MERRY CHRISTMAS from South Side Kustoms

South Side Kustoms wants to take the time to tell each and every one of you – THANK YOU for all the support you have shown us and your patronage. Many Blessings too you this Christmas. May the spirit find you. May God Bless you now – tomorrow and through out the NEW YEAR. Follow us along for the ride!

Prosperity to one and all that is our Christmas Wish!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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THE 18TH ANNUAL CAVALCADE OF CARS

THE 18TH ANNUAL “CAVALCADE OF CARS”

MARCH 4 – 5 – 6, 2011

SOUTH SIDE KUSTOMS BOOTH WILL BE RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE PINSTRIPERS AREA

The 18th Annual ADVANCE AUTO PARTS “Cavalcade of Cars” is pleased to announce that we are now an “Official ISCA Car Show.”  The only significant change to the show will be the opportunity to include “ISCA Circuit Cars” in the show for everyone to enjoy. Admission prices will not change. The cost to enter a car will not change unless you wish to join “ISCA” for their benefits.  The “ISCA” cars will be judged separately from non-ISCA cars, and we will still maintain the high integrity that we have displayed for the past 17 years. The foundation of  the “Cavalcade of Cars,” that has made us a success in WNY, has been the support of the local builders and restorers and we want to continue that tradition.

To maintain the local flavor of the show and accommodate additional cars, including “ISCA Circuit Cars”, we are expanding the show floor area to include the “Expo Center” Building, which has an attached, enclosed walkway from the “Event Center.”  The “ISCA” sanction gives us the opportunity to bring high-dollar circuit cars to the WNY area for all to enjoy.

Advance Auto Parts and Tread City Tire are our co-sponsors and discount tickets will still be available in Advance Auto Parts for $8.00, and in 2011 they will be available in 17 WNY stores (including Batavia, Warsaw and Dunkirk.)  Spread the word and we hope to see you there — March 4-6, 2011.

http://www.showandcruisenews.com/

Pin Ups for Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a Christmas song, written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent.

In 1943, this song joined “White Christmas” to become one of America’s most popular Christmas songs. The recording by Bing Crosby shot to the top ten of the record charts that year and became a holiday musical tradition in the United States. The idea of being home for Christmas originated in World War I when soldiers at first thought that the war would be quick and they would return by Christmastime. This inevitably did not happen, hence the line “if only in my dreams”.

A song titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was first copyrighted on August 24, 1943, by Kent (music) and James “Kim” Gannon (lyrics). The two revised and re-copyrighted their song on September 27, 1943, and it was this version that was made famous by Crosby. The label on Crosby’s recording credits “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to Kent, Gannon, and Ram. Later recordings usually credit only Kent and Gannon. The discrepancy arose from the fact that on December 21, 1942 Buck Ram copyrighted a song titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Tho’ Just in Memory)”—that song bore little or no resemblance, other than its title, to the Crosby recording.

According to Ram, who was primarily a lyricist, he had written the lyrics as a 16-year-old, homesick college student. Prior to his publishers planned release, he had discussed the song with two acquaintances in a bar. He left a copy with them, but never spoke to them about it again. Both he and his publisher were shocked when the song was released by a competing publishing house. Per news articles of the day, Ram’s publisher, who had been holding the song back a year because they were coming out with “White Christmas,” sued Gannon and Kent’s publisher and prevailed in court.

On October 4, 1943, Crosby recorded “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records. Within about a month of Kent and Gannon’s copyright the song hit the music charts and remained there for eleven weeks, peaking at number three. The following year, the song reached number nineteen on the charts. It touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were then in the depths of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows in both Europe and the Pacific and Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” was recorded by Perry Como (1946), Frank Sinatra (1957) and countless other artists. And the team of Kent and Gannon continued to write songs, although none attained the popularity of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Kent also composed the hit song, “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover,” with the lyricist Nat Burton. Buck Ram is one of the top five songwriters of BMI’s first 50 years. His hits include: “Only You“, “The Great Pretender“, “The Magic Touch“, “Twilight Time“, and “Remember When“.

In December 1965, having completed the first U.S. space rendezvous and set a record for the longest flight in the U.S. space program, the astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell hurtled back to earth aboard their Gemini 7 spacecraft. Asked by NASA communication personnel if they wanted any particular music piped up to them, the crew requested Bing Crosby’s recording of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

A Soldier’s Christmas

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
   HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
   IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
   PLASTER AND STONE.
  
   I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
   WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
   AND TO SEE JUST WHO
   IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
  
   I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
   A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
   NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
   NOT EVEN A TREE.
  
   NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
   JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
   ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
   OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
  
   WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
   AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
   A SOBER THOUGHT
   CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
  
   FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
   IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
   I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
   ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
  
   THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
   SILENT, ALONE,
   CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
   IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
  
   THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
   THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
   NOT HOW I PICTURED
   A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
  
   WAS THIS THE HERO
   OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
   CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
   THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
  
   I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
   THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
   OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
   WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
  
   SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
   THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
   AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
   A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
  
   THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
   EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
   BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
   LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
  
   I COULDN’T HELP WONDER
   HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
   ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
   IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
  
   THE VERY THOUGHT
   BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
   I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
   AND STARTED TO CRY.
  
   THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
   AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
   “SANTA DON’T CRY,
   THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
  
   I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
   I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
   MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
   MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.”
  
   THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
   AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
   I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
   I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
  
   I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
   SO SILENT AND STILL
   AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
   FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.
  
   I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
   ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
   THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
   SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
  
   THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
   WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
   WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA,
   IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.”
  
   ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
   AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
   “MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
   AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”
  
   This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The
  following is his request. I think it is reasonable…..
  
   PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
  
   Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

Jaybrake Handlebar Grips

Jaybrake Handlebar Grips

CNC machined billet aluminum design for comfort and style.

MSRP: Polish $103.95, Chrome $114.95, Black Anodize $114.95

www.jbrake.com

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God and Santa are one in the same

Santa and God –

Both Jolly guys who love all children

Both answer the wishes of children (even if it is not what we always want)

People believe in without seeing

The spirit of giving

Both omni present

Both see you if you are naughty or nice

We give both a “Wish List”

Both give us second – third – fourth and on and on – chances

Without one or the other the Christmas season wouldn’t be the same.

God and Santa keep us honest

As adults we look for proof, even if it is just little glimses of hope.

We expect massive things of them

The resason for the season…..

 

 

If you ask me – God is Santa, Santa is God

Merry Christmas!