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The Greatest Dad Ever!

My Dad in the Marines during the 1950’s.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad!  And a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.  I may be a bit biased but I happen to think I have the greatest Dad ever.  So why not brag about him?

My Dad is not a super hero but he is so much better.  From watching him and listening to him, I learned to be a man, husband and father.  I mean what more could you really ask for?  Ok, he did the same thing for my two brothers which makes him even cooler.  If you’re a reader of this blog you know that I’ll tackle maintenance and repair of the motorcycle on my own.  I’ve done the same with cars and home improvement projects all my life.  Where did I learn to do this?  Well, from my Dad of course!  What he taught me to do (without even knowing it I’d bet) is not so much on how to do a project or repair but even more importantly he taught me to try to do it.  And to this day, I’ll still try and it often works out.  Because of him, I’ve become a decent amateur car mechanic, motorcycle mechanic, home electrician, home plumber, home carpenter, home painter and general all around handyman.  He must’ve done a good job because my daughter even thought I could fix anything!  Thanks Dad!  He and Mom showed us so very much.

I now know that they didn’t have the latest and greatest 1960’s versions of iPad this or “i” that.  But I know why.  We were shown life and family.  We were shown “old” Florida, Gemini & Apollo launches, The Smithsonian, and family trips in the car that were almost always in the southeastern United States with my Dad always driving.  My brothers and I learned so much and I remember so much of it.  We weren’t shipped away for our summers.  We got in the car and went on vacation or places for the day.

Some interesting things about the Greatest Dad Ever:

  • He grew up during the “Great Depression”.
  • He enlisted in The Marines during WWII when he was just 15 years old!
  • He enlisted in The Marines again during WWII after they had found out his age on the first enlistment.
  • He met John Wayne.
  • He met my Mom.
  • He married my Mom.
  • He worked for Time/Life Magazine which brought him and us to Florida frequently in the early 1960’s.
  • He met astronauts.
  • He walked around New York for 2 days with the original “Zapruder Film” in his pocket while working for Time/Life.  If you don’t know what that is, just click the link.
  • He took us to see space launches.
  • We built Pinewood Derby cars together.
  • We watched the Apollo 11 moon landing together.
  • He is my Dad.
  • When I was 40 he snuck us into pit row at the Daytona 200 trials at Bike Week and pointed out Willie G. Davidson to me.  He asked “Do you want to meet him?”  My Dad had never met Willie G. Davidson before.
  • He just continues to show us so much!
  • He along with my Mom raised 3 sons, men, husbands and fathers.
  • He is my hero.
  • This list is just a few things I remember and he’s still working on it too.

Later today we get to get together again, as he and Mom have come up to visit.

My Dad meets John Wayne during the filming of “The Flying Leathernecks”.

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Just A Little Bite Of Apple

WordPress has a feature to let those who look at blogs on the system with an iPad to do so with a specific theme and “app-like” experience.  You can even add the blog to your iPad’s home screen with our custom launch icon.  Now I don’t have an iPad so I don’t know how this feature will actually look or even if it will work.  They did recommend making one of the images transparent but being a PC user I wasn’t able to do that.  So we’re counting on readers or those who stumble upon us for feedback on this.  In the words of WordPress, “Onswipe displays a beautiful app-like experience to visitors browsing with an iPad.”  I figured I’d give it a try since the world seems to love things that start with an “i” in front of a capital letter!  The site was already using a specialized them for browsing with a mobile device or smartphone.

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Where Did The “Comment” Button Go?

Some readers wondered where the comment button went for the posts.  With the old WordPress theme there indeed was a button labelled “Comment”.  Well it didn’t really go away, it’s now a hyperlink with the new theme instead of a button.  If you look under each post you’ll see a shaded bar (gray or tan depending on the post) that’s labelled “Categories”.  The last hyperlink on the right is the one for “Leave A Comment”.

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Rate This

I’ve begun using WordPress’ feature to rate pages and posts on the blog.  At the bottom of each post, comment and page you’ll see a way to rate the post or page.  Ratings for posts and pages will be “stars” and ratings for comments left will be a “thumbs up or thumbs down”.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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What A Cool Retirement Gift!

Today I retired after 30 with the Atlanta Police Department.  Well it’s actually 30 years and 4 days.  My coworkers put on a wonderful catered lunch for me in the office so that they could all attend.  Along with the various plaques and certificates they gave me a gift of a Bestem Expandable Trunk Rack Bag for the K1200LT!  What a cool thing to get!  Somebody did some research.

Then when I got home I notice a mistake in the template they use to make the retired ID cards:

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It Was A Twister!

