Inside this May. 2017 Issue
Upcoming Events 1
Words from the Director 2
Photos - Gary Domas 3
Dissecting an Event - Herb Powers 4
Why you don’t need 27 different passwords 5
Staff/Awards/Birthdays/Anniversaries 6
Puzzle Time 7
For Sale Items 8
Chap L Smashes Chap O's vOrca. Recipe from Terri Watson 9

Happy Mother's Day

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Upcoming Events

May 2017

Staff Meeting is the 11th 6:00 Keewayden Library

Regualr Meeting, the 13th 8AM breakfast, 9AM meeting

The AVTT traveling Vietnam Wall, Honor Escort, May 24th, 1:30, starting at Playground of Dreams, in Columbia Park..

Desert Spring Fling, May 26th-29th.

Desert Spring Rally B-Reactor Tour, May 27th

Reserve your Seat

 

A full Calendar is on the website

For Sale and Want to Buy is also on
the Web Site

June 2017

Staff Meeting on the 7th, 6PM, Keewayden Library

WA-D Duck Hunt, The 10th

Regualr Meeting, the 10th 8AM breakfast, 9AM meeting

Blue Mountain Rendevous, 23rd thru the 25th, MF Fairtgrounds.

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“Director's Message....”
Mike and Janet Turner Chapter Director

Mike & Janet Turner

They say April showers bring May flowers, but I wish the weather would make up it’s mind. I think we all are ready for warmer weather so we can get out there and do some riding.  Spring fling is this month! 

Have you pulled together or picked up any door prizes?  If so please get them to Bill Pitzer as soon as possible so he can put together baskets.  Nothing is to small he will work magic with it!  Let’s get those final touches finished up so we can have another successful Rally!  So if you haven’t submitted your registration yet your late! But better late then never! 

We need the registrations in so we have an idea on numbers.  At last count we had 26 spots left for the B-Reactor tour  4 of those seats and filled.  Be sure and let your family and friends know about this great opportunity.  Don’t hesitate to check in with us to verify if you have mentioned you wanted to add anyone.  My brain can be foggy shall we say.

 
We had a good turnout for the Spring Maintenance Day.  Several of us were busy changing oil, replacing brake fluids, antifreeze, and differential gear oil.  We got a lot accomplished and there was plenty to eat. The Denny’s brought a piñata this year which we had a lot of fun with.  They made a short video.  To watch it goggle “Smashing O’s Orca” and select it.  Thank you Don and Christine Edie for letting us use your shop and home again.


There were 10 Chapter members that attended Chapter-N’s Brown Bag Auction. As always everyone had a lot of laughs, food and fun.  None of our chapter member got the big underwear this year.

The Progressive Dinner was filling. First stop was the Messinger’s for hors d’ oeuvres, then off to the Domas’s for salads, main course of Spaghetti and garlic bread was at the club house. Catered by Us and Bill and Verna.  After dinner most went up to Dairy Queen for dessert …. Gold Wingers fifth basic food group “ice cream”.  It was a nice evening for food, food, food and conversation. I hope that everybody got full.

Remember if you or a family member would like to share a talent or put on a skit and just have fun we have a show to put on! 

Thanks everyone for making Chapter L great

 

Friends for Fun Safety, and Knowledge
Mike and Janet Turner

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Pixs
by Gary Domas

Gary Domus

Chapter M's meeting

Maintenance Day

Progressive dinner ending up at Dairy Queen

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Herb Powers GWRRA-WA-L

Dissecting an event

Rider Educators Herb & Gaylene Powers
Gaylene Powers GWRRA-WA-L

It has been a few years now, but when my wife and I started riding with Chapter L, we as a group were riding to Baker City. As I recall it was a sunny day with a few scattered clouds and a light breeze.  We were south bound on I82, just north of the on ramp onto I84. Their were six or seven of us  in the group at that time. I was riding just in front of the tail gunner. We were traveling in the left lane overtaking a Subaru in the right lane going at a slightly lower speed. We were riding in a standard staggered group formation. I was not much more than 2 second following distance of the motorcycle staggered in front of our bike. The Subaru we were passing had no vehicle in front of them, suddenly decided the left lane was a better choice for a lane to be traveling in. The problem with that choice was the fact that Gaylene and I were occupying that lane at that time. Thankfully I still have my peripheral vision (the vision that provides spatial judgment). Before I realized it I was riding on the rumble strip on the shoulder. I rolled off the throttle to slow. The driver of the Subaru realizing what had just occurred returned back to the right lane, we then returned back to the left lane. I asked my wife to wave to the Subaru driver as we passed. Gaylene used all five fingers that gestured no hard feelings, but we are here too.


