Just found this guy the other day. http://ridenshoot.blogspot.com/
He loves dogs, motorcycles, corvettes and guns. My kinda guy. Oh, and he can write a bit too. I've added him to the blog roll. Go check him out.
He got me to thinking. I haven't really talked a lot about myself. So, in the spirit of this post here's a few things about The Six.
I am a bit of a gearhead. I've owned a variety of internal combustion powered vehicles of both the 2 and 4 wheel variety over the long decades of my life. Currently I own, with absolutely no apologies to anyone, 2 pickups (Chevrolet 1/2 ton extended cab, Ford F250 crew cab), a mint 1997 Kawasaki Concours with only 5000 miles on the clock and a black on black 1980 Corvette. Now I love my chevrolets but I'm of 2 minds on them. I swore I'd be getting rid of both when chevy prostituted itself to obama but I love both of them. The truck has 150,000miles on it but still runs like the day I bought it. The Corvette is the car I wanted as a lustful, testosterone riddled teenager. I've always wanted a C3 coupe. I don't know what to do.
I bought the Kawasaki this year for one reason and one reason only. Well, maybe 2 reasons. First, it's a great bike. Fast, comfortable, handles reasonably well, lockable hard bags and has a huge tank. Second, it's the perfect bike for my trip. See, my best friend and I are riding to Alaska next Spring/Fall. As far north as we can get. I want to go to Prudhoe Bay but we'll see. I sold a pristine red 2001 Honda Superhawk when I bought it because I'm getting a bit too...well oldish for a crotch rocket.
I've owned a 63 Impala SS, a 69 Chevelle SS 396, a whole bunch of trucks (mostly 4wd), a 69 Camaro, an 80 Camaro (I am so white trash), a 68 Plymouth Satellite (thanks Sarge!) and more I simply can't remember.
I've owned many more bikes starting as just a kid on mini bikes. I guess I've been riding something with 2 wheels and a motor for about 45 years (yikes!). Let's see... 70 something Suzuki 185, 60 something Yamaha 70 and 90, 79 Yamaha DT250, 79 Yamaha XS750, 78 Yamaha 650, 85 (I think) Suzuki GS750E, 93 Honda 600F2, 87 Yamaha FZ600, 85 Yamaha FZR 1000, 2001 Honda 999 Superhawk and the current Kawasaki. Put in a variety of small motorcycles and homemade minibikes when I was a kid. I also spent 10 of my 24 years in law enforcement as a LCMC. A Little City Motor Cop. I started on The Kawasaki, moved to the big Harley and finished on the BMW 1150. The Harley was the most comfortable on the highway, the BMW is a truly modern motorcycle and it's ABS is pure magic and the Kawi was just an all around good motorcycle with a bulletproof engine. I love motorcycles. I've been down a few times including a spectacular crash that gave me permanent hip damage and totaled a $22,000 dollar BMW with precisely 96 miles on the clock.
We have 2 dogs, Trooper and Chrisi. Both black Labs. They're half siblings, a year apart with the same mother but different fathers. Trooper is 14 and Chrisi just turned 13. Yeah, I know and I do not want to talk or even think about it. I'll probably never be without a dog again.
A daughter (Hi sweetie. Love you!) and 2 grandchildren. Want to know how much I love them? Threaten them in any way and find out.
I'm a gun crank. If you don't like that you can piss off. I am a free man and I will legally exercise my rights any damn way I see fit. Got that?
I've got what could charitably be deemed a 'collection'. How many? I don't exactly know. Some are in the california house and some in the house in Utah. At a guess probably 40 or so. Rifles, pistols, revolvers and shotguns. My new kick is cowboy action firearms. In the last few years I've bought a Marlin 1894 in 45LC, a Marlin 1895 in 45-70, a Marlin 336 in 30-30, a Winchester in 30-30, a stainless Ruger vaquero in 44-40 just because it was the most beautiful gun I've ever laid eyes on, a Ruger blackhawk in 45LC, a side hammer double barrel coachgun in 12ga., a Stevens side by side in 28 ga. (and it is sweeeet), and a stevens side by side in 12 ga. I also have a thing for military rifles. I've got a Mauser, 2 Lee Enfields (including a Jungle carbine), 2 Moisen Nagant M44's and a Garand. I've got the requisite black rifles, all legal, purchased before the ban and duly registered with the state commissar. Throw in some hunting rifles, various brands of revolvers and pistols (I tend to favor Glock) and that about rounds out the 'collection'. Next up I want a BPCR. I've been drooling all over the rifles at Shiloh Sharps. I've narrowed my choices down to a couple but I've got to act soon. Delivery time is apparently fairly lengthy.
I've got ammunition for all of them. Boy, do I have ammunition. I also reload my own. I find reloading to be a zen like occupation. I can spend hours at the reloading bench and come away clearer minded and more certain of my place in the Universe. Or something like that. I can reload everything I own except 8mm, .303 and 7.62x54R. That surplus ammo is so cheap it's just not worth it at present.
So. Did I cover everything? Let's see....Corvettes? Check. Guns? Check. Dogs? Check. Motorcycles? And check.
I haven't touched on too personal things yet but I will. I started this blog earlier this year as a means to vent about what's happening to my beloved country. To be perfectly frank I do not view 2010 with a great deal of hope. I think a line has been crossed. To what end we will just have to see. I haven't yet given up on my fellow American, I just fear that the majority has changed from honest, law abiding, hard working, families to dishonest, welfare slaves who view laws as inconveniences and the Constitution as something to be interpreted. Still, I will continue to post here I'm just going to start including more personal stories as well.
Thanks for everything. It was definitely an interesting 2009.
Happy New Year!!!