May 2013 Back in AL at my sister's House trying to get cought up on
every thing. The show was wonderfull in Johnson City. Raised $12603.00 for Li Li. She is so sweet and what a trooper!
whole Poker Run with one rider or the other. By the time we got to the
Sweetwater Club near Benton, IL she was ready to fall asleep.
is Angie and Patrick lee Beasley. She is the Boss's Lady and he is that Hot Picker
from Tenn and oh what a voice that gave his time and money for this
I packed Le Le's Mom with me on the Old Swapmeet Special. She is 29 and real sweet too, and we had a blast. The
auction was a super success selling the donated products and even a few home made
pies. The pies went for $400.00 each and man was they good! By sun down
I was sound asleep back at Steve's house where he put me up in his fine
camper trailer. A long ass day but a real good one...
may 2013 Damm the time flies. Getting ready to see my Mom Sunday, she
was 93 years old last December and doing welll. Then it's off to
Johnson City, Il for my Ugly Brother Steve's fund raiser for this
little girl. Every year they pick someone special and they done good
this year. Nothing like a hand full of cash and lots of love from folks
to make a Girl feel good. Then I got to go to Lancing, MI to get my
maple surupy from Bummer. I try to get a couple of jugs every
year. Man that stuff is good.
is Clyde and me in the dingy. of course I be rowing. don't get me
wrong, Clyde would pull the thing if I made a harness... The Lady
that took this picture lives on riverside drive and Just loves Clyde's
antics and playing. Of course he swims like a fish... The recoil spring
on the outboard broke. Salt water is hard on stuff. Go figure...
22 April 2013 and the wind is blowing like crazy and free electric like Yeah baby...
12 April 2013 and here we goes' again...
VFW Ladies Aux Cancer Concert and hair revmoving party raised
$5000 for the cause and Ernie and I had a blast, Thank you Ladies. My
Bud Gary took this pic of me singing a David Alllen Coe hit. Now why
couldn't he have took the pic while I was singing one of my own? Who is
that old man playing my guitar? That's what I want to know...
April 2013 Just got off the phone with Ernie Lancaster and he sales he
gonna meet me at the VFW 4250 in New Smyrna Beach for the fund raising
party they haven for the Cancer People. One of the ladies asked me I
would sing a few and that made feel good so I said yes and when Ernie
found out of course he wanted to come too... Party starts a Noon Sunday
or so come early and stay at least till the drawing. I'll have
some pics tomorrow...
2013 and I missed April fools day I guess, had a tooth pulled and my
denist liked to killed me. She was so wonderfull. Why does all the
pretty one's hurt you so much. Anyway I be feeling much better now that
my smile works a little better. Better is better... The weather has
gotten a lot more mild, I still build a fire in the wood stove on these
windy, cool and damp mornings. Aurther I-tis, one of my cloesest
friends, even if he is a pain, likes the real heat only a wood fire can
It was a full moon on the river and someone said it was like Zen. Like no shit.
Sundown St Pat"s DAY and just got back to the boat and had a shot with Greek on the phone, that's what Crown Royal Black
EM Em goood... The corn beef and cabage was great, ol'e Jackie done it
again. Joe honey da, number one for sure... Here is a pic of the Ole'
Swapmeet Special at my storage place, she ran so good to day, a
one kick day...
Blarney stone aside, a one kick day, lucky me...
Patrick's day 2013 and bike week ends with green beer and lots of
wiskey for me. My Mom is Irish and she always said that wiskey is the
only reasion the Irish don't rule the world. A shot a day keeps the
Now Larry and Cindy showed up last Saturday so we went to
our bike week dinner at a local sports bar. The food was great and
wasted away again in Margareataville. If only for a few minutes a year,
it seems like the old daze aren't that far away for us anyway, when
ever we are together.
course I kept working on the boat this week but Wedneday, Greek, his
Brother and Wife went to the Garlic, it's an Itel-e-ano place
and had a feast on Steak and Shrimp with pasta and salad. Oh yeah don't
forget the wine!
St. Pat's Day yeah, and off to the VFW for cornbeef and cabage and maybe some Bud
Draft...Happy Bike Year (:<) bald headed happy guy...
Oh yeah I seen Chickenman at the VFW and he showed me his Vet Honor Flathead Harley... Cool...
28 February 2013, work is going well on the boat. And of course the Dog is keeping an eye on it all...
Below is Beau and Clide working on the toe rail.
February 2013 and the rain falls. Beau and I been working on the
toe rail on my sailboat We will be changing the saftey lines and fixing
the bimini top over the helm. A few more days and a few more jobs
the top side will be close to done.
Now that is the sunset yesterday or so, damm, it sure is hard to take...
10 February 2013
Now as you can see, I got Lisa to fix up the site a little bit, new
curtians so to speek. I like it but I is still figuring out how to
change things around. Duh, smack to the forhead and all that stuff...
Now the Swapmeet Special is all most done, still have to make a cushion
for the six gallon one piece tank. And then I would feels better about
the weight on the mounting bolts. Now the Katherain Gale is about to
get a new toe rail and stay tune up along with new safety lines and
topside spruce-up. Waw who it is almost spring...
21 January 2013
Well my brand new LG hot spot phone took a shit and I have to wait
till Wednesday to pick up the new one from Metro PCS corp store in Daytona.
Damm if it don't piss me off when these Chinees products fall apart.
$20.00 bucks for gas to get there and they wanted to charge me $15 more
for the warranty service. I raised so much hell in the store they said
I could have the first repacement free. Cool I guess wonder how many
more I will have to have before I get mad and go back to ATT. Anyway
it is nice to have full service on the boat anchored away from shore.
