If you may remember, last years Arizona Bike Week was fantastic for me and that was mostly because I was invited to host the rally at the Dirty Dogg Saloon. Everyone there welcomed me like a long lost brother who had been sold off or traded for a new pair of shoes when I was a baby and just found my way home! It is not that often that you just instantly find yourself welcome somewhere and the feeling was pretty damn good. In "making myself at home" there, I got to know the staff and they were just honest to God, real down to earth, kick ass people! In getting to know them, I got to know the bar manager who just lost her dad. Outside the bar I got to know her man who had just lost his son. In the midst of all of this tragedy, they fell crazy in love and got engaged. I was so touched by the love they had, I offered to perform their ceremony! Now this was all the way back during AZ Bike Week. As you guys know, life changes pretty quickly and things come in and out of your life without notice or planning.
So as we got closer to the dates of these weddings, I remembered that I had also booked a wedding on a paddle boat here on Canyon Lake. This would have been amazing! By the grace of God, I got bumped from the wedding because the parents were paying for it and I was far too appalling and unacceptable for their tastes! Oh the luck! That freed up this upcoming weekend for us! As you guys know, this year has been pretty good for me and my career. My stand up comedy has taken me places that were truly unexpected. The blog I never wanted to start, this one you are reading right now has blown up and is now read in more than 90 countries around the world! I thank you all for that! My skills at hosting events and my ability to bring something no one else can, as an emcee has finally been noticed by all the right people and I have been welcomed on as the host of the Broken Spoke Saloon and I've never been more proud to be involved with an organization. We have put together, if I must say so myself, one hell of a team and plan to beat the ever loving shit out of the 2012 Rally Season! Keep your eyes open for big stuff coming from the Spoke! My writing caught the eye of Chris Callen and crew over at Cycle Source magazine and I was brought on as part of the team over there. When you rely on survival based on your creativity, it is horrifying at times to face the day! For me to be recognized for it, well let me just say, it gives you a little more strength in your backbone to stand up and continue the good fight! The fight to never compromise, to at all costs, always stay true to myself and remain true to what has given me the small amount of notoriety that I have and that is being always, 100% brutally honest! L,L,H and R folks, LOVE, LOYALTY, HONESTY (normally, the H stands for Honor but Honesty is also appropriate) and RESPECT, is the only formula to live by and it pays off in the end, I promise!
Another side effect of the successful roll that I am on is that I get invited to take part in things that perhaps I would not have been at an earlier time in my life or career. These things happen fast because I never made plans to be there in the first place. This weekend was one of those times. It had been damn near insisted upon that I attend the Love Ride in California. I had every single intention on doing just that! Biketoberfest in Daytona at the Spoke came up as well! At least with that, I had some reasonable advance notice! I had an amazing 75 day period where there was virtually not a moment that hadn't been booked and it's a great feeling. Well it is a great feeling until you realize that you have several things booked on the same day! Or for the same week! Shit, the same weekends! I had a choice to make, I could go to the Love Ride and blow off this wedding that the bride and groom had to literally battle with family members to have me perform or I could do what a man is supposed to do and keep his word! If you know me in the least, then you know what I did.... if you don't, then I'll tell you. I performed the wedding! This was no makeshift quickie wedding either, this was a 200+ person festival of a wedding weekend!
I rolled up to the place where the wedding was to be held and as I rode through the entry I was blown away! The place was called the Boojum Tree and it's in Phoenix. I had been told that the place kicked ass and other great things along with wait till you see it. I've heard this before, the "wait till you see it" line and typically, the wait is not worth it. In this case, it was so worth it! I even arrived after making several wrong turns, early. This is also unheard of on my part! I was on a roll! I only wish that I had taken some time to shoot some pics of the place but if you have the time, Google that shit. My friends at Two Gals Event Planning (I wish I knew how to add links) put together a truly spectacular event! Not just a wedding, but an event! This is a first class operation and if you find yourself in need of no bullshit, fantastic event planning I highly recommend this company! I say Google that shit too! If that is not enough, in there "spare" time and at their own cost, run a wild life rescue operation. Yes, wildlife! Dessert Tortoise, Hawks, Eagles, Owls and such. I truly don't know how they find the time to do what they do, but we are all lucky that they find it! The rehearsal went off like clock work. Okay, like a broken clock, but we wound it up and then it ran like a Rolex.
Sunday morning came quickly. I had not gotten much sleep at all. I had spent more than four hours working and re working the wedding ceremony. It was different than anything that I had done prior and it had to be spot on! I wanted this to go off as well as the place, the planning and the people involved. Better yet, to be quite frank, I wanted this to go off better than all of that! I WAS GOING TO KNOCK THIS FUCKER OUT OF THE PARK! I pulled out my favorite, most expensive, most BAD ASS gangster suit that I had. Sounds easy right? Not if you have not put one on in over 7 years. Shit, I didn't even know where they were since the move. I don't mean the move from town to town, I mean the move from Jersey to AZ! Where to even look was the biggest question? I had far too much shit to bring up so we had to take the truck, damnit! Hey, at least I got a hundred mile ride in the day prior. I was loading up the truck and walked back in the house to see Diane come walking down the hall from the bedroom and she looked smoking hot! I am one lucky fool who has no idea what I must have done in a past life to have been rewarded with having her in this one! Click clop, click clop, ah yes, the sound of Jimmy Choo shoes!
Vincent and Shelley, thank you for inviting me in to your lives and for allowing me to play such a big role in such a huge part of your lives! May your love last forever.
HERE IS THE CORRECTION TO THE ABOVE POST. Thank you Mellissa for putting my ass straight on this. I was told by so many that you owned liberty wildlife. I guess you are such a big part that people just assume! Below is what I received from Missy this morning, she is nothing but class!
Until we see each other on the road again,
Keep the wind in your face,
Tits in your back,
The Man off your Ass
and love with all you can give.