This journal in chronological order

The most usable format for a blog, and the one you'd want if you are a regular visitor, is the dog pile version. The one with the most recent post on top, and the remainder falling away in reverse chronological order. In that way, a blog is the opposite of a book.

Every now and then, especially for new readers, you want to see how the blog began. It's not that hard to read a blog in reverse, that is to say, in the same order as a book. But it's not convenient.

You have to keep clicking on the "older posts" link, or mess with the blog archive list, and eventually keep having to fiddle with it again, and then you still have to keep clicking around, and, well, it's really not convenient.

If you want to have a look at this blog in chronological order (initially it was the first two years' worth but every January I add the previous year's posts), here is the post list in book order. In a bid to make this even easier, I've coded the links to open in a new browser window. You'll therefore find the links opening a new window. When you're done with a post, just close the window and you'll go back to the window with the list of links. If you've had enough and want to go back to the "proper" blog order, click on the "home" link.

You will notice that in the early days of the blog no one knew it existed, and for that reason there are no comments on the posts. If you feel like posting a comment, don't be shy, go ahead. I'll even respond when I get a chance.

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Fast forward to January 7, 2013

It seems that, based on the page view statistics to date, this page does fill a need for some.

Not surprisingly, the page with the most page views is the Gear Posts page. Of the six blog pages I have added, this one ranks four out of six in terms of popularity. It has therefore earned the addition of the 2012 posts in chronological or book order, which you'll find have been added below.

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Fast forward to January 6, 2014

Another year flies by and it's time to update this page with the 2013 posts in chronological order. It's a chore, but a chore worth doing. The major highlights of 2013 were the purchase of a new bigger Vespa, a 2010 Vespa GTS 300 i.e. Super, the sale of my Vespa LX 150, and the launch of the 2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour.

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Fast forward to March 15, 2015

2014 was a very difficult year punctuated with the passing of Bob Leong and great sorrow. Out of that grief, an incredible living tribute was born: the amazing travels of ScooterBob. Read about the odyssey by clicking here. It was also the year when the ScootCommute jumped the pond and Roland, Sonja and I spent a glorious day riding in Tuscany.

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Fast forward to December 29, 2015

For once, I'm really on top of things, and I've managed to add the 2015 journal posts in chronological order, and the year is not even finished. There might even be an additional post or two. 2015 was a year of sea changes. An early retirement happened in July that wasn't planned or even evident when the year began; I learned to ride a Harley Davidson and a Triumph Bonneville in Florida with Michael as my guide; a big Honda cruiser that is co-owned by Sonja and I was added to the stable; I met Jim Mandle and Stephanie Yue and we toured the Adirondacks; Sonja, Roland and Ed came to visit; Susan and I traveled to Jasper Park Lodge, Vancouver and Maui; our eldest son Jonathan was married; our second-born son Andrew became engaged to be married; I tackled the major facelift and redesign for this journal; the passing of my father. There is every reason to believe that 2016 will be almost as tumultuous.

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Fast forward to March 6, 2017

I was kind of thinking that I was really, really remiss for not bring this chronology up to date, but looking back, I see that I have been this slow in the past. This year my excuse is that vlogging has been taking up a lot of my time. Given enough time though, I can be relied on to deliver.

2016 was a year of unbelievable change. Moving to a new city in a new province with all that entails is no small achievement. From where I sit now, in a new house, with almost all the necessary renovations done, I am amazed at what Susan and I have accomplished in so little time. In the course of that year, our son Andrew was married, our daughter Lauren was engaged, I got to do a number of club rides with the Toronto Motor Scooter Club and discovered even more of Ontario in the company of my friend Ed.

So far, while 2017 is still in its infancy, the big news is the addition of the video blog. Click here
for a separate chronology and links to the vlog.

Finally, I ran through the html coding on this page and really cleaned the crap out of it. If there's one thing I hate it's cluttered code. To get the information from the blog into this chronological format, I need to copy the blog archive on the right side of the page, paste it into Excel and perform some magic to get the list into chronological order, then paste the fixed list into Word in order to lose the table formatting, then paste the Word formatted list into Blogger, then copy the disgusting pile of unnecessary html junk (a ton of style sheet nonsense) that Word gleefully added, then paste the html code into my code editor (Atom), then use the fantastic search and replace feature to strip out all the crud including a bunch of table encoding left over from a past year's effort.

