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Thanksgiving thoughts from the Foothills workshop
#516536 11/28/13 12:29 pm
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Hey Britbikers,
Sitting here watching the sunrise over the Cascade Mountains and feeling so thankful today. Thankful for another day to celebrate with my family... another day to feel the cold, crisp air of my beloved mountain foothills...another day filled with possibilities.

Sitting here in this old workshop I can smell the gas dripping from an aging AMAL carb...get the scent of an oil leak from a AMC chaincase...and maybe even imagine the chuff of my favorite big single cylinder BSA that no longer lives here. I remember the laughter of old friends long since passed and jibes about Britbikes vs Japanese brands...sounds of my wrenches dismantling a crusty old engine and the joy of making a long silent motorcycle come to life.

These are some of the things I am thankful for today...and will be thankful for tomorrow. The possibilities are endless...and I am so thankful.

thoughts from your old britbike brother in the foothills,
Washington Bob

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Re: Thanksgiving thoughts from the Foothills workshop
Washington Bob #516541 11/28/13 12:42 pm
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Sounds wonderful Bob! Hope the rest of the day follows suit!

Waiting on friends and company to arrive here...


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Bob lad, don't eat too much pumpkin pie! beerchug
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Hi Bob..!! Glad to hear you here... Me too... I feel very thankful just to be here... all my pals... The air is cold here too.. Looking forward to the new year...!!

Ron - Better living through drugs... sigh..

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Washington Bob #516587 11/28/13 10:55 pm
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Amen, Bob. Wonderful imagery painted with a few words.

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Re: Thanksgiving thoughts from the Foothills workshop
Washington Bob #516623 11/29/13 9:28 am
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Hi Bob, hope your thanksgiving was wonderful.
My 4 sons and there familys were here, It was a great day.


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A different Thanksgiving for us.

My sister lost her husband last year; our two boys had Thanksgiving dinner with their in-laws. So Fay and I and my sister didn't have the usual crowd at our houses.

So we went and grabbed her 82-year-old in-laws, and a 92-year-old widowed friend of our family, who were all in the same lonely boat we were, and we all went out to eat at a Thanksgiving buffet. We had a great time, great company, way too much good food.

You have to go with the changes life hands you and establish a NEW "Good Time" or you'll just sit around and sign or cry .... !

Lannis


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Many of the most spiritual people I know, or have known, are my fellow motorcyclists. There is something about riding ON a vehicle instead of IN one, breathing the fresh air, living life as a participant in it, not a spectator of it, gives us a different perspective of the real values of our existence

Bob, thank you for this beautifully written insight of what you treasure in life. Happy Thanksgiving, and a blessed Christmas to you and your family.

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"It's a wonderful life" needs a re-make in the BritBike tradition, and I know who could play the lead...


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Well said, and "amen."


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Thanks, Bob.

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Good stuff, Bob. Thank you.


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Originally Posted by T140V-Rich
Amen, Bob. Wonderful imagery painted with a few words.

Richard


Well put Richard.
Bob, I'm a little late checking in on this, but that really was great. Well written. Hope you and the family had a really fine Thanksgiving.

Tom


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Washington Bob #517403 12/04/13 4:08 pm
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WaBob,

It almost sounds like you have been behaving yourself.

I've kind of drifted away from my Brit bikes (still kept them) pursuing other bike interests at the opposite end of the spectrum.

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I've been going through tires like croton oil through a widow woman.

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I like my Norton but love my Triumphs.

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Just wanted you to know that I haven't been sitting on my duff during my absence. Have built many bikes and have logged a couple 100k M/C miles since we last spoke. I'm currently building a trailer to tow a Brit bike behind my Wing...yes...I know but it keeps things interesting.

Hope you are doing well (picking & grinning?) and that our paths cross sooner rather than later.

Z


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Heckuva nice setup, but I don't get THREE camper trailer rigs unless you INSIST on camping in a different color rig every third trip...


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HOLY SMOKES! Is that a motorcycle or an aeroplane?
For cryin out loud, do NOT push the wrong combination of buttons- you'll microwave every potato within a 50 mile radius. laughing

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"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

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Holy Moses Zackman!Those are some amazing motorbikes you have there not to mention a shop like none I have ever seen in my parts. So good for you to drop by and say hey.

It appears that you have moved ....now in Mississippi instead of Louisiana? How is the family doing? Still doing machine work and fabrication for oil rigs? Please forgive me if my memory is a bit messed up...cancer and several strokes did not help that much. But to quote Monty Python, " I got better".

Yes...I am still pickin' and grinnin'.....actually I think the strokes helped out my guitar playing!

