Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
In the letter last week I talked about the upcoming Toys To Kids event that will be happening this Saturday, December 11th at Westgate City Center. If you missed that letter, Click Here to read and it will bring you up to speed on what will be happening. But in the meantime, we are bringing in 100 homeless kids from Children First Academy to feed, entertain and give them gifts. There will be about a 30 minute program starting at 11am then the kids will be able to pick out their gifts. Bring a new unwrapped gift for ages 6-12 years. Parking on Coyote Blvd. and events plaza. $8.99 breakfast buffet starting at 9am. Bring the whole family, there will be a Hot Rod and Classic car show that day as well. Click Here for details. Hope to see you there.
Ok, I will admit it. As Christmas rolls around again, it reaffirms that I'm not a big fan of shopping with crowds. In fact, it is low on my list of things to do. But this time of year, whether we like it or not, at some point you are going to find yourself in a position where you will be pushing that cart up to the front of the store and you will have to choose which line you are going to get into that will move the fastest. Invariably there will be a "Line Killer" somewhere.
Your job is to pick the line that won't have one. We have all been there. In fact, it has become a game with me. Once I pick a line, I monitor the other lines, to see if I made the right choice. Freud might have some fun with that behavior, but it gives me something to do while waiting.
Back in 2002 I wrote a story about this very subject that is timeless and everyone can relate to. And to this day, when I go to Costco, or any where else for that matter, and get ready to pick a line, this story comes to mind. So I thought I would bring it out of the Archives, dust it off and share it with you again. Enjoy.
Excerpt from the Weekly Update 12/23/2002.
My how time flies. It is now the 23rd of December, 2002. That means I am probably half done with my Christmas shopping. As usual, I got started 3 days before the big day with my annual Christmas shopping stop at Costco. You think that place is busy on a normal day, you should try it the last weekend before Christmas. After driving around in circles for several minutes I finally found a parking spot just within site of the building, but that was fine, the long walk gave me some time to do some brainstorming on some gift ideas.
As I approached the store I grabbed a cart, flashed my card and proceeded inside the store where there was a nasty bottleneck that stopped everybody. Well, almost everybody. There was a little old lady from Sun City that apparently didn't see the brake lights on the carts ahead and crashed into MY rear quarter. After she apologized several times, I told her that it was alright, my rear bumper had enough padding to be rated higher than the typical 5 mph crash. Hoping things would improve I continued on to look for gifts and pick up a few staples. So I got my annual 40 pound jar of peanut butter, 3 gallon jar of jelly, 100 razor blade refills, 500 Christmas cookies (for a party of 10), and knowing that I was going to be spending some time with the in-laws, I picked up a bottle of 10,000 Tylenol Extra Strength tablets. But it's all a good deal right? After getting shutout on that perfect gift idea I headed to the checkout area to scope out the fastest line.
I've talked about this before, but it happens so often that it bears repeating. 
Given my disdain for long checkout lanes, I now have to decide which of these 20 plus checkout lanes is going to move the fastest. My job is to sniff out the persons who are the "Line Killers" and not get behind them. You know the ones; can't find their checkbook, card is expired, can't remember their PIN, has the one item in the store without a UPC code on it, slow writer, asks stupid questions, yada, yada, yada. I know you are shaking your head in agreement about now, we've all been behind them. These people are the shopper version of carbon monoxide, they are a colorless, odorless killer of lines, and you don't know you have been affected until your line has been rendered useless by one of these silent line assassins.
After careful deliberation and a scan of the available lines to find potential offenders, I pick out a line to settle in for the quick exit. But suddenly, I saw what was a nice opening in the line next to me and quickly moved my cart to that line. (Note to self, go with your first impression) Next I took note of the people I would have been behind in the other lines to eventually see if I had picked the right one. This isn't a new activity for me, I do the same thing on the freeway when I pick a lane to drive in. OK, it's more of a sickness than an activity, but it gives me something to do while I am waiting. So sure enough, before the wheels stopped rolling on my cart in the new line, a "line killer" rears its ugly head and made his presence known for the next 10 minutes. It really hurts when you see the guy in the line next to you, that was in the place you could have been, walk out the door and you still have 3 people in front of you. I was watching the people in the lines I did not choose, go through them like 10 gallons of water through a 9 gallon funnel.