A question was posed of me by one of my fellow riders “why didn’t I communicate by using my horn”?  I could have but in the moment it had not occur to me. Racing through my thoughts I did think about using my brakes, but also the thought at that moment I had another rider behind me. In retrospect, that may have made matters worse had that rider not been aware of the situation.

My action I decided on was not to do anything drastic but get us out of harm’s way, which in this case was get over to the shoulder and slow. As it turned out, it was a good solid choice.

I had a student in a BRC class share a war story on how a car in the right hand lane came over into his lane, on the freeway, at 70mph. His solution was to knock on the encroaching driver’s side window. The rest of the students laughed. Well, okay that is a way! Probably not the safest way, but it did make a good story. Sometimes we may have the right-of-way, but standing our ground on a motorcycle….. We may have the right of way, but we don’t have the dead right-of-way.

Look at any mishap and what could we have done to make it a non-event. In one of my curriculum as a motorcycle instructor for the BRC (Basic Riders Course)we had a picture diagram of a chain that connected to 2 sprockets. The sprockets were labeled as “Motorcycle rider” the other “Crash“. The chain links were labeled with things like “Speeding”, “New Motorcycle”, “following to close”, and “riding in other drivers blind spots”. The idea behind the picture was to break a single link, and the chain of events leading to the crash would not occur. The lesson plan was regarding “Risk” and “Risk Management”.  For instance, when you see someone in your rearview mirror, and that vehicle disappears out of your mirror and into a blind spot it takes about 2 seconds and we have probably forgotten about them. Equate that to riding our motorcycles, if you ride in someone’s blind spot you have about 2 seconds before they forget you.

Being honest with myself, and reflecting back to that event I was riding in that Subaru’s blind spot for too long, otherwise they probably would have not done what they did. Had I have been a more attentive rider and riding more alert I would nothing to write about this month. Hence a non-event!

It is obvious that most of the time a chain of events will lead us up to that point in time when we have an incident.  All that needs happen is one of the links need to be removed in order to have a non-event, or possibly adding a link leading to a major event.  For instance I go back to that moment and now this time I do blow my horn. What might have happened?  I stood my ground because after all I did have the right of way. Let’s add the person was hard of hearing, or they were listening to a rousing raucous rendition of Black Sabbath Paranoid cranked up on the stereo, I would have lost precious time on avoidance. Would there have been different possible outcome?  This time say they did hear me and panicked locking their brakes, they avoided me, but what about the tail gunner of our group???? 

Let’s try and keep positive attitude, for instance: Do you really think the first thing in the morning when that driver of the Subaru got up they had an idea, they thought “I’m going to run a blue Honda Gold Wing off the road”! What a ridiculous statement. Of course not, and from time-to-time we all make mistakes. Do we as riders have to personally take responsibility for others mistakes?  Who pays the consequence if we don’t? 

As a motorcyclist we have quite a few responsibilities of our own. Restraint: for example. Our motorcycles are probably as close as most of us will ever get to the power experienced by an exotic sports car owner, that kind of horsepower to weight ratio can be pretty exhilarating. We can get from 0mph to stupid in under 6 seconds. The ponies between our legs can write checks faster than the nut herding them can cash them. The guy that just passed by on a motorcycle pulling a wheelie at the speed of sound, maybe some of the caged drivers are now mildly irritated at all motorcyclist.

The one tool in our tool chest that can control them is between our ears, not only do we want to protect it with a DOT approved helmet, put it to use and think. Like that old commercial used to say “the mind is a terrible thing to waste”.


So the next time we put something exciting between our legs by riding a motorcycle, be aware of your surroundings. Have a running commentary to yourself, like a sports caster.  “Coming on the right entry ramp is a blue pickup that seems to be possibly driving distracted.  Behind me in the left lane is a car that is back far enough and not coming up on me, I have enough room to signal left in order to get into the left lane allowing blue pickup enough room to merge safely….

Anything to engage you, and keep you engaged to the most important task at hand. That is keeping you safe.

Remember “The ride is all about you!” Enjoy!

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Why you don’t need 27 different passwords

Posted: May 4, 2017 by Wendy Zamora 
By Bill Pitzer

Bill Pitzer

Passwords. The bane of modern existence. To celebrate this nuisance, the holiday gods have given us World Password Day, where thousands of people come together online and pledge to improve their password habits. How many of those pledges do you think stick? According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, not many. A little over 50 percent of all breaches in the last year leveraged either stolen or weak passwords.

