Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another milestone, belated

Yesterday marked the second anniversary of this blog.

What a difference two years makes in a life.

How a machine can contribute so much remains a little bit of a mystery to me.

Of course it's not the machine.  It's really just me, changing the way I relate to the world around me.  The Vespa is just a new mode, a filter, that alters both reality, and perception.

This blog is also an important part of the change in me.

At first it was just me, sharing my experience to help others like me who were interested, but who knew too little about the reality of riding.

More than a filter, the blog has become a two-way lens.  Letting others see me, has let me see others too.  I know that I have friends and acquaintances in far-flung places.  These are real-life relationships that, like all friendships, add richness  to the life I live.

I'll be in Vancouver in May, staying at one of the downtown Fairmont hotels.  The schedule is a little tight.  I fly in the morning of Thursday, May 24, and leave on Sunday evening, the 27th.  I'll be spending as much time as possible with my son but also want to meet as many of you wet coasters as possible, you know who you are.  Send me an e-mail and let's see how many of us can gather.  Bob has made very gracious arrangements for a 200cc ride for me.  A group ride ending somewhere we could sit down to grab something to eat would be really nice.  Maybe I'll be able to convince my son Andrew to ride pillion.

I'll be sure to bring all my gear, so it could be rain or shine.

7 comments:

  1. Congrats on two years for the blog. It is nice to make friends in all corners of the world.

    Sure wish we could come meet you in Vancouver. But the 9 hour drive and no time off until the weekend it would be tight. At least you are in good hands with Bob. He is a treasure.

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  2. I second the congratulations. Very cool. I also would love to meet (with riders these days, on any machine,) but I'm about a billion miles away. enjoy it! Good luck!

    Brady
    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

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  3. With a little bit of luck we just might be around to join the parade.

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  4. Congratulations.

    Orin from Scootin' Old Skool recently commented on another blog how most blogs die after a few posts. This emphasizes to me the accomplishment of reaching this milestone. He added, "I read somewhere that something like 98% of blogs on the Web have had no page views at all." We are among the lucky ones who have discovered not only readers but friends. I look forward to hearing about your adventure out West.

    Again, way to go! And, keep it up!
    ~Keith,
    Circle Blue

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  5. David:

    I can't believe it ! Only 55 more sleeps until you make your appearance. We will give you a great WET Coast Welcome and make you feel so much at home, you may wish to stay permanently

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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  6. Trobairitz: 9 hours is at least 8 hours too much. Who knows, life may yet send me to Portland.

    Brady: I look at your picture in that hat, and I can't help thinking that Germany is way off the beaten track for that headgear. I hope you're not missing life in the US too much. What a wonderful adventure.

    SonjaThere is always hope!

    Keith: Thanks for the kind words. Thanks for chiming in over the winter on your heated grips. Your Symba was the only concrete example I could find of a heated grip installation on a smaller displacement bike. It gave me confidence that it could work on my bike too.

    Bob: 55 sleeps. What a nice way and very cute way to put it.

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