Vicksburg

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Vicksburg

Vicksburg / Words & Music http://richardwaynedean.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/05-Vicksburg.mp3 I am a native son of the stars and bars In a coat made of Richmond grey The same wool on the shoulders of Robert Lee that he wore on the final day. You can talk about economics You can argue the rights of states But you can’t cheat fate Or erase the sound of the moans On the hallowed ground. So take me to Vicksburg I want to see where daddy fell On a silent hill where the wind’s as still As the ghost of a rebel yell. I’m a native son of the stars and bars I’ve got wounds that...

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Chuck Pyle, 1945-2015

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Chuck Pyle, 1945-2015

November 8, 2015 I took the motorcycle down the 105 through Perry Park to Palmer Lake yesterday as I like to do because it’s a gorgeous ride on a twisty two-lane with little traffic. This time I had Chuck’s “Drifter’s Wind” playing over and over in my head, providing the one-song soundtrack to a beautiful November morning. In Palmer Lake, I sat on the deck at O’Malley’s and thought about 45 years of Chuck. It looked the same, but something had changed… It’s no wonder he loved living in Palmer Lake. It’s close to the interstate for...

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2014 Triumph Street Triple 675R

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

2014 Triumph Street Triple 675R

I don’t know about you, but after seeing bike reviews and introductions of new models and comparisons between different models go by in the motorcycle trade magazines month after month, the desire to have another bike other than what I have becomes overwhelming. I imagine I am not the only one so affected. After enjoying the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Twin for almost three years, the yen for something a little lighter, a little more powerful, a little more refined, started to take hold. That yen was exacerbated by seeing a stunning MV Agusta Dragster 800 in person at a local dealership....

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A Memory of Steve Fromholz

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Music, Uncategorized

A Memory of Steve Fromholz

Buried deep in the frozen heart of a cold Colorado winter long ago, is a warm moment that will always occupy a treasured place in my memory. I have been thinking of the life and times of Steve Fromholz since the day I heard the news, and last night, lying awake listening to the snowplows go up and down Roxborough Drive removing the falling early spring snow, I decided to tell this story of another winter long ago in order to officially say goodbye. 1970. At least that is the year that John Cable and I think it was. It’ll do. It’s close enough. I drove up to Gold Hill high above...

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Battle Flag

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Miniatures, Uncategorized

Battle Flag

I have discovered that, while I enjoy painting little 28mm figures, I enjoy modeling the flags they carry even more. The figures are fairly static, in that they come in perhaps six variable poses, and there is only so much one can do to enliven them, given a reasonable amount of time. After all, the goal of 28’s is to create battalions and squadrons, yes? But the flags they carry, when modeled with a little care and panache, can give life, give motion, create focus to a command company of British regulars, French infantry, or charging cavalry. I have some experience with the flags...

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The Greatest Thing About America

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Greatest Thing About America

I can stand on any street corner in Tokyo. I can learn Japanese until I can speak like a native. I can embrace their culture, eat their food, wear their clothes. I can dedicate my life to everything Japanese, but I will never be Japanese, no matter how hard I try. I will always be Gaijin. The natives will know instantly, just by my appearance, that I am not Japanese. It will be obvious. I can move to Paris (quelle bonne ideé!). I can study French until I can speak like a native. Because of my large nose, some people on the street might mistake me for a native and ask me for a cigarette or...

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Your Hamburger Is Not Awesome

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Your Hamburger Is Not Awesome

Webster’s defines the word awe as 1. Dread, Terror 2. the power to inspire dread 3a: profound and reverent fear inspired by a deity b: abashed fear inspired by authority or power c: fearful veneration inspired by something sacred or mysterious. The word awesome is defined as inspiring awe. Being as old as I am and coming of age during the social revolution of the 1960’s, I am unable to pinpoint exactly when we Americans were driven over the adjective cliff, arriving at the bottom of the void to find that the only useful descriptors left to us were awesome, amazing, incredible,...

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Ensemble Vingt-Cinq Ans

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ensemble Vingt-Cinq Ans

  Bon anniversaire à nous! photo by C....

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Welcome. Bienvenue.

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome. Bienvenue.

Opinions. I’ve got a  lot of ’em. Whether those opinions are of any interest to anyone else but me is conjecture, but they will appear here on this new site. Vocations and avocations. I’ve got a lot of ’em. This site should be capable of covering them all — music, miniatures, paintings, photography, motorcycles, and whatever else may come along, maybe even a rant about the deteriorating English language as used by its native speakers. Before I go, I must publicly thank Allison Adams of Atlanta for helping me get started with this site. Besides being a creative...

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