How to Convince your Wife or Husband You Need a Motorcycle

So, you want a motorcycle. Unfortunately, your wife/husband/life partner doesn’t want you to want a motorcycle.

I feel your pain.

In your internet searches you have come across all sorts of crazy ideas. Some people say just get the thing and deal with the consequences, others say divorce is necessary because you aren’t being supported. But a few people (those who were likely IN your situation) suggest something radical. Talk your partner through the statistics.

Well, that’s what I’ll be doing soon and my research will be your gain. Let’s get started.

Injuries and Deaths
You know the phrases; terms like “donorcycle,” “coffin with wheels,” and “compensation” are often tossed around when the uninitiated talk about motorcycles. But how true are these phrases?

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 34,000 people died in accidents between 2001 and 2008. For the math-adverse, that’s 4,857 per year.


Not only that, they also list 174,571 emergency room visits per year for that same period.

Substance Abuse
Data collected by the NHTSA shows that 27% of the 4,166 fatal crashes that occurred in 2013 involved alcohol.

That’s right. More than one thousand people died because they just had to get on their bike after knocking back 15 purple nurples.

Just think, if the drinking hadn’t been a factor, the number of fatalities would have dropped to 3,000 people for the year. That is a lot of lives saved.

If you want your partner to be supportive, make a very real pledge not to drink/drug and ride. When I say real I mean real. Like no more riding if you do it real. That’ll put his/her mind a little more at ease.

*I would include information related to other drugs, but I don’t particularly feel the need to. Driving drunk or otherwise impaired is a bad idea. Riding a motorcycle under those same conditions is an even worse idea.

All The Gear All the Time
The rate of injuries doesn’t exist within a vacuum. Here’s a handy little chart from the Center for Disease Control.


Their chart shows us which body parts are most often hurt. The top offenders are the leg/foot, head/neck, upper trunk, and arm/hand, in that order.
Motorcycle pants (or over pants) would help with the leg issue. Gloves and armored motorcycle jackets will help the arm, hand and trunk issues. Helmets are always a good idea.

Helmets are always a good idea.

Helmets are always a good idea.

Get it? Well, Just to pound it into your skull, the NHTSA has found that (as of 2013) only 60% of all motorcyclists wear a helmet. In states where mandatory helmets laws exist, compliance is averaged at 89%. Some regions are lower, and some higher. Naturally.

Remember the pledge I mentioned in the alcohol section? You shouldn’t need to pledge to wear a helmet. Simply explain to your partner that you like having your brains on the inside. Then, when you’re done, show said partner some Department of Transportation approved helmets. If you really want to make an impression, show your partner Snell approved helmets, as Snell requirements are more stringent.

Small Business and Facebook – Driving Business with “Likes”

In the digital age, the use of social media as a marketing tool is not only important, it is essential. With over a billion people using social media, small businesses who would otherwise struggle to compete for exposure with Fortune 500 companies can promote their business on an amazingly level playing field. Rather than finding that they don’t have the budget for television ads in competitive time-slots, small businesses are able to use social media to reach the same target demographics that their competitors do.

Or are they?

Marketing through social media is all about feedback. And the most important of these, (looking specifically at Facebook) is the “like.” For a user of Facebook, a “like” is a very telling thing. It is an endorsement of a specific idea or company. By clicking that happy little thumbs-up, a user says to the world: “I have been here, I have enjoyed this service, and you should go there too.”   And that is a great thing. But small businesses often get lost between the multi-million “like” pages of national or global companies. And that is a problem.

These businesses get lost because they have a low “like” count. When a person is browsing their Facebook Wall, they will automatically tune-in to those posts with a large amount of positive feedback. Like anybody, users of social media feel an urge to conform to a specific social identity. If large body of “likes” accompanies a business page, users are likely to visit that page. The fact that other people were willing to put their stamp of approval on a page serves as motivation to seek out that company’s services.

For small and local businesses, this will often mean foot-traffic (or visits to your website). In a way, Facebook “likes” operate similarly to word-of-mouth marketing. With the knowledge that others have found a company’s products/services beneficial, potential customers are less intimidated about taking steps towards purchasing the same for themselves. The greater the number of “likes,” the more appealing the service.

But, with a small business, how is one supposed to gain a large amount of likes? A fantastic solution is working with Global Business Pages.

Global Business Pages is a company that specializes in providing listing services. Among many other packages, Global Business Pages provides a package that will increase the “like” count of your Facebook pages. For twenty dollars, we will boost your “likes” by 500. This process can be repeated every month, which means that your Facebook page can have a minimum of 3,000 likes within six months at a total cost of $120.

Small businesses are always going to be at a disadvantage to larger corporations. But by working with Global Business Pages and the many services we offer, you can dramatically reduce that gap. So stop relying on plain-old luck. Purchase the very affordable Facebook “like” package (or any of our other services) at: It will be the best marketing decision you have ever made.

“What do You Want for Christmas?”: Adulthood Made Me a Bad Person to Shop for

My in-laws have officially started their quest for Christmas* gift ideas. As usual, I’m a bit vexed with the queries. Not because I have a problem with them asking, but because I have no freakin’ clue what to say.

I remember the good old days when 10 year old me knew exactly what I wanted (can you say everything?) and was not shy about sharing that information. The toys were listed by priority, and I usually got what I asked for. What can I say, my parents are big on Christmas (which is probably why I’ve set aside a couple hundred dollars for my daughter who will be 8 months old during the holiday). But the point is, knowing what I wanted and simply asking for it was easy.

