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Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

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Fall Ride

I know this post will come as a shock to many of you because I usually wait until much later in the year before broaching this topic.  I thought I’d try something different, just to shake things up a bit.

If you’d like to have a spring ride, please contact me.  The same rules apply that we’ve followed for several years.  The total number of participants will be 24 or less and the slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you don’t get your reservation in fast enough, you’ll be put on a waiting list so that you can move up if someone cancels.

I also need your help in figuring out where we can ride.  I have no preference, but I’d like to achieve a consensus so that the planning for the event can be done more quickly and easily.

I also need to ask for volunteers to help out with the arrangements and logistics that are critical in our rides.  Without your assistance, it would take much longer to get everything done that has to happen so that the ride is a success.

If you have a favorite place that you’d like to share with the rest of us, please contact me.  If you have the time and inclination to volunteer, please send me a note.  In the days ahead, I’ll let you know that happens and how things shake out.

In the meantime, if you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Motorcycle Photo Feedback

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that some of the images submitted for posting on a private webpage were inappropriate.  I invited participants from the ride to share their thoughts with me.

I didn’t expect people to vote “Yea” or “Nay” on the images, but that’s what happened.  The tally was 4872 “Nay” and 298 “Yea” regarding posting the more intimate images.  This included people who participated in the ride and a large number of folks who follow this site.  Of the ride participants only a (small) handful voted to see them, the rest shared the opposite opinion.  To avoid any possible angst, I’m not going to share the official vote count from ride participants, but it was very heavily in the favor of “Nay.”

I hope this means we can lay this to rest and get on with other tings in the days ahead.

If you’d like to share your opinion with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

New Member of Our Group

As was apparent to everyone on our Fourth of July ride, Melanie was pregnant.  Okay, that’s not right.  She was very, very pregnant.  I was worried that she might give birth during our ride, but, as you know, my fears were unfounded.

I learned earlier today that she gave birth to a baby boy who was 22″ long and tipped the scales at 9 pounds, 7 ounces.  Melanie and her husband, Todd, haven’t picked out a name for their new son, but they’ve promised to let us know when they make their selection.

In the meantime, congratulations to both of you!  I’m sure your new son will grow up to be all that you want him to be and all that he can be.  Melanie, forgive me for doubting your certainty that you’d be fine on our ride.  Mea culpa!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this or any other topic, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fourth of July Photo Update

Some of you have contacted me regarding your photos from our Fourth of July ride.  The majority of your comments asked why specific images weren’t on the private webpage.

As I noted before we took our ride, the photos needed to be family-friendly or I would not post them.  Frankly, I don’t want to see what you do in the privacy of your home and I doubt that most others on the ride do either.  If you have a different opinion on this, please let me know.

Don’t misunderstand my remark.  You’re free to do whatever two consenting adults want to do with each other, but I don’t want to look at it.  I don’t think it’s too much to ask that photos posted from our ride focus on our journey and not the other things that you did with one another behind closed doors.  To borrow and morph a popular phrase, what happens behind closed doors, stays behind closed doors.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this subject or another one, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Motorcycle Maintenance

I know this post might seem a bit strange, even based on what you’ve come to expect from me over the years.  However, I have to express my appreciation for the riders and their motorcycles on our Fourth of July ride.  I don’t have an objective measurement, but I’d say that our group had some of the most well-maintained motorcycles that I’ve ever seen.

I don’t want to single anyone out, Beth, but she had a motorcycle that looked like it was right off the showroom floor.  The odometer read a tad over 60,000 miles, but you’d never know that by looking at her shiny ride.

Feeling a bit shamed by the rolling masterpieces that were in our group, I washed mine and discovered that it wasn’t the dull brown/gray that I thought it was.  It actually had a nice paint job that I hadn’t seen for quite a while.

I also gave my bike a good going-over and replaced one of my tires.  It wasn’t threadbare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  When I got the chance to go for another ride with some of my friends around home, they commented on how shiny my bike was.  If they’d left it there, that would have been fine.  But, they also had to mention that they didn’t even know my motorcycle had chrome on it before I gave it its most recent bath.  I know they were joking, but they made their point.

I have now put routine motorcycle maintenance on my calendar.  I don’t know how you are, but if I need to do something, I have to put it on my calendar.  If I fail to do that, I’ll see something shiny, obviously not my motorcycle, and forget about what I was supposed to be doing.

If you can relate to that sentiment, please contact me.  If you’d like to share your thoughts, opinions, or just make a comment on something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fourth of July Ride Photos

It’s with a smile that I announce the images from our Fourth of July ride are posted and awaiting your review.  I sent each of the ride participants an email with the URL and password so that you can look over the images that immortalized our ride together.  I’m also grinning because I know that none of you expected me to have the pictures available this quickly.  No, I’m not going to gloat.  I think an extra- wide grin will suffice just fine.

In keeping with the family-friendly photo requirement, I declined to post images that, while highly creative, didn’t meet the G-rating of this website.  Based on what you shared with me, it looks like a lot of you did things that were, shall we say, very interesting.  I saw a several examples of things that I thought were humanly impossible.  Only the photos forced me to change my mind.  I’m going to leave my remarks there.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fourth of July Ride Review

Thanks to all of the participants in our Fourth of July ride.  I had a wonderful time, despite some of the antics and practical jokes played on me and several others.  All of the antics were done in good humor, so no harm, no foul.

A special tip of the tri-cornered hat to Ross (your knowledge of the history of the area was superb and greatly appreciated–you really should write that book we talked about), Michelle (your endless supply of smiles and enthusiasm were infectious–and I know it wasn’t the wine). D’Linda (your can-do attitude and willingness to lend a hand, no matter the topic or time of day inspired us all–you were always a bright spot), and to Dave (your mechanical skills were nothing short of awesome–you put the rest of us to shame with your in-depth knowledge of how everything worked)!

I salute all of the participants and all of the volunteers who made the ride so enjoyable and memorable.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you!

As I promised at the conclusion of our ride, I’ll get the photos from this get-together posted far faster than I did from our Spring Ride.  Based on the number of images taken, it’ll be quite a bit of work to sort through them and select only the best ones for the group to enjoy.  Reminder, only family-friendly photos will be posted.

Now that I think about it, I’m surprised I got this post out as quickly as I did.  Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!  Unless he sees something shiny and then all bets are off!

If you’d like to continue to give me a hard time, share your thoughts, or leave a comment, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!