Okay remember wayyyy back in 2009 when I gathered a list of “must-have motorcycle accessories” and I included THIS imaginary item:
Voice-activated protective wrap-around bubble – This device deploys much like an airbag in a car, except it is voice-activated. If the rider shouts “Oh SHIT!” in a panicky voice, the bubble deploys and encases the bike and rider in a large see-through “hamster ball” made of indestructible space-age material.
Well guess what: It’s here – or at least, it’s in the works… for cyclists… I wish I was smart enough to embed a video shown on Vimeo, but alas… I am not. Anyway, click the preview pic for the precursor to GIANT HAMSTER BALL (aka “Invisible Bicycle Helmet”):
Just a quick note to put y’all on high alert… BIG announcement coming up Thursday, October 10! See you back here!
If you’re a biker chick you might also be a bit of a hot-rod chick – like me! For the past 22 years (except for one) we’ve staked out our parking spot with whatever street rod or custom classic we happen to own that year at the Good Guys Rod & Custom Heartland Nationals here in Des Moines. As it turns out, however, this year marked only the second show in 22 years that we have not attended. I’ll show you why in a future post, however just know that normally, last weekend we’d have been baking at the Iowa State Fairgrounds with the other hot-rodders were it not for something really cool that happened instead.
My biker-and-hot-rod pal Shirley – and her hubby Garry – DID attend the Good Guys show this year, and she was great about taking some pictures and sending them my way to share with you! So – indulge your inner hot-rodder a moment and just look at these beauties… this year the Good Guys show in Des Moines had over 4,000 confirmed registered cars! And that was before they threw the gates wide open on Sunday for the “newer-than-’72″ cars!
It’s always a colorful show! Thanks, Shirley, for all the wonderful photos!
SPRING! I can’t believe we didn’t have a day to ride in March… or at least, I didn’t – I know a few who did, those who do not have the same days off that I have… anyway, it’s been a long winter and the groundhog is a LIAR, and I feel like I’m babbling already. So I’ll just say, it looks like this Saturday might be the day. Fingers crossed… how about you? Where did you go in March? Where are you going in April?
… just sweeping out the dust and cobwebs as I prep for an AWESOME new year! Hope your Christmas was beautiful!
… a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! More soon, I promise!
I’ve been keeping this under my helmet for awhile, but am so excited to finally be able to mention that the CHROME DIVAS have come to Des Moines – and that I am a founding member!
While poking around on the Web one night last summer I did some reading about this organization for women motorcycle enthusiasts, founded in 2002. I was surprised to learn that although there was a very large and active chapter in the Cedar Rapids area, there was not yet a chapter here in Des Moines.
So, together with my gal pals Shirley, Susan (Coyote) and Stephanie (Iowa Harley Girl), we launched the Chrome Divas of Des Moines in August 2011. We’ve added two additional members since then – Janet (“Seven Over”) and Penney (“One Cent”).
The Chrome Divas is simply an organization for women who share a passion for motorcycles – all brands, all levels of riding. We currently meet monthly, and we’ll be creating opportunities to ride together and work on behalf of some our favorite community organizations. Our primary mission is four-fold:
- Promote a positive image of women who ride, and of motorcycling in general.
- Provide a social atmosphere for women who ride or simply love motorcycles to gather and get to know each other.
- Give back to our community by participating in local non-profit events and activities.
- Ride and have fun!
We’re lucky and thankful to have Sambetti’s, a local bar and grill, as the “official home of the Chrome Divas of Des Moines.” A big THANK YOU to Paul Strome, owner of Sambetti’s, for his encouragement and support of our little group! (I personally recommend the “10 oz top” special, the chicken strips, the house dressing on the crisp, cold salads, and – OMG – the ONION RINGS!! Lunch, dinner or drinks – Sambetti’s is one of my favorite spots in Des Moines!)
As for membership, right now we’re keeping growth slow and purposeful so as not to get too big too fast, but we are excited about being part of this great organization and are definitely planning to increase our numbers!
It’s been a crazy-busy month around here as my daughter wraps up her senior year of high school. As of this writing we are two days away from the actual graduation ceremony, but at this point she has officially completed her required education. She is just plain excited – to be done with high school, to be heading off to college in the Fall, to be entering a new phase of life. I’ve been a little emotional, and honestly it’s hard to explain exactly why – I’m not sad, though this time does indeed signify her passage into adulthood. I’m very, very happy for her, and extremely proud of her… but maybe just a little blue that my role in her life is changing. I’ve had to consciously remind myself that this time is not about me and my emotions – it’s about her, and her accomplishments. And I’m very, very proud of the young lady she has become, so, onward and upward! And congratulations to my beautiful daughter!
(P.S. – her stunning senior pictures were taken by Randy Shebek of Des Moines, Iowa, owner of Great Life Photography. What a wonderful experience it was to work with Randy!)