Sunday, December 13, 2009

Create Your Great Life: Tis' the season. Tips for keeping your stress level and wallet under wraps this holiday season!

Create Your Great Life: Tis' the season. Tips for keeping your stress level and wallet under wraps this holiday season!

Read these to help you thru the holiday season!
This can be a stress full season and these may help to ease the load..
I hope yours is a good one:-)
Thank you DeeLynn

Monday, December 7, 2009

These guys make me feel like I am getting soft...

This was emailed to me as a forward, I hope the family will find this and leave me a comment! You have some awesome riding family!

"On Thanksgiving Day, as most of America was watching football, the Weber household was sitting around talking about bikes. We started looking though my dad’s old riding photos. These are so great that I had to share some with all of you…

My dad and some friends were Adventure Riders to the hilt back in the 1950’s. Sunday rides were the thing for these guys, with the occasional jaunt to Mexico City or somewhere thrown in for fun. First let’s introduce the characters. Here's the clan filling up for gas somewhere near Fort Collings, CO. We've got them from left to right:
Jerry Francis, 1950 Harley 74
Mike Sadusky, 1950 Harley 74
Warren Weber (my dad), 1950 Harley 74
Wendell Rea, 1942 Harley 45 CI. Notice the front knobby!

I guess the 1950 Harley 74 was 'all that', Just like the GS is (supposedly) these days. Seems pretty popular anyhow...


Here's the 'usual suspects' again taking a morning break on a nice Sunday ride.


One Sunday ride took 'em to the top of Mount Evans , elevation 14,264. This was back in the day before it was paved all the way to the top. It was, however, paved here if it hadn't been for the snow. I was recently in a similar situation on my Rally Twin coming over Pearl Pass. I thought it was touchy enough, and I didn't have a FOOT CLUTCH!!! Yikes!


Yet another 1952 Sunday ride ventured up Arapahoe Pass - it's near Eldora , Colorado and is now all wilderness. Stupid lousy rotten environmental freaks, but I digress… (sigh)

The clan started out from my Dad's house in Wheat Ridge , which is a stone's throw from Golden, CO. They usually left about 8:00 a.m. If you didn't arrive on time, they'd leave you. Hard knocks. They headed up to Boulder , CO and followed the nice, twisty, scenic Boulder Canyon to Nederland . From there they headed through the town of Eldora and up Arapahoe pass.


Now some things never change. There's always that one person in the group that either insists that they absolutely positively know where to go, or that it "not that bad". In this case, the group ended up venturing down this:


Turned out that this the wrong way (DUH!). The Harley guys actually let the english bike riders be guinea pigs on this part of the ride. Must've been one of those hot-headed british riding know-it-alls that suggested it in the first place...



After some back tracking and de-mudding operations, they finally found the right trail and made it to the top at 11905 feet elevation. Nice day!



I also think these guys could've invented the "No Fear" logo. I have fear when it associates a 750 lb hard tail with a stream crossing on a trail. These guys really deserve some respect for being able to pull this off. Or they deserve to be taken away in straight jackets, I'm not really sure.



Not that they didn't dab once or twice. OK, maybe they dabbed about 100 times, but they still made it across. Now it's time to take a break and dry out.


Here’s a portrait of my dad taken in 1951, just before the start of a nice ride. Notice the cool stylish apparel. Helmet? I don't need no stinking helmet! Of course, this was pre-head injury days....


These guys also had a lot of fun just playin’ around. Imagine getting a couple feet (OR MORE!) of air on a 750 HARD-TAIL Harley! This makes you GS-jumpers look like whimps, with your fancy rear suspension and all. Sheesh!






But the most insane (read: talented) member of the group in the area of piloting a Harley 74(7) through the air was a fellow named Kenny Erie. If Kenny was alive today and about 50 years younger, I’m sure he’d be one of the top names in freestyle!




These guys weren't shy of riding on a bit of snow, either. Here's Mike Sadusky on his 50 Harley. Man, I really envy this guy's legs. I bet he could straddle the 950 Adventure-S with his knees bent. Me, on the other hand, can't physically touch both toes to the ground at the same time. Mike used to drape his legs over the handle bars to stretch on those long road trips (no joking!). Who needs hiway pegs?


You’d think these guys would know when to stop. Apparently not…


Good thing Mike has those long legs...


These were taken up by my Dad's cabin on Mt Thorodin. Wanna park, but you're too lazy to put the side stand down? Just cram it in a snow bank and leave it like my dad did. Mike and Kenny are in the process of “parking”.





These guys were never short of play time. Once again, Mike's extra long legs save the day. Well, almost.


And again...


You’re not a real rider unless you can power slide…




So, as it goes on Thanksgiving day you’re supposed to think what you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for my dad being a nutcase in the 1950’s, buying my brother Wayne and I Z-50’s in the 70s, and riding every chance I get with my friends and family!

Happy Thanksgiving, all!"

Jumping panheads...lol you guys rock!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Is Anyone Using Direct Messages? Other than applications and newbie marketers...


