Well, the calendar has now turned to 2008
and I will admit to already making the mistake of putting 07 at
the top of this letter. Something
I'm sure we will all be doing for the next couple of weeks. We are
embarking on a brand new year that puts us closer to closing out
the first decade of the new millennium. These first 7 years sure have
gone by so fast. It doesn't seem like that long ago we were
taking our ride up the California coast, but it is now over 5
Isn't it amazing how one day or the change of a calendar page can have such a significance? Every year I have these great ideas of how things are going to be different or how I am going to do things different simply because the calendar has turned to another year. It can sometimes be a good demarcation to set a timetable to do things differently or reset goals, but it really comes down to the fact that it is just 24 hours removed from the day before in 2007. Nothing has really materially changed. You still have the same job you might not care for, the same boss you would rather not see again, the same extra 20 pounds that won't seem to go away and maybe even the same spouse that could use a tune up.
What I have found over the last 50 years is that it is not the rolling over of the calendar that is going to make a difference. It is the changing of our own mindset and attitude that will ultimately make things better. I read someplace that we have 2 choices when we wake up in the morning. We can decide that it is going to be a good day, have a positive attitude and make the best of it that we can. Or we can decide that it is going to be a bad day, begin with a negative attitude and set that course of action for the day. If you start the day with the glass half full, instead of half empty, your boss might even seem nicer, or that 20 pounds might only seem like 10, or your spouse might even start responding kinder. Give it at try.
Being an avid rider and one that enjoys seeing our country from the seat of a motorcycle, a good mental health moment for me is just to stop and take a few minutes for daydreaming. One of my favorite things is to browse a map to see places that we haven't been, to look at old ride photos on the site, or when I'm sitting in traffic, start planning that next big journey in my mind and imagine how it might be. I love this quote by Albert Einstein, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." I would encourage everyone who has been thinking about getting on that motorcycle for a good long trip on the open road to start imagining that today, and don't miss the opportunity to finally make it happen. Click Here for plenty of ideas to get you going.
January 1 can also act as a line in the sand that can wipe the slate of the last year clean in our minds, it gives us the opportunity to finally let go of our mistakes by labeling them as learning experiences and motivate us to regroup, refresh, and use those lessons to get the new year off to a good start. One of the ways to do this is by writing down a few things that you would like to remember throughout the year. Here are a few that I came up with last year that still apply. Some of them might even work for you.
1. Stop taking off with kickstand down. Rookie mistake #1. It is embarrassing to have someone point at your kickstand when you are riding to find that it is down. It also makes left turns much more challenging. Page 12 in the riders manual advises against this activity. Never can figure out how I forget this.
2. Make sure fork is unlocked or disk lock is removed before trying to take off. Makes for a very awkward moment, especially in a crowd, when you are trying to act cool while trying to keep your bike upright. You usually only have to experience this once to learn your lesson. Remember my Vrod fork lock story from 2002. Rookie mistake #2.
3. Be sure to have saddle bag lids secured before riding. Once again, embarrassing to have someone pull up next to you on freeway and point at your bag lid flopping in the wind while your personal belongings are being littered along the freeway.
4. Learn that "E" on the gas gauge actually does mean empty. It does not stand for "E-ternity of Gas". I sometimes tend to get those confused. Figuring out how far past the "E" you can ride is useful in the game to see how far you can go on a tank of gas. To win the game you are able to ride into the gas station and actually put more gas in the tank than it holds. Losing the game involves a call to AAA from the side of the road. My record is now 5.3 gallons in a 5 gallon tank.
5. Don't put valuables on top of the gas pump when fueling. I've done this more than once and it makes for a white knuckle time when you realize what you have done half way down the exit ramp, pull a u-turn and are now going up the exit ramp and down the sidewalk trying to get back to the station to retrieve your wallet or camera before the next guy leaves the pump.
6. Stop under dressing. Realize that standing still in the sun with a short sleeve t-shirt on in 70 degree weather does not feel the same as riding 70 mph in the same temperature and attire. Over dressing will never be a problem for me.
