Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
1/5/05
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, New Year celebrations for 2005 are now only a fond memory,
or a bad one, depending on how the next morning went for you. Resolutions have been made and some have already been broken by now, so it is time to get back to our regular routine. One New Year resolution I made was the result of an activity that I had just participated in that very night. And the resolution was to never do that again.
 
Karaoke (pronounced "carry-okey")
is an activity that has been around for quite a while that I had been lucky enough to avoid. The dictionary describes Karaoke as: "a music entertainment system providing prerecorded accompaniment to popular songs that a performer sings live, by following the words on a video screen. Usually found in a nightclub or bar". "Karaoke is believed to have originated in a small bar in Japan. The in-house band recorded their music onto tape, and if they were not there the singer would just sing along to the tape. The word Karaoke was written on the tape, Kara meaning missing and Oke meaning band or orchestra". Sounds easy enough doesn't it? Just read the words and sing along to the music.
 
Isn't it ironic that in both of those definitions above, it says that the activity takes place in a bar?
After spending a fair amount of time around this activity New Year's Eve, I think there is a common thread here. It appears that alcohol should be present to both perform Karaoke and to listen to others perform it. So as the night wore on and the peer pressure mounted I finally decided to take a look at the song list to find something that I could get through and still have some shred of dignity left after it was over. I knew I would have a better chance at performing successful heart surgery than I would trying to sing an old Earth Wind and Fire or Doobie Brothers song. There isn't a jock strap tight enough to make me hit those notes, so I was looking for something along the lines of Bob Dylan or Willie Nelson. Something that it wouldn't be possible to know if it was being messed up or not.
 
It was getting close to debuting my lack of talent for everyone to see,
so I told the bartender I was about to go on stage and I needed that margarita with the "karaoke" blend to help me get through this. He must have had that request before as I think he basically gave me straight Tequila on the rocks. To take the focus off of me, I talked Mrs. C. and a few girls to sing backup on the B-52's song "The Love Shack". We get ready, the music starts, the words come on the screen for me: "If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the... Love Shack!" Yep, I nailed it. Or at least I thought I did. (Here is what the real song sounds like) I glanced at the crowd and they looked like they were wishing they were 15 miles away from me with that microphone in my hand. That's the bad part about Karaoke, by the time your friends tell you multiple times that you can sing and you finally convince yourself that you can, that myth is usually proven wrong in 5 bad notes or less.
 
So after a few miscues and several laughs I got my "groove on"
and we finally made it through the song. And believe it or not, I decided to take Charlie Daniel's "Devil Went Down To Georgia" to new lows as well. Once you get past the total embarrassment of the whole thing it is pretty fun. But what I did finally realize is that I would have a better chance of carrying a motorcycle on my back across the Salt River during a flood than I would trying to carry a tune for more than 10 seconds. I do have letters of apology out to the B-52's and to Charlie Daniels for what I did to their songs.
 
Here are a few things you should consider if you are ever thinking about doing Karaoke.
 
1. If you think you can't sing, you probably can't.
Don't believe your friends when they tell you that you can, they are just trying to get a good laugh at your expense. If you do believe them, it is the alcohol talking. It is not by mistake that Karaoke's are located in bars.

2. There isn't a bartender in the world that makes a drink that can help you sing. It only enhances your chances to prove that you can't.

3. Always take someone on stage with you so that all the focus is not on you. And if possible, take someone that can actually sing.

4. Just because someone hands you a microphone and background music, it doesn't mean that you actually have talent. It is for their enjoyment only. Why do you think the first 2 nights of American Idol is so popular?

5. And finally, Don't come back to the table and tell your friends that you "nailed it" while they are taking a drink. It will only cause beer to come out of their nose from laughter.
 
So the next time you turn on the radio and hear those words:
"If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the... Love Shack!" Go ahead and try to sing along. I have new respect for those that are out there every weekend making a living singing in bands. They make it look easy, but you'll never know how hard it is until someone gives you a microphone and you try to keep a beat AND sing the words in tune. Congratulations to you that have that God given talent. 

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This Week's Events 
 
Wednesday
 
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. is beginning a Bike Night on Wednesday Nights with a Bike Show starting on January 19th. Check next week's letter for specials and details.

