..and a glorious run it was, despite
the late start. Thanks to all of you who participated
in the Bears for Bears Run today. There were times this morning,
though, that I was actually hoping for a little rain, just to cool
things off a bit. Thank goodness our NEXT big event is Toys
for Tots in December. I just hope I don't die of heat exhaustion
before we get there. Be sure and check out the "Happenings"
page; it's filling up rapidly.
back on schedule... Well, once the kids were gone, it was back
the work grind, but I did take a ride after work tonight. I
went downtown to Trader Jon's, expecting a quiet Wednesday evening
beer, but while I was sitting outside, chatting with friends,
a police-escorted bus pulled up and I found myself in the middle of
a Mayoki Court party (not sure if I spelled that right). In
case you're not familiar with them, Mayoki is the partyingest
fiesta krewe of the bunch...and their police escorts were partying
right along with them. Hmmm, I'd be arrested for riding MY scoot
through Trader's...easpecially with a lady riding backward on my tank.
You shoulda been there!
Howdy, y'all! It's been a while, but a BUSY while; I hate car-shopping!
After 18 years and 218,00 miles, I finally got tired of 15MPG and
trying to park a barn. When I got the van, I was married, with
four kids and two dogs, and taking cross-country trips (why did I
marry a Philadelphia gal?), and I suddenly (duh) realized I didn't
need it any more. The down-side to this is that I had no idea
what I wanted, except economy and a smaller size(and priced within
what I had). Now, at 6'2" and 225 pounds, this creates something
of a quandry. I think I've sat (or TRIED to sit) in every model
of small vehicle made and found that only a Chevy S-10 would work.
Well, after much searching, I have it! The big white box is gone!
...and maybe I'll be on-line more often.
Hi guys (and gals)...okay, so I didn't get
back on-line that much. I've been making my new toy my own;
seat covers, tag, etc... That, and playing rain tag on the scoot,
which has been an iffy proposition of late. Usually, I've only
gotten hit by a few sprinkles but today, I lost BIG-Time. Coming
down I-110 this afternoon, I ran into a gully-washer. I
was smoking one of my little cigars at the time and before I could
get to an overpass, I was left with nothing but the filter clenched
in my teeth.
On the bright side, it looks like I finally solved
my wet-miss problem. The engine never missed a beat! Not
that it helped me see, with all that rain in my face, but at least
I could make it to an overpass. Sorry I'm gonna miss the 4th
Bike Show at the Riverwalk, but I'm scheduled to work and double-time
is double time. Y'all enjoy it for me.
..another week down the tubes, but
it's been a great Friday night and Saturday. I had to
work the early (yawn) freight shift on Friday, but I got off at 2,
so I had a chance to cool down, relax, and get ready to ride for the
Navy Sonic ride-in. Unfortunately, when I stepped out the door
about quarter of 7, the sky was flashing and rumbling to beat the
band. Undaunted and determined to ride after not getting to
all week (and living only a couple of miles from there), I hopped
on the scoot and went.
A few drops here and there, but I got to the
Sonic dry! There were only 8 of us that showed up, but it was
enjoyable company and we were under cover for what rain did come.
A nice ride downtown and then up to Chans for a cold one made for
a good end to a long day. Today was absolutely perfect, though...
Starting this morning for a run of shops in P'cola, Pace and Milton
yielded no flyers for new events to post, but it was great seeing
old friends and just riding! Spending the afternoon and evening
at a birthday party for an old friend, WITH old friends, followed
by a set of Blind Driver at the Bu, topped my short weekend.
It's work again tomorrow, but the batteries are recharged and
I'm ready to go!
...ever have some of those dead days?
One just goes into the next and a week's gone before you know
it. I guess part of it is staying busy with stuff you don't
really want to do...like getting ready for inventory at work, and
rebuilding the Chapter phone tree. It seems like riding to the
Milton Sonic last night was the only thing I've done for ME in quite
a while. There was great crowd and I'm afraid we got on the
car-hops' nerves a bit but, at least, I didn't drown on the ride home
Oh well, it looks like I'm going to miss the Bikefest in
Holt again this year. I'm scheduled Friday night and Saturday
'til 5 so it would just be shutting down by the time I got there,
and the ABATE meeting is on Sunday, so... I hope y'all have
a rousing good time and I guess I'll hear about it at the meeting.
See you there!
...ah, I see the weekend pattern is re-emerging.
