Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
12/21/05
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, it is that time of year when motorcycle rides and events have given way to focusing on the most celebrated day of the year....Christmas. Or if you have been watching TV or reading print ads, Christmas is now known as the "Holiday" that comes around every December 25th. Boy was I surprised to hear that. I must have been out riding a little too much this year, because this change of the name "Christmas" to "Holiday" must have happened when I was somewhere between Seattle and Utah. I didn't hear a thing about it until I went to buy a Christmas tree this year and couldn't find one. There were plenty of "Holiday" trees, but rarely could I find a Christmas tree. Or when I was invited to my neighbor kids school for a Christmas play that was actually billed as a "Holiday" performance or when I was listening to a friend talk about their office Christmas party which is now known as their "Holiday Party". What's next, are they going to try to change the name of Easter too? Will I be going to the store and have to ask for a "Holiday Bunny" and watch the kids search for "Holiday Eggs"? I would hope not.
 
So I did what I always do and went to the dictionary to see if they knew about the changes in the name Christmas. What I found was; "Christ - mas (n.) A Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated on December 25th."  At least according to the dictionary, Christmas was still the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The good news is, no one has officially changed the meaning of Christmas and it is still a legal government holiday with the name of "Christmas", not "Holiday". Although, that is not what advertisers and retailers would try to get you to believe by secularizing the meaning of the day by attaching a generic name to it to be "politically correct". December 25th is still the day to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus, not to just observe a random religious holiday.
 
Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis recently introduced Resolution 579 that supports the public use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” and the public acknowledgement that the symbols and traditions of Christmas be protected and that references to Christmas should be supported. Congresswoman Davis stated "There has been an ongoing effort by retailers and many media outlets to slowly eradicate references to Christmas and the symbols and traditions that come along with it from public dialogue. Common sense has been hijacked by political correctness, and the Christmas Season has become a vague, generic `holiday season' spanning from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, representing nothing nor celebrating anything. December 25th is the federally recognized day known as Christmas, but retail chains across the country have banned their employees from wishing people a Merry Christmas. As if it could not get more ridiculous, the Christmas tree has now become a holiday tree. This is political correctness run amok. No one should feel like they have done something wrong for wishing someone a Merry Christmas," added Davis. Members of Congress on December 20, 2005 passed House Resolution 579 with a resounding 401 Yeas and 22 Nays.
 
It appears that 2005 will go down as the year that the MAJORITY in this Country is finally going to make a stand for what WE want and not let one of our grandest National observances lose its' identity to the whims of the civil libertarians and the ACLU by renaming Christmas and changing the words to Silent Night in public schools. The latest Gallup Poll shows that 97% of the people polled had no issue with the reference to Christmas being used and only 3% opposed it. nearly 9 out of 10 say it is perfectly okay to say "Merry Christmas" as a way of spreading holiday cheer. In fact, nearly 70% prefer to use the term Merry Christmas. And interestingly, only 8 percent of non-Christians say that "Merry Christmas" bothers them. So why is it that all of the major retailers went along with the generic "Holiday" theme? Because in past, the ACLU carried a big stick with threats of retaliation. Those days may be in the past.
 
It appears that the retailers are in a Defcon 5 mode for CYA and have gotten the message that the 80% of Christian and faith based population in the United States are not going to take this one quietly and we have a lot more muscle than the few "squeaky wheels" when it counts. The AFA said nearly 700,000 signed up online in just a few days to boycott Target for their exclusive use of the word "Holiday". Lowes started out the year by selling "Holiday Trees" but after complaints they are now referring to them as "Christmas Trees". Most of the major retailers have now committed to change their print ads for next year to reflect "Christmas" and some of them have already changed their TV ads to reflect a change of heart and go with the majority's wishes by using the words Merry Christmas. Last night I saw a Target TV ad that ended with Merry Christmas on the screen. Hooray for Target! They are not perfect in other areas, but they got this one right. I have also heard that Wal Mart has now changed their TV ads to include Merry Christmas as well as Sears has changed in store ads to reflect the same. At least they are listening and starting to get it. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of letting the "tale wag the dog" as these secular progressives have been doing for the last several years. It is time for good Americans to defend our heritage, demand respect for our Christmas traditions  and make a stand for what is right! Or as the great American scholar, Barney Fife used to say, it is time to "nip this in the bud", "nip it, nip it, nip it!".
 
I have to give Jay Leno a pat on the back in making a stand for this cause as well. At the beginning of his show the first of December he said; "I guess this is the time to wish you all "Happy Holidays". After a slight pause, He turned to his band leader and said, no Kevin, not on this show, we are going to say Merry Christmas".  I would really like to applaud Jay for making a point with that distinction. There is at least one guy in Hollywood that doesn't care about what his liberal peers think of him.
 
The public and even Congress has made a stand. Christmas has returned to our trees and the original words to Silent Night have returned to the school play. So for those of you that felt the pressure to be politically correct by saying "Happy Holidays", you can now be a part of the solid majority and be free to say Merry Christmas until your jingle bells fall off. For those of you that don't cave into the activists and never stopped saying Merry Christmas, you can be comfortable in knowing that standing by your own convictions is the right thing to do. Or as Mark Twain once said, "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." We cannot continue to forsake our heritage and traditions for what a FEW call "politically correct".
 
