Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, this is that time of year that I like to take a week off from new
editorial to give myself a little break to recharge the creative juices for next year. I was doing some late Christmas
shopping this year and was reminded of a story that I wrote about in December of 2002, that is still valid
today, and probably will be for years to come. So as I wish
all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR AND PROSPEROUS 2006, I will
leave you with a story that is timeless and everyone can relate to. In fact, you probably have experienced
something similar while doing your Christmas shopping. This
is the story of the "Line Killer".
Excerpt from the Cyclerides.com Weekly Update 12/23/2002.
My how time flies. It is now the 23rd of December. 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 30 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 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 New Year From Cyclerides.com!
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This Week's Bike Night Events
Chesterís 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 palateónot 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 Chesterís 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.
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. Thatís 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 "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "T.A.T.E." 9pm - 1:30am
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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 Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
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 ďDefibrillatorĒ, Street Rodder Magazineís Fabulous Fat Fenders, Super Chevy Magazineís Street Heat, Old Skool Rodz / Car Kulture Deluxe Traditional Rod and Custom Exhibit, Rod and Custom Magazine presents the Pinstriper Showcase & Auction Benefiting Childrenís 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.
To review newsletters from the last several years, go to the Archives section at www.cyclerides.com .
From the note that was attached to this video, this is what happens when you give a bunch of British Soldiers a video camera and some editing equipment. It is pretty creative. Click Here to this 2:30 video.
Alright, here is one of those addicting games that you can play on the internet. Totally mindless fun that will have you trying to reach the third level of this crazy game. Read the instructions and remember not to his Santa. http://www.elfmovie.com/swf/snowball_fight/index.html
Here are some guys that I'm sure will be up for the Darwin Awards for 2005. Watch this short video of some teenagers try to pull a car out of the snow. Click Here.
As for me, I am going to take some time off the rest of the year. See you next week for a look at what is to come for 2006.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,