Irene, The Boss
Chew (Keener), 8 months
Lance and Jessica Boyer
Will Boyer, 5 years old.
Nicle and Randy Adler.
Luke. Randy and Nicole's Main Guy.
Jeff (Wheat) and Jonna Mazet
Hannah and Bridget Mazet
Lucky, Hannah and Bridget in their Carson Cabin Fort
Jeff (Wheat) Mazet
Three girls all great. All married. A UC Davis Phd. (Jonna), a Mom of
two and Jafra Manager (Jessica), and somewhat newlye married , San Luis
Obispo Rec Dept Manager and new Masters recipient from SLO (Nicole). Oldest
two married with 2 kids each. Love 'em . Nicole amd Randy and get
a great kid, Luke, in the deal. We have a good family that's getting
better all the time. Love all the sons-in-law. Proof Family Values is not
defined by conservative idioms. And here I am gloating
over it all at the '97 '49er in Quincy. My
fish, too. Burney Falls, Calif.
PERSONAL RANTINGS and CONSUMER REVIEWS
Its always at someones expense. I like stuff like "The good news is
that Richard Simmons quit smoking. He's on the patch. He's down to two
butts a day." Malicious eliteism or bigotry is out. But let's lighten up,
folks. Black folks? Jews? Homos? Fat People (I'm one)? Laugh or die.
I envy those of you who love their jobs. Irene is one. She teaches and
runs a school district's food service. I've worked for banks since '68
and struggled near the top of middle management. I loan money to rich people
so that they may be richer, but love the family and gotta work to maintain.
I liked the store for 3 of the 5 years then hated every morning of my life.
Time to move on. Mostly like my job now. Good people, good boss.
It's still a bank. Big dollar stuff.
Best to just put the numbers up on the board.
Irene and I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are jaded, spoiled
and snobby about food. I eat too much good food. She is a Food Services
Director for two school districts. She tries to make me eat right.
Having said that:
Best fast food hamburger ..........................................Murderburger,
Davis.(May be closed now...bummer) Second Pinch: In 'n Out.
Bryan C. Wright from Newcastle, Ca. has the following "Couple
of other possible suggestions for
the Hamburgers section"
"Kirk's in Palo Alto, CA. It is on California
Ave. A hole in the wall
that looks like what a Taco Bell would have looked
like in 1950. They
used to just sell hamburgers, no fries, etc.
They've branched out to include
fries now, but I love their cheeseburgers.
Fudruckers. This is a chain that started
out somewhere (Texas?). I
know of one in Sacramento, there may be others.
They have a nice
condiment/produce bar to let you pile (nominally
healthy) stuff on the burger."
Best over-priced Fish in a Tourist Area......................Scoma's,
Best Pizza, SF Restaurant..........................................North
Beach Pizza, Close second in the Fast Zone "The Pizza Factory"
Best Pizza, Franchise.................................................Pizza
Factory, 2nd in a pinch...Round Table
Best Semi-Expensive Italian, SF................................Marcello's,
Taravel 6 blocks west of 19th. Plenty of runners-up in SF
Any more suggestions?
MOTORCYCLE PARTS AND SERVICE:
Jeff's '76 R90s (Built by Jeff and Bill in
Moving the old RS/RSL around the garage
Give your local dealer the first shot. After you try it yourself, of
course. If he screws you, try another dealer that's close. Compare prices
by phone and on the "lists". Ask list members for parts for sale. Buy tires
from dealers and take in your wheels, not the bike. Even those of
us who think we know how to wrench don't always know enough about the wheel
bearings and races/balancing. Know what tires you want to buy and have
the dealer order them if he doesn't have 'em in stock (he'll be glad to
sell you what he has, of course).
Best Used Parts.......................... ...........the "Lists" and
then Eurotech (As of 11/02, I'm not sure here...they
sold and I don't use many used parts)
Best New Parts............................ ........Try the dealer
first then mail order Bob's or A and S (A and S has
pissed me off at this writing. But for used parts...)
Worst Customer Relations......................Probably Corbin...
Tons ' folks fit here.....Any adds?
Worst Move...........................................Tires by mail.
Do you know the word "Blem". How about "Shipping Charges".
Bikes Built By Bill:
You'll see a group of Harleys down there. The chronology is this:
1964 I got my first real bike, a 250 Honda Scrambler. Then I moved on
to Triumphs with a notable purchase of a '69 Boneville right off the boat
for $1275. After that were some japanese (x6 hustler, honda cb350) and
then (note the lower case) back to Triumphs. In 1977 I started up with
HD. Bought a Sportster and was required to build up my wrenching skills.
Next, a '78 Superglide (FX), reversion to a Bonneville, then a Guzzi ElDorado.
Traded the eldo for a 54 panhead in a 57 frame. Then 79 FXE, and on and
on. Beemers started in about '86 with an '80 R100RT (smoke red). HDs and
Beemers at the same time. I'm a changed man. Pretty much hate HDs after
riding and building Boxers. The Oilheads? Got to ride 'em to feel
it. Love Airheads. I'm trying on a new K1200GT. 1600 miles at this
writing in June of 2003.
The 78FX just got polished and some "ride to live" crap bolted up the
way present HD riders do it; The panhead was a
frame-off rebuild in 83; The black FXE was a 91" stroker/show bike
that I rode mucho miles (also frame-off) for about $60 a
mile (it placed 2nd in '93 Easyrider Vallejo show-my latest and last
show attempt); The shiny red panhead was a 52 motor in an
aftermarket frame with nitrous and about a million dollars wrth of
useless crap. Traded it for a '71 police special with a blown
motor. Good deal, eh? Last HD was the Sportster cafe racer that I rode
about 40 miles and gave away before it killed me.
Now I have some serious airhead Beemer wrenching under my belt, but
no frame-off. Top ends, paint, front ends, suspension, seats,
trannys, all that. Haven't found a lower end that screams at me to
remove the motor from the frame. Closest thing was the R90s
above that was a wreck when Jeff bought it. Love those airhead electrics.
That's what drove to the Oilhead. That, and the great suspension.
R100S...Sold in May of 1999.
Son-in Law Lance (Jessica) now owns Lescoulies '76 R75/6. It's
on the table for cosmetics and a new rear frame section, electrics, etc.
On airheads, I'm a garage guy that does his own paint. I like to polish
alt and starter covers, valve covers and some misc. parts. HD roots
dictate a little exhaust noise. But(t) mild, not wild. In the Oilhead
and the KBike, stock seems to be the way to go.
Strange....but true. I've pretty much given up wrenching on bikes.
Except for tune up and oil change stuff. And adding gizmos.
The R100s ran a Corbin Gunfighter. It has a brother Corbin Dual
Canyon. Both seats had to be taken back to Corbin. I slept in a motel in
Watsonville in order to make my 9:00 AM Sat. appointment. They reglued,
wrapped and returned the seats by 12:00 that day as we waited and ate and
walked and talked. The seat covers lifted almost before we got home. Corbin,
at that time, was a substandard product for its intended use. As an art
piece, no seat looks better. But they're hard and unyielding. They tell
you to break 'em in for 200 miles. I think that's just to get you out of
their hair. I bought these seats when form equalled function. Stupid,
but that's the learning process. I haven't seen a good looking and comfortable
seat. Old Corbins circa 1985 or so, but no more.
The R1100RS got a Mayer Saddle in September....Best I've ever ridden.
Call : Mayer Saddles, Redding, CA Phone: 707-555-1212