All is well in Florida on MLK day and I got the Swapmeet Special running
in tip top shape ready for bike week comming up before you know it.
Six weeks and all the Yankees well be in town. Actually sooner because
Daytona's 500 mile race is in Feb. The third I think. Anyway traffic
is all ready crazy cause of the louzy weather in the north this year...
Happy New Year everyone and all is well here in Florida. I got the
new kick stand on the Swap meet Special and just about got the new
Ignition switch soldered in so she's just about ready to ride. I got
offered a really good price for her but I have to take the bike to
Europe to get the cash. Now maybe the spring of 2014 for the Swiss Love
Ride? Yeah that sounds good. Load the bike after Love Ride 30 in LA, CA
this year and head to the Bahamas' for a few months then ride the Gulf
Stream north and east to the old country... Nice dream but with in
reach... We shall see...
The wind is blowing and my little wood stove has it warm
as toast in this cabin. I got me one of them hot spots on my cell phone
so I can get internet out here on the boat now so I don't have to take
the PC in when I want to upload stuff to the web site. Now I don't do a
hole lot anyway but I got to tell Ya's that that hot spot feature
is the best thing the ever come up with yet. I know some guys were
tethering along time ago but this legal way is affordable at last.
13 November 2012
And it is so nice out I could just s--t!!!
Anyway we had a great time at the VFW again Vet's Day. Free food and good times for sure.
The clock keeps turning in to the, ag, I mean, ah, well anyway I got to make lunch...
Is you as happy as me that the election season is
over? No more signs on the highway, like where would you park if you
broke down? Anyway the Swap meet Special is needing a little work. The
ignition switch is shot and the kick stand don't lock open, she
wants to fall down to easy. Or is that just me? I only had a beer or
so... Shit, nobody
understands me even my bike. Well she's a getting older and maybe
I ought to retire "The only bike for me", and get one of the new
Harleys I seen driving by the Winn/Dixie store. Heavy duty and
sweet to me!
Hurry_cane Sandy, a friend of mine's sailboat came unmoored and
tangled in my anchor lines and I saved it for him. Here is some pixs of
And a storm lunch...
Love Ride 29 is in the books and I got to send this laptop
to the factory cause the HARD DRIVE is shit I guess but we will
see it a week or so. My smart phone is suppose to take care of me but I
can't update the web site with it. Or well, big brother is out there
somewhere thank God...
The cold front just made the natural air so cool as to
turn off the batfish stuff and God bless America and Florida and
thanks for the good wishes on this my 66th birthday. Nothing like
cookies from my sister yum, youm.
Nobody likes a smart ass and a guy that looks like shit; so I got
a hair cut and beard trim. Yeah still a smart ass, but I's is working
on it. Got some legal business to take care of and the dentist, oh God,
the dentist. Planning on raising the hooks and seeing if this boat will
make be feel secure enough to sail it in the deep blue SEA. The
sea ain't the place to be stupid. Things has got to eat. I like fish
and well you know what I mean. Now the Dog is ready. I got him a
special poop pad made out of astro turf, with a piss proof pan under
it. What will they think of next?
And fall is here after a long hot summer here on the
Indian River Intercoastal Waterway. The dog swam to the river
beach for his privet time. What a great dog. Of course if I feed him
before he goes, he takes his time coming back, chasing water foul and
playing with crabs a stuff running around on the beach. I got a face
book post thing from Jane that asked if I wanted my stuff put in the my
old high school year book. I posted no, if I wanted that I would do it
myself. Even the posts are open to every one I guess, and I think if
you is gonna do something do it, don't ask. Another friend who I
ain't heard from in many years shows up again online but does not call
me but I think keeps making remarks of what others ought to do, in
caps, I think that is to make his point as serious. I haven't responded
to him because my smart phone had a stroke and I am waiting for the
second replacement, first replacement one was junk too, cause I like
the mobile smart phone for face book instead of my laptop. I don't
internet connect signal on the boat so it is a big hassle having to
take it all in to shore Micky D's to post. I wonder if they even know I
have a web page and blog? Whatever... Have a shot on me...
Well we is all remembering the 9/11 outrage and lowered
the Flag to half mast and had a moment of quiet for the lost and had a
drink for the survivors and for those still fighting in Afghanistan...
Here is the dog again...
Labor day sunny and dry and who would have guessed, the
fish are biting. Got a free gift coming from Harbor Freight, I think
I'll get the small tarp in case I get to ride to So Cal for the Love
Ride. Of course I still be waiting to know if they got anything for me
to do for the show before of after or during but will settle for
forgiveness for retiring this year instead of next. I wanted to be
there for the George Thorogood show. I bought the LR ticket long ago
but the Love Ride needs the money weather or not this Florida boy makes
the trip one more time or not. Now my old Swap meet Special is ready. I
changed the oil, picked up a spare chain and finished breaking the
mirror so I replaced it as well.
And just had lunch. Rainy and windy but the storm seems to
have past us all here, near Daytona. Cool. The stinking Dog is chasing
and won't quit looking at me when I eat. So I got to share. Damn it
man... Well he is a bird dog for sure, Ate the chicken right of my
plate and chewed up my duck tape, bird dog for sure. Looking at a bird
dog, bird dog, shit I guess I'll right that song. Maybe Bull 44 jump in
and help with the music. Some driven So LA Blues... Duck season just
ain't that far away...
