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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


This summer my wife, Norska, decided she wanted to start a garden. Since we've never had a garden she didn't want to get overwhelmed and decided to start small. Her idea of starting small was to have me build a garden box. This involved a day of carpentry and a total cost of materials that would have bought enough vegetables to fill a small pickup. But, who am I to complain? After more than three decades with my lovely lady I've learned that when she-who-rules makes a decision mine is not to reason why.
Now that the tomato plants are towering and the beans are blooming we had an infestation of unwanted visitors. The box is elevated on saw horses to keep the larger fauna from dining on our produce. Insects, however, found their way into it and attacked. Since neither of us like the idea of commercial insecticides we tried various organic substitutes. Nothing seemed to work. Then one day I had the radio outside and Glen Beck's program came on. I noticed bugs crawling away from the radio. Aha! Sure enough even the insects can't tolerate that level of poison. Now I just take the radio out once a day, turn on Rush or Glen, and the insects all leave. I now have a much greater respect for the intelligence of insects.


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