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« on: November 06, 2017, 02:25:30 PM »

The meet up next year will be September 5-9.

It will be in Northern Alabama.  I'm still deciding on a location but I will have something in the next few weeks.  I wanted to get the dates out there so people who need to plan for vacation time next year are informed.

I'm very excited to show you the area where I was raised.  New England born but raised in the south.

Without a doubt one of the days rides will be to the Barber Motorcycle Museum.  So now the fun part for me :-)  Figuring out the rest.


Pete and I will arrive very early since I still have many friends in the area I would like to see without intruding on our time riding and with our Maxi Scoot friends.


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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 04:27:41 PM »

Always wanted to see and learn more about "Bama". It even comes with a built in theme song ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eECO5dlVh8



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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 01:00:51 AM »

One of the band members had a place down the street from us on Lake Guntersville.    We weren't allowed to go near when they were in town.   They would cause quite the disturbance when in town.  Ronnie VanZandt use to be quite the babe.


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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 06:13:15 AM »

Thanks for the dates Maggie..... now I just have to start twisting arms to get the vacation time I want.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2017, 03:10:33 PM »

  One of the band members had a place down the street from us on Lake Guntersville.    We weren't allowed to go near when they where in town.   They would cause quite the disturbance when in town.  Ronnie VanZandt use to be quite the babe.

Awesome side story Maggie ... thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 12:11:37 AM »

Always wanted to see and learn more about "Bama". It even comes with a built in theme song ...

I always liked the song (1974) except for the lyric "In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor, boo, boo, boo. Now we all did what we could do" which implies that somehow Birmingham, more so than the rest of the state, was responsible for George Wallace being governor (19631967, 19711979 and 19831987).  In 1970 all but 4 south central counties were carried by Wallace (74.5% of the vote) and in 1974 he carried every county in the state (83.2% of the vote, 77.3% in Jefferson County which encompasses Birmingham).  The whole state shares responsibility for his election, and most counties more so than Jefferson on a percentage basis.

And any notion that Wallace returned such "love" seems far fetched in that it was the biggest city in a rural state (big cities are generally frowned on in rural states), and in that Jefferson County was the last county in the state to have I-65 therein completed.

I lived in Birmingham from June, 1977 through December, 1983.  When we left, I-65, which runs north-south through the entire state, ended north of Birmingham and picked up again south of Birmingham.  This always suggested to me that George was not a friend of Birmingham.  I did not love the "Gov'nor" (for a variety of reasons).




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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2017, 04:37:11 AM »

Interesting. Heard those song lyrics many times, and generally understand George Wallace's history, but never gave such thought to them. Not disagreeing, but I'll hear the song in a bit different way going forward.

Always wanted to see and learn more about "Bama".

However, Alabama also gave us a pretty awesome music group.



Alabama's "For The Record" dates from just a couple years ago... ah-h-h-h, 1998 apparently. Time flies.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2017, 08:01:20 PM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi


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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2017, 09:25:43 PM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi

Good one; didn't notice.  :D

I have taken off on board an airplane traveling to Alabama five times in my life, but have never landed on board an airplane in Alabama.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 02:03:47 AM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi

Good one; didn't notice.  :D

I have taken off on board an airplane traveling to Alabama five times in my life, but have never landed on board an airplane in Alabama.

Bet there is an interesting story behind that.  Was a parachute involved ???
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2017, 05:38:25 PM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi

Good one; didn't notice.  :D

I have taken off on board an airplane traveling to Alabama five times in my life, but have never landed on board an airplane in Alabama.

Bet there is an interesting story behind that.  Was a parachute involved ???

Yes, you are correct. In 1980, I graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, a very interesting place for a young Marine to learn about other branches of the military service.

On five occasions, my training unit boarded transport aircraft (three times on board a C-130 Hercules; twice on board a C-141 Starlifter) in Georgia, took off, flew across the Chattahoochie River to the 'drop zone' in eastern Alabama, and parachuted to the ground. Recalling at least one fairly serious landing injury to a fellow parachutist, most of us moved on foot to the rally point and returned to Georgia by bus.

Jumping from a propeller-driven C-130 was a pleasure. Jumping out the side door and into the jetwash of a C-141's engine was less pleasant. Although I don't recall taking in the 'big picture' back then, the jumps hopefully looked something like this...



To this day, my five parachute jumps in 1980 remain my only 'visits' to Alabama.
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2017, 05:47:28 PM »

Very cool! Hope you and Mary can change that and come next year!



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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 06:59:18 PM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi

Apparently we read the words and, like the flying fickle finger of fate, moved on.
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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2017, 10:44:52 PM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi

Apparently we read the words and, like the flying fickle finger of fate, moved on.

It's all Lower Tennessee, a buffer from foul weather and rising sea level.
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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2017, 11:47:06 PM »

For the record no one has noticed the state is not Alabama in the graphic.  I did that to be funny :-). That is Mississippi
Does it really matter?
You're still far enough south of the 49th that they serve grits and hush-puppies!!! 
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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2017, 06:30:58 AM »

Always wanted to see and learn more about "Bama". It even comes with a built in theme song ...
I always liked the song (1974) except for the lyric "In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor, boo, boo, boo. Now we all did what we could do" which implies that somehow Birmingham, more so than the rest of the state, was responsible for George Wallace being governor (1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987).  In 1970 all but 4 south central counties were carried by Wallace (74.5% of the vote) and in 1974 he carried every county in the state (83.2% of the vote, 77.3% in Jefferson County which encompasses Birmingham).  The whole state shares responsibility for his election, and most counties more so than Jefferson on a percentage basis.
And any notion that Wallace returned such "love" seems far fetched in that it was the biggest city in a rural state (big cities are generally frowned on in rural states), and in that Jefferson County was the last county in the state to have I-65 therein completed.
I lived in Birmingham from June, 1977 through December, 1983.  When we left, I-65, which runs north-south through the entire state, ended north of Birmingham and picked up again south of Birmingham.  This always suggested to me that George was not a friend of Birmingham.  I did not love the "Gov'nor" (for a variety of reasons).
Ronnie VanZandt was a big leftist. Note the lyric also "Watergate does not bother me, Does your conscience bother you?" In other words, you should feel guilty if you voted for Nixon. No mention of George Wallace's anti-segregation stance though.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2017, 04:17:26 PM »

Very cool! Hope you and Mary can change that and come next year!

As always, a few things need to fall into place on the calendar, but traveling to Alabama sounds great. Seems a strange thought right now, my retirement and relocation dates should be complete by next September.

Hauling a motorcycle or two should be no problem; the distance on four wheels (plus trailer) isn't too great from NC but farther than I would likely travel on two. Haven't been to a rally since Pennsylvania in 2012, and getting back to one would be awesome.
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