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Patriot Guard Riders (PGR)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You may ask "What does this have to do with "Exercise or Nutrition"? Well it is a little serendipity, if you will. Riding a motorcycle burns 2.8 calories/min. and standing in a Flag-Line burns 3.5 calories/ min. The average ride on a local mission, is what we call our trips, is 60 min. (168 Cal burned) and the Flag-Line is an aver. of 60 min., or (210 Ca. Burned) If we are on an extended mission the ride can be from 120-240 min., I will let you do the math.
But....This is not the reason I am with the is just the serendipity part.

I do not try to get "political" or "religious" with people in a public forum and I do not view this as a political or religious statement. We, PGR, are not bound by these parameters. Some of my SparkFriends know I am with a group called Patriot Guard Riders or PGR for short. We in the PGR are called upon by grieving families of fallen men/women, who have died in the service of our country. I joined the PGR in its infancy in 2005. We are now over 207,000 members strong Nationwide. When we attend a funeral, we are there to provide support and a protective shield for the grieving family from any interruptions from protesters. We give escort from the airport to the funeral home and then to the graveside. We do this service by request only from the family. Over the past 5 years I have been to over 200 funerals in Oregon and Washington. The PGR is made up of individuals who ride motorcycles, non-motorcyclist, Veterans, and non-Veterans.
Here is the Website for the new documentary movie coming out late this year:

If you would like to know more about the PGR here is the link to our National Website:

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CBAILEYC 10/20/2010 4:36PM

    Thank you, Chuck.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 10/20/2010 12:20AM

    I added the PGR to my favorites list on my desktop.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 10/19/2010 11:59PM

    How wonderful forour country that there are civil citizens who rise to the occasion to meet the needs of others who support their loved ones who have served and fallen for those who enjoy freedom. Too bad, some of those who enjoy their freedoms don't show more respect for those who protect such freedoms.
My son is a veteran and misses the military mindset...God, country, and family...he's preparing to reenter the military as an officer and make a career of it. Hopefully, he won't need your services until he's very old.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 10/19/2010 11:01PM

    I think what you guys do is great . . .I, too, don't understand how so-called religious people can intentionally cause such pain in an already emotion-filled event. It is said that the world can't be a "perfect place" because then no one would grow emotionally or spiritually, but I sure wish for that perfect place/world for at least part of the time . . . .

Just wanted to say how proud I am of you and all the great PGR members I've met in the past 5 years.

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KEAKMAN 10/19/2010 9:31PM

    Chuck I love what you do. My sis and her hubby are also members out in western PA.

You all provide a great and much appreciated service. Thank you!

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BMRBUDDY 10/19/2010 7:18PM

    That is wonderful that you do that, but I agree with DEIRDREJ1TX. I guess I'm very naive and shocked, too. I don't understand how anybody could do that to a fellow American or a for that matter a human being!

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DARLENEK04 10/19/2010 6:28PM


We are members of the Patriot Guard also. It is sad there
are people in this country who thrive on causing other people
pain, in addition to the pain they are already suffering from
the loss of their family member.

I hope I never have to be around these fanatics and hate-mongers
and see one trampling an American Flag.


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GIANT-STEPS 10/19/2010 3:37PM

  The Westboro Baptist Chruch is famous for picketing fallen soldier's funerals. Minister of the church Fred Phelps preaches that the 9/11 terrorist attack, soldier deaths and AIDS are punishment from God for our society's tolerance of homosexuality. Patriot Guard Riders originally formed to shield graving families from Westboro Baptist Church protestors.

WBC is basically a hate group that uses religion to justify their bigotry.

When I first saw Patriot Guard Riders stickers on some motorcycles at work I imagined that they were some jingoistic group but looking it up I found that they just want to help families of fallen soldiers grieve with some peace and dignity. More power to them I say.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/19/2010 2:51PM

    Guess I'm naive: I'm shocked that there is a need for a protective shield. Good for you!

