Sometime this week around the 9th, depending on how you count, we will be at a milestone for the Las Vegas Tailshaker - 100 days to go! This is a national get together with members from all over the country coming. Everyone is invited to make our presence felt and to rock the town and to PAR-TAY baby!!.
Time to make your reservations if you haven't already.
For those who are new here or aren't otherwise aware, all the blogs referring to 'Vegas' are talking about this event due Feb 16-19. Many, if not most, of us have made reservations at Whiskey Pete's at Stateline, about a 40 minute ride from the Strip...all kinds of activities are in the works and rides around the NV countryside and into Calif will abound.
Let's all turn out and make this 1st annual event something to tell our riding buddies about for years to come.
This is a letter I wrote today to a dear friend who does NOT like skull tats, or skulls in any form as a display. She doesn't own a bike and I wanted to try to at least modify her extreme distaste for the subject a little. I originally didn't write it for public comnsumption, but maybe it'll help one of you explain it to a passenger or non-rider as well. I pretty much dashed it off in a hurry so it's not the most elegant piece I've written, but I hope I at least covered the salient points
I wanted to set down a few thoughts about why we, who ride bikes, are so into skulls and the like - I'm not looking to change your opinion, just maybe show our point of view so that you might be a little more tolerant of it.
The fact that the skull represents death is all important. It symbolizes the fact that we, more than any other person on the road have little chance in a major accident to survive, and in fact, what constitutes a minor fender-bender for someone in a car would send us to the morgue. It's our way of recognizing the fact that our demise is out there in the shadows waiting for us maybe a little sooner than for others. We wear it on our sleeve (in a manner of speaking) to show both a respect for death, and to show that we are willing to accept it if it does come our way. It shows respect for our brothers and sisters who have seen it's face directly and gone on to better things. To most of us, the skull doesn't represent a morbid facination of death, but rather a celebration of life and those who have gone before us much like the Mexican 'Dia Del Muerte' holiday.
In a nutshell, the skull is our way of laughing at, and thumbing our noses at the inevitable who we know will always win in a showdown. It constitutes a very serious inside joke.
Believe it or not, I used to react to skulls much the same way you do until I began to ride and started to see how simply and quickly the transition from this world to the next can occur for us on bikes, and how much more likely it is to happen.
Hope this helps to explain our point of view a little.
On Sun. Nov 12, the 23rd Annual Jay Leno Love Ride takes place from Glendale HD to Castaic Lake.
Is anyone from BK planning to attend or is anyone looking to share a back seat? I have a big one...well, I also have a spare one on my bike too - lol
Details are at loveride org or you can google it for more info.
Jay Leno, Peter Fonda, Robert Patrick, Edgar Winter, Black Crowes, Fryed Bros. will be there.
If you'd like to ride with me, let me know one way or another. It'd be great if we could make a BK presence there.
Ok - nobody seems to talk about it much, maybe out of fear that a future soulmate here will discover we're a tad overweight, but what kind of diet works for you??
...and is it a constant struggle or are you one of the fortunate ones who sheds Thanksgiving and Christmas pounds like an unwanted ex-spouse?
I'll start off - I began here on BK weighing 230 and I'm down to 208 now and still losing the old gut day by day. My first line of defense is a modified Atkins to get me over the hump. A low carb diet is the only thing that seems to work for me and hopefully I'll be below 200 by Thanksgiving when I'l probably start yo-yo-ing back up again till after New Year's when all the Christmas pie and candy is gone. Then I'll spend the rest of the year losing it all over again.
How about some healthy dieting ideas or tips for not pigging out over the holidays?
For those of you who are planning on, or who have, brand new rug-rats, I wanted to offer these phrases for you to memorize.
Bottle feeding: An opportunity for Dad to get up at 2 am also.
Defense: What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let the children play outside.
Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.
Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
Full name: What you call your child when you're mad at him.
Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.
Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
Impregnable: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.
Independent: How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.
Look out: What it's too late for your child to do by the time you scream it.
Prenatal: When your life was still somewhat your own.
Prepared childbirth: A contradiction in terms.
Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.
Show off: A child who is more talented than yours.
Sterilize: What you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it.
Temper tantrums: What you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.
Top bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.
Two-minute warning: When the baby's face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.
Do you find that you prefer to talk to members of the opposite sex who live a long ways from you or closer by?
There's a lot to be said in favor of both schools of thought - there's safety in distance, or does the thought of being intimate outweigh the security factor?
I'm torn on this one - I prefer to talk with someone I have a chance of meeting, say within a few hundred miles...some don't, I understand, but I wouldn't NOT chat if a woman lived in Australia or the UK...or elsewhere, and I have a lot of female friends here on BK who live 1000 miles away or further.
A lot, of course, depends on what you're looking for. Booty calls aren't everything...but then everyone's different in that respect.