It was a lot of work, but... it's worth it.

Thanks to Atom, for this go-round I also went back in time and fixed all 564 html hypertext links to make sure that they all open in a fresh tab in your browser, and then I added in line breaks to make the whole thing easier on the eyes. Much better.

Please enjoy!

▼ 2010 (55)

▼ March (3)

Getting started...

Commuting strategy: picking a route

Selecting a scooter

▼ April (10)

Finding a scooter to buy

Scooter modifications

The first commute

A troublesome failure

A final modification

Urban renewal

Why I ride

Scootless commutes

Late April snow

Stewart Hall

▼ May (7)

Maintenance

Breakfast break

Mercier bridge

Windmills

Speed: distance over time

Summer heat at last!!

Other fair weather sports

▼ June (6)

Tough week

Twists and turns

Fuel for the soul

Father and son ride

Forest & Stream

First group ride

▼ July (8)

Ile Bizard

Dorval Island

Heat

Science and scenery

Scoot Commute Boogie

Morning bagels

Parking

Old Lachine Canal

▼ August (11)

Croissants & café au lait

Rain

Morning Glory

More... food!

Weekends

Bridges

Weather for ducks

Mercier bridge

Lunchtime!

Pleasant surprises

What to read if you ride

▼ September (3)

Scooter Cannonball

Sunset

Sunrise

▼ October (2)

Wrap up in sight

October commutes

▼ November (5)

Ode to Steve Williams

58 Lessons learned in year one of the scoot commute

More lessons learned...

... still more lessons...

It's a wrap!


▼ 2011 (80)

▼ January (2)

Winter modifications, Chapter 1

Getting ready for the 2011 riding season

▼ February (2)

Winter modifications, Chapter 2

To stick, or not to stick, that's the question

▼ March (8)

It's almost time

Ephemera

First ride of the season

Launch - 7

Caged commutes & scoots

Happy First-Post Day!

First commute of 2011

Auxiliary Modulating Brake Light

▼ April (5)

WOT to the Bridge

Project report: Installing an AdmoreLighting.com auxiliary brake light and turn indicator on a Vespa LX150

Life in the slow lane

Lofty thoughts

Finally Free in DC

▼ May (8)

Spring and the promise of summer

BIXI, BIXI, BIXI

Dealing with the weather

The wonders of scenery

Team breakfast

What you see...

More about bridges

Too good not to share

▼ June (7)

Market Lunch

Visiting Vampires

Gawkers' Paradise + Need for Speed

Thoughts on my windshield

Toronto Rocks!!!

Monday June 20 is Ride to Work Day!

Scratch that :(

▼ July (11)

Business and pleasure

Outremont

Lachine Village

This bridge won't burn!

Crazy ... hazy days of summer

Night Ride

One of these things does not belong

Planes, trains and automobiles

The things you see

Saturday joyride

The evolution of parking

▼ August (10)

The benefit of experience

August bliss

Another bridge(s)


Sunrise on Lake St-Louis

First long distance ride

The Jacques Bizard bridge

Secrets of Île Perrot

Secure your helmet

Irene's wake

The ride home

▼ September (5)

Memories of Expo 67

Ray Bans©

Crossing the canal

Pointe Claire Yacht Club

Milestone looming!

▼ October (13)

Commuting in the fall

Morning in Pointe Claire

The Westmount Lookout

Milestone!

A peak behind the curtain

I couldn't resist

The Senneville Time Warp

Drawing to a close...

Faster, and Fastest!

A thread in the fabric of time

Slowpoke

Hit the road Jack!

Boooooooooooooo!

▼ November (6)

You know it's cold when...

Too many questions; not nearly enough answers

Nibbles for the kaffee klatsch

T'is the season to be modding...

To sleep, perchance to dream

Making friends with Alessandro Volta, James Watt, and André-Marie Ampère

▼ December (7)

Preliminary semi-scientific conclusions

How and Why I got into Motorbikes

An ounce of prevention

Holiday spirit

I took the plunge!

ICE

Happy New Year!!


▼ 2012 (96)

▼ January (6)

Hot choice

Winter blues? Take a hike! Buy a Vespa!

Net {silenced}

Here at last!

Hiatus: for readers only

Who cares?

▼ February (6)

Major set back (Aarrrrgh!!!)


Rick Snyder's Cannonball Run

Do-over

More... of the things you see

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Nope...

