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Published on April 1 2008

Nothing like waking up to 8" of Mother Nature's Gift. 50 degree temps predicted for the next two days.... we go from one extreme to the other up here, don't we? Sloppy, soggy, horrible wet stuff as well. So I figured it was time to introduce Rudy to "'sconsin spring". He was not overly impressed. Speaking of Mother Nature....Whats eating you, Mother Nature? Is it us?
.....But you need to lighten up. Winters like this — they're not something that humans are built to endure. In that way they're like all Robin Williams movies since 1987. We can't take the physical strain of trudging through this much snow. We can't take the mental strain of driving on impassable streets. And we can't outrun the yetis who've come down from the hills to feast.
Amen, brother. Even if you *did* call Mother Nature a.... umm.... "mean slut". It's been a looooooooooong winter. [update] As proof that winter has gone on far too long, I present this story. Even our northern politicians are getting cranky.

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Published on December 21 2007

I *completely* forgot about World Orgasm Day... My nooner today consisted of being up to my elbows in flour.
And here, we're cooling off, waiting for icing. Ya know.... sugar cookies taste pretty good without icing. Especially dunked in coffee.

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Published on October 27 2007

In which Rudy decides that being dressed as the Rock Lobster for Halloween isn't what he signed up for when he chose to live with us grace this house with his presence....
 
 
And here I am, trying to write a midterm with 3 bajillion little trickortreaters running around outside....

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Published on September 23 2007

This is what early autumn in northern 'sconsin looked like from my saddle today.
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Trust me, getting that shot wasn't as easy as it looks. Note the buggy windshield--it was spotlessly clean about a half hour before I took this. (And yes, I *was* poking along at 40, for a change.) This is a little bit better look at the colors of the Flambeau River state forest. It was so pretty, and the newsy-types are saying that peak colors are still over a week away.
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Published on September 17 2007

This week September 17 through September 23Libra Tuesday brings a chance to make some profound choices about your values and about the kind of company you keep. You may have known about this for some time, but an event may push you to take action. It looks like the outcome will be positive, enabling you to move in new circles and enjoy an uplifting social life. Mars in Gemini makes the perfect time for exploring new vacation destinations and absorbing the delights of cultures you have never experienced before. You may also want to try out a new class.
Why is it every week the stars think I should try a new class? Are they shilling for some online University?? Ah yes. The Fall Ride. I honestly didn't take all that many pictures, since I've discovered it's hard to run the camera with both hands on the handlebars! Not to mention, it was so chilly all weekend that the lens kept fogging up. But here is a quick little shot of the Thunder Parade Friday evening as it makes the turn onto our main street. That line of headlights, although you can't see it, is about four or five miles long.
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s4012227.JPGThere were so many gorgeous bikes to drool over. Some of them were true works of art!! This is just a little shot of one of the lowest, widest-rear-ended choppers I've ever seen. I'll bet that tire was close to 300mm wide. It definitely drew a crowd.s4012230.JPG And here we have a little guy enjoying his first ride on a "Harley" at the kids' play area. If you could only have seen the grin on his little face--we are looking at a future buyer, for sure. He had the same grin as on every other face I saw this weekend!

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Published on September 8 2007

