1/8/04 Okay, so
it HAS been a little longer than normal...gimme a break! (I'm getting
old!) The electrical problem was my own fault. Not being satisfied
with the rear night visibility of only a tail light, I added a Priority
lighting kit to convert my rear turn signals into running and brake
lights as well. After a lot of looking, I found a pinched wire in
my installation, taped and rerouted it and, viola...problem solved.
It did drive me nuts for a while though. I ordered a Kuryakyn battery
monitor but still haven't figured out where I'm gonna mount it. Pretty
little chrome LED thingie, though.
New Year's Eve was a trip! Native
Thunder was playing at the Bluegrass on Blue Angel, so I hopped on
the newly energized scoot, intending to just have one beer and come
home to celebrate with Dick Clark. Once there, though, somebody kept
buying me beer and women needed to be danced with so I wound up on
stage singing Auld Lang Syne with Muff. It's a good thing everyone
else was drunk. New Year's Day dawned bright and relatively warm,
so Ms Lynn and I went back-woodsing on our scoots. Until then, I never
realized that you could stay within Escambia County and ride 45 miles
between gas stations.
Flash!!! For those of you who remember the band,
Mack Daddy, Big Brian is thinking of picking up the harmonica again
with another blues band. Stay tuned and I'l try to find out more for
you. Life has either been cold or wet (or like tonight, cold AND wet)
so there's not much more happening to report on.
Rain, rain, go away...Alas,
another Saturday night stuck in the house. Okay, so Muff, Big Papa
and I did go out for a bit last night, and all is right with the world.
Muff's having to leave early this trip, and going to Iraq, instead
of Europe. Over the beer, and surrounded by mostly-naked young ladies,
we were discussing the lack of a true biker bar around here. We batted
a bunch of ideas around...scooter parking under cover, good pavement,
cold beer...but couldn't agree on WHERE!? Any ideas out there. I agreed
to try and do a little market research while he was gone and this
is the initial feeler. Y'all give me a little feedback.
For an update
on the new scoot, I got tired of the wimpy horn and replaced that,
but I STILL haven't figured out where I want to mount the battery
monitor so it's not in the way of something else. Oh well, it'll come
to me in time. The last major item is tough, though; that 3.2 gallon
tank is just too small. It's gonna be a while solving that one.
it's kinda cool and wet, but it is only six weeks until Bike Week
so start thinking of your maintenance now. I think we're going to
close down Motorcycle Emporium and go so, please, don't get us backed-up
at the last minute. Hmmm, almost time to change the date on this entry
if I don't post it soon so, one last reminder of the ABATE meeting
in the morning. Ciao, y'all, and see ya on the road.
Back to my
old habits, I see..... Well, it IS an up and down life I lead. On
the down side, it doesn't look like we're gonna see Big Brian playing
the blues harp for a while yet. The band he was auditioning (they
thought they were auditioning him!) just wasn't a good match (can
you imagine him in a tux, playing a wedding?) so it's a no-go for
now. I sure do miss it.
On the up side, I'd heard a rumor of a new
bar opening so I've been doing a little ground work (any excuse to
ride). Now, the down side of this up-side is that it is in Alabama
(helmets, phhheeew!), but it's only a couple hundred yards into Lid-Land.
Corliss has come down here from Montgomery to open the Lost Bay Bar
and Grill in Lillian, along with his partner, Judy. They're still
a couple of weeks away from opening, but I shared a couple of cold
ones with him to get the real scoop. See what sacrifices I make for
For the basics, they have a liquor license, so there'll be
hard stuff as well as the brewski's, and food from steak down to good
ol' cheeseburgers. Now, if they can just come up with onion rings
as good as those at Hawgs Heaven before they closed. Get this, too....the
parking lot is paved! Okay, okay..I lost my head there for a while,
but I AM glad to find a new place....and Corliss rides a Titan. I'll
let you know when they're gonna open.
Okay, once a week
is cool...when I get around to it. I popped out last night in the
cool, clear night and could only find a few other scoots braving the
elements. Interestingly enough, they were at the Navy Blvd Sonic,
which didn't act like they wanted us around last year. Who knows?
We rode around a bit and wound up at the Mobile Hwy and Saufley McDonald's
before I split to find that beer that was calling my name. Since it
was close and on the way, I stopped at Mickey's, since they've been
pretty biker-friendly in the past. Coming to the door, though, they
stopped me for a $5 cover charge. When I asked the young lady what
that cover was supposed to get me, she said "nothing"...so that's
what THEY got from me.
