Friday, November 24, 2006

Once upon a time...

Have you ever had to pinch yourself to make sure you're really awake -- to make sure you're not dreaming; not in a fairy tale somewhere?

I had one of those moments today.

When I was growing up I was bummed because sometimes people had a hard time remembering my name. It still happens once in awhile today. I get called Ken, or Kent, or Kevin (or Steve or Scott!). These days it doesn't really bum me out, but when I was a kid? Major bummer.

Then when I was about 13 years old I read a book which changed my life...and because of that, today I had to pinch myself. The book was called The Mouse and the Motorcycle and tells the story of a boy named Keith who befriends a small mouse named Ralph. He gives the mouse a small, red, toy motorcycle and teaches him to ride it by making a vroom! sound with his tiny mouse mouth. I thought it was so cool that there was a boy named Keith in that story, and a bright red motorcycle! From the time I closed that book I wanted a motorcycle of my own, but had to content myself with closing my eyes and imagining myself zipping around my bedroom floor on a tiny toy motorcycle.

Today my fantasy came to life!

I bought a 1986 Yamaha YX600

~ Keith
(those rips were on my jeans before I rode the bike, I swear!)


Anonymous said...

Hi Keith

Congrats on the bike, it looks great and you look great with it! Loved the story from your childhood, isn’t it great when our dreams can come true…


Anonymous said...

Cool bike and it's red just like the story. Have fun riding.

Anonymous said...

Keith! Wow! Dude! You rock! And the new goat / mustache fits perfectly with the bike... add a do rag and a leather bomber and you'll be all set!! Have fun...


m.cellophane said...

Congrats, Keith!

Now you just need a "Ralph"!