Those who missed the chili cook-off at Vintage
chapter really missed a good time. Yes it was a cold ride up there, but the
reception was warm and inviting. The build your own bugger worked out well,
if you timed it right they would run out of cooked buggers just as you got
there. This would mean that you had to wait beside the cook (where the real
heat was) to get one fresh off the grill. They had between ten to fifteen
pots of chili. The only slow up was waiting for the judges to finish judging
the chili (I think that the judges were enjoying the chili too much). After
the chili had been released for a while the events were started. Who would
think that a dresser could go that slow? He would have won for the
competition had already passed the finish line and just as he was about to
cross he had to put a foot down and get disqualified. The only grumbles that
I heard about the events were “I can drive slower than that and my pipes are
louder that that”. My feeling on that
is if you don’t compete then you can’t win. On the ride home, we went down
US1 as Steve said “it will be slower but warmer”.
All in all it was a good time.
Dec 30, 2016
We had a great Toy Run this year and hope to see you again next year.
Below are a few talking points that you can use to talk with your
legislators about HB 6009
Phone calls to either the legislators District office or Tally office
are better than sending an email.
You have more clout with your own legislator than with one from another
district. Use that clout by telling the legislators office that you are
one of their constituents. To find out who your State legislators are
visit this web page and enter your address.
The absolute most important thing is to speak to them in a calm friendly
manner. Do not call angry or talk down to the person. The old saying is
true “You attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” We
cannot afford to turn any legislators against us.
When you call the legislators’ office, you will almost always get the
secretary or aide. Be prepared to tell your name, address and phone
number. Tell them that you are a member of ABATE of Florida, Inc.
________ Chapter. If you are a regular voter then tell them that. Don’t
tell them you vote if you rarely ever vote.
If you do vote regularly, the past few general and primary elections you
are a Super Voter. This carries more clout because they now know that
you actually do get out and vote.
Tell the person at the office that you are opposed to HB 6009 and you
would like the legislator help fight against this bill. Something as
“Hello, my name is (Your Name), I live at (Your address) ,
Florida. I am a member of ABATE of Florida, Treasure Coast Chapter in
Indian River County. I am call to ask for Rep. (Your Local Rep.) (Click
on the link above to find your Rep) help in opposing HB 6009. I live in
(Your Local Rep.) district and I
vote in every single election. Please let
(Your Local Rep.) know that I am opposed to HB 6009
and I would like his help opposing this bill. Thank you.”
Occasionally they might ask you why you are opposed to the bill. If
the office is busy that day they probably will not ask you why you
Here are a few short easy to give reasons why you oppose HB 6009:
There has not been any definitive proof that simply wearing a helmet
will guarantee saving a life. In 2015, 296 motorcyclists were killed
in Florida while wearing a helmet. This is compared to 237 killed
without a helmet.
There is no definitive proof that all motorcyclists killed without a
helmet died from head injuries.
There is no definitive proof that the cost of medical treatment to
an injured motorcyclist is actually passed on to “society” to pay.
People for the mandatory helmet law love to say that “X amount of
dollars for motorcyclists medical bills are passed on to the
citizens of Florida”. This is simply illogical and is presumptive
that ALL motorcyclist have no insurance at all.
If the only reason for this bill is to save lives, then support a
statewide Motorcycle Awareness Program. Education not legislation
can save more lives.
$2.50 of all motorcycle registration fees goes into a motorcycle
awareness education fund. Give ABATE of Florida at least 25% of that
yearly money and we can mount a Statewide Motorcycle Awareness
program that is effective, efficient and saves the State of Florida
lives and money.
When done, Thank the person for listening and let them know that if they
have any further questions we will get back with them. Then contact Doc
and myself so that we can answer their questions.
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