A friend of mine came by my house last night, and asked if I would go look at bikes with him. He wanted to get his first harley, and didn't really know what to look for. He called me today, came and picked me up, and we went to the local dealership. We ended up looking at sportsters because he is only about 5' 6" tall and about 160lbs. He picked out a black 1200 custom, with all the screamin eagle goodies and took off with the salesman. I was talking with one of the mechanics when he came over and handed me a set of keys. My friend told me that he had other things to do, so he could not take the bike home then, and asked if I would ride it home for him. The only problem was that the temp was in the mid 40s, it was sprinkling, and I only had my sweatshirt. He had talked the salesman into throwing in a helmet so I could take it home, but before I had gotten 10 miles the temp dropped the sleet started, and I had another 20 miles to ride
I just hope that the shrinkage of certain body parts is not permanent
My sister (the one who lives in Arlington TX,) had an 8 pound 8oz baby boy at about 5pm tuesday night. His name is Daniel, and he is healthy and normel.
As soon as things have settled down for her a little bit, I am going down there for a weekend.
I had something happen to me recently, and the more I think about it the more it irritates me. I stopped at a local bar on the way home from a work related meeting. I had to dress nicely for this meeting, so I had in newer blue jeans, a pull over shirt with long sleeves and three buttons in the front of the collar (black of course), and nice cowboy boots. I had ridden my road king, so I pulled off my coat, helmet, and gloves and left them in my saddle bags. I walked into this bar and sat down next to a friend of mine, and we were talking, when this kid walkes up to my buddy, and tells him that he has a nice bike. After a few minutes we realized that the kid was talking about my bike, and my friend told him so. The kid thought we were joking at first, and then accused both of us of lieing to him. He said that the RK could not be mine because I did not LOOK like a biker
Now the more I think about this, the more I want to know what a biker looks like. I was under the impression that bikers were originally nonconformists. They were not slaves to fashion or fads. I was under the impression that the leathers were for protection, both from the elements and from road rash. When did leathers become the benchmark for bikers to be judged by? Did I miss some memo that I could not have my own look? Am I a nonconformist among nonconformists?
To me it is about a Passion for riding. The look means nothing. I cannot think of a single biker who would fault me for wearing attire appropriate for my job on that day. Yet the image this kid had of all bikers was that they have to fit a certain image at all times
So what do you all think proper attire is? Do you fit into the biker stereotype?
BTW I escorted the loudmouth kid outside and gave him the option to leave or discuss my "lie" further...He apologized and left (although the apology may have been under duress)
has anyone tried the detachable fairings for road kings?
It looks like my job is going to require me to do a lot of traveling this summer, and I am considering getting one of these. The other option seems to be sell the road king, and buy a bagger (possibly a new street glide)
some of you know that I had court today over my former Mother In Law trying to take my daughter from me. There was a two week continuance issued today for her to review the reports, so nothing is set in stone yet. The reports from the psychologist, and the court investigator both stated that prolonged care given by the maternal Grandmother would be harmful to the child. They also agreed that suddenly terminating contact with the Grandmother was too traumatic for the child after losing her mother. The final recomendation was a gradual withdrawl of the child, from the grandmother, ending with a termination of all rights of the grandmother including grandparents rights, and visitation, at the end of the school year. As you can guess the former monster in law is not happy
A good friend of mine got married yesterday, and he needed someone to talk to to calm his nerves before the ceremony. We went for a ride, looked at an old car (I bought it), and had a long talk about how life changes right in front of your eyes.
He then told me something that blew me away. He told me that he had been offered a contract for a housing development between Reno NV, and Sacramento CA. If he took it he was moving to Nevada, and wanted me to go with him and be his partner. I had no intention of ever living near a city again, but this might be too good to pass up. Now, I have to go look things over, and decide what is best for my daughter and me. I know if I do this, I am still keeping my place here just so I have somewhere to get away from everyone.
spring is here in Northern CA. My yard is over run with robins (the birds), the ducks and geese have paired up, and the weather is perfect for riding. My friends and I started cleaning out our freezers for this years hunting, and all the extra meat is going to be used for a big St. Patty's Day BBQ. We have elk steaks, antelope, venison, wild boar, goose, and duck already, and another friend said he had more to pull out (I know he has a few salmon steaks that I want to get a hold of).
