GWRRA Wingin' It


"Friends for Fun, Safety & Knowledge"

September, 2011

In This Issue
Joke of the Month
Wing Ding Announcements
Looking for YOUR Articles
GWRRA Member Testimonial
Inspirational Quotes
GWRRA & Facebook
Member's Wing Ding Story
Fort Wayne Updates
Your Opinion Matters!
New Discount Member Programs
Rescue Plus Reminder
Featured Business Member
Indiana/Fort Wayne Trivia
Home Office Reminders
Featured Member Benefit
"You Just Never Know"
"How to Grow Your Chapter"
A Member's M/C Story
Members Motorcycle Trip
Members Story
GWRRA Benefits
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List

Joke of the


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Windex Tip


Mike Delladio

Member #29675, IN-P


I haven't checked '' to see if this actually works or not...but they say,

If you ever get the sudden urge to run around naked,

You should sniff some Windex first.

It'll keep you from streaking!


J & M Ad

Wing Ding Special Announcements


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 Wing Ding 34, 2012 will return to Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is the home to the largest Wing Ding ever in 2002. (Read the information below from the "Visit Fort Wayne" folks about making hotel reservations.)

Click here for the Official Press Release from GWRRA.


Join us in Fort Wayne,

Indiana for Wing Ding 2012!


July 4-7, 2012


To make room reservations and learn more, contact us at:



Wing Ding 35 location has also been announced. It will be held in Greenville, South Carolina. See you there in 2013!

Looking for


Remember, we are looking for articles for YOUR e-Newsletter! 


Travelogues, Member

and Officer profiles, Chapter activities, your stories about how joining GWRRA has positively affected your life, etc.


And don't forget those great Gold Book stories.


Please send your stories to me here.



Member Testimonial

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Carl Breeding



I know, it isn't unusual for one of the GWRRA Instructors to be telling you that it is a great idea to avail yourself of the training available at Wing Ding, but perhaps the reasoning is. As my wife Jan and I were returning to the Convention Center and Wing Ding 33, after conducting a Trike Range practice, on Thursday, July 7, 2011, I made good use of the training I had just been conducting. The frame on my Gold Wing trike broke, leaving the rear axle free to move about as it pleased, and

due to the training I had been giving and all I had received, I was able to retain control of the vehicle, bring it safely to the shoulder, and come to a stop. In the process, the yoke holding the "U joint" fell to the highway, but we recovered it. I will also testify to the worth of Rescue Plus, within no more than 15 minutes of our calling them, a truck was on-site and our trike was being loaded. The driver hauled it back to our hotel and didn't even offer us a bill. I will attest that even though this is the first time I have used the service, it was well worth the cost of the annual premium.


I also have to give kudos to the GWRRA Members. Not only the Members of my class, who I was leading back from the range, but the wonderful couple who stopped in their truck and made sure we got safely back to the hotel. My local trike builder, Tony Harris of Tony's Trikes in Meridianville, Alabama and his mechanic Terry Wallace were likewise very proactive getting my trike back in service. Dealers like this are a wonderful example of doing right by the customer. My wife and I view them more as family than as someone with whom we do business. Motor Trike was likewise very supportive and quickly approved repair of the machine under warranty. GWRRA is truly our family!




 "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, 

is not an act but a habit."



"A leader is a dealer in hope."

Napoleon Bonaparte



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Wing Ding Story

Susan Miller  

GA-G, Columbus, GA

My husband and I had a wonderful time at Wing Ding '33 in Knoxville in July.  But the euphoria quickly ended when arriving home the following day I noticed my wallet was missing from my purse.  Anyone who has ever lost or had a wallet stolen understands the panic I felt.  The last time I remembered having it was at Closing Ceremonies, where the emcee had also mentioned the rally had a Lost and Found service.   So I called GWRRA headquarters and sure enough, when the GWRRA caravan arrived back in Phoenix my wallet was among the Lost and Found items.  I didn't have the nerve to ask if the more than $150 in cash was still in it, much less the credit cards.  But my husband told me, "If there was ever an event where your wallet would be returned with all of the cash still inside, it would be a GWRRA Rally."

