After 20 years of providing the latest riding info sprinkled with localized flavor, Midwest Motorcyclist will no longer be found on the counter at your local dealer. Like so many in the world of print magazines, the time had come to let the ink dry for good. Luckily, Random Ramblings of a Rarebird appears in the final issue, in an unintentionally poignant article. I’d like to thank Ray Peabody and Midwest Motorcyclist for taking a chance on an unknown writer trying to get back into the game. I was given space for a regular column in the magazine, which afforded many opportunities get “behind the scenes” and hang with some terrific folks in the motorcycle industry. Midwest Motorcyclist even showcased my photography on several covers- a thrill that will last a lifetime. It’s been an awesome ride, and I’ve appreciated every opportunity- what a blast!
The spirit of the Midwest Motorcyclist magazine will live on in blog format at Midwestmotorcyclist.com, and include archival access to many of the original issues. Ray’s been riding and sharing for a long time, so be sure to stop by and see what up to!
Thanks again to Ray, Midwest Motorcyclist, and all of you who followed my column, and especially thanks for your feedback through the years. Keep your eyes peeled- I’m hoping Random Ramblings of a Rarebird will be back in print, somewhere, in the near future.
Stay safe, and I’ll see you on the road!
Somehow I overlooked sharing my latest article here- and, in my opinion, it’s an important one! As you peruse the December issue, be sure to check out the article on my friends at Sub Zero Mission, and see if there might be a way to help ’em out. Plenty more great stuff to read in the Midwest Motorcyclist archives while you’re there, help you get through remains of winter.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the road!
Thank you to all who have taken the time to read and share my Random Ramblings. It’s quite the rush having one’s words reach across the world, and it’s great fun to meet and follow others through this shared creative experience. I’ll still be stopping by here, probably with about the same inconsistent frequency I’ve shown so far, but I’ll be spending far more time with my newest project, Ride Local Dream Global. Drop by, check it out, and let me know what you think. If you like what you find, bookmark or sign on with RLDG and hang out with us!
Check out the latest issue from our friends at Midwest Motorcyclist, hot off the… er… servers? Well, maybe still “the presses”, if you’re a lucky reader of the “old school” print version. This issue is complete with my latest Ramblings, roughly formulated while rolling a new H-D Trike. You can find my streams of consciousness amidst the more organized prose of my fellow motowriters at Midwest Motorcyclist.
Proud to announce the creation of a darkly fun new podcast by my son, Sean Mekinda, and his friend and co-host Jackson Keller. This means I get to do a bit of blatant parental promotion for them, so if you’re looking for something a bit different to listen to, GO TO BEATING A DEAD HORSE and see what they’ve got to talk about this week. They can also be found on Twitter, iTunes, facebook, or Google Play. Fun stuff, complete with music provided by one of my favorite bands- Lords of the Highway!
Be sure to check ’em out and spread the word if you like what you hear. Be WARNED though- the language is a bit course, and the material a bit dark- not intended for the youngsters, or those with more sensitive dispositions!