Rides and Tales

Observations From Behind Bars

Time Well Spent

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In the 1940-50s, Corpus Christi’s North Beach was reputedly wide open, with high-stakes gambling, prostitutes and “after hours” joints.
In the sixties and seventies, it was still a pretty swinging place with a lot of local color, a notorious biker bar and two, count them, two tattoo parlors.

In later years, the city made a show of urban renewal, the upshot, of which, was more like a reverse re-distribution of wealth. Bay front lots ended up in the hands of restaurateurs, hoteliers and the the Texas State Aquarium (“State” in name only ). There are few good restaurants on North Beach as well as a couple of interesting bars frequented by motorcyclists, and lots of area that never got urban renewed. Go figger.

Saturday, Jill and I played music as part of Pete Devlin’s, “Texas Moon” band, at a very cool bar and patio, called the “Blue Marlin”, on North Beach. The occassion was a benefit for a biker down.
Bikers are way ahead of the political curve on grass roots giving and the fellow’s brothers and sisters (I don’t just throw those words around) figured that, since the man had supported more than his share of worthy causes, it was time for what had gone around, to come around.
We were fortunate enough to be part of the effort that included an auction, barbecue sales, poker run and 50/50 raffle. The winning 50/50 ticket, worth $500, was donated back to the cause. You gotta love it.

I’ll note, here, that Gypsy MC had their own event going on elsewhere but many still stopped by to support this effort.

I had a good time visiting with the bikers, playing music and watching the honies. The honies had a wet t-shirt contest, with a twist. It was different from most wet t-shirt contests but still a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

A couple thousand dollars was raised and a good time was had by all.


Written by fiddle mike

August 18, 2008 at 5:37 am

Posted in biker, culture, motorcycle, Texas, Uncategorized

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  1. What a great thing you all did. Tis true that the brotherhood of bikers look out for one another. And when one goes down, everyone comes together to help that brother out.

    Wonderful read, my friend. A talent beyond talent.

    And the t-shirt contest—What a hoot!

    Much love to you and Jill.


    August 21, 2008 at 5:07 am

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