Friday, January 27, 2012

Beth Povenmire Service Details

Thank you everyone for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers. It has meant a lot to our family.

We will be having a celebration of my Mother's life on Wednesday, February 1st from 6-9PM at the VFW Sugar Creek Memorial Post 3976 at 12810 Kentucky Road, Sugar Creek, MO. You are welcome to join us in remembering Mom and enjoying some good food.

Because of her lifelong love of animals (and Grandpa John doesn't know what to do with flowers) we suggest donations be made in her honor to the Animals Best Friends Organization either by mail: PO Box 493, Independence, MO 64051 or by visiting their website

Thank you again to all our friends. It has been good to hear from everyone.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Good Bye Mom - Beth Povenmire Passes

After a long battle with illness, my mother passed away this evening. It was for the best at the end, she was in a great deal of pain. She was 66 years old.

She was around for most of all the fun times I write about on this blog. She was the silent presence in the background telling Grandpa John when to put on a clean shirt (without grease) and when to stop for gas on the chopper.

"I hated those stupid little gas tanks. We were always running out of gas because they were so small and your father was too cheap to buy much gas," she said several times.

She made all the home-cooked meals that Ed "Big Daddy" Roth ate in our kitchen (boy could he eat).

She was there when David Mann told their landlord off at the community swimming pool resulting in my parents subsequent eviction.

"Dave was the first person I ever heard use the F-word. I thought he was a horrible man. He really made the landlord angry. That plus your father was parking his chopper in the living room of our apartment so that didn't go over well either."

Good bye mom, I hope you have found peace.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rex Adams Crazy Paint Sedan Delivery

I have mentioned Rex Adams on this blog before. He was one of the colorful characters that Grandpa John knew ever since I can remember. My earliest memories of him are from the mid 1970's and mainly his sedan delivery and all his red hair. I watched Grandpa John help Rex put a rear end under this delivery when I was a little kid.

I was relaying this to my friend Joe Boos one evening as we were looking at Rex's flamed paint job on my Super Glide. He said he remembered the sedan delivery too. "In fact," he said, "my brother Mike owned it for a while in the 1980s."

My next question was do you have any photos of it? Joe said he thought Mike did and would look around. Sure enough there were these two images. It was quite interesting for me to see a car that I hadn't seen in 35 years. I remembered it being a different shade of blue, but the eagle mural on the passenger side was just as I remembered. We discussed the other side and both thought it had some sort of woman holding a baby or something. Unfortunately the only photo we have is of the one side and back.

Mike Boos had found it behind a lowrider shop in Argentine area of KCK. How it ended up there would probably be another interesting story. Rex certainly lived life to the fullest. He told me he was "clinically dead" three times and the ER people brought him back to life. I don't doubt that he was telling the truth.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Greasy Sunday - Los Punk Rods Clubhouse

I am trying to give Wesley some of the same unique childhood I had. I decided to take him down to the Punk Rods clubhouse in the West Bottoms this afternoon. Eric is working on his Model A and needed to take some measurements off of Grandpa John's Cadillac powered coupe. Joe Boos tagged along.

We had a great time, riding mini-bikes, checking out everyone's projects and racing the remote control truck in their parking lot. We even met one of the local ladies who seemed in need of some sort of business transaction. She just asked me for a cigarette. I was glad I didn't have to explain her presence to Wesley!

It was good to see Eric, Dave, Jeff and the ever entertaining Cos. They remind me of Grandpa John's colorful friends from the 1970s. Check out their blog if you want to see what they are up to year around.