And he was right!  When I received the wallet, it was as if nothing in it had been touched.   Sadly, this would not happen in most circumstances.  But GWRRA Members are good people.   Honda's 1960's advertising slogan still holds true:  "You meet the nicest people on a Honda! " And without a doubt, the most honest as well.

Thank you to whoever found and took the wallet to Lost and Found, and to the GWRRA staff who safely returned it to me!  


Fort Wayne Updates

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The Allen County War  

Memorial Coliseum now  

features nearly 5,000  

on-site parking spaces, the perfect place to gather, compete and celebrate!


We can't wait to host you in  

Fort Wayne. For visitor

information, please contact  

us at 1-800-767-7752 and

you can make your housing reservations at  


Or, visit us online at!


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Your Opinion Matters!

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 Remember to check out GWRRA's Homepage at 

 to let us know your opinion of a variety of subjects in our polls. 


We'd like to give you the results of the last survey we have posted on the home page.


"Have you purchased products or services from a Wing World advertiser in the last year?"

 (755 responses)


  > Yes (74%)


 > No (26%)  


We always have a current GWRRA topic. To let us know your opinion. Check it out!   

New Discount

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Budget Car Rental  Make your budget go further by getting a great deal on a great car from Budget. As a GWRRA Member, you'll get an amazing deal every time you rent - up to 25 % off Budget's great rates. To book your car, visit Budget Car Rental or call toll free 1-800-527-0700 and mention the GWRRA BCD number: R198129 to receive your discount.  Make the smart choice, rent Budget and start saving today!

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Indiana/Fort Wayne Trivia

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1- Fort Wayne goes back to 1794, who and how did this city get its start?

2-Where and when was the first professional baseball game played?
(answers in the coupon section below)


Home Office






It is time to update your Gold Book listing. Remember to make sure you have a current phone number listed on your Member listing, as well as the correct listing you wish to show in the Gold Book. (i.e., tools, phone calls, etc.) Also, remember if you select "Do not list me in the Gold Book" as one of your selections or have no codes marked, you will NOT show up in the Gold Book! 



Updating your

"Home Chapter"


 In GWRRA we assign zip codes to Chapters based on the areas and Members associated within those areas. It is true that any Member can attend any Chapter, or belong to multiple Chapters. In our reporting system we have the capability to track only one home Chapter that you will be associated with, and you will only show up on that Chapter's reporting system.


Initially, we assign Chapters pertaining to the zip code in which you currently live. If you would like to be assigned to a different Chapter, you can call Member Services and request the change. There are a few reasons you may wish to change your "Home Chapter". For example, your primary residence may be in one state, but you want to belong to a Chapter in a different state that you have a secondary residence, or you visit multiple Chapters, but would like to be assigned to one specific Chapter. 


Address changes can be a little trickier. If your address changes, your Chapter assignment will automatically change to reflect your new address unless you have given us a specific Chapter that you would like to belong. If that is the case, your Home Chapter will remain the same.  


Recently we were allowing Chapter MEC's to change Member Chapter assignments. This was due to a Chapter of the Year recruiting and retention contest, which ended on November 1st, 2010. Members will now need to call and change their own Chapter assignment with our friendly Member Services Team at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (Phoenix).




Message Boards

Help:

There seems to be a bit of confusion with the  Message Boards, so hopefully this information will be helpful.


 The website is

A pop-up box will come up when you get there stating:


 User name is your GWRRA Membership number (zero's included).


 Password is the numbers in your address and the expiration date of your membership (in most cases). (If you are Life Members, it will be your address and then the word life, ex. 1234life.)


Once you are in the Message Boards, if this is your first time, you need to go up to the right-hand corner and press "REGISTER". There you will fill out the information asked and create your own user name and password. Keep in mind, the user name you choose can't be changed and it is what everyone will see on the Boards when you are logged in, so choose carefully.  


Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your information. Please save this for future reference.  


You may be asked to login each time you go to the Board. The first set of logins will confirm your membership, the second logins will be what you created


If you still have any questions on this process, please give us a call. It is easier to walk you through it over the phone.



Featured Member Benefit

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As Big Bike Parts celebrates 30 years in 2011, help us celebrate by registering for our weekly sweepstakes give away at  



Join Our Mailing List

I find myself thinking about the editor of our fantastic Wing World magazine, Sharon Stanley, today as I write my article. It is 114 degrees here in Phoenix and as I am writing the September issue of Wingin' It, thinking how she must think so much further in advance, as her timeline for the magazine is much longer than for this e-newsletter, which is only a few weeks. Congratulations Sharon, I don't know how you do it...!

Anyway, it is hard to believe it is the September issue and the summer is coming to an end, at least for the rest of the world :) It has been very busy here at the Home Office with completing Wing Ding, preparing plans for GWRRA's 35th Anniversary next year and working to bring two new Wing Ding's into fruition.

This along with all the regular business of preparing for the next edition of the Gold Book as well as the ongoing processes of bringing you new benefits and updated programs. We also hope you have noticed some new changes to Wing World from a graphics perspective and hope you enjoy them.

We have two new benefits for you this month. Avis and Budget rental car programs are now online and can be seen in the lower right side for all the details. GWRRA's Visa card program would like to emphasize the "upload your own PICTURE program." This means you can actually choose from 3 pre-designed GWRRA designs to show your GWRRA Pride OR upload your very own picture to place on your credit card. Check it out at

We also want to introduce you to our Featured Business Member this month, JC Motors. If you have a need to transport a motorcycle, please read their article below. Our Business Members support GWRRA all year long and help GWRRA and our Members save money and provide great products/services. Check them out at


And, as I have done so many times in the past, I really need to ask for your help in submitted artcles for your newsletter. I know the summer is a difficult time, as you are busy riding and traveling. BUT, this newsletter depends solely on Member contributions and if I don't get them, we don't have a is that simple.

I thank all the folks who continue to support our efforts and sent their articles...THANK YOU!


Have a great riding season.
Have fun, 

Ed Price

Marketing Director



You just never know....Terry Rodgers picture


by Terry Rodgers, Guest Contributor from the Elko, Nevada Chapter NV-H 


It seemed like any other Saturday morning.  We were meeting with Chapter NV-H at 8:30am for our morning ride.  The plan today was to ride to Taylor Canyon out near Lone Mountain Station.  There were five of us there today, Dennis and Marie Price, Sonny Davidson and my husband, Richard and myself.  Each of us had ridden our own bikes that day.  Richard was riding his newly acquired bike, we had just traded our other bike for the previous Saturday. 


We left Cimarron West shortly after 8:30. It was a beautiful day.  The weather was great; it was not windy. Dennis was leading the group, followed by Marie, then me, Richard and Sonny.  I don't particularly like riding the left track, just because it puts me closer to the oncoming traffic.  Come to find out later - Marie does not like the right side track either.  Several times during the day, Richard almost suggested we trade places since he knew how I felt about riding in that lane. We started out with two strikes against us.  Plus, both of us were considered beginners.  Marie was riding her Honda 1100 which was a step up from her 250 Rebel.  She had only been riding that bike less than two weeks.


There were several times during the morning I had a really uneasy feeling riding behind Marie.  She just didn't look like she felt "comfortable".  Once on the way out - she came really close to the outside edge.


We stopped in Taylor Canyon for something to eat and drink.   She even mentioned feeling like she was having difficulties with the bike.  Both on the way out and back, there were times where we got spread out pretty good. 


