Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Matt Harvey Asks New Yorkers About Matt Harvey....hilarious

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Today at noon, they are doing the appraisal on our house. Fingers crossed that it goes well, the value is found, and by tonight we are packing. Everyone feels like it will go off without a hitch but that does little to assuage my worry. Up until this point, we have always been waiting on something. From the lead based paint tester, a contractor, an inspector, a buyer, repairs to list the house initially, to countless other small hurdles along the way. It has been a never ending series of "hurry up and wait" scenarios. It will nice to finally have a little closure and be able to just pack without worrying about what we should leave out to stage the house.

For the first time ever, I can NOT wait to move! Then again, I say that now, while standing in the AC and not lifting a never ending stream of heavy boxes.

Wish us luck!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Risk Assessment

When they asked me what I thought I would do when I grew up, I would not have guessed anywhere close. Helping rationalize making good business decisions. I really thought something more along the lines of helping people and friends make decisions that were in the best interest of having a great time were more my domain.

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Figure 1: A 3x3 Risk Matrix

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Soon to be Paddling

Only going to be ten minutes from this Summertime recreation Oasis! I might finally dust off the old kayak and get some paddling in this summer!

The constant, seemingly never ending waiting to move is driving me bananas. I can't wait to get tot he next house so I can start working on everything and getting our new home all set up!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Working with the No-Mar

Yesterday, I changed two more tires with the No-Mar classic tire changer. I love that thing! It would be nice if the adjustment on the cams were a bit easier to get tight and centered but overall it is well made and easy to work with. I changed two tires for a friend's Buell motorcycles and should get to do two more later next week. I can't wait until I get the No-Mar mounted on the floor though. It does kind of stink mounted on a 2.5' x 2.5' piece of plywood. It is especially difficult if you don't have someone standing on the other side. I figure by the end of this summer my No-Mar will have paid for itself or at least be close. It will be infinitely easier to use when it is in a large space, mounted on the floor, and an air conditioner keeping the atmosphere just right! I can't wait to move into our new home.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AMA Discounts

I completely forgot about the fringe benefits of AMA membership:

