May I Quote You On That

Greetings to all my Piglets out there,

So you think you can kick my ass.

For today’s post I wanted to share with you a few twisted rambling thoughts. You already know how I love to write and to tell stories of my and Rainman’s adventures out there on the road. I also love to collect quotations and use them in some of my stories. Writers, enthusiasts and people of character will use quotations by famous people in their writing all the time. I, for one, have even used a few of my own quotes as well. No, it does not mean I have become famous yet, but one day I just might. Want to hear one of my soon to be famous quotes? Here goes: “I shall fear no beer.” – Pig Pretty cool, huh?

Do you have a favorite quote you like to use?

Quotes help enable the writer to get their point across by using people of authority to validate the written word. I find that it also makes the writing a little more interesting.

In the biker world, quotations can be used to describe many situations or circumstances we bikers may face at any particular time. Example: “If you could kick the person responsible for most of your troubles, you would not be able to sit down for six months.” – Unknown

We are the one responsible for our own situation. In order for me to fulfill that quote, well, to be honest, I would first have to pick my ass up off the floor from being kicked.

So, do you boys come here often?

Quotes are great for describing things in regards to a particular journey in your story. Let’s try: “We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Muriel Chen

That could replace my quote of “No bar is too far for this Pig.” – Pig

Sometime I get a little writers block and using a quote from someone famous can help lengthen short writings. Here is the long version. “Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

And now the shorter version “Famous last words of a biker – watch this.” – Unknown

Quotations can even be used to describe a person’s thoughts as they are doing something. Example: “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” – Thomas H. Huxley said the Pig as he climbed upon the top of the large vat of beer.

When you must take a stance with your feet planted firmly on the ground as serious action is about to take place you can use something like this: Peter Drucker once said “There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.” Hey! We’re out of beer and Flaming Hot Cheetos – someone drive me down to the icehouse.

It’s funny how some people quote themselves so much that they have become predictable. I know mom’s favorite quote has always been “If you don’t get in there and clean that room, I’ll beat you with a switch.” – Mom

Some quotes have the ability to remind you of what is important. I really like this next one. “The great tragedy of life is not death, but what dies inside of us while we live.” – Norman Cousins yeah, I can dig that.

I asked earlier if you have a favorite quote. What is it? I would love to know. Drop me a comment for all of us to enjoy. If I get some really good ones, I’ll see if I can use them in my next story. Giving you full credit of course.

In closing I would like to leave you with a quote that I use on a regular basis. It is a great quote from a man who faced opposition everyday. But he had the courage to look past that opposition to see what wondrous prize was awaiting him on the other side. I keep this quote on a sticky note next to my keyboard to remind me to never give up, to never quit. That quote is:

Great spirits will always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

Ride HARD or Stay Home



Rain, Rain, Rain


Rainman writes:


Hi, I’m glad to see that you stopped by today.  I was sitting at my desk this morning checking e-mails and the weather, just getting my day started.  Weather report said rain was moving into the area.  Looks like it’s gonna be muddy today.  The coffee pot over in the corner just finished brewing the first pot of “Life in a cup”.


A shot of sugar, a shot of cream later and my cup jo was ready to go.  It was then I heard the sound of rain on the roof.  I grabbed up my cup and a smoke and headed out to the shop to see the rain.


The rain was coming down in buckets


Sipping coffee and taking a drag off my smoke I stood there enjoying how comforting the rain was.  It was relaxing.  But then I noticed there was something wrong with the coffee.  Something just didn’t taste right.  On a whim I ran back to my office and grabbed the coffee pot.  I poured the coffee down the drain.  Then I stuck the pot out the door and refilled it with fresh water from the sky.  I then brewed a new pot.


The new pot of coffee came out fresh.


No tap water additives.


No bottled water taste


Nothing but fresh water and coffee


That first cup was the best cup of coffee I have had in a long, long time.

I enjoyed it while watching the rain continue to try and ruin my day.



Biker Code:  I never really questioned why I ride,

                  It’s as basic as breathing.




The Importance of Bike Night

Hey Piglets,


Yup, it’s me again.  Just wanted to let you know my next article in Thunder Roads Texas is out on the streets.  This time I wrote about Bike Nights here in San Antonio.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet you can view it on line here.  If you would like to see the whole magazine then just click on the Thunder Roads Tab above my page.


You know one great thing about writing for a magazine is you get free copies to hand out. Last Saturday I gave a copy to a friend for her birthday.  In that issue I had a photo of her and I posted in it.  When she saw her photo in the magazine she started jumping up and down shouting “I made the magazine, I made the magazine.”  I don’t think she has stopped jumping up and down yet.


As always,  Ride HARD or Stay Home



Independence Day

Hey Piglet’s,


Yeah It’s me again, time now for another oink session with the Pig.


The fourth of July is here once again and we all know what that means.  It means B.B.Q., potato salad, fireworks and lots of cold, cold beer.


Can anyone tell me the reason why we celebrate the fourth of July?  Other than B.B.Q. & fireworks.


Yes, that’s right, it is the day we observe the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our great nation. 


But what is the Declaration of Independence?  What does it say that makes it so important to have a holiday named after it?


It says: A unanimous Declaration of 13 colonies (United States) signed by 56 men listing the reasons why they no longer wished to be governed by the King of England.  It also says that they declare themselves to be free men.


Free from the oppression brought onto them.


They stated they would no longer be pushed around.


They stated they would no longer have unfair laws placed upon them.


These brave men said “NO MORE”!


They signed this “Declaration of Independence” from the King.


They signed their own death warrant.


They declared that they would be free or they would rather be dead. 


When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?  If it has been more than a few years ago, I would suggest you may want to read it again.  How do you find a copy of it you say?  That’s easy just click here.


Read it, take in each word it says.  Feel what our foundering fathers felt in their hearts.  Honor each of them by taking a moment this holiday to realize what it was that those brave men did for you.  And after you read it, pass it on to the next person and have them read it.  It is the right thing to do this Fourth of July holiday.


Ride HARD or Stay Home.