With the 2006 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fast approaching, I thought I'd share a little "incident" that I had the fortune to witness in 1999, when I rode there with my brother and a couple of friends.
The following is actual dialog - as legend tells it:
"What are you, dumb and dumber?"
My friend Neil turned to see a short little biker dude glaring at him on his right. He looked like Joe Pesci in chaps.
"Huh?" Neil asked. He was standing alone in the midst of about 10,000 other bikers watching a Def Leppard concert at Buffalo Chip Campground, and it was nearly impossible for him to hear.
"I SAID... WHAT. ARE. YOU. DUMB AND DUMBER?"
"I'm sorry man, I don't know what the hell you're talking about," Neil replied.
Suddenly 3 larger, much more menacing bikers saddled up alongside Mini-menace. That's when he noticed the signature logo on the leather vest of one of the uglier ones. Neil screamed a silent scream.
Holy crap - Hell's Angels! And for some reason they're pissed at ME!
Neil: "Uh, look. I'm just trying to watch the concert here. I don't have a clue what you're talking about."
Mini-menace: "One last time... who the hell do you think you are - dumb and dumber?!?"
Neil: "Look, I don't know any other way to say this. I don't know what you're talking about!"
Mini-menace: "I'm talking about kickin your ass and makin you wish you'd never stepped foot in this campground."
Neil: "Uhh - ok."
Mini-menace (elbowing the other goons): "Hey look, dumb and dumber here wants to get his ass kicked! Ha ha hahahahaha!"
And then as quickly as they appeared, the four of them turned and left, leaving Neil standing there completely shook up, and more than a little confused.
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