Monday Motes. Again? Already?

Makes no sense: HBO is not pulling Woody Allen movies, despite the current documentary saying he molested and/or abused his children. HBO says the “viewers” can judge. However, several of the “Muppet’s” episodes have been removed by Disney because they are “adult”. Huh?

The law should be the law, and applied evenly to all. All are innocent until proven guilty by a preponderance of evidence. Not overwhelming sound and fury.

Here we go again: House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke said Monday she is determined to restore funding to a number of state programs the administration has targeted for cuts. Luke also said she is ready to consider increasing the state capital gains tax and boosting state income taxes on “higher-income residents” to raise money for the changes she wants to make.(Hawaii Civil Beat 2/24) And once again there is no definition of “higher-income”. Ige wants to tax the “wealthier” residents. He didn’t define that either.

No OSHA: At least 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have died during the 10-year construction of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup facilities due to shoddy work conditions and lack of training. The shocking figure is likely grossly underestimated because no figures are available for migrant workers from Kenya of the Philippines.

Ashli Babbitt’s murderer is still unidentified.

Hang ‘em high: An Iranian woman who was sentenced to hang for the killing of her husband died from a heart attack, but was strung up anyway, according to her lawyer. The Times, U.K. reports Zahra Ismaili collapsed while waiting in line behind 16 other convicts for her turn to be executed. Ismaili’s attorney, Omid Moradi, said his dead client was hanged as a measure of deference to the victim’s family. Sorry, that’s just freakin’ barbaric.

A final thought: Let me see if I got this right; I’m walking your dogs, two guys drive up, shoot me 4 times, take two of the dogs, drive off leaving me to bleed out on the sidewalk, and you offer a reward for the return of the dogs “no questions asked.” I have that right? Get another walker, I’m done.

Sunday Rant

From Jeff Cooper, Principles of Personal Defense

Principle Two:
Decisiveness
It is difficult for a domesticated man to change in an
instant into one who can take quick, decisive action to meet
a violent emergency. Most of us are unused to violent
emergencies-especially those which can only be solved by
the use of force and violence on our part-and these emergencies
require a parturient effort of will to transform ourselves
from chickens into hawks. Decisiveness, like alertness,
is to some extent a built-in characteristic, but, also
like alertness, it can be accentuated. In formalized combat it
is supplied-or it should be-by appropriate orders from
above. In cases of personal defense, it must be selfgenerated,
and this is the problem.
When “the ball is opened”-when it becomes evident
that you are faced with violent physical assault-your life
depends upon your selecting a correct course of action and
carrying it through without hesitation or deviation. There
can be no shilly-shallying. There is not time. To ponder is
quite possibly to perish. And it is important to remember
that the specific course you decide upon is, within certain
parameters, less important than the vigor with which you
execute it. The difficulty is that the proper course of action,
when under attack, is usually to counterattack. This runs
contrary to our normally civilized behavior, and such a decision
is rather hard for even an ordinarily decisive person
to reach.
Short of extensive personal experience, which most of
us would rather not amass, the best way to cultivate such
tactical decisiveness is through hypothesis: “What would I
do if . . . ?” By thinking tactically, we can more easily
arrive at correct tactical solutions, and practice-even
theoretical practice -tends to produce confidence in our
solutions which, in turn, makes it easier for us, and thus
quicker, to reach a decision.
English common law, the fountainhead of our juridical
system, holds that you may use sufficient force and violence
to prevent an assailant from inflicting death or serious
injury upon you-or your wife, or your child, or any other
innocent party. You may not pursue your attacker with
deadly intent, and you may not strike an unnecessary blow,
but if someone is trying to kill you, you are justified in
killing him to stop him, if there is no other way. This is
putting it about as simply as possible, and since the law
here is eminently reasonable, the legal aspects of personal
defense need not detain us in formulating a proper defensive
decision. We must be sure that our assailant is trying to
kill or maim us, that he is physically capable of doing so,
and that we cannot stop him without downing him. These
conditions can usually be ascertained in the blink of an eye.
Then we may proceed. (Incidentally, rape is generally considered
“serious injury” in this connection. A man who
clearly intends rape may thus be injured or killed to prevent
the accomplishment of his purpose, if no lesser means will
suffice.)
So, when under attack, it is necessary to evaluate the
situation and to decide instantly upon a proper course of
action, to be carried out immediately with all the force you
can bring to bear. He who hesitates is indeed lost. Do not
soliloquize. Do not delay. Be decisive.