7. Accurate timing. Realizing that a motorcycle is not a helicopter and I still have to deal with traffic in this town. I need to start adding 15 minutes to every estimate of when I might arrive somewhere.
8. Map Reading and Estimations. Getting it through my head that 300 miles of riding through the mountains and twisties is going to take considerably longer than 300 miles on a Montana freeway. One of my more famous quotes on a trip; "It is only 300 miles, we should be there by 1pm." I am reminded of this quote at 5pm by Mrs. C. when we arrived.
9. Be sure bike is in neutral when starting. Nothing much worse than going to your bike at a bike night, thinking it is in neutral and pushing the start button to find out that you were wrong. However, it is quite entertaining for the 40 people on the outside patio. Double check neutral light before making Rookie Mistake # 3.
10. Confirm that the kickstand is actually down when dismounting. The wrong time to realize that it isn't down is when that 600 pounds of steel has built up momentum as it is heading for the ground. But once again, this one can be a conversation item for those that watch this happen. Rookie mistake #4.
These are a few that have happened to me. I'm sure you have a list of your own.
Mrs. C. and I wish you a Happy New Year full of great riding experiences and good fortune.
New! Starting January 3rd
Fuzzy's Southwest Sports Grill Bike Night. Riders on the far west side
in the Surprise area finally have a Bike Night.
Take a ride on a Tuesday Night to the Chandler HD Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt. Bike night is every Tuesday night with food and drink specials, but Chandler Harley will be doing a special with live music the first Tuesday of every month. Enter drawing to win door prizes and gift certificates. For November, look forward to another special night at the Kilt. There will be Raffles, Vendors, Bike Competition, Portable Dyno Competition. Watch next week for weekly event specials. Bike night hosted at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe located at 660 W. Warner Rd.
New! Starting January 3rd
Fuzzy's Southwest Sports Grill Bike Night. Riders on the far west side in the Surprise area finally have a Bike Night. The brand new Fuzzy's Southwest will be hosting a bike night on Thursday Nights. Fuzzy's features an outdoor patio, 17 HD TV's, Pool Table, Large Horseshoe Bar and all glass front to see the bikes roll in. Enjoy Great Food, Pool, and Your Favorite Sporting Events all on new Flat Screens every Thursday Night at The Newest Bike Night In the Far West Valley. Bike Night Specials Include:
2.25 Corona's, Corona Light, Dos XX, Dos XX Amber, Pacifico, Tecate. $3.00 Jalapeno Poppers. $4.00 Super Spuds. $5.00 Chicken Tenders. $6.00 Baby Burgers. From 6-9pm. Fuzzy's is located 18795 N. Reems Rd. in Surprise at the corner of Reems and Grand Ave.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Hooters & Harleys Thursday Bike Night. Join Chester's Harley-Davidson as they start their new Bike Night at Mesa Hooters located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Just South of U.S. 60 on Superstition Springs Dr. Specials, 1/2 off appetizers. Raffles and Games. Biker Punch Cards. Ride from the dealerships at 5:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. For more information call 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Starts January 4th!
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekends with Live Music featuring Doc & Gal Rocking the Ranch every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 4pm with their Classic Rock Renditions, costume changes, and jokes. 12 Acres of pure fun in a Laid Back Old West Town. Two Large Dance Floors for those that want to cut loose. Four Regulation Horse Shoe Pits, Pool Table Room, Life Size Chess & Checkers. Nothing beats an open fire –lots of wood burning fire pits to keep you warm all winter long, we supply the wood. Bar Food, Snacks, & Appetizers available. Secure Motorcycle Parking in the “Steel Horse Corral”. Western Trails Ranch is also a Special Event Venue! You can Rent the facility for your SPECIAL EVENT, Corporate Party, Concert, Weddings, Charity Events, Western Events or BIKE RUN at “The Ranch”. 623-521-0367. Western Trails is located (Map) at 37823 NW Grand Avenue Mile Marker 124 1/2
Morristown AZ. Click Here for more information.
