Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Are You Twittering Yet?

Well, I jumped on the latest fad; Twittering. I thought it would be a waste of time, but I am finding some great uses for Twittering. My favorite feature is the ability to plot where I am at and even send pictures via my phone to my contacts and my blog. My other biker friends and I can stay in touch. If you haven't started Twittering yet, look into it. It is pretty cool and best of all you don't have to be a computer geek to figure it out. Just go to http://twitter.com/ to sign up. You can use your phone or a PC to use Twitter. By the way, my user name is "Pappy60".

Until next time and remember, don't be so busy making a living you forget to make a life.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Visiting Mom on Her 68th Birthday

Well, Friday was my mom's birthday. She turned 68 and I decided to take the day off and ride to see her in Lenoir NC. I wanted to surprise her and deliver her birthday card to her personally. I thought it would be a good thing for a son to do. And I thought, why don't I ride to see her. It seemed like a nice thing to do and besides, it is a good excuse to ride, right?

The plan was for me to leave home around 10 am. That way it would have time to warm up a little. I knew it was going to be a little chilly. I found out that mom was not going to be home around noon. so I had to get up and be on the road by 8 am. Now normally, riding when it is around 34 degrees is not an issue. I usually dress for a ride like that. The ride would take me about 2 hrs one way. Besides, it was going to be around 60 later in the day(at least that is what the weather man said).

So I left home and it was a little nippy. I actually got about a mile from home and thought, I might need to go back and get my jacket liner. I kept hearing that little voice inside of me telling me, "You are going to need that liner". Apparently, I am deaf and failed to listen to that little feller. The bottom line is I froze my butt off all the way to my mom's house. I even stopped about half way to her house to thaw out. That didn't even help. Oh well, I learned a listen. Listen to that little voice. It will keep me warm next time.

The ride itself was great. It was sunny and I decided to take 64 west off of I40. I love going that way because of the nice country roads and there is very little traffic. There is a lot of rolling hills and small towns along the way. It is a very relaxing ride.

Anyway, once I got to mom's house, I surprised her with her card and gift. She could not believe I rode all that way just to see her. What can I say, she is my mom and I love the little lady. Below is my mom with her new birthday card and of course, cash. For some reason, mom's love cash and Walmart gift cards.

After the visit I decided to grab some lunch and I headed to the old Lenoir Mall in Lenoir. It was really sad to see the town and the old mall. It was basically dead. I remember putting on martial arts demonstrations at that mall. Now it is barely surviving.

I decided to visit the mall to visit my uncle Jerry and his wife Janice. They are two of the nicest people one could ever meet. They both own a Christian book store and deli. My uncle asked me want I was doing in Lenoir. I told him I was visiting my mom and looking for a nice place to have lunch. I told him I do what I all bikers do; they look for the closest bible book store to grab a bite. Jerry whipped me up a nice burger and we talked for about an hour. I was really nice to see him and Janice.

If you are ever in Lenoir, stop by his store and say hi. Tell him, Pappy sent you. Below is a picture of my uncle Jerry and Janice. They are good people and Jerry does make a nice burger.

After my visit with Jerry and Janice I jumped on Big Red and headed for home. By this time the temperature was around 58. It was still a little chilly from the morning ride, but it was a lot nicer going back.

All-in-all, it was a great visit to see mom, Jerry and Janice and enjoy the brisk morning air. Let's face it I froze my butt off. But hey, I learned a valuable lesson. Listen to that little voice because he is usually right.

Until next time and remember, never be too busy making a living that you forget to make a life.


New Biker is Born

Well, it took over 2 years but an old buddy of mine finally took the plunge and is becoming a real biker (thanks to his girl friend, Barbara). You see, I have been trying to get my buddy, Kurwin to start enjoying life and not to work so hard. He will admit, he lives behind a computer.

So what is the best remedy for that? Of course, it is to become a biker. Getting Kurwin to take plunge was hard. He was a little too thrifty with his cash. He would never buy and nice starter bike for $4000.00. But, his girl friend would. So she bought him a really nice starter bike. It a nice 600cc Honda Shadow. Below is the picture of my buddy Kurwin on his new ride. Of course, I will need to put the photo is Pappy's Place.

So, in the near future, if you see one bad looking biker heading through Winston Salem, give him that really cool biker wave and say hi to the newest biker on the road. I am sure he would enjoy that.

Until next time and remember, never be too busy making a living that you forget to make a life.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Biker Wisdom

If you are a biker or just want to be, here are some great motorcycle cool sayings I thought you might like. Some of them you may have heard before.

  • Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.
  • Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 70 mph.You start the game of life with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience.
  • The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.
  • If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
  • Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need.
  • The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.
  • Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.
  • Sometimes it takes a whole tank of fuel before you can think straight.
  • Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town.
  • Never do less than forty miles before breakfast.
  • One bike on the road is worth two in the garage.
  • Young riders pick a destination and go; old riders pick a direction and go.
  • Whatever it is, it's better to do it in the wind.
  • Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway, it's an attitude.
  • People are like motorcycles; each is customized a bit differently.
  • The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.
  • A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broken down.
  • Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 70 mph can double your vocabulary.
  • If you want to get somewhere before sundown, you can't stop at every tavern.
  • There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.
  • Along ride can clear your mind; restore your faith and use up a lot of fuel.
  • If you can't get it going with bungee cords, wire and electrician's tape, it's serious.
  • Never try to race an old geezer, he may have one more gear than you.
  • Bikes parked out front mean good chicken-fried steak inside.
  • You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.
  • Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window.
  • There are two types of people in this world; people who ride motorcycles and people who wish they did.
  • Life begins at the end of the off ramp.
If you have any cool motorcyle motos you would like to share, drop me a comment.