Archive for December, 2008

Foggy night in Sacramento

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Rental Car Roulette

Monday, December 29th, 2008


Branden’s Award Winning Photo

Sunday, December 28th, 2008


In the front seat on the way back

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008


In the back seat of the Cessna flying to Stephenville

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008


Lunch at Hard Eight Stephenville, TX

Monday, December 22nd, 2008


2008 Big Texas Toy Run

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

We participated again this year despite the frigid cold temperatures. Something about doing this ride to get toys for kids that would not otherwise have them at Christmas is a great motivator.

We dressed in multiple layers and leathers to try to stay warm. They staged us right down the middle of Main Street in Grapevine, which allowed us to go to Wilhoites for a late breakfast/early lunch to get warm. What a crazy time that was! Bikers everywhere, and beer being consumed at 10:30am.

Left Grapevine about 1:00pm for the Arlington Convention Center. It was hard to tell whether we had 50,000 bikes like last year, but it looked pretty close when we got there. Our group was within the first 250 bikes out, so we got to park closer to the convention center this year. All the riders were courteous and rode safe, and we rareyly got above 40 mph with our police escort, so the ride was not too cold.

When we rode over I-30, we could see the parade of bikes coming from both Dallas and Ft. Worth that were converging with us. It was one heck of a site. My camera went stupid on Peggy, so unfortunately, we could not get any pictures.

We took our toys into the convention center, and sat down for a brief rest to let the rest of the bikes arrive. We could not leave until then, since the roads were occupied. Peggy noticed that on Fox News’ coverage of the event, I was captured in about 2 seconds of footage shot from the convention center. She has a great eye; I missed it. There were huge piles of toys and stuffed animals.

The ride home was really cold since we were riding at full highway speeds for about 1/2 of the way. When we got home, Peggy crawled under two blankets sipping hot chocolate to try to warm up. I left my 3 layers of clothes on most of the day. Despite all of this, it was worth it knowing the kids we would help to have a better Christmas. Pictures of the ride are here.

Merry Christmas.

Christmas is a time for reflection

Friday, December 19th, 2008

We are coming up to one of my favorite times of the year-Christmas. What I enjoy the most about Christmas is the amount of family time that we all get. I am blessed to have both of my children, their spouses, and my two grandchildren living so close to us. Football Sunday’s at Branden’s house is something that Peggy and I look forward to every Sunday from September through Superbowl Sunday. Having time to play with Garrett, whether we are wrestling, playing car wash or something else is really enjoyable. Payton is so precious, and is changing fast as babies generally do at that young age. It is nice to be able to see her often and hold her while relaxing watching football.

We have the Big Texas Toy Run this Sunday, and while it will be cold, thinking of the kids that benefit from this enormous event helps to put the cold in its proper perspective. You do not always have to give donations to make a difference in someone’s life. This happened at Starbucks in the local area this month. The guy in line bought the drink for the person behind him, and it stimulated a chain reaction of kindness for quite a while that morning. Imagine the smiles that this simple act brought to everyone in that line that morning. Talk with someone you generally do not talk to. Open a door for someone. Simple acts of kind humanity.

Make sure to take some time this Christmas to reflect on what is important in your life. Family, friends, your health, employment; whatever you value the most. Chances are you will rediscover those things that matter, and make them even more of your focus over the holidays.

Tracey, Scotty and Carla

Saturday, December 13th, 2008


Payton in Branden’s Hands

Friday, December 12th, 2008