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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

Scored tickets to the Northwest premier of “Burn After Reading” last night. 

It’s a new Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men, Intolerable Cruelty, LadyKillers, The Big Lebowski, Fargo) movie. 

It’s a black comedy film set to release September 12th and stars John Malkovich, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt.  The odd-ball plot focuses on the world of the CIA, physical fitness in Washington, D.C., and internet dating. 

After the film dud’s of Intolerable Cruelty and LadyKillers, the brothers really needed a big movie to get back on track and No Country for Old Men did exactly that!   However, this new film has proved to everyone that not only do they still have what it takes – they are better than ever!

So what’s the movie got to do with motorcycles?  Not much except for the peripheral fact that only 11 days after his New Jersey motorcycle accident last year, Clooney was on the set filming ‘Burn After Reading‘ in Brooklyn Heights.  He was driving his Harley motorcycle in Weehawken with friend Sarah Larson and collided with a “cager”. Clooney suffered a hairline fracture of a rib and some scrapes, and Larson suffered a broken foot. Ouch!

Clooney didn’t come out of this accident a “changed man” like others who began calls for new helmet laws or changes to existing laws, but officials did suspend 27 workers at Palisades Medical Center for one month without pay for allegedly peeking at Clooney’s files and allegedly leaking his medical information to the press.

I’m a “doggedly faithful” Lebowski fan and this new movie is great.  I highly recommend it…

Film poster photo courtsey of web site.

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Firefighter Special Edition

Firefighter Special Edition

As a tribute to firefighters after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Harley-Davidson introduced the Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle in 2002. They have extended the bike’s availability into the 2009 model year.

Harley produced a motorcycle designed as a salute to firefighters, many of whom risked their lives aiding victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.   

The motorcycle’s design is similar to those manufactured by Harley-Davidson for law enforcement officers, which have been available since 1987.

The Firefighter Special Edition is made in two versions.  The Electra Glide and Road King are both available in Fire Engine Red.

The Sept. 1, 1908 issue of Motorcycle Illustrated offers the earliest documented police department use of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, in Detroit, Michigan.

I wanted to provide a shout out and thank you on this day of remembrance.

Photo courtsey of HD web site.

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