What a trip!! We had a great time--my poor repeatedly sun-and-wind-burned nose may never recover. Day One was great. It was my first time riding long-distance in a large group, so I was a little nervous. I didn't want to fall back and miss a stoplight, nor did I want to run up anybody's tailpipe. The crew put me in the middle to keep an eye on me, and once I got used to our staggered formation, I had a great time. The weather was warm, there was little or no road construction, I didn't have to worry about routes or map-reading, so I could just kick back and enjoy the ride. We did about 400 miles that day, over to Lake Michigan, up the western coast from Marinette, across to Escanaba and Manistique, then on up through a beautifully new-paved road past Tahquanemon Falls to a little town called Paradise. (Yes, there were many jokes about "how long til we reached Paradise". Sigh.) The motley crew in Paradise, minus one taking the picture and one who was wandering around someplace:
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As I said, the riding was great on Day One, as was the beer-drinking around the campfire, listening to Lake Superior a few yards away. In fact, we had so much fun that the motel owner had to come out and tell us to pipe down our raucous laughter. Ooops. Such a rebel biker gang we are, eh? The riding may have been great on Day One, but Day Two was another story.
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Yes, Precious (the soggy blue Harley submarine in the foreground) got a bath. As did the other five bikes and all of their passengers. Repeatedly. We figured we got completely soaked and dried at least three different times that day. You will hopefully not ever see photos of me in my el cheapo rainsuit-- not only because it's *white* and makes me look like the Michelin Man but also because I absolutely refused to let anyone within camera range. Not to mention, it didn't work too well keeping me dry, lol. There's just something... refreshing ... about ice water running down gas tanks at 60mph to puddle in the area where the posterior meets the leather. We only managed a couple hundred miles that day due to the many stops under whatever awnings we could find. We did manage to go out to Whitefish Point to check out the lighthouse and shipwreck museum. We saw this there, and yes-- the museum played that song. I didn't even get my camera out of its little waterproof bag, since everything at the lighthouse and museum was hidden by the low clouds and downpour, so sorry no pics there. At any rate, the hot shower at the end of the day made all the sogginess worthwhile, although I think my boots might dry out sometime in 2009. Maybe. Day Three, although it dawned cold (and early, due to my room's previous occupant resetting the clock to TWO HOURS EARLIER than the correct time), was another great riding day. Thankfully, all my clothes which hung over the heater all night had dried enough to keep me warm through the morning. We left Marquette and took the slow scenic route back home. I need to have more fun like this. But after waking up at FOUR AM, first I'm going to go take a nap.

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Published on September 4 2007

Yes, I have been remiss (what does that phrase *mean*, anyway?) in blog posts. I can only cry "busybusybusy" and "too much gallivanting around the Northwoods". And that doesn't even include the upcoming motorcycle trip later this week, wherein eight or ten intrepid papermakers and their various spouses and hangers-on make like a biker gang and head off to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for three days of biker gang activities. What exactly papermakin' biker gangs *do* in yooper country is still to be discovered. I can't wait to find out, and of course I will photograph the daylights out of them and then blog them, lol. I wonder if the "fifty mile rule" will be invoked? I wonder if they'll try to jam my camera down my throat? Pray for good weather, folks. Mad wants to *ride*. These pics, however, are from the last couple of weeks; various shots around our great inland ocean. The only thing missing is the salt smell. I'd put one of me in there, but I got so sunburnt while out on the water this weekend that I'm afraid the fiery glow would crash all your computers! The peeling will follow. Sucks when you forget your sunscreen. { gallery [Superior] }

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Published on August 24 2007

And yes, it rained. And fogged. And rained. You'd think we were in Seattle or something! So instead of trying out Precious' new windshield, I borrowed the 'vette-I-used-to-be-part-owner-of for my little lake cruise. It's fun to wrap your @$$ in fiberglas and sling some horsepower around, but I was still pretty grumbly about not getting to ride. Still, I managed to find time to take a short trip up the North Shore to bag a lighthouse (pics will follow tomorrow, if I get around to it) and take a walk down the trail to Gooseberry Falls. I can be *such* a tourist sometimes. Notice how far the wussie is from getting anywhere NEAR that edge?
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Published on July 31 2007

I forsee my water bill going through the roof......
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Now if I can just teach him to turn the faucet OFF when he's finished.....

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Published on July 28 2007

I love Mads' previous post. Just to do a little research, I went out on the WEB and found some before and after Anabolic Steroid Photos  of our friend Barry. I could not believe it my self!   Barry After Steroids Barry Before             Barry Before Steroids Barry Before  What a difference! 

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