Sunday, November 25, 2007

Syd Barret Shine On

A break is needed after all the tryptophan I am feeling like a good ole blues derived song...

Not to mention the tribute Wish You Were Here

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Endurocross Las Vegas Aquaman

I visited the big top of the US..... Las Vegas. I came back .25 cents in the black! I know my video poker.
is a indoor version of enduro. (see wikipedia) It is a very spectator friendly race at the expense of the racers dignity. When one rides an enduro if he folks up he has time to event an excuse. In the arena you are shown as if you walked naked down a runway during a February cold spell in Greenland. Shrinkage. My brother talked me into riding , after I boasted to him I would kick his ass if I only had a bike, he loaned me his.(after I signed up he laughed and called me a fool) Note to self, as Hemingway said always follow through with what you promised when on the drink...I did, I payed the price and had a great time.
My practice lap I ended up in the wrong gear and fell into the water crossing soaking myself completely, the bike did not die so I lifted it out of the water and fished around, found my goggles and the crowd cheered! My fifteen minutes of fame thus far is of me wallowing around in a pool of water in front of a large crowd of people. I have to live with this and I have no problem, I will ride this event again. I would stop this nonsense but for the love of beer, why? I had a grand time! Kind Regards JW

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Mud Bugs at the Club

Sometimes lyrics just fit, from Dire Straits:

High and dry in the long hot day
Lost and lonely in every way
Got the flats all around me sky up above
I need a little water of love

Ive been too long lonely and my heart feels pain
Crying out for some soothing rain
I believe I have taken enough
I need a little water of love

Water of love deep in the ground
No water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
Itll carry that water of love to me

Theres a bird up in a tree sitting up high
Waiting for me to die
If I dont get some water soon
Ill be dead and gone in the afternoon

Once I had a woman I could call my own
Once I had a woman now my woman is gone
Once there was a river now theres a stone
You know its evil when youre living alone

I have a small sailboat, it is what I consider my lake house. I visit my boat and sometimes I do not sail or even visit my boat, I enjoy the surroundings, we have wifi so I can do work if the IRS asks me about my laptop, it is a great club. However this year we had a drought and a number of boats are in limbo, perhaps till the spring rains. This time I am not the idiot, I would say how refreshing but I know I will soon wear the label so I do not judge. I dare not judge...Why? Because I am going to post so many words nar' a soul will read them unless they are keen on the Bard and this is one great bit of lit...I'm out of town for a bit so this should cover some ground while I am gone...Pretend its not one long post just come back and read more, good ole shakey was not overrated.

St. Crispen's Day Speech
William Shakespeare, 1599

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Billy Uhl MC Hall of Fame

I of course did not write this article or take the photos, however I did copy from the AMA site and this I think should count for something.

Billy Uhl

Billy UhlRacing alongside his father at the International Six Days Trials in 1969, Billy Uhl won his first of five ISDT gold medals. At age 19, Uhl was one of the youngest riders ever to win a gold medal. In 1973, he was the top-performing American at the first-ever ISDT in the United States and won the Count Lurani Trophy, for the top performing U.S. rider at the event. After reinvigorating the Idaho State Trail System and beginning the Idaho State Parks Trail Ranger Program, Uhl became the Senior Instructor at OHV Training. He uses his trials experience to educate motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile riders of all skill levels and teach trail design, building, and maintenance.

Uhl was born in Wooster, Ohio, on April 22, 1950. The Uhls moved frequently in the 1950s. By the time Billy was in the first grade, he’d lived in 28 states. The family finally settled in Idaho. His father, Herb, became a motorcycle dealer in Boise in the mid-1950s.

Herb was a motorcycle racer. At an early age, Billy followed in his father’s footsteps. At first little Billy rode on the tank of his dad’s bike. Billy started riding at age 8 on a Harley-Davidson 125cc two-stroke. He was so small he had to ride to his parent’s side to be able to stop because his legs couldn’t reach the ground. Later, as he gained confidence, he would start and stop on the side of a hill where he could quickly jump on or off the bike.