Of course, we had inventory at work the day after my last entry, and
it's been frantic ever since. I did manage to get the phone
tree completed before today's ABATE meeting, so that's a load off
my shoulders, too. Now, if it just won't rain next Thursday
and/or Friday, I can change the oil in the scoot and get all the other
put-off maintenance done; with all this heat, I'm sure the battery
is getting a tad low.
It sure felt funny driving the truck to
the meeting this morning, instead of the scoot, but I definately
wasn't alone. Dang, I haven't been wakened to that much thunder
and lightening in a looong time, but it was nice riding by the middle
of the afternoon, so it wasn't a total loss. (English majors,
diagram THAT sentence) Ciao for now, and maybe it won't be a
week next time.
IS raining...but I did the maintenance on Monday, before I went to
work. Hey guys, check your battery fluid level; this heat is a beast
and I was WAY down. Thank goodness, Sears Diehard makes motorcycle
batteries, too. With my screwy work schedule, I don't get to
see y'all that much for weekend riding, but let's keep our fingers
crossed that I can make Friday's Nine Mile Sonic without getting too
wet. Nuff sed...my breakfast is calling. Oh, before I
run; any comments on the new format of keeping a month's Ramblings?
Let me know.
Yeehaw, it sure has
been fun playing rain tag the last few days..and I AM batting about
.500! For those who were counting, the ride to Sonic last Friday
was one of the wins. Now, dropping by last night on the Retreads
was another story...but I dried out by the time I got home.
Wish I could make the Navy Blvd Sonic tomorrow night, but the
job says I have to close, so I wish you a dry ride.
to my one loyal reader who responded to last week's Ramblings;
really, Hon, you've GOT to get a life! ...and, no, my store
doesn't stock that. (See, folks, don't you wish YOU had written
so I could include cryptic notes to you. too.)
Unfortunately, I had to work
Friday, Saturday and Sunday but I was able to get some riding in after
work on the weekend. From the looks of things, everyone was
at Styx River, 'cause there sure wasn't anybody around town.
I only hit a few light drizzles, so the .500 average still stands.
Now, somebody hold off the rain for Friday, since I'm OFF and going
to try to make the Milton Sonic. In fact, I don't go to work
Saturday until noon, so I can
even enjoy myself. Of course, not getting off until 9 puts a
cramp in the Saturday evening festivities, but a guy's gotta make
a buck. Hope to see you in Milton!
week bites the dust! I did make Milton...and dry...but have
been working ever since. This week, due to judicious shift-swapping,
I have Wednesday through Friday off, and I'm ready for it. Now
watch it rain! We're gonna try something new this Friday: TWO
Sonics, but fairly distant, so if you're not up to putting the brain
bucket on and riding into Alabama to Foley, folks will be meeting
at the Gulf Breeze Sonic at the usual 7. It's near the
WalMart and the end of the expensive bridge...more like Tiger Point.
I hope to see you there, and dry! Maybe this will bring some
of the Fort Walton Beach folks.
Gonna keep it short this time...so
I can get to work. I really HATE closing on Saturdays
and Sundays but...the last couple of Lotto tickets I bought came up
dry, so it's off to the store. We did have a nice turn-out at
Nine Mile last night, though. I just got next week's work schedule
and found next Friday is an 11-7. Now, that's a pretty decent
shift EXCEPT for a Friday, as there is no way I can clock out, get
home and change, AND get to Sonic before everyone leaves, particularly
at Tiger Point. It's gonna take some creative shift-swapping,
but let's see what happens.
Y'all have fun tonight...(addendum
for tonight[just got home from work]...I got the shift swap and am
off on Friday. of course, it means getting up at 6AM on Saturday,
but I'm off at 4, so the evening isn't lost.)
than a week this time! I hope the folks who went to Live Oak
Landing had a great time while I was working on Saturday. One
of these days I'll get a life again (HA!). We did have a nice
turn out at the Tiger Point Sonic, and the manager was so pleased
with us, he asked us to come back more often, hinting at some kind
of discount. I'll see what I can firm up on that and let
you know. We are going to add them as the periodic 5th Friday
in the month we get, so that's the place to be on the 30th...unless
you're at Styx River. Well, it WILL be a little more family-oriented.
There is going to be another Bears for Bears Run coming up in early
October, but there aren't enough details to list on the Happenings
page like a date), but I'll post that as soon as I get it. There is
also a charity event coming up in Daphne, Alabama in September which
I'll list as soon as I get the particulars from the Bro who passed
it on. Well, I don't want to overload you TOO much in one sesion,
so that's it for tonight.
This isn't the sort of thing
I like to have to put on here, but my ABATE Brother, Frank "Rambo"
Smith, USMC, was lost to another four-wheeled idiot on Monday.