▼ March (11)

Yay! The end is near...

Project report: Installing Hot Grips® heated grips and a Heat-Troller® electronic heat control

A challenge?

And... we're off!!

The ride home

Day three

How to tell when it's unseasonably hot

That's more like it

It's all about the gear

Another milestone, belated

Got to make more room...

▼ April (11)

Art or science?

Home: Going and coming

Windy ride!

So, sew

Montreal landmarks

Rick's Ride A:H

On a wing and a prayer

Unexpected

Patching

GoPro: Take II

Mini

▼ May (14)

Expressway leg

Misty

Visiting L.A. has its perks!

iTravel, iBlog, iLike!

California dreaming

Wheelers and Dealers

Wocket in your Pocket Challenge

Hot Grips Update

Welcome to the wet coast, welcome to paradise!

Mug shot

Intro to paradise

Bob's favorite haunts

Friday night madness

Vancouver Bloggers Rock & Roll!

▼ June (6)

Superman had his phonebooth...

Another year, more happiness

Return to normal

Your ride challenge

The evolution of Muvbox

Views from the saddle

▼ July (10)

Perspective

Improvements on all fronts

This is how it all begins...

Scooters at the Petersen

Here at last :)


One more reason to visit Montreal this summer

Darlene's Foot Gear Challenge

A glimpse of heaven

More piece of mind

Steve Canyon

▼ August (13)

Fraternal twins

Grey is beautiful too!

Weather watch

The Pointe Claire windmill

What is it, really?

Lunchtime trifecta

Parking in Toronto

Pump it up!

Parking in Vancouver

The end of the road

Stop

Fun on four wheels

Taking care of business

▼ September (5)

Windshield - Take three

Too late for Martha... too early for Martha

Alternatives: not all black and white

It only takes a few minutes

Too @#%^# busy to post...

▼ October (7)

Fall colors

Million Mile Monday

Another milestone looms

End of season ritual

Help ! I'm trapped in David's Spam Cellar

I made it.

Hurricane Hiatus

▼ November (6)

And now for a change of pace

Cold weather is here

Black arts

A reader asks about bridges

A package from far, far away...

Friends, and long distance

▼ December (1)

One more time...


▼ 2013 (101)

▼ January (7)

Preparing for adventure

Tying one on...

A reader asks about scooters and potholes

Making good

Saturday night in Canada...

Comfort, out of the blue!

Guilty pleasure

▼ February (7)

Satellites and Vespas, iPhones and Nuvis, Senas and Me

Soon time to say "Hello... goodbye"

Slow and steady

Tease...

Fuel?

The birth and evolution of an icon

Halfway there

▼ March (3)

Call me crazy!

The ultimate word on tie-downs

Spring

▼ April (11)

A new day, a new season, a new ride

Hmmm... a collection?

I don't name my rides

First commute

Thrilled?

Juice

ScootCommute's Believe it, or Not!

Geezers and gaskets

Can commuting be blissful?

Weekend find

Project report: nstalling ScooterWest LED running lights and turn indicators on a 2010 Vespa GTS 300 i.e. Super

▼ May (11)

A good use for the Vespa GTS side stand

Project report: Installing dual 12 volt power outlets

Mission... possible!

Mother's Day on the Amalfi coast

Automotive news: Italian vehicle proximity sensor

What to do in Rome?

Italian icons

I picked up another Vespa GTS 300 ie, in Rome

Project report: Installing an Admore Lighting auxiliary brake and turn indicator unit

Farkle, meaning

Project report: Installing a Stebel Nautilus Compact air horn

▼ June (8)

High octane question?

Birthplace of the Scootcommute

Distance challenges

Coasting

Recreational vehicle

Kickin' it nu skool

Reporting for duty, Sir!

Inflection: explore, explorer; discover, discovers.

▼ July (18)

Play Misty for me

Guilty, or not guilty

Coming down to the wire

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Kickoff and day one

Rider profile: Peter Sanderson

Dawn in State College, Pennsylvania

Rider profile: Dave Blackburn

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Toronto to State College PA

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Fun and Games in State College

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - R&R

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Gettin' outta Dodge

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Coasting

Rider profile: Ed Kilner

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - The last day for me

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - The long ride home

Settling back into a normal routine

Rider profile: Paul Ruby

Rider profile: Steve Williams

▼ August (8)

Rain delay

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Montreal leg, part one

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Montreal leg, part two

Rider Profile: Mike Torrusio

So long!

