GWRRA Newnan GA Chapter Z Z-RIDE by fjwuxn


									                   GWRRA Newnan GA Chapter Z

January 2007

I hate to admit it, but we haven’t done many newsletters for Chapter Z. This is due to the
fact that we don’t have a newsletter editor. So….. if anyone wants to volunteer, please let
me know.

Now to the news!

Chapter Z staff met early January and planned as many rides as we could to give you
more opportunities to ride and work into your schedule. We have a variety of rides, such
as picnic rides, overnights, visits to other chapters’ meetings, and some favorite rides
from last year.

Let’s start with February.

      Feb. 15 – 19 – Ride to Key West, Fla. Plans are to leave late afternoon on
       Thursday, Feb. 15. Contact Alan for more details.

      March 18 – I did not name this ride, but the ladies call it “The Chick Ride”. We
       plan to leave from Huckaby’s at 9:00 am, kick-stands up, bike or car. We will be
       riding to Madison, Ga. to visit all the antique shops.

      March 24 – Irish Getaway. We will leave from Huckaby’s at 8:00 am. kick-
       stands up. We will need to leave Dublin by 2 – 2:30 in order to return in time for
       our chapter meeting.

      April 1 – Picnic Ride / Strawberry Picking at Lane Packing. Don’t forget about
       their awesome peach ice cream! We are taking a sack lunch. We will leave from
       Huckabe’s, kick-stands up at 10:00 am.

      April 7 – Dahlonega, Ga. Old Store and Ride. We will meet at the Thomas
       Crossroads BP, kick-stands up at 9:00. This is a neat antique store with a player
       piano, homemade jams, sauces, and preserves, 5 cent coffee, and a variety of old
       and new gifts and collectibles. There are a number of shops on the downtown
       square of Dahlonega to visit, including an ice cream shop.

      April 14 – Ride to Chapter P meeting. We are meeting at Patriot Chevron at Hwy
       16 and 85 in Senoia. Kick-stands up 5:30 pm, ride to Fayetteville for meeting. We
       will eat at the meeting at IHOP.

      April 21 – 22 – Overnight ride to Maggie Valley, NC. Wheels Thru Time
       museum. Hotel details to be given out at March meeting. We will leave from BP
        at Thomas Crossroads Sat. 21, kick- stands up at 9:00am. Sunday we will ride
        home over the Cherohala Skyway.

       May 5 – Ride to SC district rally. This will be Saturday, kick-stands up at 8:00
        am at Thomas Crossroads BP.

       May 19 – M and M Ride. Kick-stands up at 9:30 at Huckaby’s. Riding through
        towns that start with an M. Lunch in Montezuma, ending up at Chapter A’s
        meeting in McDonough.

       May 27 – Dauset Trail Picnic Ride. We will be meeting at Huckaby’s, kick-
        stands up at 10:00. This is a Wildlife and Nature Center. They have picnic tables,
        so bring your own sack lunch.

       June 14 – 16 – Georgia District Rally. Chapter Ride to Wing Fling. We will meet
        at Westside Restaurant 7:45 am, kick-stands up at 8:00. Chapter Z is going to
        handle the vendor gate from 12 – 4 pm. and closing ceremonies clean up.
        Volunteers to help would be appreciated.

       June 23 – Ramblin’ Ride. Meet at Westside Restaurant at 12:45, kick-stands up at
        1:00. Ramble around on back roads then head back for Chapter Z meeting.

       June 30 – Picnic Ride to Little River Canyon. Leaving from Westside Restaurant
        at 8:00 am.

       July 21 – Overnight Rafting at Nantahala River. Leave from BP at Thomas
        Crossroads at 8:00 am. Sunday ride home over the Cherohala Skyway July 22.
        More details will follow regarding the hotel arrangements.

       August 11 – Overnight ride to Tennessee’s Chapter Z meeting. Leaving from
        Westside Restaurant at 10:00 am.

       August 19 – Chapters A, P, and Z have challenged the District Staff to a bowling
        tournament in Fayetteville. 12:00 pm Fayette Bowling Center. Below is what the
        District Director, Bill Livingston, has to say about it.

          Hello, Georgia District Staff. As you read below, Alan, Bob and David have these visions
of beating the District Staff at bowling. I think we need to teach them a lesson in camaraderie and
probably a little about bowling while we are at it. It has been a few years since I have pushed the
little puck thing down an alley with a long stick, but I think it will come back to me. I am not sure
what kind of shoes Alan is referring to, but I have found that a fairly decent pair of tennis shoes
keeps you from slipping on the slick surface. Any way, let me know who wants to give them a
bowling lesson and we will start getting warmed up. This ought to be a lot of fun, for us anyway, it
could be a little embarrassing for them though.

