My Brother’s Obituary – The Uncensored Version

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Lexington, MA —Christopher Ralph Paterson Tweedy, died Friday, May 19, 2017 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He leaves his daughter Jennifer Tweedy, his son, Michael Tweedy, his sister, Diana Oliver from CA, and brothers, Robert from Los Angeles and David from England. He also leaves his ex-wife Marjorie and his stepdaughter, Kristin.

Christopher was born in Concord Massachusetts on January 9, 1963. He grew up and went to school in Lexington Massachusetts. His father was an electronics engineer and his mother was a psychologist/social worker and house wife. Christopher graduated from Lexington High School in 1982.

Christopher had a hard time growing up with severe dyslexia that made it difficult for him to read and do well in school.  However, he had a lot of friends, a sunny disposition and a ready smile.

He started his own landscaping business after graduating high school. Then he met Marjorie Bowers, married her and had a couple of lovely children.  He loved playing with the kids and roughhousing. He also liked to play chess, ski, play hockey and go to the beach with his dog Bandy.

Eventually he got divorced and was separated from his children. His life had its ups and downs but he knew that he could always rely on the support of his parents.

What happened next was a nightmare of drugs, prison (he always maintained his innocence) and the mean streets of the city. He couldn’t get a job and ended up homeless in Boston. He told me that he avoided shelters because, as he said, they were scary.

He finally got a place to live in Lowell with his father paying rent. When the apartment building in Lowell was condemned he ended up on the floor of the living room in an apartment he rented from two friends. His father was senile and his mother had died ten years earlier. And then he lost his father.

After his father’s funeral everybody said their goodbyes and scattered off to their cars. When the last of the guests went out the door, Chris looked lost, alone and left out. He had no place to go. He loved his family too much.

Then he went back to Lowell, went into his tent and overdosed on heroin. The Lowell police found his body a few days later. His life was tragic and he will be missed more than words can ever express.

A funeral service will be held in June at Lane Funeral Home in Winchester MA followed by cremation and a reception?.  Please make donations to the CharityWatch Partnership for Drug Free Kids in lieu of flowers.

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A Close Encounter

OK so I have decided to try to explain what happened to me the other day while I was riding at Carnegie. I don’t know if you can describe a thing like that in words, but I will try. You mountain bike riders won’t understand because you don’t play in the same kind of terrain. We frolic high up in the steepest hills.

I was going up the Water-tower hill climb, and when I started to lose speed at the top, I didn’t feel like shifting down and keeping it pinned (lazy). So I slowed down and started to ride off to the side. I must have lost concentration for a split second (old age) because I suddenly found my front wheel pointing straight down a deeply eroded cavern that had been carved out of the hillside by the latest big storms. I thought I was going to die when I first saw where I was heading. It seemed like a long way down to the bottom.

There were no trails or tracks of any kind and the drop off was inter-spaced with huge ruts and ridges. I was hitting them one wheel at a time and after surviving one I dropped into another at speed and so on down the hill.

I couldn’t use my brakes for fear of a front flip and a header down to the bottom. I was totally out of control; sometimes with neither boot on the pegs. I kept my hands firmly on the bars trying to steer the bike straight down through the ruts. It was a wild ride and the only thing slowing me down were the ridges that we were hitting one after another, kicking my back end out from side to side.

When I reached the smooth part at the bottom I thanked god for my good fortune and did not even try to look back and see what monstrosity I had gone through. Someone must have been looking out for me that time. Whoopee…

I also have to thank of Joel at Burkett at 707 suspension who re-valved my suspension. He made it so it could absorb motocross type obstacles and still work off road. I would never have gotten through without crashing with the stock suspension. I still hurts in my back and shoulders from the crash that never happened.

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Cooking Shows or Motocross Racing (your choice)

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Baylands Memorial Race

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If you ever raced at the Baylands track in Fremont this is your chance to relive old memories and renew old friendships. The 408 MX track in San Jose is putting on this Baylands Reunion event. Looking at their topography, they should have to problem recreating the track as it was in back in the day. It was a jump filled track with plenty of traction and multi line berms resembling the super cross type style tracks we race today. Think Argle in Dixon…

I remember racing the Wednesday night races in the 1970s. It was big fun lining up behind the starting gate under the lights. The track has been gone for a long time but not the memories. In fact it was the venue of my first motocross race where I met my sponsor, Dave Vincent. Good times.

The 408 MX track is located at 2542 Monterey Road, Gate D, San Jose CA. Enter and exit through gate D only.

It should be a lot of fun reliving old memories. My present CRF-450F is a lot better than my  long gone 1976 YZ-125 but my fitness is nothing to brag about. It was about forty years ago and so I will not be the only super senior racing that event. Even the mini racers will be in their fifties today. How time flies…

There was no woman’s class at Baylands and the few women that raced there had to race in the men’s classes. I remember Dorene Payne who was one of the fastest expert racers at the local tracks. The rumor was that the men couldn’t get the hole-shot ahead of Dorene and so it became a competition to see if anyone could take her out in the first turn. Regardless, she won a lot of races. I hear that she is still fast and she is using her experience as a racer to capture great live action shots at the track.

