Published on June 3 2008

I'm still, two days later, trying to get my right wrist to once again straighten out completely! Too much time on the throttle combined with early arthritis, I suppose. Good thing I am so severely left-handed, lol. My best pictures are up on the flickr site, and pics from my cohorts in this little jaunt are trickling in slowly; I'll post them as well when I get them. It was a wonderful trip. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. As I wrote to a friend yesterday:
"3234 miles in 10 days. I am sunburnt and tired and exhilarated and glad to be home even though it was a wonderful wonderful trip of a lifetime. I got to put my feet in the Atlantic again. I spent a night in a house built by Rudy Vallee and frequented by old-time Hollywood types from the '30's. I ate lobster and clams 'til even *I* was tired of them. I stayed one night across the street from the 1980 Olympics complex and marveled at all the healthy-looking Olympic types running around. I stood underneath, and looked up at, Niagara Falls. I rode across Ontario. I saw a moose (and learned that while deer look big when seen from the seat of a motorcycle, moose are approximately the size of a semi). I roasted in the sunshine in Acadia National Park and got hailed on in Flint, Michigan. I saw the gradual progression of spring across half our continent. I smelled lilacs and cow manure. I saw some of the most incredible houses in the country. I saw sailboats. I saw every one of the Great Lakes, as well as the ocean. It was a fantastic trip, just fantastic."
So. What do you do to top a trip like this one? Next year, you go west. Waaaaay west. We're tossing around the idea of another of my dream trips.... across the northern tier of states to British Colombia. I need to go wading in the Pacific again, after all.

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Published on June 1 2008

...sunburnt and tired. 3234 miles in ten days. The photo feed is here and the photoset page is here. There will be much much more over the next few days. Right now, it's time to wash off road grime and veg, because this is all I can see right about now.....
:-D

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Published on May 22 2008

View Larger Map Stupid Google maps is not behaving, so I'm only getting *part* of the route, and then it completely disappears when I zoom in on it. It's pretty easy, though. Just go East until you hit ocean. Then eat lobster. *Lots* of lobster. Escanaba Sault Ste. Marie, MI (where we leave the Motherland) Sudbury, Ont. Rolphton, Ont. Ogdensburg, NY (where hopefully they let us back *into* the country) Canton, NY Champlain, NY (I'm looking forward to the drive down the lake) Chimney Corner, Vt. Montpelier, Vt. Jefferson, NH Bethel, ME East Newport, ME Bar Harbor, ME Kennebunkport, ME (will wave "hi" to the Bush family) Swiftwater, NH Duxbury, Vt. Westport, NY Saranac, NY Sacketts Harbor, NY Irondequoit, NY Niagara Falls, NY Aylmer, Ont. ......and up the lower Peninsula of Michigan to the Big Mack and west to home. My butt already hurts thinking about it. I can't wait!!! I'll try to post pics along the way, if possible; but don't hold yer breath. There will be lots of things to show when I get back. See ya in 10 days!! UPDATE: My #($*% map may not be working, but I'll try to make sure I stand next to these when I see them. Keep an eye out.

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Published on May 21 2008

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

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Published on May 20 2008

courtesy of the Queen...
I am just dying to know what the *real* translation is...... and why the female singer reminds me of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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Published on May 13 2008

I scored a Far Out
100% on the
Quiz by SheGoddess
H/T to Pinch. And for those of you who aren't quite as old as us 70's refugees.... beat THIS.
I was Righteous!
I scored 90% on the
Take the 80s quizby SheGoddess: How to lose weight

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Published on May 10 2008

Ah yes, Precious is almost ready for her trip.

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Published on May 7 2008

Sissybar removal and bag support addition, which requires taillight relocation as well. Rewiring taillights is....interesting, to say the least.
Look out Ontario, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Michigan. The (3200 mile) IronButt Rally of 2008 begins in two weeks! Travel is good.

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Published on May 5 2008

Yep. That's me. I follow the rules. I only drive 58 in the 55 zone. I (more or less) always pay my bills. On time, even. I turn in my schoolwork on time even if it means a day off is *completely* devoted to writing a paper. I don't call in sick to work unless I'm half dead. So when I walk into a theater to see a concert and find it is literally plastered with "NO CAMERAS" and "NO PHOTOGRAPHS" signs, I keep my camera in the bag and enjoy the music. We had great seats in the front of the lower balcony in a small theater seating only a couple hundred, so were only roughly 50 feet from the stage at most-- in a room with wonderful acoustics for an excellent show. It was great to be able to see a concert without having to put in earplugs to hear the music, too. (Am I getting old, or *what*?) Luckily for you, not everybody is as much a goody-goody as I am, so you get to hear what for me was one of the *two* highlights of the show. (The first one was being able to shout "Go Bobcats" when Dewey mentioned meeting Gerry "way back in the 60's at our high school in England", and then him looking in the direction of the balcony as he said "oh yes.... Central High".) Anyway, I looooved the guitar intro to this song....
and you can go here to see the VFTHW for this stop on the America tour. And after a concert and a 12 hour shift on two hours sleep in the last 24, my next view will be...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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Published on April 30 2008

I have been presented with a set of tickets. A little celebration, I guess you'd say. Even though this is my "school band"; even though they've performed in the area dozens of times, even though one of the members lives only about thirty miles away from me... I have never seen America perform live. Sunday night, I finally get to do just that. The real kicker is that I'm scheduled to work a twelve-hour shift beginning 2:30 Monday morning-- I forsee a more-or-less useless Laurie that day. Photos may have to wait a day or so. This sure beats getting a dollar for every "A" in school!! Here they are, in performance with my *other* great Seventies musical love, doing one of my favorite songs:
"Only the Beginning"
But this is how I remember them from back in the olden days of the Seventies... I think I may have even seen this particular performance on the Midnight Special back then. I probably even clapped.
Sister Golden Hair

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