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Old 06-23-2010, 06:09 PM   #1
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man. He was a serviceman? Makes it 10 times worse.

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I've seen some awful over the years, and I've seen some really good people die. Of all of my friends though, the one that always hurts the worst is Jason Swinks. Jason was a very good friend of mine. We called each other brother, and I cared about him like one. Jason was someone that you could not meet and ever forget about. Many of our old group were like that, but Jason was a shining star. Unconventional in looks, highly intelligent, thoughtful, a great painter, a of a good rider and an even better friend. I will miss him until the day I die.

He passed away on February 24th of 2007. He had just left the Mastodon concert and was headed back home on Georgia 85 North when something apparently seized in his gearbox on the old vintage Guzzi that he was on that night and locked the back wheel, eventually dumping him into the path of the traffic behind him. It was the worst phone calll I ever got, and I cried so hard I couldn't breathe. I had an unheard voicemail from him on my cell phone that tore me to shreds when I heard it. It stayed on there until it deleted itself, and I never could bring myself to delete his number from my cell.

He had so many friends, so many people that knew him. The funeral was too big to fit everyone in the funeral home. The entire place was full, and another few hundred in the parking lot. The cemetery was over 4 miles away, and per our friend David Kelley who was an APD motorcycle officer at the time (and organized the escort and traffic control), the last vehicles were leaving the neighborhood of the funeral home about the time the first ones were arriving at the cemetery. No one counted the number of bikes, but it was at least a couple hundred plus far more cars.

This was the first year that I wasn't around the old Atlanta group on February 24th, and the second that I wasn't in ATL on his birthday on July 24th. We all get together for both to celebrate a of a guy. Maybe I can round up a few folks this July for some Guinness and a toast to the greatest guy you never met. Rest in peace brother.

He was a co-owner of a little oyster bar in Atlanta called Steinbecks. The beer's cold and the food's good. Drop in there when in town and toast the man.

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Several of us at Bike Week in Daytona in 1999. Jason, Silas, me Greg and Rev
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All of us after Greg's wedding. Other dude with the impromptu fauxhawk is Jason's little brother Dustin. Greg the groom is in the back on the right with his hand on Silas' shoulder - Silas' claim to fame is that he played one of Jerry Reed's (the Snowman's) kids in Smokey and the Bandit - the one that Burt Reynolds picks up in Snowman's house. Greg played bass in the Grindcore band Withered and toured with Mastodon. Troy from Mastodon took Greg's place for a few weeks on tour when his son was born. Good people. Rev is in front, Char in the middle back and me on the far left of the pic.

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Jason, me and Rev with a friend in Pittsburg on a road trip in 98 or 99.
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Jason and Dustin used to put on a weekly tongue-in-cheek 50cc stunt show at the Star Bar in L5P. They rode indoors and outdoors and usually involved lots of fire and drunk people in every performance.
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Yes, he jumped the ramp on the kneeboard too.
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No idea who the drunk tattoed "jumpees" are, but it's Jason on the 50.
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Jason had tats pretty much everywhere but his face. I knew him for a long time, and can't count how many little ones he'd add from time to time. The ones that always stick in my mind though are the words "have hope". Strangely, I find them sadly comforting when I think about Jason. There will always be a huge hole in this world without him in it.
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This one is the saddest to me. I'm on the road and limited in what pics I have to post, and it's the only one I have of Rob. Ironically, it's Rob Clark and Jason together at Haloween in about 2001. Clark was known as "Streetfighter Rob" to most of us given his preference for ratted out naked bikes. Rob was a good friend as well, that was always the youngest and sometimes the seemingly most invinceable one of the group. Guardian angels rode with him it seemed. In the end, he died before he saw 30 on June 9th, 2005 of a highly aggressive kidney cancer. Miss them both, along with more than a couple others but I'm starting to get a little sadder than I want to be right now.

Take no second of your life for granted and cherish all of the time that you get with those that are important to you. Thanks for the chance to share.

