Well, boys and girls, I've been doing this ramblings
thing for almost three months, at the request of a loyal reader.
The question is: "Is anybody reading it?" Unless I get some
positive feedback from somebody about it, this will be the last one.
Maybe the winter riding weather has something to do with it, or I'm
just not in a chatty mood lately. In any case, let me know...
Whoopie do, somebody IS reading this.
Thanks to those of you who wrote; and to those who read it anyway
and didn't write....Pppppppppbbbbbtttt!!!! It's been an interesting
week: Last weekend, I rode over to the Summerdale Flea Market (helmets,
yuck!) and found a couple of interesting vendors. One is an
ol' biker who specializes in some leather, but mostly military patches
and stickers. I promised I'd mention him to the Florida
folks...and it IS a nice ride over there, despite having to have that
"thing" on my head. The other interesting one is a guy selling
miscellaneous small tools and electical stuff. I found some
amber 12v LED's in chrome bezels with bolt backings. At 3 for
$5, that's a lot cheaper than I've even been able to find them on
the web...plus I can see what I'm buying before I send my credit card
number off into cyber-space. He also had them in blue and red.
I'm going to put them in my fairing as additional visibility, but
they look like they'd be good for licence plate lights.
of credit cards (what a segue!), I went to open a credit union account
today and, when they ran an Equifax credit report, they told me they
couldn't take my money because this super-accurate, omnipotent, credit-reporting
agency said that I was deceased! Well, folks, let me tell
you now that it's news to me! They also have me with a mortgage
as well as Chrysler Credit car payment. Considering that my
house was paid off around 1974 and I'm still driving the van I bought
in 1983, methinks they doth boo-boo, royally. I'm now in for a multi-week
(if not month) ordeal to straighten out the "authorities". Wish
me luck! In the meantime, the Fed will meet and lower interest
rates again, and I'll miss out on that 6.25% CD I wanted to get.
Viruses be damned, the Coyote is back! In the continuing saga
of the demise of the Ol' Dog, I've have embarked upon the odious task
of convincing Equifax that I am still alive, but they haven't acknowledged
my vivacity yet. In the meantime, interest rates will continue
to fall and that CD I wanted to buy into will cheapen even more.
It's a conspiracy!!!
For those of you in the Pensacola area
who like the Sonic Bike Nights in Milton and Foley (second and third
Fridays of the month, respectively), we have another venue closer
in: Kelly, the manager of the Sonic on Nine Mile Road (by the
new Target store), has agreed to host a Pensacola Bike Night
on the fourth Friday of the month. That'll be on the 23d of this month.
Everybody pray for dry, relatively warm weather to kick this off...and
pass the word around to the un-wired bikers you know. On the
personal front....awww, never mind, this isn't the place for personal
ads. It just seems to be that whenever I hope to find
someone, they turn out to be good riding friends...but just friends(sigh).
Don't take it the wrong way; you really can't have enough friends,
but.....?. I've added a few more links on my links page, so
check them out.
It was another
purty weekend, once we got the Friday weather over with but, I'm afraid,
I disgraced the "big, bad biker" image. On Friday night, I debated
riding the scoot to The Malibu, or taking the van, and the Weather
Channel convinced me that I wouldn't really enjoy listening to Blind
Driver in cold, soggy leathers. Probably not two blocks
from the house, I was rewarded for finally making a right decision
by the appearance of raindrops on my windshield. About the same
time, I saw a lady walking along the street and she waved to me as
I went by.
Being Mr. Nice Guy, I figured I'd give her a ride
out of the rain. As I pulled to the side, the bottom dropped
out and she ran to the van. As she climbed in, she grabbed my
arm and said "take care of me, Baby". Well, if I had been smoking
at the time, I would probably be history now from the cloud of alcohol
vapor that enveloped me. With my lightening-quick reflexes,
I told her "I'm just going up to WalMart to get a loaf of bread for
my grandkids" (cool response, eh?). I was afraid to ask her
exactly what she meant by her request for fear she'd actually tell
me. By this point it was raining cats and dogs or I'd
just have told her to find someone else and kick her out of the van.
To make a long story only somewhat shorter, when I got to WalMart,
she bopped out of the van with me and latched onto my arm. Hoping
no one I knew saw us, I bought the bread and, once again in the van,
I told her I couldn't take care of her and I was heading home, but
was there anyplace I could drop her off. Turning into a nasty
drunk, she growled directions at me until I dropped her off at the
Cutty Sark, on Mobile Hwy. So that, Friends, is why if you're
caught in the rain and try to catch a ride in a van with motorcycle
bumper stickers, you're liable to have a long, wet walk.