Later, Billy began racing on a 50cc Honda step-through that his father had modified. Honda used elements of Uhl’s design in its line of small off-road machines in the early 1960s. In his first cross-country race, Billy placed first in his class on the Honda. Racing against adults, Billy moved up the ranks and competed in motocross, trials, TT, hillclimb and dirt track events, turning pro at the age of 17.

Uhl became a promising motocross and flat-track racer. He scored well in Trans-AMA 250cc races in 1971 and was a leading novice flat track racer. He was even offered the opportunity to race flat-track with backing from BSA in 1968. However, it was in off-road events that Uhl excelled and he decided to focus his attention there. He won numerous state cross country championships and quickly became considered one of the top up-and-coming off-road talents in America.

His breakthrough came in 1969. He’d become a member of the International Six Days Trials (later changed to the International Six Days Enduro in 1981) as a last-minute substitute for an injured rider. He and Malcolm Smith were the only U.S. riders to score Gold Medals that year in West Germany. Uhl was one of the youngest in the history of the competition to win Gold.

Interestingly, Uhl went to the ISDT in Germany in 1969 with his father, who was also on the U.S. squad. They became the first father-son team to compete together and the German press followed them with great enthusiasm. In the road race special test, Billy’s stock Sachs was underpowered. His father realized the plight his son was in and temporarily slowed his more powerful bike to let Billy ride in his draft. That gave Billy the extra speed he needed and it helped him go on to win Gold that year.

"That was my first time ever racing in a timed event," Uhl said. "I’d always ridden cross country type events. I wasn’t sure what was going on when I came to my first checkpoint, it was a totally new experience for me."

The German spectators in ’69 became fans of Uhl and his father. In the road race special test, the crowd showed their enthusiasm by throwing their hats up in the air as the father-son pair sped by.

Uhl returned to the ISDT in 1970 and earned a Bronze. In 1971, Uhl had a good ride going at the Isle of Man ISDT when his Puch broke a motor late in the Six Days. It was the only time he didn’t finish the event.

Uhl was named to the U.S. ISDT Trophy team for the first time in 1972. That year in Czechoslovakia Uhl again won a Gold riding a Penton. The American Trophy Team was given the Watling Trophy that year, awarded for best effort or most improved.

The zenith of Uhl’s participation in the ISDT competition came in 1973 when the U.S. hosted the prestigious international competition in Dalton, Massachusetts. That year, riding for the Trophy team, Uhl once again earned Gold and was the top scoring American riding a 125cc Penton. Sadly his mother passed away while attending the event that year. She had been battling illness and her last wish was to see her son compete in the race on American soil.

"That was probably my biggest achievement in racing," Uhl explained. "At the same time it was an incredible low spot in my life with my mother’s passing."

In 1975 he was given the Motorcyclist magazine All-Star Award.

During the 1970s Uhl began writing a regular column in Cycle News called "Down the Trail with Billy Uhl."

Uhl continued participating in the ISDT through 1977, only missing 1975 when Can-Am pulled its support at the eleventh hour. By the 1977 season, he was having serious problems with carpal tunnel syndrome. His last competitive motorcycle racing event was the 1977 Olympiad. After that, he retired from competition and for a time left motorcycling behind.

He returned in the mid-1980s when he became active in trail building, design and maintenance as well as off-road riding advocacy. Over the years of building and maintaining hundreds of miles of trails, Uhl developed new trail specifications to design trails that were sustainable and resistant to erosion. Some of his trails remain in great condition decades after they were built. His building methods and designs served as model for other trail builders.

"I remember my first season of trail building in the woods I think I saw three people that entire time," Uhl said. "The areas were so remote and this was before trail riding became so popular."

One of the most unusual trails Uhl was asked to build was for the blind to be able to hike and enjoy the outdoors. It is a two-and-a-half mile trail at the top of the mountain that was designed to stimulate the senses with smell, sound and touch. Uhl spent countless hours perfecting the trails by walking it with a blindfold to get at least a feel for what it would be like for blind hikers.

