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Samhain Blessings…

Weekend Fun – 30 October 2016

Samhain draws near…can you feel it in the air? I certainly can! It’s a good thing.

Time to talk sports for a bit: Game 5 of the MLB 2016 World Series is today, and will be played in Cleveland Chicago. The Cleveland Indians lead the series 3 – 1 right now. Both teams have been phenomenal so far, but Cleveland has been dominant. If they win today, it will be their first championship won since 1948 – so, the hunger is real! Fans of “the Cubbies” certainly looked glum after last night’s 7 – 2 loss, and I definitely feel their pain…I’ve had that expression multiple times when watching my Seattle Mariners!

Since the baseball season will be over soon, it’s time for football! My Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints today – I get a double dose of sports, LOL! I like the Saints and usually root for them, but the Seahawks are my home team, so…sorry, Saints! Gotta support my home team, win or lose.

Time to get some stew started, then I’ll do some computer gaming before (and possibly during) the football and baseball games – time for a completely relaxed, lazy day! I’m even going to live-stream my gaming sessions, which you can find by clicking on this link right here. You can also find it in my ‘Multimedia Links’ page on my blog, if you’re inclined to look at some of my other content. The sessions will be occurring on and off throughout the day, so be patient if I’m taking a short break…at least I have a decent picture displayed when I’m offline! There is also a Samhain / Hallowe’en theme going on in-game, so I hope that you enjoy it when you see what it is…

If you get bored while waiting for the gaming to begin, check out these sports-related videos! Just a bit of silliness and music to amuse and entertain. With that, I’m off – have a great day, all!

Friday Milestone…100 Followers!!!

I am ecstatic, elated, humbled and honoured! After grinding in my MMORPG from 2:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. PDT (-8 GMT) and taking a much-needed nap after completing an in-game campaign, I woke up to this wonderful notification: 100 WordPress followers…wow!

I’m speechless, LOL – I didn’t think I would reach 100 followers before the end of the year, especially since I sometimes seem to lose as many followers as I gain! There is at least one person who has been here from day one…I STILL SEE YOU, HERNIE!!! For now, I’ll simply post five in-game screenshots from the past 24 hours:

…also, here are five great songs to start the weekend off right – enjoy!

Blessed Samhain…2013!

A merry Samhain to you, dear readers! The first frost of the year happened here a couple of days ago; the night was clear and cold, and morning saw frost on the grass and the rooftops. Mist rose thick over the rivers and streams…a perfect Autumn morning! The rain returned today so it is a bit warmer than it was the other day – cloud cover helps.

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on their World Series victory! Fantastic games…I hoped that they would win, simply because they are in the American League. My A.L. Mariners couldn’t do it, and it was impressive to see the Red Sox go from “worst to first” – I always root for the underdog! They did pretty damned good. Baseball season is over for the year…looking forward to next season! I wonder what the Mariners lineup will look like…

I’ll get back to blogging as usual over the weekend – for now, enjoy some tunes!

Alice Cooper: “This House is Haunted

Oingo Boingo: “Dead Man’s Party

The Hooters: “All You Zombies

Rob Zombie: “Great American Nightmare

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: “Voodoo

Blessed Samhain…

First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, from the Caribbean to the Great Lakes and beyond…take care of yourselves and each other. Lend a hand when you can. Anyone and everyone, if you have the means to assist those in need, please do so – I’m in the process of doing what I can from my tiny corner. Those of us who are far removed from the destruction – count your blessings today. Hold your loved ones close, and reach out to those who are far away. Stay connected – it’s vital!

Today marks All Hallows’ Eve…an evening to honor lost loved ones. My thoughts are with a couple of people who also loved bikes, and now ride the skies…R.I.P., Dave and Ron – you guys were taken too soon; there was still so much riding to do! Ah, me…my friends are my family, so it cuts deep when one passes away. I smile at the fond memories of them, though – they were good people, flawed and dear. Ride on and ride free, my brothers!