Unbeknownst to me, the clerk in the line that I so suddenly rebuffed had been watching the whole thing. She even caught my eye and tried to console me. She said:"Sorry bout that hun, it happens to me all the time. I can never pick the right line." While those words didn't get me out of there any faster, the gesture did rate high on the misery loves company chart. We shared a little laugh and I was no worse for the wear. Worse things could happen. All it did was remind me that I was now 5 out of 7 for picking bad lines this shopping season. So to save others from this kind of frustration, I think these people should have to wear a button on their back that say's: BEWARE! I'm a line killer, enter this line at your own risk. That would save us all a lot of time and frustration. Happy Christmas Shopping! Avoid the Line Killer.

This Week
Saturday, December 11th
The Toys To Kids ride will be held on Saturday, December 11th this year. For the last 8 years I have done this ride on the first Saturday of December, but this year I could not get the kids on that date. So we moved it to the 11th. once again be held at Westgate City Center. As usual, we will be bussing in 100 kids as we have done before. I would like to thank Arizona Bikeweek for offering to pay for the bus transportation for the kids this year.
The program will include live entertainment with crowd and kid favorite Bret Kaiser as "Elvis", and Saddle Ranch will be serving an $8.99 breakfast buffet that morning starting at 9am. The program for the kids will start at 11am. As always, after being fed and entertained, the kids will be able to pick any 3 gifts from the toys that you bring while they are there. I look forward once again to make this a very special day for these kids and for the riders who faithfully participate.
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, December 11th
Where: Westgate City Center Events Plaza located on S.E. Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave.
Time: Breakfast starting at 9am at Saddle Ranch located next to event stage. Program and show starts at 11am.
Kids Arrive at 10:45 am. Show starts at 11am. Kids pick out their gifts at 11:30 ish with a song to you and then will pick out their gifts.
Cost: One unwrapped Toy for ages 6-12 years. An Optional bag of socks, underwear and hygiene products is always appreciated. 
Parking: Motorcycle parking inside venue on Coyote Blvd. and around events plaza like bike night.
Additional Activities: Westgate Hot Rods and Car Show from 10am - 3pm at same location.
I would encourage you to watch this short video of the ride from a couple of years ago. The words and music could not be more true today. Click Here to View.
Saturday, December 11th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Open House.
Time to do your Christmas shopping for your favorite biker this Saturday from 9am - 6pm at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. It's a no brainer for the biker on your list, but it's more than just motorcycles and t-shirts. It's the greatest collection of iconic apparel and gifts around. FREE Gift Wrap by the Harley Girls with any purchase! 10am - 4pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at our store from 12:30pm to 2:30pm offering Free photos. Enjoy cookies and juice while you shop. Raffle Prizes. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-937-5797.
Saturday, December 11th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Open House.
Time to do your Christmas shopping for your favorite biker this Saturday from 9am - 6pm at Chandler Harley-Davidson. It's a no brainer for the biker on your list, but it's more than just motorcycles and t-shirts. It's the greatest collection of iconic apparel and gifts around. FREE Gift Wrap by the Harley Girls with any purchase! 10am - 4pm. Santa will be at our store from 11am to 3pm offering Free photos. Enjoy cookies and juice while you shop. Raffle Prizes. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Saturday, December 11th
Tucson Harley-Davidson Open House.
Time to do your Christmas shopping for your favorite biker this Saturday from 9am - 6pm at Tucson Harley-Davidson. It's a no brainer for the biker on your list, but it's more than just motorcycles and t-shirts. It's the greatest collection of iconic apparel and gifts around. FREE Gift Wrap by the Harley Girls with any purchase! 10am - 4pm. Santa will be at our store from Noon to 2pm offering Free photos. Enjoy cookies and juice while you shop. Raffle Prizes. Tucson HD is located at 7355 N. I-10, Eastbound Frontage Rd. in Tucson. 520-751-3380. 
