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Getting Stuff Done

Posted: February 27th, 2011, by Bruce

Well, I’ve messed around most of the day on the blog, but again…with little noticeable change. :-/ I got myself caught up in modifying the code of a plugin. I couldn’t find a plugin that had all the pieces I wanted for my music and so I ended up spending my time messing with a few different ones, and in the end combined some of the features into one. I still have to get the links working properly but that’s enough for today.

Now on to getting some actual “real” work completed in what remains of the day.

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Let’s Try This Again

Posted: February 25th, 2011, by Bruce

If anyone out there has been paying attention, I’ve started playing with my blog once again. Nothing too dramatic in terms of changes, but I have updated the WordPress version (I can’t believe how old it was…doh!) and have made multiple changes to the sidebar widgets — particularly the right-side one. I updated my entire “About Me”, added a “Now Playing” list of my music and provided links to my various social networking sites so you can stalk me to your hearts content. LOL!

I think I will try blogging again from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled. You never know – I may even have something of interest to say once in a while.
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Mourning my Grandparents Passing

Posted: February 12th, 2011, by Bruce

It’s become apparent to me that with so many social networks and tools available, it can quickly become overkill if you don’t manage them well. Case in point — it’s been about 18 months since I’ve posted anything on this blog.

In the near future I plan to give some thought on how best to consolidate and use the various social networks that I use, and trim off the fat from the ones I don’t use.

For the moment though, I simply want to re-direct you to our family page where I posted about the recent bittersweet passing of both my dear grandparents. They had a great love for each other in this life — one which I have no doubt will continue on in their journey together hereafter.

Grandma and Grandpa, you will be dearly missed.

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Dragon and Blue Ridge Parkway Ride

Posted: July 12th, 2009, by Bruce

[Note - I just plagiarized myself. I already posted about our trip over on our riding club website, so I simply copied and pasted to my site here]

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The ride is over, the memories are fresh, and the pictures are up.

In a word, it was fantastic!

Our group was made up of four riders:
Bruce – Leading the pack on a XB12Ss Lightning
Masa – Next in line in his XB9R Firebolt
George – Following on his Suzuki SV650S
Kurt – Sweeping the group on his Honda Interceptor

We left mid-day on Friday, June 26 and rode about 380 miles to just south of Knoxville, TN where we stayed next to the airport in Alcoa, TN for the night. Took us about 6 1/2 hours with three gas stops and a couple, “where are we?” stops. LOL

Saturday morning found us on the Dragon, a first for all four of us. We didn’t even realize we had started on it until we stopped at a curve and talked to some old timers on their hogs. We hooked up the video camera and off we went. Masa and Bruce flew down the road pretty well on the Buells, while the Honda and Suzuki were a bit more relaxed.

We hit Deals Gap about 10:30am and like everyone says, it was pretty quiet at that time in the morning. We easily parked and checked the place out, then hit the Dragon again. This time Masa took the lead with the helmet video, with Bruce following. Masa pulled ahead at the first curve and Bruce never saw him again until we stopped at an overlook!

We then finished the Dragon and continued a bit more down the road along the lake. In hindsight we should have stopped and turned earlier, as this was when Masa received the first and only “performance award” of the ride.

Our third ride through back to Deals Gap was caught up in a bit of traffic, so that ride was a lot more relaxed but still enjoyable.

We then ate lunch at Deals gap and then took off down US 28 about 2pm, headed to the Blue Ride Parkway.

The BRP was breathtakingly beautiful. The ride exceeded all our expectations, with great curves and rolling hills/mountains and stunning scenery.

We rolled into Asheville, NC for our 2nd night of rest, and then continued along the BRP the next morning. After 235 miles of the BRP and only 2 short detours along the way, we exited off at US 21 and headed to Wytheville, VA. US 21 turned out to be an awesome ride as well. We spent our 3rd and final night in Wytheville and immediately turned on to I-77 to head home the next morning.

Something about I-77 turned some key critical thinking off in both Bruce and Masa as their blood got pumping on the ride and they proceeded to burst down the mountains at 110MPH+. Top that with some incredibly strong windy conditions the entire 350 miles home and in hindsight that was pretty poor thinking. Thankfully all went well regardless of the poor decision making in speed. However, speaking for myself (Bruce) I will probably not lead a group in the near future until I can get a handle on the lead foot…er, make that lead “hand” I seemed to have contracted from this ride. :-)

1,112 miles later and we were back home.

Can’t wait until next year’s ride! Hope more of us can make it then!

Oh, you want some pictures? Okay, here are some highlights from the ride. Enjoy!

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Bike Trip to the Dragon and Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted: June 20th, 2009, by Bruce

This coming week I’m heading down to tackle the Tail of the Dragon and then ride a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway with my good friend Kurt, along with a fellow COBRA rider and his friend.

Here’s our tentative route – tentative in that depending on how we are with time and our energy, we could go further along the Blue Ridge Parkway then Bowling Rock, NC.


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Central Ohio Buell Riders Association

Posted: March 24th, 2009, by Bruce


Buell

Having bought my first motorcycle last summer, I’ve come to get acquainted with other local riders – particularly those that ride bikes from the same great manufacturer, Buell Motorcycles. Recently, three of us Buell riders met up and founded a local Buell riding club.

Central Ohio Buell Riders Association, or COBRA for short.

That was only just last week, and we’ve already had our club “approved” and placed on the Buell website. Being the techie of the group, I put together a website for the club over the weekend as well.

COBRABuell.com

We’ve garnered additional interest from other local riders now as well. Since Buell discontinued its own Buell chapter groups back in 2006, they’ve left it up as more or less a grass-roots movement to develop interest and support for local clubs.

I’m excited with my involvement in this group of riders!

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