Post 2520, Holiday Break

I usually note milestones for this blog by celebrating each new 100 posts that I have made. I am a bit tardy in my recognition of the 2,500 milestone, reached with this post about the best jeans for boots on 4 November. Soon after that, this blog took a turn when I violated my own rule about not posting about politics. I still remain fearful of what will happen to my country in which I once had faith, but there is nothing I can do about it except join the good fight against what’s to come. But that is for other blogs written by friends in the political world that I will re-engage to prevent disaster (as best we can.)

Interestingly, when I went looking for my 2,400th blog post, that post was written …
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Pavement is a Cheese Grater

One of my well-intentioned but non-motorcycle-riding friends continues to send me articles that she finds on the web to try to discourage me from riding my Harley again. I know she cares, but I really wish she would lay off. I understand the risks and work hard to minimize them. I know that I cannot completely eliminate all risk, and I understand that riding a motorcycle — especially on congested suburban roads where I live — is dangerous.

I learned many lessons from my experience when I crashed while riding my Harley to work on May 31. One of the most important lessons was…
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My Crash Was Not An Accident

CrashnotaccidentI sincerely appreciate the overwhelming support from my family, friends, and loyal blog readers wishing me well after I reported that I crashed my beloved Harley during my clear-dry-day commute to work on Tuesday, May 31, and broke 3 ribs as a result.

Many of those who reached out to me referred to this unfortunate mishap as an “accident.” Nope, it really was a crash and this is why…
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Bad-Ass and No-Boot Brainless

This past weekend was Memorial Day, a holiday in the U.S. to recognize those who have died while serving in the military and to decorate their graves — thus the earlier holiday name of “Decoration Day.” It goes back to the U.S. Civil War.

FieldOfHonorNightIt is also a weekend when hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists put on their leather vests depicting their affiliation, club, military, or veteran’s organization and descend on Washington, DC,…
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Darwin-Award Contenders on Motorcycles

I drove (a cage) up to Pittsburgh and back this weekend, when my spouse and I returned his mother to her home after visiting with us for a week.

While driving, both on the interstate and around her home town, I couldn’t help but notice guys on motorcycles. After all, it is summer!

Trouble is, most men on motorcycles were not bikers, but were…
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Motorcop Compliment

We have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather in our neck of the woods. With daytime temperatures in the high 80s (~31C), my Harley has been my constant companion and form of transportation. Glad to be back on the saddle again.

While I was out and about, a local motor officer rode up next to me and we soon came to a stop at a traffic signal. He looked over at me, recognized me, smiled broadly, and said, …
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