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Rear View Mirror: Alive and thrivin’ in ’95

The world • In southern France, a network of caves is discovered containing paintings and carvings between 17,000 and 20,000 years old, proving graffiti has been with us a long, long time. • The optical disc storage media format (DVD) is announced… video rental stores rejoice… no rewinding. • Microsoft comes up with Windows 95 as an operating system… nerds ...

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Spare Parts: Olfactory Upgrade

Who can forget Plum Crazy, Sub Lime and Lemon Twist? It won’t take long for those of a certain age to identify those names as Mopar’s High Impact colors of the late 60’s and early 70’s and if you recognize those, you will likely recognize the Orange Krate, Lemon Peeler and Apple Krate names as Schwinn’s two-wheeled answer from the ...

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Spare Parts: George Washington slept here

I’m sure we can all agree on a lot of things we like about riding motorcycles. That’s how rallies are born. We love bikes and not surprisingly, we all pretty much love the same music. Mix the two in copious quantities, add some largely unhealthy food and a good road to get there on and you have a bike rally. ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Fighting Father Time

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Man, I think I’m gettin’ too old for these long trips. It takes me longer to recuperate from vacation than it did to need one! Reggie an’ I just got back from a 2,700 mile round trip to Glacier National Park, an’ I have to tell ya, I wanted to stay there with ...

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Free Range: Hauntings

We have a new feature I’ve gotten myself pretty excited over since it’s right up my traveling bug alley. The Folded Map makes its debut in this edition and will offer some significant background information about a different city each month. Every now and then we’ll try to throw in a pub crawl or other relevant tidbits to make it ...

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Rear View Mirror: What was in store for 1994

The World • The first satellite digital TV service is launched. Cable companies laugh… but the last one is on them. • The 31-mile channel tunnel or “Chunnel” connecting France to the island of England is opened. It took 15,000 workers and seven years, enabling people to drive a distance that no potential invading nation had been able to sail ...

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Almost Fiction: Refusing to be categorized

For the past six months, “the couple” had been running a continuous estate sale with the goal of turning everything they owned into cash. Having been longtime employees for a large airline they decided to take the company up on its severance package and transfer all their vacation time, sick time and bonuses into a year’s worth of free air ...

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Almost Fiction: Betty

Betty had developed a problem and was not feeling perfect. It wasn’t a life-threatening problem but it was bad enough that she had to be given a rest. In the ensuing weeks, once out of the picture, the man she lived with met and dated a new love, eventually inviting her home as a possible replacement. While Betty was convalescing, ...

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Spare Parts: Independent’s Day

Motorcycles have been a classroom for me most of my life. One of the electives in your motorcycle education can be photography. The man who sold me my first “real” camera over a 30 years ago, J.R. Pat Patterson, has passed at the age of 94. When I bought that first camera from Pat it was in his shop on ...

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Rear View Mirror: What we’d see in 1993

The World: ● Nelson Mandela wins Nobel Peace Prize—South Africa votes for “Majority Rule” constitution. ● Intel builds the Pentium processor. ● The World Wide Web is born. The Nation: ● The World Trade Center is bombed. ● Rodney King is beaten. ● Beanie Babies are born… Bah! ● First humans are cloned… Ah! ● Jurassic Park is the big ...

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