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JULY 2021 CONTENTS READERS’S RIDES ................................................... 2 MOTORCYCLE TIMES is published every month by:

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Times are changing. First to go was loyalty to employee’s, decades ago. Corporate raiders bought companies and plundered the retirement accounts. Exchanged full timer for part time. And more. Then employee loyalty went too of course. It is necessary to find a good stable company that offers perks and retirement and good pay. But then customer service suffered. Companies that operated with part time staff had people who viewed themselves as replaceable and served up that quality of service. Soon major companies moved out of the USA, to areas where even sub par American wages were much better than nothing or the equivalent of a few dollars a day. And so the cycle went. As with all cycles, Karma will come back around. At least one major Internet provider is experiencing that Karma Boomerang right now. All of a sudden, right during the beginning of our deadline our internet was slowed to near dial up speeds. Often anything being uploaded would stall out. I had no choice but to delay publication. After nearly 20 days of calls and service visits, the supervisor said these words to me “It’s the best we can do. You need to just accept it and be quiet or engineering will just shut you off.” Well, this supervisor who is located not on this continent didn’t actually tell me those words. He YELLED them at me through the phone! Three days later when the tech came and inspected everything and could not find a problem, he politely told me the same thing. I asked him if he had a car that always delivered 30 mpg and he got a tune up and they told him, well all it can do now is 10 mpg and you just need to accept it or we’ll just take away your car, how would you feel? He apologized, saying it was out of his hands. I invited him to leave immediately. The next day my internet was back so I finished and published the online magazine. WWW.MOTORCYCLETIMES.COM

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“Things Break” With the events of the past eighteen months, I’m reminded of an article that I wrote a long time ago for a newsletter of the Northern Virginia Christian Riders (a Chapter of the CMA). Some things just don’t seem to change. They might get more intense, but they don’t really change. Things break. During Daytona Bike Week many years ago, this became repeatedly apparent to me in a non -serious but annoying way. Frankly, I’m not totally certain of the order, but I did begin to start writing down the breakage events, since I suspected a pattern. So, here is most of what broke: A bracket that held my intercom to my helmet, The buckle on a waist pack, The clip on the case that held my cell phone, A water bottle clip, and A pen clip. All of these items had a couple of things in common. They were plastic, which is, to me, the quintessential man-made material, and they were designed to hold things together or, at least, close to me in an orderly fashion. I know that man-made things don’t last, but this particular round of failures while at Bike Week seemed to be driving the point home for me. I am convinced of God’s Word and do believe that “all things work for the good for them that love the Lord.” I was, in fact, getting several opportunities to fix things (something guys like me like to do), without being devastated by serious mechanical failures far from home. I was laughing a bit after the third or so break, and with each progressive failure. So, was there a lesson here for me? The obvious one, to me, was in Jesus’ statement that “heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away.” I’ve been through serious mechanical failures far from home. By God’s grace, I’m still here. As you are reading this, you’re still here despite Covid, cicadas, and dumb little shortages (caused by hoarding) of toilet paper and gas. Where should I draw the line on what’s important – from a broken cell phone case to a broken water pump on my car? When is it a critical failure – from a pen clip to a bike that won’t start? Jesus told us how the challenges in our lives could be far easier to endure. He told us where our focus should be – on Him. When Jesus Christ is our focus, the man-made stuff of the world will seem, and often becomes, so temporary in nature. Also, for an eternity, God will hold the most important things together – our very souls – as we fellowship with Him and worship Him. No material on Earth, plastic, chrome or otherwise, can do that. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6, KJV) IHS, Jack

Jack has been riding motorcycles for over 40 years. His current ride is a ’99 Road King which he plans to keep at least until he gets a black plate on it. Jack rides with the Manassas Harley Owners Group and the Christian Motorcycles Association. He is a retired engineer and has been an amateur magician for over 50 years since no one would pay him enough to do it professionally. Jack manages to look less like the nerd that he is when riding his Harley.

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