August 2012 as the storm rages over HEAD. Nothing like HEAD. Over
breakfast or even lunch, the dog and I are secure in the cabin; knowing
we don't have to go in till
Tuesday. HEAD lines read 'ISAAK inter ups' but we all know it's Mother
Nature letting the grand old party pooper's know what her, I say HER
vote be....Not to slip in to ur-bon-iks but it's true... Miz,
Miss, MISTRESS Mother Nature, make's it all happen. Think Mother Nature
24 August 2012 looking for a hurry cain. Check these's storm clouds, weird man, I mean like mean weather ahead...
Now today it is breezy and Sunny and I know I pissed off somebody
somewhere maybe. At least that is what I do so well so mark up another
red letter day. Life is good, Larry got my outboard motor fixed and I
stored the ores till the next time. Damn it sure is good upper body
Now there were several clubs there at that Blue and White fund raiser, I got a blurry pic of one, and these guys are cool...
Now a big line of tropical low pressure areas is coming on. I is glad I
have a Sister in the mountains of Alabama. High ground for sure.
August 2012 and back in Florida at Wink's cause I got to work on the
dingy in the morning cause the Evenrude is getting hot and being so
even ruder as to make you use your oars. I'll pull the lower unit and
check the water pump impeller and hose out the water jacket if it will
let me. Fried mud in the pipe some place maybe. Or Well, big Brother is
watching if you is lucky...
So then out to the home boat for a few days and see if I can get the Cummings turning the wheel...
Last Saturday night Traveler was still hanging in there. Maybe I'll get
to see him in T-town next weekend. We sure had a good time raising that
Three Large for JC, the little girl that has cancer. Her mom was so
sweet, she just couldn't get over all he Hardcore Biker's giving her an
economics lesson in the kind of Love you can take to the bank or your
local Super Market. Of course there was some of the O'le Ladies'
showing their t-t-theeth and having a blast!
August 2012 and man how can I already be back in Alabama? We had a
blast in Michigan, I can't remember feeling so good sitting there
playing and singing. Them old tunes coming out smooth, and if the crowd
was faking, liking the stuff, they fooled me. Man 65 years old and I
thought I was through. If I quit now, I's be a head... O' well, maybe I
will quit next week cause we goats that fund raiser near Birmingham
they are suppose to have 5 bands. I think maybe they will let me sing
at least one or two songs if I hang out for a while. It is a real good
cause. Anytime we get together for someone so much in need we get
blessed. Ain't that cool?
Now I sure have hope that I'll be healthy and wealthy enough to make
next year. Thank you Hoggie and Bummer for having me again this year.
You's all is cool...
August 2012 look out highway, here I come. Well the break job and a new
hub on the rear cause the old one et it self cause who knows...
Wednesday now and it's almost sun down. But Wink is making me an
expressooooo that will work till midnight and the dog and I can crash
in a rest area in Motel Six is closed. Now The Family MC, Lansing, MI
is having their annual Party North of Lansing and I is on my way. Now
these guys and all their Friends and Brothers have been keeping me
in parts for many years so Saturday night we will sing every
song I can remember and a few I ain't wrote yet. Or get drunk...
Now on the way back south My Alabama Brothers want me to stop in
Tuscaloosa for a sick child. The Devil's Disciples MC is sponsoring this
fund raiser and that is the 18 of August 2012. I sure there will be a
flyer around. If I get a copy I will post it. Well let's go wear out
July 2012 and I just bought my ticket to Love Ride 29 on line at the
link below. I got the LR29 hoodie too. Now what I understand is that if
you donate $10 bucks to the Love Ride this year and in my name I get
points and a chance to win some prizes including a new Harley. Cool but
if you donate $50 bucks your self you can win it, go figure... Well the
good cause this year is the USO. I remember seeing Bob Hope at a USO
show in Vietnam 40 years ago. He sure took the war away for awhile,
like eased the stress in a big way and the USO does donut Dollies too.
Don't know what a donut Dolly is? They be cool and pretty too, passing
out donuts and coffee and stuff while you wait to get on the plane or
boat or train or truck or hike to war. They tell me that is why cops
eat donuts or something. Habit forming... Anyway Love Ride time is
coming up in October so dig deep and help support the troops if you
want. Ya's all know hardly ever ax for anything but this is
worth asking for. God bless the USA and all who love HER...
July 2012 and it is hotter than hell in here in Florida. I been working
on the big boat trying to get ready for the big trip. My buddies from
the VA, Toby, is a master carpenter and has done me good on the
Katherine Gale. Did the deck in the cabin and one wall that was really
bad. She spent four months on the bottom of the river. He will do the
toe rail and some trim on the inside and replace a couple of port
lights for me. I still have to hook up the engine and nav-gear. I have
a compass but in the world of GPS, I wouldn't be with out it. Now the
dog is getting better every day. He can swim out to the big boat and
even climb aboard if the dingy is tied up to her side. Who would have
thought I would get a bird dog, got to get my bird gun ready for the
June 2012 Well I just got the word that Smitty passed away Saturday.
Had a heart attack while riding his Harley. The only way to go. He was
a long time friend and a fellow Vietnam Vet. To say I will miss him
don't quite cover it but he will be missed with out a doubt. I just
came from the VA out patient clinic and there is something in my ear.
Yeah I know getting old , but, they made me an appointment for 22
June and I got to get this ear cleaned. Sounds like a siren in the
distance and I can't hear myself think. Sunday I got some froze bait
shrimp and stopped at a few old holes on the way out to the boat and
caught some whiting, sailors choice and a couple of grunts. I filleted
them, saw teeded them in some really good Italian dressing and
tomatoes, with rice. Heaven in a frying pan... All is well here in the
south and me and dog is doing good....
April 2012 and the beat goes on. My boat motor gave me fits this month.