What are your thoughts?
Note: See the latest entry dated 10/10/06 - We now have a venue and a date.
I see that there are a lot of members in Northern and Central Calif. If anyone is interested in getting together for a big ol' party sometime in the near future, probably somewhere in between the Bay Area and Sac, post up here so that I can get an idea of how many are interested.
We'll probably try to plan it for sometime in the next 5 or 6 weeks while we still have semi-dry, semi-warm weather.
Post whether you need a ride and/or if you're willing to provide a ride to get there - bike or cages welcome. Of course, it's open to everyone and you don't need to live around here to come, but I was mainly thinking of a mixer to hold us till the First Annual Tail Shaker in Feb in Las Vegas .
Once I get a rough idea of how many are going to attend, I can start looking for a venue.
Any suggestions to help pull this off are welcome too.
Ain't oxymorons great?
From a Star Trek episode:
SPOCK: We have breached time travel Captain - it is now three days ago.
What's your favorite one??
"Military Intelligence" springs immediately to mind as one of the all time best :-)
One thing I've noticed here is that there are people who get really upset because a relationship doesn't pan out to their expectations. However, there aren't any set rules and since this is a dating site, there are lots of different ways to date. Some are looking for marriage, some just pen-pals, and everything in between, including gay/les and beyond.
One thing that seems to be a theme here is people getting their hopes all up and then dashed on the rocks because of some flirting just to find out that's all it was. Flirting is a great way to get to know someone, even if it's only for a pure friendship. It can (but not necessarily) involve teasing, mild sarcasm, poking gentle fun, sensuality, eroticism, as well as the testing of emotions that formal conversations can never have. The main danger is that it can be misinterpreted as being serious as well as committal and get you in deep doodoo when it's found out that you do it with others as well.
Personally, I'd never make a committment to someone clear across the country unless I'd met her first, and it's amazing how many people do just that and then get hurt for no good reason other than expectations not being met...I don't think it's wrong, but it has to be mutually agreed upon in order to avoid misunderstandings.
I'd suggest that if you're looking for a particular type of relationship, that you spell it out clearly from the beginning - playing games can be a lot of fun as long as both parties understand that that may be all there is. When someone goes to a party, the last thing on most people's mind is latching onto some stranger right away with no thought of the tremendous variety available. Isn't that the same atmosphere we have here? In short, have fun and enjoy each other's company here...
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made
Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
- Sigmund Freud
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
To the women:
First off - I knew I'd catch some of you clicking into here...revenge for Tamara's post is sweet!
Now - things women say to further confuse men:
"Fine" - This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
"Five Minutes" - If she is getting dressed, this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
"Nothing" - This is the calm before the storm. This means "something" and you should be on your toes.Arguments that begin with "nothing" usually end in "fine".
"Go Ahead" - This is a dare, not permission, DON'T DO IT!
"Loud Sigh" - Although not actually a word, the loud sigh is often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing".
"That's Okay" - This is one of the most dangerous statements that woman can make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
"Thanks" - This is the least used of all words in the female vocabulary. If a woman is thanking you. Do not question it, just say you're welcome and back out of the room slowly.
It's hurricane season once again - I wanted to wish all the BKers, their family and friends on the Gulf Coast and FL as well as points north a safe next few months - hopefully this season will be not be as severe as last year and none of you will suffer personal or property loss.
I will never hear church bells ringing again without smiling...
Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparent's house to visit her 95-year-old grandmother and comfort her.
When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, "He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning."
Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100-years-old having sexy would surely be asking for trouble.
"Oh no, my dear," replied granny. "Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the church bells would start to ring. It was just the right rhythm. Nice and slow and even. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out on the Dong."
She paused to wipe away a tear, and continued, "He'd still be alive if the damned ice cream truck hadn't come along."
I feel so much at home here and as such, a few questions have come to mind over the course of the last few weeks.
What is expected when you see that someone has looked at your profile - is it in poor taste to email them, should I wait till they email me? I know I look at lots of profiles just to get to know people without any thought of contacting them so I'm assuming others do the same to me, but on the other hand, many women don't care to make first contact either, but on yet another hand, biker women don't fit into a lot of common social molds and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Oh my head hurts! :-)
Just curious, each site seems to have their own 'rules' about things like this...not really rules, but accepted behavior.
I've been on here for a few weeks now and have been made to feel really welcome so I think I should introduce myself so I don't appear to be a lurker.
My name is Robert and I live in the central San Joaquin valley about 50 miles north of Fresno. Been riding off and on since the 60's (mostly off) and pretty much full time/year-round/rain or shine for the last 5 or 6 years. I have two dogs who are my kids...they believe it and have me pretty much convinced as well. My grown-up human kids all live in Chattanooga where my late first wife is from.
Hope to meet most of you online - there seems to be a pretty good bunch of peeps here.