I really wanted to build an outdoor kitchen this year, and this might be a good excuse to get started on it.
I want to wish everyone a great valentines day. I hope your day is filled with all the love, hope, and human compassion you can dream of. I also hope that those of you who do not have a significant other in their lives, find someone who loves, compliments, and fulfills their dreams in the year to come.
I also want to send a special Valentines day wish to Suzanne, who has become very special to me. I am sure you will understand if I do not hope you will find someone new
I just had to deal with something I could never have imagined. I stopped by a local club to look things over. There is a band playing there tonight, and I do security for a lot of the local events. I had a beer, looked things over left a note for the band, and was walking out the door. The owner of the club asked me to stay for a minute, because she had gotten a phone call that there might be trouble. I was not supposed to be working yet but I stayed because the bartenders fience is a friend of mine, and I was trying to watch out for her.
When the trouble did happen, my friend (the bartender's other half) came through the door and tackeled a costomer of the bar. Apparently the bartender had been cheating on my friend with this other guy (but I did not know this until later). I pulled my firend off this other guy, and he came up swinging. I slammed him to the ground, and held him until the other guy had left. I made my friend promise to get up amd leave nicely before I let him up. As soon as he got up he grabbed a cue stick and started swinging. I took that away from him and put him on the floor again (I hit another friend in the head with the cue stick as I took it....I feel horrible about that), and had to choke him out before he stopped fighting
When my friend came to, I bought him a drink, and he appologised, and said he held no hard feelings. I would like to believe that, but I feel like I have lost a friend. Had I known the whole story ahead of time, I would have let them take it out back, and not interfered. I might have thumped the cheating little turd myself had I known what was going on.
Someone called the cops, but when they tried to talk to me, I told them that I was in the bathroom the whole time, and saw nothing (the least I could do).
This is the kind of stuff I was trying to get away from when I quit being a bouncer. I hate being in the middle of this kind of problems. Now I am ready to quit doing security too
I went to pick up a friend at the bar last night. I, for some inexplicable reason thought I might get bonus karma points for this. I was mistaken. Somebody poured a bucket of white paint out in the middle of the road. Upon going through it, the whole left side of my vette is splashed with paint. Sometimes it does not pay to be a nice guy
I have proof that Christmas brings out the little kid in all of us. A very good friend of mine is here for the weekend, and he brought his three daughters. We were all having fun, and enjoying the smells, fun, and food of the holidays. The girls wanted to try some of the home made candies on the table, and my friend and I both decided to open a box of See's candies that I had here. Anyway the kids grabbed theirs and took off, leaving my friend and I picking through the other candies looking for our favorites. We even contemplated cutting them all in half to figure out which was our favorites. We both scoffed the idea off as childish, but then ate 1/4 of the box looking for the ones we wanted. Then we opened a bottle of home made kahlua and laughed at how childish and silly we were acting
I do not know when you will see this, but I did not forget about your birthday, when you told me about it (what do you know, some of us guys listen, and even remember dates). I wish you all the best
And ,yes, 32 is still acceptable...LOL
I probably will not be on here much in the next few days because I will have a house full, so I thought now would be a good time to extend my best wishes to all of you. I also want to extend a couple personal thoughts to a few people who I have found to be quite special (and I am not referring to the kind of special people that ride a short buss either).
Jersey. You have been there every time you thought I might need a hand, a shoulder, and ear, or a friend. Thank you, and I hope you know how much I appreciate this. I hope all goes well with your son's wedding. We all expect to see pics of you in that dress. You told me that you "clean up well". I want to see proof....I have not forgotten about that hug you made me promise to give to my daughter either.
Jessica. I really hope you get to spend the holidays with your mom. You will be in my thoughts. You told me that you had put up candles for Christmas. Now I think of you every time I look at the crystal angel candle holders on my table.
Harley. I hope your mom is doing better, and that you and your kids have a great holiday with her. If there is anything I can do, just let me know. If nothing else know that the friendship you have offered is something I treasure.
