Christmas Day Ride 2008

Princess on Christmas Day

It was 41 degrees at 11:00 am, with gusty winds chilling to 33 degrees.  The sun was shining brightly, which was especially nice since I don’t believe I’ve seen sunshine in over a month!  First State HOG chapter showed up in admirable numbers for the 2008 Christmas Day Ride.

2008 FSH Christmas Day Riders

There were 14 Harleys ridden by men brave enough to bear the frigid temperatures and one new Super Glide ridden by The Princess (me).  Many bikes were decked out in reindeer antlers, Santa hats, and shiny new Christmas chrome.  We paraded around town in staggered formation for just about a half hour.  I am certain that everyone we passed thought we were nuts!

We caught Santa

It was good to see old friends and to meet a few new ones.  Although our New Year’s Day ride is still a week away it felt like a fresh start to a new year in a chapter under new leadership.  We received a holiday card from dear friends in our HOG chapter that said “sometimes friends feel more like family than your actual family” and that is certainly how I feel about my friends at First State HOG.

HD Antlers!

Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for visiting our humble motorcycle blog!

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Happy Holidays

This is not necessarily motorcycle related, but a touching note for the holidays.  I hope you all have the best of holiday seasons, and of course take the time to remember those not as lucky as yourself.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, have a joyful & prosperous New Year, and of course Happy Festivus (I am a Ravens fan ya know)!  And a big Thank You this holiday season to all those in uniform who make it possible for us to enjoy these holidays with our families and friends.

2008 The Year in Review at RC USA

As 2008 comes to a close I suppose it is only natural to reminisce about the year behind us as well as to make grandiose plans for the year ahead.  With that in mind, I’d like to revisit a few of our best posts on  Check them out if you missed them the first go-round, or go back & re-live the memory…

Most Informative

     Packing Tips 

     Perpetual Motion

Most Controversial

     Helmets Should be Required by Law

Best Analogies

     Tao of Road Captianhood

Best Ride/Pics

     New River Gorge

Most Memorable Trip

     Return to Mansfield

Best Video

     Open Road

     Hillbilly Video

Most Frequently Googled

     Who is the Dennis Kirk blonde model?

     Terminator 2 Fatboy

     XR 1200

Funniest Post

     Women’s Biker Fashions

     Too Sexy for my Vest

Best Pictures

Old School Bob

Wicked Pissa!

What do you think?  Which were your favorite posts from 2008?  What would you like to see in 2009?

A Little Joke

This is not very useful motorcycle information, but it is a funny little ha ha. Hope you like it. 

 A woman made the following entry in her private blog:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a bar to have a drink. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t say much. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing”. I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn’t upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.

On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can’t explain his behavior. I don’t know why he didn’t say “I love you, too.” When we got home I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.

Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. To my surprise, he responded to my caress, and we made love. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep – I cried. I don’t know what to do. I’m almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

Her husband made this entry in his private blog:

My Harley wouldn’t start today, but at least I got a little sex.

What’s up with Exile Cycle? And where is Russell Mitchell?


Have you seen the latest Comcast commercial showing several small business owners and featuring Exile Cycles?  There is some dude wearing an Exile tee & strolling around acting like he owns the place…but it is clearly NOT Russell Mitchell!!!  Who is this guy?  Is he a business manager or something?  And what happened to Russell?  Please don’t tell me he sold out!!!

Apparently acting is exactly the right word.  Comcast is a rather conservative company, and they felt that Russell’s tattooed body and mohawk were a bit too hardcore for their customers.  So they hired an actor to impersonate Mitchell for the ad.  Russell does actually appear in the TV spot though…posing as a mechanic in the background!

Diana and Russell

So if you freaked out (like I did) when you saw the ad, wondering what on earth happened to Russell Mitchell…don’t work yourself in a tizzy.  He is alive and well — still building awesome bikes and visiting motorcycle shows around the world practically every weekend.  Chances are you will see him somewhere in the upcoming season.  And if you are lucky like me, he might even tell you that you smell nice and then buy you a beer!  😉

First State HOG of the Year Award


I debated whether or not to write this post because I don’t want to come off like I’m toot’n my own horn. But if I don’t write about this then it diminished the importance of the award… so here goes!

I was awarded with the prestigious 2nd annual HOG of the Year award by First State HOG for 2008 at our year end holiday party last weekend! I have not won many awards or trophies in my life so this is a proud moment for me, especially because it is related to something I am so passionate about. Our members vote during our October and November general meetings by secret ballot for the member who most represents what being a HOG member is about. I love that my fellow FSH HOG members recognize the effort I put into being a HOG officer and Road Captain. I hope that I inspire new members and renew the enthusiasm of our long time members. I don’t have children so it’s not like I’m going to win the Iron Dad award anytime soon; so this will be my crowning achievement!

The award itself is an awesome copper statue of a soaring eagle with outstretched talons and wings. The detail, especially in the feathers, is incredible. The statue stands 17.5″ tall and has a wingspan of 17.5″

I love it and thank every one of my HOG brothers and sisters. This award means a lot to me. I hope to serve you well as our new FSH Director for 2009.

First State 2008 HOG of the Year award
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