Sunday, June 01, 2008

Clearing Away The Fog

I almost started by saying that there wasn't much going on around here, but I caught it in time. On the contrary, there is a whole lot going on, and my head feels like it is in a constant fog from all of the junk that I have to think about all of the time. Thats why they call it "work," and not "fun."

My pal Oilcan Kurt is grinding away on the Simplex project, and I spent a few hours the other night heating ,beating and sanding on some fifty year old parts, and enjoyed every moment. On my side of the fence, I have been working at honing my pin-striping skills, and now realize that I have about a million miles to go before I can say that I don't suck. It is fun though to try to pull off some straight lines, and then run parallels and flares. Every now and then I surprise myself.

When not soaring with the seagulls at work, being dad and husband, I do get some time to bomb around on the Big Ruckus. It just seems like I don't do it as much as I used to. I do commute to work consistantly though. That will not change. And its good to see five scooters lined up at the fence every day, and know that I had a hand in putting riders on every one of them. And I'm still not done. I still "bang the drum" loudly to send the message of the beauty of two-wheeling to anyone wishing to hear it. It does not matter to me one bit what their personal reason for riding may be. I will continue to speak positively about riding scooters and motorbikes. I believe in the MSF courses, and encourage those that I speak to, to take the class. I speak about proper riding equipment. In a nutshell...I am still playing the role of "Scooter Evangelist," and it is working.

Now that I'm off the soapbox... On the lighter side, the weather has been real nice lately, and has given the family opportunities to get out and about. Yesterday we attended a car show at Seven Cedars Casino, and saw some sweet antiques, street rods, and hot rods of all kinds. Since my camera hasn't been repaired or replaced, I didn't come home with pictures. I did however get caught up with some patch holders that I haven't seen since I stepped away from the biker world. It was good to see these guys again. In my head I will always be on the fence wondering how things would be now if I had followed through on my dream of wearing their patch. I guess that is pretty remote dreaming now that I don't even own a Harley anymore. Dreaming is free though.

Now its time to get busy in the yard so I can sneak in some riding time this afternoon. Maybe a ride out to the Elwha bridge project will clear some of the fog from my head. We'll see...

Have fun,
Bill

7 Comments:

Blogger BBC said...

I'm thinking that maybe I should sell my scooter so that someone can use and enjoy it. Or make a little three wheel car out of it cuz I don't like to scoot around in the cold and rain anymore.

But first things first, the camper is almost ready to go, I'm installing the heater now, and I hope to head to the Lyre river for a few days on Thursday.

1:17 PM  
Blogger American Scooterist Blog said...

Having a family is worth more than any patch imho. But yeah, I dream about those forgone days too. Although I never claimed affiliation my friends were true friends. Life moved forward for all of us and I'd bet not a one of us regret it.

I'm thinkin' you don't regret the turns your life has taken since, either. ;)

Harv

6:36 PM  
Blogger irondad said...

Look what you've gone and done. Ya caught a bug and now you're spreading it around. I'm proud of you!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Biker Betty said...

Scooter Evanglist, you definitely preach all the right stuff. I'm sure that fence will not have enough room in a year. How can anyone resist two wheels and loads of fun?

1:02 PM  
Blogger Mod Kevin said...

I just got the date from Orin and the Mods & Rocker Ride is June 28-29. We should try to get the Geezers together for it.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Bill Sommers said...

Billy B
Sell it if you don't want to ride it. Dump the money into the camper project.

Harv,
I know where the real priority lies, and I'm good with that. I'll always wonder though...

Irondad,
Yeah, I'm spreading the bug! Scooteritis is contagious. A major symptom is when the infected break out in happiness, and end up with a nagging itch...to ride.

Biker Betty,
Good to hear from you again. I've yet to be ordained, but I'm still preachin'.

Mod Kevin,
Mods, Rockers and Geezers. What a mix.

Have fun,
Bill

5:22 PM  
Blogger Heinz & Frenchie said...

We took the MSF course before we bought our scooters and it was great. We tell everyone about it. Thanks for heralding it too. Happy you are having some nice riding weather.

3:42 PM  

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