Don't forget Bike Night at the Nine Mile Rd Sonic on Friday the 23d.
See ya there, weather permitting.
you're not one of the bead-grabbing crowd on Friday evening, come
join us at Bike Night at the Nine Mile Rd Sonic on Friday the 23d.
It's just west of the University Drive intersection and the new Target,
and I hope to see you there, weather permitting.
If you joined us at Bike Night at the Nine Mile Rd Sonic, thanks for
coming out. If you didn't, you missed a good first-time turnout
and some great fellowship. The weather was excellent as was
the banana fudge sundaes. The next gathering will be at the
Milton Sonic on March 9...hope to see you there.
added a new link at the top of the page for local entertainment schedules.
I'll continue to put a few of my favorite bands on the "Happenings"
page but, if your favorite band isn't there, you might want to check
out this new link and click on "Live Local Line Up". I tried
linking directly to it, but it just doesn't want to work.
He's BAAACK! Okay, so it has been only a little over a week
since I've updated, but a lot has happened since then. Somehow,
Pensacola seems more interesting than Daytona this year 'cause I've
met a sane, intelligent lady. Actually, sanity being a very
subjective thing, She IS crazy but, on the other hand, so am
I and, therefore, you're crazy and we're not! So there...Pppbbbbtttt!!!!!
Hey, bear with me guys; I'm waaay outa practice at this relationship
thingie, so expect some silliness.
In case anyone is wondering about
the pic of the scoot at the top of the page, that was my first bike,
way back in '62. I was stationed at Ft Carson, Colorado and
bought it from a guy who had it in Europe, brought it back, and had
to make a choice between his marriage and his scoot. My gain
and his loss! Unfortunately, it was totalled in an inter-vehicular
altercation...but that's another story for another day.
A whole ten
days have gone by....and the last week of it has been SICK!..At least,
I've been. The Doc said it was bronchitis and a touch of pneumonia,
and I'm STILL down. After six days of antibiotics, pills and
inhalants, I'm ready to ride. The question is: will my body
be. I'd really like to make the Foley Sonic ride-in since I
missed the Milton one last week, but this week has at least told me
you're only as old as you feel and, at the moment, I'm ancient!
The one bright spot has been my Lady. She came over and took
care of me and, if she can put up with the hacking and spitting, maybe
she can put up with anything. I think she's for real!
Sorry, ladies, I'm no longer available.
For ABATE members and
non-members alike, this Sunday, the 18th, is the regular meeting of
the Gulf Coast Chapter. Remember, 10:30 AM at the American Legion
on Ashland Avenue, and come early for the great buffet breakfast!
Eleven days since I've dropped
in...hmmmm. Some of it is something of a blur, but I did manage
to make every day of work last week...even if I am running on a couple
less cylinders than I should. I made the Foley ride-in, as well
as Nine Mile Road, and that helped me feel better than all the medication
I had been taking for weeks prior. Now, if I can just get the
old body back to 100% soon. The calendar is filling rapidly,
so check out the "What's Happening" page for all the events coming
Ah, friends, another fortnight since I've dropped
in here (Hey, what the #&*% is a fortnight?). Anyway, it's
been a while... Unfortunately, I've been missing some of this
wonderful weekend riding weather as the work situation has been demanding
that I work some weekends. Doubly unfortunately, I'll have to
miss the Freedom Rally in Tallahassee, so I need as many of you as
possible to go in my place. Not only is this going to one GREAT
party, but it will be an opportunity to show about 70 brand new legislators
that the bikers of Florida are a force to be reckoned with!
You don't have to be a member of ABATE to go, but I think you'll find
that it's a great organization to be associated with.
want more information, contact Doc at Souther Cycle Accessories
in Pace at (850)994-8727. At the Gulf Coast Chapter meeting
on Sunday, the 8th, groups will be organizing to ride over on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 12th, 13th and 14th. You might
note that the meeting is early this month, so as not to conflict
with the Freedom Rally. DO try to make it.
Ah friends, another beautiful
weekend down and, hopefully, the last weekend I have to work for a
long time! Friday night was a great riding night and we started
it by going to The Fuel Station on Davis Hwy. If you haven't
been there yet, you're missing out on probably the only real biker
bar in Pensacola. It's located next to the Easyriders Store,
just north of the Fairfield intersection. It's got COLD beer
and a nice deck to sit on, and lots of paved parking area.
there, we cruised over to O'Riley's, and then wound up at Chan's on
Nine Mile Rd. On Sunday, we had a nice fun run after the ABATE
meeting, taking the scenic route to the FloraBama on Perdido Key.
