While waiting for payment, I noticed an old man sitting at the bar, drinking a beer, smoking a cigarette and coughing. I asked him if he had any advice for someone my age who had never smoked or drank alcohol before.
He turned to me, looked me right in the eye and said, "Yes, don't EVER start."
As I went through the decades of my life I saw evidence of the wisdom of that advice. Dead friends, failed marriages, etc. The substance abuse rampant in society is destroying a generation. I can sit back and watch it knowing I made the right choice for myself. I have never spent a night in a hospital or a jail cell.
Everybody needs a way of letting off steam or forgetting about life for a while, but when you combine the various methods with motorcycling, it can prove to be not conducive to longevity.
Stay thirsty my friend.
Of all the things I've learned to make....money is the hardest.