Coincidentally, today is also Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be with You). And while we all wouldn’t mind having a lovable droid guard our passwords as loyally as R2D2 guarded the blueprints for the Death Star, the reality is we’ve got to do the guarding ourselves. And that has become burdensome enough to send Yoda himself over to the Dark Side.

Current state of affairs

According to a poll by Intel Security, the average person has 27 discrete online logins. From social media accounts to banking to online shopping to utilities, credentials—which usually include a username and password—are required for each. And if people are practicing good password hygiene, they’re engaging in the following recommended practices:

DO: Use a different password for each account.

DO: Use a long password. In fact, the longer, the better.

>DO: Use special characters, numbers, and capital letters.

DO: Change your passwords every couple of months.

DO NOT: Write down your password, whether that’s on a piece of paper or stored electronically.

>DO NOT: Share passwords via text, email, or chat.

DO NOT: Use easily identifiable information, such as a birthday or a child’s name.

DO NOT: Use an incredibly generic password such as 12345. (That’s the combination an idiot would use on his luggage.)

All of this, for 27 different logins, is simply unmanageable. In fact, the Intel study found that 37 percent of its respondents forgot a password at least once a week. And people are so sick of juggling dozens of different passwords, that 20 percent said they would give up ESPN if it meant never having to remember another one. Six percent said they’d give up pizza. PIZZA.

This level of discontent and security fatigue means that very likely, most users are falling back on bad habits: writing passwords down in a notebook or a Google sheet, for example, or using the same password across multiple logins. (A study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology confirms this: 91 percent of its respondents admitted to reusing passwords.)

So this is why we say: stop it. Stop the bad habits, yes, but stop the “good” ones, too. Having 27 different passwords that are lengthy and full of characters and numbers and need to be changed every few months and can’t be written down—you’d need the memory of an eidetic elephant to keep up. Online services will only multiply, so what should you do?

It’s very simple. Get a password manager.

Password manager 101

For those who might not be familiar, password managers assist in generating, storing, and retrieving passwords from an encrypted database. They typically require that users create and remember one master password to rule them all. One master password to find them. One master password to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.

One master password to stand at the precipice and shout gallantly, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”

Sorry, it couldn’t be helped. As we were saying. Generally, most password managers work the same way. You’ll be asked to create a strong master password during setup (and here’s where you’ll use those password best practices, such as generating a long passphrase with numbers and capitals that steers away from guessable personal info). From there, you’ll add your other credentials to the password manager either manually or through tools that can automatically find and upload passwords for you.

While most password managers have similar setups, they secure passwords in different ways. Web-based password managers store your passwords encrypted in the cloud. Some are built into browsers, such as Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. Others may store your passwords locally in an encrypted file on your computer, tablet, or phone.

In addition, some password managers have features that help you audit your credentials, allowing you to weed out duplicate login info and remove sites you don’t use, or alerting you to breaches that have happened to the companies you log into. Many have customizations that allow increased security, such as regional lockout and two-factor authentication (which we highly recommend taking advantage of).

But aren’t I just asking to be hacked by storing everything in one place?

While some folks might be wary of using a single point of access for all their sites, remember that password managers still use your individual passwords to log in to your accounts. Those passwords are locked in an encrypted database, which is way more secure than a post-it on your office desk or a faulty memory. Ask yourself this: is it safer to store all your money in one bank or to hide it in piles underneath several mattresses?

As for fear of password managers being breached—sure, it’s possible. In fact, it’s already happened, as was the case in 2015 when LastPass was breached. However, even though cybercriminals got their hands on some email addresses, they were unable to crack master passwords. This is because master passwords are protected with military-grade security, hidden behind thousands of rounds of hashing, or algorithms that convert strings of text into longer strings of text. So far, no reputable password manager has leaked consumer master passwords (that we know of).

So which password manager should I use?

The following password managers come highly recommended by our staff and tech reviewers from The New York TimesLifehacker, and PCMag:

If you don’t trust third-party apps with all of your personal information, you can try an open-source password manager such as KeePassX, though it requires a fair bit of technical know-how to set up.

I am absolutely opposed to a password manager. What else can I do?

While we stand by our recommendation to use password managers, we understand the urge to reject placing all your trust in the hands of another company. So here are a few alternate methods for choosing more secure passwords than the random hodgepodge you’re likely working with now.