Saturday Story

The Best of Intentions

I attended the 55 th. Recruit class of the Honolulu Police Department. At that time, 1970, we were the largest recruit class ever attempted.

This was before there was an actual “police academy”. We attended classes at the old Army Reserve building on 22nd ave near Kaimuki Intermediate School. In fact, we used the school field for some of the physical training.

We practiced “unarmed combat” and self- defense techniques at the Hawaii Aikido Dojo on Wailae Ave and 6th street. We practiced take downs, holds, and “chokes”. With several experienced martial artists in the class this training produced some rather mixed results.

I’d already had almost 2 years overseas and over 2 years of off base military police experience with H.A.S.P., so as far as the take downs and holds I was pretty well versed. As far as the “choke”, I was as good as anyone and a lot better than most. I had gotten lots of “practice” and I was really damn good at “taking them out” with what is now called the “rear naked” choke.

Class academics consisted of 50 minute classes held in a large room on the second floor of the building. We went to class from 7 am until 4 pm or later if the speaker ran over time. Speaker after speaker. No computer’s, no Power Point.

Some speakers were actual serving officers, others were guest lecturers, and professional whatever’s. There didn’t appear to be a really cohesive curriculum, but I probably missed the bigger picture. Having been through basic training, Air Force Air Police training, and Air Force N.C.O. training I felt I was a couple of steps ahead of most of my classmates. This did cause a strain in some of my class relationships. Entirely my fault, but it was how I felt.

There were several other military veterans in the class, but the majority were young men, no women, looking for a career “on the job”. All I ever wanted was to be a police officer.

Some of the non-vets were really not prepared for the real world they were about to enter. One young man that sat next to me was the son of a local photographer and studio owner. Basically a very nice, but naïve, young man. He was one of those not really ready.

The breaking point came in a “Sex Crimes” class.  The detective giving the class started passing out crime scene photos. There were actual scene photos and were graphic to say the least.

The class was the last of the day and as the pictures came to my classmate, he would give a quick glance and pass the picture on to the next guy. But, he did look at them. He made a quiet comment about, “People don’t really do this”. The detective overheard and responded, “Yes. And much worse”.

That classmate dropped out the next morning and went back to work in his father’s photography studio.

We weren’t issued badges or firearms until late in training cycle and one student made a good example of why. It was unknown why and totally out of policy, but he tried to stop a vehicle on the freeway by waving his own handcuffs at the driver. He was dismissed the next day. At that time, a recruit could be dismissed for almost no reason at all, but they usually let you hang yourself.

Over the following years the 55th Recruit class lost several graduates. One graduate was lost when he was shot while pursuing an escaped felon. The injury was such that he never returned. Another was arrested for having a sexual relationship with an underage “Explorer Scout”, several left HPD to join other, better paying mainland departments, 2 went on to join the F.B.I., several others have been arrested and fired for theft, drugs, assault, burglary, and one even for being overweight and not making the cut 6 months after graduation.

In other words, all the same stuff that any cross section of humanity would display.

I do not know how many from that class actually completed a full career, but we all started with the best of intentions.

Friday, Yeeeyyy. About Time.

Do right nobody remembers; Do wrong, nobody forgets.

Let’em do their job: Law enforcement officials in Arizona said Friday that an operation targeting sexual predators yielded 34 arrests. The multi-agency effort, dubbed “Operation Broken Hearts,” focused on predators who are alleged to have committed sex crimes or human trafficking. Uncle Joe wants to stop ICE and boarder enforcement.

Just ask AOC: On Monday, February 15th, 84-year old Mary Gee reportedly lost power in her northeast Houston apartment. It is believed that Mary Gee froze to death sometime in the overnight hours, and according to her family, they discovered her body, along with the police the following morning. As if that weren’t enough, less than one day after Gee’s body was found, robbers reportedly broke into the Northshore Meadows apartment complex and took off with the elderly woman’s belongings. According to her family, the thieves grabbed Gee’s television, stereo, phone and her son’s army badges. And it’s all because Texas isn’t “green” enough.

