We went to the Colors (patching in) Ceremony put on by Karibenos MC this afternoon at the New Goal Post in Round Rock. It was well attended, with lot of clubs attending and several Karibenos MC chapters visiting for the occasion. I must say, it was pretty exciting and even emotional for many. Starting and growing an MC chapter is no small accomplishment. After the ceremony, we enjoyed the BBQed chicken plates which came with all the fixings and was very good. I hope you enjoy the photos;
After our pause for a nap at home, we headed over to Hanovers to the Summer Sizzle. We arrived a little later than usual because of our morning activity, and the subsequent pause to recover a bit. Everything was in full swing at Hanovers when we arrived. No problem though, we still managed to find a parking place (in the shade no less), and headed in to visit with friends and get something cool to drink. Soda in our case, but it worked very well to quench my thirst. This year, the Sizzle was more than very well attended, it was packed. There had to be over 500 people, counting inside and out. Isn’t it amazing that you can get 500 bikers together from 75 different clubs and not have any fights, or whatever. Big thank you to Hanovers for not chickening out. I’m sure they did very well today. There was raffle drawing, silent auctions, and live auctions with several very popular items. A friend (and fellow photographer), Tilt donated a couple of canvas mounted 16×20 photos that went for a very good price at the auction. Congratulations Tilt. The first band started around 4pm, and I must say they were really good. I do wish I had brought my ear plugs, to control the volume, but they still sounded great from outside. As usual, we didn’t stay for the whole party, so we headed out around 6pm for home with our usual stop at DQ for a Blizzard. Ok, enough from me, here are the photos;
We mounted up “in the car” this morning to head out with the chapter to Burnet to have breakfast at the Crazy Gal’s Cafe. The ride went well. It might have been a bit convoluted, but we got there. Debbie and I had the special, which was eggs, sausage or bacon, and two fruit pancakes. I had blueberry, and Debbie had Raspberry. I know mine were good, and I guess Debbie’s were too, cause her place was empty when I look over after finishing mine, to try and steal some of hers. After breakfast, we left the group and went next door to an antique store to browse a bit. I didn’t find anything I just had to have, but I took a few photos of some neat stuff. Then we headed back to take a quick nap before we headed over to Hanovers for the Summer Sizzle.
We had a very good meeting this evening. It was quite crowded as you can see from the pics. Inspite of the hot weather, we have a few events coming up, so be sure to check the calendar and events link on http://ucotexas.org for details. In particular the Summer Sizzle is this Saturday, and it is always a good time. It starts at noon and tickets are available for a $10 donation at the door. Here is the flyer;
I also got a few photos this evening, so enjoy;
When I was young I learned that I could be or do anything I set my mind to. As I grew older I learned that I actually had to set my mind to something if I wanted to accomplish anything useful. Fortunately I was blessed as a young adult to make a couple of good choices. One of those was to ask Debbie to marry me, and the other was to enlist in the Air Force where I learned a good work ethic. A good work ethic is useful because when you do what you say, people come to respect you at your word. Something that is very important in this community.
As time went by, I also learned that not everything I set my mind to will happen. Sometimes life is out of my control. A few years ago my father passed away, long before I would have preferred, but his heart just stopped. He was 84 years old, and yes he did live a good long life with many accomplishments. In some ways he was very fortunate. He didn’t have to fight cancer, no radiation treatments, no hair falling out, though like me, he didn’t really have much hair.
Some of us or people that we know have had to fight cancer or other life threatening situations and decide to make the best of it. We often don’t know how how much time we have, but we hope and pray that God will give us more. There never seems to be enough time.
One person I am thinking about this evening is a Facebook friend, and he is fighting brain cancer. I have been praying for his healing. He recently told me that he has decided that he now has a mission. In addition to beating the “you know what” out of cancer, he is going to use his time to train young aspiring drummers with the skills he learned as a young man. I think that’s great.
For myself, I have learned long ago that I am not always in control. I also learned that Someone “bigger than me” is in control. Now I don’t have a life threatening illness, but I do still need to have a mission. I have chosen as my mission to rely on God to; hint, cajole, or twist my arm, into doing what He wants me to do.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Sometimes God has to convince me that His plan is better than mine. Sometimes I don’t see how good His plan really is, but hey, I’m ok with that. It is His plan after all, and He will accomplish it, even if He needs to convince me.
Do you have a mission?