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Lil' Weather

Some Events

Bike Nites

Other Events

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Kibbles 'n Bits

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Carolina Rider ... a new angle on a very old idea!


The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of Sept. 14-21

Tuesday 90 m-sunny, Wednesday 91 m-sunny, Thursday 89 m-sunny, Friday 86 p-cloudy, Saturday 85 sunny, Sunday 88 m-sunny, Monday 84 scattered t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 9/13/10)




Bike Nites with some Carolina Rider Sponsors...

Bike Nites at

Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord, NC ... Wednesdays

McKoy's in Charlotte, NC ... Fridays

Steve's Bar & Grille ... every other Thursday (that's THIS WEEK!)

(see The Carolina Rider Events CALENDAR for many more events plus full details)...

Please look and add your own events when they come up! There's always much to choose from around our Carolinas ...




New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!



a few events & destinations that you might like to ride to this week....

New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!


I was a Rice Krispies Kid

I loved Krackle as well as Snap and Pop and I once had the honor of meeting Vernon Grant, the artist for those perky little cartoon guys! A Carolinian himself, Grant lived in Rock Hill, SC and, so while a student at Winthrop back in the early 80's, I was part of an art class fieldtrip to his home - to meet him and see his studio and many fun renderings. Just one of those sweet life memories that I'm sure I'll pull out again to share over and over when I'm 90 years old!

But peeling back further in my memory to favored cereals of my childhood, I recall that most everyone else in the world was into Frosted Flakes. I loved Tony but personally, I didn't much like the way milk washed off the sugar coating making it a bowl of corn flakes floating in sweet milk. Not for me. Of course I loved the oversweet cavity-producers like Cap'n Crunch and Lucky Charms .. and Apple Jacks were pretty great too as well as the chocolatey Cocoa Crispies. But those were special treats that Mama didn't buy for breakfasts... only for very special occasion treats.

I Googled around just now and found some vintage images you see here as well as a cute vintage Rice Krispies commercial.I don't remember that one but the tag jingle is certainly familiar. The box to the below from the 60's says FREE ECOLOGY STICKERS. Yep, I remember having a sticker with an owl on it that said "Give a hoot, don't pollute!" that may have been a free prize inside my breakfast cereal. There were some really cool surpises to be found if you could be patient...or, if you dug it out as soon as you got home from the A&P and ripped open the box?! Toy boats, dolls, books, magic tricks, and even little 45 records you could cut out off the back of the box and had to put pennies on to keep it weighted down to play on your turn table!

Free Prize Inside!

Ahh, those were the good ol' daze, huh? Simple and sweet. We all love surprises - big and small - and we'll pour all the cereal out on the table to find what's hidden for us, won't we? Well, I've subscribed to lots of paper magazines in my life but, unlike the cereal boxes of my youth, there's never been a prize between the pages besides those awful perfume scratch 'n sniffs. Today's online magazine world provides for so much more than traditional print and we're excited to share some new perks for our subscribers - that'd be YOU!

Prize One: Plans are underway for The Carolina Rider's First Annual Subscribers and Sponsers Ride to hit the streets this Fall. Keep your eyes to The Carolina Rider Scene weekly e-newsletter for the date and more specifics to come. Only those who subscribe to this e-newsletter will be invited to join a group of our Sponsors for a special ride for fun and a chance for more goodies thanks to www.TheCarolinaRider.com!

Prize Two: Beginning today, all NEW SUBSCRIBERS will receive an awesome coupon from Hooters for a free app or $5 off a $20 purchase. Just a little thank-you thanks to one of our terrific Sponsors! So, no, this one may not be for you exactly - not if you're already a subscriber. But, tell all your friends to subscribe and get a coupon so they can take you out to lunch next time you're out on a ride and are in need of a little wing thing....!

Win the 48 this Wednesday!

The Carolina Rider has been busy at Quaker Steak and Lube's bike nites this season helping folks get their names in the bucket for the bike drawing. And as you see in the flyer above, the drawing for the H-D Sportster Forty-Eight is THIS WEDNESDAY, September 15th! You will have the chance to put your name in once more early in the evening before the big drawing so even if you haven't attended a bike nite yet, you still have the chance to be a contender! And there's a dedicated few of you who have several chances to win since your name has been called before. But no matter how many times your name's in the bucket, you still have a chance so point your headlights to Concord this Wednesday!

