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.
Clarksville, TN – It’s early in the morning as I sip fresh coffee and reflect on the past several weeks of my life. The pain and discomfort. The constant replay of my accident. The “what ifs” and “what could’ve, should’ve happened.”
That’s how the brain works. That’s just human nature. “Wow, I could have died, maybe I should quit riding, that was close!”
From the moment we were born, we’ve been told “NO” or “Don’t do that.” We’re taught that we can’t and not “yes you can.” I’m guessing the older we get the more we realize that life comes at you fast and you just have to take it as it comes and enjoy it to the fullest. If that means I’m a biker, understanding the risks and willing to conclude that this is how I might go out, then so be it.
Clarksville, TN – Our great City got an early Christmas present back in August when Money.com announced that Clarksville had been selected the Best Place to Live in America.
What a significant honor! Money.com is a respected business publication and their Best Place to Live designation is among the oldest and most prestigious of its kind in the “place marketing” and “site selection” pantheon.
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