After got the new ignition installed the fuel line was leaking and
letting little pieces stuff get in the carb like every other day.
$48.00 later and Wally World will fix you up with a new one. Ball pump
and all. You have to pull the recoil starter unit off to get the carb
out and the little nuts that hold it on are like really hard to get
started again. Nothing like some fool speeding by in their big speed
boat while you got the carb apart. Waves rocking and rolling the parts
like crazy. Oh well that one finger salute does help. I sure am glad
those less than polite people didn't come back and kick my old ass...
But the weather has bee so fine it is hard to complain about anything.
I am suppose to get a young dog that has been to school Wednesday, they
even trained me a little. We will see how this works out. A short hair
Lab mix is what the info says and Trueax, the dogs name, sits, stays,
lays down, rolls over and will even shake my hand. Kool man I was
gitting kinda lonely and the dog pound people are cool. Pictures to
April 2012 and happy April Fools Day!!! Well my row boat finally sprung
one too many leaks and the transom is cracked and that was the excuse
to buy a new dingy. West Marine had these 10 foot dingys on sale for
$499, that's a hundred off reg price so I got the last one in the store.
Yeah man it's plastic but I love it. Now all he outboards I have are to
much horse power so I is gonna row for a while I guess. I need the
exercise my Doctor says, and it's low impact, upper body and robotic.
Now Bike Week is well over but there are still a few campers at
the VFW here. The weather is so fine, 60's at night and mid 80's
daytime. ya just can't complain. I been catching a few good eating fish
and eating a lot of rice and fruit so my low-beat-toe is off the
charts. I wish my wife would dump her boy friend and come home... Oh
well there is always do-it-yourself projects one can try. Ya's all have
a good one and keep it in the wind. More to come in a few weeks...
keeps asking me if I have the motor in the sailboat running yet and I
tell them as soon as I get the motor mounts and fuel tank figured out
and that is after I get the dive platform on so I can store stuff in
the rear storage locker. Like sails, batteries and pioneer tools; ax,
shovel, chainsaw and air compresser. The motor runs and it is in the
boat I just ain't got it running in the boat yet. Oh well. Anyway bike
week is here and been having a blast with my old friends and Brothers I
only get see every year or so. Marty is down again from NY as in yankee
and all the Vets that are camping at the VFW. We having a blast... Now
the old Swap meet Special is running good as can be. The only problem is
the electric starter is dragging. That means the old battery is about
had it or a loose connection or the bushings are wore out. Good thing I
have kick start and I mean first kick kick start... Here are some pic's
and Ya's all have a good spring...
Feburary 2012 My how time flies... Well I broke my laptop and just got
it back and my boat motor wouldn't start and on and on. Well the last
thing I did I last year, I think, was party at the club house with my
Alabama Brothers from the DD's. Of course we had a blast. Of
course I stayed with my little Sis' while there and she gave me some
canned jelly and stuff. Country girl for sure. Visited with my Mom in
Huntsville and the up to Michigan to finish the inboard for the
sailboat with Tony C. and Bummer. The party at the club house in
Lansing has never been better and the party never ends. I should have
wrote that song. Anyway we got the motor done, I got to have supper
with my daughter Missy and back home on the river at last. The truck
ran good and I got a few pic's. I picked up this laptop yesterday so
back online again. Sounds like a sit-rep but that's what I is good for.
Been fishing and getting ready for bike week. Hell it's great being
December 2011 and tomorrow I'll should be in Birmingham, AL at the DDMC
Club House for the New Year's Eve party. 45 years ago today I got
married for the first time and man that was a long time
ago. Sure learned alot since then I guess, still married, to
someone else, but hell, I guess we've be split for more than seven
years now. Does that mean I have a common law divorce? Or am I a cherry
again cause I ain't been doing "it" with anyone? Oh well, maybe I'll
get lucky'er next year. 2012 ought to be a blast. Still planning on
sailing south in a few weeks so look out down there I's is comming...
November 2011 man what a hoot. Working hard on the boat to get ready
for the trip to the south even south of Puerto Rico to the British
Virgin Islands. Yeah, we will see if we can pull off with this modern
stuff what Columbus did with that old ass stuff. Of course I want to
take the bike but that is a maybe, because it don't fit under the bunk
and I'll have all that weight high and to rear. So lots of test and
trial to see what works in the local water, why not...
October 2011 and the shrimp are suppose to be running but my net is
tore and I got to get a new one I guess. Now the stone crab are good
and plenty and so are the cat fish but I just been eating steak and
chicken and lots of Ramen noodles; easy in this weather. Been
down to 50 and 60's at night 80's in the day. Really rough on my old
bones. Dave Decker, my crew man from CA when we was on the salt, kept
me up to date on the Love Ride doings. Small turn out but big on the
heart. Of course the NOMADs made a good turn out and helped in every
way they could. I been working on the boat and the old Swapmeet
Special. I think I am ready for a wife again just to have someone to
holler at me so I can feel loved again. This getting old shit is for
Here I is with my Giovani's T-shirt sweating like a dog on the salt, waiting for my next pass...
25 August 2011 and hurry cain Irene is off the coast. It is good to be
after two months on the road but wind and rain? No sweat. Got out on
the boat and the batteries were dead. I released the blade on the wind
mill and charge, charge, charge. A small amount of water had to
pumped from the bilge and I had to kill a few bugs that moved in
while I was gone but it was sweet to be on board again. Now the Salt
popped my bubble a little but I had a blast that few ever get. And I is
thankful for the op. My sponsers made it possible.
