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Where am I? May 2018

A very early casualty of pop culture Likely with more notoriety to gain than to lose Both known, even named for tepid geothermal waters In 1950 rolled the dice on a radio show’s cue   The replacement name for the city has too many syllables So statewide most call it T or C day to day On the Rio Grande ...

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Bullin Through Life: Fotomat and pilgrims

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, we had the April showers that bring May flowers, an’ you know what May flowers bring… pilgrims! Yeah, I know… Corny, but it still gets a chuckle now an’ then. Speakin’ of pilgrims, do ya ever feel like a stranger in a strange land? I do all the time. Technology has advanced ...

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Cannonball Characters: #63 Erik Bahl

#63 Erik Bahl

#63 Erik Bahl 1915 Harley-Davidson A repeat contender who hails from Alabama, Erik Bahl is one of the more enthusiastic riders of the Motorcycle Cannonball. With a constant smile and a kind word for everyone he meets, Bahl made his first attempt at crossing the country with the cavalcade of madcap Cannonballers in 2014. His motorcycle choice for that year ...

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Ride Out of the Darkness: The time is now

Last month I introduced myself and told you about how I quickly fell in love with the motorcycle lifestyle a bit later in life. I also wrote that I wanted to change the world for the better. This month I want to share with you how I have been doing that. Originally I started planning a ride and as I ...

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Shop Dogs: Joe: My First and Last Shop Dog

Scott Davis was always interested in motorcycles and muscle cars. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, he would ride his dirt bike for endless hours through the old coal fields. In the late 1970s, his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he bought his first street bike, a 1966 Triumph Bonneville. As his family was originally from the U.K., he ...

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Free Range: Brain bucket

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I flew into Milwaukee for a little work, a bit of riding and a lot of hanging out with biker folk I love and respect. I’d planned to meet a few new people and there would be parties and gatherings with everything based on riding. Needless to say, I was pretty jazzed about the whole trip. One of the things ...

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Kulture Clash: The way you feel when…

You know the way it makes you feel when you get more than you expected? That’s what motorcycling is all about. It all starts off when you buy your first bike. Then you hang out at a bike night with all your buddies. Of course you have no idea the stories you are going to bring back with your first ...

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Almost Fiction: Heroes (Chapter Two)

For his whole life Alonso Quixana read and studied every text concerning knighthood and chivalry until one morning his twisted reality took a left turn and he literally became the Knight Errant, Don Quixote de la Mancha, who could not be dissuaded from fighting dragons, rescuing helpless maidens in distress, protecting the innocent and dispatching giants. In 1605, as an ...

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Rearview Mirror: Happy Anniversary in Oh-Three!

The world • Invasion of Iraq by American and British-led coalition begins, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion. Whaddayathink? • The Human Genome Project is completed with 99 percent of it (figure 1) sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99 percent. The Human Gnome Project continues… • The last “old style” Volkswagen Beetle (figure 2) rolls off ...

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