As a lifelong advocate for multiple trail use, Uhl also used his leadership status to ensure that the trails remain open for everyone to enjoy. Uhl planted the seed at Idaho State Parks and Recreation that started the successful State Trail Ranger program. In fact, he was the first Trail Ranger in the state. Uhl is also a Master Tread Trainer for the national Tread Lightly!® program which teaches people how to recreate responsibly.

"As impressive as his riding skills are, what impresses me even more are his riding ethics," said Terry Sexton a District Ranger for the Jefferson Ranger District in Montana. "He's the Good Will Ambassador for motorized trail riders. Bill has the perfect personality to be a good instructor. His knowledge of riding and trail management, coupled with his common sense teaching style, makes Bill an effective communicator and instructor."

Uhl became a popular speaker for off-road enthusiasts groups. He was a major advocate for responsible sound levels and less aggressive tire tread usage for off-road vehicles.

Uhl put his years of riding to good use by becoming a senior riding instructor for Off Highway Vehicles. He contracts to train a wide variety of companies (such as cell phone company employees who use off-road vehicles to reach remote cell towers, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Border Patrol employees to name a few), groups and individuals in proper riding techniques. He trains riders of motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles.

In 2002, Gas Gas invited Uhl to race in the Idaho ISDE qualifier and after years of not competing, and despite being terribly out of shape, he still showed some of the skills he’d had 25 years earlier. "I couldn’t walk for two days afterwards," Uhl joked.

Uhl raised two boys, often taking them on the tank of his motorcycle to trail-building sites like his father had done with him. They both became good riders.

Uhl will always be remembered for his ISDT accomplishments and for his vast contributions to off-road motorcycling.

Monday, November 05, 2007

The Key to Sucess Captured by Henry Thomas

Lyrics of Wisdom
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate
Many fish bite if you got good bait.

Henry Thomas (1874-1950s?). Henry (Ragtime Texas) Thomas was a major pre-war country blues singer and musician. Thomas, born in Big Sandy, Texas, began his musical career as an itinerant songster (minstrel), and recorded twenty-three songs from 1927 to 1929. He accompanied himself with the guitar and the quills, a folk instrument made from cane reeds that sound similar to the quena used by musicians in Peru and Bolivia. Some of his songs are difficult to categorize — they sound more like precursors to blues than like what is now called "blues. " They are, therefore, a rare testimony of the kind of music which preceded the establishment of the blues music in the 19th century.
His best-known influence has been through two songs. "Fishin' Blues" was covered by Taj Mahal and The Lovin' Spoonful, and "Bull Doze Blues", was recorded by Canned Heat as "Going Up The Country".

Henry Thomas

Fishing blues

Bet you're goin' fishing all of the time
Your baby's goin' fishing too.
Bet your life that your sweet wife
Will catch more fish than you.
Many fish bites if you got good bait
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate
Many fish bite if you got good bait.
I'm a-goin' fishing
Yes I'm goin' fishing
And my baby's goin' fishing too.

I went on down to my favorite fishing hole
Baby, grabbed me a pole and line
Pulled my pole on in, caught a nine pound catfish
And I brought him home for suppertime
Proving any fish bites if you got good bait
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate
Many fish bite if you got good bait.
I'm a-goin' fishing
Yes I'm goin' fishing
And my baby's goin' fishing too.

Baby brother 'bout to run me out of my mind
Saying ``Can I go fishing with you?''
I took him on down to the fishing hole
Now what do you think that he did do?
Pulled a great big fish at the bottom of the pond
Now he laughed and jumped 'cause he was real gone.
Many fish bite if you got good bait
I'm a-goin' fishing
Yes I'm goin' fishing
And my baby's goin' fishing too

Put him in a pot, baby, put him in a pan,
Honey, cook him till he nice and brown
Make a batch of buttermilk hotcakes, mama,
Chew him fast and chomp him on down
Saying ``Any fish bites if you got good bait
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate
Many fish bite if you got good bait
I'm a-goin' fishing
Yes I'm goin' fishing
And my baby's goin' fishing too''