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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale - Now Through Christmas

All items in the Cheese Shop are on sale from now through Christmas!!!
Buy something for yourself and load up with gifts for your friends and family.

HOT PRICES (no promotional code needed)!!!
  • T-Shirts are $10.00 each + S&H (regularly $15.00) [Lowest price ever!!!]
  • Stickers are $1.00 each + S&H (regularly $1.50)
  • Gophers and Cheese logo stickers are $0.50 each + S&H (regularly $1.00)
  • Domestic Shipping:
    • $1.00 for the first sticker and free for all additional stickers
    • $5.00 for the first T-shirt and $2.50 for all additional T-shirts
  • International Shipping:
    • $2.00 for the first sticker and free for all additional stickers
    • Sorry, I do not ship T-shirts internationally
  • Note: Sale prices only apply to my BigCartel store, not eBay listings.

Extra-large shirt pictured:
High quality screen printing (the printing is crisp, the blur is from my camera):

Visit the Cheese Shop to purchase:
http://gophersandcheese.bigcartel.com/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Featured on American Pickers

On last night's new episode of American Pickers on the History Channel, a photo I took at the 2012 Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow was featured!!!

Here's the full photo as I originally posted it:

They had reached out about 2 months ago for permission to use the photo, which they found right here on the blog (click here for original blog post).  I've been a fan of the show for a long time so I was happy to agree.  Time passed and I didn't hear anything until the beginning of this week.  The e-mail sent was clearly to a bunch of people (not just me) that granted permission to use photos or video and said that the air date was Wednesday but that not everyone's content made the final cut.  They said that everyone would be thanked in the credits regardless.

I watched the show (like I would have anyway) anxiously waiting to see whether my photo made the cut.  I waited and waited but Mike and Frank weren't buying any Harley parts.  Then, at the very end of the show, Mike suddenly runs across a stash of old big twin parts and buys an original knucklehead beehive taillight shell and my photo was shown.  Woo hoo!  I was really excited that it made the final cut.

Shortly after that, "Gophers and Cheese" was listed in the credits, alongside the Library of Congress, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and a couple of Historical Societies.  My little motorcycle blog is totally legit now.

If you want to check it out for yourself, the photo is featured in American Pickers Season 7, Episode 4 (#143) titled, "If You Talk Nice To Me."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lakewood Cemetery - Black and White

I think the photos I recently posted from Lakewood Cemetery take on a whole different vibe in black and white.  See what you think.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Ride of the Season - Lakewood Cemetery

It's somewhat fitting that as the 2014 riding season came to an abrupt end, my last ride was through Lakewood Cemetery as the sun was beginning to set.

I took a lot of photos of my bike in Lakewood Cemetery on Halloween in 2010 (use the Graveyard search label to find them).  I made the mistake of returning about a month later to take photos with snow on the ground and dropped my Sportster (the only time I've done that), bending and scraping a few parts.  Maybe that's why it took 4 years for me to come back.

The grounds are organized into sections.  This is Section 13:

I consider 13 to be my lucky number so I don't find it creepy at all.  What was a little creepy is a strange green glow that showed up in lots of photos I took.  I'm 99% sure it was just lens flare when I had the sun in the photos.  Either that, or I was being followed around by ghosts.  While my pipes are probably loud enough to wake the dead, I tried to keep the noise down to a low, respectful rumble.  Do you see the green glow in the photo above and the two below?

Lakewood Cemetery is a beautiful place and I highly recommend going.  It's quite peaceful and serene so it's a great place to reflect on life... so long as some asshole isn't riding his loud motorcycle through it.

Apart from its beauty, a visit to this (or any) cemetery is also a valuable reminder to live and enjoy your life while respecting the rights of everyone else to do the same.  All the money and power you might accumulate in life will probably just result in a bigger headstone when you're gone and really, who gives a shit about that?  Yes, I'm glad lots of people spent the money to have big fancy grave markers and monuments in Lakewood as it makes for cool photos but, with very rare exception, I have no idea who any of the people were.  As time passes, all will eventually fade into obscurity.  Your only lasting impact is your impact on others.  Don't ever lose sight of that.

Hopefully you enjoyed these photos as I'll be posting black-and-white versions of nearly all of them next.  While the color photos convey a sense of the end of fall and an end of the riding season, the black-and-whites have a much eerier vibe to them.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Graffiti Series Part 23 - Gopher Sighting

Unless we get a serious warm up before the deep freeze of winter sets in, my last "real" ride of the season will end up being a ride I took through downtown Minneapolis two weeks ago on November 2nd.  After a stop at Bob's Java Hut, I got some photos at the Intermedia Arts building in front of a gopher mural!!!

I say "real ride" because I took both of my bikes for very brief rides a few days later to add fuel stabilizer and top off the tanks before it snowed.  Those rides were really just to get the stabilizer through the fuel system.

After snapping these photos, I headed towards the lakes and took a bunch of photos in Lakewood Cemetery.  Those are up next.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nordeast Swap Meet - Nov 23

Winter came early this year and I'm not happy about it.  While it's possible we may see one last warm streak, I'm not holding my breath.  As riding season turns into wrenching season, I want to make sure you're aware of the swap meet November 23rd in Minneapolis, hosted by the EFMC.  Get some cool parts and get to work in your garage.

Of course, if you're in the mood to shop right now, you can get these and many other fine stickers for your bike or toolbox in my store (http://gophersandcheese.bigcartel.com/):

Friday, October 17, 2014

Demon's Death Ride - October 31st

Ton-Up Minneapolis announced the 2014 Demon's Death Ride and it will happen Halloween night, 10/31.  It starts at Town Hall Lanes and ends at Club Jager.  I went last year and it was fun (but very cold).  You can see my blog posts from the 2013 ride by clicking HERE.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Stay Current

I have a large backlog of photos from 2014 events to edit and post that will probably take me months to work through.  However, I almost always post a handful of photos during (or shortly after) the events I attend on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter.

Monday, September 29, 2014

First Thursday Night

After I left bike night earlier this month, I rode around the city for a little while.  It was a beautiful night so I got some photos in Boom Island Park with the moon and Minneapolis skyline behind the bike and then rode over to get a few photos near the Lowry Ave Bridge.

The photos look pretty good in black-and-white too.  Do you remember when I would only post black-and-white photos to the blog?

Don't forget... this Thursday is First Thursday!
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