Finally, here are three good songs for today! Enjoy…

Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers: “The Monster Mash

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack: “The Time Warp

Alice Cooper: “Sick Things

Ramblin’ Rose…Friday Thoughts

I titled this because I’m a rambling sort – I travel, my mind is active, and I go off on tangents on a regular basis! My personal symbol is the roisin dubh…that tattoo graces my skin; the first one I ever got. I’ve since added my second personal symbol, and more will follow as I’m able to afford them. I love my ink…none of it shows unless I’m unclothed, so only my fiancée knows what they are…as it should be!

The leaves are turning colour on the deciduous trees, and tomorrow markes the Autumnal Equinox – Mabon. Thoughts turn to holing up for the winter; time to haul wood now that the days are cool enough to do physical labour, but not so cold that your fingers freeze! The rain is holding off so it’s the perfect time to go look for deadfalls and start cutting – the wood is still dry from the hot days, so the logs can season in the crib under shelter. Cedar, spruce, alder, pine and hemlock all smell great on the fire!

From the website of Jonathan Cainer: http://www.cainer.com/

“It’s the equinox, when the days and nights are of equal length. Around this time of year, many of us experience a powerful urge to rebalance arrangements and adjust our attitude to situations that have begun to seem disproportionately important. We find ourselves wanting to lead tidier lives. We start to consider where we stand, wondering who we stand there with and asking whether we should be standing anywhere else instead. But for all that there’s much weighing up of options and alternatives to be done, there’s also an excellent chance to strike good deals and reach constructive compromises.”

Summer’s end… and what a busy summer it was – I can easily say that I’ve done more travelling in the past five months than I have in the past ten years! It’s been grand. We’ve already started planning for next year’s road-trips, including going back to the redwoods and sequoias, and heading through the Grand Tetons and going through Glacier National Park. The main excursion will, hopefully, be the cruise to Milwaukee, ‘Wis-cahn-sin’ for Harley-Davidson’s® 110th anniversary party. I sure wish my like-skinned ‘sisters and brothers’ would attend more of these events, and not be put off by the stereotyped bullshit that television and movies spew! Yes, there are bigoted assholes in bike groups – hell, this is AmeriKKKa, so there are ALWAYS going to be racist fucks wherever you go. They do the “safety in numbers” coward’s M.O. But you know what? There have been pioneering men and women of color in all walks of life. For the Black female biker, that woman is epitomized in the late, great Bessie Stringfield. I recently read about her in a book titled Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles, & the Rapture of the Road. I would love to meet any living relatives of hers who may still be alive today, and talk to them about her in-depth! She rode across the country, solo, in the 1930s and 1940s. If one truly knows what the climate in this country was at that time, you will understand that this was no small feat! She made eight long-distance rides and eventually traveled through all 48 contiguous states. Alaska and Hawai’i were still only territories at the time, and as a woman AND a Black person, she wouldn’t have had the right to vote – imagine that for a moment. She didn’t ride to make a statement, she had a passion for motorcycles and rode for the sheer love of it…much like myself and many others. Those who ride by themselves tend to be the genuine articles! I’d like to see more people like myself out there on bikes…and don’t be so fucking stuck-up with me and each other at the stores! I saw some seriously self-hating brothas at some shops, but was also helped by a couple of wonderful brothas and sistas at others.

