Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sleep was good last night but I think I was clenching my teeth because my gums felt odd this morning.
Breath isn't as rank as it was 2 days ago. Powerful thirst when I awoke.
I'm down 11 pounds.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Remember all you biker and scooter people, tomorrow, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 is the 17th annual Ride to Work Day.
I know most of you that have 2-wheelers are already making use of them daily; however, for those of you that haven’t made the transition, tomorrow is a good day to show you are one of us!
Ride your motorcycle or scooter on tomorrow to demonstrate:
* The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
* That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
* That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
* That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
* That motorcycling is a social good.
Motorcycle and scooter sales are skyrocketing due to the high gasoline prices. Training classes are filled for weeks out.
The next hurdle will be parking for our bikes and if you have not done so, please sign the petition requesting the City of Dallas implement designated motorcycle and scooter parking!
The City’s assistant director of transportation is already reviewing the request and we will keep you updated as things progress — but your name on that petition is needed so they know we mean business!
See you tomorrow out on the roads!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Take a good look at the most recent edition of The New Yorker magazine. It seems that the golden child rag of Conde Nast Publishing thought this cover was just too droll as it played up all the stereotypical ravings that are being blasted around the Internet about BO.
They fancy that everybody will understand this tongue in cheek illustration.
It goes to show just how far New York City is from the South. Don't those Yankees know that there are some good ol' boys down in Alabama with their guns and hunting dogs who are going to use this image for target practice?
Don't they know there are Bible thumping church ladies in the Midwest that are in total shock & awe.
How could this be happening to America?! A femi-nazi-camo-wearing-assault-rifle-fro-haired woman bumping fists with a turban-and-sandal-wearing man as the American flag burns with Osama looking down from the portrait?
And the people at New Yorker think that this image won't be used to the fullest by the firestorm that's already brewing on the web?
I always thought the New Yorker was liberal. What redneck took over the job as editor there recently?
BO's camp said it is not amused by this image -- of course not. It's a PR nightmare!
McCain's camp said it is not amused by this image -- of course they did. Even though it is a PR windfall for them!
Meanwhile, Hillary with her hundreds of delegates that she's still technically holding on to is keeping quiet in the shadows.
It's not August in Denver yet and BO does not have that nomination tied up.
Could this be the image that turns the tide?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
When BO isn't running from Jesse Jackson wanting to cut his nuts off and "forgetting" to ask his supporters to help bail Hillary out, he's continuously shocked and awed by what he sees in America.
We've got a guy running for president that is amazed by what he's seeing in America.
He's surprised that Montana is so big.
He was shocked that gumbo in N'awlins tastes better than it does in Chicago. WTF?!
He's proclaimed that he was surprised he really liked Texas - by saying that he's going to endear himself to Texas voters? Obviously the campaign bus didn't stop by the Koffee Kup Kafe in Hico.
He has trouble in public remembering if he's in Sioux City or Sioux Falls. Only rock stars on tour can get away with that BS - not some character who thinks he has the balls it takes to run the country....yeah, the very balls that Jesse Jackson wants to whack off!
It's just comedy. It's absurd. THIS is what our country has come to with this election?
TEXAS PLEASE SECEDE! We were our own country once and this is a really good time for us to be our own country again. Think about the possibilities of Texas being it's own country:
- We own the half of NASA that controls everything.
- Need launch pads? We have a really long coast line and tons of open space in the west.
- Think of how many corporations are either based in Texas or have their US headquarters here (ExxonMobil, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines (might need to change that name), Continental Airlines, EDS, Texas Instruments, JC Penney, Blockbuster, AT&T, Kimberly-Clark, BurlingtonNorthernSantaFe, etc...
- If Texas were an independent nation, it would rank 5th in the world in petroleum production and 5th in cotton production, with a gross national product greater than Australia or Brazil.
- Texas contains over one third of the nation's dwindling oil reserves.
- We have the 2nd larges port.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
An Army medic that was made famous from a photo snapped of him, in full combat gear, running with an Iraqi boy that was injured, has died from an overdose.
When is this country going to stop financially supporting illegal aliens and start putting resources towards our current and former military personnel to help them with any type of medical needs?
This is an absolute disgrace.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I read an interesting article about the personality types that are driven to have certain cars. Until I get another Corvette - granted I want it in a kewl color - I have no interest in any other type of car.
So, this guy "Kenny" has made a study of car owners and here's what he has to say -- which is rather scary how much I identify with it.
Kenny said that drivers of sports cars such as the Corvette are seeking power and control, but mostly control.
"You will find that Corvette owners are more sensitive and refined than you would think. They're not into hoarding it over other people the way that the Hummer owners are," said Kenny.
The other emotional need that can be fulfilled is a desire for immortality."
They get real upset if the paint job gets scratched. That's very upsetting to a Corvette owner. They want these things to last forever, and they want to last forever," said Kenny. "They're never going to sell it. In fact, a lot of Corvette owners, when they buy a new Corvette, they keep the other one."