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Getting Over A Bad Day

Sunday, October 03, 2010

What a roller-coaster this past 9 months has been since I joined Spark! Sometimes the "Bad" days overshadow the "Good" days. Bad days have consisted of: lack of motivation, personal issues, health issues and in general, gets in the way of my plans. I will have to say my good days far exceed the bad days, but one bad day and I forget all those good days I had and will have.
How do I defeat these bad days? One way is my SparkFriends pulled me through! I log in everyday without fail. I don't always want to but I do. I take my medications every morning weather I want to or not because it helps me. I need my dose of Spark, as with medication, because it makes me feel better. I continue to track my nutrition and fitness activity without fail, reading articles, SparkTeam threads, and Blogs, By being consistent with this ritual I have always been able to get back on track.
I have had many bad days in a row for the past month, some worse than others, but a bad day none the less. SparkPeople helps keeps things in perspective and the light at the end of the tunnel is still visible. When I am with my SparkFriends I am back in the "Zone" of healthy thoughts and healthier living.
Thanks to SparkPeople and SparkFriends, many more good days are ahead. emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 10/3/2010 6:29PM

    Gee Karrie you had me going in circles with that Good Sparkers, Bad Sparkers, helping Bad Sparkers....But!, I did not get lost and kept up with what you were saying. I was energized by other comments I read after my Blog and got up and ran a 5K in the park. I feel so much better now. Thanks for dropping by again. Thank you for noticing I have lost weight since you last checked in. Still have 30 lbs to go.

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    Wow, Chuck. You've Changed since I've Check In on you Last. Has 9 Months gone by THAT Quickly? . WOW!!!!!!

You're Almost @ Your Goal.

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The way I see it, is 1 Sparker has a Bad Day & Another Sparker has a Great Day. Great Sparker Blogs about how Great Their Day went & Bad Day Sparker Reads Good Day Sparkers Blog & Gets in a Better Mood cos, they can see the Happiness in Their Friend's Blog or The Bad Day Sparker Blogs & Gets Support from their Great Day Sparkers.

Either way, we all Need to Feel "We", aren't Alone in Our Common Fight with Our Weight Loss Demons.

Have a emoticon Week.


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BANKER-CHUCK 10/3/2010 4:01PM

    Kate you are so sweet you make sugar taste like salt. (I stole this from Kurt Russell in the movie Death Proof). McSnyder you are so right.

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KEAKMAN 10/3/2010 3:43PM

    I always say that the best think about Spark is the people! And YOU are one of the great things in my life Chuck!

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MCSNYDER1 10/3/2010 2:02PM

    "Ain't" it the truth! A lot of my spark friends have had bad days lately, myself included. Maybe it's the transition from carefree summer with sunshiny days and warm breezes to the cooler, less sunshiny days of fall. But, I too, turn to Spark. Sure, I've got "regular" friends, family, and an amazing husband....but there is just something about this spark family! We are truly blessed!

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Delayed Motorcycle Trip!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Had my trip all planned and could already taste the In-N-Out burger in Redding CA. I decided to do my bike a favor and change its oil before leaving. Long story short is when I put the drain plug in it cracked my oil pan. I guess I don't know my own strength. So I got to visit my mechanic again!! He is a nice guy but I would rather it be a social call and not a "have-to" call. The "have-to's" always cost me money$$$$. The weather would have cooperated also. Beautiful here in Oregon. Hopefully when I get my bike back the weather-gods will be nice.
I still want that In-N-Out Burger, a couple of Double-Doubles, no fries this time. emoticon I have to watch my figure. emoticon

By the way the picture was taken last May and about 30 lbs heavier.. emoticon

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SCOOTERXS 10/2/2010 1:17PM

    Your delay may work in your favor, it's been unseasonably warm this year. Wishing you nice temperatures for your adventures in Redding!

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KEAKMAN 10/2/2010 8:29AM

    Safe travels Chuck! And enjoy your emoticon

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DUFFYDYER 10/2/2010 7:49AM

    Enjoy your trip! My daughter's boyfriend does that all the time (tightens things too far...doesn't know his own strength) We tease him about not making it 'Jon-tight' when he's working on something! So now you have to be careful about 'Chuck-tight'! It must be all that working out!