       September 29 – 2nd annual Hotel Talisi Ride. Leave from Waffle House, exit 41,
        interstate 85, Moreland exit at 10:00 am.
      October 19, 20, and 21 – 2nd annual Train Ride from Dillsboro, NC. Leaving
       time and hotel arrangements to be announced.

Now that you have an idea of the rides we have out there for chapter Z, please mark them
On you calendars and come join us.

       Here are some mottos to think about for funny reading.

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

He who hesitates is probably right.

Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.

No one is listening until you make a mistake.

Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.

**To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is

Two wrongs are only the beginning.

Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.

If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried

Change is inevitable - except from vending machines.

If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.

How many of you believe in telekinesis? Raise my hands.

Everybody repeat after me – “We are all individuals."

Guests who kill talk show hosts - On the last Geraldo.

Eagles may soar, but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines.

Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.

2.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Use SWAG when making your more important decisions - (Scientific Wild-Ass

        Now as a motorcycle rider, I have heard a saying that really made the essence of
riding. Have a better meaning than just saying I really love to ride.

         I heard some one say we should “ race the wind and chase the sun”. That to me
says it all about riding.

        I would really like to post on our web site and put in our scrapbook what it means
to you to ride, and what feelings you get from it. Please send me your emails. They will
be added to the web page and scrapbook without names. That way your feelings can
come out. I mean this for the rider and passenger. Give me 1 paragraph.
        Thanks Alan

                              Tax Tip From Karen Haun

Here's a Tax Tip!

Telephone Tax Refund Credit
If you paid long distance telephone service after Feb 28, 2003 and before Aug 1, 2006,
you also paid a federal excise tax. The IRS is refunding all federal excise tax paid on
long-distance telephone charges billed between those dates in the form of a credit.

There are two ways to determine the amount of credit.

The easiest way is to claim the standard credit set by the IRS. The credit amount is based
on the number of exemptions you claim on your tax return. This method lets you take a
credit of:

$30 if you claim one exemption
$40 if you claim two exemptions
$50 if you claim three exemptions
$60 if you claim four or more exemptions

IRS Publication 553, Chapter 1, Tax changes for individuals

This can only be taken on your 2006 tax return.

Any questions or if you need someone to do your taxes, I work for a CPA and he is very
reasonable, especially to those whom I know. Call me 770-461-7549

     Do The People You Ride With Know Enough?

Well what the heck am I talking about? I would not ride with someone if they did not
know what they were doing, right? Well I don’t mean how much do they know about
riding their motorcycle. What I’m talking about is; how much do they know about you.
Do they need to know more? Well that all depends. If you are like me, I think they do.
For my safety and well-being, and theirs.

Gosh he is talking in circles, what is this about?

Well what I’m getting at is…
How many people I ride with know I’m diabetic?
How many people know that low blood sugar can make someone seem to be drunk?
What about something as simple as ~ meds for high cholesterol can make you light
headed and cause flu like systems, yes I’m on that also. But who knows other than my
wife? What if she’s too upset to think of this? Do I wear a diabetic bracelet? Yes, I do.

Do you have a heart problem? Hearing loss? Migraines? Allergies (bee stings, shell fish,
peanuts)? Can you only handle your spouse on the intercom for a few hours at a time? Is
there anything that could affect your ability to ride a bike? Most people think they can
push on, but that’s not smart. Let someone know. I want to end a ride with everyone I
started with, not with someone going to the hospital because they pushed themselves too

Do the people you ride with know who should be contacted in case of an emergency?
Family members, friends, anyone that you would want contacted first.

Denise and I have traveled on several long trips that totaled 5000+ miles each. We gave
this a lot of though, due to the fact of us riding by ourselves. That caused us to list
emergency contact numbers, age, medications we take, and a short medical history. It
was our discussing this that caused an EMT to say that we really need to have
“MedicAlert” bracelets for certain allergies, medications, and medical conditions….the
list is a great idea, but it needs to be supplemented by the MedicAlert” bracelet. This list
should be updated regularly and kept in your wallet and on your bike (in the non-locking
faring pouch on your Wing….for riders of bikes that don’t have a faring….let someone
know where you keep it on your bike.

This is just food for thought. It could help you save my life, or me save yours.
  Jan 14th of 2006 Bon and I lost a good friend
                    Lee Box
Lee was riding his Harley to an ABATE event when he was hit by a
Tractor trailer that failed to yield the right of way.

To everyone, be aware of you surroundings.

Try to anticipate hazard and dangerous situations in you continuously
changing environment.

Ride as if you are invisible and assume that the other traffic isn't
aware of you.

