Impatience seems to be a huge factor in making people idiots while driving.  Sure, people will argue cellphones and txting are a bigger problem, but I think cellphones are just a symptom of the larger issue of impatience.  Let’s consider the word “Impatience” for a moment, and give it a proper definition.

  • im·pa·tience – noun
    the tendency to be impatient; irritability or restlessness.
    “she crumpled up the pages in a burst of impatience”
    synonyms: restlessness, restiveness, agitation, nervousness, anxiety

Well, lets look up “Impatient”

  • im·pa·tient – adjective
    1. having or showing a tendency to be quickly irritated or provoked.
    “an impatient motorist blaring his horn”
    synonyms: irritated, annoyed, angry, testy, tetchy, snappy, cross, querulous, peevish, piqued, short-tempered
    2. restlessly eager.
    “they are impatient for change”
    synonyms: restless, restive, agitated, nervous, anxious, tense, ill at ease, edgy, jumpy, keyed up

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Events Piling Up

Yep, my decision not to work the fall Ohio fair was to have some time off to do things.  But, with that freedom comes another cage.  Well, not really a cage, but man, those free weekend get filled up quickly.  And I am not complaining about having something to do that is very different than what I have been doing in the last few years.  Yes, I will miss the fun at ORF, but I will not miss the long drives home after long hours on my feet in either the heat or the cold.

In the next few weeks, here is what I have going on.

  • April 11-12, Moonshine Run into Illinois.
  • April 17-19, Motorcycle Safety Course
  • May 2-3, Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge
  • May 13-17, Eastern Rendezvous
  • May 23-25, Memorial Day Weekend, anywhere but here.

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Random Thoughts

So, while not a lot outside of motorcycling has been happening lately, I thought I would just give a quick update.

My normal life is finally moving over into a new style.  Motorcycling has started moving into the foreground of my thoughts, even more-so now that the weather is getting better.  I have riden every day it has been nice, and even on days where it was not even 25 degrees.  In fact, last night I took a ride out for nearly 120 miles on small roads between my house and Frankfort and south.  It was beautiful and not to be missed.  Neither were all the damned gnats.  It got to a point I could barely see and had to pull over and clean off my visor.  Just one more reason to wear a full-face helmet.

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Passing Thoughts

EricThis morning I received an email informing me that a former friend passed away on Monday after a very long battle with cancer.  It hit me harder than I thought it would (I knew he was fighting a losing battle) considering we hadn’t spoken since early 2007.  What has me thinking the most is that we fell out over my divorce – he chose sides with my ex.  I will never know why, now.  The last thing I said to him was, “my contact info is still the same, if you grow a set, use it.”  Why is it stuff like that comes back verbatim, but other stuff is hazy and glossed over.  We had a number of good times on a few years worth of photo trips, especially down to Reelfoot Lake and Madison IN.  Memories I still love, and are bittersweet because of the falling out due to the divorce.

This Tuesday is his memorial, which I am literally split down the middle on going or not.  If I go, I will see people I have not seen in a long time, and I will probably see my ex and her daughter for the first time since we split in 2007.  I don’t want to see them.  We have nothing to say to each other, or rather, I have nothing to say to them.  Going to the memorial wont bring me any answers as to why he chose to throw away our friendship.  Hindsight is 20/20 and looking back, yes I could have reached out to him, but I didn’t.  I don’t blame myself any more than I blame him, as we were both grown adults who both made the wrong decision.

Eric, safe travels on this next journey.

St. Patrick’s Day – Aftermath

Another St. Patrick’s day has come and gone and it was as much fun as I have always remembered it.  The people you see there every year, and it is the only place and time you see them during the year.  You smile, have a polite conversation (usually the same one every year), buy each other a beer and get stuffed on some damn good Irish food.  This year was no different.  I got to the Irish Rover just after noon as we were there until just after 6pm.  From there, we went by another bar, the Barrett Bar to say hi to a few more folks.  Everyone got home safe and sound and was the better for having lived another year.

Below are some photos from our group at the Rover.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Finally.  The weather is breaking into early spring.  50s and 60s the next two weeks are looking great.  Sure, there are a couple days where the temps will be dropping into the 30s, but at least it is above freezing.  The big deal is for St. Patrick’s Day, and the annual outing to the Irish Rover at noon on the 17th.  It is tradition, for a lot of people, to take the day or at least 1/2 day off work and go to the Irish Rover when it opens to score a table.  They open around 10 AM and close well after 11 PM.  I have been going since 1997, and have missed only a single year.  This year, I will be riding into work and out of work on that day.  I will be heading to the Rover at my normal time, and will be meeting up with friends I only ever see one day a year!  It is funny how that works.

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It snowed, I missed it.

So the snow started Wednesday evening, March 4th and ended sometime Thursday afternoon, March 5th.  In total, we got somewhere between 12″ and 18″ of snow, depending on where you lived in the area.  It was enough for even my company, who rarely even gives a 2 hour late opening, to close for the day Thursday.  This was one of those thick, heavy snows that comes in quick.  It shut down most of the expressways, to the point emergency crews were running supplies to stranded truckers who could not make some of the the hills along I-65.

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Weather or not…

So, all the “we want an apocalyptic snowfall” fans out there are really talking up the incoming front.  Up to 8″ by morning.  OK.  Whatever.  It’s Louisville, we never get what is foretasted, and generally not even a fourth of what is expected.  So, we may get 2″.  Would I put money on it?  Nope, but then I would not put money on anything but a sure thing, and weather is never a sure thing.

What do I want to see?  Well, since I am off tomorrow anyway the snow brings nothing but frustration anyway.  I would like to see 50 degrees in the morning and 70 degrees at the peak of the heat, and back to 50 degrees overnight.  From now until this time next year.  My poor Raven is stuck in the garage on her battery tender for life support.   I want to ride.  You Armageddon weather wishers need to STFU.