Harold's Cave Creek Corral Bike Weekends. This
is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio
at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an
outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some
tables together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast,
lunch or the cold beverage of your choice.
Saturday: Every Saturday Patio Party 12-5. 50% off appetizers (under $10). Drink Specials, $2.00 Bud / Bud light Bottles, $3.00 16oz Bud / Bud Light Aluminum Bottles & Widmer Hefeweizen Pints. $3.00 Margaritas, Sunrise, etc.. (new cuervo flavors; lime, orange, & pineapple)
Sunday: Every Sunday. All you can eat Breakfast Buffet $8.99 (from 8am - Noon). Live Music from 2-6.
Sunday's are SERVICE INDUSTRY DAY (from 8am to close). Are you in the Service Industry. Golf, Hotel, Restaurant, etc. Show us your check stub & receive 20% off your entire bill because we appreciate all that you do.
(not valid on already discounted items)
You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906. There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree.
The Popular Sugar Daddy's Sunday Biker Brunch. Voted Best Brunch in Phoenix New Times 2006. Sugar Daddy's is under new ownership and
is undergoing a half million dollar makeover. The outdoor patio is
being completely upgraded with new granite table tops and will be
available for the new $9.00 all you can eat brunch. Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Live Music from 10am - 2pm. Enjoy the patio with $2 mimosa's, $4
Skye Bloody Mary's.
Buffet includes: French Toast, Fruit, Eggs Benedict, Potatoes, Rice Veggies, Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Marsala, Biscuits and Gravy and much more. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-970-6556.
Friday - Sunday January 11-13th
39th Annual World of Wheels. Event takes place at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium. General Admission $15, Children 6-12 $5. Friday 3-11pm, Sat. 11am - 10pm, Sun. 11am - 7pm. Show features hot rod cars, specialty cars and appearances by "Vinnie", former builder for OCC and LA Ink's "Pixie" and other guest appearances. Click here for all details.
Saturday, January 12th
Angelica's Charity Poker Run and Concert. My name is Angelica Contreras and I am 18 years old and have Juvenile Huntington's Disease. Its a terminal disease with no cure. Just last year I graduated from high School and I was looking forward to going to college just like many young girls my age. However my world completely change on April 4th, 2007 when my doctor told me and my family that I have less than a year to live. Click Here for Angelica's web site and video link from Channel 12 News. When I was young and even until now, I have always wanted to help others. I had dreams of becoming a nurse up until two years ago. But now I know this will not happen as this disease is taking over my body, little by little. Something that I can still do is help others by making them aware of Juvenile Huntington’s Disease. In addition, I’m raising funds to cover medical bills and medical equipment. As we all know Insurance doesn’t cover everything. As this disease continues to invade my body I will need more and more medical help.
Sign In 11am at Fatboyz located at 12006 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown, AZ. $20 per person, Raffles and 50/50. Angelica will be there at 4:30 pm to greet the rider's return to Fatboyz. At 6 pm there will be a benefit concert featuring "Memories From Memphis". $10 per person. Concert is located at 8411 N. 107th Ave. For more information or tickets call 623-972-2189. www.azmiracle.com
There isn't too much going on so far this
month, but I will be
filling out the first few months ride calendars in the next couple of
This is a hilarious clip of Larry the Cable Guy on the Tonight Show with Leno. Click Here to View.
This is a funny video of some kids that devised a remote control boat to do some fishing. See what happens when they get a bite. Click Here to View.
This is a hilarious bit by a comedian called "Party in the Stomach". Many of you will have related to this at some point in your life. Watch to the end. Very Funny. Click Here to View.
A New World Record for a New Year: 322
feet, 7 1/2 inches
Daredevil and freestyle rider Robbie Maddison broke the world record for a motorcycle jump on New Year's Eve at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The successful 322 foot, 7 1/2 inch leap was completed on a Honda CR500 in spite of a 10-12 mph headwind, and Maddison dedicated the jump to the late, great Evel Knievel. This is a great time lapsed photo of the jump. Click Here to View.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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