Wow...my son Geoff asked me the last time he stopped by if I had heard where you were lately...small world my friend.

One more blessing on an old Britbiker...I am so incredibly blessed by my Britbike family.

from the freakin' cold foothills of Mt. Rainier,
Bob

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Yeah it might be cold Bob but this is my favorite winter riding weather. Rain gets old.



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Amen Ed...well said...at least we have some sun! Cold as Hell but sunny!

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WOW Zackybilly, where do you have the FLIR turret mounted on that thing! our helicopters dont have that much stuff in them. lol

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WaBob,

Cancer and strokes???...just goes to prove its hard to keep a good man down.

Before, I was living in Mississippi and commuting in/out of New Orleans every day. I have since (2007) moved the business up into Mississippi so another Katrina won't get us.

I got interested in doing long-distance/Iron Butt riding and have been pre-occupied with it for a good while now. I have ridden in all the lower 48 states and would like to ride to Prudhoe Bay, AK when the opportunity arises.

The motorcycle shop pictured also doubles as my home. I built a 50' x 100' shop with 18' walls (all climate controlled), used 2500 sq ft for my home and the balance is motorcycle goodies. I also have 2500 sq ft above the "living quarters" for wrenching, too. So when I can't sleep, I just go out in the shop in my drawers (scary visual image) and work on things until I get sleepy. I was running out of floor space so I added a 1,000 sq ft mezzanine for more footage. Underneath the mezzanine, I hung as much florescent lighting as would fit for my work area...looks like WalMart its so bright. Another added benefit is I have no grass to mow...just concrete around the shop.

I'm am starting a semi-restoration on my old '69 T120R...I sold it to my brother and he ragged it out pretty good so I have rescued it from him. I also have a '68 T120R I will do after the '69. Along with all this, I'm going to build a Brit bike for Iron Butt rides. I haven't figured out what type of bike or base platform to build it from but hope to get some input/advice from my Brit biker buddies on the build.

I often wondered how you were doing and if the stars will line up, I'd like to ride out and shake your hand. I always have an excuse to ride but finding the time is usually the trick.

It was a frigid 73 degree here this morning and now up to 79 degrees...but we are going to power through it.

Z




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No turret...just the camera for spotting road rats.

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Hey Zackman,
What a wonderful shop to build the ultimate long distance runner. An Iron Butt britbike would be awesome also.

Long story short...I got very ill(terminal)...had some strokes(3) and then decided I was not done here yet and recovered (mostly). My family sold off my Britbike collection to pay off the medical bills (all of them) but kept my shop with all my tools and parts intact. My kids protected my musical instruments from being removed by helpful friends and relatives when they thought the end was near.
The wonderful old black Strat and Peavy amp are sitting nearby me and ready to rock. Still one of the best sounding Strats I have ever heard. Someday you must tell me where you got that guitar...it is indeed special and has some songs in it!

Welcome back to Britbike...I cannot wait to see what you can do now with a Triumph Twin. Take good care my friend,
Washington Bob

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WaBob,

You are a card and few folks get as down to earth as you. Sounds like you dodged a bullet for sure. I know how I am about my stuff, I'm sure your miss your goodies that were in your shop. I've got worn out brit parts that I've had for years that don't mean anything to anybody but me. They each have a story or remind me of the events leading up to them not being useful parts any more.

As far as the Strat, no matter how bad I wanted to be musically inclined, I just couldn't seem to get there from here. The best thing I ever did with it was to pass it on to capable hands. Now my two older sons took to guitars like a duck to water in Jr. High. Now, they are both playing custom-built 6, 7 & 8 string guitars but only for their own amusement. It's all Greek to me and they are so far ahead of me that I can't even talk guitars with them any more. My oldest got his Mechanical Engineer degree about 2 years ago and is my retirement plan...eventually. The next son down determined he wasn't college material and now head's up our Field Service going out on rigs installing equipment.

Now that I know what you've been through, it makes me truly appreciate even more the fact that you are still walking the face of the planet. You have a few years on me but I'm quickly learning that one of the worst things about getting older is the increased rate of loss in friends and family. I suspected it before but now I know for certain that your can't take these people for granted and if you have something to share with them...better get to sharing. "One of these days" is now.

There are many fine people here and I'm glad my motorcycle addiction has drawn me back this direction. It sure is handy that Al Gore invented the internet where it is easier to find like-minded folks with similar interest...especially those like you with a positive outlook and attitude.

Z

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Pilot Zackbilly, do your wear a braided peaked cap when you ride that Goldwing? smile

I presume you also have two thumbs on your left hand to operate that switchblock? laugh

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