After we got our fill of tourists, we hit the road again and wound
up (guess where!)...at The Fuel Station again. With lots of
good friends and lousy pool players, it was the perfect way
to end the weekend.
Yet another beautiful weekend and
I'm here in Pensacola while all my friends are in Tallahassee
(actually, at a KOA outside Monticello), getting ready for tomorrow's
ride to the Capital to visit our legislators. I, on the other
hand, will be getting up about 4AM to help unload a truck at
work. Ah, what we have to do to be able to afford to ride!
I'm sorry to say that I missed the ride-in at the Milton Sonic on
Friday night, but my son dropped by and, by the time we finished chatting,
it was really too late to get there.
I did get to the Fuel Station
for a cold one, though, and ran into some of you, my loyal readers.
It's funny being recognized from the pic at the top of this page,
but it is nice to know someone appreciates what I'm trying to do.
After that, I rode over to the Mailbu on Gulf Beach Hwy and ran into
a few friends who weren't going to Tally this weekend. By the
way, if you want to hear some good music, check out Nation of
One. They'll be coming back to the Bu, but I'm not sure if it's
next weekend, or the one after that. Check the Weekender in
Friday's PNJ for local bands.
Another beautiful weekend down and it's raining outside right now.
It was so gorgeous riding over to Foley on Friday evening; the sun
was setting with those beautiful bands of orange and purple in the
evening clouds, the temperature was perfect, and I was only a half
mile from the Sonic when one of Baldwin County's finest flashed me
to pull over. As he walked to my bike, he
asked me, "Do you know why I stopped you?" I thought I might
have been a tad over the speed limit, but when he tapped his head,
I suddenly remembered that I had forgotten to put on my helmet when
I crossed the Lillian bridge. Ever feel really dumb? I'll
let you know how much the fine is when I find out. Oh, well...
any lesson learned without having to grow new skin is a cheap lesson.
I've been in e-mail correspondance with a member of Arkansas ABATE,
and they are doing a ride here down on May 5. I'm hoping we
can have a get together with them, but I'll keep you informed on that
one. Other than that, nothing much is happening, except for
a full slate of events around the area. Check out the "Happenings"
page and let me know if there's something I've missed. Also,
check out my links page; I've added some new ones for you Gold Wingers
as well as some others. Hope to see a bunch of you at the Nine Mile
Road Sonic on Friday, the 27th.
Okay, boys and girls; I promised
you that I'd fill you in on the Alabama helmet ticket situation when
I found out, so here it is. (But, first, I DID remember to put it
on this time before I rode to Foley) It's a good news-bad news
situation. For the good news, a ticket for riding without a
helmet is only $10. The BAD news is that court costs (whether
you go to court or not) is $104.50!!! Egad, a $124.50 lesson
in life. Of course, that was a whole lot less than either of
my divorces. Will some of you Alabama folks PLEASE get ABATE
going over there!
Now for an update on the Arkansas ABATE folks
coming down here for a visit. Firejax will be leading a group
of 11 scoots/passengers on Saturday, May 5th. They plan on leaving
Biloxi that morning, taking the Dauphin Island Ferry to Ft Morgan
and riding the coast into Pensacola. He's going to call me and
give an ETA for the Florida line, and I'm (as well as anyone
who wants to join us) going to meet them there and lead them into
their lodgings at the Ramada Inn at I-10 and Pine Forest Road.
I know that's the day of the poker run from the Flor-Bama to The Dock,
but if you'd like to join in, drop me an e-mail and I'll let you know
as soon as I hear something definite. We'll probably doing something
Saturday night and, perhaps, Sunday, as well.
As far as riding
goes, I don't need to tell anyone how nice it was this last weekend.
