My Bad Ass Cat

Above is my bad-ass cat, Greyhaven. He was a stray who adopted me when I was living in North Sacramento one of the baddest places in America. He had a mean demeanor, and I assumed he was abused and looking for a new home. Leary of me at first, he got on my chest when I was lying down watching T.V. and stared me down. After that, he followed me around, like a dog. If you saw me coming, Greyhaven wasn’t too far behind.

I became the manager of my abode after my landlord ended up renting to two prostitutes that moved in two beds and nothing more. I found rubbers on my porch until i removed my patio furniture. I refused to pay rent. I told my landlord I should not have to pay him good money while whores are using him to make money. I said;

“Make me the manager, and I’ll clean up the place. The Arts are taking over this town. We artists can change this place.”

He agreed after I told him about the white crazy prostitute, who stayed with the lesbians, strapping on their giant dildo and going up to the Del Paso blvd. and twirling it. She made it spin like a prop by gyrating her hips. It was quite a show. Folks were honking on their way to work.

One day I caught my neighbor dealing drugs out their back door. We liked each other. I felt betrayed. When this dude walked up to their unit, I told him he should look for another supplier. He threatened to kick my ass. Turns out it was Sonny Barger’s son, the founder of the Hell’s Angels. Did I give a shit? I never backed down from a fight.

This when my landlord, Jim Green, intervened. We were friends. He told me he was hearing sound rumors the Angels were coming for me. He said he had a new home for Greyhaven, and would pay for my ticket to Eugene Oregon. Someone kicked Greyhaven, and I took him to the vet. Cowards! We dropped him off at a native American family whose mother was in a wheelchair. Her children exclaimed

“That’s not a cat! That’s a mountain lion.”

Goodbye dear freind!

Growing up in Oakland a few of my shcool chums rode with the Angels. Greyhaven had a understudy, a little bad-ass North Sac kitty. All we are, after you remove God’s Light, are hairy pig-monkeys. This is what Greyhaven told me as he stared me down.

“I can whoop you ass. I am a feline. You ain’t nothing but a hairy pig monkey.”

Jon Presco

“Clubless and bored, I rode around the Oakland streets with a new wild bunch.  We talked about starting up another club.  One of the riders, Boots, Don Reeves, wore a modified Air Force-like patch he’d found in Sacramento– a small skull wearing an aviator set inside a set of wings.  I thought it was cool as hell.  The bottom rocker read ‘Sacto.’  We later found out that Boots’s patch came from a defunct motorcycle club in North Sacramento.  Boots’s idea was to name our new club after the patch, the Hell’s Angels.  We all liked the name, so we hit a local trophy shop in Hayward and made up a set of patches based on the design (later called the death head) in April of 1957, not really knowing that there were other Hell’s Angels motorcycle clubs around the state of California.  For almost the first year of our existence we didn’t even use “Oakland” as a bottom rocker.  Instead, we were “Nomad” Hell’s Angels.  Yeah, that sounded like us.”

The Chamber proudly represents North Sacramento including: Point West, the Uptown District, Del Paso Heights, Robla, McClellan Park, and Hagginwood.
The Uptown District is a hip reinvestment area in Sacramento that used to be the main street (Del Paso Boulevard) and downtown of the former City of North Sacramento (until 1964). It is a part of Historic Highway 40, and home to the Police & Sheriff’s Memorial Park. Uptown has played an important role in Sacramento’s 2nd Saturday Art shows, and it is a destination point for its artsy and unique businesses, as well as it’s quaint small town charm. Uptown is the “Arts & Business District everyone is the Capitol City is talking about.”
Point West is one of Sacramento’s best known business professional and retail hubs. It is home to the California Exposition Center which hosts California’s State Fair, and to Arden Fair Mall, Sacramento’s premier shopping center. Point West welcome’s visitors with many of Sacramento’s better hotels, like the Radisson, Doubletree, Hilton, and Mariott and some of the Region’s best restaurants, movie theaters and entertainment venues.
Del Paso Heights and Robla are two communities that serve neighborhoods going back to the early 1920’s, and support McClellan Park (the former McClellan Air Force Base)- California’s Unique Corporate Community and largest master planned community. Del Paso Heights is also Home to Del Paso Nuevo – the region’s largest infill smart growth master-planned community.
Leadership for this community, and its neighborhoods has always come from and through the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is the second oldest business group in the Capitol City and is comprised of business/property owners and professional leaders working together to develop, advance and promote the local economy. For over 80 years, local business has relied on the Chamber to encourage a strong local Economy, Networking, build Community, Political Action and representing them to local government.

alph Hubert “Sonny” Barger (born (1938-10-08)October 8, 1938 in Modesto, California) is a founding member (1957) of the Oakland, California, U.S. chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Sonny Barger is also the author of four books: Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, Freedom: Credos from the Road, Dead in 5 Heartbeats, and 6 Chambers, 1 Bullet. He was editor for the book Ridin’ High, Livin’ Free. Barger was identified but didn’t speak in Hells Angels on Wheels and was one of several members of the Angels who had speaking parts playing themselves in Hell’s Angels ’69. He wrote a guide for motorcycle riders published in 2010.

Barger was one of the Hells Angels present at The Rolling Stones’ Altamont Free Concert in 1969. He is also a prominent figure in Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling book, Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Barger and the Hells Angels are also depicted in Tom Wolfe’s best seller The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test during Ken Kesey’s La Honda encampment.
In 1983, Barger was diagnosed with throat cancer, caused by years of heavy smoking. As a result, his vocal cords were removed, and after a laryngectomy he has learned to vocalize using the muscles in his throat.
In 1988, Barger was sentenced for conspiring to blow up the clubhouse of a rival motorcycle club, The Outlaws in Louisville, Kentucky, and spent four years in federal prison in Arizona.
As of 2007, Barger remains an active member of the Hells Angels in the Cave Creek Chapter (Phoenix, Arizona), having moved there from Oakland in 1998. He has owned 10 to 12 motorcycles throughout his life.[1] In recent years Barger has worked to promote motorcycle safety, co-authoring a book on the subject with Darwin Holmstrom, the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles (Alpha: 1998). The book Let’s Ride: Sonny Barger’s Guide to Motorcycling was released by HarperCollins on June 8, 2010.
On November 30, 2010, Barger made a short guest appearance on the season 3 finale of the FX Television series Sons Of Anarchy as Lenny “The Pimp” Janowitz, about a fictional Outlaw motorcycle club, allegedly based on the Hells Angels. Show creator Kurt Sutter spent time with Barger and other members of Hells Angel’s researching for the show, and acted opposite Barger in his scene. Barger has returned once again on the Sons Of Anarchy as Lenny “The Pimp” Janowitz November 29, 2011 on the Season 4 finale part one.

Ralph “Sonny” Barger, long considered the Godfather of the Hells Angels MC (having  started the original Oakland chapter) is definitely an original “one percenter” if there ever was one.  There’s a lot of very interesting history behind Sonny and the Hells Angels that I can’t post, so if you’re itching for more, check out his books.  Here’s a little collection of pics, along with some of Sonny’s personal accounts on his life and times, and the history of the club– and be sure to check out the vintage Hells Angels video at the end of the post.
From Sonny Barger’s autobiography–

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