Showing posts from June, 2007

"What if God was one of us..."

"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."

"We Ride Never Worry 'Bout the Fall, Guess That's Just the Cowboy in us All" - Tim McGraw

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 fel

Loud HORNS Save Lives

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

Motorcycle Safety Tips

"Borrowed" from - 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

'tis the Season

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.

Another Rider in the Fold...

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!

Just Another Sunday Ride?

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 ha

Windows Server 2008 (formerly Longhorn)

Windows Server 2008 is now in Beta 3. Want to know what all the fuss is about? Windows Server 2008 Frequently Asked Questions There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but here are the Top 10 Reasons to consider Windows Server 2008 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

Jeffrey's Bike

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?