Rider profile: Tom Keene

Overkill

Foggy morning

▼ September (10)

Rider profile: Sonja Mager

Project report: Installing a top case rack

Rider profile: Roland Mager

Wings

2013 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Epilogue and lessons learned

Rider profile: Dave Dixon

What do you think?

Tips on refueling a Vespa GTS

Alternative secure helmet storage

Late September Sunday Magic

▼ October (12)

Rider profile: Bob Lush

Kindness and generosity

Sunset

Rider profile: Danielle Vallée

There's a Maniac Laughing at me

Lunch with Bob

Stop!

Westward, the wet coast beckons

Breakfast with Bob

Fishy goings on

Rider profile: David Masse

Late October commute

▼ November (4)

Think big, not small

The thrill is gone...

Let the shopping begin

Thanksgiving

▼ December (2)

One Hundred

The outlook for 2014


▼ 2014 (94)

▼ January (7)

Pairings for wishes, not fishes

Earned my wings

First step in a long project

Transitions, without a net

Hear, hear!

New Lid!!

Crazy plans

▼ February (6)

Done!!

Project report: Installing Heaterz brand heated grips on a Vespa GTS 300 i.e. Super

Project report: Discrete electric garage door remote

Stuck in neutral...

Gone fishin'

Vespas, Cryptography, Bitcoins, Patches, and Me

▼ March (10)

Dar, there's no end in sight

Dar, I found it!

Bob!

Project report: Installing a Sena SMH10 Bluetooth helmet headset in a Nolan N104 helmet

Life's pleasures

Underground art

Walk a mile in my shoes...

Another weekend, another dump :(

I can't resist...

Unique patch collection up for grabs

▼ April (9)

Spring road assessment

Calling cards

Out of the barn: a trifecta of creature comforts

First commute of 2014

What a difference six months makes

Hanging with the devil

Spam anyone?

2014 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Tuscan Loop

A winning bid!

▼ May (7)

Tuscan Loop - What to pack

Tuscan Loop - What to wear?

Tuscan Loop - Guess who came to dinner?

Tuscan Loop - Venetian Prelude

Tuscan Loop - Gearing up

Tuscan Loop - Volterra

Tuscan Loop - San Gimignano

▼ June (11)

Tuscan Loop - The Return

Tuscan Loop - Museo Piaggio

Chips

Tuscan Loop - Farewell

Motor Madness Month

Tuscan Loop - Epilogue and lessons learned

Spoiled

Black and blue

Meet Stephanie Yue

Triple Crown revisited

Service with a smile, and a shine!

▼ July (11)

"... this used to be fields..."

21st century life

A sunbird's summer travels with humans

A fairly typical week

Rider profile: Michael Beattie

Ride to the land of fire

Two speeds, many modes

The Vespa Effect

Making an impression

Tokens of appreciation

Raising the roof, again

▼ August (9)

Montreal

On a roll

Still on a roll!

Rider profile: Howard Yegendorf

Good for the grass... and Civics

A lesson in MV

Foul weather work-around

The kill switch

The sound of music

▼ September (10)

I sprang a leak. So did Andrew.

Change of pace

Rider profile: Bill Breen

Banff: from the ridiculous to the sublime

Bob Leong

A loving tribute to a great man, Bob Leong

Full of surprises

Nature's veil

ScooterBob hits the road, Jack!

Repairs - Part one

▼ October (6)

Repairs - Part two

Endlessly useful

Pumped!!

What's in the glove box?

Fall

Transition

▼ November (5)

Why

Amateur Mechanic Discovers a New Trick & Pay Back Time

A season's end

Cold weather commute

Tales of the end, and Vespanomics

▼ December (3)

Among the joys of ModernVespa

Taking a break; making some plans

My very best wishes for the holidays!


▼ 2015 (55)

▼ January (4)

Unbounded generosity

Motorcycle House

Product review: Viking Cycle Stealth textile riding jacket

Winter doldrums: Key West!!

▼ February (2)

How size matters to me, or the Slippery Slope

Comfort zones

▼ March (5)

Changes

Marc!

