Month: May 2006

Ride in the Hill Country Memorial Day 2006

(this posting is copied from my old blog to preserve it as this was one of the last area rides with my good friend and touring companion, Robert Voglino. Some photo links need to be repaired.) A nice local ride was had on Memorial Day 2006.  The group gathered at “TJ’s” at 8AM, just south of Marble Falls.  Jack, Greg, John, Norm, Blake, Mike and Gil left there about 8:15 for the Blanco Bowling Club Cafe for a great breakfast. Robert and son-in-law Anthony caught up with us in Blanco. From there the nine of us, plus a 10th fellow who asked to tag along but soon broke off toward Boerne, went West on 1623 to 1888, West a couple of miles to CR104 (a/k/a Crabapple Road) to the Old Blanco Road, thence to RM473 and West to the Old San Antonio Highway, up to the “Old No. 9” railroad tunnel, East on Grapetown Rd. to 1676 and Luckenbach. After a stop to look around and have a refreshment and for the traditional photo-op under the Luckenbach Post Office sign, we left Luckenbach for Fredericksburg to 965 and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, then Llano, down 71 to 3404 across “The Slab” to 1431, Kingsland and home. My total mileage was 185 per the GPS and the trip (Blanco_Crabapple.pdf) was really a shakedown for the new Garmin StreetPilot 2610...

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A Marine’s Marine — GySgt Carlos Hathcock

Check out this link with your sound up for a clip on Carlos Hathcock. Carlos Hathcock was an ace sniper during Vietnam, and his shot into an enemy sniper’s scope was portrayed in the movie “The Sniper.” Read more about him on WikiPedia. An awesome story. Make me wonder if all men are truly created equal. He was apparently a very unassuming and not large man, but had guts that are hard even to contemplate. Like this:Like...

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The Soldier (or sailor, airman or marine)

It’s the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It’s the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It’s the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag. We read and hear this from time-to-time. More folks should come to understand it. Like this:Like...

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Rules for dating my daughter

Dating my daughter rules. Rule One: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off your hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are idiots. Still, I want to be fair. You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants 10 sizes too big, and I will not object. However, to ensure that your pants do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place at your waist. Rule Two: I’m sure that you have been told that in today’s world sex without a barrier can be deadly. Let me elaborate: When it comes to sex, I am the barrier and I will kill you. Rule Three: I have no doubt the you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my daughter, you will continue to date no one but her until she is through with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry. Rule Four: As you stand in my front hallway,...

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Biker’s wave (or not)

You’ve seen it, but this bears memorializing on this site. Nice “equal-opportunity” piece of humor about various types of motorcycle riders and why they might not return the wave.  Enjoy. Top Ten Reasons Why Harley Riders Don’t Wave Back 10. Afraid it will invalidate warranty. 9. Leather and studs make it too heavy to raise arm. 8. Refuse to wave to anyone whose bike is already paid for. 7. Afraid to let go of handlebars because they might vibrate off. 6. Rushing wind would blow scabs off the new tattoos. 5. Angry because just took out second mortgage to pay luxury tax on new Harley. 4. Just discovered the fine print in owner’s manual and realized H-D is partially owned by Honda. 3. Can’t tell if other riders are waving or just reaching to cover their ears like everyone else. 2. Remembers the last time a Harley rider waved back, he impaled his hand on spiked helmet. 1. They’re too tired from spending hours polishing all that chrome to lift their arms. Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don’t Wave Back 10. Wasn’t sure whether other rider was waving or making an obscene gesture. 9. Afraid might get frostbite if hand is removed from heated grip. 8. Has arthritis and the past 400 miles have made it difficult to raise arm. 7. Reflection from etched windshield momentarily blinded...

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