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Moultrie Annual Automotive Swapmeet

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January 31st-Feb 2, 2008
Spence Field
Moultrie, GA

This is HUGE. You can find parts for practically any automobile as well as a huge car show and cars for sale. This is the 32nd event. It originally started in Nashville, GA and outgrew the town so it moved to the retired Airbase in Moultrie.

27th Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show

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Friday, Jan 18- Sunday, Jan 20
World Congress Center
Atlanta
$13.00 Adult
$6.00 Children 6-11
Children 5 & under free

Harley Rider Extends a Helping Hand

With all the talk about Harley folks looking down on rice burners, thought I'd post proof positive that not all of us are so bad. Sometimes we help out the jap riding crowd when they need a hand...

Tim Fahey

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On November 3, 2007, 44 year old Tim Fahey crashed while competing in the World Karting Association Road Racing Series event at Road Atlanta. Fahey suffered traumatic brain injury in the crash. He was initially treated at the Shepherd Center and is now being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital where he has been undergoing slow but steady rehabilitation.

Fahey is a resident of Cumming, Georgia. He has a wife, who is a school teacher, and two children. A job change just before the accident left him without a primary insurance provider. Despite the mounting medical expenses and the typical expenses of operating a household, his family has been encouraged by the support of friends and family. A fund has been established to aid the family. Contributions can be made at any Bank of America branch or mailed to:
Bank of America
201 W. Main ST.
Cumming, GA 30040

A CaringBridge.com website has been established as well:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/timfahey

Merry Christmas

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Luke 2
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of …

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The outdoor thermometer was showing 23F when I rolled out of the garage this morning, but at least the sun was shining :) Fortunately, when I arrived home last night there was a small box from Widder containing the pigtail harness for my recently purchased RoadKing. So, I quickly connected it to the battery and was amazed on how easy the RoadKing is to work on!

So, this morning I had the comfort of my Widder electric gloves to fight off a bit of the chill. It was a beautiful commute with a blue sky with a few clouds and sunshine. It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Ride Safe

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26 degrees F when I rolled out of the house this morning. A fleece jacket zipped up my neck under my leather was just the ticket. The air rolling in under the helmet at my chin is a bit brisk, but it keeps the fog from my warm breath from fogging up my visor.

All of the motorcycles from last week are evidentally parked for the weekend as I have not encountered one other rider this morning. It's a pity as it's a great day for riding. The roads are dry from Saturday's rains and the sun is shining. I see a couple double takes from the car next to me as I sit out a stop light. A casual grin breaks underneath my helmet. Their heated seats might be cumfy, but I know their admiring a man that can withstand a little chill to enjoy a nice ride.

be safe...

There is NO Offseason

As I was stowing my helmet this morning after completing my morning commute to work, a gentleman who had been sitting in a pickup in the next parking spot over got out and greeted me. In passing, he said, "This will probably be the last day for riding for a while." I laughed and replied, "Absolutely not!"

The last couple of weeks it was in the 30s and 40s in Atlanta, but since last Friday, we've had a warming trend that the weather-guessers say will be ending this weekend. So, until this past weekend, the number of other motorcycles out and about had significantly reduced to the point I could ride 60 miles and maybe encounter one other bike. When it warmed up over the weekend, you couldn't count the bikes on the roads around my home. But you can best bet that this weekend the majority of those motorcycles will be parked for the winter.

One bike that won't be parked for weeks on end sits in my garage. My love for riding doesn't end when the mercury dro…

I Don't Mean to get off on Another Rant Here, but...

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Last winter I pulled into a Krystals for a couple bite size burgers and a warm cup of coffee on a cold day. I ordered and the employee responded "we're out of coffee". I said "oh no problem. I'm dining in, I'll wait while you make a fresh pot." The gal then said "well we'll only make decaf." And I thought to myself "it's cheap! What I'll pay for one cup will cover the expense of the whole pot!" I finally got my cup of coffee and noted the corporate gripe line number on the door on my way out. I made the call and Kudos to Krystal corporate. Someone actually called me back and sent me a coupon for free food.

But it's not just Krystals. I have discovered its a trend. Despite it being below 50 degrees outside, a lot of places that normally serve coffee decide they don't need to have any made after breakfast. Come on folks as the mercury drops people get chilled and don't want to drink iced drinks with their meal. I…

Rosie You're Alright....

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(credit for song reference to Jackson Browne)

The good news...I now have a new fulltime job with a great bunch of folks. And...

I finally have the Road King I have talked about for the last year (or more lol). I made the trade Thursday afternoon. Rosie is a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King Custom, and I couldn't be happier. The differences are unending. I really like that she doesn't struggle going up a hill on the highway and the ride is like floating down the road - a very comfortable bike. As we are in cold weather, the fuel injection system is a huge plus as well.

The increased amount of lighting is also cool. The rear turn signals are combined with the taillight, so from the rear there are three red brake lights and running lights. From the front the huge headlight is accompanied by two running lights. It should be a lot more visible and that should prevent the cage drivers from running over me right? NOT. This morning on my ride to my discipleship group, I encountered a cons…

Georgia Drought is Real

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Here are some pictures from my impromtu trip yesterday to Mary Alice Park at Lake Lanier




If you look thru the pictures you'll notice the orange floats that once marked the farthest point out into the water for the designated swim line are now sitting on dirt a good 20-30 feet from what is now the edge of the water.

Also you'll see what was once a submerged shell of a burned boat is now well above the water line as are a plethora of tires, concrete blocks, cans and bottles.

Irony prevails. I even saw "NO Wake" Buoys lying on dirt 30-40 feet from the water's edge.

Current estimates are that it could take as long as three years of average rainfall for Lake Lanier to return to its previous level.