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    Excellent riding partner

    Just got my book this week, I read slow, to thoroughly visualize every word. I'm on chapter four now, savoring each chapter, verse, and prose. First book I've enjoyed reading in I don't know how long.
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    Anybody who talks to a motorcycle is crazy.
    I'm not I'm not I'm not!
    You're all crazy except me!

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    A most excellent book. Found out people really stare when you laugh out loud in public!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I wish it would show up on Amazon---Jack?
    Jack's having a little trouble logging on so ill try to help him through the process.
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    Thumbs up

    Just got back from 1,100 mile scoot to Iowa - book was waiting for me in accumulated mail.

    Snuck a few peeks - looks like a hoot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Just got my book this week, I read slow, to thoroughly visualize every word. I'm on chapter four now, savoring each chapter, verse, and prose. First book I've enjoyed reading in I don't know how long.
    Reece: That was a nice thing to say, and I greatly appreciate it. I found this thread from your link on Friday. (Thanks for sending it.) I have worked on a Macintosh computer since the '80s (not the same one), and do not regularly fool around with settings and such. In fact, I got a Mac as I thought to never having to make an adjustment. I was unable to sign in to the forum on Friday, and immediately suspected something I might have inadvertently done. This made me crazy and the day got away from me before I could call the folks a headquarters. Turns out they flipped the forum program and bounced the passwords.

    I got them on the line today and straightened the whole thing out.

    As you may have discovered, things start to define themselves after chapter six. I grew up in a very rough place, hanging around with some very tough characters. I was in constant fear of being beaten up, and that was just from the women. I regret the book is about as accurate as it gets. I decided to just tell the truth, and see where it led me. I hope you enjoy the next 18 chapters as much as you like the first four.

    Thanks again,
    Reep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    Anybody who talks to a motorcycle is crazy.
    I'm not I'm not I'm not!
    You're all crazy except me!
    Dear Paul:

    There is no mistake that motorcycles talk. Sometimes they whisper... And sometimes the just insinuate. But the road sometimes speaks today. It's been calling me by my first name all summer, and now it's getting nasty about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I wish it would show up on Amazon---Jack?
    Dear Rock Bottom:

    There are two reasons why it hasn't shown up n Amazon. The first is that nearly every copy printed has been sold directly to BMW MOA member or to a member of a chartered riding club. I personally inscribe all of them. You can't get an inscribed book from Amazon. The second reason is that Amazon takes a nice fat slice out of a dwindling commission ? without actively pursuing any promotional work. It will appear on Amazon in September, but those books will not be autographed either.

    Autographed books can sometimes become collectible. My cigar book ? Politically Correct Cigar Smoking For Social Terrorist ? routinely sells between $45 and $250 on Amazon. There is no reason to believe the moto book will not follow suit. The current batch of books has a few imperfections in it. These are absent in the new edition coming out next month, which will make this batch very collectible. This will be true if I die soon. I caught a former wife putting arsenic in my coffee yesterday. Anything is possible.

    Want an autographed book? Zap me at jpriepe@gmail.com. They are $20 plus $5 S&H. The wait is over. I have piles of these.

    Thanks for asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    Just got back from 1,100 mile scoot to Iowa - book was waiting for me in accumulated mail.

    Snuck a few peeks - looks like a hoot!
    Dear Kevin:

    You were one of the winners in the reader response contest for my column. Actually, you weren't but you got a free book for being the first reader to respond. The three winners were Lee Shreve, Frank Curtis, and Donald Grant. Grant's book was the last to ship as he took a couple of days to send me his address. I am going to have regular prize giveaways in my column, and the "First Responder" category will be an occasional one.

    As the members of my riding club will attest, I do not play with a full deck. My mother dropped me on my head from a 40-story building, five times in one day, when I was 15. I had totally forgotten about the contest when I got your reply. (This was due to the two-month lead time for the magazine and the fact that I have the attention span of a gnat.) When I read your first note, I thought "What fresh hell is this?" Then I had to go find the magazine to read what I'd written. I thought that was so funny that you got a book too.

    Thanks for mentioning the book. Let me know what you think of it.

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    Just Finished the book

    Thank you Jack for the book, occasional typeos and all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I haven't sat down and read a book in a long time. The cover work was excellent. I will always treasure this book. No other book I've read accurately captures the way I feel about riding more accurately, or eloquently than this book. Sir, my hats off to you, you are a master of the sword and the pen.

    I've been a Macintosh guy since I got back from Iraq in 2007 after spending the entire 15 month deployment with a dell Inspiron 5100 whose DVD player crapped out on me one week after I got boots on the ground in Kirkuk. I'm a spiteful SOB when it comes to technology. I like the stuff that works, I guess that's why I'm an apple guy on computers, and a Beemer guy on bikes and cars.
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    Hi Jack

    ...and sometimes they sing!

    I was dropped at birth... the doctor was a butterfingers!

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    Will we see a kindle edition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPRiepe View Post
    Want an autographed book? Zap me at jpriepe@gmail.com. They are $20 plus $5 S&H. The wait is over. I have piles of these.
    I just tried emailing jpriepe@gmail.com but it bounced back as undeliverable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Thank you Jack for the book, occasional typeos and all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I haven't sat down and read a book in a long time. The cover work was excellent. I will always treasure this book. No other book I've read accurately captures the way I feel about riding more accurately, or eloquently than this book. Sir, my hats off to you, you are a master of the sword and the pen.

    I've been a Macintosh guy since I got back from Iraq in 2007 after spending the entire 15 month deployment with a dell Inspiron 5100 whose DVD player crapped out on me one week after I got boots on the ground in Kirkuk. I'm a spiteful SOB when it comes to technology. I like the stuff that works, I guess that's why I'm an apple guy on computers, and a Beemer guy on bikes and cars.
    Regarding the imperfections in this edition:
    Most publishers regard me as a real S.O.B. from start to finish. I get an idea in my head and it takes dynamite to get it out. In the last year that I worked on this book, I ended up putting in three or four 20-hour days per week. I was crazed. My daughter, who is also a writer, insisted I cull 30,000 words from the work when it was already on the press. It became a nightmare of quality control as the book was typeset 7 different times. I would introduce one set of errors as I corrected others. The errors will add to the charm and collectibility of this edition. The third printing of 2013 has been thoroughly corrected. It will lose something. It lacks the desperation that flavors this one.

    No one has ever said to me, "I will treasure this book." I'll remember that. The sequel to this book will be out next summer. No matter what I guarantee, there will be new desperation in that one. The second book is called, "Motorcycles Speak Louder than Words..."

    Thanks again. You made my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    ...and sometimes they sing!

    I was dropped at birth... the doctor was a butterfingers!
    Dear Paul:

    Yeah, but did he then kick you over the goal posts?

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