Our final stop for the evening was at Hanovers for the Crossroads Patching Party. We had been to a colors party a few weeks ago for Karibenos MC, where several new members received their full patched colors, but this was somewhat different. Crossroads was an RC, and is switching to be an MC, so all the members changed their vests to indicate they were now a Motorcycle Club instead of a Riding Club. Not really a ceremony, just a nice party, and as usual Hanovers is a great place to host a party. As you can see from the photos, everyone had a great time and it was a very laid back affair. Congratulations to Crossroads MC.
Our second activity today was to attend Bandido Smokey’s birthday party at Hanovers in Pflugerville this evening. We arrived a little after 8pm, and there were already lots of people there. We said hello to Smokey and wished him a happy birthday. He is a great guy, and well loved by everyone in the community. Snacks, and chips, including various kinds of sandwiches were provided and there was plenty to go around. We chatted with Smokey for a while, and then headed out to visit with everyone. Great evening. We will be sure to be here next year Smokey, same time, same place.
We had the COC&I meeting for September at Hanovers inPflugerville, and it was paired up with a benefit to support the US Defenders and Save the Patch. Pairing up events is always a good idea, especially in our event heavy area, but this was particularly good because it brought together lots of clubs and independents from the large central Texas area for the COC&I meeting. We managed to keep the meeting relatively short, down to about an hour, but in that time we managed to get updates from all the usual speakers. In particular we heard that the Mongols won their case, when the Judge threw out all 27 inditements because you cannot bring a case against an entity, you have to bring a case against people. Anyway, hopefully this particular case will be behind us forever. In addition to the meeting, we had some good grub provided by the Hanovers kitchen, and of course the Arm Wrestling competition has now become an annual event. I got a lot of pictures, which you can see below, and I have added some video of the Arm Wrestling that I upload to Facebook. It is public so you don’t need a Facebook account to watch it.
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 had the monthly Christian Unity meeting this evening at Bill Miller’s BBQ in Wells Branch. As usual the BBQ was good and the Peach Cobbler was great. Not many activities coming up this month, but we did note that the Summer Sizzle will be on the 22nd at Hanovers in Pflugerville. I have my tickets, how about y’all.
We continue to help those families that have been hurt by the Waco incident with food, paying utility bills and such, and we still have funds available to continue that effort. A charitable account has been setup that is tax deductible, so if you want to donate, contact me and I will tell you where to send your check.
Keep the rubber side down.