Crusin/Deb. You have been a surprise. I never expected to have anyone ask me about tractors or hydraulic lines here..LOL. Good luck on that Christmas with your kids
To all those who have lost partners or spouses. (I will not mention anyone by name here) YOU ALL HAVE MY BEST WISHES AND MY PRAYERS. Obviously I understand how hard the holidays can be, and my heart goes out to each and every one of you. I can only hope that you all have had the support of friends and family that I have
There are many more of you who come to mind, but nobody would read it if I kept writing all night. All of my friends on here will be thought of during the next few days, and looked for afterward
OK NOW I AM THROUGH BEING SENTIMENTAL...ANYONE ELSE NEED A DRINK?
What is everyone cooking for Christmas? To me the food is one of the best part of the Holidays. I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy eating even more. I will have a house full, so Christmas Eve, I am making prime rib, with a mustard. red wine, and herb rub, and a rock salt crust. Christmas day will be a turkey, and a honey roasted ham. Then for new years I am making a venison roast marinaded in brandy, green olive juice and herbs. For new years I will also be making venison back strap. That will be cut into 1 1/2 inch squares and soaked overnight in spiced apple cider, A tablespoon of red wine, and juice from 1/2 a lime. Then it will be pressed dry, and soaked for two hours in home made BBQ sauce, then wrapped with bacon before being BBQed
I had a case of the humbuggs this weekend. I chatted with someone Saturday night about the hardships of dealing with a seriously ill partner. This got me a little down, so I decided to go to the local bar for a beer. There I ran into one of my wife's good friends, and we started talking about her (this woman and her ex husband had rode with my wife and I on our first date). She told me that my wife had called her the day before she died, and said that she "just wanted it all to be over". I knew about this but it was syill hard to hear and talk about I came home afterwards, and sat up until amost 5:00 in the morning dealing with old memories. Then I was tired and grumpy on sunday. To add insult to injury only half of my billiards team showed up Sunday afternoon, so we had to forfeit so many games we no longer have a chance to win the league.
After a nice long ride and half a bottle of apple pie, I am feeling better. Now I have to fix the water pipe that burst in my orchard last night
I am sitting here trying to type, and my squirrel wants to play. Do any of you know how hard it is to type with something like that chasing your fingers? I think I would fry her little brain if I could type with more than two fingers
does anyone on here decorate their house or yard for the holidays?I always have a full house at christmas, so I put a lot of time into decorations I have 5 large strings of lights up in the living room, not counting what is on the tree. The tree itself is 8 feet tall and decorated in antique bubble lights (old ones not replicas). It is flocked, and has purple and silver bulbs. I have a second tree for the dining room, and it is done in fiber optics. (It is only about half the size of the other one)Every corner or flat surface has some kind of decoration, many of them animated.
The yard has 12 redwood saplings in it, as well as two mullberries, and two poplars, that I have not decorated yet, but that will be done this weekend
So does anyone else westa as much time on this as I do?
Something I read on here just reminded me of a funny story about my daughter. I was about to log off, but decided to share it instead
When Haylee was about 3 1/2 my dad decided we should take her along to a local bike show. he came and picked us up, and told me what his plans were. He also had a new outfit for my daughter. This consisted of harley davidson pants and shirt. We had a good time at the show, and you can all guess how much attention a cute little girl got walking around dressed in HD clothing, wanting to sit on every bike for a picture.
When we were leaving, my dad looked at a honda gold wing, and told Haylee that that bike was just like mine. She said that the color was wrong, and then asked me what kind of bike it was. I explained to her that it was a honda, and as soon as I finished my dad picked out another honda. He told Haylee that this other bike was just like mine. She asked me what kind of bike it was, and when I told her she got mad. She put her hands on her hips, stomped one foot, and said "Grampa, you ride a harley, and my Daddy rides a harley, and Hondas suck!"
I still to this day have no idea where she got this, but I was laughing, and just had to hug her for it.
I am amzed at the stupid things people do. Two drunks tried to break into my corvette last night. It was parked right in front of the door of the bar that I bounce at. They came in, and started asking people in the bar who owned it. Then they went outside and tried to open the driver side door. When the alarm went off, they walked back in the bar and tried to pretend nothing happened. I was amazed at the stupidity of these two, because there was a few people standing outside smoking, who all witnessed what happened, and there is cameras in this place too. They were dumb enough to belive that they should be allowed to stay there and drink after this . The policy of this bar is that if anyone is found messing with a vehicle in the parking lot (other than their own of course)they are 86ed for life.