This blog is eleven years old. I forgot all about it's anniversary. Facebook appears to be taking over from blogs. I haven't abandoned the blog for Facebook just yet, as the blog lets me write a little more.
Oh yeah, SJP, I know you read this. Say 'Hi' to me sometime!
I took the motorcycled for a ride today. Perhaps one if the last rides before winter sets in.
Its very relaxing to ride. Motorcycles are the opposite of automatic. You have to focus on its operation every second-- the manual transmission, the two breaks, the throttle. The speed of an automatic is self regulating. Hold the gas pedal steady and the velocity stays steady. Not so with a manual motorcycle. Constant adjustments are necessary for corners and hills.
Then there is the fact that a motorcycle's small profile means more drivers don't see you. So I also must focus on driving defensively and constantly plan the next ten seconds of my route to avoid the places a careless driver could stray into.
The result is that while I ride, all my day to day worries are pushed out of my brain.
At the end, when i get off the motorcycle, when I no longer need to focus or sit properly, I feel very relaxed and at peace.
RO and I have been cleaning out the house. We found a stash of four year old mail that we never dealt with. It was sent to this address but intended for the prevous owners. There was a Christmas card and an anniversary card.
We tracked down the old owners, Bing makes that easy, and we had an interesting conversation.
The anniversary card-- the previous owners are now divorced. The sender of the anniversary card is dead.
The Chrismas card-- send from a couple that's now divorced.