It is a crime: On January 6th, 2021, Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt was executed by a Capitol Police Officer who seemed to hold no restraint. 50 days later, the Capitol Police Officer responsible has been identified in photos before and during the shooting. The Police Lieutenant’s name is being withheld from Ashli Babbitt’s attorneys. What happened to “the people’s right to know”? The officers name sure seems to come out quick enough for Antifa/BLM. Hell, they get the name, home address, kids names, and what the officer had for lunch three weeks ago last Tuesday. But Ashli’s attorneys can’t get the name. Justice for some, but not all.

Keep reaching higher: In what appears to be a new record for extreme DUI, a motorist’s blood alcohol content was measured at .77–more than nine times the legal limit–after he crashed his car following a short police chase Friday afternoon, Oregon cops report. According to investigators, the driver–who has not been named pending the filing of criminal charges–was involved in a hit-and-run in Madras, a city 125 miles southeast of Portland. The driver was subsequently transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. A blood sample taken from the suspect was tested and showed his blood alcohol was .778. The state’s legal limit is .08. Previously, the highest BACs reported in these pages were the .72 recorded by an Oregon woman in 2007 and the .708 recorded by a South Dakota woman in 2009.

Innocent until proven: Joy Behar quipped to her co-hosts Tuesday on ABC’s “The View” that she couldn’t “wait to see” attorney general nominee Merrick Garland, once confirmed, indict Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) for being “part of the insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. To hell with evidence;”Let’s give the guilty sob a fair trial and then take him out and hang ’em.”

Going to Hilo for the weekend. Got some serious Irish whiskey and music. Stay Safe.

Weekend In Sight Motes

Well, that’s new and different: A group of conservative and libertarian students at the University of Chicago have recently launched the Chicago Thinker, an online news and opinion publication that aims to exercise and uphold the values of the school’s famous free speech Chicago Principles. “We demand not to be coddled,” its editors state on their about page. publication fights cancel culture, supports free speech. The Thinker, started in 2020, publishes news, opinion, analysis, pop culture reviews and cartoons. These kids will go far, if they’re tough enough.

On February 21st, 2021, Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt was laid to rest in the Pacific Ocean. As waves crashed and dogs kicked up sand on the beach, those closest to Ashli spread her remains in the Pacific Ocean. A beautiful array of colors and flower petals surrounded her as she was submerged into the salty water. A tornado of what seemed to be pure energy appeared to embrace her and carry her out to rest blissfully. Rest In Peace Senior Airman. Your watch is over.

“The Rock” For President: I met Dwayne Johnson, “The Rock”, back in the early 80’s while I was working for his grandmother Lia Maivia as a ring announcer and tv commentator for Polynesian Big Time Professional Wrestling. His dad, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson, appeared on several of our cards in an on-going feud with Allen “Bad News” Brown. I had developed a problem with one of the other staff members that resulted in some punches thrown in the back of the arena. Unfortunate, Rocky only saw me punching the other guy. He verbally jumped in my shat. He was giving me a severe chewing out, which included the words “out of here” when Dwayne, then about 14, stepped up, told his father he was “wrong” and told him I had simply been defending myself. He went on to describe how I had been “false cracked” and was only responding to the attack. Dwayne, who I had only met at several prior tv tapings, continued to tell his dad I was owed an apology by the other staff member, and maybe by his dad too. Rocky looked over at the other guy, jerked his thumb over his shoulder, and simply said “Out”. Not even looking to see if his command was being followed, it was, he looked at me and said he didn’t know the whole story and was sorry. He went on to compliment me on my performance that night and not to worry, he handle that other “problem”. I was always impressed with the way Dwayne had stood up to his Dad in the defense of someone he barely knew. Even then, you could tell there was something special about him. Rock for President? Eahhh, No.

Late night non-comedians: On 2/5 Kamala Harris made a comment about unemployed miners learning new jobs, reclaiming “landmines”. Funny? Appears not, not one single late-night joke. Not one. Also, no late-night jokes about Uncle Joe or Auntie Kamala. Not one.

I am a white, baby-boomer, ex-military, ex-cop, biker, heterosexual, monogamous, employed male. There, I said it.

So, it was only Trump: Jim Carrey is calling it quits on his “political cartoons”, a passion project that made waves during former President Donald Trump’s administration. Actually, no they didn’t. Carrey wrote on twitter that he’s stopping the cartoons, often dark caricatures of Trump and his supporters, to “reclaim a little neurological bandwidth”. In his statement Saturday, Carrey said it was important to call out Trump’s actions while he was president. But not Obama, Bush, Biden, or Harris. So he is biased.

