Archive for September 11th, 2009

nine_picIt was born in Wisconsin on Sept. 9 at 9:09AM.

It wasn’t a new Harley-Davidson model, but a baby boy to parents Chuck and Polly Berendes of La Crosse weighing in at — are you ready for this — 9 pounds, 9 ounces.

The article is HERE.  There are 5000 babies born in the U.S. every day and after last Wednesday they now have  a nine oh nine oh nine birth date.  In fact, the Wisconsin lottery suspended accepting nine oh nine number combinations when so many players selected them and the potential payout would top $3M.

I’ll let the “birthers” decide whether the scheduled cesarean was a conspiracy theory.  After all, to be a bonafide conspiracy, two or more individuals must knowingly conspire, plot or plan a surreptitious act.  Clearly more than two people were involved, but maybe it was simply about a vanity birth date?  I wonder if the out-of-pocket expenses for the unnecessary elective surgery was paid by health insurance or if the new healthcare bill will cover these “vanity” procedures?  But, I’ve digressed.

Here’s the real oddity — Harley-Davidson rolls out NINE new models for next year; AHDRA Finals (Rockingham) starts on October NINTH; there are NINE people in the photo of the top fuel winner, Phil Schmidt at the Northwest Nationals in Oregon and Kenney Coolbeth won the AMA Grand National and was quoted to say “I just put my head down for the first NINE laps…” these number nine and H-D similarities are creepy!

The only thing that would have made it even more bizarre is if little Henry (Berendes) was instead named Harley and his dad (Chuck) worked at the plant!

UPDATE: Okay now it’s become weird — USA Today reports that a Milwaukee man (Walter E. Ellis) was arrested and charged for the slaying of NINE women dating back as far as 1986.

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FireTruck-FlagLike many of you I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on the morning of 9/11.

The sunrise was starting to peek out and you could tell it was going to be a beautiful fall September morning in 2001.  I was up early preparing for a flight to the bay area and in an odd and very uncharacteristic behavior I had the TV on — which I never do — as I prepped.  The announcer interrupted the show about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center and in a few minutes I watched the 2nd plane crash.  I didn’t know what was going on, but knew it wasn’t no accident.  I have friends who work in the city and I went to the PC and sent off a couple emails.  I never did make my flight and remember feeling a sense of violation and anger at both the perpetrators and our governments failure as I watched the TV news for most of the day.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 8 years ago.  The Alan Jackson song, “Where were you when the world stopped turning?” best sums up my feelings today and I wanted to dedicate this post to the victims and hero’s of 9/11.  And while we’re at it let’s not forget the military on the battlefield.

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Lane Splitting

Lane Splitting

Lane-splitting — most states do not recognize it as legal maneuver.  For those unfamiliar with the “strip-riding” maneuver it is riding a motorcycle between lanes and between automobiles in the same direction as traffic.

It is not legal in Oregon or Washington state.  It is legal in California.

Recently a couple buddies were on an extended motorcycle ride to L.A.  Reluctant at first to try lane-splitting they quickly took up the maneuver after experiencing triple digit heat and traffic-congested freeways.  They returned chatting up the positive merits and ability to move at a faster speed than traffic by way of a “motorcycle-only lane.”  I think most people recognize that lane-splitting is a way for motorcyclists to save time and that it reduces congestion.

In fact, I’ve experienced my share — surprise — of motorcycles zipping by the rental car window.  And yes, I sometimes resent it as I sit in bay area grid lock.  My first reaction was it’s dangerous.  Automobile drivers in CA., don’t typically use blinkers to signal intent unless it’s a latte stop.  They dart from lane to lane distracted on cell phones and I have this visual image of a biker screeching to a concrete halt as part of a lane change collision.

What do you think:

  1. Legal or not — it’s a NOT a smart move to split-lanes.
  2. It can be safe and riders take responsibility for the consequences of their own actions.
  3. I’m a native California and consider myself exempt from OR and WA laws.
  4. CHP studies indicate it’s safe so I’m on board with anything the LEO’s say.
  5. It’s so not “fair” to all the other drivers and we all need to stay in our comfort zone.

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