We had a nice turnout at the Nine Mile Road Sonic, but I'd really
like to see a mob scene there next month. Has anyone been researching
a place to ride for the first Fridays of the month? C'mon folks,
we have an open date that needs filling! Well, that's it for
this edition of The Coyote's Ramblings. I hope to see y'all
next weekend and until then, be happy, be careful, be safe and
remember, Freedom isn't free; we have to fight for it!
more week down and we're really getting into the riding season
(for you folks who aren't from the Pensacola area, that just means
no more jackets 'til Fall; we ride all year-round, here). There
are events every weekend, so there's no shortage of places to ride
to. Thunder Beach has kicked off in Panama City and will wrap
up this next weekend, and all the Memorial Day doings are just two
weeks away, so make your choices now. I have quite a few listed
on my "Happenings" page, but I'm sure there are more I haven't even
I'm gonna digress from riding stuff here for a bit (No,
this does involve riding, so there!) I just had a minor surgery
done last week...a little pre-cancerous spot, as the Doc called
it...and I went through the burning stage, the itching stage, and
now, the leave the scab alone so it doen't make a bigger scar stage.
I know we're all familiar with the phrase, "in the wind". What
we sometimes forget is that also means "in the sun". If you're
like me and have spent much of your life enjoying the sunshine, please,
be aware that this can greatly increase your chances for skin cancer.
Keep an eye open for any sores that don't want to heal or scabby places
that don't want to clear up and don't feel like they're not worth
mentioning to your doctor. This stuff can be life-threatening
or, at the very least, disfiguring. 'Nuf preaching, friends...just
take care of yourselves so we can all enjoy each others' company for
a long, long time.
If you're not heading to PC for Thunder Beach
on Friday, the 11th, y'all stop by the Sonic in Milton that evening
for some food and fellowship. I hope to see you there and until
then, be happy, be careful, be safe and remember, Freedom isn't free;
we have to fight for it!
One lousy week I've missed updating my ramblings...geez,
get a life! (end of guilt trip) I did make it over to Panama
City for Thunder Beach one day last weekend, though. As far
as I'm concerned, the best part of it was watching the guy ride the
"Wall of Death" and seeing people slung up into the air in the
Slingshot! My only other comment is a "no comment" as far as
the entertainment, vendors and venue go.
Sorry I missed the
Foley Sonic ride-in on Friday night; I didn't get home from work until
almost 7, so it was almost 9 by the time I ate and changed, so I just
hung around town and stopped by the Fuel Station, and then, Chan's.
Saturday was another strange one, running into a wall of rain on I-10
on the way to the poker run at Southern Cycle . Then, after
putting around town, visiting folks and heading back to the
house to eat, I dicovered at about 8PM that Willie Nelson was
on at Springfest at 7PM, so I even missed him. Ever have one
of those day late and a dollar short weeks?
To top off the whole
thing, my boss has scheduled me to work 1 - close on next Friday and
9 - 3 on Saturday...just to mess up my Memorial Day weekend.
Oh, well...there's going to be a whole mess of stuff going on around
town, so you'll probably see me at one or another. Check out
the "Happenings" page to see what's when and where.
One more time, into the breach, dear friends... Okay,
so it doesn't make any sense unless you're sitting on my side of the
screen. Memorial Day weekend was a hoot! If you weren't
at The Fuel Station last Saturday night for the wet t-shirt and wet
boxer contests, you missed a real trip. The festivities were
in full swing with high enthusiasm and great competativeness when
I noticed a Ford Crown Victoria making a u-turn in the middle of Davis
Hwy. Now, in MY experience, there are only two groups of folks
who drive Crown Vickies: old folks and police officers...and the old
folks aren't usually doing expert u-turns and coming to a stop
in the median. After sitting there for about 30 seconds, it
drove slowly off, and I was expecting a swarm of marked back-ups to
show shortly to break up the lewd and lascivious behavior (their usual
term) taking place within clear view of Davis Hwy. To my surprise
and relief, nobody showed up except more of us scooter trash.
I guess Escambia County's finest preferred our festivities to those
which were probably going on over on Santa Rosa Island.
the ride to The Wall South was awesome! I was right about in
the middle of the pack and, by my estimation, there was about a mile
of scoots to the front AND to the rear of me. The reception
along the route was wonderful and my most impressive memory
is of the one old man on Cervantes who held a steady salute
for the entire procession. SOME people do still remember!
After the Run, there was another party at The Fuel Station, albeit,
a much more sedate one. Let's try to give the folks there our
support so we can continue to have a nice friendly biker bar to go
We still have a lot of activities coming up, not the least
of which is the ABATE Bears for Bears Run on Sunday, the 3d.
It's free, with the only requirement that you bring a new stuffed
animal (not too big, please; the officers carry them in their trunks
for traumatized kids). It's starting from Southern Cycle
in Pace, and will run to the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Dept. Be sure
and get there early as there are only 250 ride pins at $5 each, and
should go fast.