Middle Motes

I know how he feels: A wanted man surrendered to police in West Sussex (U.K.) Wednesday because he didn’t want to spend another minute with the people he was living with during the COVID-19 lockdown. Inspector Darren Taylor, of the Sussex Police, shared the odd occurrence, claiming the unidentified man, who was “wanted on recall to prison,” was in pursuit of “peace and quiet” when he turned himself in. We can sympathize.

Snake in the toilet: An Alaska woman had the scare of a lifetime when using an outhouse in the backcountry and she was attacked by a bear, from below. Her brother heard the screaming and went out to the outhouse, about 150 feet away. There, he found Shannon tending to her wound. They at first thought she had been bitten by a squirrel or a mink, or something small. The next morning, they found bear tracks all over the property, but the bear had left the area. “It’s probably not that bad of a little den in the winter,” Shannon said. Except for the smell.

Ashli Babbitt; Her murderer is still unidentified.

Not a comedian, she’s not funny: In the latest episode of The Sarah Silverman Podcast, far-left actress and comedian Sarah Silverman attacked Jared Kushner, claiming that the former president’s son-in-law could play a Nazi in a film and adding, “he is not capable of empathy.” The statement came in response to a question from a caller expressing frustration with Kushner — a grandson of a Holocaust survivor — for not condemning Holocaust-themed apparel allegedly worn by some neo-Nazis during the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Just how much crap is anyone responsible to respond too? There are a lot of people wearing crap that I find offensive and stupid, but I can only make so many comments. Oh, by the way, Kushner was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last month. Silverman has been nominated for, well nothing.

Remember the four rules: There are several lessons from a deadly confrontation in rural Washington state on the day before Valentine’s day. Chief among them being don’t steal other people’s political signs from their property, somebody might end up dead. Joshua Tryon, whose girlfriend Kamran was killed in a shooting erupting from such an “alleged theft”. It appears there was a physical confrontation between Tryon, Cohee, and the owners of the property, and sign, that somehow included the two “beating on the door with a wheelbarrow”. No charges have been leveled against Tryon, who started it all, engaged in a fight, and committed the apparent theft. Rule: Don’t do stupid things. Your life will be so much easier, and longer.

But adults only: This week, 45 years after it started, the release of “The Muppet Show” on Disney Plus just may bring some sorely needed happiness and relief to those who need it. Ultimately broadcast in 102 countries and dubbed in 15 languages, the Jim Henson-produced half-hour became the most popular televised comedy worldwide during its five-year run. I can recall bars in Waikiki that for all intents, shut down during that ½ hour. You only talked or ordered during the commercial breaks. The Muppet movies have become mainstays at my house when spirits are down. And of course, Kermit has kept up with the times. KERMIT WICK

Tuesday Motes of Unity

Only a radio dj: He was a Radio Racist, the Homophobe of the Airwaves, just a Sexist Pig, always the Purveyor of Misinformation, may he Rot in Hell, a Liar, a Cancer on the Radio, and Divisionary. The 15.5 million weekly listener’s, (average) are conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, Nazzi facisists, home grown terrorists, deplorables and should be sent to prison, re-education camps or put through wood-chippers. But you know, UNITY.

Fair and impartial: Nancy Pelosi’s pick to lead a Capitol security investigation in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré publicly insulted Republican Sen. Josh Hawley calling him a “little piece of sh-t” and calling for him to “be run out of DC and Disbarred ASAP.” also said Hawley and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are “aaa hats” and “high order white privilege.” Honoré has a history of criticizing Republicans. Honore’, led military relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and we all know how well that went. Claiming,  “The President doesn’t understand the Constitution”, Honore’ says gov’t’s first mistake with Puerto Rico relief was not giving the mission to the military. Except, that would have been unconstitutional. Who doesn’t understand? And isn’t he the one who allowed the National Guard to confiscate citizen private firearms during that “relief effort”?

Ashli Babbitt; Remember her name. Her killer still walks free.

Your tax dollars are paying for this:

Senate Bill H. R. 484
“To prohibit the use of Federal funds for the commemoration of certain former Presidents, and for other purposes.

