Clarksville, TN – I’ve been in marketing long enough to have seen some classic battles in my day. Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs Pepsi, McDonald’s vs. the world.
I’ve written, produced, voiced, edited and everything else you can do to a commercial, so I tend to view them differently than most people. I enjoy very FEW commercials, because I can see or hear just how BAD they really are.
It’s a curse.
Seldom do I see one brand go after another brand so openly as a recent ad from Harley-Davidson, which read; “Honestly now, did you spend your youth dreaming of someday owning a Polaris?”
Clarksville, TN – The winter months have always been my least favorite time of the year. Obviously when I was a kid, I loved the snow and all that came with it, but as an adult, a biker, and a man who has a few “achy” bones, winter is NOT fun for me.
One of the greatest things about this blog and all of you who follow, is that I get to learn so much about you and the part of the country that you live in. I’ve never been so blessed by anything in my life as I have with this motorcycle and the people and places it brings me.
Clarksville, TN – As we wait out the winter weather, and I continue to fully recover from the accident, I’ve been asked many times if I’ve been back to the scene of my accidents.
The first one wasn’t as bad as the deer strike in November, but either way, I haven’t been back to the scene of the crime.
The first accident, I missed a turn and slid into the bushes. Did about $1000 worth of damage to the bike. I suffered a cut on my leg that eventually needed surgery to clean out the infection. It took 6 weeks to fix me AND the bike.
Clarksville, TN – I had never heard of the term “Dark Side” as it relates to motorcycles until about a year ago. In my short time on a motorcycle, it never dawned on my that you could or WOULD ever put a car tire on a motorcycle.
Apparently you can and some people do.
Just like the debate over “lane splitting,” the practice of putting a car tire on a motorcycle is just as volatile and opinions are both mixed and passionate. I would never do it, but I know bikers who do, and it doesn’t seem to make any difference to them.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday this upcoming Monday:
“In the summer of 1963, I stood on the National Mall as an intern at the U.S. Department of Justice and listened to Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. I especially remember the power of ‘not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ A lot has happened since that day, but there is still more to do. Dr. King dedicated his life to help ensure equality for all Americans, and as we honor him we should continue to strive to treat each other as equals who deserve the same opportunities.”
Written by Joe Pitts
Mayor of Clarksville
Clarksville, TN – For Monday’s national holiday, as a community, we pause to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We also study the words he spoke decades ago, and how they still speak to us today.
Clarksville, TN – One of the greatest rock-n-roll musicians in the history of music, died last Tuesday. The news was released this past Saturday. Neil Peart, lyricist and drummer for the band Rush, lost his battle with brain cancer.
Diagnosed in 2016, the intensely private musician kept his illness to his immediate family and friends. Until the news this past Saturday of his death, I had NO idea he was fighting this battle.
Neil Peart was also a biker.
If you’re a fan of Rush, then you probably know how much Peart loved his motorcycles, and loved the freedom and anonymity that they provide. It was out of tragedy that Peart turned to his bike and continued his passion for them until his death.
Clarksville, TN – So, here we are. new year, new decade, new beginnings. What’s next?
I think a lot of us ask that same question.
Resolutions? I don’t make them, because I can’t seem to keep them. I would guess you might be the same.
We all need to be better than we were yesterday, so moving forward, I just try to take it one day at a time. The older I get, the more I realize that if I just get the most out of each day, treating people better than before, pushing myself a little more, and motivating myself to step up my game, then it wears off on the ones I love and the people I meet.
Clarksville, TN – There’s a popular internet meme that says, “don’t look back, there’s nothing to see there.” My understanding is that it refers to your life BEFORE motorcycles, and while that’s true, I think it’s healthy to take stock in where you’ve come from and how you will move forward.
Self improvement is a never ending process. Learning from your mistakes is critical. To just simply ignore the things that happen in your life as coincidence is wrong. In my opinion, I believe that things happen for a reason, and I’ve got to recognize that.
I don’t want to be better than everybody else, I just want to be better than I was yesterday.
Clarksville, TN – Let us look back at the past year with the warmest of memories and look forward to a wonderful future.
May the new year be filled with brightness, hope, happiness and health. The New Year is the perfect occasion to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given you and all the good things that are yet to come.
Clarksville Online wishes you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.
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