From just a hug from a pretty young girl to the encouragement
getting a little cash on the road to the Grand I got from that
one guy. All the love, parts and for my friends and Brothers that made
it possible what can I say but thank you from the botton of my heart. I
also got these white race team t-shirts with that caricature of
me on the Double that Moon created out in LA. Send me $20.00 and I'll
send you one while they last. Moon needs some income too... Here is a
pic of a neat bike. A twin engine Indian Scout... C00l...
1 August 2011 what a party! The mid Michigan Brothers turned out
once again for The Family MC and I got to sing to them. We got drunk,
well not to drunk, but drunk enough to sleep good and we ate like
royalty. Back in the shop with the Twin Engine bike and just a few
final details and off to Colorado for the open house at Rocky Mountain
HD Friday the 5th and on west to the salt. Maybe a few stops along the
way. There is the party in the Black Hills and Hulit Wyoming. Not that
far out of the way, maybe...
23 July 2011 and it rained last night but the sun dried the track and
the drags are on. Tomorrow will be the finals and tonight the parade is
going on. This place is packed. Chopper Fest is for real. Living in FL
I think some times I get jaded and forget just what fun I missed
working or racing at the shows instead of just coming for the good time. The race team
had to run for parts and left me to watch our pit area. Got the electric fan
giving a little breeze and a cold one in my hand. Just watching all the girls I
mean bikes go by... They even have hell-e-chopper rides...
22 July 2011 Martin, MI Davidson Express/ Michigan Chopper Fest and
AMRA drag Racing is whats going on now and fun is to the ten's.
My team is taking a well deserved break after the last couple of days.
Putting everything together for an event like this is a team effort
with out a doubt, and we earned our beer today. Bummers first pass on
the Hunt's Hog Shop sponsored Crazy Horse Pro Fuel Dragster was sweet.
That 103in nitro burning cast iron Sporster did 145 in the low nines
and made a perfect pass. Being a little conserative is not a bad thing
with nitro, next pass with a gear change and some secret shit, we well
get her up to a buck fifty in the high 8's. More to come tomorrow on
that. I got the Swapmeet Special back together, all but the break
light, always something. New tires, new rings and some long over due
chassis tune up. All those wore out little things; shifter linkage,
kick stand do-da so you can kick it out the first time instead of
digging for it. After 20 years, much nicer pipes and luggage rack. Even
replaced the real wheel with the one off the Double when I had to buy a
good used Duce 17in for the salt flats cause they don't make 16in ZR
rated tires any more. Cool I sure like my new disk wheel. Bummer is
using my trailer hitch to lean his launch tube on for fire works. dam
that shit is loud. Blowing off a little steam. He He....
12 July 2011 and you should have been there. I mean we had such a good
time, doing all them games on the rodeo field and pulling course,
at it is just hard to put in to words. Parts and I done a lot of
shows in the past and we think alike just from doing the same thing
week after week for years. Like the sled pulls, knowing to set the next
pull off up while still in the middle of the current one, keeps things
moving. And the winnine bite, well when I explained why we used mustard
instead of other condoments, to a family type crowd, there were a lot
of blank spots where you have to put in the meaning that works best for
you. Or something... The weather was outstanding and all the people at
the event were working for free. Just loving Dyamond and having a party
at the same time, Antique Acers, Iowa, was the place to be. What a
Crew. Should have been there... Here's Barb the Prospects Ol'Lady,
wearing that NOMAD Race Team t-shirt that Ugly Steve Fields had made up
for me. She is so sweet... He's the Ugly one with the red beard in the
July 5 2011and the MCM party was a blast. Hard to believe another one
is past so quick. It seems to me as I get older the time spins faster,
go figure... Here is a pic of the rest area on US 127 headed north and
the double on the trailer. Many of the guys at this party made, donated
parts or just gave a little money for this project to happen and I felt
I needed to take the bike for them to see what we done to update her
for this speed trial coming up in August.
I had a flyer of the Crew MC Mid-Summer Birthday Bash/Rodeo and Ride
for Dyamond but I screwed it up so I can't put it up here on the page.
But, I am headed there Friday. The ride for Dyamond starts at 11:00 AM
The Salon Elite in Cedar Falls, Iowa and ends up at Antique Acres for
the party. Some of my Ugly Brothers will be there so come on out and
enjoy this day of fun and fund raising for one fine young lady.
27 June 2011 here again at McDonald's coffee bar and internet cafe
doing my wi-fi thing. Coffee is good and the hookup is free and on the
way to the 4th of July party in MI. The MCM has been doing this for
years and got good at it. here is a pic of Bummer on the launch pad at
US131 Dragway last Saturday.
SMOKE IT BUMMER!
That big guy, A-Head Ted, is the pit crew chief and he is also the guy
that made those big ductile iron cylinders for the Double. Here is one
of him in the pits.
25 June 2011 finds me in MI near Lansing working on Bummers Pro Fuel
Race Team for this weekends test and tune session at the 131 Drag
strip near Lake Michigan. We decided to check the valves and top end on
the Double as long as it was in the shop and the Drag Bike was
screaming for a pass or two. The shop here at Hunts Hog Shop does a
bunch of tire business and uses up a few tires it's self, racing of
course. Here is a picture of my new race helmet that Ugly Steve M. gave
me for the salt.
Anyway, it fits real good... I'll have pictures of this weekend and the
Double soon. Oh Yeah I stopped to see Lobo and Shanon in IN, Lobo has
his bike running and is just now putting the new paint on. It has been
raining here in the north and the blood suckers our out, bugs are us...
