Saturday, January 31, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Myrtle Beach Soap Opera

I received this in the mail this week regarding the news out of Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Resorts To Bold Lies About Rally Cancellation
January 16, 2009
Source: USRiderNews

When the Mayor and Council of Myrtle Beach couldn’t persuade the Horry County Commission to go along with its plan to shut down the motorcycle rallies, they decided to take a different approach. They decided to lie and say the rallies have been cancelled.

Read the rest at:

And says "No Events Cancelled -- All Outside the City of Myrtle Beach
As many of you have heard or received information on the events being cancelled. Not exactly true – The events will take place in the County and surrounding Counties just not inside of the City of Myrtle Beach. The City of Myrtle Beach has begun a media campaign designed to deter the respectable, law abiding motorcycle enthusiast from coming to the area. There are businesses inside the City limits of Myrtle Beach that do support and welcome Motorcycle Enthusiast. The City of Myrtle Beach can’t stop you from visiting and supporting the businesses that support Bike Week. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2009."

But make careful note: "The City of Myrtle Beach passed restrictive ordinances targeting the May rallies, which brought tens of thousands of visitors (tourist) to the city. The City of Myrtle Beach has never been a sponsor or host of Bike Week. These new ordinances apply ONLY inside the City Limits of Myrtle Beach.
*** There are no events (vendors) inside the city limits.
*** All events (vendors) are outside the city in Horry County, Murrells Inlet or North Myrtle Beach."

So, make your own decisions...


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Just a Reminder...

Rolex 24 At Daytona
January 24 - 25, 2009

ARCA/REMAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200
February 7, 2009

Budweiser Shootout
February 7, 2009

Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger
February 8, 2009

Gatorade Duel 150 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Races
February 12, 2009

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250
February 13, 2009

NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300
February 14, 2009

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 51st DAYTONA 500
February 15, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Global Warming - revisited

Perhaps Al Gore, who also claims to have invented the internet, is simply, how can I say this delicately, WRONG?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Leprechaun Lunch

So the majority of the morning you've been working frantically on support calls to resolve issues for 100 people that can't print. As soon as you get those 100 folks taken care of, you immediately get an emergency server down issue which traps you on the phone with Dell's award winning service and support for 45 mins to an hour and you watch everyone in the office walk out to lunch. Finally you get off the phone with Dell and its going on 1pm and you haven't been out of your chair since walking in at 7:45am. Now there is noone to go to lunch with so you're on your lonesome. What to do? What to do?

My answer was a trip to the local Irish Pub and Restaurant, The Loafing Leprechaun. The Leprechaun always has good service, good food, and a relaxing environment. Just what the doctor ordered.

A steaming hot cup of coffee, a french dip sandwich, and a little distraction the state of Georgia calls Keno for the days when there is no one else eating lunch and you're sitting by yourself.

This day I would spend $5 on the distraction and get $3 back. Depending on how you look at it, I either won $3 or lost $2. Is the shot glass half full or half empty? Who cares? Cheers! So, I don't get to retire on my distraction at lunch, but the GA school systems got $2 off me to fund the HOPE scholarship or buy faster computers for the kids to surf the internet in the school library. I do what I can.

On the way out, a nice fresh mint to give you delightful breath. Return to the grind refreshed and relaxed before fielding more of the technology struggles of our companies clients.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Answer to our Economy: Double Decker Smart Cars

Do NOT try this at home. These men are semi-trained semi-professionals. No animals were hurt in the making of this video. Two Smart Cars were slightly injured.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A.B.A.T.E Bike Show and Swap Meet

Today was the A.B.A.T.E. Bike Show and Swap Meet at the North Atlanta Trade Center. Last Chance Ministries had a table so I convinced myself to make the one hour ride in the 35F degree and windy weather.

There was a pretty good turn out, lost of cool bikes and lots of things for sale. I won't bore you with more of my words, instead I'll let you look at bikes :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Travel Report: Beautiful Downtown Denver

I've seen my share of downtowns including downtown Atlanta where one encounters all manner of humanity (several that smell of urine and want you to give them all your money or want to sell you a pencil). My experince has been that most large city downtown areas are not somewhere you want to be when the sun goes down.

Imagine my suprise to arrive in downtown Denver to check into a hotel for a couple days of work within walking distance and to be told about Denver's downtown. The Business Improvement District and Downtown Denver Partnership are actually more than a pleasant sounding group of words. The City of Denver and the local businesses had enough foresight and were able to put aside all of the politics that hogtie most large cities (Atlanta pay attention here to create the 16th Street Mall.

What's the 16th Street Mall, you ask? It is the primary shopping and entertainment area of the city's downtown. More than 50 stores and restaurants line the 16-block long pedestrian and transit mall that opened in 1982 and has been well maintained and going strong ever since. The 16th Street Mall receives daily cleaning, maintenance and support by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), a management organization funded by Downtown property owners (I told you it was not just a pretty name but a useful organization actually serving a purpose - Atlanta take a note here). The Business Improvement District's purple-uniformed crew removes trash, sweeps the sidewalk and transitway, removes graffiti, installs banners and holiday decorations and keeps the Mall clean, safe and attractive seven days a week. Really! They do a fantastic job and it is quite attractive and inviting.

A city that encounters regular snows during winter makes an open air mall work, but the largest city in the south that hardly ever sees a snow hasn't been able to pull this one off. What gives? Politics.

