A funny thing happened on the way to work. lt started out as a regular day—running late again as usual. Pull out onto the county road behind ten CFB Borden student driver training trucks, and patiently follow them all the way to Thornton. While waiting through three traffic light changes I was slowly beginning to realize there was no need to be in a rush, I’ll get to work sometime. As I sat there and admired the snowflakes accumulating on the windshield, I suddenly had to smile as a black tow truck came around the corner. On the side was the company name ‘Doctor Hook’. I reminisced some of the old songs that took me back to my teenage years. As traffic finally began to move I decided to bypass the Borden trucks and take the back way into the plaza which houses the post office. However I was not so quick, the trucks had beat me there and were now practicing parking while at the same time blocking the entrance to the parking area. A quick U-turn took care of that situation and I was off and running again. Another hectic day ahead of me with our press date lingering just a week away, maybe we should have stayed in Jamaica a little longer, kept running through my mind.
Throughout the year we are always busy with events, friends, family, travel and more travel. As our slogan from way-back-when states, ‘It’s about the ride’—I now believe we need to change that up a bit—let me explain. This past November, Glenn and I left work one day and headed south to board the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship and participate in the Western Caribbean HOHS Rally (Hogs on the High Seas).In the March/April issue we will give you the scoop on this one week rally of like-minded bikers—average age being 52—but nonetheless—ready to party.
At this rally it doesn’t matter what you ride, as long as you have some sort of passion for motorcycles you will definitely enjoy yourself. The main goal of it is to raise money for Dialysis patients. I don’t know the exact amount raised on this cruise, but I remember hearing on one of the evenings there was over $140,000 raised and more still coming in. This is a cruise like no other so check out the website www.hogsonthehighseas.com and if you can participate do so, you won’t be disappointed.
We were two of approximately 360 Canadians on board with the balance of around 1400 HOHS participants mostly being Americans, with a few international guests in the mix. The rest of the people on the ship, I believe close to 1500 were non-bikers but didn’t mind hanging out with us at all.
I don’t want to go into too much detail here as there is so much to tell you about the cruises offered by Debbie and Dean Anderson and it really needs to be a feature to do it justice. So check out the March/April issue or drop me an email if you want more info before then.
A couple funny incidents did happen to us while on the cruise. As we all know Canadians have the habit to say ‘eh’ a lot, without even realizing it, but what we didn’t realize is the way we say ‘about’ is odd to Americans. We were quickly labeled as Canadians after one or two sentences, sometimes not even that long. Not that there is anything wrong with that, we are proud to be Canadians, but I never realized we said ‘about’ in an odd way. I guess as time wore on they got used to us and we got used to them. I remember Glenn asking Lea from Alabama how she spelled y’all—of course it was spelled as we do—’you all’—but it sure doesn’t sound the same.
Another odd thing happened when we met Alaska Bob—we gave everyone descriptive names like that—who was one of our dining partners. After chatting a bit he had this questioning look on his face, then he asked if we knew ‘Guy’—pronounced the French way—from Toronto. I thought for a moment about this random question, and replied that we actually knew two ‘Guys’—one in Newfoundland and one in the Yukon. After a brief discussion we decided it was ‘Guy’ from the Yukon that we both knew. What are the odds of that?
We survived the cruise and kept a day ahead of Hurricane Paloma. We now have some video and a slideshow of the cruise on our website, so check it out.
New for Motorcycle Mojo this year is eight great issues, another toll free number to keep up with our growing subscription base and we are available in more corner stores, grocery stores, gas stations and newsstands than we could have imagined six years ago.
We have hired an in-house Graphic Artist, Liz Clubine to take the design work off of my desk. Liz is also a rider and even when the weather was -5ºC this past October she showed up to work on her 500 Ninja. She definitely put Roger Parsons, our top sales person, to shame. We think she will fit in just fine. Liz will also be helping at some of the upcoming shows this winter so be sure to drop by and let her know how she is doing with the layout of the magazine.
David Bradbury our webmaster/ tech guy is kept busy updating and maintaining our website on a regular basis so it is always fresh and entertaining.
We look forward to seeing you on the road… after all, ‘It’s about the ride—eh!’ MMM