Anyway, Ms. Stringfield was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1911 and moved to Boston with her parents – sadly, she was orphaned at the age of 5. To her good fortune, she was adopted by a wealthy family and was given a 1928 Indian Scout for her 16th birthday. She didn’t even know the first thing about riding a motorcycle, but taught herself how and even began doing stunts. She took the stunt act on the road; as she was often denied hotel lodgings, she would attempt to find a place to stay with a local Black family, or park the bike at a gas station and sleep on it, spreading her jacket on the handlebars for a pillow (yes, it CAN be done). Many attempts were made on her life, including the time two white men used a truck to try to run her off the road. Still, she persevered and refused to let others dictate how she wanted to live her life. She refused to let others keep her from doing what she loved. She didn’t stop living life and enjoying it, simply because cowardly assholes felt that she didn’t have the right to. She did many things in her life, including riding for the Army as a civilian courier until 1945 – she was the only woman in her unit. She earned a nursing license in the 1950s, and founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club. In 2000, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) created the Bessie Stringfield Memorial Award for Superior Achievement by a Female Motorcyclist. She herself was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002. In a riding career spanning 63-years, she owned 27 Harley-Davidson® bikes: “…always blue, and always new!” she is quoted as saying. I wonder what she would think about the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club if she could see some of the members now…what white-trash assholes they are! I’ve seen a few of the Pacific Northwest members at the annual Lighthouse Run in Coos Bay, Oregon and the Oyster Run in Anacortes, Washington. I’d gone over to speak with some of the members when I saw their patches, as I’d been acquainted with some members of the same club when I lived in Seattle, and hoped to find some mutual connections. They looked at me as if I were a piece of shit – I was amazed at their hostility and rudeness, but remembering where I was, I merely said that I’d mistaken them for someone else and removed myself from their toxic presence. There’s never any sense in trying to talk sense to racist fucktards; they’re so wrapped up in their personal poison that rational thought is foreign to them. Anyway, it’s a shame when an organization is started and is meant for everyone, but then, somehow, gets warped and transformed into some sort of exclusive, “whites-only” club – enjoying the freedom of the road isn’t exclusive; either you love it or you don’t. It’s frustrating to go to a place and have your enjoyment disrupted by negative, racist, separatist cretins. *SIGH*

My books are coming along quite well…the stoppers have opened! I’m enjoying writing and can’t wait to share my creation with the world. It will be interesting to see how it is received.  On another note, I am almost finished with my long-due post about mental illness. It has taken a while because there was a lot of old research that I had to dig up, and I needed to update the old observations and add some new insight and studies. It’s been a lot of work! I’m finally more or less satisfied with what I wanted to get across, so that post will FINALLY be published next week – apologies for the delays.

I’m working part-time now; it’s better than nothing, and it’s not in a friggin’ office! I can actually be myself a little more, which allows me to relax more. When I’m relaxed, I’m easygoing and more carefree, so it’s good. Best of all, I can comment on certain customers – nobody knows where I work and who I’m talking about, so I can speak “off-the-cuff” without worrying about doing it elegantly, LMFAO!!!!! Those will come at a later date…stay tuned if you’re interested.

I’m disappointed that Deadman Wonderland has vanished from the [adult swim] rotation with no warning or explanation! That was an excellent anime too…I was thoroughly enjoying it. I don’t belong to the “hate mail brigade”, either – I think it’s senseless to blame a station for a show going away (or a really shitty one commencing) because nine times out of ten, the station has no control over it. Having worked for radio and television stations I know how that situation goes…I’ve had to take the phoned-in complaints and read the stupid, ranting letters! At any rate, I sure hope it comes back – or, at the very least, I hope I can find the series up for purchase online! I’ll have to do some digging…

2012/09/24 DEADMAN WONDERLAND UPDATE: Apparently, the creator of the manga is female and pregnant! She’s taking time off for maternity leave. Deadman Wonderland is on hiatus until…whenever!

I have my Samhain gear all ready for upcoming events! There’s going to be a party at a local pub that I’m a regular at, so I hope my outfit will get some rave reviews, and perhaps win me some coin at a contest…we shall see. The ones I ordered are fantastic, I love the colors and the styles of them, and I can’t wait to try them on! I really need more room to work out in, too. The ceilings in our apartment are low, so I can’t do the jumping needed for some routines! Doing yoga isn’t an issue, and my elliptical and the rowing machine don’t take up too much space, but I sure would like to have a universal machine for my strength-training…I’ve always liked having variety in my exercise regimen, and it works the best for me.


Well, that’s all for now. Here are a few songs for the weekend…enjoy!

King Harvest: “Dancing in the Moonlight”


Van Morrison: “Wild Night”


Dire Straits: “Skateaway”


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