  • 1) create or display any symbol, monument, or statue commemorating any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives on or before the date of enactment of this Act or has been convicted of a State or Federal crime relating to actions taken in an official capacity as President of the United States on Federal public land, including any highway, park, subway, Federal building, military installation, street, or other Federal property; 2) or name, designate, or redesignate a Federal building or Federal land after, or in commemoration of, any former President that has been twice impeached by the House of Representatives.”                       But it’s for everyone’s benefit and they are there to represent you.  

We’re all equal: Portland police officers threatened to arrest a group of people recovering food thrown out by a grocery store after a power outage Tuesday afternoon, NBC News reported. Around 20 people were initially arguing with store employees about taking the food items and refusing to leave the property before law enforcement responded. A store employee told officials that the food was unfit for consumption and should not be donated because it had not been stored at proper temperatures. Probably has nothing to due with the 6 or 7 months of “peaceful protests” in that city.

Monday(again)Motes

He’s rich, that’s it: Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates argued in a recent interview published with MIT Technology Review Sunday the world should prepare for a plant-based future to avert climate catastrophe. That future includes 100 percent synthetic beef. Gates’ warnings come as the retired philanthropist promotes his latest book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” in which the climate activist details measures he says need to be taken to save the planet. By the way, I have exactly the same education on “Nutrition” and “Climate” that Gates does. Right, none. Actually, I finished college. Gates dropped out.

Ashli Babbitt; Remember her name. Her killer is still free and un-named.

Not hard, only look one way: It’s funny but the fbi can only find links between protesters and “white” extremists’ groups. I guess the Antifa dude in the very front was just a “journalist” or something.

All over my laptop: I spit coffee out of my nose at this headline; “Los Angeles schools eliminating some police officers for ‘school climate coaches.” No really, they are axing 133 officers and replace them with coaches who “will provide students with an advocate on campus who is trained and focused on implementing positive school culture and climate,”. “They will use “effective de-escalation strategies”. Boy, I can’t wait to see how this works.

I could have told them: According to the “https://neurosciencenews.com”, women read minds better than men. Psychologists at the University of Bath, Cardiff, and London tested and statistically confirmed that the test was measuring the same thing in men and women, they found that females reported better mind-reading than males. They could have just asked any married man and saved a bunch of money.

Life ain’t fair: Mexico isn’t happy with the way coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out worldwide, saying the process favors rich countries while leaving poorer countries behind. “The countries that produce [vaccines] have higher rates of vaccination and Latin America and the Caribbean have much less,” Ebrard said. “It’s not fair,” he concluded. Just a question, how much $$ did the Mexican government, or any other government, contribute to “Operation Warp Speed” that created the vaccine in less than 12 months?

Every time someone says; “He’s just like Hitler.” All I can see is Dick Shawn as “Lorenzo St. DuBois (L.S.D.)” portraying Hitler in the “The Producers”. Hehehehehe

Sunday Rant

From Jeff Cooper, Principles of Personal Defence.

Principle One:

Alertness

“A commander may be forgiven for being defeated, but

never for being surprised.” This maxim is among the first to

be impressed upon new lieutenants. It is equally applicable

to individuals who aspire to a degree of physical security in

today’s embattled society. Alertness is, to some extent, an

inherent personality trait, but it can nonetheless be learned

and improved. Once we accept that our familiar and prosaic

environment is in fact perilous, we automatically sharpen

our senses.

Two rules are immediately evident: Know what is

behind you, and pay particular attention to anything out of

place.

It is axiomatic that the most likely direction of attack is

from behind. Be aware of that. Develop “eyes in the back

of your head.” Eric Hartmann, the World War I1 German

flying ace who is unquestionably the greatest fighter pilot

of all time (1,405 combat missions, 352 confirmed victories),

feels that he survived because of an “extremely

sensitive back to his neck”; and, conversely, claims that 80

percent of his victims never knew he was in the same sky

with them. Combat flying is not the same as personal

defense, but the principle applies. The great majority of the

victims of violent crime are taken by surprise. The one who

anticipates the action wins. The one who does not, loses.

Learn from the experience of others and don’t let yourself

be surprised.

Make it a game. Keep a chart. Every time anyone is

able to approach you from behind without your knowledge,

mark down an X. Every time you see anyone you know

before he sees you, mark down an 0. Keep the 0s ahead of

the Xs. A month with no Xs establishes the formation of

correct habits.

