Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bill Murray for Kanawha County Prosecutor


Bill Murray for Kanawha County Prosecutor
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I've known "Wild Bill" Murray for many years now. I've had the opportunity to work for him and along side him several times in days gone by, and have always considered him a good friend, and a sound person to get good advice from.

Ironically, he's running against a very popular fellow here in the Kawawha Valley, Mark Plants. I've known Mark for about as many years as Bill, and graduated in the South Charleston High School Class of 1995 alongside Mark.

I think the world of Mark. He's an outstanding person, but I've got to give my vote hands down for the Kanawha County Prosecutor's job to Bill. He's has been an integral part of Kanawha County's legal system for as long, if not longer than most playing the game, and knows it inside and out. His years of experience and determination will serve him well in this November's upcoming election.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cocoa in the Pond


Cocoa
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I wanted to put a few more test miles on the OD Green CJ750 this afternoon, so I decided to take a spin up to Kanawha State Forest. As I was driving past the pond, I spotted some folks having fun with their dog, Cocoa. Naturally, I couldn't resist stopping and taking a few pics.

OD Green Chang Jiang 750 - CJ750


OD Green Chang Jiang 750 - CJ750
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Here's an uber cool OD Green CJ750. I've always been a sucker for earth tone paints, but I must confess that this particular shade of olive drab is just spot on sexy.

The bike is painted one flat color, but sitting in partial sun, all of the different shaded tones and highlights almost make it disappear.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Chad Breck's Chang Jiang 750 - CJ750


Chad Breck's Chang Jiang 750 - CJ750
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This is Chad Breck's CJ750. As with all the CJ's sold at ScooterBobs, I try to snap a few pics of each one to let our customers see what type of bikes we can have built, and what options are available.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday Evening Macro


Orange Bug
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I decided to do a little macro work this evening, and came across this interesting little orange critter. I'm clueless as to exactly what kind of insect he is, but I'm sure a detective work on my part will yield some results.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday Evening Stroll


Lily
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

It was sure nice to take a stroll around the hill this evening and snap a few pics. Today's trudge in the motorcycle mines was long and hard, but a refreshing walk in the country was good for the body and mind.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Luka


Luka
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I was a bit deterred by my lack of progress fixing my Dnepr today, and even more frustrated that I missed a good day of photography. By the time I got home late this evening, the day was all but gone. So, I decided to make the best of it and try to take a few shots of the most elusive creature in our household - Luka. He's fuzzy and cuddly, but very camera shy.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Walk in the Woods


Plant B&W
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

By the time I got out to my folks house, most of the day had already slipped away. Good lighting was already a thing of the past, and I knew that my normal Sunday routine would be cut really short.

Thankfully, I did get a few shots in, with this particular image really standing out as a favorite.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

St. Albans Grand Prix - 2008


St. Albans Grand Prix - 2008
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Despite the possibility of crappy weather and soaring gas prices, a pretty decent turnout was had for this years Saint Albans Grand Prix. The number of participants and spectators wasn't as strong as in previous years, but with all things being equal, any turnout at all is good.

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Multi-Cultural Experience


4th of July Fireworks 2008 - Charleston, West Virginia
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

West Virginia has always been a bit of a cultural melting pot. Its demographics span from one side of the chart to the next in just about every measurable category. Nowhere was that more evident than this years 4th of July fireworks display.

The fireworks are typically put off over the river in downtown Charleston. Per the areas geography, a good view of the display can be seen from a number of locations. But one of the most popular viewing spots by far is Fort Hill, which overlooks most of the downtown area.

Fort Hill is a nice area, sitting just to the west of South Hills (home to the wealthy and well-to-do of Charleston). It's mostly made up of mid to high income homes, and the area is very well kept, bordering on being manicured.

As I started to set up my camera for the show, all of the cash chuckers started pulling up in their Volvos and other overpriced luxury cars. The families properly and promptly exited their vehicles, pitched out large lawn blankets and popped open chilled bottles of their favorite white wine, patiently waiting for the fireworks to begin.

Not so long after that, almost as if a fiddle player was cued to music, the holler folk started showing up in droves, driving their clapped out, hung-down, brung-down Chevy Cavaliers and a sundry of large-wheeled monster trucks.

The many and vast cultural groups of West Virginia are used to crossing paths, and typically pay little heed to one another. But, with an event like the 4th, it's every cash chucker and/or mouth breather for themselves. Fireworks are a sign of national pride, while simultaneously being a tremendous orgasm of wasteful spending. What could be more American? Or in our case, West Virginian?

As the fireworks began, everyone quickly noticed that they were being put off in a slightly different location, requiring all in attendance to shift locations, and in not-so-polite ways, run over top of one another for a prime viewing location. All formalities and courtesies be damned.

Before the fireworks had ended, the rain started coming down pretty hard and it was a mad dash for everyone to get back to their perspective vehicles. Unfortunately, due to the small roadways of the Fort Hill area, the mass exodus of post firework traffic was completely and totally gridlocked, with no one willing to give an inch. Thankfully, I was smart enough to park at the far end of the street, prepared as always for a quick departure.

I usually like to end my tales/observations with some positive moral or quip, but... I'm lost for words right now, and in a strange way, feel the slightest bit empty. Part of me feels genuinely fortunate to have experienced such a unique and varied gathering, while another part of me is fixated and just how big of a cultural cluster fuck that I had just witnessed.

Living in the Macro World


Lily Macro
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

The world of macro photography never ceases to amaze me. I've been taking pics of flowers (especially lillies) for years and years - but it never seams boring or repetitive. The subtle turn of a petal or position of a droplet of rain gives each image a certain uniqueness.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Scott Wooten's Royal Enfield Military Bullet


Scott Wooten's Royal Enfield Military Bullet
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Scott's bike was in for some service, so I gave it a spin out in the country to make sure all my repairs were sound, and naturally, couldn't resist taking a few more pics of my favorite Enfield - the Military Bullet.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Larry Booton's 2008 Royal Enfield Electra


Larry Booton's 2008 Royal Enfield Electra
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This Royal Enfield just arrived today at the shop. It belongs to Larry Booton, a friend from my National Guard unit. Larry has been waiting very patiently for his bikes arrival, and I'm sure he can't wait to ride it.

I spent the better part of the day uncrating, assembling, cleaning and tuning on it to make sure that Larry will be happy with his bike. A few more break-in miles and some paperwork from the DMV and Larry will be ready to roll - and all to the tune of 80 miles per gallon.