An interesting alternative for inter-continental travel

Cruise wear - Product review: Motorcycle House Angel Fire motorcycle jacket

Black Betty's homecoming

▼ April (7)

Dilettante to professional in 50 easy steps

Stuck in neutral

Spring sprang

The sun's won...

First commute of the 2015 season

Almost honkin' there

Few and far between

▼ May (5)

What happened to spring?

Station W

Hof Kelsten

Black Betty gets to work

Fuente Baena

▼ June (5)

Time to breathe

Breathless...

Jim's Adirondacks

A last commute

Rocket and me

▼ July (4)

Rider profile: Jim Mandle

Project report: Installing Viking Lammelar saddlebags

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Ms. Quezzie, I presume

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Departure

▼ August (6)

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Adirondack Museum to Horseshoe Lake

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Steve, Tom, Craig and Ron

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - the Kilner Interlude

Rider profile - Stephanie Yue

I knocked; the universe answered

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - The Magers are here

▼ September (5)

The ScootCommute on CITY TV

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour: Safe travels

Project report - Installing heated grips on a Honda Shadow VT750 ACE

Toying with Templates; Flirting with Failure

2015 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Epilogue, and lessons learned

▼ October (1)

Runnin' errands

▼ November (3)

Been fiddlin'

Remembering

Life and death at the crossroads

▼ December (8)

Comfort food: Heirloom spaghetti and meatballs

Winter ride

On a December roll

Lunch with Peter and Mike

Rider profile: Mike Fritz

The laws of nature vs the nature of laws

Music and images

With the help of the Empire, I strike back

Greetings for Christmas 2015, and New Years 2016


▼ 2016 (71)

▼ January (7)

Vespa Club of Canada

Bright, bright lights on a waning winter's day

I'm sewing again

Big Move to the Big Smoke (and mirrors)


Hum a happy tune, move like a hillbilly

We interrupt our regular programming...

Operation Empty Nest - Vignettes from behind the lines

▼ February (9)

ToadMama's Brave, Bold Blogger Challenge (now with BBBC # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)


ToadMama's Brave, Bold Blogger Challenge (BBBC #7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 , 13, 14, and 15)


Operation Empty Nest - The Great 2016 Real Estate War

2016 Blogger to Blogger Tour - Meeting legends

2016 Blogger to Blogger Tour - But just not now

Fear

A Friday to forget

ToadMama's Brave, Bold Blogger Challenge (BBBC # 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28)


ToadMama's Brave, Bold Blogger Challenge (BBBC # 29)


▼ March (11)

Delibee - a hidden treasure

The beginning begins

The end is near

Weak bladder

Light, space, pixels, paper, steel :art:

Project report: Installing Hot Grips™ heated grips on a Vespa GTS 300 i.e. Super

Bell Canada

Roast prime rib

Sonja's Big Move

I am a wrencher!

Au revoir mes amis! Helllloooo!

▼ April (4)

Smoke Meat Pete

Cardboard hell, or "where's the kettle?"

A magnus fumus usque ad udo litore

Settling in

▼ May (6)

Birds of a feather

Mission: Exfil Thunderbird

Finding Thunderbird

Nosy neighbour

A long, long ride home

I visit a wizard, and go for a second group ride

▼ June (6)

Weird, peculiar, puzzling stuff rattling around my brain

E.M.

Inspiration

Rider profile: Ed Thomas

Smoque N' Bones

It's a small world, after all

▼ July (3)

The Quest

Scribbled1 - Alternative PokéGame

Elmhirst's resort

▼ August (5)

Scribbled - Corner office

Garbled - No longer!

The 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Parking, starting over from scratch

Surfing a wave

▼ September (6)

Bluetooth adventures with Ed and David

ART and a hot Vespa

ART waking up the city!

A cure for the hots!

Rockin' the DGR!

An eyewitness account of Toronto's 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

▼ October (6)

Aliens among us!

Scribbled - Vespas hauling stuff

Free lunch, of a sort...

Rider profile: Steve Liard

Eureka!!!

A place to call...

▼ November (6)

Scary story

Canadians are a rare breed

Requiem for an epoch

Fall riff

Life after snow?

PMS

▼ December (2)

Scribbled - Voting in a Democracy

31 days...

▼ 2017 (7)

▼ January (2)

So what the hell am I up to?

Leap of faith

▼ February (4)

I hit the road, Jack

Rider profile: Ken Wilson

Rider profile: Bill Leuthold

Hangin' with legends
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