The Carolina Rider and our CR Beauties had a very busy and fun-filled last week as we helped out The Charlotte Fire Fighters in this year's poker run to raise money for their Benevolent Fund and the MDA. The day was filled to overflowing and not just with the little bit of rain that fell but also with varied associated events ... Harley-Davidson of Charlotte's Demo Days was going on as the poker runners dropped by and true to their usual generous hospitality, H-D of C provided hamburgers and drinks! .... Mad Dog Custom Cycles was also hoppin' on Saturday and they threw out the welcome mat for all who rode up! ... and at the ending stop at Speedway Harley, an extra special scene was to be seen: The Motorcycle Cannonball! Spitting and smoking and coughing and humming the 1920 and older bikes came buzzing into the dealership with goggled riders happy to take a breather. And what an absolutely cool sight these rides and riders were! There's photos of these bikes and much more from last week's fun in our GALLERY for you to check out now....

Finally, as a proud partner and wife, I've gotta plug my man Jon and his time in the Fox News Rising limelight early Friday morning. This picture of his interview with Wilson as well as the whole morning we spent at the old firefighters training center in Charlotte made getting up at 3:30am to ride in the dark well worth it! (and you'll remember from my former writings, I don't ride in the dark...but I'm sure glad I did Friday!)

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor



.... This month's GatorBites is a 2-parter ....

Q: Who is eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) ?

The LitiGator answers: Those that are deemed medically disabled, and have acquired  the amount of work credits required for their year their disability began.  (Each year work credit requirements may increase)

Q: Who is eligible for Social Security Income (SSI) ?

The LitiGator answers: Those that are deemed medically disabled, and has very little income from any source including a spouse, or anyone living in the same home.  You can only have one (1) car in your name and must have no more than $2,000 in a bank account.  Each year the maximum house hold  level of income differs.  (I know that seems vague in some parts, but depending on the year their disability began, the requirements differ.)


Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on....


Here's a little more positive info to go along with The Charlotte Firefighters' efforts with MDA.....

MILWAUKEE (September 6, 2010) - The Harley-Davidson family of customers, dealers, employees and suppliers presented a contribution of $3.3 million to the Muscular Dystrophy Association today during the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. The 2010 contribution marks the 30th year Harley-Davidson has supported MDA, and brings its cumulative fundraising to more than $76 million. (From press release from H-D corporate)

and more charitable efforts in the Carolinas....

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Ride for Kids program achieved a major milestone this weekend, holding its 450th and 451st events in Asheville, N.C., and Ann Arbor, Mich., respectively. The two rides combined to raise $180,000 for childhood brain tumor research and family support on Aug. 29. PBTF national headquarters is in Asheville, so it was fitting that the 450th Ride for Kids event took place there. The ride attracted over 630 participants and brought in $117,822. The sun gleamed over the Blue Ridge Parkway as the riders made their way to Lake Lure for a program honoring seven young brain tumor survivors. (From a press release by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation)



Charlotte FireFighter Asso.


For the last several months a lot of really good hard working people have been spending their time planning and marketing the 5th annual Charlotte FireFighters Poker Run. Together with the major sponsors they collected $10,301. The major sponsors, Jason E. Taylor, Attorney, Mad Dog Custom Cycles, Harley-Davidson of Charlotte, Forty Rod Roadhouse in Mint Hill and Speedway Harley-Davidson donated money,time and energies to this event and for all they did we are very grateful.

But the two FireFighters who gave the most precious thing of all, their time... and who mostly have not been mentioned are John Foster and Barry Brown. To them The Carolina Rider takes off it's hat and salutes you. There are people and families who one day will thank you for all your hard work because you will have made a great deal of difference in there lives but they will never know your name. We know you and we are glad we do. So again Thank You!!


Meye freend Lloyd poket fun at me fer missspeleeng "shiney". It seemz hee haz uh pet peev uhbawt missspelled werdz and fer that I thank u.

(However as my friend, he should have told me much earlier as we have sent out this format for many months!!)

Besides that, Lloyd (to the left) is an active CBA member and does a lot of good work for our community.

Until next week keep the shiny side up!!

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton
Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com


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Ride Like A Pro



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Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


McKoys SmokeHouse





SkyLine Inn


Mad Dog Custom Cycles


Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D


Superior Ins





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


McKoys SmokeHouse





SkyLine Inn



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