Chris Christie has been somewhat busy of late, so we’ll have to just openly assume that it is New Jersey law that Bruce Springsteen be protected at all times. Evidence of this theory has been backed up by decades of The Boss being gushed over in his home state and little things like bikers coming to his rescue when his ride breaks down.
The Facebook page for the Freehold American Legion shared a story (and photographic evidence) of coming to the aid of a stranded motorist that was revealed to be Springsteen. Post 54 Legion Riders Dan Barkalow and Bob Grigs along with their friend Ryan Bailey came across this unlikely sight while returning from a Veteran’s Day ceremony.
“Unable to get his bike started, Bruce called for help, hopped on the back of Ryan’s bike and they drove to Mulligans in Farmingdale. One beer later his ride arrived,” explains this new legend of Springsteen. “Dan stated that Bruce was a very down to earth regular guy who fit right in with his fellow, not so famous, Freehold boys. Bruce did take their names and telephone numbers, so maybe they’ll be riding together some day!”
That sounds nice, doesn’t it? Springsteen and his new pals having a drink and discussing their favorite places to shout “1, 2, 3, 4!” It’s a chance encounter worth crowing about, but this charming story now comes with a disclaimer following the response the post generated.
What started out as a story of interest posted to our American Legion Facebook page has devolved into a nauseating political altercation full of vitriol and insults, none of which are from our members. If we are to survive as a nation both sides have to stop the hate. Both the incoming and outgoing presidents have asked for unity, we should listen.
There are men and women serving in the military who are now deployed far from their home. They are putting their lives at risk, they have left their families and the people they love to defend this nation.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Let’s focus on the positives of the situation: Helping others is fun, sometimes photos are taken and sometimes Bruce Springsteen rides on the back of your bike. All good things.