Reporting From the Mail Room

Posted on 24th November 2010 by Electra Glide In Blue in Living - Tags: ,

I received an interesting comment from a reader named Ray in regards to the Dr Seuss quote under my profile pic. Thinking about how the times have changed for me, I thought it was time to do some changing to this old website.

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Rays Comment

clarification about your quote:

On August 19, 1870, Bernard Baruch was born in Camden, South Carolina.
Shortly after graduating from CCNY in 1898, he got a job as a Wall Street
office boy for $3 a week. A decade later, his shrewd stock investments
had made him a multi-millionaire. With his new-found wealth, he became a
supporter of Woodrow Wilson, who named him to his war council during WWI.
Over the next four decades, Baruch served as an adviser to every American
president, the last being John F. Kennedy. In addition to his many other
skills, Baruch was a noted wordsmith. In a 1947 speech, he said, “Let us
not be deceived–we are today in the midst of a cold war.” While the
oxymoronic expression “cold war” had been formally authored two years
earlier by George Orwell, it was Baruch’s speech that was primarily
responsible for helping it become one of the most famous expressions in
history. Baruch also authored one of my favorite chiastic replies. When
Igor Cassini, a popular society columnist, asked Baruch how he handled the
seating arrangements for all the power players who attended his dinner
parties, the elder statesman replied:

“I never bother about that.
Those who matter don’t mind
and those who mind don’t matter.”

I found this quote by Lillian Dickson to fit my currant outlook on life and have added it under my profile pic.;

“Life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you only spend it once”

Health up-date: I am just coming off my 5th treatment cycle. I had my second PET scan seven days ago. Results were very favorable showing over a 50% reduction in tumors. One more chemo treatment to go.

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A Day in a Life a Week Ago Veterans Day

Posted on 18th November 2010 by Electra Glide In Blue in Living - Tags: ,

Reporting from the largest Veterans Day Event in Colorado

I had the honor and privilege to participate in the largest Veterans Day event in the State of Colorado that was held on Veterans Day. Most parades and Veterans Day events in Colorado had already taken place on Saturday. Not the case here in Loveland, one of the most patriotic towns in the State. In Loveland, Veterans Day is always on the 11th day of the 11th month with the parade kicking off at 11:11 (This will make next years celebration a little more interesting).

Veterans Memorial

The Veterans Day experience in Loveland, Colorado starts at 4am with veterans and just plain old patriotic citizens ringing bells mounted in the back of pickup trucks. four in the morning Veterans DayThis year there were 16 trucks ringing the bells of freedom. I was logging my 8th year as a bell ringer, and the second year for ringing one of the largest bells.

Each bell truck is given a quadrant map of their area to saturate with the sound of the bell. We ring the town for two hours, then head to the Veterans Club for breakfast.

The breakfast is put on by the local auxiliary’s of the American Legion, VFW and DAVA with veterans and active duty eating for free if they are in uniform. I was told there were over 500 served at breakfast with about 100 in uniform.

After the breakfast the lounge is packed with veterans sipping on bloodymarys’ while waiting to line up for the parade. Veterans Day Bell RingersThe parade has grown over the years with this one being the first to limit the number of entrees to 500 with no political entrees allowed. This is the largest Veterans Day parade in the State that is on Veterans Day and the second year that this event has been recognized by the VA as a designated Veterans Day Event Site.

Bringing up the rear of the parade every year is the Veterans Day Bell Ringers of Loveland. What an experience it is being in this parade with all the town folks and kids lining the streets. The local Elk’s club bused over 1,100 school kids with flags waving to line the parade route, what a site!

School Kids Veterans Day Parade

After the parade lunch is served back at the Vet’s Club with military displays set up in the main hall for all to see. Later in the afternoon there was an ice-cream social with all the fixings’.

I was told there was a crowd in the Vets Club until 9pm. That my friends makes for a full 17 hours of celebration.

This is the second year in a row that the Loveland Veterans Day event was listed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs as the only Veterans Day Regional Site in the State.