I do not really get it and wonder how many clicks people get from the constant annoying, most times, spamming messages we get everyday in our Twitter accounts..

It is not the TIME TO SEND your link ... before you even have met a new person. If it wouldn't work in real life... "Hey my name is Joe Shameless go to my blog and buy my product", what makes you think it will work on social networks. It is the same here people like to do business with those they know and trust. I do!
Now I try and scroll back to see if I missed a message from a friend in my direct messages and I usually only reply if I see a genuine welcome message.
More as I have time I will browse through the list of direct messages to make sure I haven't missed something from a friend. I will reply to the messages that seem genuine, without a link and or original.
The crazy part is that seems a waste of time as very very rarely do I get a reply from these hand crafted responses. It appears that our Direct message in-box is like a safe-list junk list!
Most people are not reading them and we only use it to communicate stuff that we don't want everyone to know..

OK more direct messages we have all had enough of...

"Join my mafia family...." Grow up! If i wanted to play mafia I would be playing...

" A gave you a gift, give me one back..." A very annoying demanding one...

"see if your iq is higher than mine. take the iq quiz here:" I am fairly confident mine is higher...

I want to encourage others to use direct messages as they were intended. To be real, be original, be personal enough to use them.. and lets keep having fun!
I have met some great people through twitter and look forward to meeting more.

TWITTER still rocks..

Thursday, September 10, 2009

10 Things @DavetheLab wants you to know...

10 Things That @Dave theLab from Twitter wants us to quit doin!




1. Blaming your farts on me..... Not funny... Not funny at all !!!










2. Yelling at me for barking. I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG









3. Taking me for a walk, then
not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?







4. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose. Stop it!










5 Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.











6. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo Hoooooooo what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.








7. Taking me to the vet for 'the big snip', then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!









8. Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.








9. Dog sweaters. Hello ??? Haven't you noticed the fur?




10. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth. You're just jealous.






Now lay off me on some of these things. We both know who's boss here! You don't see me picking up your poop do you?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

To The Great United States Of America, when did we change beliefs?

This was sent to me in a email forward so I did not write this but thought I would post this as I needed some controversial content...
I decided it was worth posting as far as I can remember America is a God fearing nation that was founded on Christian principals, just reading the old documents should be proof enough..
Anyway I put little stock in politics either way and hope you will find the picture humorous and the content thought provoking.
Mad or Glad? Leave me a comment!





President Barack Obama said in Turkey : "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation.. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."
I found this very interesting.
Do you know the Preamble for your state? . .

Be sure to read the message at the bottom!


Alabama 1901, Preamble
We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..
Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...
Arkansas 1874, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
California 1879, Preamble We, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...
Colorado 1876, Preamble We, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe....
Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences...
Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
Hawaii 1959, Preamble We , the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble We, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings..
Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble We, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble We, the People of the St ate of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble We, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble.. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..
Louisiana 1921, Preamble We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction
Michigan 1908, Preamble.. We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble We, the people of Missouri , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution...
Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..
Nebraska 1875, Preamble We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble We the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..
New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those...
North Dakota 1889, Preamble We , the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble We the people of the state of Ohio , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance....
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...
South Carolina , 1778, Preamble We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties ...
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI..III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Texas 1845, Preamble We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
Vermont 1777, Preamble Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ..
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...
Wyoming 1890, Preamble We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution...


After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect
that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong! If you found this to be 'food for thought', send to as many as you think will be enlightened, as I hope you were.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Riding Harleys, Bar B Ques and Swimming... I love summer!


Here we are and I have some great friends on Twitter granted, even though most of my life is lived here in South Dakota. I am taking a break from writing about Twitter and want to share some of my life with you all.

Today was awesome...
It started at 8:00 am when I got up did a little reading and reflection. Then wouldn't you know it my home and office internet connection was not working..
I took that as a sign and then remembered that there was planned maintenance today and left without check my sites and stats.
I headed out on this perfect morning headed for Black Hills fellowship where I go to get refreshed every week. We have an awesome group that has become our extended family there.

We had plans to ride out to Sheridan Lake for a BarB Que as our bro Scratches Mom was in town and he wanted her to meet us all. Dakota Point was the planned spot.

So off we rode side by side, headed for Sheridan Lake, it was quite a bit warmer now. Man I love summers :-)
We stopped at the top of the hill and pulled into the gas station to let everyone catch up...

video

We then headed into the beautiful Black Hills, headed for Dakota Point for some food and more... The warm air , sounds of large v twin exhausts and the smell of pines made it an memorable ride..
We arrived and parked the bikes, started chatting with some people allready enjoying Dakota Point.. Time to eat!
Scratch built the fire and cooked some great burgers and dogs..
We ate enjoyed the company and all waited the recommended time :-)
Then headed for the lake.. The water was warm and day was made complete by our friends as we frolicked in Sheridan Lake taking a break from the hot day...

Great food, great ride and the real gold great friends!

My day was great and now I am having a blast with my Twitter friends!

Till next time, enjoy your family and friends because this life is short and passing. When it fades the people that are in your life will be all that really matter...
So take some time soon, today, tonight or this week at least and enjoy what really matters as life is too short not to!




