John McKown's Blog

Family Man - Motorcyclist - Web Guy - Loving Colorado as My Home

Motorcycle Roadracing in Colorado

I have some long long posts to do to catch up with all that has happened this year so far with my motorcycle roadracing.  We just completed the 5th of 7 rounds here with the Motorcycle Roadracing Association in Colorado. This is my first year racing motorcycles, and I am in second place in points in the championship with two rounds left to go. Here is a teaser photo.  ...


2016 Year in Review - Plus 2017 Resolutions and Goals!

Time to look back on 2016 and gear-up for a very successful 2017! A lot happened in 2016! Family My beautiful wife and I welcomed our second baby girl on Halloween. What a blessing she is! We are now blessed to have two healthy little girls that are both Colorado-born. My older kids are driving now and they will be 16 in January. Time flies! Our new Daughter. Born in October. ...


Concealed Carry Class a Success!

I took a concealed carry class to carry a gun.  It was interesting. I learned some things. Also had a good time at the range.  I looked at a lot of guns and I settled on the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9MM. It is pretty much one of the best guns you can get for concealed carry.  I took the class with Iron Horse Armory in Parker - Great place, great people.  https://w ...


Chamber of Commerce Article is Most Viewed

A while ago I wrote an article about Chambers of Commerce, and how you can hack your local chamber for results. Today, it is the most visited page on my blog, and I even get phone phone calls about the article. It is interesting to me, because people that have had similar experiences to me are doing Google searches that bring them to my blog post.  If you read my article, you can quickly ...


My Weight Loss Program - Results!

Down 36 pounds in 3 months, 6 inches off my waist, and still going! I have made significant lifestyle changes recently to get in shape, lose weight, and be healthy. After my divorce from Kelly in 2011 I was pretty depressed, and I gained a lot of weight. Way too much weight. I could not wear a lot of my clothes, I snored at night, and I couldn't participate in sports that I ...


Why I moved to Colorado

I just posted a long article about my decision to move to Colorado.  Even though my wife and I moved here in 2013, I still get a lot of questions about why I moved away from Delaware. You can see the full (LONG) article here: http://johnmckown.com/why-i-moved-to-colorado, which explains our move in detail.  ...


Bought a new motorcycle - a 2015 Yamaha R1!

If you aren't into motorcycles, then you just won't understand. If you ARE into motorcycles, then you already know what this motorcycle is. Its Yamaha's new superbike that includes MotoGP technology that you can drive on the road.  No, I am not made of money. I actually sold two other motorcycles to buy this one. It was worth it. The engine is a 1000cc 200hp 4 cyli ...


10 Ways to Hack Your Chamber of Commerce for Results

Some people love their local chamber of commerce, some don't. I used to be a HUGE promoter of local chambers, but I am not any longer.  You may work for a chamber, or love your local chamber. And that is totally fine. I do believe there is a place for them. But their role and value is changing. If, like me, you feel in your bones there is a better way, or you had a bad experience ...


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