Tuesday, June 26, 2007
"just a stranger on the bus..."
Stephen, a friend of mine made his second mission trip to Tanzania. Over breakfast one morning a few weeks before his trip, another friend mentioned that he sponsored a child in Tanzania and the child's name was God. Much like someone saying "I'm going to Atlanta" and someone saying, "I know someone in Atlanta, say hey to them", we dismissed the chance of Stephen crossing paths with the little boy. But much to our surprise, while in Tanzania, Stephen met God.
Stephen even managed to give God a few gifts which I thought was pretty neat since God spends most of his time giving everyone else gifts.
You can read Stephen's upcoming journal of the trip and see all of his pictures over at his blog: Stephen's Stance
"..nobody calling on the phone,
Except for the pope maybe in rome."
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I took my bike to the local bike shop to have the rear tire replaced yesterday after work. They displayed their true professionalism by calling at 9:30am this morning to let me know it was ready. When I got off work today, my wife carried me over to pick it up. As we were on our way it was lightly sprinkling, and the radio folks were talking about a storm system moving in from the southwest.
As I departed from the bike shop the rain began to pickup, so I elected to forego riding on the traffic packed highway route home and chose to come across the two lane across the lake. I had no problem with traffic or manuevering the tight turns across the dam in the rain. I made it all the way into town without issue. As I came thru town, the road makes a 90 degree turn and as I entered the turn at what seemed an incredibly slow speed, the back end came unglued. I felt Autumn's rear tire sliding out from under me. I tried to jam my left foot down to right things, but it was to no avail - I felt my boot skidding on the slippery surface. Suddenly Autumn was sliding on the asphalt, and I was on flopping like a rag doll. I stopped with my head lying on top of the curb.
Fortunately, traffic behind me stopped. Several kind folks got out and helped me get Autumn up and out of the roadway so I could survey the damage: Broken mirror, broken clutch lever, broken left rear tailight. Me? I'm ok. I jammed my left knee pretty good and my neck and left shoulder are sore. Thank God for a GOOD fullface helmet and full leathers. I have a spot on one boot about the size of a dime that got a little thin. I have a really small bit of roadrash where my glove rolled up a little during the slide right where it meets the arm of my leather jacket. Pretty fortunate I'd say.
Take a good look at the pictures of my helmet and consider: Are you wearing good gear? DOT/Snell rated helmet or a novelty? Full leathers or flips-flops, tank top and cut offs?
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I've constantly bemoaned the weak factory horns on most motorcycles. In fact, I have yet to encounter a factory horn that gets a cager-on-a-cell-phone's attention. We need something like the horn on a semi or a Ferrari to wake up the cager that is drifting over in our lane or about to turn left from the lane next to us. I've looked and considered lots of options which do the trick, but end up giving you something you want to hide because they don't fit where the factory horn was or a horn that just doesn't look very appealing.
Bikerlawblog posted a review on the beast. It looks like a nice solution for a real horn. Take a look mini beast air horn review
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Always assume other drivers can't or don't see you.
Just because a driver is looking at you, doesn't mean that the driver sees you.
Always assume other drivers are going to do something wrong or stupid. Try to avoid being one of the "other" drivers!
Drivers making a left turn are the most dangerous.
Rush hour drivers all feel that their time is more important than your life.
All drivers think it is safe to pull out of their driveways without looking.
The likelihood that a driver will make a sudden left turn or lane change increases dramatically as you prepare to pass.
On one way streets, it is the driver in the furthest right lane who will most need to make a left turn.
Every intersection is a race for your life. Remember: At the turn of the 20th century there were only two cars in all of Kansas and they collided at an intersection!
Basically, assume that all drivers are out on the road trying to kill you. Submitted for your consideration--Rep. Bill Janklow of South Dakota!
Never let anyone convince, coerce, or shame you into riding without a helmet if that's your choice. There is no ride straight enough, short enough, or slow enough to be safe.
I've seen riders killed while standing still at a stoplight when they were knocked over and hit their heads on the pavement!
Never get in a hurry. Never be afraid to slow down. Better to avoid an accident than to be in one.
Superior riders use superior knowledge and superior experience to avoid situations that require superior skill.
Never ride when you are too tired, hungry, or thirsty. You can pay attention or you can pay an undertaker.
Never argue with an 18-wheeler, especially around interstate on ramps.
The longer you take to pass an 18-wheeler, the more likely it is that one of its tires will explode just as you pass along side.
Never be too proud to unlearn an old habit.
Never be too proud to take a motorcycle training course.
Just because you knew how to ride a 175cc when you were 19 doesn't mean you know how to ride a "Fat Boy" at 49.
Always ride straight and sober. Keep 8 hours between bottle and throttle. Thirty-one percent of all traffic fatalities and 41% of holiday traffic fatalities involve alcohol.