Observe your cat. It is difficult to surprise him. Why?

Naturally his superior hearing is part of the answer, but not

all of it. He moves well, using his senses fully. He is not

preoccupied with irrelevancies. He’s not thinking about his

job or his image or his income tax. He is putting first things

first, principally his physical security. Do likewise.

There are those who will object to the mood this

instruction generates. They will complain that they do not

wish to “live like that.” They are under no obligation to do

so. They can give up. But it is a feral world, and if one

wishes to be at ease in it he must accommodate to it.

Anything out of place can be a danger signal. Certainly

anyone you don’t know approaching your dwelling must be

regarded askance. It’s ninety-nine to one that he is perfectly

harmless, but will you be ready if he turns out to be that

other one who is not?

Certain things are obvious: an unfamiliar car parked

across the street for long periods with people in it who do

not get out; a car that maintains a constant distance behind

you while you vary your speed; young men in groups,

without women, staying in one place and not talking. These

things should set off a first-stage alarm in anyone, but there

are many other signals to be read by the wary. Anyone who

appears to be triggered out of watchfulness and into action

by your appearance must be explained. Anyone observing

you carefully must be explained. Anyone whose behavior

seems to be geared to yours must be explained. If the

explanation does not satisfy you, be ready to take appropriate

defensive action.

A common ruse of the sociopath is the penetration of a

dwelling under false pretenses. Anyone can claim to be a

repairman or an inspector of one sort or another. It is often

impractical to verify credentials, but merely being aware

that credentials may easily be falsified is protection against

surprise. The strong need only remain watchful. The weak

should take further precautions.

On the street, let no stranger take your hand. To allow a

potential assailant a firm grip on your right hand is to give

him a possibly fatal advantage. Use your eyes. Do not enter

unfamiliar areas that you cannot observe first. Make it a

practice to swing wide around comers, use window glass

for rearward visibility, and get something solid behind you

when you pause.

All this may sound excessively furtive and melodramatic,

but those who have cultivated what might be

called a tactical approach to life find it neither troublesome

nor conspicuous. And, like a fastened seat belt, a life jacket,

or a fire extinguisher, it is comforting even when unnecessary.

Needless to say, no sensible person ever opens the door

of his house without knowing who is knocking. If your

entranceway does not permit visual evaluation of your

caller, change it. The statistics may be against a threat

waiting outside, but statistics are cold comfort after you

discover that your case is the rare exception.

The foregoing suggestions are merely random examples

of ways in which the principle of alertness is manifested.

Situations are numberless, and specific recommendations

cannot be made to cover them all. The essential thing is to

bear always in mind that trouble can appear at any time. Be

aware. Be ready. Be alert.

Saturday Story

Road Name

People ask how I got the road name Storyteller. Everywhere you go you’ll meet Bear, Grizz, Snake, Half breed, Psycho and all the others.  I have only heard of one other Storyteller. Gypsy Pete sent me a picture of a British Columbia biker everyone called Storyteller.

He was about 6′, 200 Lb, had a full beard and walked with a cane. We could have been related as that was pretty much my description at the time.

But the guy that “gave” me the name was George Boston.

At the time I was an independent and George rode for Tiger Wong and the World Wide M/C. But he and I spent a lot of time drinking at the Kapiolani Bowling Alley bar. Don’t know how we ended there, but we did.

George was a SBU* officer at the time and was looking for something to give the bi-monthly newsletter something extra. I suggested some short stories I had written. He thought that might work.

A few days later I gave him 4 or 5 I had been working on. When he found out I had been a wrestling announcer, tried stand-up comedy and had stories and articles published in Biker and cop magazines. He said, “Jim you’re just a god dammed story teller, ain’t ya?”

And from then on, he started calling me Storyteller. It stuck.

I would say there are hundreds of people who know Storyteller, but if you asked them my real name, maybe 3 out of every 10 would know who you’re talking about.

When someone asks me how I got the name Storyteller, I usually say “After years of doing radio, television, 2 movies, stand-up comedy, numerous published letters to the editor and several articles in Bike and Cop magazines, I got it the old-fashioned way. I earned it.”

Then I smile and move along.

The truth is, I was given the name by a good friend and a solid biker brother, George Boston. I miss him sometimes, a lot.

*Street Bikers United; the state of Hawaii lobby for motorcyclists and their rights.