PITCHING!

PITCHING!

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Those who know me are aware that in addition to being
an avid motorcycle enthusiast, I also love the game of
Horseshoes. In fact, I live for it during the summer when I
play in a league that pits 12 area lakes’ teams against one
another. Although the competition can be fierce, if you want
to step up your game in any sport, it pays to play against
folks that are way better than you. Hence the occasional
Wednesday summer evening I spend with one or more of
my teammates at a place in Branchville, NJ called The 3rd
Base. This little pub has four sets
of horseshoe pits outside and for
$7 you are randomly paired with
another player and if you make it
to the end, you could actually win
some money.
But I digress… While there recently,
a motorcyclist and his passenger
came by the bar and went inside not
to drink, but rather to get a booklet
stamped. I had to find out what that
was all about so I asked the rider
whose name was Robert Edwards.
He and his wife Kathy were astride
the 2004 Harley Davidson Road
King Classic you see them pictured
with here. The Stamp Book itself
originates from The Legion Riders
of The American Legion in Wayne,
NJ and is now in its 7th season.
In Robert’s own words, “The purpose of this book is that
each book donation of $10.00 goes to our Veterans. This
year there are 126 stops in the book & my wife & I have
visited just about every stop. They will have a picnic in early
October to announce how much money they raised & who
the winners are that completed the entire book. This is the
2nd year my wife & I took part in the stamp book.” Regarding
Robert’s moto, he installed a Reckless Fairing on it as well
as a leather luggage trunk backrest for Kathy so she has
a more comfortable ride on their longer journeys. Nice job
Robert! I hope you and Kathy enjoy many miles together the
rest of this season and beyond!
Speaking of Harley-Davidsons… When I learned that H-D
was partnering with Gun’s N’ Roses for a clothing line
I almost gagged. I mean, I like a lot of that band’s songs
but have always felt they were a bit overhyped and Axl’s
rockstar nonsense of making
audiences wait hours for them
to play displayed massive
insensitivity to their fans. But I
guess H-D and the band’s fans
have forgiven all that… The
press release reads, “In honor of
this century’s most anticipated
and celebrated tour making its
way back to the United States,
Harley-Davidson is pleased to
announce the launch of a special
capsule collection, in conjunction
with the Guns N’ Roses Not In
This Lifetime Tour. The limitededition
line of men and women’s
wear, created in partnership with
Bravado International Group, Inc.,
will be sold exclusively at Harley-
Davidson dealerships around the
world.” If you are a fan of H-D and
G N’ R, this may be the ultimate in cool. For me it is super
lame and cheesy. Director of Harley-Davidson General
Merchandise Mary Kay Lee would of course disagree. She
wrote, “We are excited to partner with Bravado to celebrate
Guns N’ Roses as this collaboration brings two brands
together in an expression of freedom and rebellion…”
Freedom and rebellion? Really? It’s more like corporate
marketing and weak conformity if you ask me.

 

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