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Wide White: Grown men do cry

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Grown men do cry

Even men with tattoos, leather, and nose rings.

The Patriot Guard Riders showed up in full force for a funeral for a Minnesota Marine killed in Iraq.
One of those lining the street outside the church was an Iowan who calls himself "Scary Jerry." Jerry Myers' shaved head gave way to fat silver hoop earrings in each ear, a nose ring, and a long beard. At 3 a.m. he had finished transporting residents of a halfway house home from their factory night shift, and at 4 a.m. he was on the road from Garner, Iowa.

"If I tear up, I'm sorry," he said, and he did, a little. "This is the absolute least I can do."
Thankfully the Wichita group didn't show up to protest. Governor Tim Pawlenty even personally thanked the riders.

In a "perfect world" I'd have a Harley and I'd have been there with them.


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