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good read cch, made me down. But at the same time look at what you wrote, nothing but love for your brother, good at you
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Eric just brought down a short wheelie. No big deal. Only going about 50mph and 50 yards in front of us. All of a sudden he shot across three lanes and hit the outside guardrail. I have NO idea what went wrong. Only he knew. Before my eyes I saw pieces of him flying from sliding down the rail. He was on his back and concious when I got to him and he looked at me in confusion and tried to talk. It was so weird when his eyes stopped moving. We couldn't play basketball for s_ _ _, but we played driveway ball so many nights growing up together. Mainly just talking. Funny what goes through your head. Maybe that's too much to say, but it haunts me every time I see one of us on one wheel in traffic. If you ever saw this with your own eyes then you would understand.
I know stunting is hard to resist. I love it and I wish I could do half of what some of you can do, but on the road you have no control of the environment. Please keep it in the lot or out of traffic on an empty road away from obsticles. He could have went down in a lot and got a little road rash and needed to repaint his bike. I lost more than just Eric. Never went to his house after that. Never talked to his brother or folks. I used to eat at his house, like another one of the family. His mom's a great cook. Unexpected loses like that went along with him. I haven't talked about this for years, but I love to ride and so did he - and so do you and believe me, this is not something you want to carry with you or put on your brothers on wheels. I'm sorry for giving free advice, but I miss him. JUST BE CAREFUL is all I ask. No one wants to miss you.
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I have to apologize and explain in advance. I'm not trying to overwhelm this thread with huge posts, but I'm about to anyway . I used to occasionally write a blog ( I hate that word) a few years back, and found two entries that were within the first couple of weeks after my friend Jason's death. I post them here, both as a tribute to a great guy as well as a cathartic window into what goes through the minds and hearts of those left behind. Maybe you'll get something out of it. If not, sorry, and thanks for the indulgence. This one was written two days after the accident.

A Terrible Loss:

I sincerely hope that my writing skills do not parallel my speaking ability at current time. The last two days have been horrible. Thoughts and words are swirling around in my head, completely overloading my ability to sort through them and adequately speak a coherent sentence. For some reason it's easier to write it down, so I will try...

When you awoke last Sunday, February 25th 2007, something was most decidedly wrong. Perhaps you sensed it, but could not identify the root cause of the sense of malady that hung in the air. I know the reason. It is the reason for the grinding distress in the pit of my stomach, the cause of the feeling of dizzy disconnect between brain and body, and of my neck muscles and throat that are sore and exhausted from attempting to keep myself from crying out loud any more than I already have. You see, late last Saturday night, the world lost someone truly important. The world lost Jason Swinks.

That you may not have known Jason does not matter. In fact, it is a prime reason behind writing this in the first place. Jason was the caliber of person that deserves to be told of, and to be missed.

Son of Tom and Ann, brother of Dustin - Jason placed family and friends above all else. A heart as big as the city he called home for 33 short years, he was not someone that you could meet and forget about. The love that Jason had for his family was enviable. For the decade that I've called him friend, never a negative word left his mouth of his parents and of Dustin. I honestly don't believe that I've ever known two brothers who had a relationship as close as theirs. Never were Tom and Ann far from Jason's heart, as their picture-quality likenesses were worn with love and pride in tattoo ink under Jason's collarbones.

A flood of memories, overwhelming at times, is ever present these days. Though the emotions that they bring are strong and hard to control, I welcome them all. They bring past days of joy and friendship back into sharpness and make times past seem close again. They remind me of a friend the likes of which few of us have the good fortune of having in our lives - even if for far too short of a time.

I truly loved Jason Swinks, and consider my life to have been a much better place for having known him. In the end, I believe that is the truest proof of a successful life. I am grateful and fortunate for the friendship that we had, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

I ask but one, or perhaps two things of you as you are reading this. If you believe in a higher power, please say a prayer for Jason's family. If you enjoy a drink, please do this for me - the next time you're at your favorite watering hole, order a Guiness and toast the memory of my friend Jason Swinks. Pass it along. Have a toast for a good man, gone far before his time.

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This is my friend Roderick. He was ALWAYS dancing and smiling. He sent me this video right after i wrecked to make me laugh. This was a couple months before he died. I will never forget him or that night. Hug your friends yall you never know if you will see them again. I learned alot and thats one of the things im happy i did that night before we left our meet spot...I gave him a hug and im glad i did.
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and my second was Andy Zorn. He didn't die from bikes, but stil a great guy, of a friend, and highly missed.

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This is my friend Roderick. He was ALWAYS dancing and smiling. He sent me this video right after i wrecked to make me laugh. This was a couple months before he died. I will never forget him or that night. Hug your friends yall you never know if you will see them again. I learned alot and thats one of the things im happy i did that night before we left our meet spot...I gave him a hug and im glad i did.
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