At our "Coyote Run" Chapter Fundraising event on July 3rd, most of us attended the group riding seminar.  We found out another strike against us after the fact.  Riding in the twisting area coming into town, we should have been riding single file with 2 - 3 seconds between riders.  We were still in a staggered formation two seconds from the bike in our lane, only one second behind the bike in front of us.


Then it happened.  I noticed Marie was doing something very strange.  I thought she was trying to look at something on the ground.  It turned out she was leaning to the left of her bike, going around our final left curve.  I started to slow down even more from the 40 mph we were going, but about that time, Marie went OVER THE EDGE!!!  I was RIGHT THERE to see it.  I immediately gripped my handlebars tighter; unfortunately, I must have still had hold of my front brake.  DOWN my bike went and the next thing I knew I was picking myself up off the ground.


Behind me, during all this, Richard was doing his own evasive maneuvers trying to avoid my bike in his path.  Then he saw me rolling along on the ground and right into his path.  He felt it was two choices, run me over, or put his bike down.  I am glad he chose to put it down; I don't think I would have survived being run over also. 


The truly FORTUNATE thing in all this is each of us was wearing the proper riding attire.  All of us had full faced helmets, full fingered gloves, riding jackets and leather chaps.  We ALL had fairly minor injuries for what we now know to be at least two totaled bikes.  Marie had a fractured ankle with some bumps and bruises, Richard has a sprained ankle with some good bruises and I was left with a fractured left ankle and an injury to my left arm involving some missing skin and lots of road debris up inside the skin.


I cannot stress enough how important the safety equipment is.  I do feel if I had not worn all my gear that day, I might not have survived, even though we were going 40 miles per hour or less.  One of my first hits was on the chin of my full faced helmet.   Richard's helmet had a huge big scrape on it.  Had I been wearing a half helmet (which I did when we first started riding) I would have probably lost my chin.  Had I not had the chin strap buckled, the helmet would have come off after the first hit and the second blow to the head could have killed me. helmet picture

How to Grow Your Chapter?


Allen & Dottie WesselsWessel's Picture

Tennessee District

Membership Enhancement Coordinators



During the Tennessee District Convention while enjoying some of Mother Nature's liquid sunshine I remembered part of a nursery rhyme: "April's showers bring May's flowers". That thought sort of bounced around in the back of my mind over the next few days and being who I am, (according to my wife, someone with way too much free time) I started to wonder if the amount of May's flowers is proportional or exponential to the amount of April's showers? No one has been able to give me an answer to that question yet. As a matter of fact one person asked me if it hurt when I have these thoughts. But, it did occur to me that we can use that rhyme and compare it to our Chapters' growth.


Well the first thing you need is the flower bed, and that is your Chapter Participants and Chapter Team. With active Participants and motivated leadership you have the fertile soil needed for growing. Of course you can't grow flowers without seeds and the seeds for growing our Chapters come from the Area Report List (ARL). Twice a year, National sends out the ARL that lists every current Member within the Association, broken down by Region, District, and Chapter. Individual Members are assigned to a Chapter by the zip code they provided when they joined GWRRA. 


Comparing the Area Report List to your Chapter Roster can help you find Members in your area by simply calling or sending an e-mail that could encourage them to participant. Each month, National sends out the 

monthly Area Reports, again broken down by Region, District, and Chapter listing: New Members, those that have joined in the past month; Prospective Members, people who have contacted the National Office 

about GWRRA; and Members whose membership is coming up for or just past renewal. These are the seeds you get at a store but you can also get seeds while out having FUN with your Chapter by sharing with other

motorcyclists about GWRRA and our Chapters. Just like the April showers provide water for the flowers to grow, providing FUN activities, Events, and rides for your Participants will help your Chapter grow. The other ingredient is sunshine and that comes from all the smiles, hugs, and laughter you and your Chapter will share.


I may never know whether May's flowers grow proportionally or exponentially to the amount of April's showers. I believe by using the full Area Report List, monthly Area Reports, and being a motivated leader and active Participant of GWRRA, that you and your Chapter will have more than enough smiles to grow exponentially.

