December 09, 2017

Busy Week for Bike Activities

Last Saturday was the HOG Christmas party. Although each person paid entrance fee that would cover the venue, dinner and entertainment, several of us brought appetizers to munch. The party started at 4 so I got there about 3:30 and helped the party committee set up.

HOG Placard
HOG Placard
HOG Placard

Some LOH member had made the centerpieces, which turned out awesome!

HOG Placard
HOG Placard

After socializing and dinner, the awards ceremony began. Much to my surprise I got HOG Member of the Year award. Pretty much because I took on LOH and then will be Editor. Not long after the dancing and music started so I left for home.

HOG Member of the year 2017

Sunday LOH had a gift wrapping party. The HOG chapter took on 19 disadvantaged kids and got them Christmas gifts. LOH took on the wrapping (well, we did the buying too :) - but lots of people contributed the funds). I never thought to take pictures until the wrapping was done and the snacking and socializing began.

Wrapping party
Wrapping party

Monday I took the day off work so I could deliver the presents to the charity.

  Presents delivered

When I got home, it was in the low 40's so I took a last ride.

  Bike in parking lot 12-5-17
Bike in parking lot 12-5-17

Tuesday morning the dealership picked up the bike

  Heritage van picking up bike for storage

Finally, Thursday night the dealership had a Ladies' Night. Several of LOH showed up. The dealership was conducting a drawing for a gift certificate if you modeled some clothes and posted on their FB page. So I did. Nope, didn't win.

LOH members at heritage ladies night 2017
LOH members at heritage ladies night 2017

And now it is time for bike related stuff to slumber thru the winter. Just in time too - we had the first measurable snow fall today so I was out shoveling the driveway a little bit ago.


Posted by Bogie on December 9, 2017 at 07:22 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 03, 2017

Resting the Shoulder - Not

Thanksgiving day I read all day so the start of resting my shoulder seemed to start out well. Then Friday morning Rita didn't show up for breakfast, or to be let out. She always wants out in the morning so that was a bit concerning. I looked everywhere for her, but she was nowhere to be found. Late morning I went to the dump and got a few groceries. When I got back I could hear her crying in the basement. It took quite a while for me to find her; she had gotten herself wedged underneath on of the pallets of pellets in the basement. As far as I can determine there aren't any mice in the house (never seen any sign of mice inside since I moved here) so I have no idea why she decided to crawl under there. I left her for a couple hours with a bowl of food sitting just outside the pallet, but she didn't move and just kept crying.

Rita beneath pallet

Naturally, she picked the pallet of pellets that I had not been heating from. There was nothing to do but unload 69 bags of pellets (50 bags is a ton). The left pallet is the one she was under

Pellets before move for Rita-trnd


I was able to move most of the pellets over to the right hand stack

Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

24 bags of pellets had to be moved out into another part of the basement, then re-stacked on the original pallet after I got Rita out.

Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

The green/yellow bagged pellets put out less heat and more ash than the white bagged paellets so I have been using them for the relatively mid weather. The white bags are being saved for Jan-Feb. Well, I wasn't un-stacking the pellets on the right pallet again, so I brought in 31 bags from the garage. So yeah, I moved 69+24+31 = 124 bags; 2.5 tons in my cat rescuing mission.

Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

I then blocked up all the holes so Rita could not get into mischief like that again.

Saturday, with the temps supposed to be climbing into the 50's, I was planning on going for a last ride for the season (I have less that 5k miles this year - least ever). However, about 10 am I got an email from the HOG Activities director asking me to contact LOH to see if anyone could help him empty out a storage unit for the woman who had lost her SO. I sent out an email to all of LOH, but everyone was shopping or not in town. So I took the Explorer and went to help. The Activities Director was pulling up with his Explorer, and a trailer filled with boxes and furniture when I got to her house. I helped unload that, then followed him to the storage unit where we filled both our trucks and trailer. That emptied most of the unit. After unloading his vehicle/trailer and my truck, I went shopping (since I was in Concord anyway).