A teenager broadsided him in a pick-up truck on US29...and a
fine man is dead! The viewing will be at Faith Chapel Funeral
Home on Beverly Parkway in Pensacola on Thursday at 6PM, with final
services on Friday at 11AM. We will accompany him on his final
trip to Barrancas National Cemetary. This is NOT the way I want
to get together with my Brothers and Sisters!
It's been almost a week, but a very tough week.
Those of you who received my various e-mails will undoubtably have
noted the various and sundry goofs and corrections I sent, but I don't
do death well and I think the stress showed. C'mon folks, let's
be REAL careful so I don't have to go through this again. I
certainly hope everyone enjoyed Styx River, the Dragons' Party and
Trader's Bike Show....since I had to work all weekend. This
is getting to be a tired song, but I don't see any changes coming...
so get used to it! Ah, it's nice to have a place to gripe.
Last Friday was the first try at a fifth Friday Sonic at Tiger Point
and by the time I left ahead of the rain, about 8-10 folks had showed
up. Between the weather and all the activities, I guess that
was to be expected. We won't have another 5th Friday until December
29th, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for that one. See y'all
at Navy Boulevard this Friday!
Those who follow this know that I don't do ads, but this e-mail I
got from a reader intrigued me...and besides, I couldn't think of
anything else to write at the moment:
Coyote, love your website. Lots of excellent info. Here's
a little tidbit. I am notary public in the State
of Florida and perform weddings. I am available to perform
weddings for bikers within the State of Florida. Bikers
can be the residents of any state. Just need to get a
Florida marriage license. (I will be at Biketoberfest in
Daytona in October.) Contact Shelley at email@example.com or
Meanwhile, back at the ranch....or
the one week timing, anyway... Not a lot going on in the Ol'
Coyote's life right now except work and getting older. I'm suddenly
more aware that the old 60 mark is coming up next April, for some
reason. Could be the aches and pains, but whatever it is, I'm
more aware of it. One of my goals in life is being the first
biker in full leather to have his picture on the wall of the
Blod Bank for the Ten Gallon Club and with all the West Nile
Virus and other stuff happening, I want to speed up the process. I
found out I could give more frequently if I donated platelets, rather
than whole blood, so I set up an appointment.
After going through
the assessment, I found out that, although I can take my Motrin and
give whole blood, I can't undergo phoresis...but I can taking
Tylenol. Since the Motrin is what allows me to move, I just
gave the whole blood Tuesday, but I'm gonna try switching to Tylenol
to see if I can still function adequately. If so, come November
6, I'll try the phoresis again and see if I can get on the wall
by the time I hit the big 6-oh. Wish me luck. Looks like
I'm not gonna make Milton on Friday, Guys. I have a new manager
making my work schedule, and I'll be getting off too late on Friday
to get there. Maybe I can bring him around to my side in time
but we'll just have to see.
Don't forget the ABATE Chapter meeting
on Sunday. I'll be riding unless Gustaf makes it too nasty.
Otherwise, it's the S-10. Ciao for now, Kiddies.
You guys missed a great Ramblings
a couple of days ago. I was marvelously lucid, delightfully
witty and positively brilliant...and I crashed before I could
save it on-line. Now, you're stuck with this! I didn't
actualy crash the computer, but my ISP bugged out on me for
about 12 hours. I bombarded their C/S trouble line with
multiple missives, but to no avail. Now, I'm back and operating,
but I can't seem to regain that same level of brilliance, alas.
I did, however, manage to make the Tiger Point Sonic last night.
Only a few of us apparently read the weather radar properly
and knew we wouldn't get wet...and I did get to meet Shelley, our
biker notary, and her husband.
From there, I rode up to Chan's
for a cold one and found out it was raining cats and dogs in McDavid
and points north, so I was glad I stayed closer to the coast.
Oh...news flash! I seem to have broken my jinx; for the first
time since March, I gave a lady a ride from a bar without crashing!
Of course, it's only happened once in my life...last March...but you
never know how trends get started.
Looking at my site stats,
I've noticed that readership on the "Happenings" page has dropped
considerably since I've been mailing them each week, but you
should still check them later in the week for any last minute additions.
There were a couple this week. Too, you might want to check
out the "Links" page. I've added a few lately that might be
interesting. Well, time to get ready for work, so that's it
for a bit. Take care.