Things aren’t so simple now. I have noticed that when people ask me about Christmas gifts, there are three things that come to mind before anything else:

  1. Is there anything I want under twenty dollars?
  2. Why not just spend the money on someone who deserves it more?
  3. Is there anything I can do to avoid this conversation?

Seems harsh, I know, but that’s how my brain works. Since I’ve propelled disastrously into adulthood I have realized that not only am I not the most important thing in the world, I would rather see others around me happy than see myself happy. The selfishness, greed, and general assholiness that I exhibit every day prove further to myself that I simply don’t need or deserve that extra attention that gift giving implies. Instead, I like to take the opportunity to give. Not that I have any money, it’s all my wife’s.

And that’s what it all boils down to. In my transition into maturity (does perpetual guilt count as maturity?) I have lost the desire to impose my wants on others. This results in a reluctance to give ideas for gifts, which in turn makes me a truly difficult person to shop for.


*Please note that I’m using Christmas as a catch-all for the various winter-holidays. It’s not necessarily PC but people know what I’m talking about.


Reloading – Why A New Guy Would Consider Cheap Equipment

I recently read a post on a popular gun forum that read something like this: “I don’t understand why people insist on being cheap with equipment.” This poster was referencing my thread on extremely low-budget reloading equipment. I’ll admit that the question kind of got under my skin, but he had a point. Exactly why am I interested in going cheap?

For one, I just can’t justify spending more on a reloading setup that costs more than the gun I’m reloading for. It’s just a basic equation in my head. If I can afford a nice progressive press, four hundred dollar scale/powder measure, and a metric ton of storage, I can afford to buy at least two nice guns and one junker. Put simply, I’d rather have the other firearms.

In addition, I see reloading as an activity designed to save me money on purchasing pre-assembled ammunition. I’m not saving money if I’m buying equipment that costs more than I’d spend on rounds in five years. I have no interest in generating custom loads for high-powered rifle rounds or tweaking the powder on pistol rounds to gain 10 FPS in velocity. I would rather use a predetermined recipe to crank out inexpensive practice rounds to ensure that I’m competent with my firearm. 

But, when I consider equipment, I keep coming back to one issue. I just don’t believe that the more-expensive offerings are that much better. Sure, you’ll see a difference in the finish of a Lee press vs a Lyman or Dillon or RCBS, but will you notice a difference in function? I’ve handled expensive presses and cheap presses, and when they were kept oiled there was nearly no difference in my eyes.

I’ve never been one for brand loyalty. I don’t get a fuzzy feeling from owning a product more expensive or ‘fancier.’ In fact, I generally have quite a bit of disdain for the elitist attitude brand loyalty can inspire. At my basest, I’m an opportunist. Think of me as the vulture of the retail world. I’ll wear wrangler jeans with expensive shoes and a thrift-store blazer. Why? Because it makes no difference how much the products cost if they meet my needs. 

And that’s where I’m at with reloading. A cheap option, meant to have a limited life and not suitable for rough use, is perfect for me right now. Would I appreciate something more durable in the long run? Maybe. But I just can’t justify spending upwards of $1,000 on equipment when there are so many other things I could do with that money. And that’s that.

Flexi-Leads are the Devil

We’ve all seen them. The small dog who runs circles around her cell-phone toting owners. The suburban family whose overweight dog is roaming around fifteen feet in front of them. And the young medium-sized dog who has gotten away from its owner, lead flapping behind as it runs.


I have nothing against this specific brand of leash, it’s just the first one I found.

What do all these images have in common? The owners in all these scenarios have elected to use flexible/retractable leashes.

For those who may not know, a retractable leash is a lead designed to reel out and in as your dog moves, much like a tape measure. They may use a cord or a belt, and they are always constructed of plastic.

The idea behind this type of leash is commendable. With this design, dogs are allowed an unprecedented freedom of movement. No longer must they stay within six feet of their owner or, god forbid, two. They are free to explore, sniff, and investigate whatever strikes their fancy while still being in the control of the owner.

But (in my experience) this is seldom the case. Dogs who are left to roam can wander into all sorts of nasty experiences. What happens when they stumble upon a skunk? Or a snake? And let’s not even talk about their access to poorly monitored interaction with other dogs.

Then there is the control issue. Most versions of this type of leash have a ‘brake’ feature. It stops the cord from moving altogether. Most of the time they work. But with a strong puller, the brake can be defeated or even broken. Every once in a great while, a brake will lock, turning the once-flexible leash into a lead of definite length.

And the handles on these things are terrible. Whoever designed them was clearly picturing the most difficult thing to grip they could imagine. Granted, you get a grip-strength workout every trip but not everyone is built like King Kong.

Like everything else, there is a time and a place for the retractable leash. But for the average owner, some of the more traditional offerings will suffice.

The Importance of Exercise and Socialization for Dogs

I was reminded of how important proper exercise and social activities can be for a dog. Last Sunday my mother’s high energy dog bit someone who got too close to his fence.

Unfortunately he has troubles with aggression  and a lot of pent up energy.

Really, this is just a reminder, remember that socialization and exercise don’t stop when your dog grows up.

I’ve Been Busy – and Here’s Why

Not too long ago I got involved with The Zharmae Publishing Press. I’m currently working with their Jabari & Jaser imprint, which is focused on the Action and Adventure genre. 

As an imprint, they are looking for strong characters and fast plots in full-length novels. To make things even better, they are very interested in working with new authors. 

Check them out

It’s Been a Little bit

Hey folks,

I realize I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days. To be honest, with the new baby and allergy season hitting, I don’t have the energy for much these days. I’ll be back on the ball with the third part of my dog related posts this weekend, and I hope to have a post involving Freud up by the end of the week.

Thank you for your patience,