Since then, it has been quiet so I haven't had to strain my shoulder anymore. I spent Sunday and my weeknights reading.

Posted by Bogie on December 3, 2017 at 07:21 AM in At Home, Friends, Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (8)

November 26, 2017

Free Nights

Since late September I have struggled with a shoulder injury. The main culprit is my shoulder blade but it affects nerves all along up my back and curls around my shoulder then down thru my arm. For several weeks my thumb was completely numb and the rest of my hand tingled. After weeks of seeing a chiropractor twice per week, and a massage therapist several times, my thumb is no longer numb and my hand no longer tingles. Well, unless I make certain movements - in which it feels as if cockle-burrs appear under my skin the entire length of my arm and into my hand.

Although I'm fairly certain that the injury had nothing to do with either of my jobs, the motions that are used for sweeping, vacuuming and mopping (and to an extent just washing surfaces) keep straining the area in need of healing. So I finally made the decision to let my night job go and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was my last night there.

I spent 3 weeks training my replacement - the cleaning company owner actually found someone who appears will stay!

The staff at the dental clinic (where I cleaned) were sorry to see me go. I have been there since April, 2016 and had never gotten a complaint - apparently that is rare. They gave me a gift basket with locally made items; maple syrup, goat's milk soap and beeswax hand cream. They also included a nice insulated tote that will be perfect for taking my lunch to work in and a beautiful card.

Presents from night job

I will miss working at night; it is part of my routine and keeps me from being lazy and off the streets at night :D. But, I'm hoping resting my shoulder will help me heal.


Posted by Bogie on November 26, 2017 at 07:07 AM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (5)

November 18, 2017

HOG Duties Expanded

At the HOG meeting in October, officers for next year were nominated for 16 positions. In most cases, since all the officers have only held their positions for a year, those same people were nominated - and accepted the nomination. There were a few that declined (moving, health reasons etc), and for those we nominated new people for the position, or asked for people to think about it until voting in November. Some people took on two positions (and in one case, two people are sharing the duties).

At the November meeting we were informed that one member, who had taken on two positions suddenly needed to back out - and was already out of country for his work without being able to communicate (due to the nature of his work). We had no volunteers for one position, Editor, so I volunteered to take that on along with continuing as the LOH Officer.

So now I am in a weird position of not having a template to follow, nor having the information that had been previously been given to the former Editor for our newsletter. I know that National HOG requires certain fonts, logos and has rules/regulations to follow and I don't want to reinvent the wheel if I don't have to. Additionally, the newsletters have Volume and Edition numbers that I have no idea what they are in relation to. I am fortunate that 4 newsletters have been published this year, as that is the minimum amount that is required. However, I also want to put out a yea-end edition as there are several news-worthy items that should be shared, but wouldn't have the same impact or interest if I wait until next spring.

This will be a learning experience for sure.

Posted by Bogie on November 18, 2017 at 07:23 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 11, 2017

As Promised - Autumn Pictures

Pictures of the Burning Bush. Sadly, we had a huge windstorm and heavy rains so I never got a picture of it in it's full glory, but it was still pretty. I realize that BB is an invasive plant, but around here there are many old plantings of it (even the state planted it along the town bypass put in 10+ years ago), and shade keeps it mostly in check, so I don't feel badly about letting this bush live. The first picture was taken the end of October, the second on 11/4/17.

Burning bush 1trnd

To the right of the burning bush is the October Glory maple I planted a couple of months ago. When I saw it turning yellow, although a prettier and more enduring color than the silver maples, I thought I was going to have to replace it with another Autumn Blaze.

Burning bush 1trnd

However, the leaves endured and then started to change even more. Luckily, the wind and rain didn't even phase the little tree and the leaves stayed put so I could enjoy them. This is the last maple with any leaves on it at all. Pictures from today.

