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Gophers And Cheese

Gophers And Cheese

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Featured on American Pickers

On last night's new episode of American Pickers on the History Channel, a photo I took at the 2012 Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow was featured!!!

Here's the full photo as I originally posted it:

They had reached out about 2 months ago for permission to use the photo, which they found right here on the blog (click here for original blog post).  I've been a fan of the show for a long time so I was happy to agree.  Time passed and I didn't hear anything until the beginning of this week.  The e-mail sent was clearly to a bunch of people (not just me) that granted permission to use photos or video and said that the air date was Wednesday but that not everyone's content made the final cut.  They said that everyone would be thanked in the credits regardless.

I watched the show (like I would have anyway) anxiously waiting to see whether my photo made the cut.  I waited and waited but Mike and Frank weren't buying any Harley parts.  Then, at the very end of the show, Mike suddenly runs across a stash of old big twin parts and buys an original knucklehead beehive taillight shell and my photo was shown.  Woo hoo!  I was really excited that it made the final cut.

Shortly after that, "Gophers and Cheese" was listed in the credits, alongside the Library of Congress, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and a couple of Historical Societies.  My little motorcycle blog is totally legit now.

If you want to check it out for yourself, the photo is featured in American Pickers Season 7, Episode 4 (#143) titled, "If You Talk Nice To Me."

Lakewood Cemetery - Black and White

I think the photos I recently posted from Lakewood Cemetery take on a whole different vibe in black and white.  See what you think.

Last Ride of the Season - Lakewood Cemetery

It's somewhat fitting that as the 2014 riding season came to an abrupt end, my last ride was through Lakewood Cemetery as the sun was beginning to set.

I took a lot of photos of my bike in Lakewood Cemetery on Halloween in 2010 (use the Graveyard search label to find them).  I made the mistake of returning about a month later to take photos with snow on the ground and dropped my Sportster (the only time I've done that), bending and scraping a few parts.  Maybe that's why it took 4 years for me to come back.

The grounds are organized into sections.  This is Section 13:

I consider 13 to be my lucky number so I don't find it creepy at all.  What was a little creepy is a strange green glow that showed up in lots of photos I took.  I'm 99% sure it was just lens flare when I had the sun in the photos.  Either that, or I was being followed around by ghosts.  While my pipes are probably loud enough to wake the dead, I tried to keep the noise down to a low, respectful rumble.  Do you see the green glow in the photo above and the two below?

Lakewood Cemetery is a beautiful place and I highly recommend going.  It's quite peaceful and serene so it's a great place to reflect on life... so long as some asshole isn't riding his loud motorcycle through it.

Apart from its beauty, a visit to this (or any) cemetery is also a valuable reminder to live and enjoy your life while respecting the rights of everyone else to do the same.  All the money and power you might accumulate in life will probably just result in a bigger headstone when you're gone and really, who gives a shit about that?  Yes, I'm glad lots of people spent the money to have big fancy grave markers and monuments in Lakewood as it makes for cool photos but, with very rare exception, I have no idea who any of the people were.  As time passes, all will eventually fade into obscurity.  Your only lasting impact is your impact on others.  Don't ever lose sight of that.

Hopefully you enjoyed these photos as I'll be posting black-and-white versions of nearly all of them next.  While the color photos convey a sense of the end of fall and an end of the riding season, the black-and-whites have a much eerier vibe to them.

Graffiti Series Part 23 - Gopher Sighting

Unless we get a serious warm up before the deep freeze of winter sets in, my last "real" ride of the season will end up being a ride I took through downtown Minneapolis two weeks ago on November 2nd.  After a stop at Bob's Java Hut, I got some photos at the Intermedia Arts building in front of a gopher mural!!!

I say "real ride" because I took both of my bikes for very brief rides a few days later to add fuel stabilizer and top off the tanks before it snowed.  Those rides were really just to get the stabilizer through the fuel system.

After snapping these photos, I headed towards the lakes and took a bunch of photos in Lakewood Cemetery.  Those are up next.

Demon's Death Ride - October 31st

Ton-Up Minneapolis announced the 2014 Demon's Death Ride and it will happen Halloween night, 10/31.  It starts at Town Hall Lanes and ends at Club Jager.  I went last year and it was fun (but very cold).  You can see my blog posts from the 2013 ride by clicking HERE.

First Thursday - September 2014 - Part 3

Here's a handful of Harleys from First Thursday bike night at Dulono's Pizza.

First up is this cafe racer-style Sportster.  The custom shift linkage is really cool.

Performance-oriented Sporty:

This Sportster appears to be designed to carry a wheelchair.  That's pretty awesome if that's the case.  I wish I had taken a closer look at the hand and foot controls to see if/how they were modified.

Yellow Sporty with a springer.

I wrap up this month's coverage with a blacked out big twin in the grass.

First Thursday - September 2014 - Part 2

There was a great turnout for First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza earlier this month.

As usual, there was a wide variety of bikes - something for everyone...

Japanese chops:

A stripped down Beemer:

A motorcycle-vacuum-cleaner combo:

Honda with plumbing parts:

Classic Triumph:

Creative combinations:

Cartoon characters & Muppets:

...and this Venom SS.

Harleys (mostly Sportsters) are up next.
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