help with the cruise


control.” “Okay.”


“See you.” “OK.” I saw David. “Hi! How are you?” “Spinal stenosis. Surgery. Okay now.


Found out I could pee a liter! How about you?”


“Still there. Won’t sell it.” “Yeah, I offered him five grand for it back


in ’01.” Ted wandered by.


“Hi, Steve. I’m still


riding the GS you sold me in ‘88.” “Can’t afford a new bike?” “No, just like it.” “See you next year.” I saw George outside a seminar about


touring in New Zealand. “George, you been up to Mom’s Café on 30 in Wyoming?” “Yeah. I was there two years ago. Judy’s


“I’m still riding the GS you sold me in ‘88.”


took all the money.” “Congratulations!” Hug. “I crashed the slash 2 beyond


repair.” “So sorry.” Hug. “I had a blowout on a curve and


ruined my ‘stich.” Hug. “Thanks for volunteering at the


rally.” Hug. Men do have conversations,


though. I’ve known Jack since the mid ‘80s. So, I was really glad to see him at the rally. “Hey, Jack.” “Hi, Steve.” “Gracie here?”


“Rode the Can-Am Spyder.” “You still riding the same piece of


junk?” “Yeah.” “You?” “Yeah.”


gone, though.” “Really? How come?” “They said she ran off with a trucker out


of Bakersfield.” “Too bad. She was nice.” In order to protect the guilty, I have


“Can’t afford a new bike?


changed the names of the friends men- tioned here. And I want it clearly under- stood that “David” is NOT the same person as “Number 3” on the list of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted. Number 3 has slightly longer hair than David. I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t understand these conversations. These few words are based on friendships that have lasted for decades. Some of us do visit from time to time, and we do have long


conversations about everything “Mayo Clinic reduced size of prostate so


I could pee. I’m okay now.” “Good” “George still around?” “Yeah, he’s old, though.” “Still has a bunch of special bikes in


storage?” “Yeah.” “The butterscotch slash 6?”


under the sun. David shows up for our New Year’s Eve party whether we invite him or not. He knows he is welcome. And I know that I’m invited to his shack anytime I’m in his neighborhood. I would spend more time in his house if he stocked a better sin- gle malt Scotch. These guys are friends of long standing. I


know that if they were ever in jail that I would be in the next cell saying, “Wasn’t that one hell of a time?” A good friendship does not require a lot


of words. 98 BMW OWNERS NEWS October 2017


RALLY


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