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Robert Joseph "Sandman" Johnston

Robert Joseph “Sandman” Johnston

Mister Sandman, bring me a dream.
Make her the cutest that I’ve ever seen.
Give her two lips like roses in clover.
Then tell her that her lonesome nights are over.

It’s ironic how this song, which was most notable in the movie “Back To The Future“, mimics the reality behind the reality TV show called The Devils Ride.

I’m referring to Robert Joseph “Sandman” Johnston, a member of the Laughing Devils MC and one of the more popular characters on the reality TV series.  He was arrested for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man during a burglary just prior to Christmas.

Mister Sandman’s Melis

Mister Sandman’s Melis

There is some speculation (HERE) that Mister Sandman wanted to surprise his ex-wife? — SATIRE ALERT — with a belated Christmas gift.  After realizing that he’d misplaced the house keys he let himself in and then discovered another man in the bedroom, and became concerned… came to her defense by stabbing the “assailant” three times in the back.  The police somehow misunderstood his good intentions.

I’m sure the show producers are salivating over all the possible plot twists for a second season.  This is all just another sad chapter of reality TV – salacious, exploitative, celebratory violence, abusive and predatory behavior – not to mention an extraordinarily colorful life of a motorcycle club member.  Not only do we have to turn the channel to avoid the “vast wasteland” called The Devils Ride, we have to endure nit wits like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson, uneducated goofs who are followed around, their every activity plastered on magazines and online, who’ve got nothing to say.  They’re not entertainers, and to keep it real there isn’t much reality in reality TV.

And before you fire-up the keyboard to tell me that I don’t get The Devils Ride or am stupid or there is something inferior about me or I’m just not as far out there on the motorcycle outlaw frontier as Sandman is…  Keep in mind that The Devils Ride is the creation of the Santa Monica production company Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment and that show producer, Eric Bischoff is the author of the acclaimed memoir Controversy Creates Cash.

There are a number of things I am looking forward to in 2013 and high on that list is that The Devils Ride implodes and gets cancelled.

Previous posts: Laughing At The Laughing DevilsLaffing Devils Are The New World OrderThe Laughing Devil Tickle Monster;

Robert Joseph “Sandman” Johnston photo courtesy of Discovery Channel.  Melis photo courtesy of Twitter page.

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ButtsThe title suggest implants, or something about Kim Kardashian’s butt issue, yet the reference is really about motorcycle seat pads.

Shallow as it may seem, many motorcycle enthusiasts are in pursuit of perfect seat comfort.

I’ve never been on a stock saddle for long before a butt-ache sets in.  It seems that Harley-Davidson stock seats are made for good looks and to fit your bike, but not your butt!  Custom seats do provide improved fit/placement for your booty and your bike, but typically they don’t fit budgets in this economic — taking a page from the Beatles — “Help! All I need is sales” environment.

Butt pads are more affordable and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and substances.  Their marketing claim is empowering motorcyclists to rediscover the love of the long ride.  I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that some of us have built-in “pads.”  The greater the shape and density of your derriere, the longer you can sit in the saddle, correct?  Those of you who are natural padding challenged, are likely plagued with a butt-ache within a few hours on the road.  Of course poor riding posture, handle-bar placement, and foot peg location all contribute to the comfort level.

I’m not a doctor or a vertebrae expert, but we all know comfort when we feel it!  There are all types of riding postures.  Those who sit back or upright and everything from low to high butts.   The ergonomics of Cruisers, especially those with foot boards set near the front of the engine, put most of the rider’s weight squarely on the seat.

I converted my current ride over to a Mustang seat within weeks of buying the motorcycle.  I prefer a hard seat — one where the cushion doesn’t pancake — versus the soft and quick to compress type seats.  But,  I’m interested to hear what other riders are doing to minimize the long ride discomfort.  Do you use a removable pad?  Is it air, foam, gel or wood?   What about hot or cold weather and the need to increase circulation to relieve heat-induced discomfort?

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