I rolled on over to Warrington and stopped by
Georgia's Laugh-Inn on Navy Blvd. They've just reopened since their
fire last fall and the beer is cold, although they don't have their
draft operating yet. I hope it's soon! This morning, I was just riding
and soaking up the sun (and cold, gusty winds) and wound up at Ruby's,
out Mobile Hwy, just before helmet-land. I found out they're having
their annual chili cook-off on the 22d of this month. They asked me
if I wanted to be a judge this year, but I begged off. I'd rather
just pay the $3 and sample all of them. I did last year...and paid
the price in heartburn. Whhoooeeee, but it was worth it. If you've
got a good chili recipe, go enter so I have even more choices.
that's it for now. Y'all take care and ride safe.
2/14/03 Happy Valentine's Day! Funny, my entry four
weeks ago was on a rainy Saturday night, too. This stuff can end any
tme, now. It's been so bad I haven't ridden, at all, since last week.
Consequently, the only real biker-related stuff to report is that
the poker run last Sunday was rather cool, but the 10 or 15 of us
who DID show had a pretty good time, and good barbecued chicken at
the end. I also got an e-mail from one of you that hte Lost Bay Bar
& Grill has officially opened...but he didn't give me a review
on the beer! If I can find my helmet, maybe I'll ride over there and
check it out...if it EVER stops raining.
On the personal side the continuing
revenge of my mis-spent youth in the sun has surfaced in another place
(or two). This time they're sending me over to the VA Medical Center
in Biloxi for whatever they decide to do. Keep your fingers crossed
Long interlude since that last paragraph...my grandson came
in to sell me some candy for a school fund-raiser and, being the curmudgeon
I am, I made him work for the sale. After that, I stepped outside
for a smoke and kinda let the mind wander, watching the rain. I thought
about taking the truck out and going someplace for a beer but then
I realized, when I go out bar-hopping, I'm not riding the bike someplace
to get a beer; the beer is just an excuse to get out and ride someplace
else. Hmmm, my mind shouldn't be allowed to wander without adult supervision.
just hope the stuff stops falling by tomorrow. Even though I'm handling
the products for tomorrow's ABATE meeting, I MIGHT just find a way
to bungie it to the scoot....hmmmm. Y'all take care and ride safe,
when it finally get dry enough to ride again.
...bunch of stuff going on
in my life that I just don't feel lke sharing yet, but it HAS cut
down on the creativity, or whatever this is. On the up side, we had
a GREAT weekend for riding! At Friday night's Mardi Gras parade, there
were five of us catching beads and loading Alan's little girl, Harley,
down with beads. By the rime the parade was over, I think the beads
weighed almost as much as she did. Okay, I did keep one string for
myself to add to my collection.
Saturday was "loosen up the 750 day"
and the old beast was purring. It still takes me a while to adjust
to the difference in the two scoots but the smoothness of the old
girl just doesn't compare to the sheer guts of the 1400. For you Harley
riders, that's going from a 45 cubic inch in-line four to an 83 inch
v-twin. Shift, ride and EVERYTHING is different....but I love them
both. I switched over to the Intruder to ride to the ABATE Chapter
birthday party at Pat's Pond on Saturday night and the fatter tires
sure helped on getting down that dirt track. The air was a tad chilly,
but the fellowship around the fire was good. It was really great to
see Iron-Butt (or is that Titanium-Hip) Zeno and his Princess out
Sunday dawned bright and ridable so, after dropping in on
Ms Lynn (who's still under the bug), I actually dug out a helmet and
headed for the border. Stopping by Lost Bay Bar and Grill for a cold
Amber Bok and the NASCAR race, Corliss told me they had a great turn-out
for their Thursday bike-night.. I'll have to make it over there when
there's a CSI re-run. Continuing on into the Alabama back-country,
I looped around and arrived at Ruby's by way of Seminole.
their annual chili cook-off was no disappointment. I got to see a
bunch of y'all there and, thanks to Tagamet, I really did enjoy trying
out a bunch of the entries. Number 13 seemed to have quite a few fans,
but somehow, I just don't care for muchrooms in my chili. Waddling
off from there to the scoot, I made The Country Tavern my last stop
of the day (and the weekend). More good, cold, beer and good company
wrapped up a near-perfect weekend and I rode for the house with the
sunset at my back. Let's hope next weekend can be as good. Y'all take
care and ride safe!
kinda strange to say after only three months, but I'm putting the
Intruder on the market. I love the power of the beast but, overall,
I'm just not as comfortable as I am on the old 750. The worst part
is I was just getting her set up the way I wanted. I guess I just
shouldn't have ridden the Honda to Sonic on Friday night! I'm asking
$3800, which is $270 under retail...but we CAN talk. If you're interested,
you can reach me at Motorcycle Emporium at 457-7029 from 10 - 3, or
via e-mail from here.