October Glory tree 11-11-17
October Glory tree 11-11-17

Today started off as the coldest of the year at 18* (Last Monday I rode the bike to work and it was 58* at 4 AM!). The sun was strong though and it quickly jumped up to 30 then topped out at 35*. Warm enough and dry enough to finally mow the leaves for the last time. I also pulled the last few lily stalks that had stubbornly stayed firmly attached to the bulb.

Although my shoulder nerve issue hasn't been resolved, it has been mitigated to a degree and I no longer have a completely numb thumb. I do still have tingles run from my shoulder blade up, around and down my arm when I stretch it, but it is better than it was. Only time and rest will allow my body to heal up. I'm disappointed I didn't get the last of the planned landscaping done, nor did I get anything done on the house, but I have reserved the arm/shoulder pain for what I have to get done, not what I want/wish to get done. Thank goodness I like to read:)

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October 28, 2017

Pretty Leaves

A week ago Friday evening (yes, I'm going in revers chronological order) I mowed the yard for the last time. However, I also used the mower to mulch all the leaves, for the second, but not last, time.

Lawn and leaves mowed 10-21-17

Saturday I noticed that a silver maple still had some leaves. The silver maples normally go from pale yellow to brown in about 24 hours, but when the stick around they aren't to horrible to look at.

Silver Maple

They did put out a prodigeous amount of helicopters this fall. Considering that the nearest tree to the ramp is 35-40 feet away, there is a minor amount on the ramp. And, to think, last fall I was wondering at my identifying them as some sort of maple might be incorrect since there were absolutely no helicopters produced.

Silver Maple

However, the new maples, although puny and having few leaves, far outshone the silver. These two are from the Autumn Blaze I planted just above where the willow used to be.

Autumn Blaze maple leaf 10-15-17
Autumn Blaze maple leaf 10-15-17

This next pic is from the Burgundy Belle maple that I planted on the other side of the house (The October Glory is apparently waiting for November - considering the warm fall we've had, I don't blame it)

Autumn Blaze maple leaf 10-15-17

And I have one lone sunflower, under the bird feeder, that is desperately trying to set some seed before the frost kills it (not likely as this was a very late flower) This picture was taken on 10-15, but it hasn't made much progress. We've had a couple of frosts, which haven't helped its cause.

Sunflower 10-15-17

I'm finding that I also have a burning bush shrub so will have fiery red leaves over in the shade garden. I vaguely remember last year I did identify it, but it only had a couple of limbs and was really struggling in the heavy shade. It has taken off since I removed the willow (and earlier in the year I removed a wild invasive rose that is coming from the swamp, which helped to). I'll take a picture when it gets into its full glory, so you'll just have to wait.

Posted by Bogie on October 28, 2017 at 05:12 PM in Yard Work | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tires are Important

Last Sunday I met up with a gal from LOH here in town. We were going to ride up to the dealer's where the procession for a HOG member was starting at (see next post). I had checked tire pressure just before leaving, as the days were getting cooler. We were discussing tire pressure, as she was finalizing getting ready, when the sun and bike angle managed to grab my attention. WTF is that on my back tire? I had ridden thru some sand, so assumed it was that, but grabbed my readers and took a good look. ARRGGHH, my back tire had no rubber left on the contact patch (center of tire). In fact, it was down to the belts.

N.O.T. G.O.O.D.

Old rear tire tread2

I was smart and rode back home to grab the car. I called the dealer on Tuesday and orderd both front and rear tires as the front was worn badly (which I knew - but it at least still had rubber covering). The tires came in and I rode up this morning, in 36* and extremely foggy weather so they could install the new tires. (first pic is of new rear tire, then front tire)

New rear tire Dunlop American Elite
New rear tire Dunlop American Elite

New tires have such a weird feel to them. They aren't as smooth riding as broken in tires. However, they are much safer than what I had on there. Although cold weather has hit, and massive rain is in the forecast (thankfully not snow), there is still riding to do so I can do so with confidence now.

