Like any loving, self-respecting father, my dad had his fair share of cheesy sayings and inspirational quotes he liked to throw out whenever he felt a situation merited one. His “thrill of the ride” mantra somehow trumped them all, and he managed to work it into nearly every situation of life: work, dating, college football. And he made sure to lay it on extra thick when I started dabbling in stunt work.
Allow me to regress. For a brief period of my life, I had the unique opportunity to travel as a member of an action sports stunt team (Think Evil Knievel wannabe). We performed in stadiums, at monster truck rallies, and at rodeos–mostly in the southeastern United States.