Here is a sideshow of the Veterans Day Bell Ringers and some of the parade route.

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My Poker Run and Benefit Report

Posted on 7th November 2010 by Electra Glide In Blue in Living,Motorcycle Runs - Tags: ,

When about twenty veterans get together and plan a benefit poker run for you, you know things are going to get interesting.

The day started out a little chilly, 38 degrees when we left the house. I rode the 68FLH with my better half on the back down to my home Post for the breakfast that was put together by my fellow Sons of the American Legion members. Over 100 people made it for the breakfast with the proceeds going to the benefit. Registration for the poker run was also going on, but we thought it would be best just to do the breakfast and hang out until the last bike left then go back to the house and rest up for the festivities that were planed for after the poker run.

While hanging out at the registration table waiting for the last bike out, my cyber space friend Skinny and his wife show up. poker run skinnySkinny is the man who organized a poker run the week before down south at his bar The Spirit Keeper. He and his wife rode up on their Softail. The trip was about a little over two hours. Skinny and I have known each other for over a year via the internet, but this was the first time we had met face to face. What a meeting it was, and what a way to start what would be a very emotional day for myself and the better half.

After cutting out for some rest we returned to the Club around 2:30 to find the place packed with about 150 friends. The band was just taking the stage and they were calling the numbers for the poker run. About forty motorcycles registered for the eighty mile run with stops at four other VFW and American Legion posts. All the winning hands donated back their winnings. In front of the stage was a quilt donated by Abby, another cyber- space friend who I was looking forward to meeting, but she was home sick. Everyone there signed the quilt, and this is something I will cherish forever.poker run

The drawings for door prizes that local businesses donated are too many to list. The support on the local level was outstanding. As the music played there was an auction going on for a hair cut on a brother of mine, he raised $1,000 bucks for cutting off his long ponytail. Another brother raised $350 for shaving off his beard and the mustache he had on his face since 1962. Pretty special mustache, it had made it to Nam and back!poker run

As the music played, I set in on the drums for quite a few songs. Music has its own therapy. A request came out for me to play “Wipe Out”, a tune I normally refuse to play, but after someone came up with $100 bucks I gave in, to the surprise of the crowd, we played it from start to finish.

Since my surgery in Aug, this was the first time I’d been out of the house for more than couple of hours, other than for treatment. We closed down the poker run and benefit at 9pm, I had lasted over six and a half hours. The events of this day and the outpouring of support, prayers and generosity will be with me forever. Total proceeds forwarded to me from this day were over $8,300, exceeding everyone’s expectations. I am truly blessed to have such a group of friends.
poker run crowd

Sideshow: The sideshow may have the pic’s in reverse order.

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Spirit Keeper Run Report

Posted on 20th October 2010 by Electra Glide In Blue in Living,Motorcycle Runs - Tags: ,

Skinny’s run report from the Spirit Keeper Inn, Black Forest of Colorado.

Typically in our area we’ve had two snows by now each totaling at least a foot or more, but this year we are high and dry. This weekends’ forecast with 70 degree weather was looking good.
This being our 1st and the only two day poker run we’ve and anybody else has ever done or been on we had to figure it out from scratch. My wife Shari and I started riding around on the day’s she was free about two weeks ago begging for donations for door prizes, raffles and auction items. Something I learned from the big corporations is they don’t take care of us little people only the local small business’s do, with the exception of Hooter’s which I can’t thank enough.
We ended up with around a 100 items to give away, not bad in this economy, short time frame and one person doing the begging. We started receiving cash donations on Monday with the last showing up on Saturday.
I didn’t really get excited or wound up until Tuesday when Oly stepped up and donated his time for both days of music. I’ve never met him and he doesn’t ride, also thanks out to LLR, for your little messages, sure kept me smiling.
Shari got all the staff lined out, bar, cooking and cleaning, it was an excellent prep job done by all. Friday night we sorted and boxed all the stuff for each day and hit the hay around 1am.

