Jun 15, 2010

system: study for two hours at 2 a.m.

Who: Everett “The Tramp” Barber

Current Job: Livery driver, pastor of the Motorcycle Ministry in Hamilton, NJ

Old Job: He’s been a power lifter, a motorcycle gang member, a prisoner (he says he went to prison in 1973 for killing another gang member), a drug addict and alcoholic.

System:   Like Bethanne (below), Everett finds that starting his day with prayer and meditation keeps him sane as he drives through the towns of New Jersey. He gets up in the middle of the night and reads the bible for two hours before getting into his town car. The 57-year-old drives, on average, 2-400 miles a day, 14 hours a day.

Why: “If I don’t pray I’m a mess. And I see things at that time. A beautiful sunrise. Once in a while I’ll catch the skyline of Manhattan.”

Years using system: 5. He’s been driving for five years. He’s been clean for 30. 

[As he drives me through the town of Princeton, a professor-looking type nearly steps out in front of his car. Barber shoots an ice-cold glare, which the professor never sees. He says to me, “I tell you what, these guys have no sense of what’s going on.”]

Tool: Everett’s pamphlet for the Soldier of Christ Motorcycle Ministry. 

Excerpt: “… in my nightmares I watched Stormcloud die over and over again. While in maximum security… I had a lot of time to think. The drugs wore off and I could think clearly for the first time in a long, long time. I could hear the God of my father asking me, “what are you going to do now stupid?”