Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sun, Another Journey Around The

Today I note the completion of another orbit of the Sun while upon the Earth.

One of these days I really need to figure out what to do when I grow up.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"No Coke! Pepsi!"

I see that Coke has bought into the "polar bears are dying!" myth and is now fundraising for W0rld W!ldl!fe F0und@tion. Considering how they've used images of polar bears for ad campaigns for many years, I get the tie-in.

Doesn't mean I like it or have to support it.

Guess it's time to find something else with which to mix my cocktails.

I doubt they'll notice it when I stop buying their product.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Heart Stopping!

I stopped at one of the local big-box home improvement stores yesterday to price materials for a home project.

I now understand why copper thieves are willing to risk electrocution for copper wire!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

OWS - My US$0.02

I grudgingly admit my respect for the OWS "protesters" for standing up for a cause, though I'm not sure how many actually BELIEVE in the cause, or how many actually understand the real issue.

Many portray capitalism as the problem. I think that's because the capitalism they know is not true capitalism, but a mutation perverted with government interference.

Big corporations like General Motors and General Electric have the ear of the President and key Congressional leaders. Laws are passed leading to regulations that in some cases directly favor the corporations and in other cases overwhelm small competitors with compliance burdens.

Sound familiar?

I'm not talking about the current administration, although it's strikingly familiar. Actually I was thinking about FDR.

Santayana was right..."Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pot, meet Kettle.

Maybe it's just me, but listening to Sen. Harry Reid (Stupid Party, NV) whine about "'the rich' not paying their fair share" makes about as much sense as listening to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (Stupid Party, MA) lecture about temperance and marital fidelity.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Not Firing On All Cylinders - Now with MORE Kilt!

It is possible to ride while wearing a kilt. This is me on my old bike, an '81 GL1100 Gold Wing.

The Harley has hot parts in different locations than the Wing, so riding kilted requires a bit more care.

In any case, one tucks the front of the kilt (called the 'apron') under oneself and goes. The additional weight of a sporran helps to control the apron. Expect the rest to billow as the wind catches it. As long as one remains seated for the entire performance modesty should be maintained.

Mounting and dismounting while regimental requires some caution, as the act of throwing one's leg over the seat can give one more exposure than intended.

Vinyl seats left in the sun can lead to embarrassing burns, so consider covering the seat when not riding.

It goes without saying that practicing good hygiene is advised, however riding kilted almost guarantees no one who sees you will want to borrow your bike!

Riding kilted gives new meaning to 'getting your knees in the breeze'!

Don't forget to click the links in my earlier post to find out about (and donate to) Kilted To Kick Cancer!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kilted To Kick Cancer

I'm behind the curve on this, with the other participants in Kelly "Ambulance Driver" Grayson's "Kilted To Kick Cancer" fund raising challenge having put up their posts on September 1, but that's the way it goes.

KTKC is an campaign to call attention to two male-specific cancers: prostate cancer and testicular cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month so for the month of September I'll be wearing one of my utility kilts whenever practical and using it as a conversation starter to talk about male specific cancers. Considering the burn on my right leg from a hot exhaust pipe I may have to reconsider whether riding the motorcycle while wearing a kilt is practical.

What can you do to help?

Learn about both cancers, your (or your male loved ones') risks, and how to detect each cancer. Resources include the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LiveStrong.

Make an appointment with your doctor (or encourage your male loved ones to make an appointment) to get checked.

Go HERE to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, or HERE to make a donation to the LiveStrong Foundation to support Testicular Cancer research.

For the record, nothing is worn under my kilt - it's all in proper working order!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Many others in the blogosphere have written much more eloquently about this matter, so I won't try to say the same things in a new way.

Click on the image to read about the injustice being done to an American citizen for the simple act of exercising his First Amendment right to speak without fear of government reprisal.

This isn't about defacing religious icons as art, or what is considered pornography...this is about protecting unpopular political speech.