The Motorcycle Affair. I thought it would make a great movie title. Maybe Steve McQeen in a European spy chase. Instead, I move into Ira Glass mode and say that the title, “The Motorcycle Affair” will be told today in three acts.
The first act begins and ends in June, 2005. An internet blogger named Mangeye begins a blog. His country of origin, age, gender and even eye color, remains a mystery. Mangeye first decides on an Internet name. He decides of course on Mangeye. I assume he put together “man” and “guy” but he might also have had a “mang” “eye”. After deciding on a name, he went to Blogger and opened an account. He called his blog “The Motorcycle Affair”. He then disappeared. Never entered a post. Never uploaded a picture and never received a comment. What was the “the motorcycle affair”?
Act two: In April of 2012 a “motorcycle” and an “affair” came blasted it’s way into the news cycle. Particularly if you lived in Arkansas at the time and were a Razerback fan. The head football coach of the University of Arkansas, Bobby Petrino showed up with a neck brace and road rash all over his face. It seems that the 51 year old coach and father of four had been having an affair with a 25 year old woman who he had hired. What is most fun is watching him say his is sorry for his actions. Take a look at a true “motorcycle affair”. The fun starts when he Lies about the motorcycle crash
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Act three: Between 1964 and 1966 Joel Chapman and Fritz Dodge were Peace Corps Volunteers in Tanzania. Motorcycle’s in the peace corp have an interesting history. Originally, they were not allowed. That’s when Chapman and Dodge come in. The story was told in 1985 and details of their battle to simply transport via motorcycle. Soon afterwords, the Peace Core adopted the policy of providing motorcycles for volunteers. Eventually and I believe currently, they made them not allowed again.
So if you have had any type of “Motorcycle Affair”, let me know. Comment, send it in and let’s talk.