A Member's M/C Story: (Part 3-Stay tuned for a multiple part story from Jerry.)


Rockies Trip-National Parks Tour      

by Jerry Stevens #301755

Flower Mound, TX 

 Jerry Stevens

We got away a little later than planned. Chad and I had an advantage over Randy. We HAD to pack our bikes before our respective 100+ and 200+ miles trip to Randy's. Randy had to work all the way up until very late the night before we left so we had some last minute things to take care of that morning. We still got away at a reasonable time. We were just glad to be on the road.   


We visited Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma, and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas. We had planned to camp in the Cimarron Valley State Park, New Mexico. However, they were all full. We did stop long enough at a picnic area to cook some steaks we had brought along. We didn't take the time to unpack our plates. We just grabbed the steaks off of the fire with our hands when we thought they were done and ate. They were very good. All of our motorcycles were performing excellently as they continued to do throughout the trip.  


We planned for the first day to make some distance but not quite like we did. We ended up riding to Taos, New Mexico (600+ mile day) through hot high desert, rain, mountain roads, and late at night. This was a little spooky with wild animals waiting to run in front of us. We did not want to set up camp so late and in the rain so a room was in order. Eagles Nest and Angle Fire had no rooms, nor did Taos. There were festivals all over, however one fellow in a Taos hotel said he had a room he would not be using so he sold it to us. He took us to the room, gave us the key, and we gave him the money. We expected the law at any time to show up to inform us we were in the room illegally. Thank God it never happened. Maybe we got away before the law woke up.


With a late start (I had trouble loading my bags, too much stuff) we headed by way of Aztec, Farmington (spent the night) and Ship Rock, New Mexico. We went on to Navajo National Monument and the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. After eating and having an ice cream while waiting on a storm to pass, we headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. These three days took us through some of the most outrageous geological formations. West of Ship Rock I thought we had descended into Satan's living room. I have traveled a lot by car but these formations were shocking to me. Motorcycle travel sure accentuates the terrain and it gives the rider an up close and personal "feeling" of nature. Little did we know we had much more outrageous geological formations ahead of us. At one of our gas stops on this leg I wasn't paying attention and dropped my heavily loaded VTX. This was the first time ever. No damage except my pride.    


After arriving late (because I wanted to get all of the parks/monument stamps I could get) we checked into our cabin. Remember my reservations made in September for the porch on the edge of The Canyon? You guessed it! Someone screwed up and gave it to someone else. I was very upset! The whole idea was a canyon view and from the porch of those cabins you have a good view. I pleaded but it was gone. I almost blew up! But I said to my self, "Self, you are here to have fun and see The Canyon. Do not let some fool's mistake ruin your stay". After all, the person I was talking to had nothing to do with it. The cabin was rustic but good and roomy with two rooms. It was built in the 20's. I like history so I thought it was great, although there was some parking lot noise and the night was a bit warm for the North Rim.


We spent most of the next day riding some good park roads and stopping to admire the views. We did a little laundry just in case we needed it. It is like a gun fight; reload when you want to not when you have to. I have found the Grand Canyon always awesome! I really like the North Rim better than the South Rim. The North Rim is less crowded but just as beautiful if not more so than the South Rim. The camp grounds are good. After the cabin mix up we wished we would have camped.

I recommend visiting both sides.


After two nights and one very enjoyable day we left The Canyon to travel through Zion National Park in Utah with a stop by Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona. Randy dropped his Wing at one stop along this leg thanks to loose gravel and a slope off to the side. I felt bad for him but at least I wasn't the only one. We camped in a Utah state park near Cedar Breaks National Monument. It was a great camp site. We went to town to buy something to cook but a café looked like a better choice and it was. Upon returning we built a large fire and relaxed. We returned in the morning to the same cafe for breakfast. We visited Cedar Breaks the next day along with Capital Reef, Escalante, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. The Capital Reef visitor's center was closed so I had to take pictures of my cycle in front of it hoping IBA will accept a picture in lieu of a stamp. This was some great riding and scenery.


