Teaser – Alaska 2017

So, earlier this month I took a trip with my dad to Alaska.  Now, this isnt going to to be the full post, just a teaser.  I am working on a video of the sights we were given.  I say given, because we were very lucky.  From seeing Denali base to peak as clear as anyone remembered ever seeing it to a calm and somewhat clear day into Glacier Bay to very little rain over all the whole trip all the way down into Vancouver.  So, here is a teaser from the video.

Portland, ME 2016

Just last week, my dad and I went to Portland, Maine.  It was just a quick getaway, from Saturday, Sep 3 to Saturday, Sep 10, but it also marked his first real trip without mom being along.  There was no real agenda outside of eating some great seafood and spending some time walking the harbor and maybe seeing a lighthouse or two.

I will post all the photos at the bottom of this story, there are a lot.

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Zagg Rugged Book – Review

Zagg Rugged Book

So I briefly took a look at the Zagg Rugged Book for iPad Air 2 last night and threw up some initial thoughts.  Now, I would like to actually give some real thoughts after using it a bit more for working on emails, Reddit posts and replies as well as more blog posts.  First of all, it is so nice having a full keyboard to use and still see the whole screen rather than being stuck with the on-screen keyboard.  This is like having a full laptop rather than a tablet.  It is not a full-sized keyboard, but that is not possible because of the size of the iPad in comparison to a full keyboard.  Even the Apple wireless keyboard, which is one of the smallest full-sized keyboards is wider than the iPad.  That’s ok, because it is so much better than being stuck with the on-screen keyboard.

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Rugged Keyboard for Travel – Initial Thoughts

img_0672-2Well, this week I picked up a new Bluetooth keyboard and case from Zagg.  It is their Rugged Case.  Now, it is not a waterproof or dust proof case, however is it quite shock proof.  It has some nice features, as without the backlighting and with normal use, the battery should last over a year without needing to be recharged.  There are different ways to put the shell together, from normal keyboard usage to movie mode (where the keyboard is behind the iPad.  For normal iPad tablet use, the case can be tucked behind and folded up.

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New Motorcycle Road Report Site!

All my motorcycle posts are being moved to a new blog site so I can clean them up and make a full Road Report site.  Something and somewhere to share my experiences and trips with those who are interested and like minded.  The Motorcycle posts here will be deleted once they have been moved and verified on the new site.  So, without any further delay, here is the link to the new site.

The Adventures of The Raven: https://theravenbran.wordpress.com

New Motorcycle!


2014 Honda NC700X DCT

I finally got both the courage and money to get a motorcycle.  I have been bouncing this around forever but never pulled the trigger.  Those who know me know that I do not get big-ticket items often or on a whim.  I have been researching getting a bike for a couple years, but only seriously in the last couple months.  On one hand, I was looking at a vintage motorcycle that could be bought outright with no payments.  And this is something I almost did.  However, while I may not have been making payments on the bike, I would have in maintenance.  And that was something I just didn’t know about.  I am no mechanic.  So, I opted for getting a new bike, as well as one that was going to be an easy commuter.

Enter the 2014 Honda NC700X DCT –  A motorcycle with a manual or automatic transmission.

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Thanksgiving 2014 – Chicago, IL

As mom is getting older and he health is not what it once was, standing in a kitchen all week isn’t as fun as it used to be, so we are finding creative ways to celebrate the holiday.  This year, the whole family (mom, dad, sis, bro-in-law, nieces) spend Thanksgiving in Chicago.  Last year, we all went to Churchill Downs for the races.  Chicago was more fun.

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