Biker gangs, are they looking to take you down?

A half century ago, the sight of  beefy men wearing dirty denim and  “colors” astride powerful bikes would strike fear into the hearts of honest motorists, especially those with hot buxom wives and daughters.

The movies and media were full of tales of violent attacks on lonely rural roads and the debauching of virgins (so-called).

That fear is a thing of the past. Today most people see these  roving gangs of bikers as   middle-aged men going through a mid-life crisis, finding companionship and comfort with a throbbing machine between their legs and the wind in their face as they tool around the urban landscape with their buds

I bought into that too, based largely on the comments of the bikers themselves who  promote their sport as simply another social club when the “squares” and  local government bureaucrats (or the fuzz) seek to “regulate” them in some form or fashion.

I bought into it, until today that is. Now I’m wondering if we aren’t selling them short. In an upcoming post, we’ll pose the question “does the honest citizen need to fear these hog of the highway?”

At least one personal encounter sez they should.

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Tips for new bloggers

Some one would say, I’m hardy the one to write on this topic, considering that this blog, The Mid-Atlantic Field Guide, has only been in existence for less than 24 hours, but to them I say that this is not my first and only experiment in the blogosphere.

In fact, The Mid-Atlantic Field Guide is a secondary blog for me, just one of several that I now run. And while none of my blogs area setting the blogosphere afar as we say,  at least one gets some attention due to events currently unfolding in the entrainment industry.

Avoiding Pitfalls

I’m not going to waste time rehashing information you can find in other places provided by people far more knowledgeable than I. Rather than travel that shopworn road, I’m going to offer up something unique and tell you why “success” is not always good.

I starting blogging, like most, in all innocence thinking that a high traffic rate is the goal and the goal is “good”. Friends, workmates, family, neighbors, I proudly pointed them all to my brand new blog.

I linked to social media like Facebook, YouTube, Flickr. Spread my URL throughout the Internet via comment boxes on uncounted websites and other people’s blogs. In fact, I spent so much time “spreading the word” that I neglected my content, going weeks between a post.

It took some time, but the effort, by my modest standards, proved  successful. I didn’t pick up many readers, but I picked up “enough”. I even scored a coup or two by being sourced in the local media.

But I soon found in that success (small as it might be), there was a trap. I had started the blog as a place to “sound off”, to visit the areas that concerns for the reactions and feelings  of family and friends and co-workers otherwise prevented me from exploring.

But I quickly discovered that when the potential for these same people to be reading your blog, “sounding off” quickly fell by the wayside and the self-censorship was, if anything, more of a trap than it is in the  face to face engagements.

This was brought home in spades when I linked my primary blog to Facebook, where most of my “friends” are based on common interest in one area and not people I really know. I soon discovered that Facebook is like a roach motel, once you check in, you cannot check out. Once linked, you’re screwed forever.

Coming up, why one blog is only enough for the tender minded.

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Tomorrow is the day I eat fish

It’s always the same, broiled salmon on a bed of rice served up with broccoli and green beans  and 2 greasy hush puppies. Served up by a grumpy staff with an indifferent  insolence.

But what can you expect from Fast Food Seafood?

I’ve recently discovered Waffle House. I’ve recently had to modify my diet because of heath issues and strange it may seem, Steak and Eggs have become acceptable fare.

Waffle House is an interesting place to eat. I only go on off hours and am often the only customer. Even so, the large counter staff is always busy. I get my Steak and Eggs in short order, and Waffle House is the only eatery I’ve been in where they offer up a cup “to go” of your beverage of choice when you pay your check and leave.

I ran across an interesting link on another blog. Check out this blog James River News.

It looks like a group called The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has come out with their latest World Standings of thoroughbred racehorses, and there are some surprises.

The much ballyhooed and Virginia bred Quality Road stays at #2 while the great Zenyatta has dropped from #8 to #9.
What makes this poll by the IFHA so interesting is that Quality Road is ranked #2 on the basis of a SECOND place finish, while the horse that beat QR in the Whitney, a champion named Blame, could only grab #9.

Zenyatta of course, is perfect in 19 starts, and made history by beating the boys (Zenyatta is a mare) in the 2009 BC Classic.

This link, provided by James River News makes for some interesting reading.

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Megan Beyer, a great reporter

This is a shot of Megan Beyer, certainly one of the best journalists to work the hills and hollars of the Mid-Atlantic states from the shores of the Atlantic to the magestic mountains of the Blue Ridge chain.

These unpublished photographs, in vintage black and white, was taken on a warm fall days many years ago, somewhere in the mountains of Virginia north of Charlottesville, but south of Harpers Ferry.

Megen Beyer

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My First Post via E mail

This is only a test friends, trying to learn new techniques.

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