I had to post this and hope someone out there appreciates it as much as I do.
I think I’ve mentioned that I am part of a startup riding group that is a hybrid
between an MC and an RC. We are a science fiction/motorcycle enthusiast
organization chartered through the AMA.
One of the hybridized things about our club that strays from traditional RCs
is that we have an undefined time as a perspective member. During that time
the probate is under the charge of a sponsor and the sponsor is responsible for
his probate to the point of sharing in disciplinary actions with his probate.
This is designed to create a bond between the probate and sponsor, a respect
and trust, which should last well beyond the probationary process, and I saw
evidence of this in my old probate recently. Cypher has been a full member
for a while and looks at me as more of a brother than an authority by this
point, but the respect still garnered baffles me.
We were kidding around with each other and since he has yet to bring his
new girlfriend to any of our events I started referring to her as his
imaginary friend. His response was appropriate and respectful as he said,
“Screw You, … Sir!”