Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
I first heard Bill Van Dyke in the early 90's on an Easyrider Video.
Swap Meet Special was stuck in my head for a long time after that.
In 1999 I saw him perform at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis.
I caught up with him later that week on main street.
I was checking out a Panhead with a cool set of saddle bags.
It turned out to be his ride. The bags were made by a brother of his
on the inside. We shot the shit for awhile. He has some good stories to tell.
Two months later I made it back to Florida.
Biketoberfest was going on and I went to see Charlie Daniels at the Broken Spoke.
The next afternoon I went to The Last Resort Bar.
Bill was playing there. He remembered me and gave me a shout out as a fellow
road Gypsy, at that time I guess I was.
We shared road tales for a few hours.
After Sturgis he want east and I had gone west to Montana
then south to Arizona.
I found these albums at Choppers on Main St. in Daytona years ago.
This year I dug them out of storage and played them for the last time.
As soon as I hung them at the Swap Meet, a father and son came by and purchased them.
They were stoked to find them. The last of my record collection found a home.
I still have a CD of his. See him if you get a chance. Country/biker/story teller/music definitely
"She's my swap meet special,
I build her on my own,
I rode her over from Texas,
Right through downtown San Antone,
She's the sweetest little Harley,
You will ever see,
She's my swap meet special"
Ride on Bill.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I have read a few of these SHTF books.
This one sent a few chills down my spine.
Set in the mountains of North Carolina, One Second After
is the most realistic SHTF book I think I have read.
Death, starvation, a community coming together, no communication,
no power, and more.
This one made Patriots look like a fantasy check list for survivalists.