Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Japan - to NC - to SC - to Daytona

Just stopping over in Tokyo for a layover, before I continue my Journey to NC to spend the night, then ride to HHI SC to spend a night and on to Daytona for Bike Week.  Looking forward to visiting and spending a few days in the warmer weather.  Really looking forward to the ride after the winter we are having up in CleveLand!  See you on Main Street!  I'll be the one in a black t-shirt, jeans and a leather jacket.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Don't play with your food! Did that just move?

So I am chowing down a pretty tasty omelet here in Taiwan on Saturday afternoon and my traveling associates says - there is something in those eggs that I can't say out loud.

So she spells out the word M-A-G-G-O-T-S for me, as if spelling the word makes it any less gross. Having been a garbage man in the steamy hot spring and summer months of 1975 in the Detroit area, I don't need any further definition of the word!!!!

Well, Come to find out these were Fancy Pants MAGGOTS, not your run of the mill Fly Pupae - but "Royal Jelly Sucking Bee Prodigy", full of exciting nutrients being whisked off to my virgin blood stream for carnivorous consumption. And to tell you the absolutely truth - these little morsels of goodness mixed with eggs and veggies did not taste all that bad.

If one would have moved on my chop stick however, I would have flashed back to the summer of 75 and hurled all over my new Taiwanese friends. (didn't Bush Sr do that back during his term?)

There is another food I can check off the Bucket List.

Please pass the Royal Jelly

Thinking that the worst is over and we can settle in to some normal cuisine - I again hear my friend say as the next course is delivered - Oh My God - we are getting all the creepy crawly food stuffs that exist here in this island country of 23 million. Flash fried Bamboo Worms on a bed of Greens.

Once again, if you can get by thinking about it - and just taste it - you don't really mind the flavor.

My metal was again tested in the land of exotic foods and I can say I did my Country proud!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Techno Harley Davidson - Hong Kong

Hong Kong is like New York, Shanghai or any other big city!!! Got in Thursday Night and hit the bricks on Friday Morning, stumbled onto the Techno Harley Davidson shop and bought a T-shirt (oh good, just what I need is another black t-shirt) Found a Cuban Cigar Shop so I stopped in to partake of a medium size cigar and walked around some more. This evening heading for Taiwan for a quick overnight and meetings on Saturday. Blog at you later.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Easy Rider - China Connection - Roger Li

I have been in a Shit Storm at work trying to prepare for a major meeting happening tomorrow (this is where the board will say - Good Job or You Suck) - it will be the former in this case. Also preparing for another Asian Invasion trip to Hong Kong - Taiwan - Shanghai and coming back to DAYTONA BIKEWEEK when I return!!!! While bloggin on this Sunday morning I remembered taking a shot of a friend of mine who visited us in Charlotte for the weekend a few years back, and even though we no longer work together I will again spend some time with Roger in Shanghai. Here is a few pics of Roger on the Deuce and out about town with my girls. Blog you next from Asia!!
Roger the pics are for you. See you next week.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Baby Daddy - Baby Daughter

My baby Daughter flew in this past weekend to visit her Pops, and we had a great time! Funny thing is - that all my family live in warm states except for my baby Daughter who traveled from the Windy City of Chicago to CleveLand, no one else wants to come until summer.

Cant hardly blame them. We had a full weekend with a trip to the International Motorcycle Show, Sushi Rock for some great Sushi, and then a pub crawl through the joints that I generally eat my dinner at.

One great story is that I took my Daughter into the restaurant that I frequent the most, where they know my name, and have met my better half. Anyway, as I walk in - the owner, the bartender, and the waitresses (all female) are giving me the evil eye since I am with this young Chickie and not Renie. After some death stares I casually explain the situation and introduce her as my Daughter and everything was fine ...... we had a great time laughing about it after that.

I am not going to bore you with many pics taken at the Motorcycle Show (if you remember it was this show last year that I met the CrossBones, fell and love and eventually kicked the StreetGlide to the curb)(aahhhh bittersweet memories) anyway I did meet this cat who just did some custom work on a CrossBones and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the look. So here are a few snap-shots, we also saw the unveiling of the new Iron 883. Which to me seems nothing more than a blacked out "Price Point" Sportster with a sinister look, not a bad for these times.

Bobbed FatBoy Fender, Old School STOP taillight, Red Wheels, Knuckle Head covers, Red grips, Beach Bars, Lost front fender, Over sized 6" Headlamp, Horn on front, Fishtail Pipes (need to be Black), Leather Tractor Seat - sans pad.

On Saturday we went down to the Westside Market and grazed our way through the isles as we shopped for stuff for dinner. Here is a Pics of baby Daughter from the Market, and me grillin' away later that day.

Oh, and here is one last photo from the show ...... my question is WHY??

As mentioned we had a great time and it was nice to see my daughter. (to those other kids of mine I even gave her $100 cash money for coming to see me!!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pot Calling the Kettle Black, Those that live in Glass Houses - Stones, etc. - & all that stuff my Mom taught me.

"The height of Irresponsibility" was the term Obama used to explain recent Wall Street bonus payouts, Raises, and Corporate Perks. We must have accountability to the American Taxpayer!!! Well - how about starting in your own back yard??

I am growing tired of ALL politicians pointing fingers at business saying YOU ARE BAD, when they turn around and enjoy the perks that the are accusing others of, after all, is government not subject to accountability for spending taxpayer dollars? Yours and Mine??

This is not a Dem or Rep issue - this is a political issue.

BTW I agree with Obama calling for common sense - That is not my issue, my issue is lets spread the responsibility for justice around. Defending the spending below by saying it is an important planning event is not justification - you can plan in Washington DC just as easy as in a resort.

$500K spent on Dem caucus retreats
By Susan Crabtree
Posted: 02/03/09 07:10 PM [ET]
The House Democratic Caucus spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money over the past five years for its annual retreats at resorts in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
On Thursday, Democrats will head to the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in historic Williamsburg, Va., for the three-day planning powwow. The resort boasts multiple championship golf courses, a full-service spa and six restaurants.

Individual lawmakers pay for most of the expenses related to retreat lodging through their campaign committees, but the Democratic Caucus subsidizes some of the costs for what aides consider “official business” — to the tune of nearly $100,000 each year, according to a Democratic aide involved in retreat planning.

For instance, the caucus picks up the hefty transportation tab, as well as the thousands of dollars in expenses each year for guest speakers, food and entertainment, according to financial disbursement records.

Democratic leadership sources were reluctant to talk about any aspect of the trip, but they defended it as an important planning session for the entire country.............................