My hope for this Christmas season is that this will be a start for the silent majority in this Country to be heard and begin recapturing some of the history and traditions that we have lost to the vocal minority and left wing extremists over the last several years. As you can tell, it is the well organized minority that are making these changes, the same ones that have targeted our Pledge of Allegiance, Statues in public places and voluntary Prayer in schools. If U.S. Citizens would just get mad, say enough is enough and stand up as a group as we did this year over almost losing the reference to Christmas, we would be able to keep the things that are sacred to us and that represent our heritage. My thanks to all of the organizations that stood up to put pressure on these companies to finally change their ways and respect our traditions of Christmas.
 
As for Mrs. C. and myself, we would like to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of Cyclerides.com. We really enjoy meeting and talking to each and everyone of you as our paths cross throughout the year. We would also like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS, a Healthy and Prosperous 2006 and many blessings during your travels. We also offer thanks to our Armed Forces in Iraq and around the world for their service and offer prayers for them and their family during the Christmas season.
 


 

Highlights This Week 

For you late shoppers, you can catch the last couple of days of the dealership sales this week. 

December 13th - 24th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Presents 12 Reasons You Should Make Us Your Christmas Shopping Destination. Now is your chance to SAVE MONEY on your favorite Harley items! 

December 13th - 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 12 Days of Christmas Sales. Don't miss your chance to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!

 


 

This Week's Bike Night Events 

Tuesday Nights 

New!! New!!
Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe!  If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate—not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap!  Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers.  And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill.  So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
 
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Tuesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Tuesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Tuesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize. We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.   

Thursday Night

Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. That’s right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff.  The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.

Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth.  They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic bottles and $2.00 Jacks. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday. You can always count on lots of bikes here.

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located right next to Genesis Custom Cycles on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures. 

Every Saturday and Sunday  

Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:

Thursday: Live Music with Todd & Ethan 8:30pm - 12:00am
Friday: Live Music with "Jim Lugo" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: CCR will close at 9pm
Sunday: Closed For Christmas
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website.  480-575-3098

Sunday

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1:
Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for
Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd.  Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

December 13th - 24th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Presents 12 Reasons You Should Make Us Your Christmas Shopping Destination. Now is your chance to SAVE MONEY on your favorite Harley items! From December 13th - 24th Superstition HD will be offering increasing discounts on selected items throughout the store. Check the list and see what days you want to make your visits to buy that perfect Christmas gift at the best price possible. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Click Here for Map. For more information call 480-346-0600.
December 22nd -
22% Off Bar-Ware and Coffee Mugs
December 23rd - Spend $100 or more and spin the prize wheel to win some great gifts.
December 24th - 24% Off All Christmas Merchandise and Sweaters
 
December 13th - 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 12 Days of Christmas Sales. Don't miss your chance to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! during Chester's Harley Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas, December 13-24.  Every day’s a new sale, each with unique gift ideas for everyone on your list!  You can even kick back a bit and watch as our helpful Harley elves wrap your gifts, absolutely free!  ‘Tis the season to express your holiday spirit with gifts from Chester’s Harley-Davidson. Find out more at www.chestershd.com. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.

December 22nd - 22% Off Men's and Women's Chaps
December 23rd - 23% Off Women's Purses and Men's Wallets
December 24th - 24% Off 24% Off all Christmas Items and Pants and Jackets. 

Upcoming Events 

January 13th - 15th
37th Annual World of Wheels Custom Motorcycle, Car and Hot Rod Show. World of Wheels is the perfect blend of Custom Cars, Hot Rods and Motorcycles. Show is at the Phoenix Civic Plaza located at 225 E. Adams in downtown Phoenix. Friday, 3-10pm, Saturday, 11am - 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 7pm. Cost is $12.50 per person and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under free. Features of the show include: The wild cartoon hot rod “Defibrillator”, Street Rodder Magazine’s Fabulous Fat Fenders,  Super Chevy Magazine’s Street Heat, Old Skool Rodz / Car Kulture Deluxe Traditional Rod and Custom Exhibit, Rod and Custom Magazine presents the Pinstriper Showcase & Auction Benefiting Children’s West Valley Crisis Center, Great American Motorcycle Show presented by Arizona Biker Information Guide. To sign up to display your bike at the show, call Kimmy at 623-334-1545.  

Extras 

Larry the Cable Guy decided to make some fun of the lack of the word Christmas. Click here to see how he had to change the words to the old fable "The Night Before Christmas".
 
See if you can relate to how you feel going home on a Friday vs. going to work on Monday. 
This says it all. Click Here to view.
 
Remember, this is the time of year that the Police are looking for DUI candidates.
If you get stopped, here is a sobriety test that you might have to take. Click Here to View.
 
Illusionists always drive me crazy. But here is a guy that is really good.
Check this out. 
 

Until Next Week,
Merry Christmas!!
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"

www.cyclerides.com
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