During Kawachan's first tour of Iraq in 2004, he had several close calls.
When an RPG blows under your HUMMER, it can flip on it's side and expose you to sniper fire.
(Not to mention the shrapnel whizzing into/through your body.)
Luckily, the battery took a lot of the hit.
Chan had shrapnel in his legs/ass, interpreter took it to his ankle.
Then they started taking sniper fire.
The gunner did his duty and fired back.
He was hit several times, but kept getting up and firing back.
He took 7 (SEVEN!!) rounds before he gave up and told Chan he was hit.
If I remember correctly, he took shots to the arm, chest, and head and suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
I don't know what kind of head trauma.
The gunner survived and made it back to the states.
A true hero!
I'm sure he's the reason Kawachan made it home that time.
Just in case Lota got sick. Really sick. (he didn't).
The saddest stray dog ever We happened upon this poor old lad one night when we stopped for a pee at McDonalds in a real nasty part of L.A. / Santa Ana. flea bought him a couple burgers and got him some water. We got hold of a animal control person late on a Sunday night and tried to keep him happy until they picked him up. He needed medical attention badly. We checked a couple days later and he didn't make it. I hope he's having a time with all the 4 legged friends we've all lost over the years here.
A2 and PV at Clup Pra
Club Pra proprietor Bombaybusa's great tattoo
8 seconds at the Saddle Ranch
Pinks at 3 a.m. with duc and Dazee
Kawapuke appreciation day at Palomar with Mr. Bear and CDolan
Fu Manchu appreciation day at Palomar with the Bike Pimp.
Gratuitous bike shot, back when the SV matched the Copper Busa.
On he road with flea's animal rescue service.
Whizzy! (flea stands and delivers)
Another gratuitous copper SV shot.
SV redux. No more copper / silver
My famous Uncle Fester imitation.
Val asked if he could get a picture with me
SV lunacy with 6
99 tried to tell A23 that his contractions were too close together to go for a ride.
Late night lunacy at Willow
Good times at Lota Fun's party. Snail and Dino.
Busapwr and Adam
Dom, flea, Tony and Lucy
Mr. Bear and his friend Jack Daniels.
6 with titsling.
Two fisted MadMax.
Rickster has been overserved. I see an alcohol induced turd in her future.
Tilt head left and drool
Now sing with me!
Kirk is legend!
Great ride with flea.
Panamint springs camping and riding with flea
A couple of photogenic old boys we met at a gas station on the road.
Gratuitous dog shot
Yet another gratuitous bike shot. Somewhere in Death Valley.
Coming down the corkscrew. Don't get many days like this in life.
A Lindy for Lota.
Glad he's better now and still tearing up the roads.
Ghoti crayon original.
Merry Christmas ya' bastids!
It's been a great ride with so many of the people here over the years.
Made a lot of great friends, rode a lot of great places, had the time of my life.