Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quite a week I've had...

It hasn't been a bad week, just a long one. Last weekend, the scoot took me hunting on both Friday and Saturday evenings, though Friday was brutally hot so the hunting that day didn't last terribly long. Saturday was nice, with lots of wind.

The fields were peaceful and sitting out in nature was a calming pursuit. Sunday found me exhausted, and I slept through a large chunk of it. Monday came too quickly, and I was back to work again.

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I worked a 16 hour shift since none of the residents had workshop. We all went to the Long's Park Arts and Crafts festival. The gentlemen all enjoyed themselves immensely, and I and the other staff had a pleasant time enjoying our time with them.

We returned home, and the shift changed at 2:30. The staff who had worked with me in the morning left, and two other staff came in to replace her. Both of them are now motorcyclists, at least partially due to my influence. The bikes pictured are a 2001 Suzuki Savage, My 1983 Honda Sabre, and a 1981 Honda CB 750 Custom. I've ridden both bikes, and they are both nice in their own ways.

The Savage is a little low and light for my tastes, but it seems a competent ride. The CB Custom is by far a completely different bike. The inline four does not like to rev as much as my Sabre's V4, nor does it have the same unbridled ferocity, but it's ride is so gentle and unhurried, I think I could ride it comfortably for hours. If I had to compare them to cars, the Savage would be a compact hatchback; functional and easy to ride, the Sabre would be like a muscle car (perhaps a late 70's Camaro); lots of punch and only enough comfort to make the ride bearable, and the CB would be akin to an old Buick; plush, unhurried, and comfortable with no question of getting to one's destination.

On Tuesday morning, I met another friend at Roots' Farm Market here in East Petersburg. He came buzzing in on his Genuine Buddy International (150cc). The picture was taken with a Helix I found parked on the West side of the complex. We walked around the grounds a bit, then rode to Columbia to take some flowers to my wife.

The Buddy seems like a nice enough scooter. It's got nice looks and is at least as peppy as my Kymco. He had whitewalls on it, and it was classy looking. I'd look into them for the People 150, but I don't think they would look right.

So, while Summer comes nearer its end, and autumn looms on the horizon, the weather has cooled and riding is enjoyable once again. Both my scooter and bike are inspected and my Sabre's speedometer finally works.

All seems to be well with the world.

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