It's happened. I waited patiently, with about a quarter tank
of gas left. At least 3 years ago the price of gas rose above $1.58. I was
astounded at that price and swore-jokingly-that I would not buy gas until the
price came back down to at least $1.58. Well, that would have been a long time,
and I really didn't think I'd see $1.58 again. But we are there; gas is $1.53 a
gallon down at the corner and I am happy to fulfill my swearing.
The times they are a changing. You can now have Santa send
your kid (or you, I suppose) a cell phone text message three times before
Christmas, for a price, of course. The radio ad calls it "engaging holiday
magic." I don't think so, but then I am old and showing my age. Santa is an old
fashioned guy in my opinion and he does not own a cell phone much less know how
to text. Neither do the elves. And what is a kid young enough to still believe
in Santa Claus doing with a cell phone anyway?
On March 1, Uno was at Three Dog Bakery in Clayton, MO. If you don't know, Uno is the beagle that won Best of Show at the Westminster Dog Show; he's the first beagle to ever win such a prestigious honor. Uno is from Belleville, IL and is now touring, because he's quite the celebrity now.
Here's a photo of our entire tomato crop this year. Yup, that's it. One little fruit, which was picked before the squirrels got it. The summer's heat and perhaps my inattention to soil nutrition are the culprits. However, regardless of size, it still tasted like a home grown tomato.
I've been riding BMW motorcycles now for 13 years, almost exactly. Recently I received the 100,000 mile patch, pin and decal from the BMW MOA. It signifies that I have ridden 100,000 miles on BMWs. Actually, I have about 109,000 miles at this point.
Item One: I've been published (again) in the BMW Owners News, August 2007 issue. The story is about the 2007 Hiawatha Rally at Money Creek Campground in southeast Minnesota.
Item Two: Did you know that if you are 62 or older you can have free access to our Natiional Parks? Check out the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62
or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation
sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity fee. The pass can
only be obtained in person at National Parks. The Senior Pass provides a 50
percent discount on some facilities
and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized
In looking up a scam on Snopes.com I came across
an interesting entry. Thanks to Chase Visa, a tree was issued a Visa card (sort
of)! A West Hollywood realtor named Gary More became annoyed at the number
of credit card applications he was receiving in the mail. After writing to the
companies to try to stop the junk mail without success, he wrote "Never Waste a
Tree' across one of the applications and sent it back. And guess what? He
received a credit card issued to "Never Waste Tree."
I retired last August 1. It wasn't handled very well. I was sent out the door the day that the head honcho got my letter indicating my intention to retire April 1, 2007. You might say I was fired (dunno) but as I frantically packed up my stuff in the two hours I was given to do it, said head honcho asked if I wanted to come back in a couple weeks for a retirement party. Uh... I don't think so. Never tell your boss when you plan to retire. Just spring it on 'em and walk out the door.
However, retirement has brought more time to ride, and some new hobbies. Most notable is a new-found interest in lampwork (glass) bead making. I work out of Glasshopper Studio here in St. Louis. The studio provides booth (torch and all the tools you need) rental, as well as classes and work space for all sorts of glass art and metalworking. My craft site is here.
Wow: Check out Steve Farson's streaming video of a lunchtime ride up Bear Canyon in Colorado. This is an 8-minute clip, so if you don't have high speed Internet access it's going to take a looooong time to download, but it's worth it! Here's the URL: http://www.farson.com/video/sbcc.wmv. Photo courtesy of Steve.
It's springtime and lots of people are doing it. Topping trees is just plain ugly. Why would someone chop off the branches of a tree? To make it look better? Why not chop of the perpetrater's head and arms and see if they grow back better looking? I bet not.
Here's a really good joke my uncle sent me: A woman calls her boss one morning and tells him that she is staying home because she is not feeling well. "What's the matter?" he asks "I have a case of anal glaucoma," she says in a weak voice. "What the hell is anal glaucoma?"
I'm a recent convert to J.J. Cale's music. He's put out an new CD, the first in 8 years and I highly recommend it.
BMW Motorcycles of St. Louis has the new models--the K1200S, R1200RT, and R1200ST--on the showroom floor. They've got a red and black ST, a red RT, and a gray and a blue & white S. Traffic was heavy today and most customers gathered around the new bikes, some taking demo rides. The ST may already be sold! One of my fellow Gateway Riders members took the S for a demo ride, pictured right. He liked the lighter weight (from his K1200RS) but said his knees were cramped, although they don't especially look it in the picture.
The City of Maryland Heights, MO in conjunction with Midwest Waste has had curbside recycling for some time now. Recently, we've been able put out the odd numbered plastics (5, 6, 8, etc.) for recycle in addition to the common 1s and 2s, and they are also accepting cardboard, magazines, newspaper, cans and telephone books. I'm very big on recycling and I think this is just great. Kudos to Maryland Heights and Midwest Waste.
Gas prices went to $2.25 yesterday. That's good because perhaps it might keep people from buying those humongous SUVs that no one in their right mind needs. And maybe it will slow down the speeders... if they ever realize that slowing down saves gas. I don't know, maybe high gas prices are not so bad, except for the effect on the poor. If the cost of gas makes people think about taking the car somewhere, then we're ahead of the game on air pollution and consumption of resources (an odd thing for a motorcyclist to say!)