  1. Split up your online services into major groups, such as bills, entertainment, shopping, and social media. Assign a single password to each group according to a theme. For example, you could choose movies as your theme and assign quotes from one movie to one group, or character names from a second movie to the second group. Rotate these passwords every 90 days by incrementally adding a number or changing a character. This requires a lot more effort but is still preferable to using the same password across all accounts or having to reset forgotten passwords every week.
  2. Choose one semi-difficult password for all accounts but insert a naming convention in the middle of the password to denote which account you are signing into. For example, if your password is L3tme1npleaz, your Gmail password could be L3tme1nGMAILpleaz. Your Amazon password could be L3tme1nAMAZONpleaz, and so on and so forth.
  3. When possible, choose a service that has two-factor authentication over one that does not. More than 150 applications currently implement two-factor authentication. You can check them out here.

Passwords don’t have to rule your life. You can lock them up behind a password manager and worry about remembering a single, slightly complex phrase instead of 27. You can relax knowing how well guarded your passwords are. And you can go ahead and burn that secret list of passwords you keep in your address book even though you’re not supposed to.

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Staff Awards

Chapter Director
director@gwrra-wa-l.org
Mike & Janet Turner (509) 845-1069

Assistant CD
assistantcd1@gwrra-wa-l.org
Tom & Santana Denny (509) 582-8779

Treasurer
treasurer@gwrra-wa-l.org
Jerry Denny (509) 308-1979

Secretary
secretary@gwrra-wa-l.org
Georgia Finley (509) 948-2065

Rider Educator
ridereducator@gwrra-wa-l.org
Herb & Gaylene Powers (509) 545-9341

Ride Coordinator
ridecoordinator@gwrra-wa-l.org
Tom Didway (509) 946-0878

Ambassadores
Spencer & Pat Royer (541) 276-0214

Membership Enhancement membership@gwrra-wa-l.org
Rob & Gail Lindsley (509) 531-6137

Chapter Stores
membership@gwrra-wa-l.org
Russ & Chris Akers (509) 378-2918

Historian
Georgia Finley (509) 948-2065

Sunshine Coordinator
Donna Whiteside (509) 943-9828

Phone Tree/Emails
Joyce LoParco (509) 531-9939

Couple of the Year
Terry and Vicki Powers

Individual of the Year
TBA

Newsletter Editor
pitzer@gwrra-wa-l.org
Bill Pitzer (509) 735-7181

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Winners

Good Guy: Jerry Denny

Oopps: Tom Denny

50/50 Alex Piper

Show for the Dough – Judith Efhelman(NP)

Puzzle : Annie Piper

Marble game. Pam Blake, failed to pull red marble.  

 

Birthdays

5 – Tom Johnston
15 – Keith Christensen
22 – Hank and Marilyn Smith
25 – Jo Crookston

Anniversaries

12 – John “Mike” and Karen Clements
19 – Kurt and Donna Gillard
25 – Gary and Sharon Hart
29 – Lawrence and Judy Eshelman

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Puzzle

Print Puzzle

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For Sale

For more information on any For Sale Items

2009 GL-1800 with only 2,300 miles.  Has GPS, ABS brakes, heated seats and heated grips, and air bag.  It is on consignment at Cycle Town in Hermiston.  Asking $15,000
Call 541-567-8919

1993 Suzuki Intruder 800.  Has 17,000 miles and he is asking $3,000.  Contact Steve Williams phone #509-930-5442

1990 Road Runner motorcycle cargo trailer for sale.  14 cubic feet of cargo, pulls great & good rubber.  For more information call Ronnie Lopez at 509 760-1060

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Miscellaneous

Chapter L smashing Chapter O's Orca

 

Oriental Asparagus Salad

1 ¼ pounds fresh asparagus spears, cleaned & cut
1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped

Dressing:

¼ c. seasoned rice vinegar
1 T lite soy sauce
2 tsp. Sesame oil
½ tsp. crushed garlic
1/8 tsp. ground ginger

 

Combine the dressing ingredients in small shaker jar; set aside.

Cut spears into 1” pieces.  Fill 2 qt. pot half full of water, bring to boil over high.  Add asparagus to water and boil for approx. 3 minutes.  Drain into strainer and rinse with cool water to stop cooking process.  Drain again and place in shallow glass dish.  Add pepper and water chestnuts to asparagus.  Toss to mix. 

Pour dressing over vegetables, and toss again.  Cover and chill for several hours, stirring every couple hours to marinate all vegetables and once before serving.  Serves 6-8                                                Terri Watson

 

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