Monday, April 24, 2006

Signs of Spring

When you live in Minnesota, a hot day in April is like winning the weather lottery. Normally it's crappy, cold and wet this time of year so when it was 75 and sunny yesterday, I just had to be outside doing the "spring thing."


Apparently the ducks were happy to find some water they could hang out in, even if it was only the tiny pond my wife was setting up alongside our deck.
I, on the other hand, spent most of the day reorganizing my garage for the upcoming summer season. This meant putting away all the winter stuff such as my snowblower and the kids' snowboards and sleds - and swapping them out for the summer stuff such as the lawnmower, the gas grill and (my favorite thing) MY MOTORCYCLE!

For several years now I've been restoring and driving a '74 Suzuki GT750. This is a classic bike in that it is a 3 cylinder, 2-stroke, water cooled beast - fully adorned in all chrome bling. In its day it was the fastest production motorcycle on the market and was, in fact, even outlawed in some states because it was too dangerous for the street. Hmmm, kind of reminds me of the packs of college kids I see terrorizing the suburbs on their crotch-rockets today - but that's a different rant for a different day.

Here's a picture of my daughter and me posing on the ol' Water Buffalo just before I headed out to Sturgis in '99.
With the gas prices pushing $3.00/gal I'll be riding this bike a lot more this summer. I was going to take it to work today but alas, it was only 35 degrees and drizzling this morning as well. But I don't feel too bad - normally I don't even fire it up until May.

By the way, here's a little peek at how you need to look if you're going to make the pilgrimage to Sturgis. Believe it or not, even though I look like a bad-ass (and don't think I couldn't kick yours) I'm really just a computer-programming, harmonica-playing father-of-three. No really.

I know it's hard to believe, but the Hell's Angels have not requested my membership.

10 comments:

Dave2 said...

I can't really pull off the proper biker "look".

Though, more people end up looking at the bike than me, so that's probably okay!

Mooselet said...

Dude, I could so take you. Bad-ass indeed!!

I wish the Hermit would drive a bike like this instead of the racing bikes he insists on. Cool wheels.

Chanakin said...

You know what George Carlin says about you programmer biker types, right?

Linda said...

My daughter has had some very lucrative jobs during her year in Minneapolis, and has saved up for a crotch rocket when she comes home in June. So when she's not out "muddin'" in her 4wd truck, she'll be toolin' around town on that. Why couldn't I have a girly girl???

Suburban Turmoil said...

Your daughter is adorable!

Linda said...

Thank you, Lucinda, she really is. And I honestly wouldn't change anything about her!

Harmonica Man said...

*ahem* Linda, I'm quite sure Lucinda was talking about mine. But your daughter is pretty adorable. At least she was the last time I saw her about 10 years ago.

Chanakin - No I don't know what Carlin says about that. Is it repeatable here?

Linda said...

Emergency road trip to New Mexico, 24 hours driving solo, serious sleep deprivation (remember having an infant in the house), tornadoes, greatly impairs my ability to know what is amusing! So sorry.

Chanakin said...

It's actually an entire routine from his "You Are All Diseased" show... and no, it's not postable here where it'll make any sense after editing.

Good stuff though...

Harmonica Man said...

Au contraire Linda - I thought your response to Lucinda's comment was extremely funny.

It was my response to your response to Lucinda's response that wasn't... Oh forget it - I'm getting dizzy now.