Well, here we are on the eve of Christmas 2008. I have to admit, for the first time in a long time, it just doesn't feel like Christmas this year. Not sure why. I guess the month has flown by and I haven't caught up with it yet. Or maybe it is because of all the outside distractions we are dealing with as a country. The constant pounding of recession talk, unemployment reports and the real estate collapse is pushing away my anticipation for Christmas and is trying to steal my joy. Whatever the reasons, the day is here and I look forward to going to the Christmas service and having dinner with the family we have in town. Christmas is usually a time for reflection of both good and bad. I like to look back at the good, relive those moments and cherish them. With the bad, I look to learn from it, and then bid it farewell forever. This usually gives me the best opportunity to clear the way to focus on the future, without having to trip over the past. Sometimes it seems hard to let go of regret, but I have found that running a straight line is easier than jumping over hurdles that I cannot change now.
This holiday season, I hope all of you will take a minute to remember our Armed Forces that are currently away from home and their families who sacrifice so much, particularly at this time of year, to keep our families safe. We also need to honor our Veterans for their service for getting this great country where it is today. Last weekend, Riders USA group hosted a Christmas part at the Arizona State Veteran Care Home at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix. They brought them gifts, made cookies, had a band, brought a dog to visit and spent some quality time with these Veteran's, many of them confined to bed or wheelchair. Rusty Childress sent me a short photo video of the day that will really make you stop and think. This was a big day for these Veteran's, but as Rusty said, it was an even bigger day for those that were there to honor these guys and receive the love and appreciation back from these Men and Women. This is really what Christmas is all about. Sharing, caring and giving what you can. I encourage you to take 4 minutes out of your busy schedule today and watch this 4 minute video. Click Here to View.
Christmas is also a time to spend time with your family and reach
out to friends that you might only get the opportunity to do once per
year. I would like to take this time to wish all of you in the Cyclerides.com family a Merry
Christmas and a new year filled with new opportunities, prosperity and thousands of miles of safe riding. Your
support throughout the year has once again been incredible and I look forward to beginning year 10 of Cyclerides.com
with all of you. Sharing the passion of riding is something that only we can understand and I look forward to expanding
those opportunities next year.
Thanks again for all you do for me.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Barry and Mrs. C.
Bike Nights This Week
Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. Ride by the Sandbar Mexican Grill this Wednesday night where the patio instantly sweeps you away to a tropical island paradise as thatch and tin roofs cover the bar. Sit on one of the many high topped tables on the sandy beach or sit at the palapa bar outside and watch TV while listening to music. Or go inside to the dining area featuring a huge bar with 30 HDTV's to choose from around the room all decorated in an island beach theme. Sandbar has a great menu of Mexican food and will be featuring build your own burrito's for $5.00. Choose any ingredients you want off the menu, pack them into your burrito all for $5.00. There will also be $2.00 off ALL Drinks which makes domestic bottles $2.00 and Margarita's $4.00. Ride by this Wednesday night to check out the Sandbar Wednesday Bike Night. Motorcycle Parking Only will be blocked off in front of the restaurant. Click Here to see Photos and details. Click Here for Sandbar Web Site.
Dirty Doggs Thursday Bike Night presented by Renegade Classics. The Dirty Dogg Saloon and Renegade Classics of Phoenix announce the start of a Thursday
Night Bike Night called Holiday Happy Hour’s for the month of December.
Each week a lucky winner will receive a Renegade Classics Gift Certificate along with door prizes, drink specials
and of course the Dirty Dog Girls. The hours are 8-10; the Dirty Dog is located on the Southeast Corner of
Shea and Scottsdale Road –480-368-8095. Renegade Classics is located at 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix
and more information can be seen at www.renegadephoenix.com.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Dos Gringos Mesa. Ride by the New Dos Gringos Mesa located on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa. Dos is sure to make an impact and add some flare to the east valley. Enormous patio, complete with its own outdoor bar and separate dining areas on each side. Dos is a casual neighborhood hangout with great food and cold cervezas. Feel free to dine at one of our four tops, relax at one of the booths lining the edge or just belly up to the bar. Click Here to View. There will be drink and food specials and Raffles and Fun from Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride with Chester's from the dealership at 5:30pm every Thursday located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
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 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.
I know you probably have some time off to entertain yourselves on the computer, so I have included a couple of extra things to keep you busy on your day off.
Amazon has put together one of the coolest multimedia shopping web pages that I have ever seen. It is called "Amazon Window Shop". It has the latest and greatest Movie Trailers, TV, Books, etc. Check this out. Click Here to View.
Sprint has assembled a futuristic web site that will take you a while to explore. It has a ton of useless and interesting information that is interactive all on one page. Put your mouse to the right side of the page or the bottom to move the page around. Put your cursor over the clock on the lower right of the page and see what happens. A fascinating site. Click Here to View.
Not sure where people come up with this stuff, but watch this guy take bottle caps off with the skids of a helicopter. Click Here to View.
When departing a car and wearing a long dress, you might want to make sure that you and your wardrobe is completely out of the car before the pulls away. Click Here to View.
Here is an example of a guy that would do anything to be in the wind. Click Here to View.
Wow! This one is amazing. I have never seen this many dolphin in the wild. Click Here to View.
Here is a funny Bud commercial with the Clydesdales. I think there is a message in here. Click Here to View.
For those of you that haven't seen the snow in Arizona this year. Take a look at this picture of the San Francisco Peaks I took going into Sedona last Sunday. Click Here to View.