I hate to say it, but
it is getting to be a habit of getting knocked offline before
I can save on this editor. Off course, it IS free, so the price
is right and you DO get what you pay for! I was writing last
night in a very strange mood (by the way, the lights are flickering,
so I'm saving this in pieces) and now, I'm glad I lost it...if I remember
my morose ramblings correctly.
Okay, here's the good news/bad
news: you won't have to listen to me complain about my missing
events because I had to work strange schedules; you may hear me complain
about not having any money to go to events. Those of you who
know me have probably noticed that I sometimes move funny and make
strange grunting noises from time to time. I think that after
almost 60 years of doing really stupid things with my body, that's
a reasonable expectation. What wasn't reasonable, to me anyway,
was having to leave work in pain.
So, anyway, when I got to
see the x-rays of my spine, even I could tell that particular vertebra
didn't seem to be in the right place. Other questions to the
Doc yielded answers like "scoliosis" and "arthritis". I won't
even try to spell the other thing, but he said the civilian
term was "slipped disk". That's why what I was typing at 3AM
yesterday is better off lost. Besides, Prednisone DOES causes
sleeplessness and indigestion, just like the insert said. The
Doc has treated me for a while, so he knows what I do for a living,
and asked if I can take a ten minute sitting break each hour.
I know that I can't, particularly with the Chritmas shopping season
coming up, so I've had to make a hard decision. I like working
for Academy Sports and Outdoors; they are good people and have
an excellent benefit program but...and a big but (no jokes, now) if
working for the benefits is causing me to NEED the benefits, I have
And so, I am leaving the job I had hoped to
retire from so I won't be a cripple before I retire. Hell, I
limp enough as it is! Right now, I'm just getting through this
steroid crud and heating pads and strange exercises he has me
doing but I'll be back on the road soon (if the hurricane doesn't
wash them away). Heck, I may even cheat.... Oh, by the way,
in my boredom, I've added a guest book to the site. Somebody
prove you're reading this.
Is everybody still out there? I hope no one sustained serious
damage from that pesky Isidore. My son took a tree limb into
his roof, but he was taking it in good humor yesterday. At Casa de
Coyote, we got a few minor limbs down, but Hannah had done most of
the heavy stuff, earlier, so I don't have much cleanup...except the
bike barn had a few leaks.
I'm happy to report that this morning
is the first time I haven't been in pain AND/OR sick from the medication
since last Saturday. Maybe, if it doen't rain this evening, I'll see
y'all at Nine Mile Road. One place you won't, though...at least for
a while...is running the road from Pensacola Beach to Navarre.
Once again, the road has been cut by the storm and it'll probably
be months before it is reconstructed. I just hope it doesn't take
as long as it did after Erin and Opal.
Thanks to the contributers
to the new guest book. I just need confirmation from time to
time that what I'm doing is worthwhile and not just another blog.
Y'all take care and keep it upright.
Dang, Kiddies, it happened again! I got
bumped off-line in the middle of one of my most brilliant Rambles..so
it's back to the drawing board. I was commenting on the fact
that I've had a job pretty continuously since I was 16, and this life-of-leisure
thing is gonna take some getting used to. For the nexr week, though,
it's doctor and dentist appointments before the benefits quit AND
contacting my 401(k) administrators so I don't go too broke.
I guess I will wind up with some kind of job (to keep from going nuts),
but it has got to be easier on the back than what I was doing.
The riding has been good this weekend; the Sonic turn-out was a little
light, but out-of-town stuff going on contributed mightily to that.
Saturday, I hooked up with the I Ride 2 ride and had a nice ride over
to Destin. After a good lunch at Hooters, we headed back west,
but wound up in a loooong traffic jam on Okaloosa Island. Turned
out to be a three-car accident, but we found a c-store just as some
of the scoots started over-heating, so we sat it out there until traffic
When the rest of the group stayed on 98 for the trip
home, I peeled off into FWB to drop in on Jerry's Cycles, up on Racetrack
Road. Those of you with antiquated Brit bikes probably know
Jerry, but he also does a lot of Jap work. Anyway, I met
him while I was working for CCI, delivering auto parts some years
ago, but I hadn't seen him in a couple of years. When I walked
in, he was still the same, the punching bag still hung from the
ceiling, but the pool table was all covered with stuff. It's
a unique shop. Drop in if you're over that way.
was stuff-your-face day at the Seafood Festival. That, and enjoying
a cold one listening to good jazz under a shade tree. You know,
maybe I COULD get used to the semi-retirement thing. Tomorrow
is telephone day but come on by the Hooters on Bayou Blvd Tuesday
evening for the I Ride 2 bunch. Curtis has a good message.