Who Doesn’t Want a Bike for Christmas?

The annual drive for the Toys for Tots campaign officially kicked off with the “Bikes for Tykes” event in Downtown Honolulu.  I didn’t know about this event.  It’s the third year and I did not know about it.  I missed it.  I will make it a point to NOT miss it next year!

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is on my list of wonderful organizations and the local Marines in Kaneohe do them proud!  The Marines and the Hawaii Chapter of Street Bikers United join forces, once a year, to take toys to the keiki — via their motorcycles.  I love this event because it is a rare occasion that we get to see so many riders all together at the same time and, best of all, for a common cause.  Regular readers know how much I love this event.  Guess what?  I missed that too!  The worst part is that I promised you guys last year to get it done this year!

Toys for Tots Bike Run 2008

Here is the one photo that I was able to get for this year’s event.  That’s it.  That’s all I have.  Last year I suffered from an equipment failure when my camera decided to have a memory meltdown.  This year, I was severely slowed down in the morning and then the husband locked his keys in the car (with it running) so I missed the end of the run too!

Needless to say, I was not happy.  Again.  This event only happens once a year!  I swear, next year is mine!  I will get those pictures that I discovered I really can get if I have to die trying!  Okay, maybe I won’t go quite that far.

I Have an Attitude Problem

So often seen as the kind of people you don’t want to take home to meet your parents, these tattoo-sporting, bike-riding, beer-drinking hooligans are, for the most part, just the opposite — they’re sheep in wolves clothing!  😉

These horrible monsters are taking toys to children.  Gasp!  Oh the horror!  Yeah, I’m being a wise a** but cut me some slack.  For all the “bad boy” or “hoochie mama” notoriety they get (yes, women ride too!), they’re just like the rest of us — they are passionate about what they do.  I keep grilling this “they’re good people” stuff into the ground, I know, but I can’t help it.  I can relate to that passion, be it as a loaner or as part of a group.

Any bikers reading this will be thinking, “Yeah!  We’re good!”  Then they hate me because I continue to caution them about safety and helmets and the like.  I can’t help that either!

I did tell the new downtown Honda store that they need a couple of motorcycles in the window if they expect to draw people in.  “We have a location for that,” was the comment.

“I know that,” I quipped back, “so have them lend you guys a couple to draw people into the store and then you guys can sell them the other stuff.  You need bikes on the floor!”  We’ll see what they do.  Trust me, if it happens, you guys will hear about it as soon as it does!  Then again, nobody listens to me so don’t hold your breath.

Anyway, if you can swing it, bikes are always good Christmas gifts.  Big bikes, little bikes, big tykes, little tykes, boys and girls — it’s freedom for the free spirited.  Don’t forget the helmets, knee pads, elbow pads…

I will add a link to this post later that includes all of the pictures that I have from the 2006 event.  Again, I apologize.  I also have four or five other posts sitting here waiting to be written.  Off to work!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Dec 18, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Hi Evelyn – I’m sure that the Toys For Tots folks really appreciate your support and helping to raise awareness about the wonderful work they do.

    This organization has a soft spot in my heart too. First, the effort is such a worthy one and second is that the person who chairs this effort is the football coach of my alma mater, NC State University. He’s a former Marine. So, I’m proud that my school is somewhat associated with such a great foundation.

    And, don’t worry that you only got one photo, because the one you got is an excellent one.


  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    That wouldn’t happen to be John Goodman, would it? Just wondering. Anyway, yes it is all wonderful and I have to tell you, Sheila, I was thinking about you as I was mentioning how many posts I have on the burner!

    I also have to say that I got my one picture through the window of my car! I was so grateful that some of the riders pulled over to the side to let the traffic die down a bit. If they hadn’t done that, I might not have gotten anything at all!

    I would have loved to get a picture of the Santa on the freeway but since I don’t have a death wish I guess I couldn’t do that. 🙂

  • 3 Sheila // Dec 19, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Hi again. 🙂 Our coach is Tom O’Brien. I to look up his role and I found that he’s actually on the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation.

    I’m glad you stayed safe rather than risking your life for a photo of Santa on a bike. 🙂

  • 4 Evelyn // Dec 19, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the heads-up, Sheila! I think I need to pay attention if they come to visit! 🙂 That would be cool!

  • 5 Keahi Pelayo // Dec 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    How do you get it under the tree.

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Keahi! Well, you wrap the key in tissue paper and put it in a very small box and put that box in a bigger box and put that in an even bigger box and on and on. In the garage you park the bike with a HUGE red bow! *sniff!*

    For a bicycle, you wrap the license plate the same way and leave the bike in the garage — if your garage can lock. If not, ask a neighbor to hold it in their kitchen or something. (Sorry, I’m not very trusting.)

  • 7 Bobby Revell // Dec 23, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Hi Evelyn! I came for the wondrously refreshing Hawaiian weather because it is cold and rainy here in the south today! Well, bikers are normal people like you said, unless they are in a violent biker gang; there are plenty of those where I live.

    I bought a new bicycle for my 5 year old niece for Christmas, I can’t wait to see her little face light up! 🙂

  • 8 Evelyn // Dec 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Bobby! I know there is one gang around here somewhere that should be approached cautiously but the biggest problem with them is their attitude. We’re all just too laid back around here.

    Just think what your creative pen could do with a violent biker gang, or just a psychotic biker! I’m not helping my point am I? LOL!

    Seriously though… I’m feeling the fuel for some dark fiction for your keyboard! I hope everybody follows your link back and reads some of your writings!

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