It took me almost 18 months to decide to sell my Vette and I cried for like 2 days even though I knew I was doing the right thing. It's true that we get upset over stuff that wouldn't phase others.
One time when I was backing my Vette up into a garage at a house I lived it, I was doped up on cold medications and I saw my Harley kind of moving. Turns out I had gotten the car too close to the bike's highway pegs on the engine guard and there was a little scratch on her door.
I literally ran into the house to get sick because I couldn't believe I had done that to my car. The bike, thankfully, was unharmed.
As for the power and control...oh hell yes. There is nothing like being enveloped in those seats, down low, wide wheel base and knowing that baby will do anything you ask of her.
I don't know how people can have a car just as a means of transportation. For me, it's definitely a part of my personality.
Monday, July 07, 2008
It's not that life is short...it's that you're dead for so long.
I've honestly never understood what people thought they were going to get out of life by doing what was expected of them by other people.
The number one screw up is marriage. For some people the concept will work but for at least half the population, it won't. People are "expected" to get married, "expected" to pop out kids, "expected" to take on a mortgage...and then the posh car, the right restaurants, clothing, "friends", etc.
I was talking a while back to an acquaintance who is a life and career coach. She was describing how most of the people that come to her are 35+ and trying to figure out what they are going to do when they grow up. They've gotten married, got their career, kids, blah blah blah......and at that point I said, "...and they wake up one day, look around, and say Is this all there is?" She said, "Exactly!"
Don't get me wrong...I'm all for integrity and trying to do the right thing. But at some point you have to have the balls to say "I'm not sacrificing my happiness for yours." Everyone around you freaks out when you begin to change to embrace who you really are. Your surrounding people will go out of their way - without even realizing it - to sabotage you. Even though they don't realize it, there's no reason to make excuses for their behavior.
I have a friend from London that is a biker boy. I'll call him "British" - he's about to have his 45th birthday on Wednesday. But he isn't turning 45. Instead he's going to be celebrating his 30th anniversary .....of drinking Guiness! British is a former hairdresser, London policeman, motorcycle salesman, etc. He gets around but he's open to what life has in store. His motto is: "If it doesn't make ME happy, fuck it. As long as I'm happy, that's all I care about."
For me, I listen to how people speak....when I hear someone say, "I have a responsibility" the R word sounds amazingly like "Drudgery" when it comes out of their mouth every single time.
A person can be responsible and not piss their life away...there IS a happy middle ground.
When someone asks me, "Don't you want to get married?" Not particularly. I see how wives are treated and I would like to believe that I think better of myself than to allow a situation like that to happen. I'd much rather live in sin, get the necessary documents drawn up to give them the legal power they need in case of an emergency and know that I can walk if things aren't so good. I've always thought it showed so much more fortitude to live together than to get married. When you live together, you're there because you want to be there...not because you have to be there.
George Clooney shares many of these sentiments. He's always being badgered about when is he going to marry. He recently shared the following: An uncle, also named George, deserves some credit when it comes to the actor’s “no regrets” philosophy.
“I learned a lot about death from him,” George said. “People keep on asking me, ‘Don’t you want to have kids?’ I have not wanted to have kids. Then they say, ‘Aren’t you afraid of dying alone?’ But we all die alone. I remember Uncle George sitting in bed, 68 years old. He looked at me and said, ‘What a waste.’ … I came to the conclusion that I was not going to wake up one day in my 60s and say, ‘What a waste.’ I was going to grab as much out of this life as I could.”So in closing, in the immortal words of Wesley Gibson in the film Wanted...
What the fuck have you done lately?
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Anyone that knows me well knows that I am passionate about Doberman's. I am so tired of hearing people that don't know better pontificate about how dangerous Dobies are. Dobies, and all dogs, are only as mean as they are treated. Treat them nice, they are nice.
So, thank God yet again for the British. In today's Daily Mirror, there is a wonderful article discussing how little yappy dogs are so much more dangerous than a Dobie or Rottweiler. Seems that yappy dogs just get tossed out of the way and their attacks are rarely reported. This makes the results of what's really an aggressive dog quite skewed.
So, give your Doberman a hug and a squeaky toy and enjoy reading this article:
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
In countries like Great Britain and the US of A, we like our dogs. They are always happy to see us and think we can do no wrong. That fun quote comes to mind, "God, let me be the person my dog thinks I am."
So, in my typical fashion of getting my daily fix of the British tabloids, I was peeved to read that Muslims were all wailing and wringing their hands in Scotland because of a picture of a puppy training to be a police dog was advertising the non-emergency number of the local police force.
WTF you say? Me too. Seems Muslims believe that dogs are unclean and were upset that one had been used in this advert.
Here's a solution -- go back to where ever you came from. Hide all photos of dogs. Let those of us in dog happy nations enjoy our doggie images!
And for GOD sake get a bloody life and focus on something more important than a puppy in a photo.