I need to supply a copy of our marriage license for my upcoming retirement.  We can’t find the copies we have here at the house.  So today (after calling) we headed up to Ringgold, Georgia and the Catoosa County Courthouse on the motorcycle of course, to get another copy.  Just over a month ago Ringgold was hit with a tornado.  I beleive they said it was an F4 and the same one that had hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama earlier the same day.  When it hit Ringgold, it was dark.  As we rode up I-75 we could see damage from the tornados that night in several places.  It was obvious where the storm had knocked over the tractor trailers in the darkness.  Then we got to exit 348 for Georigia Highway 151 the Ringgold exit.  As we pulled up the ramp we were stunned.  There was nothing left of any of the business at the exit, gas stations, hotels, restaurants and convenience stores were all piles of rubble and in various stages of destruction.  Have you ever seen half a McDonald’s?  We were amazed that more people weren’t killed.  There was a Chevrolet dealer that the entire front of the building was plywood with a banner “We’re Open For Business!”  The damage lessened a bit but you could see the path of debris through the trees.  It’s amazing.  Trees uprooted or snapped and the house has some missing shingles.  Talk about luck!  All I can tell you is that images you see on television are nothing until you see the damage first hand.  And this storm was over a month ago!

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Two More Scenic Byways In Georgia

We like to ride interesting roads as well as twisty ones.  So when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution lists the latest editions of scenic byways you want to naturally take a look.

Two newest scenic byways.

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BMW K1600GT Ride & Review From MCN

Ok, so this isn’t the GTL touring version and is the lighter GT version with out the top case and minus some of the other electronic goodies.  But it sure does seem like a nice ride!  Listen to it at about the 3:14 mark on the video.  It sounds like a sports car and not a motorcycle.  This is from a South African test ride event.

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Here We Go Again!

First you have to understand that we’re in Gerogia.  The south.  Then you have to understand that here, one inch of snow is actually a lot of snow.  We don’t care how much snow you consider a lot in Chicago or Detroit because we just don’t get much down here.

It looks like another period that will not be condusive to motorcycle riding here.  Here’s this morning’s update from the National Weather Service:

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM POSSIBLE FOR SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…
FOR THE PERIOD SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY… A STRONGER WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT ALL OF NORTH GEORGIA. LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE WESTERN GULF OF MEXICO SUNDAY MORNING AND SHIFT EAST THROUGH LATE SUNDAY. AHEAD OF THIS SYSTEM… A COLD AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE IN PLACE… SETTING THE STAGE FOR A WINTER STORM LOCALLY SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL END BY TUESDAY EXCEPT FOR LINGERING SNOW ACROSS THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS.

IT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED THAT THIS EVENT REMAINS 36 HOURS OUT AND THAT MINOR DEVIATIONS IN THE STORM TRACK OR TEMPERATURE PROFILES COULD RESULT IN MORE OR LESS WINTER IMPACTS ACROSS THE AREA.

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LATEST UPDATES FROM THIS OFFICE AND LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS THROUGH THE WEEKEND ON THIS DEVELOPING WINTER STORM.

GAZ001gt;005-007-011gt;016-019gt;025-027-030gt;038-041gt;049-052gt;055-057- 082215- /O.CON.KFFC.WS.A.0001.110110T0000Z-110111T0000Z/ DADE-WALKER-CATOOSA-WHITFIELD-MURRAY-GILMER-CHATTOOGA-GORDON- PICKENS-DAWSON-LUMPKIN-WHITE-FLOYD-BARTOW-CHEROKEE-FORSYTH-HALL- BANKS-JACKSON-MADISON-POLK-PAULDING-COBB-NORTH FULTON-GWINNETT- BARROW-CLARKE-OCONEE-OGLETHORPE-HARALSON-CARROLL-DOUGLAS- SOUTH FULTON-DEKALB-ROCKDALE-WALTON-NEWTON-MORGAN-HEARD-COWETA- FAYETTE-CLAYTON-HENRY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF… CALHOUN… DAHLONEGA… CLEVELAND…
ROME… CARTERSVILLE… GAINESVILLE… MARIETTA… ATLANTA…
LAWRENCEVILLE… ATHENS… CARROLLTON… DOUGLASVILLE… EAST POINT…
DECATUR… CONYERS… COVINGTON… NEWNAN… PEACHTREE CITY 903 AM EST SAT JAN 8 2011 … WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA…
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

AT THIS TIME… PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS ALL SNOW SUNDAY EVENING AND REMAIN PREDOMINANTLY SNOW THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING. MONDAY MORNING… AREAS FROM CARROLLTON TO THE METRO AREA TO ATHENS AND SOUTHWARD WILL TRANSITION TO A FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET MIX WITH THIS ENCOMPASSING A FURTHER NORTHWARD AREA BY THE AFTERNOON. AREAS IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS HOWEVER SHOULD REMAIN PREDOMINATELY SNOW. THIS SNOW… FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET MIX WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR AREA ROADWAYS. WITH THE TRANSITION FROM SNOW TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET THIS WILL LIMIT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS TO 3 TO 5 INCHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

(Data provided by the National Weather Service)

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