Arriving in Hanksville, Utah, not much here, I had been on the road seven days and over 2000 miles. We ate at Blondie's, good food and good service. Sadly we had concluded our fantastic riding time together. It had been a lot of fun. I spent the night in Hanksville at a neat little hotel but my traveling buddies headed home to Oklahoma via Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. I like to think they could not keep up with this old man. However the truth is they had to get back to work. Bummer! They ran into rain and hail on their way home along with some more good riding.


The next morning I headed over to Arches National Park. I need to see this one again. I regret I just did not have time to go on to Canyonlands National Park as I wanted to get as close to Yellowstone as I could by night fall. This is some wild country we went through. In some places it is so ugly that it is pretty. In other places it is so pretty you think it is not real. If you have never been there, go! I plan to return.Jerry's pictures









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Milton Dykes GWRRA      #321326

Jacksonville, FL


Newbie's Riding the Smokey


After only riding a motorcycle for less than a year, I, Milton Dykes, made my first long distance ride with my wife, Wanda Dykes, on our Gold Wing, "Big Red",  to the Smokey Mountains and back from Jacksonville, FL. We went with our good friends Jim and Judy Woodford and had a blast. Jim is a motorcycle safety instructor and has made numerous rides across America from Jacksonville, FL, to California and back. He was a huge help in guiding this newbie.


We rode from Jacksonville up through Georgia taking the scenic, slower route. Our rides in the mountains included excursions on the 
Cherohala Skyway and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was gorgeous.


So what is it like for newbie's  to motorcycle through the Smokies? Here is what I wrote after my first trip in the mountains.


It is relaxing with all kinds of unique smells, sights, and sounds.


It is calm with slight moments of intensity and the wind blowing in your face and your eyes taking brief glimpses of beautiful scenery while scanning for danger points. It is smooth riding with glorious horizons. Greens, purples, yellows, reds, and whites popping up from all angles.


It is rocks and mountains and valleys, hills and streams, and ponds, rivers and dams, and bridges.


It is short straight-a-ways and quick curves and long sloping grades all mixed together on narrow and wide roadways.

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It is the joy of good friends, fresh coffee, hearty meals, and delicious desserts.


It is more motorcycles of all shapes, sizes, and sounds ridden by saints and sinners.


It is the thrill of the ride and the soothing of the mind.


It is views above, below, side by side, ahead and behind.


It is the unexpected, the planned, and the hoped for.


It is the highs and lows of temperatures rising and falling.


It is smokey fog, rain, bright sunshine, and shaded roadways.


It is reflection and vision.


It is thoughts and dreams.


It is the sweetness of a quiet Gold Wing smiling at Harley guys grinding by with earplugs blocking loud sounds.


It is the wonder of why I waited so long to enjoy?


It is gassing the tank and watching other riders with their big machines.


It is meeting new friends and telling a tale.


It is the pat from the back, the bonding of someone special, and the smile of a good time shared.


It is the joy of beholding God's creation, full face, up front, and personal.


It is gentle meditation and soft prayers.


It is sitting on "Big Red" watching the world go by.



A Members Story 


Winter of My Life  


Steve Bates


Bullhead City, Arizona

 Steve Bates M/C picture


You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.


It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.   And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all...

And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams... But, here it is. The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go?

I remember well...seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...  But, here it friends are retired and really getting gray...they move slower and I see an older person now. Lots are in better shape than me... But, I see the great change...  Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant... But, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just taking a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat's mandatory!  'Cause if I don't on my own free will..I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!

But, at least I know that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's's over....Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.  It's all in a lifetime....

If you're not in your winter yet....let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!!

Life goes by quickly.  Do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember... and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

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1-General "Mad Anthony" Wayne built Fort Wayne after the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 on the site of a Miami Indian village.


2-May 4, 1871 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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