When I was racing sometimes the turns were not so well lit. I remember going into the hay bales in the back sections of the track. I loved the smell of caster oil. It was so romantic going to the track after work and racing well into the night.

It was before modern tracks with tabletops and double jumps but the jumps were legendary and the bowl turns were really fast. Hopefully the 408 track will be just as much fun. See: http://www.408mx.com/

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Another Important Message from the American Motorcycle Association – We Have No Time to Lose

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Support the California OHV Program

Vote Yes on AB 1077!

The California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program is slated for renewal due to a sunset provision that was included in the previous program authorization. Unlike Senate Bill 249, which the AMA opposes because it would seriously change this important program, Assembly Bill 1077 simply seeks to build on its success and remove the unnecessary sunset provision.

AMA members and, indeed, all OHV recreationists must immediately contact their elected officials and remind them of the benefits the program provides to every citizen and visitor to California. It is important to remind them that the OHMVR Program uses no general fund monies and is in fact based on a user-pay, user-benefit model. Monies used to pay for the program include those taxes collected on fuel, State Vehicle Recreation Areas entrance fees and vehicle registrations (green and red stickers).

A.B. 1077 is a simply, clean bill that deserves the OHV community’s support.

It is incumbent on the California Legislature to deliver on the promises made during previous OHMVR Program re-authorizations that this and similar “user pay, user benefit” programs remain untouched. The OHV community has long paid their own way and will continue to do so as long as these monies are used for their intended purpose.

Go to the top and click on Vote Yes on AB 1077! to urge your legislator to vote for this very important bill. We need your support. Please don’t delay. We have to have everybody recommend that the legislature to pass this very crucial bill.

To show your support for A.B. 1077 enter your information in the fields above and clicking on the red “Submit” button.

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Save The California OHV Program – Pick Up The Phone!!

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On March 7th we published an AMA Action alert about the California OHV Program being in peril due to SB 249.  We have subsequently discovered that all members of the Transportation Committee, currently looking at this Senate Bill, were not on the AMA contact list.  So we now are asking every one to pick up the phone and call all the members of this committee.  This action should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.  Why so little?  When you call you will reach a staff member and you will need to tell them you’re opposed to SB 249.  They will take your name and there is no reason to go into detail.  The office keeps records of the number of people that call to oppose the bill and this will have an impact on how the Committee members looks at the bill.  To use an old Cliché “United we stand – Divided we fall”!

Call them all!!           Call during normal business hours!!

A cherished program, long seen as a model nationwide, is slated for renewal due to a sunset provision that was included in the previous program authorization.

  • If adopted as written, SB 249 would begin to dismantle decades of work and indeed mark the end of this nationally recognized and celebrated program.
  • Senate Bill 249 would result in a diversion of these funds for non-OHV related purposes and also proposes to reduce the number of OHV representation on the OHV Commission. Additionally it would severely limit opportunities for public involvement in the decision-making process in the future.
SB 249 is a Very Serious Threat to the California OHV Program!

It is a program that not only provides quality, sustainable, family oriented recreation for citizens and visitors alike, but also emphasizes environmental sustainability and protection, as well as public safety and partnerships with federal government agencies that provide OHV opportunities. This program uses no general fund monies and is, in fact, based on a user-pay, user-benefit style model.  Monies used to pay for the program include those taxes collected on fuel, State Vehicle Recreation Areas (SVRAs) entrance fees and vehicle registrations (green and red stickers).

Please Call All The Committee Members!!

Dave Picket
Legislative Action Office, District 36
Jerry Fouts
President, District 36

Taken and copied form the District 36 Website. I HEART CARNEGIE

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California OHV Program Under Threat!

The California OHV program is facing a major threat from Senate Bill 249. This cherished program, long seen as a model nationwide, is slated for renewal due to a sunset provision that was included in the previous program authorization. However as written, SB 249 overlooks the important role the OHV program plays within state parks while serving all Californians. The program not only provides quality, sustainable, family oriented recreation for citizens and visitors alike, but also emphasizes environmental sustainability and protection, as well as public safety and partnerships with federal government agencies that provide OHV opportunities.

If adopted as written, SB 249 would begin to dismantle decades of work and indeed mark the end of this nationally recognized and celebrated program.

AMA members and indeed all OHV recreationists must immediately contact their elected officials and remind them of the benefits the program provides to every citizen and visitor to California. It is important to remind them that the program uses no general fund monies and is in fact based on a user-pay, user-benefit style model.  Monies used to pay for the program include those taxes collected on fuel, State Vehicle Recreation Areas (SVRAs) entrance fees and vehicle registrations (green and red stickers).

Senate Bill 249 would result in a diversion of these funds for non-OHV related purposes and also proposes to reduce the number of OHV representation on the OHV Commission. Additionally it would severely limit opportunities for public involvement in the decision-making process in the future.

The public simply deserves better, and it is incumbent on the Legislature to deliver on the promises made during previous re-authorizations, that this and similar “user pay, user benefit” programs remain untouched. The OHV community has long paid their own way and will continue to do so as long as these monies are used for their intended purpose.

 Take Action

 

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