Here is a partial listing of some of the establishements on the 16th Street Mall:
Sidewalk Cafes:
Quizno’s – 216 16th St.
Capitol Bar @ The Sheraton Denver
Bravo Ristorante @ The Sheraton Denver
Starbucks Coffee – 303 16th St.
Johnny Rockets – 403 16th St.
Corner Bakery – 500 16th St.
Earls – 1600 Glenarm
Peet’s Coffee & Tea – 1600 Glenarm
Cook’s Fresh Market – 1600 Glenarm
Hard Rock Café – 500 16th St.
Marlowe’s – 501 16th St.
Paramount Café – 509 16th St.
Appaloosa Grill – 535 16th St.
Starbucks Coffee – 700 16th St.
Jamba Juice – 701 16th St.
Suzy Q’s Deli & Frozen Yogurt – 709 16th St.
Chili’s Too – 951 16th St.
Good Times – 951 16th St.
Rialto Café – 934 16th St.
Starbucks Coffee – 934 16th St.
Rock Bottom Brewery – 1001 16th St.
Paradise Bakery – 1001 16th St.
Tokyo Joe’s – 1001 16th St.
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret – 16th & Arapahoe
Green Fine Salad - Skyline Park
The Palm - Skyline Park
Corner Bakery – 1147 16th St.
Willie G’s Seafood and Steakhouse – 16th & Lawrence
Cheesecake Factory – 1201 16th St. (open seasonally)
Noodles & Co. – 1460 16th St.
Chipotle Mexican Grill – 1480 16th St.
Starbucks Coffee – 1490 16th St.
Illegal Pete’s – 1530 16th St.
Gumbo's - 1530 16th St.
Dixon’s Downtown Grill – 1610 16th St.
Starbucks Coffee – 1750 16th St.
Anthony's Pizza - 1750 16th St.

More Dining:
Armenian Shish Kabob
Mike's Hot Dogs
L & B Hot Dogs
New Orleans Sno Ball Shack
Boris Hot Dogs
Red Rock Ice Cream
John & David's Gourmet Sandwiches & Soups
S. Ice Cream
Cous-Cous to Go
Waffle Brothers
Tata's Hot Dogs
Philadelphia Filly
Maggiano's Little Italy
Hard Rock Cafe
The Cheesecake Factory
The Purple Martini

Shopping and Entertainment:
Lucky Strike Lanes
United Artists 15-screen movie theater
Tattered Cover Bookstore
Breaking the Mold Candle Co.
Ann Taylor Loft
The Children's Place
Ross Dress for Less
Dress Barn
TJ Maxx
Unique Import
Islander's Candles
Skyline Sunware
16th St. Mall Beauty Supply
Princess India Imports
Vargas Enterprises
Keys Deluxe
Thai Products
Aroma Palace
La Fiesta
Vargas Enterprises
Stop Shop - backpacks
Solo Fashion
Solo Handbags
Cap Center
Ets Adou
Fantasy Photo
Thabiti's Arts
Lo Handbags
Djanne's Emporium
4 Corners

In fact the 16th Street Mall is Denver's No. 2 metro tourist attraction, go figure. Pedicabs, Horse drwan carriages, and FREE alternative fueled transit are available along the mall in case walking 16 blocks is too much for you to handle.

WIFI is available along the mall as well. The first 2 hours are free and then the charge is a modest $4.95/ a day (weekly and monthly subscription service are available.)

Friday, January 09, 2009

Not This Time You're Not! !

I have spent a good bit of time flying since right before Christmas with my job. Two weeks in Michigan and then the first of this week I was in Denver. So, I've missed a lot of time getting to ride my Harley. So yesterday and this morning were my first real chance to get to commute on the bike again, and again I seized the moment.

During this morning's commute, I had almost a flashback. Traffic was flowing 65-70 mph and thick. I'm in the lefthand lane when the cars in front slam on their brakes, nose dive, and tires begin to squal. I firmly applied a considerable amount of front brake, and began applying some rear brake. You could hear the rear tire "chirp, chirp, chirp". I knew it was at the edge of locking so when I heard the light chirp, I lightly lifted my foot and kept applying pressure. I kept my head up looking at the space between the cars in the two lanes (along the dotted line separating the two lanes). When I was fully stopped with both feet on the asphalt, I was three feet from the car in front of me.

As you may recall, this is not how it played out last time. What was different this time was that I had been maintaining my two second rule (one hondapottimus, two hondapottimus), I didn't get all excited and stomp the rear brake, I applied it firmly and moderated with varying pressure, and I had been riding in line with the car in front of me's right tail light instead of riding dead center behind which would have allowed me to use the space between the cars for more stopping room if it came to that (thankgully it didn't).

It still got my attention as I could feel my increased pulse rate when traffic resumed its 65mph pace. Who knows why they come to a complete stop and then jump to 65 mph in 100 feet but thats Metro Atlanta traffic. I rode along with a smile under my fullface helmet. "Ya didn't get me this time ya bastages", I thought, "I didn't fall for your foolish trap!"

I was tickled to arrive to work with no strains, sprains, or abrassions and that my bike didn't look like the one in the picture above.

I'll try to get some pics and a story or so posted from my Denver trip. The city is beautiful.

Ride Safe, watch those crazy cagers, and don't fall for their traps!