Thursday Night
 
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Every Third Thursday of the month Hooters is giving away a gift certificate for $1000 towards a custom paint job. 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 (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $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  Are You A Poker Player?? Make plans to play in National Pub Poker League "Texas Hold'em Tournament at Casey Jones. Tournaments at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Sign in starts at 6:00pm Thursday Nights. Ride in 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. 

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. 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

Sunday, January 9th
Miracle In The Desert - 10th Annual Benefit Run for Sunshine Acres Children's Home.
This run is to benefit the Sunshine Acres Children's Home. Registration begins at 9:00AM at Sunshine Acres located at 3405 N. Higley Rd. in Mesa. Kids Games at 11:00AM. The cost is $10 each or $15 per couple. Includes entry, BBQ, Entry into Bike Show, Beverages  and 50/50 will be available. There will be a special blessing of the bikes and bikers. ABATE, Desert Thunder, CMA and others are working together to make this happen for the kids. 

Next Week 

Wednesday, January 12th
Look for TV3's Good Morning Arizona to be on location all morning from 5am - 9am at the
Chosa's on Mill location. If you haven't already been there, turn on Channel 3 Wednesday morning to take a virtual tour with Brad Perry. 

Saturday, January 15th
Ride For ALS. This ride is to benefit ALS Arizona. ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The vision of the Arizona Chapter is to Enhance Quality of Life. We are dedicated to the care and support of individuals and families living with ALS and to promoting research that will lead to effective treatments and a cure for ALS. Ride begins at Tempe Town Lake in the Surface lot at 3rd St. and Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ. Registration is from 9:30 - 11:00am. Run ends at Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale. $25 Registration includes: Continental Breakfast, Poker Hand, Ride T-Shirt for first 250 registered, Dinner at final stop, 1 free Raffle ticket for sports memorabilia prize, $15 for passenger without poker hand. Cash prizes for High and Low Hands. Raffle, Silent Auction and Live Entertainment. More information at 866-350-2572. 

Extras 

Movie Review! If you haven't seen "Meet the Fockers" yet, take the time and go see it. It is the funniest movie from start to finish that I have seen in a long time. Don't be a Dom Focker and miss this one.
 
I got this link in an email this week.
It is a very moving tribute that shows how our troops are living in Iraq. It is an excellent presentation called "Until Then". It is well worth the time to watch it. http://www.clermontyellow.accountsupport.com/flash/UntilThen.swf
 
We hear about our troops getting killed every day in Iraq.
But unless you know someone it is hard to get a feel for the magnitude of losing a loved one over there. If you really want to make it personal, watch this video. It kind of connects those of us without loved ones over there with those who do. This is a 5 minute professionally edited video of the funeral of 23 year old Marine Cpl. Bobby Warns. Bobby died in action on November 8th as a result of enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. It is a sad video, but uplifting at the same time. It is very well done. Click Here, click enter and then click on view video. Click Here for the bio of Bobby Warns.
 
Here is a nice story about a former Viet Nam Veteran
that had a chance meeting with Ann Margaret. A nice change from the Jane Fonda stories. Click Here for the story

V-TWIN CONSIGNMENTS
For those of you who have been to V-Twin Consignments, you already know about the fantastic deals they have on Quality pre-owned parts, as well as new parts. For those of you that have not been there stop by and check out their inventory. You never know what you will find that would be the perfect part for your bike. And if you have some parts setting around the garage, this is your place to sell them. If it is new parts you are looking for, V-Twin is an authorized dealer for Drag Specialties, Custom Chrome, V-twin, Kuryakyn, Rivera, and Barnett. They also have a full service center, with the best shop rates in town, by appointment only, contact them for there oil change specials. They are now offering to all cyclists the opportunity to purchase a warranty, or extended warranty for there new or used motorcycle. There are several different warranties to choose from, and they can even cover your performance parts i.e.: Screamin Eagle ad-on parts that Harley won't cover, contact them for details. Having trouble getting your bike thru emissions, V-Twin has the answer, the most economical solution to get your bike to pass. Stop by and say HI at 1716 W. Bell Rd. For more information about new or used parts and service phone 602-548-5799. 

As for me this weekend, I am really itching to get in a ride of some substance. But as I look at the weather report for Saturday and Sunday, it looks like rain is going to be with us for a while. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
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