Friday, July 3, 2009

Twitter The Magical Marketing Goldmine, so we are told...


Hello my friends,

There are so many misconceptions about Twitter that I feel it is important to write about the reality of life on Twitter.
The community of Twitter is currently being bombarded by well meaning (well most any way..) people who want us to believe that Twitter is a magical goldmine . They give credence to the myth that Twitter is a magical goldmine that you can harvest and become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams...

We are continually receiving direct and @ reply messages telling us, "leverage twitter and become wealthy", "use my system and get 3000 followers in seven days and make money", "Serious about using twitter for your marketing? You gotta see this" and many others...

Is Twitter a magic gold mine?

Not like so many would have as believe and madly click on their links breaking out our trusty Visa cards.
The truth is that Twitter is a gold mine, a gold mine of people who are there to share their lives with others are like minded. I have found a goldmine of people who have a heart, love to help others and enjoy communicating with this 140 character platform!
I have been able to meet and become with many fine people that I would not ever have met if it wasn't for Twitter and the power of social networking.

Social networking and Twitter being my personal favorite, is a modern day phenomenon. The riches are in the people!
The truth is just as in this wonderful world we live in there will always be those who prey on and those who fall prey to the promises of easy money, power and fame.

I have changed much of how I approach and interact with the people on social networking sites, yes I post links, my internet businesses are taking shape. We are making money online in recession proof businesses. The real value though is the friendships I have made and there will be many more as like minded people gravitate towards each other.
I also post the finds I come across of value, things that are interesting, helpful or just funny! I help those I can and try to boost any valid non profit that I deem worthy. These things are the value I provide.. I have many who comment every week, thanking me for sharing links, caring and playing music. It is great fun!

I recommend ignoring the stuff that we know is just straight up hog wash...lol as in real life.. actually Twitter has become a part of my real life..
The people are real, have real feelings, wants and desires and just want to make a connection!

The truth is and the beauty of Twitter is if my tweets, or someone elses disturbs you or goes against your core beliefs there is a little magic block button.. Use it if you must! I have used it, very rarely though. Twitter is truly opt in in that sense that if some tweeps are unbearable to you, just unfollow them. Very simple to this simple riding man..

The true goldmine of Twitter is not the money we have been making my friends it is you, it is the people. Unique individuals that are generous enough to share their lives, loves, likes, and gripes with us on Twitter!
Thanks for reading my rant and beyond all have fun, life is too short to stress about some small minded people that drive ya batty :-)

Mine the gold of Twitter! Reach out and give someone A SMILE, ENCOURAGE THEM, practice the qualities of a true friend and experience the true benefits of Twitter!
Have fun my tweeps:-)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Bikers on Twitter! I meet the nicest people....


The other day I saw a tweet likening a leaking coffee cup to an AMF Harley Davidson and had to respond. Now to most of you that might not register so I must explain...

There were A few years 1970 thru 1981 that our beloved motorcycle company, Harley Davidson was controlled by a golf cart building, bowling ball peddling corporation. Now it probably kept Harley Davidson alive, but in the years following, the company found cheaper and quicker ways to build our favorite brand of motorcycle. Those years were disdained as our beloved Harley Davidson had been sold out to a heartless corporation.
Yes most likely because of this, Harley survived and was able to flourish in later years as motorcycling gained popularity. The bikes from those years became known for leaking oil and being less than the high quality motorcycles that we were so endeared to.. Things did change as in 1981 Harley execs made their move and purchased back the company and in the next few years designed and produced a motor that we know as the evolution that was reliable and didn't inherently leak.. such the saga..

Now if you know me from Twitter you have to be saying "Whats this got to do with Twitter?"
The power of social networking continues to astound me in my personal and business life.

I responded to that tweet and a conversation was started, happens very often right? This one was a special conversation though..


Through this simple answer I have met Michael a very skilled writer and creator of http://harleythoughts.com
Controversial News and Comment For The Harley Davidson Biker. As we continued chatting, my normal routine is that I look at the persons Twitter profile, links ect to better relate to them.
The tweeting went back and forth as I realized I had just met a person that I believe will be a life long friend. In very little time I think we both realized that we share some very common ground, our faith and our love for Harley Davidson motorcycles..

It is not everyday that I meet someone so in tune with the things I hold dear, I have met so many great giving people on Twitter yet I know that this meeting was the start of a good friendship...
Lord willing Sturgis 2009 we should meet in person and hopefully carve a few miles out of the Black Hills...

If bikes, bikers, Harley Davidson Motorcycles or just real people interest you please follow Michael on Twitter, his profile is http://twitter.com/michaels_feed.
Check out his blog at http://harleythoughts.com and let him now you discovered him through my blog!
Well happy tweeting my friends, the power of Twitter continues to amaze me!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Video Tools...

This tool shown to me by Matt Batcho is great for adding links to your videos!
http://www.bubbleply.com/
Works well for hot links in your videos..thanks Matt!




Here is Matt giving me a plug!

Sunday, May 17, 2009