Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its fifth year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

September 8, 2016

SUNSET


Now in his Palace of the West,
Sinking to slumber, the bright Day,
Like a tired monarch fann’d to rest,
’Mid the cool airs of Evening lay;
While round his couch’s golden rim
The gaudy clouds, like courtiers, crept—
Struggling each other’s light to dim,
And catch his last smile e’er he slept.

THOMAS MOORE

OLDEN

... i wandered east to the coast and visited with roger while he was watching the gate at the owls head museum antique motorcycle show ...

... a beautiful 70ish honda 350 ...

... i was fascinated how my second motorcycle, a suzuki tu250, was so similar in design ... the honda was of an age, i believe, in which styling still took a back seat to function and performance ... for mechanical things i am a "form follows function" traditionalist, thus there are few modern motorcycles, or, for that matter, automobiles, that i find very attractive ...

... this ancient bmw was my favorite ... "why," you ask ... because while most of the classic machines, all twenty-five years or more old, typically displayed mileage counts of 3,000-15,000, for this one the number was over 75,000 ... in other words, it's been ridden ... this motorcyle, i'd like to meet its owner ...

... i've no problem applying the word "beast" to this moto guzzi ...

... bmw's horizontally opposed cylinders cool well in the airstream and are very easy to perform maintenance upon, but—well, i've a feeling that stuck in traffic in downtown houston on a texas summer afternoon they just might also be fabulous foot warmers ...

... i don't think they make racks like this for modern bikes ... too bad, they're way cool ...

... from an era when after a young man said, "i'm going out for the evening with mary lou," his father could quite innocently respond, "well, make sure your hood's belted before you put 'er in gear" ...

[EDITORIAL NOTE:  I SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.  I'M NOT GOING TO, OF COURSE,
BUT YOU CAN GIVE ME A FEW POINTS FOR AT LEAST KNOWING I SHOULD]

... in the fifth-grade, this was my dream ...

... most fascinating, they make them brand-new now ... 50cc (motor scooter power, back roads only), or 125cc (state highways as long as you understand the wind from a passing pulp truck will probably blow you off the road) ... 150+ mpg ... if time comes i have to slow down a bit, as long as i'm still able to get my leg over the seat this might be my wheels ...

... "elegance in mechanical design is simplicity" ...

... make a visit to owls head, it's well worth the wander ...

SOON, WORDS

... soon, i think, very, very soon, there will be words ... for now, i'll offer up a bit of assistance to baby grant ...

... "you're not foolin' me, i know where you hid my bread" ...

... "i got it" ...

... "arghhhhh, i can't get it" ...

... and, of the greatest of all words ...

... "my brother" ...