Sunday, February 24, 2013

Birthday, Vegas, Pio Pico Adobe

First, thank you to everyone who commented and emailed your feedback on helmets, we're probably going to put that one on ice for awhile.

I had another Birthday Monday so Lori baked a pie and we had special Birthday Tacos for dinner.
Apple Strawberry Pie with Lori's "Dustbowl" crust.

Lori bought me a pair of Made in USA '78 cut Levi 501s!


I made a Bonsai run to Vegas Tuesday for the Project Show. Don and Jason of Schott showed their 100th Anniversary Jackets and will release images soon. Start saving, they're real nice and will be available in limited quantities. Dickies has expanded the 1922 line to include three styles of selvedge denim jeans and an expanded range of shirts all Made in USA. We'll have some in stock in time for spring and summer riding. I don't have pictures from inside the show 'cause I don't want to get killed by the designers or exhibitors. 

Dawn Patrol



About a year ago I read of a legendary Route 66 restaurant and got to try it out on the way home from Vegas. Mr. Henry Wong has owned and run the Village Cafe in Barstow for forty years, and in that time he's more than mastered my favorite style Chinese food. Mr. Wong was alone eating when got there. It was early and I wasn't sure if he was open so I asked if I could eat. He said yes, gave me a menu and sat back down to his meal. A few minutes later his daughter arrived and helped with some recommendations and shared a little of her dad's history. She's very proud of him and rightly so. He's in his '80s and still cooks the food they serve...apparently by himself! His Pork Chow Mein with pan fried noodles is the best I remember eating anywhere at any price (the total including soup and a generous serving of pork fried rice was less than $10). FYI, if you're looking to get your butt kissed in a fancy restaurant or a fast meal you should probably not stop here. As the sign says it's a "Cafe" and the individually cooked meals are worth the wait. You Riders and Route 66ers know what I'm talking about.



Pio de Jesus Pico was the last Mexican Governor of California. He was born, spent his life, and died at the age of 93 in Southern California. He was important in making Los Angeles a world class city. His home is now part of a State Park in Pico Rivera.
The State did a nice job renovating the house without whipping out its...I hate to say this..."patina." It still shows the wear and tear of age, and they were able to re-pop some of the original art work, wall paper etc.
With the problems California Govt. has managing our tax dollars and resources they planned to close the park but a bunch of people got together and raised enough money to keep it open another year. If you're in the area and have a little time or want a quiet place for a picnic stop by and check it out. It's only a block off the 605.
From the garden
Lori
Music room
Portraits on display of MarĂ­a Ignacia Alvarado and Pio de Jesus Pico



We took this picture around midnight at our old shop.
V-Rod and Bonneville

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