Thursday, June 30, 2016

QUAKING ASPEN (pt.3)







Fish brought out one of the few remaining 4 1/2 year old bottles of his Apple Pie Moonshine to toast our dear friend Arturo who passed away June 20th. He wouldn't have been able to make this trip as he was set to sail out to sea on the 21st., but he'll now travel with us on every trip we make in our heart and memories. Love you Arturo!






Random photography from the QUAKING ASPEN MOTO CAMPOUT

The freedom to get out of the city and go put to use what motorcycles where meant to be used for, beautiful scenery, escaping the endless congestion of city traffic, and feeling the winds across your face (even if it's 100 degrees through the hell of Bakersfield, it's better than the parking lots of Los Angeles). You don't have to have a product to sell or overpriced food vendors to visit, when you've got whispering pines to tell you stories of their existence amongst the clouds, good friends, and a cooler full of ice cold beverages. Doing this isn't rocket science. Put it together, make it happen.

~ DIY ~


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Art's TACO MOTO TUESDSAY Memorial at the V Room, Long Beach










We'll always remember you Art!
{insert the biggest heart emoji in the world here}
So great to see so many people ride out this week in honor of Arturo's memory. We overfilled the bar (thanks to the V Room in Long Beach for allowing us to host this there) and the taco stand across the street! I'll never forget you Art. You were one special dude, and as often as you thanked us for helping you, it was you who was truly our most amazing friend! I'm gonna miss you.

QUAKING ASPEN MOTO CAMPOUT (pt.2)












Random pics from June 25th
QUAKING ASPEN MOTO-CAMPOUT
Somewhere close to Ponderosa, CA.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Taco Moto Tuesday at the V Room tonight in Long Beach, CA.


June 28th 2016 7:00 PM

Tonights TACO MOTO TUESDAY will be held at the V Room in Long Beach (note: the V Room is cash only). Share your stories and memories of Capt. Art with good friends and you can bring in $1 tacos from across the street (La Frida Mexican Grill). There will be a group meeting at PCH and 2nd Street riding to the Bar, otherwise meet us there.

Here's some random pics of Art from the past few years I'll share with you... obviously, he was very special to us, and it just breaks my heart he's gone. To know we lost a great person to a careless truck driver making a left hand turn and not paying attention; please watch out for motorcycles and when you ride, WATCH OUT for cages!






Monday, June 27, 2016

The Great Escape ~ BornFreeR Quaking Aspen Fuck Your Corporate Sponsors Campout


This last weeks been huge highs and deep lows. The blog had the pause button hit about 3:45 am last Wednesday morning when we found out one of our dearest friends in the whole wide world died tragically in a truck v. motorcycle accident. Capt. Arturo, the guys who been the face of the Lady Hump desktop header for about two years now. Since then, there've been gatherings, a memorial, lots and lots of hugs, tattoos, discussions, altered plans and redirections on how we're going forward... in his example. Live life to the fullest and do so without fear. Friday we attended the memorial at his work where he was the tall ship Captain on the "Spirit" out Dana Point at the Ocean Institute, most of us attending who knew him spoke and shared about his tremendous ability to love us, not our love of him (which kinda goes without saying) but how much he loved Us throughout the years. And on Saturday morning we packed it up and set a new course, destined for star gazing at night and tall trees in the breeze!

Thus the BornFreeR Quaking Aspen Fuck Your Corporate Sponsors Campout occurred. I'll bet you can figure out my part of the title? I'll bet you can. No sponsors, no tickets, no passes, no costumes, just motorcycle riding, good times, and getting to know one another a little bit better than you might have known someone before. Lots of beer drinking, pants down, sausage festival. It's what's for dinner! Seeing old friends for more than "hi-bye" and making some new ones. People have questioned me too, is this an "anti-born-free" and my answer is steadfastly, No. This is your Freedom of Choice to ditch the (hashtag)  Chopperchellas of the world (all of them, name them off, it's not hard to do) and realize how corporate sponsored events are literally killing the small community scenes. Undeniably, there will always be small scenes, yes. But there's stars in the sky versus giant black holes that suck in all the life surrounding them. The IBM Solarsphere has been bought out by the Stentson Floppy Hat Interstellar Union of Conquered Planets. I'll choose star hoping before I drink the Kool Aid of any marginalized corporate events presenting themselves as grassroots and in reality becoming nothing more than the Hot Topic of mall chains across Andromeda as featured in GQ, Oprah, and TeenBeat. It's happening all across this country; Backyard builders are a dying breed, a thing of the past and factory "presented by" or "powered by" events are a blossoming cancer of profiteering and celebrity sightings. Sure sure sure, there's always those that will carry the burnt flickering backyard builder torch, but going from literally ten thousands of them to merely dozens is our current terminus flatlining hospitalized condition. 

"When in doubt, stick it out!"
Drink Whiskey
Sing Karaoke
and order something off the menu you've never eaten before!








Now this ...is a grass pass.



more pics coming! Daily for about a week.


~ Long Live DIY ~

Friday, June 17, 2016

Knives N' Knuckles Campout 2016 (post 4/4)




I have no memory of the ensuing Demonic Swine Ceremony taking place or that I was even present for said event. I can only assume somehow, my camera captured these pictures through some type of electronic error or digital manipulation? I hesitate to guess on the proceedings, but suffice to say I woke up the next morning, safely in my tent, clutching a knife that didn't belong to me (although it contained no evidence of use upon closer inspection). There were warning signs of Mountain Lions in the area posted at the campsite entrance, so I'm sure that was it...






Knives N' Knuckles Social Club
Knives N' Knuckles Campout 2016
Swine City