May 2011 dam, another month has gone by and here I is again. I will
tell Ya's this has been a weird last few days, like one of my old so
called friends gets on my case yesterday for filling up my water jugs
at the VFW Post for the boat. He told me I was a nothing but a
ho-bo bum, didn't that drunk asshole know I was a NOMAD? Of course I'll
take what I can get. Ice, water and fire wood that is donated to the
vets, I sure take my share. He knows I live on that boat I salvaged and
their ain't no fresh water out there unless you bring it your self. Oh
well I guess he's just jealous. I ate red fish again this week and it
was so good. Got the Memorial Day ceremony's here in New Smyrna Beach
starting at 9:00 am Monday the 30th with the post Honor Guard at he
Colored Cemetery out on Glencoe Rd then to the Veterans Memorial Park
on the River at 11:00. At 2:00 pm we will have one at the Emory L
Bennet Nursing Home with my Post 3461 and the Vietnam Veterans
Ass. Honor Guard doing the gun salute and Taps. Of course we will have
the guest speakers from around the town of Daytona and from the bottom
of my heart I thank all that give there time to this Day. Lets face it
Brothers and Sisters, with out this Countrys fighters, we would be
sucking hind tit on the pig of life. God Bless America.
April 2011 and the Hog Riding Fool's had a blast April Fools Day. Will
this one did for sure too! I took the truck up to somewhere in north
South Carolina and asked the cops where the club house is, of course
they wanted to ask me all kind of questions about shit I know nothing
about and finally gave me the directions I needed except for that
country couple of miles turned out to be nine. The sound of
Harley's with riders wearing the right Patch led me to a weekend of fun
with friends I ain't never met as well as the Red Beard and his AZ
Brothers from Mescal. I got to sing a few songs with that kick ass Blue
Grass band, Total Denial that did Dixie so well there wasn't a
dry eye in the house... Then back home to FL and the River and my
home on the Katherine Gale. Got the new tank on the Swapmeet
Special and have a new rear fender to put on once I find the time. Had
to have the tank but the fender can wait till it rains or something
cause it is so nice out that I must ride when I can and that is now.
First to Daytona then to Orlando, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck forever
hold your throttle tight! See Ya, Oh yeah here is a pick of the Bud
Girls from the Jam On Swapmeet...
so I been lazy again and having lots of fish to clean and
crabs to crack I ain't been keeping this thing up to date. Now a
few of the Bike Week'ers pointed that out to me so here I is with the
Hospice Chopper Flyer down on the lower right side of this
page. Just click on it and you can get the whole PDF so's it is
easyer to read. We had a blast Bike Week here in New Smyrna Beach at
the VFW, with bands, campers partying their asses off all week long.
Fancy new bikes and more booze and buzz than you could shake a stick
at. Got a new tank for my bike and went to the Jam On Swap Meet and
bought a new rear fender. Gonna go head and paint the front fender too
so the Old Swapmeet Special should look like it got a face lift and a
botox injection, plus holding almost 6 gallons in that Road King gas
tank. More to come soon...
December 2010 I think I fell asleep for two months but I is mostly
awake now. Things are good on the boat and I got my wood stove
installed just in time to beat the big cool down the end of November.
Of course you got to get the ax out and the chain saw and then the
right wood. I had some kind of pine at first but it burns to fast
and dirty, soot coming out the pipe and lining it ain't cool. Switched
to oak but it is hard to start so in the end I start with a little pine
splits and then put on the small oak logs, 6" or less, small stove, and
that keeps the pipe clean a and burns all night. Now the old Swapmeet
Special is running gooder than shit but since me and Artie Rightus is
been together it's rough to ride on the cooler days. It sure is bad to
have to ware your long sleeve shirt or even a jacket here in FL just to
go to the Bar but sacrifices must be made I guess from time to time.
Bummer says the Double is close to completion but with fuel costs
being so high we decided to wait till spring or even June to get her.
Just making it to the Salt Flats will be a team effort again this year
but all the ducks are in a row and with the power we made last year and
the better suspension, 200 mph is within reach if I don't fall off
again. Now the fishing here in on the east coast of FL has never been
better and I have been eating my share of stone crab, catfish and
flounder. I knows there is some shrimp at Oak Hill to dip but it is
cheaper to buy it than catch it, damm. I have been thinking of drifting
the inlet for reds but lazy gets in the way. Ya all have a great
Holiday season and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year... (more to
come next year with pictures)
October 2010 and what a September. I was supposed to be in Birmingham,
AL for a 9/11 charity concert but like I told Sonny
when he first asked me 9/11 is on of them days that could be rough to
get away from here. I saw him in Indiana and said I could make it I and
I thought I would but I get a call at the VFW wanting me to go
sing the National anthem at the Speedway and I just couldn't say no. I
calls Tatu and tells him whats up and he says to get a picture if I can
I says sure. Well come 9/09 the Speedways calls and to confirm my part
and them I find out it is at the county speedway not the International
Speedway. So it's to late to change things and the VFW Honor guard is
suppose to do the flag thing for me. Later that day the Post CO calls
and says the Honor Guard can't make cause of another commitment. So
come 9/11 I shows up the the speedway right on time and it is the wrong
one. The county speedway is on Rt 40 west of Daytona and I went
to the one at FL415 and 44. Oops! Well I felt bad of course and the guy
who lined it up for me was upset and the track did not return my call
when I left a message explaining what had happened.
