by Barbara Zimmeran

Yes, Virginia, there really is a President of the Spokes-Women M.C., Inc,

From Your President:

Yes, she does exist. The reason you haven't heard from her in this section is because her life has been on red-alert for the last 1 1/2 months.  Do you want to hear about the car accident first? 

On Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at about 7:20 p.m., I was heading north on Route 1 from work in Trenton.  I was approaching what is euphemistically called "The Princeton Circle," a crazy place on Route 1 where six lanes of traffic converge in a mass of traffic lights and concrete dividers with a local road regulated by jughandles.  A 75-year-old man made a left turn in front of me - through the divider - at a high rate of speed.  His comment to the rookie cop who arrived at the scene was "I almost made it."  And - he almost ended my life.

Now you may say, "Where was God?"  I sure don't know where He was when this old codger came careening through the divider.  There were two lanes for traffic on my right and a cement divider on my left.  I slammed on the brakes, held the wheel straight and closed my eyes.  I never expected to open them - I was sure I would die in the crash.  I felt a rush of air on the sides of my face as the air bag imploded.  But God was there - I opened my eyes!  And miraculously there was nary a drop of blood or a broken bone!  

Of course, the car was a mess.  The windshield shattered from the passenger side air bag, the hood was crimped and the front right of the car was bashed to heck.  So, what did your fearless leader do?  Drop to her knees to thank God?  No, I jumped out of the car screaming, "Where's the b(fill in the missing letters)d who hit me?"  The car has over $5,000.00 worth of damage.  But, thank God, I suffered a mildly sore chest for the night and absolutely nothing else!!!  Now, do you want to hear about work and my social life?  No?  I didn't think so.

In fact, I would much rather talk about two important things coming up - the Spokes-Women's Camelot "Trick-or- Suite" extravaganza, this Thursday, October 25, 2001, and the AMA District II meeting on Monday, November 4, 2001 with Eddie James, AMA's Director of Road Riding.

"Trick-or- Suite" - Thursday, October 25, 2001 - At the Embassy Suites in Piscataway.  This is becoming an annual event for the Spokes-Women at Halloween time.  Embassy Suites provides the suite and we provide the treats for the wonderful children who share the joy of this special evening. These children and their families are among the courageous people.  Spokes-Women get a wonderful treat, far more than the medically challenged children who enjoy Trick or Treating in a barrier free environment.  This year Spokes-Women will be in Camelot for our by-far grandest effort in the three years we've participated.  Thank you Liz Smith and your enthusiastic committee for you super work and fun!!!  I'll leave kudos to the individual committee members to Liz.  Check Liz's e-mails or e-mail Liz if you need more particulars.

AMA District II meeting - Monday, November 5, 2001 - with AMA's Director of Road Riding, Eddie James - 7:00 p.m., at  the Bradley Gardens Fire House, Station 21, Bridgewater Twp. Old York Road, Bradley Gardens, Bridgewater Twp., NJ.  Directions:  Rte 22 south to Rte 202 South (Flemington).  Take the first jughandle labeled "Raritan." Cross Rte 202 onto First Avenue.  Go to the light where you must make a turn.  (There is a convenience store on the left.)  Turn right onto Old York Road.  The FireHouse is 0.8 miles on the right.  Eddie James is coming from the AMA in Ohio to answer the District's Clubs' questions about becoming a "recognized" AMA District, that is an official arm of the AMA.  Your presence will show the AMA the importance of the issue to our AMA chartered clubs in New Jersey.  Please come.  It will also be a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with the other riders in District II.

NOTICE - Get out your woolies.  Polar Bear season begins this coming weekend. October 28, 2001, is the first sign-in in Cape May, NJ.  Contact me or go to the Polar Bear Web site at for details.

Yours, Barbara Zimmerman


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