Posted by Bogie on October 28, 2017 at 04:53 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

HOG Procession

During our HOG Chapter October 1 meeting, we got the call that a member had passed just moments before (so during the meeting). It was not unexpected, he was elderly, had been sick, and had less than 24 hours previously been transferred from the hospital to hospice. It was still sad and many members have done a lot to help his significant other (it seems just weird to say girlfriend at that age) thru the grief and the process of letting him go. Some of the LOH members also created commemorative ribbons, in the colors of his motorcycle.

Last Sunday we held a procession from the dealer to the church where his celebration of life was held. The HOG members donated food for the reception afterwards. However, the biggest contribution was carrying his ashes and his SO other on the lead bike to the Church.

Box with ashes adorned with commemorative ribbon

Jacks box prior to procession

Commemorative ribbon on an LOH member's bike
Jacks box prior to procession

Although I had planned to ride, my rear tire had other ideas, so I, along with another LOH member rode in a car at the back of the line so I was able to take pictures during the procession. It was a gorgeous fall day, with temps in the 60's and sunny. The fall foliage was still nice too.

Heading out from Heritage
Heading out from Heritage
Heading out from Heritage

Some of the bikes at the church (many others came later).

Bikes at church-lower lot
Bikes at church-lower lot

The deceased's bike (which was ridden by his son and was the second bike of the procession). Next to it is the bike that led and carried his SO and ashes.

Jacks bike

Although I didn't know him well, he was a veteran and had been a Concord HOG Chapter member since the chapter's inception. He was well liked and always had jokes to tell. Rest in Peace Jack.

Of all the truths and lies
And stories of riders in the sky
They say only the bravest try
Where eagles and angels dare to fly

Last verse from Poison's Ride the Wind



Posted by Bogie on October 28, 2017 at 04:33 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 14, 2017

Don't Ask

Because I don't know why there were two police cars in front of my house last weekend when I got home from grocery shopping.

Police in front of my house 10-7-17

There was a car stopped and a woman was out standing beside the passenger's door when I pulled up. By the time I got inside with the groceries, and got to the bedroom window to look out, the car was driving off (who was driving I have no idea). I went and got my phone for a picture, got the shot and the police started driving off in random directions. However, I think it is important to note that the car stopped at the intersection was actually sitting there - this is not an action shot of either vehicle.

Wow, exciting neighborhood :)


Posted by Bogie on October 14, 2017 at 05:27 PM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 07, 2017

Charitable Work

I haven't done much the last couple of weeks because of nerve issues no, not nervous issues :). But the HOG chapter did supply volunteers for the Concord Friends Program BBQ held at the dealership. And, the volunteers, plus others of the chapter supplied a bunch of food for the event.

I forgot to take many pictures - actually only took them as we were setting up, so not everyone is pictured.

Friends BBQ Poster-sm
Friends BBQ Poster-sm
Friends BBQ Poster-sm

Unfortunately, after a week of 80-90* weather, it was a cool and rainy day with a high of 50* (I know because the business next door has a sign that displays a continuous read out of the temp.

Additionally, the dealership didn't have any promotions or any other activities - not even the beginner motorcycle course that is held most weekends. Between these factors, there weren't a whole lot of people visiting the dealership, so the BBQ didn't fare as well as we hoped.

We did have a good time the 4.5 hours that we were there and raised just shy of $300. All food/drinks were donated, so 100% of the money goes to the services of the program. And the director of the charity had ties to food pantries and elder care services so the leftover food was directly given to other worthy organizations later that afternoon.

UPDATE: I got a copy of the latest Friends Program newsletter, and look what they had in there:

Friends BBQ Picture of HOG volunteers

Friends BBQ Picture of HOG volunteers

Posted by Bogie on October 7, 2017 at 05:43 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (2)