As I sit here, I have just received a reminder that I am not the most generous person in the world. Now, that might not surprise you, but it was a bit of a shock to me. I think of myself as being pretty generous. I give of the resources that God has given me, to lots of needy causes. I have compassion for all the needs God places in front of me, and I thank God that he has given me enough resources that I am able to contribute to those needs as they are presented. I don’t consider myself wealthy, but by many standards I suppose I am. Clearly I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve. There is however one area where I am as cheap as they come. I absolutely squeak. So what is this area? Well it is when someone comes to my door and wants to sell me something. Now I should prefix this by saying I am not talking about Girl Scouts. I do buy their cookies. No, I am talking about that other person that goes door to door selling whatever they are selling. It drives me absolutely mad. And unfortunately that madness sometimes comes out all too clearly. If I were to analyze my self, I suppose I would say that I place a very high premium on my time at home, and I don’t like it to be interrupted without warning. So is that an excuse? Yes it is. Is it a good excuse? No it is not! So, why am I confessing this to you? Well, I am guessing that you, like me, have your own triggers that lead you to be unreasonably upset when there is really no need for it. Why is there no need to get upset, well you all know the answer already, but I will say it anyway. As I abide as branch in the vine of Christ, I can do all things though Him who leads me. I can even listen to a salesman.
Debbie and I went to the COC & I meeting this month at Texas Mist to get updated information of course, but also to help with raising money to support the activities of TMRA II. Texas Mist donated the meat for our Freedom Dogs and Freedom Burgers, as well as the fix-in’s for the burgers. We certainly appreciate Texas Mist.
The COC & I meeting itself was very well attended, we had clubs from all over, including several I didn’t know, but everyone was here for the same reason, to learn more about how to protect our rights as bikers in our favorite state Texas. We even got to see some short videos on how to correctly express our constitutional rights during a traffic stop. One was very funny, involving high-fiving an officer while driving straight through a motorcycle checkpoint. Probably not the best way to handle a checkpoint, but funny none-the-less. Our most recent Call to Action is about motorcycle only checkpoints, and it was very successful, with over 650 call-in’s (for our division) to our legislators in support of HR1861. Here is a link on the latest status of this bill from govtrack.us;
If you are reading this, and you ride a motorcycle, or know someone that does, please consider getting involved. We need all the help we can get to protect our constitutional rights.
Go over to http://www.txcocinews.org and sign up to receive email updates.
And finally, here are some photos of the meeting today;
Round Rock Tavern and Veterans of Foreign Wars Motorcycle Group co-hosted a benefit for Cyclops (Calvin Koether) to assist with his on-going medical expenses. We were reminded of it as we were cruising FaceBook, and decided to head on over. We weren’t sure we had the right place ’cause there weren’t any bikes in the parking lot, but it turns out they were all out on the ride. We went inside and were warmly greeted and told to make ourselves at home and the bikes would be back in a while. They had a bunch of silent auction items, some live auction goodies (cakes and pies…yum), and a pool tournament was in progress. Later we enjoyed a Ribeye BBQ plate with all the fixins’, the riders returned, Calvin was applauded. We even watched a poker tournament, all before the live auction started. Busy place.
We had out TMRA II (Texas Motorcyclists Rights Association) meeting this evening. We got bumped out of our usual meeting room, but we made due with a few booths and some tables just the same. Legislative activity has tapered off a bit, so this meeting focused primarily on planning for our first annual fund raiser rally for TMRA II that will be happening on October 19th. We will be raffling off a 2003 Anniversary Sportster Hugger, and we plan on having a dice run that will have a very nice first prize. Should be lots o fun, so put October 19th on your calendar. More details to follow;
We had our UCOA meeting for July last evening at Texas Mist. We heard about a bunch of events coming up in July and August,. Here is a list, but you will need to go to the UCOA web site at http://ucotexas.org for the full details. Especially since I may not have written all the details down correctly;
- July 20th – Bike Nite at Sams Town Point
- July 28th COC&I meeting at 1 PM at Texas Mist
- August 3rd Valhala Nomadic Loneriders benefit for wounded Vets in Rockdale BBQ starts at 9AM. They said you can’t miss it as you drive through Rockdale.
- August 10th Summer Sizzle at Hanovers starts at noon
- August 24th US Military Vets Bike Wash at Twin Peaks in Round Rock, didn’t catch the time.
- August 31st Calaveras benefit Coats For Kids at North Austin Event Center starts at noon
Took just a few pics, here you go;