Saturday morning I’m up early to do the final stuff we need done. Grab a hot cup of coffee and find out we’re ready, damn now let’s walk in circles for 2 1/2 hours. Skinny cooking pancakes
At 8:30 and 38 degrees, we’re at the bar getting the stoves, breakfast stuff and bar ready. At 9 people started showing up and I don’t have pancakes going, damn my stoves didn’t work for the griddles so we fired up the BBQ… yup, grilling pancakes, I got a good laugh out of that. With the few that showed, 17 bikes and a few passengers, we got off to a late start with me on my Shovelhead for the 140 mile ride. Rolling out of the Spirit Keeper
1st stop at the South 40 in Elbert went off without a hitch. I was the card person so everyone was following me. After a cold beer and crap cards we were off to the 2nd stop Tacoda’s in Parker not so good. My scooter dies, no sputter just dead, damn ignition switch, a little jiggling and back on the road. Map Quest and Google Maps had things all jacked up so we was lost, kinda. Shari see’s us blunder past the bar and called me, so after a little detour we made it. We all sat outside enjoying the warm weather, 69 degrees by now.
Shari tells me a better way to get to the road I chose to get to the next stop, Castle Rock Bar & Grill, of course like all you married males can relate to, I DIDN’T LISTEN, So we got lost again until other riders told me what the wife had said. OK we made it, running a little late, but we made it.
On to the next stop, three bikes left early and I rounded up the rest to hit the road to the Depot in Palmer Lake. While we were getting ready to go we see a fire truck hauling ass in the direction we were going to be heading, oh well no biggy. So off we go, as we rounded the corner we see it in the middle of the road, biker down. I see a sissy bar, one that just left the bar before us on it’s side in the middle of the road. biker downDAMN that’s one of our riders, so we pull it over and I find one of the other riders to get the story. Most importantly he’s ok for the most part, sitting up and breathing but a lot of blood. The LEO’s being who they are were very helpful in letting us make sure he’s Ok with statements like get out of here, go stand over there, you need to leave now, pieces of shit they were. The rider had a bad ankle, probably broke, which it was, road rash, but coherent. They have a trailer on the way, and they got him covered so with a quick exchange of phone numbers, off we go to end day one.

I awake to my knee killing me, after an hour of rolling around I finally get back to sleep, this is gonna suck. 7am and I’m trying to get out of bed, my knee is bad and I’m riding the knee killer Softail. 8:30am I’m out to the garage pulling stuff out of the Shovels bags and getting the Softail ready.
Once at the bar, things couldn’t have gone better. Dave, Jeff’s friend from Loveland shows up,Dave that was great, the only thing missing was Jeff and understandably so. The temp got to be actually to warm but beats mid 30′s. 15 bikes and we’re off ON TIME and make the rounds just fine.
Off to the last stop, 65-70mph putt nice ride to Pop-A-Top, but when we get there we’re missing 10 or so bikes that were there three miles back? WTF? Off goes Bear to find them. Here we go again, a Sporty with a flat rear, at 70 mph and he didn’t go down. He lives 3 miles away, with a phone call he was taken care of, truck and trailer on the way and he’ll meet us at our place.
Ok we’re an hour late again, oh well, we made it and the flat tire guy is pulling in the parking lot so all’s good. Dave decided he better head back to Loveland so he left with an invite back to drink a few with us, Good Brother he is.
The food, music, weather and cold beer was great and when I started giving away stuff and heckling people it was great. Western Omelets donated a vest which I auctioned off for $105 (I got an adda boy for that). All in all it was a great time, if all the poker runs were like this I’d do one a month, met a lot of new people and good attitudes. My wife just handed me the totals, looks like we raised just under $800 bucks.
Jeff we’ll see you this weekend at the Loveland Vets poker run.

A big Thanks to Skinny!
If you’re ever in the Springs area make sure you stop in and see Skinny at the Spirit Keeper up in the Black Forest of Colorado.

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