azkaisr Posted April 16, 2007 Share Posted April 16, 2007 The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom...of the press." Why would I start out a ride tale of my trip to Salt Lake City for a tech daze? Well my fellow lovers of democracy, Sometimes being a correspondent of truth takes you into harms way for there are despots in the making everywhere. I only hope that the truth is never repressed…. Unlike most ride tales, because of time constraints and looming deadlines, I had decided to not take the bike the 800 miles to Andy’s place. Instead I decided to take an airplane! It wasn’t all that full and I got to see some pretty cool stuff on the way there This image shows some of the public art around the city. It is a Hohokam Indian pot reproduction done with landscaping stones. Pretty cool This is Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. It is one of the main landmarks of the city. From here the city stretches about 40 miles in every direction. Crazy how big the metro area is here. So this is picture of the road we often use to get into the mountains. Totally different perspective when you are this high up and going slow After a while we started to make our way to that big hole in the ground that Arizona is so famous for. Now one of the first jobs I held was working for Grand Canyon Helicopters back in the late 80’s. It still gives me goose bumps every time I go there It really is a magical place and you all should make plans to see it in person. After heading North for a little while longer, we started to descend into the Salt Lake area. Here is a massive Pit mine that is bigger then some of the local mountains! Landing in town Got into the rental car and headed over to “Camp Andy” He lives on a nice street. Great view! I found the place easy enough from all the motos. Being the ace photojournalist I am, I decided to really try and capture both the good and the parts of the BMW scene. Sort of like how Hunter S. Thompson did with that other moto club back in the 60’s. Figuring the best angle was to just try and fit in, I went in undercover…Bracing myself for the worst I went in Not surprised the first Hoon is one of the ring leaders Jamie. It seems to me he is at all the main events. His knowledge of moto skills may just be a front, but if he ever decided to go legit, I bet he could make a decent living as a Auto Shop teacher. The little guy in the foreground is some sort of secret initiation piece. I would tell you more about it, but have to think of the movie rights you know. Oh notice how Andy is already thinking “what the heck have I gotten myself into letting these Hoons into my home“! My first real break in the story comes when a real rough looking fellow called “Killer” decided to break in half his alternator cover. I think that may be a felony in some states though I am not sure if Utah counts. Rather then snapping it in half like a phone book, he decides to use a dremel like tool. Only problem is the last time “Killer” used one of those was never. Another thing to note here is the fact that Andy moved the nice table cloth back so “Killer” wouldn’t cause any property damage. In these circles, I guess some things just get damaged. The man was breaking bits left and right Andy was getting pretty twisted with the way “Killer” was just breaking stuff like it belonged to Whip. He managed to get the pieces cut but then he decided he needed to deburr the edges using one of the other pieces in the kit. We all know trouble is just around the corner folks. Remember that nice clean table cloth? Note to self, NEVER put a running power tool down on a nice table cloth that is folded to keep it out of the way. Unfortunately, Matt was not in the area to blame so I think he told Andy that somehow it just jumped out of his hand. I don’t think he bought it for a millisecond. Thank god the Mrs. Was out cutting hair. You have to wonder if having panini’s for lunch means there is a link to that other syndicate? Blake and Mark seem to be hungry. The Harbor Freight Motorcycle table is on sale now until April 23rd if you anyone is interested. Something just wasn’t right to me. I mean where was all the bad things we know they were up to? I mean there had to be something not this simple going on. Finally, I got someone who was willing to show me the dark side of the SLC tech daze….Of course he doesn’t want to be recognized. For purposes of this post lets just call him Mr. Thumbs. We made up an excuse to go to the Checker Auto Store and Best Buy. Visions of Tony Soprano were flying through my head as we headed out to find the seedy side of Tech Daze. So there is a Gentleman’s club in Salt Lake City….we just drove right on by. Not even a Bada Bing comment. In the end we did stop at Checker and got brake fluid. At least I think it was brake fluid. For all we really know, Thumbs was there to make a collection. We got back and Matt decided to bleed his brakes on the ST. Of course nobody made fun of the ST’s beautiful headlight Andy was so upset by this time, he was just sitting by himself and channeling 1BMWFan. I know Twin Maxes aren’t legal in Utah! From out of nowhere I was attacked for trying to give you, the reader, access to this world. Luckily I have sloth like reflexes and managed to absorb the blow. I took the bat away with almost a ninja like move and “Killer” in near total panic, hopped on his RT (without putting the Tupperware back on even) and rode out. My guess he took the “Southern Exposure” route. Tell you what the man is a magician when it comes to wrenching and more importantly he can teach others giving them the confidence they need to mess with these expensive machines. I think the ST looks better with all the stuff off, don’t you? After several hours the kids came out. The little “Angel” herself….little did we know how challenging it would be to get this little Angel to go to sleep. The mechanics all went in for dinner and let the kids clean up. Wonder what the Child labor laws are in Salt Lake. Actually Andy’s kids are great! And his wife is wonderful too! After eating the fellows went out to finish Blakes Lights. I have ordered a set of these this morning. Clowning around with Dad A long time ago in a galaxy far away…epic battles took place between the Empire and the Rebels. It started out with “Killer” telling me that 1990 was 17 years ago. The little Angel couldn’t believe it either and I think this is why they didn’t want to go to bed. Don’t tell me that look wouldn’t get you to give her an extra 30 minutes to stay up with the grown ups… Others had less trouble sleeping So we called it a night around midnight and settled into hearing bad jokes and laughing ourselves to sleep. The next morning I had to catch a flight home so I rousted Jamie at about 7am. He threaten me with repressing this story from you my readers. That is why I had to remind him of the Freedom of the press. Don’t make me post in AdvRider Jamie…I’ll do it! I told Killer not to ride that darn pony all night. Got back home early enough Sunday to go run some errands and tell the guys at Harbor Freight to hold me one of those lifts. What a fun day I had in SLC. I will be back up again to enjoy it some more. Link to comment
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