Philosophy and Motorcycles

Philosophy and motorcycles are two of my favorite things in life. This blog will be bits of wisdom gleaned from a misspent youth and an adventurous dotage. People who like/love wisdom or motorcycles, classic or modern versions of either, are welcome to visit and comment.

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Location: Wisconsin, United States

I have been married to the same lovely woman for decades. We have one son, two cats, and live in rural Wisconsin, USA. I ride and rebuild motorcycles, and I am semi-retired. Favorite bikes are Yamaha XS650, FJ1200 and Ducati 900SS. My wife is a home care nurse. I am a Myers-Briggs INTP. She is ESFJ. Our son works at the Apple store in downtown SF and is teaching English as a second language in San Francisco, no grandchildren.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Grass Pains

I don't know what gremlin inhabits my mower. What or whoever it may be it bends blades. Today while trying to stay ahead of the green tide I noticed the cut was far shorter on the right than on the left. When I looked I saw the right blade of the riding mower was bent down to nearly touching the ground. How can hardened steel bend just mowing grass? Is it a mystery or a secret power my wife uses? To keep peace I will call it a mystery.

Inagurated a new member into Wisconsin FOG today. FOG is Fast Old Guys. Scott drives a Buell and does it well. It was time for him to get his shirt. When I watch him it seems he wants to dominate the machine rather than flow with it as a dancing partner. Still, he is getting faster. A sportbike handlebar, a rapier or a bird, they are similar. Clutch too tightly and it is choked. Hold too loosely and it will fly. Riding can be exercise but it should not be work. I have not followed his wife recently. She is getting more competent. She has a beautiful Ducati 900 SuperSport FE. Scott said she is getting faster. I hope to watch her soon. I like it when my friends ride about like I ride, moderately sporty but not dangerously. Crashing hurts, and it is embarrassing.


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