Saturday, December 11th
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Holiday Diner on the Patio.
Ride by Hacienda Harley-Davidson from 11am  - 2pm and enjoy a FREE BBQ & all the fixins' cooked up fresh on the Hacienda HD Patio and served up to you by Harley Santa & his Elves. (See flyer) Event Includes Free BBQ, Free Trike Demo's, Basement Boutique Open, Free Heated Gear Seminars. See the new 2011's in stock and the Pre-Owned Harley's all at Hacienda Harley-Davidson located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. AZ. 480-905-1903.
Next Week
Saturday, December 18th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Phoenix and Anthem Dealerships Customer Appreciation Party.
Stop by either dealership from 11am - 3pm and enjoy FREE Food, Drink and Live Music. Buy your Christmas gifts and get FREE Gift Wrapping by Ladies of Harley. At the Phoenix location, take a tour of the motorcycle museum with Buddy and enter the Pool Tournament. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus from  11am - Noon at Anthem and 1pm - 3pm at Phoenix. Buddy Stubbs Phoenix is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400. Anthem location is 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ. 623-465-1122.
Saturday, December 18th
4th Annual Christmas Celebration at The Old Vet's Home at the VA Hospital.
Join us to honor and Bring joy to our American Hero’s. Sponsored By: American Legion Riders Post 61 & Post 53. We welcome all to help us bring joy, love and respect to the 200 patients confined to the VA’s “Old Vet’s Home”, located on the east end of the VA Hospital. Event time is 2:30pm. An event you will never forget. Many of these Veterans rarely receive visits from the outside world, and not only need and desire companionship, but are all in desperate need of the items listed to the left of the flyer. Food, live entertainment, and special VIP’s will also be in attendance. If you are not able to attend this years event, please donate as many of the items listed on the left, of the flyer so we can insure each and every patient will receive the items they need and the items they desire. For more information contact Tom at Or Jim Cooney at .
Saturday, December 18th
Mercy House Toys for Tots Ride
This ride is support the Mercy House. Sponsored by American Legion Post 41. All Riders and Passengers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for children ages 1 – 16 years of age. Riders will stage at Post 41, located at 715 S 2nd Avenue in Phoenix at 10 AM with KSU at 11:15. We will ride to 111th Avenue and Buckeye Road in Cashion, AZ where we will have Santa mount his Sleigh and we will ride into the neighborhood to the Mercy House.  Bikes, Cages and Sleighs are all welcome.  Once at the Mercy House we will also be retiring the past post and ALR Charter Commander’s Patches for Arnie Garcia who passed away in 2009. The Mercy House was Arnie's Favorite Project.
Sunday, December 19th
W. Steven Martin Police Toy Run.
Come and join the fun of our 24th Annual WSM Police Toy Run. Each bike that checks in gets 2 chances to win a 42 inch HD TV and 1 chance to win a Week in Hawaii. Ride starts at The Police and Fire Toy Drive Warehouse located at 2511 N. Arizona Ave. behind the Stool and Dinette Factory. Sign in from 8:30am - 10:30am. All we ask is that each rider bring a New unwrapped toy and donate $20 per bike. You are invited to come in and see the Toy Warehouse, place your gift on the shelf in the area for the age group you have selected. After check-in you'll be given a map of the other two stops you will need to complete the ride. The last stop will have food, beverage and our 50/50 prize giveaway at 1pm. Total ride is about 40 miles. End at Iguana Macks, 1371 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 2700 FANS!
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
Funny commercial from Amstel showing why Women stay single. Click Here to View.
This was a close call. Good thing this girl was paying attentionClick Here to View.
Video of the Week: Here is a funny bit with Tim Conway. Is this what we could expect with a Government run Dental Plan.  Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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