Well, coming home from Houston this evening I figured I'd be spending a nice peaceful fall weekend at home in Galveston. It being well outside the tourist season I figured no crowds....plenty of peace and quiet on a weekend forecast to be full of sunshine in the low 80's with no humidity. WRONG! The bit about the peace and quiet, not the weather forcast. My first inkling was the heavy car traffic going south into Galveston - liberally laced with LOTS of noisy, garish motorcycles. Then the radio station I was listening to announced they'd be broadcasting live from the Seawall for the rally. Then it hit me! The annual Galveston LONESTAR motorcycle rally was taking place this weekend on the island. Bummer. If I had remembered that, I mighta gone someplace more peaceful (Laredo?) this weekend. Don't get me wrong - most of the bikers that show up are perfectly peaceful motorcycle riders of a civilian nature - ma and pa weekend warrior types with grey hair. But ya still gotta watch out for the "one percenters". Like the two unsavoury types that pulled up next to me at a red light (wearing "Bandito" colors) and started eyeing my truck and myself with the same sort of detachment you and I might review a menu at a restaurant. I was equally nonchalant, nodding in their direction and making sure my Mak was within reach. Then a cop pulled up behind us, and we all went on our way when the light turned green (the cop following the bikers by the way). I don't expect any serious trouble. Sure, there will be a few bar fights and you might catch 10 Galveston cops putting the bracelets on 2-3 bikers down on the Strand (a truly entertaining spectacle for those who haven't seen it before ). But it will be mainly just noise and spectacle. But ya never know - which is why the Mak went in the safe once I got home and the 1911 was pulled out. Damn! Hurricanes, terrorists, looters, crooked politicians. I love this country. Never a dull moment!