Well Goat used to say don't be supprised if I show up and don't get mad
if I don't. Anyway, if dumb was money, my tax would have been off
the chart that weekend. Now the fishing has been gread this fall and I
got a couple of stone crab claws for supper tonight. They say the
shrimp are running again but big wind is blowing and to choppy to see
down to get em. Biketober fest is near and don't forget cream corn
wresling at the Last Resort Bar Thursday a 3:00pm that week. Write when
you can and God bless the Love Ride. I bought a ticket this year but I
can't make the trip. I do plan to be there next year with the twin
engine bike to give away. With a 200 mph plus pass under my belt. Time
keeps on turning into the FUTURE.
August 2010 back from the big trip to the north. Now when I left
Daytona July 21, it was a heat index of 105 and looking like rain. I
was wearing shorts, boots and a long sleeve, light weight, fishing
shirt (for sun protection) and headed to Birmingham, AL to see my
Sister Berta and spend the night. My Mother is 92 this year and
lives in Huntsville so it was important to stop and visit the next
morning for breakfast. She will feed me if I don't hang out to long. It
sure was good to see her and talk. I hit the I-65 about 11:00 am and
made it to Lobo's in Marion, IN in time for supper. The next day we
changed the oil in my bike and had a few cocktails while I recovered
from 1200 miles of jamming. Had a good time and it was nice to see Lobo
hanging in there like the old days. Now Saturday the Devil's Diciple's
were having their annual Indiana party up in St Joe county and it was
an easy putt to there. Great food, band and some great people I
have known for 30 years showed me fine hospitality. The band was
awesome and I even got to do a few tunes of course including the song
I recorded for them in 1981. Everyone knew the words. Imagen that.
Now Sunday morning I slowly climbed aboard the old Swapmeet Special and
headed north to Lancing and Bummer's house to tinker with my bike and
check the progress on the Twin Engine Bike. Except for a few small
details the Double is almost ready for the 2011 Bonneville trials. The
faring man was there, Dave Joseph, and had some great ideas for a
smaller fiberglass version that is more suited for high speed flow than
the current one that may have put to much down pressure on the front
end and contributed to the high speed wobble, maybe. Like Willie G.
says "Less is more!". So we will try it. Now before you knew it the
weekend was there and off to Marion for The Family MC annual building
fun or fund party at theirno property. Of course it thunder stormed and
the Santana Band's PA took a shit and I ended up doing a single on a
small outfit for an hour or so while they fixed on it. Gina got up
while I was playing "Bobby Magee" and took over and to the joy of
everybody kicked ass, thanks Gina. She was also my pit person out a the
salt flats a few years ago and her husband Marve is legion in the motor
cycle world of engine building. He's working for Greg Gates now on some
Now the girl below needed her ear cleaned and Lewis was right there.
Below that is Uncle Bill and me with the prospects Ol lady on the way
to Marion, MI. I have to say that the ten days I spent on te road were
the best I can remember in a very long time. From the stop at Lobo's on
the way up to the stop in Knoxville and Big John's on the way back
south it was wonderful. Thank you my friends again and again...
June 2010 and man do time fly or what? A lot has happened after bike
week and I just ain't had time or took the time to up date this page.
Maybe just lazy I guess, being semi retarded or what ever they call it
helps to put stuff off. I said goodbye to a long time friend May Day in
Alabama. When you lose a someone that had such a heavy uninfluenced on
your life, Ya just don"t know what to say, how to feel or what to
do sometimes. He taught me many things. After my first Drink, he showed
me the way to the CROW ZONE and how to move on. RIP Goat, I will miss
Now I got a chance and the honor to go to Johnston City, Ill for that
poker run to raise money for a brave little girl whose cancer couldn't
smile away that day we rode for her. Close to five hundred friends of
Steve's Customs Motor Cycles, along with her family showed up and came
up with over $15,000 for her and a small, pink Cadillac, batteries
included. At first she was a little shy with all those strangers
standing around grinning like a possum in a pear tree until she figured
out we loved her and where there for her. Wa who, she started having a
blast! driving that tiny car around the parking lot, even hauling a
young boy around with her. You know how girls just want to have fun.
Now when I got back to Florida, I helped my good friend Ray
with this eighty year old Veteran friend of his what had his cataracts
removed from his eyes and needed drops put in during the healing
process several times a day. Then on Memorial Day, I was honored to
sing the National Anthem at Riverside Park here in New Smyrna Beach at
he city ceremony and later at the post I sang the Lee Greenwood tune
"God Bless the USA" when we raised the Flag to full mast. What an
honor. Thank you my fellow Veterans for your service and WELCOME HOME...
March 2010 Bike Week is over and people this is the first time I ever
saw vacancy signs at every motel in town. The local news readers
claimed there was 500,000 bike lovers in town over the 10 day period
but where they were staying or hiding I sure don't know. Anyway the
Moving War Memorial was at 600 North Atlantic Ave and I made it there
with some other Vets Thursday morning. God knows it is
important but it just guts me when I read the names of my friends
posted on the Vietnam Memorial Wall again. I just have to when
ever I see it, knowing what it will do to me personally. But life must
go on and to live well and have a good time is what they gave there
lives for. This years Cream Corn Wrestling at the Last Resort Bar in
Harbor Oaks was one of the best ever. Of course as the hold by
hold announcer, dedicated it to all the men and women over seas on
freedoms frontiers when I led the National anthem and everybody joined
in. The girls in the ring fought the best I ever saw and the crowd was
with them all the way. Lets face it, nobody knows what is going to
happen next and might as well have fun while we are here. The economy
makes it hard but for a couple of hours we was in the corn and having a
blast. My Brothers managed to get the Twin-engine bike to Lansing, MI
for the repairers. Still need to come up with the money for new Z rated
tires for them 17" three spoke Buell racing wheels that Red Beard came
up with. Well my sister and her grand daughter made it to the Magic
Kingdom last week and graced me with a visit on the boat. They said
them porpoises was the best show and the eagles and sea birds diving
for fish was the best show they saw on the whole trip. The Hogman and
Bummer made it down and brought me some boat parts from Parts and a
oven and range for the galley on this boat. Man I needed that stuff and
Hoggie just loved the Indian River from my point of view. I just
got off the phone with Ugly Custom Steve. He called to remind me of the
charity poker run in south Ill 22 May this year. I will be there for
sure. Not to get all gushy but I have the best friends in the world...