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GAYEMC 10/2/2010 5:39AM

    Sorry you missed your ride with this beautiful weather! Hope you get it soon. I've had a huge hankering for a great burger. Might go to Skyline or Mikes later today.

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Getting Over The Negatives

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It has been a tough year for losing friends in motorcycle accidents. In the last 4 mos. I have lost 6 friends. I have been riding motorcycles for over 35 years, and all of a sudden 6 friends gone. Four from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), 1 from my Rose City motorcycle club (Portland Oregon), and 1 from the Star Touring & Riding Chapter in Vancouver, WA. Three members from PGR this month alone. Two of the accidents happened when vehicles turned left in front of the motorcyclist. It seems to be epidemic.
I have personally had 5 close calls over the past year, 2 were cell phone related and 1 texting while driving. Two drivers just pulled out in front of me. My motorcycle has 3 bright lights in front. A person would have to be blind or just not looking to miss the fact that I was coming down the road.
Bottom line drivers with 4 wheels need to take extra precaution and share the road with motorcyclist and bicyclist. The 2 wheel transportation modes are growing exponentially.

With all that being said I think I need to get away and take a short motorcycle road trip with my friends who have passed away. emoticon
I need more positive thoughts and stress release. I will be careful.

By the way.....I could change my mind in the morning. emoticon

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ALICE2003 9/30/2010 1:54PM

    I'm really sorry to hear about your friends. I actually had a friend die less than a week ago while riding a motorcycle. Same thing as you said, a big van turned left infront of him.. and that was that. It's really hard, especially since he was only 27. I agree with you. People just don't pay attention at all sometimes and that makes it really dangerous.. not only for bikes, but for everyone else on the road.

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CBAILEYC 9/30/2010 12:24PM

    I hope you have a good ride. I bet your friends would want you to keep going, be strong, and make them proud.

Hang in there.

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GAYEMC 9/30/2010 12:09PM

    I hope you have a nice ride Chuck, it's a beautiful day. BTW, those 4 wheelers need to pay more attention to walkers also. I don't know how many times I've been in the middle of a crosswalk and a car just speeds by.

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KEAKMAN 9/30/2010 8:12AM

    If the day turns out to be a nice one, I say go ride with your friends! What a great way to relax and remember.

And have you noticed that folks are back to using their cell phones while driving a LOT here in Oregon? I have had several close calls in my car all due to folk on phones who aren't paying attention! I wish I was a cop.....

Take care my friend!

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POPPY213 9/30/2010 7:08AM

    To love and to have lost them so close together is very tough. I wish you all the love and good thoughts in honoring these friendships you have enjoyed so much! You are blessed. Maybe on this new day you will think about all the good ways you have touched each others lives with all you have shared? I hope it brings a smile and a few good laughs.

So many people in this world live a lifetime with no good friends at all.... emoticon

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FINDING_LOUISA 9/30/2010 2:54AM

    Good luck. It sounds like a good idea to go for the ride with your friends. Perhaps it will help you renew and re-energize. I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your friends. Be careful of those crazy car drivers while you're out and about. Sending good thoughts/vibes your way.

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Inspiration Needed? Then This is a Must See.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Found this very inspirational Video clip about one person journey. I guess you could say he reached his "Ah-Hah" moment and pulled himself up. I have met so many Sparkers over the past 9 months who have done the same thing. I have been so inspired by many people. When I feel unmotivated/uninspired I head for SparkPeople to help me get motivated/inspired. This is one of those mornings that I needed inspiration and SparkPeople came through again.
Here is the Video:

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VICKI-N-FLA 9/25/2010 5:17PM

    That was terrific. I think we all have it in us to do what's needed, but sometimes it takes a little push to get us more focused. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 9/25/2010 3:18AM

    This is what happened to LIL-ANGEL-WINGS with walking. Visit her page. emoticon

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GAYEMC 9/23/2010 8:51PM

    What a great story! Took me a few days to get to it but maybe that's because I really needed it today. I'm saving it for those bad 'pitty me' days. Thanx Chuck!

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LIZZIECA55 9/22/2010 1:28PM

    I love this video and story. It is so inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing.

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