I was hot, sweaty, and having a blast for 12 straight hours!
If you are not sure what I am talking about.
Saturday we took over Worth Harley Davidson North for the grand opening of the new store.
Worth had it all for us!
Beer, bikes, BBQ, and bands!
The bands were great!
Jackyl always kills it, Nigel was great, Federation did it up, LPP kicked 10 kinds of ass, and I was really pleased with Billy Ray!
And did I forget to mention The Flaunt Girls were there as well!?
It was a great time!
At one point I was walking around and saw Rick Worth just standing there with the look of "what the hell did I get myself into" and then he just started to smile!
As we were heading home in the line of bikes with the wind blowing I almost felt as if I was leaving Sturgis.
I would like to say thank you very much to Worth Harley Davidson North for throwing one hell of a party and I think we should do it again next year!
Till next time!
Ps. Dont forget that this weekend I have the JDRF Thunder Run up at Worth!
Be there about 10 for pre-reg.
All the cash we raise goes to fight juvenile diabetes!
Its a great ride for a great cause and we will have Shamens Harvest playing at the end for you!
Come on out!
I hope that you had a great weekend and had the chance to get some relaxation time in, maybe kick back at a BBQ and see some family.
But try not to forget that Memorial Day is a time to remember.
I dont normally re-post emails I get but this one really kind of touched me and I wanted to share it with you.
Most importantly I would like to say thank you to all the men and women who give us the opportunity to enjoy the cook outs and spend time with our friends and families.
Memorial Day is not just a long weekend it is a day of thanks!
MAY GOD BLESS THIS AIRLINEÂ CAPTAIN:
HeÂ writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "WeÂ have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" IÂ asked.
'Yes',Â she said.
'Is there an escort?' I asked.
'Yes, I already assigned him a seat'.
'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said..
A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of theÂ perfectlyÂ dressed soldier.Â He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts ofÂ these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.
'My soldier is on his way back toÂ Virginia ,'Â he said.Â He proceeded to answer my questions,Â but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughestÂ job in the military and that I appreciated theÂ work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand.Â He left the flight deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.Â AboutÂ 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'IÂ just found outÂ the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board', she said.Â She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home.Â The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.Â We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home toÂ Virginia Â .
The father of the soldier told the flight attendant thatÂ knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartmentÂ and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear.Â He hadÂ asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.. I could hearÂ the desperation in the flight attendants voice when sheÂ asked me if there was anything I could do.. 'I'm onÂ it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in theÂ form ofÂ e-mail like messages.Â I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher..Â IÂ explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher.Â We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family.Â I sent a textÂ message asking for an update.Â IÂ saved the returnÂ message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. ThereÂ is policy on this now and I had to check on a fewÂ things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team willÂ meet the aircraft.Â The team willÂ escort the family to the ramp and plane side.Â A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family.Â The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp.Â It is a private area for the family only.Â When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans.Â Â Â Please pass our condolences on to the family.Â Thanks.'
I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flightÂ attendant to pass on to the father.Â The lead flightÂ attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach andÂ landing. After landing, we cleared the runwayÂ and taxied to the ramp area.Â The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway.Â ItÂ is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller,Â we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
'There is a team in place to meet theÂ aircraft', we were told.Â It looked like it was all comingÂ together, then IÂ realized that once we turned theÂ seat belt sign off,Â everyone would stand up atÂ once and delay the family fromÂ getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked theÂ copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stopÂ short of the gate to make anÂ announcement to the passengers.Â Â He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
IÂ stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake.Â Â I pushed the public address button and said,Â 'Ladies and gentleman, this isÂ your Captain speaking IÂ have stopped short of our gate to make aÂ special announcement.Â We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.Â His Name isÂ Private XXXXXX,Â a soldier who recently lost his life.Â Â Private XXXXXX isÂ under your feet in the cargo hold.Â Escorting him today isÂ Army SergeantÂ XXXXXXX.Â Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter.Â Your entireÂ flight crew isÂ asking for all passengers to remain in their seats toÂ allow theÂ family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop andÂ started our shutdown procedures.Â A couple ofÂ minutes later I opened the cockpit door. IÂ found the two forward flightÂ attendants crying,Â something you just do not see.Â I was toldÂ thatÂ after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraftÂ stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exitÂ the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, aÂ passenger slowly started to clap his hands.Â Â Moments later more passengersÂ joined in and soonÂ the entire aircraft was clapping.Â WordsÂ of 'GodÂ Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kindÂ Â words were uttered to the family as they made theirÂ way down theÂ aisle and out of the airplane. TheyÂ were escorted down toÂ the ramp to finally be withÂ their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for theÂ announcement IÂ had made.Â They were just words, IÂ told them,Â I couldÂ say them over and over again,Â but nothing I say will bring backÂ that brave soldier.
IÂ respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this eventÂ and the sacrifices that millions of our men and womenÂ have made to ensureÂ our freedom and safety in theseÂ Â UnitedÂ States of AMERICAÂ .
I know everyone who has served their country who reads this will have tears in their eyes, includingÂ me.
Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!
Please send this on after a short prayer.. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen..'
Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.
Made it out to the Zombie show over the weekend with the rest of The Rock crew!
It had been a few years since I had a chance to see him and was not sure what to expect.
Not lyeing when I tell you it was one of the best show I have seen in a long time.
Zombie pulled the crowd in so well with his between song schtic, sing alongs, and he sounded killer.
From the theme to House to the rarley head live Scum Of The Earth and the Manson Sweet Dreams re-do during Thunderkiss.
With all of the stuff he has been going through with changeing record companies I am sure that he will be back when Hellbilly 2 come out.
Make sure you are in the crowd that time!
You will walk out ready for more!
See you there!
Ps. Yes Jake did scream like a little girl through the whole show!
So I am almost recovered from a weekend at the track.
What a weekend it was!
I know there are some of you that don't get the whole NASCAR thing but if you are even on the fence about it you really should get out to the speedway just to get the whole experience.
Started out Saturday morning with the tailgate....Way to early but how can you go wrong with beer and eggs.
Went up to check out all of the vendors.
If they can put a number on it they can sell it.
Back to the tailgate for some burgers, brats, and more beer.
Then it was time for the Nationwide race.
Now here is the trick that I will share with you about not getting road rage trying to get out.
Save some food for the 3rd tailgate of the day.
When everyone else is waiting to get out...fire up the grill again and relax!
Sunday I had to work but made it out just in time to see Biff (my driver) loose the lead to Tony (my girls diver) but still had a blast.
Seeing how I will not be denied my tailgate time when the race was over we fired up the grill on final time.
All in all race weekend in Kansas City is right up there with Rockfest to me.
Next year head out to the Kansas Speedway and see what you think for yourself!
Till next time!
What a day!
15th annual March of Dimes Bikers For Babies was kick ass.
Once again you out did yourselves!
We had over 6,000 riders and raised over $660,000.
Thank you so much for coming out and helping to save some lives.
And yes you did do that.
I have to admit it take a bit for me to get choked up but there were many moments along the way that I would look ahead and behind me and see nothing but motorcycle lights and I knew that we were all out there for the same reason.
Going through the intersections that were being blocked off for us and getting the thumbs up, seeing everyone wave along the way, the support signs, and the kids and adults looking in awe as we rolled by.
It made me feel very proud.
If you were there you know what I am talking about.
If you could not make it this year come out next year.
I guarantee you will end the day with a great feeling in your heart!
Thank you very much Kansas City for all you do.
This is the best city in the country without a doubt.