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Anakee definition I read Ian Schmeisser's review of the Michelin Anakee Wild tires in the June Owners News and was disappointed that he did not explain the strange name. So I went to my computer and found that the numerological definition (I could find no other) gives the word a destiny number of 1—which is also considered to be the number of God. Michelin obviously thinks very highly of


its Anakee line.


Clement Salvadori #07123 Atascadero, California


Old Issues/New Issues Waving: In past issues of the BMW MOA magazine there has been much discus- sion about who waves to whom and whether this is determined by what one is riding. Well, I found my experience at the rally interesting in that no one was return- ing my waves (I ride an R 1200 R). Is there some unspoken etiquette/rule that within some prescribed radius of rallies waving is uncool? Would someone clue me in? I live just outside of Washington, D.C., and everyone waves with few exceptions. Aging Membership: I am 70 years old and the crowd at the rally looked old to me. This perception was reinforced when I got home and flipped through the copy of The First 35 Years that I picked up at the rally and noticed how over the years the members in the photos kept on getting older and grayer. I hope someone has a plan to recruit younger members and lower the average age of our membership or the viability of the BMW MOA will be in question. Utah: This probably could have gone


under “Aging Membership,” but come on, Utah in July? Statistically, July is the hot- test month in Utah, averaging 93 degrees. From the National Climatic Data Center: “This is the city's sunniest, driest and hot- test month, although some days can soar over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.” July in Ham- burg was hot enough for me. I suggest pushing back future Rally dates to June; even in the cooler northern states the weather will be pleasant.


Chet Hepburn #44345 Arlington, Virginia


Wanderlust I enjoyed Deb Gasque's recent article "Wanderlust in my own backyard" about the Low Country. I have spent a lot of time in that area


and have stayed at the Battery Carriage House B&B in Charleston and the Price House Cottage B&B in Summerville. Both are very nice places and both are haunted. I never saw the ghost or any sign of him at the Battery Cottage but the Price House did have signs. Returning one night from supper, all the cabinets in the kitchen were open. Upon asking the owners, they said it was a common occurrence—noth- ing scary, just different. I do enjoy that area. During my last visit I stopped at the Charleston Landing State Park during the Team Strange Whispering Giant Grand Tour, which is a very nice relaxing area.


Jim Moss #32559 Wirtz, Virginia


Ron Davis' "Head Check" In Ron’s article he described being rear- ended while sitting in his daughter’s car and waiting for a light to change. In late May, I had a similar experience, sitting on my K 1300 GT. I was waiting in a queue at a stop sign at a busy intersection in Los Gatos, California, in the pre-school time, when the car ahead of me pulled out into traffic, and I moved up to the stop sign and then, BAM! I had stopped at the stop sign, and the car behind me didn’t. The impact pushed me forward, and


over we went, fortunately not into the traffic lane immediately ahead. I rolled off the fully-loaded bike with only a small bruise on my left leg (ATGATT), but the right side of my bike was scratched from front to rear. I popped up and was highly annoyed,


as I could see that the driver who had hit me was a young woman in an SUV. While she was very apologetic and helped me get the bike back up, she said that she thought that I was moving into the inter- section. I got all of the insurance informa- tion, took pictures of the bike, gathered myself, and was off with no mechanical damage. I had left the house that we were visiting five minutes earlier to start a trip up the California and Oregon coasts to Seattle, the San Juans and then across


Washington back to Idaho, my new home. I left the bike at Big Twin Motors in


Boise for insurance repairs. Big Twin did a super job of replacing all of the damaged body parts, and Clearwater Lights gener- ously provided replacement parts for a damaged running light at no charge. While standard advice is to keep an eye on the road behind you when stopped at an intersection, I’m still trying to figure out how I could have reacted more defen- sively while moving forward and prepar- ing to stop before cross-traffic. I hope that this tale will help others be mindful of the hazards of distracted drivers.


Richard “Dick” English #124246 Ketchum, Idaho


Hard to believe It's hard for me to believe that fellow MOA members actually want to take the time to criticize Bill Wiegand's photo- graph of that striking lady on that striking motorcycle. Who cares how safe or unsafe this


lady's attire would be if she were riding, because she obviously is not. Folks, this is an art photograph, pure and simple, and in my opinion, a really good one.


Wayne Richard #145837 Seneca, South Carolina


Billings or Bust "Billings or Bust" by Jim Turley in the July issue was a remarkable story. It seems at first simple and unpolished, but it is reve- latory and completely unafraid, and when you're done reading you have a new friend for whom you wish the best. The piece is like good folk art, raw and


unforgettable. Thanks to Jim for his fear- less authenticity and to editor Bill Wie- gand for the insight to publish the story. I would have stopped one paragraph sooner, but then, I don't write like that, so I don't have a say.


Steve Kohler #205022 Bonne Terre, Missouri


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