Once the rain stopped this week, it was good,
if cold, riding. As I mentioned, I rode out to Nine Mile Sonic on
Friday night and found out there were only about 10 of us stalwart
souls. I'm gonna give some folks the benefit of the doubt since it
was the first weekend of Bike Week, but I think mostly it was wusses!
I worked Saturday, so the evening was mostly just riding around looking
for trouble to get into....without success, thank goodness. It was
cold enough that I was comfortable wearing my fleece balaclava, which
I haven't done for some time. The only stop I made was at Georgia's
Laugh-Inn, and ran into friends there but they were caging it. Geez,
guys, it wasn't that cold!
Today was another good riding day until
that cloud cover and cold wind stuff moved in. I was out Perdido Key
way and thought I was gonna be blown off the road a few times. Well,
I've run out of stuff to say and I'm not in Daytona so, y'all take
care and I'll catch you next time.
Heeee's baaack! Okay, I'm no court reporter, but I'll do my best to
let you know what happened on Tuesday, the 20th. As some of you might
know, our Brother Zeno was the victim of a hit-and-run on his scoot
last March. Soccer Mommie turned herself in a couple of days later
and, in November, pleaded "No Contest" to leaving the scene, with
injury. Since Bro Zeno just had the injured hip replaced on the eighth
of this month, he was in no shape to attend and asked that someone
be there for the sentencing. Seventeen of us showed up in leather.
a bunch of legal talk I didn't understand, the Judge sentenced her
to 60 days in the County Jail. Soccer Mommie got all upset that she
had left her 5-year-old in Ohio to fly down and expected to get off
scott-free. Now, the Judge was even more po'd that she "assumed" she'd
get off and made no arangement for the young'n. After a bunch more
jawing back and forth, the Judge came back with a real zinger; he
changed the sentence to 18 months in State Prison, suspended, until
Monday morning, the 26th at 8AM to appear before him after making
arrangements for the care of the child. Is she appears as ordered,
the sentence will be reduced to the original 60 days in County but,
if she doesn't, the 18 months in State will apply. Now granted, that
still doen't do Zeno any good but at least it wasn't a slap on the
hand and $100 fine we've seen in other cases. Thanks, Judge Allen.
What can I say but it's been
wonderful riding weather! I've taken the Intruder out every day to
keep her loose, but the pleasure riding has been on the old 750. I've
even dug out the helmet and ridden across the Lillian bridge a couple
of times. I guess there were about ten bikes at Lost Bay on Thursday
evening, and it was pleasant, if a tad windy, out on the porch, everlooking
the bay. I think I was the only non-Harley there but let's see if
we can change that.
Y'know, I thought that was supposed to be a cold
front moving in, but I've been riding sleeveless all weekend. Well,
Saturday night, after dark, I DID put a jacket on, but sure shed it
when I got indoors. There was a nice crowd at the Nine Mile Burger
King for the street rods, but still not too many bikes were out. Funny
thing was, I stopped by the Red Barron on the way back, and the only
Harley there was a Buell and the rest were Japanese. After a tall
draught, I hit the road, winding up at Georgia's on Navy Blvd and
the only other bike there was a Honda. Sunday, though, was when all
the Harleys were out. Lost Bay was marvelous out on the porch but
I wanted to check out someplace new...at least to me.
at Innerarity Point was a pleasant surprise. Not only did we run into
a bunch of you already there but, marvel of marvels....they serve
the best Reuban sandwich I've had since I left D.C. In fact, it's
the only decent one I've had since then. Well, it's time to wrap this
up and hope for more good weather. Y'all take care and be safe.
3/20/04 Wow...almost two weeks! Time flies
when you're having fun. Well, actually it does...and I've been riding
the ol' Honda all over the place. In fact, I rode over to the Fairhope
Arts thingie today, getting the first tan of the season on my upper
arms. It was one of those meandering days, trying out road...and running
into dead ends on more than one. All in all, a great day on the RIGHT
motorcycle for me!
The Intruder has a new owner, as of last Friday.
There were two very happy people at the conclusion of that transaction!
Three, if you want to count the old Honda getting her home back n
the bike barn. What??? Sure, she's a people...better than some I've
known...and she's been around longer than my second marriage.
for now...be sure and come out for our Observation Run at Motorcycle
Emporium on the 27th. I didn't do the clues this time, so you can
gripe at Vic this time! Take care and see ya on the road. Be safe.
nothing going on with me at the moment, but the following from a reader:
sale: Chaps w'fringe & leather jacket w/fringe & medallions,
both size small. Neither has been altered. $200 for both. Call LaRosa
@ 850.455.4819 after 5PM. Can also be seen at Styx River.
Maybe I shouldn't
have dropped the Classifieds page?