Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Helmets

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As I mentioned in The 3D Military Wear Gift Guide for Great Americans, I am rather fond of the artistry and craftsmanship of 3D Military Wear's Americana and military motorcycle and leather gear.

Here is a true short story relating to same.

So I was going to Austin with my family. And I saw this older guy on a cool bike, with a leather jacket on and this particular American Eagle helmet that I covet if I rode. The whole ensemble was fantastic:

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I tried to take his picture but his lane of traffic was going faster than ours. But then later, I saw him parked on the side of the road. Here's his picture:

It is hard to take a picture of someone stationary when you are traveling at normal Texas highway speeds. There are various lessons in that, though the ones that come to mind depend on your life experiences.

There may or may not be a cow in the background of the picture. I tried to zoom in to see, but all I could see is pixels. This is a terrible photo of a motorcycle helmet and cow but a good picture of being and nothingness.

That is a true short story relating to a cool American Eagle motorcycle helmet.

I didn't say it would be interesting. Or short enough.

The title of this blog post is a play on the title of the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance. This book is beloved by many, and I had it assigned to me when I was in college. I remember very little of it. I wonder if I picked it up now, what my impression would be. 

My patience for books has diminished over time. I used to finish every book, even if I didn't care for it. Lately, I've put down more books than I've finished. (I still like actual print books because I spend too much work time looking at screens, and I don't think that is healthy for me).

The book I've enjoyed the most recently is Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master by Brad Warner. He translates portions of Dogen's writing and tries to convey the translation in a way that resonates for modern times. It's a good book to pick up, read for a while, put down, and then come back to.

One of the chapters in the book is about zen robes, how they are created and worn and their purpose. I hadn't  thought about attire as it related to life philosophies, but the notion is that how you feel, behave, and how people interact with you can be partially related to what you are wearing. Which makes a lot of sense, and I guess people who have worn uniforms in their life know, even if they haven't thought about it much.

If Americana, military wear, motorcycle gear, and/or zen isn't your thing, I am sorry for wasting your time. If it is, I hope you liked this short visit. Whatever you feelings, hope your day is cool.

(Our guest blogger is our friend Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley), a Houston-based NFL writer. If you end up buying something, let her know what it is).

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