Saturday, December 29, 2007

Moultrie Annual Automotive Swapmeet



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


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...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Tim Fahey


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

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas



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 great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

23



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

Monday, December 17, 2007

26


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...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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 drops. Atlanta has mild winters with temperatures hardly ever below 26, and we don't get the harsh and dangerous ice and snow that our friends in the North get. So why don't these other riders don some leathers and maybe some electric gloves and keep enjoying their motorcycles? I'm guessing for the same reason they only ride on the weekends instead of commuting. They're just riding for the show of it. Which would explain why they don't wear any protective gear.

If I'm stepping on any toes, let me urge you to consider full leathers, a full face helmet, and maybe even electric gloves and try riding some this winter. That favorite riding road will been abandoned and you'll have the whole thing to yourself to enjoy.

As for me, I'm looking forward to another good year of riding and commuting.

Be safe...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

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



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. Its not rocket science here.

What brings this back to mind it yesterday my wife and I stopped to get a slice of pizza while out Christmas shopping. We popped into one of our favorite pizza places and ordered. I asked the server "do y'all have any coffee". And I got this puzzling response, "I don't know. If Anthony was working we would." She goes to the kitchen and comes back to report they don't have any coffee. Ok, so the initial response indicated to me they own a coffee maker since Anthony makes coffee when he works. So, why wouldn't someone be motivated to say "I'll make a fresh pot and we'll bring you out a cup in a few minutes"??? Instead she just eliminated the option.

Come on folks a little customer service isn't too much to ask is it? Considering how much food is tossed out over the course of a day in most establishments, it can't be too much to ask to make a pot of coffee for a customer requesting a cup. When winter rolls in the sell of warm beverages typically increases unless the servers refuse to accomodate. If you go an inch out of the way, the customer will come back. It's a pretty novel idea :)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Rosie You're Alright....



(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 construction van that made a quick swerving lane change (no signal of course) into my lane (I was in the turn lane to get on the interstate). I had to make a quick manuever to avoid a hard collision. The quick throttle response helped in getting out of the mess. I'm convinced there isn't much we can do to prevent these kinds of things, so we have to be expecting it and have a planned escape route.


Happy riding folks!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Georgia Drought is Real

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.