Scan back and forth form 9 to 3 O-Clock and check your six in the

Stay out of blind spots, If you cant see the driver in his mirrors then
he can't see you.

When the cage operator next to you is on a cell phone, putting on
make-up, reading or distracted in any way, GET A WAY FROM HIM!

All motorcycle accidents are preventable if you continually scan,
anticipate and adjust to your environment.

Bon and I were inspired to write the following poems to honor Lee.
  Have you ever seen a Harley fly?

     You may have seen a house fly
     You may have seen a horse fly
   You may even have seen a fish fly
    Have you ever seen a Harley Fly
    Late that night we said goodbye
    We looked up into heaven’s sky
I could have sworn I saw a Harley fly
I heard the rumble and saw the flames
    To God and us you did proclaim
         The pipes were ringing
           The angels singing
      No, my eyes did not deceive
   I saw the Earth your Harley leave
Goodbye my friend you’re Heaven bound.
   To God you go we heard the sound
            As I began to cry
       I couldn’t help to ask why
            With a heavy sigh
             I said goodbye

         I saw a Harley fly.

           Van (AKA Mongo)

           Who could know
           Our friend would
       Leave this earth so soon.
         Let us not forget him
     And the good he has done.
   Let us carry him in our hearts
          And run the race.
         Fight the good fight
        In the memory of him.
       For those who knew him,
         He was a gentle soul
         With a loving spirit.
   He was a leader and a friend.
          He gave of himself
      And his friendship to all.
    He lived his life with passion
            And conviction.
       He will truly be missed.
         He touched our lives
     And he gave us inspiration.
   May Lee always be remembered
   As our comrade and our friend
       And as a kindred spirit.

     Written in memory of Lee.
          By Bonnie Dyer
                             BLAH BLAH BLAH
                            CHAPTER CHATTER

Goldwings and Valkyries wanted"

I saw this statement on a passing flyer recently and thought that it doesn't quite
sound right. Yep, after all we are a Goldwing chapter and why shouldn't we be looking
for Goldwings and Valkyries, that's what the chapter's all about... isn't it? Well of course
it is, but I think that there's a feeling where, now correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't
really feel that anyone would care about what someone else rides. I only care that
someone likes hanging out and riding with others. Now I do know a few others, actually,
I don't think that one could swing an electric glove around by the cord and not be able to
hit some 'other' riders. I feel that as a GWRRA group, the statement is fine, I just feel
that somehow it should mention that others are welcome too. I don't think that it's
designed to slight anyone, it's just focusing on the 'Core' meaning of a "Goldwing"
chapter. I wouldn't want the statement to make a non-Goldwing rider not want to contact
their local chapter, because I'm sure that they'd certainly be welcomed. I do admit that I
didn't have time to read the whole flyer but it did get me to thinking about 'Chapters' and
their membership.

I'm not picky as far as who I ride with... OK, I am, it's just that in the current chapter I'm
in, I haven't yet met anyone that I've had an issue with and honestly, I'll be surprised if it
does happen. I do like riding alone at times and I would imagine that quite a few feel the
same but there are times that I like riding with others too. Now I know that I'm in a
'Wing' chapter and Wings are the bulk of who we are but I feel that no one would have a
problem with a non-Wing wanting to ride or even becoming part of the group. Since I've
been with the chapters locally, I’ve yet to meet anyone that I would NOT want to ride and
meet with.

Wings and Valks wanted, yeah, they are, but I'm certain that I'm not alone in saying that I
welcome anyone that wants to hang out and then share some wind together on the road.
                              Signed the wind
                                  BLAH BLAH BLAH
                                 CHAPTER CHATTER
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Alicia is a biker we know,
Who frequently yells Whoa – whoa!
Her bike is too high,
When it falls she does sigh,
But a cop will help her again to go!

Three Johns we have is so confusing,
To keep them apart is quite amusing,
None of them look a thing like each other,
We call one JD and George is another.
To complicate the equation more,
We have two Karens to add to the score.
One with an i and one with an e,
You must pay attention as you can see,
Greg on his shirt, but Henry by name,
Another Greg too, it will drive you insane.
If you want to join this motley group,
New names are needed! and that’s the scoop!

PLEASE HELP! Lynn, our Motorist Awareness Coordinator, is looking for
opportunities to give a MA demonstration. If you know of any clubs/groups that are
looking for speakers please let her know. You can reach her by email at or call her at 678-378-8585. Also, if you know of any local fairs,
company picnics or other events and would be willing to help Lynn arrange MA's
participation, give her a call. Our goal is to pass out as many bumperstickers as possible
and get drivers counting motorcycles! How many MOTORCYCLES have you seen


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