February 2010, just a few more days till Bike Week here in the Daytona
area. Already there is a ton of people in town and they have been
coming down for the past few weeks. The constant sound of Harley's is
of course music to my ears. Now the big plan for me is to do the Cream
Corn Event at the Last Resort Bar Thursday afternoon about 1:00 pm, but
you can also see me at what they call 600 North Atlantic Thursday,
Friday and Saturday mornings and maybe even Saturday night. they got
all kinds of great cover bands like the Rolling Stones, and such, that
sound they make, if it is possible, better that the real thing, I am
still working on coming up with the parts for the new front end for the
Twin Engine bike and expect to try and make at least one or two of the
Monster Mile events at Maxton, NC before the Salt and that clock is
turning faster as I get behinder. Man but it is fun.
January 2010, it's Monday and we gots the day off cause it is Dr MLK Jr
Day. I am on the boat and the wind is out of the west blowing
about 10 to 15 knots and the sun is shining bright on this cool day. I had trout for
dinner cause they was moving slow with the freezing temps that you
could just pick them out of the water by hand. They were moving so slow,
at the surface to get warm, well, it was like garbing fish in a tub.
My Brother Parts and Custom Steve are about to take the Double to
Lancing, MI to Hunts Hog Shop now that he snow going away. We'll get that
front-end installed and let the machinist Bummer do his thing on the
two 114" shovel heads and tune the bike for the next try for 200 mph.
Of course I am working out and trying to keep this old body in shape to
be able to hold on. Eating my veggies and fruit, not to mention that
fresh fish. I got to go the Doctor Wednesday in Tampa for consult on by aches and
pains not to mention my Brother Arthur who is constantly with me. I
know, cry baby cry, it is real, something that if you live long
enough, you gots to deal with... Well pain is a sign of life they say,
and I sure feel alive...
2009, so here we sit like birds in the wilderness and nobody really
gives a shit? I don't think so, no I think birds get more pussy than
pussy's get birds, as we used to say in merry old where ever. Red
Beard sent the Buell 201 or something front end and rear wheel. They
are 17 in three spoke racing wheels and we is gonna need new tyres, the
ZR rated kind. Now on the last trip we fell down cause the old
adjust-a-glide front end went to wobbling and shucks I fell down. NEW
FRONT end and dampners are called for for sure. My leather person wants
a ton to fix the old Eric Von Zipper jacket from Brooks in Royal Oaks,
MI withe the zippered on Easyrider's leather pants what got tore up and
to run the ECTA's Monster Mile, Ya's gots to have armored racing
leathers for over 175 mph attemps now and Oliver said he wants me to do
The Monster Mile for a shake down run before we go back to the salt.
Hard surface and trees at the end of the course, so I got to get break
calipers for it now as well. I am six-two, 225 lbs, 32 in inseam 36in
waste 17 1/2 neck and 34 in reach, to the wrist, 46 at the chest. Now
if you got some old leathers laying around or a extra set you don't use
any more let me know. I'll need a new hat to, the SCTA kept my old one
to study why I ain't dead. Cool...
November 2009 and all is well on the Indian River here in Central
Florida. My run to the salt started with a stop in Alabama with the
DDMC national. Here is pic of Killer, Fat Dog and me singing our song.
We had a blast like in the old days. It is hard to
just how many of the Brothers are still around and it is hard to take
how many have made the jump to hyper space and remain in our hearts. Oh
yeah, welcome to all the new guys. While in Alabama, I stopped by my
Moms house for a visit. She will be 90 years old in December and has
double breast cancer and has decided to ride this bout with the big C
to the end. She says they have cut on her enough and her life has been
good, no regrets to speek of and the meds make her feel good enough to
read her books and watch Law and Order on TV. I love my Mom. The next
stop was in Illinois where I picked up my Brother Ugly Parts and the
hang around Gunner. We loaded my bike in Gunners truck and put Parts
son's Buell on the trailer with the Double and Gunners iron head
Sportser and headed for the Bonneville salt flats. My first pass was
160 plus and at the end of the disappointingly run, I put my hand on
the cylinders and they were barely warm. What the hell? Maybe I was
running to high octane gas. So with little chance of having to go to
tech on a record run, I decided to just cut the 110 with some 89 street
gas so it came out to about a 100 octane or so. We warm her up real
good and off I went on the next pass. Oh my God that engine came to
life like never before. About the one mile marker she went in to a high
speed wobble, I guess that old ajust-a-glide wasn't meant for those
kind of speeds, and while slowing down from the fastest I ever went,
she through me and went down. There were skid marks on the salt from
the front tire for about one hundred yards and roll marks after that of
me for three hundred yards and the bike slid almost a quarter mile
passed where I came to rest. I watched a drop of blood from my slight
case of road rash hit the salt and splatter and felt honored to add my
donation with all of the really true great racers of our time to the
Great White Dyno. I was given a real racing front end for next year
from Red Beard, Mescal, AZ. We will do it again or at least that is the
plan. More to come on the trip in a few days, of course I road on out
to LA on the Swapmeet Special and back to FL. What a trip that was ...