Drivers talking on cell phones are just as dangerous as drunk drivers.
Never outrun your headlight. Deer and other animals will always insist on the right of way.
Don't just dress for the ride; dress for the fall.
There's no satisfaction in being right if you are dead right.
Keep less experienced riders near the front and more experienced riders at the back of a group ride.
The last rider in a group always has to drive 80 to keep up with a lead rider who is going 65. Never outrun your skill level. Drop out of the group and enjoy the peace and solitude of a solo ride.
Slow drivers will always speed up as you try to pass them. Fast drivers will always slow down once they pass and pull in front of you.
My co-worker Alex used to ride sports bikes but sold all his bikes when he moved to Atlanta several years ago. He has been wanting a bike ever since. This week, Alex bought himself a Harley-Davidson Sportster "Nightster" (his first Harley). He is already talking about black powder coated Vance and Hines pipes.
Congrats, Alex! Enjoy and be safe.
Monday, June 11, 2007
My buddy Pete called last week to announce he finally accomplished a long term dream. He bought the Harley that he has had his heart set on for quite some time. Check out that smile, would ya? So, add one more local rider to our group. Pete said he's already run "Pearl" thru one tank of gas and keeping her in the wind. Enjoy and be safe!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Our Men’s Group at church decided to hold a fund raiser and when they got thinking about it, they decided a Motorcycle ride would be just the ticket. So, following the worship service, 6 of us saddled up and headed out. From the pictures, you can see we had a diverse group of bikes. One of the riders commented that we had “two motorcycles and 4 Harleys). I think he is slightly confused, but I let it slide. After all closed head injuries are difficult to overcome. We had a casual ride up Hwy 400, took the bypass around Cleveland and stopped into Helen for a nice lunch (sorry I didn’t get pictures of the Bratwurst that I had, but it was quite a feast).
After a lot of commiserating, feeding out faces, and a fuel stop for my Sportster’s limited range fuel tank, we left Helen and headed into one of my favorite rides. We rode across the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway and at where it intersects with Hwy 180, we met 5 Georgia State Troopers and a couple county sheriff’s deputies who were handing out certificates of achievement to riders without motorcycle endorsements on their license, expires license, and expires tags. I’m glad to report that none of the 6 in our group had any problems, but we did see several rejected riders sitting under shade trees waiting for someone to pick up them and their bikes. I recall someone once telling me that the law in Georgia really did not care if you had a motorcycle license or not. Umm, think again!
For those of you who have bought motorcycles and have not bothered to get your motorcycle license, let me make a suggestion. The simplest way to obtain your motorcycle license is to enroll in a Harley Rider’s Edge or MSF Riding Course. Two evenings (Thursday and Friday night) and a Saturday and Sunday well spent with experienced instructors. You will leave the class with way more than just some riding time and the opportunity to take your tests to obtain your license. You will carry away with you a lot of good things to think about when you prepare for a ride and a lot of things to consider when riding. A good riding class and proper riding gear has to be the best money you will ever spend.
After our license check with the boys in blue, we continued on to Wolf Pen Gap and had a very enjoyable ride across the twisties. We made a stop at Suches for a cold drink and more commiserating before heading onto Hwy 60 and down to Hwy 9 home. It was a beautiful day to be out riding and was an enjoyable bunch of guys.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Windows Server 2008 is now in Beta 3. Want to know what all the fuss is about?
Windows Server 2008 Frequently Asked Questions
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Get Windows Server 2008 Beta
Here is a link to test drive it via Microsoft Technet Virtual Lab (so you don't have to load it on a server in your environment:Virtual Lab - Windows Server 2008
Here is a link to the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 homepage:
Windows Server 2008 Homepage
Here is a link to Microsoft Technet Windows Server 2008 Technical Library:
Windows Server 2008 Technical Library
And, Here is a link to Webcasts and chats on Windows Server 2008:
Windows Server 2008 Webcasts/Chat Sessions
Saturday, June 02, 2007
While it has rained across 90% of the state of Georgia today, we missed it with a heavy cloud cover and cool breezes. So, it made a perfect day to drive to the southside of Atlanta and pickup Jeffrey's newly purchased 2003 Honda Shadow. So, we did! I had the distinct pleasure of riding it back for him up I-85, and I had a blast. We had a good lunch at Waffle House and then hit the interstate. After we got back to his house, I even let him ride it some :)
It has a set of Vance and Hines shortie drag pipes on it. With these pipes the 750cc V-twin runs along nicely, and it gets attention. Loud pipes save lives, right? I'm thinking that they will annoy his neighbors and maybe his wife.
He has quizzed me from lubing the chain to changing the oil. Can you tell from the picture that he is a happy camper?