AMA Member Discount Codes

ActionStation/Bohn Body ArmorBohn Body Armor is the first choice of street riders for comfortable, profound protection you can wear all day, every day.
  • Discount: 10% off all products, INCLUDING DISCOUNTED COMBO’s!
  • Discount: Free Bohn MX Shirt with $100 purchase.   Our Main Catalog Site for full range of products. Use Coupon Code AMAB4U at checkout.   Special site describing the features and benefits of the popular and versatile Bohn Bodyguard System - ideal for riding in the heat - and for the best protection under jeans. AMA Members must use this link to qualify for discount.
Avis and Budget car rentals
Get a discount of up to 25% off prevailing rates at any Avis or Budget car rental agency. For Avis, enter discount code: D388100. For Budget,enter code: Z942000.
Visit for a 10% discounts on motorcycle parts, gear and apparel. Enter your AMA number when checking out to receive your discount.
Biker Rain Chaps
Biker Rain Chaps keep you clean and dry and are easier to get on and off than a full rain suit. Biker Rain Chaps also add an extra layer of insulation for chilly mornings or evenings after the sun has gone down. To access this 25 percent off discount, just visit and provide your member number.
Bill's Sport Motor RV Part & Accessories
Plenty of AMA members use RVs as home bases while racing and riding with their families in the woods, and offers generous discounts to members on RV parts and accessories. All current members of the AMA can get free access to the Bill's Sport Motor Racer's Discount Club (a $24.99 value), which give them discounts of up to 20 percent off retail pricing, discounted and expedited shipping, and special offers on featured items throughout the year. Order your RV Parts & Accessories catalog at or call Bill's Sport Motor at 518-487-9569 to order a catalog, or place an order and receive your discount.
Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels offers members 15% off best available rates at participating Comfort Inn©, Comfort Suites©, Quality Inn©, Sleep Inn©, Clarion©, MainStay Suites©, Suburban Extended Stay©, Rodeway Inn© and Econo Lodge© hotels. Use the Member Discount code #00947556.
EagleRiderEagleRider offers a 15% discount on Harley-Davidson, Honda, BMW and Polaris rentals and tours. Call(888) 900-9901 or book here using discount code: AMA014.
Federal uncrated motorcycle transport
In the United States, call Federal Companies, an agent for Allied Van Lines, at (877) 518-7376. For international shipments, call Motorcycle Express at (800) 245-8726. To get your discount, be sure to have your AMA number handy. Motorcycle Express also offers temporary international insurance.
Save 15 percent on brake pads and 10 percent on brake discs at
International Motorcycle Shows
AMA members save 25% off advanced adult one-day general admission. The promo code is "AMA" when you buy your tickets online from
LifeLock identity theft protection
LifeLock works to protect its clients from identity theft protection before it starts. Now, AMA members receive an exclusive benefit of 30 days free and 10 percent off the regular LifeLock membership fee. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, use the promo code AMACYCLE when you sign up at or at (800) 543-3562.
MAD Maps
AMA members can now buy MAD Maps, some of the highest quality maps and routes for motorcycle-friendly road trips available, at a 20 percent discount using this discount code: AMATHXU.
Motel 6
Motel 6 offers AMA members up to 10% off best available rates. Use the Member Discount Code CP540176. Visit to reserve your room today.
Powertye Tie-Downs
Save 10 percent. Enter code TYES4AMA at checkout from
Race Tech
To access the discount, go online to, then call Race Tech directly to order at (951) 279-6655 and provide your AMA number. Race Tech representatives will verify your membership instantly and apply the discount to your order.
Red Roof Inn
AMA members receive a 20% discount off available rates.  For discounts at Red Roof Inn, call (800) RED-ROOF and use the code VP+ 503343. You can also make reservations online at Just enter the code VP+ 503343 in the field labeled "VP+/ID#" when making reservations. The discount will be automatically applied.
RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine subscription
Visit the RoadRUNNER Motorcyle Touring & Travel magazine webpage for a 20% discount on subscriptions. RoadRUNNER is the touring expert of North America giving readers information on the best places to ride. Subscribers can download tankbag maps and GPS files of tour articles. AMA Discount Code is CRIAMA.
Schampa products
You can fight back against the elements, and one of the best weapons is quality gear that keeps the cold, wind and rain out and body heat in, such as the balaclavas, facemasks, neck gaiters and undershirts sold by Schampa, which now offers a 15 percent discount to members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for all purchases made from Simply enter the discount code "SCHAMA".
Supercross and Arenacross tickets
Get $5 off Supercross tickets:
  • Discount not valid on any ticket priced $15 or less.
  • Buy tickets online at and use password: AMA14 (listed as AMA membership discount)
  • Discount also available at the box office by showing your AMA card up to the day prior to the event. Not valid day of show.
  • Discount only valid for up to 4 tickets.
  • Offer valid up to the day prior to the event.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • Supercross Pit Party Access: Fans can go to the Box Office the day of the race and show their AMA card to receive one free pit pass. Free pit pass offer is only available the day of the event at the box office window selling pit passes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get $5 off Arenacross tickets
    • Discount not valid any ticket priced $15 or less.
    • Buy tickets online at and use password: AMA5OFF (listed online as AMA Membership discount)
    • Discount also available at the box office by showing your AMA card up to the day prior to the event. Not valid day of show.
    • Discount only valid for up to 4 tickets.
    • Offer valid up to the day prior to the event.
    • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Almost Sold

It has been a very long year. We have been getting ready to sell our house for, what seems like, forever. We are almost done though. All we have to do, is get through appraisals and then get packed and move. There have been many hurdles along the way but it has been one heck of a learning experience. I like the idea of helping someone else sell their home, but I hate being on the selling end. It could have been much worse though and, all things considered, it did not take us near as long as we thought that it might to get it sold. I can't wait to be finished with everything though.

Our new home, in Smithville Missouri, has a bit of a "blank canvas" feel to it. The gentleman selling the house started countless projects, but never followed them through to the end. As a result, we got a much better price than we would have otherwise and we have an opportunity to make this house our home just the way that we want to. It is in a neighborhood near a number of different attractions. We should have plenty to keep us busy. Between kayaking, fishing, mountain bike riding, dirt biking, and renovating our new home, will have plenty to keep us entertained. The only downside is the commute to work but it will be more than worth it with everything we have nearby. A few friends will be much closer and some will be further but we are not moving out into the stix somewhere, where Jessie would be very bored while I was constantly entertained. I am hoping to get 5-10 acres of land in the very near future for all of our dirt bike, hunting, and relaxing needs. This will be quite an adventure and will offer many opportunities to learn a number of new skills.

Fingers crossed that nothing falls through on the deal! Wish us luck!

This house has been a wonderful starter home and I hope that the young lady buying it has even more great memories, stories, and laughs than we ever did.

Side note: It is much easier to be nostalgic now that we are almost out of the house. LOL. There was nothing wrong with it, but we are definitely ready to move on to the next stage in life.

Wrecked FZ1- The Price of Distracted Driving?


This was the price of distracted driving. The young lady didn't mean to cream my brother but whether you mean to do something or not doesn't matter when you don't bother to look.