Quantity, or Quality?

Weather: Blue sky, sunshine, and 70 degrees. In a word… Perfect!

The Hades County Fair?
Springtime in Minnesota…a frenzied carnival of activity.

It’s six p.m. on a gorgeous Spring evening in Minnesota. I am sitting in my attic, under the skylight, typing on my computer. What’s wrong with this picture?

Of course, any idiot knows that I should be out riding.

But this idiot has a dilemma. You see, I feel a responsibility to update this blog on a regular basis. Even though the climate is no longer intent on killing me during my commute every day, I still feel that I should be able to glean some sort of wisdom, and convey some meaningful message, from every ride to work.

Well folks… it ain’t always like that.

I mean, the lessons are there, but I have already shared many of them. I certainly don’t want to be repetitious. It occurs to me now that I could have just gone for a nice, long ride tonight, with my camera, and come up with something that I could write about tomorrow night.

Shoulda, woulda… yeah.

Okay, here’s what I want to do: Reduce the overall quantity of blog entries in this season of good riding, so that I myself can do more riding. Then, when I do update the blog, you will have something of real quality to read.

With “The Baron in Winter”, I was updating 3-4 times per week. I propose to reduce that to 2-3 instead, during the normal riding season. That way, I can spend more time gathering quality material, taking really good photographs, and making Rush Hour Rambling a truly entertaining and informative experience for my readers.

But…what do you think?

22 Responses to “Quantity, or Quality?”

  1. jim Says:

    If it were me I would ride more, I mean a man has to have his priorities. Not that I don’t like to see whats happening to nanook of the north, its just that, what is life without enjoyment?

  2. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Thanks, jim. I’ll put that one down as a vote for quality.

    Ride well,

  3. bro shagg Says:

    What’s worse, you typing or me reading? Of course, it’s about 45 degrees with 45 MPH winds here, so my choice was easier.

    I say, you’re the boss for a reason- you know if you’re happy with the entries. If you think that the blog will stay fresher with less entries, I say fine with me!

    Get on yer bad motorscooter and ride!

  4. Gary Charpentier Says:

    45 mph winds? Wow! Where do you live, bro shagg? That sounds like South Dakota prairie wind there.

    Ride well,

  5. irondad Says:

    It really miffs me how you get so much respect. If I was posing the question of quantity versus quality, I’d get all the flack like:

    “oh, you mean there’s actually going to BE quality, now?”

    We’ve completed the sweep. Now it’s mop-up time. Fewer rounds to greater effect.

  6. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Hmmm. I can see I’m going to have to moderate your comments here, Dan.

    You’re methods have become… unsound. (ref. -Apocalypse Now)

    I think you know that your quality over there is just fine. My last comment on your blog was very complimentary.

    Are you trying to be a Power Clown over here? >;^)

    Ride well,

  7. Bill Sommers Says:

    Hmm, 2 or 3 times a week? Okay then, lets do it! You keep riding and writing, I’ll keep riding and reading. Sounds like a fair deal to me. Have fun. Bill

  8. DaveT Says:

    Having just returned from a nice long ride, I have to vote for quality. Anything else would be hypocritical. :) Get out there and ride, Sir! Oh, and have fun while you’re at it. ;)

    Dave T.
    (OMG! A short comment!)

  9. Tiff Says:

    Ride More, Dude!

    I’m currently averaging 1000 miles a week at the moment, although that’s about to change as I have to fly to Krakow, Poland, and back, and then Brussels, Belgium, and back in the next 7 days. At least while in poland I get to visit a range and do some shooting, something I haven’t done since firearms were banned in the UK in 1997.

  10. Mantis Says:

    I am curious about your “grid-lock” traffic test (for Baron of course [30 mins]) consisted of? I have to admit you are a very tallented writer but what do you know about the city?

  11. Rob Tsou Says:

    Sounds like an excuse to ride more..like you need one of those ;)

    I think the quality has been great but at what expense? Get out and ride!

    Repettition is the very reason I stopped my subscriptions to the popular motorcycle magazines, and to some of my woodworking magazines. I just keep reading the same articles over and over. I know it’s necessary for the magazines but that doesn’t mean I need to pay for it again and again.

    Keep up the good work, Gary!


  12. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Looks like we have a consensus. Good.

    I’m certainly not going to limit myself in any way here. If I have something to write about, I’m going to put it down while it’s still fresh.

    But sometimes, despite my best intentions, the ride becomes routine. Other factors in my life demand that I be here or there at a certain time, and I can’t ramble the way I want to.

    Oh, and that brings me to Mantis: What do I know about the city? I’m not sure I understand your question.

    I’ve lived here for thirty of my forty-two years. I know every inch of the Twin Cities. Probably make a pretty decent cabby if I could stand to drive a cage all day long.

    For instance, I know that when you travel a road that usually has two lanes in one direction (169), but has been shut down to one because of road construction, you WILL encounter gridlock during rush hour.

    I rode the 250SX development mule into the tail end of that on purpose, just to see if it would overheat. No riding down the shoulder, just stop and go along with the cages. It was `orrible! The bike did fine, but my patience was fried.

    Well, that’s all for today. I have other obligations tonight, and don’t know about tomorrow, but I’m sure I will update again sometime this weekend. It’s supposed to rain all day Saturday…

    Ride well,

  13. Eric Says:

    It’s all about the quality, both in writing and in riding. Quantity and quality of riding are usually on the same side of the scale. For writing however, quantity takes away from research time. Therefore quality suffers.

    Two – three entries a week is more than admirable when you consider that the “real” Minnesota riding season is so short. Enjoy it!

  14. Dick Aal Says:

    FINALLY!! a warm day in northern California (78 degrees)
    I can’t remember when I last rode with only a short sleeve tee shirt
    25 days of rain in March here and more in April with cool days
    Rode to Dry Creek Store (est. 1848) in the middle of great wine country
    Trip is 20 miles from my house but usually take 40 to 50 miles to get there
    Sat on the deck with a drink a cigar and watched the world go by
    Harleys, Valcans, crotch rockets, dirt bikes, bicycles, cars, trucks
    Bass Boats, ski boats, kyacks all going by
    Craig the free lance camera man was there on his road king
    Fred on his Volcan, paramedic from Berkley visiting and fishing
    Crotch rockets doing wheelies from the stop sign on a short straight
    last one was about a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10
    FINALLY getting over my cold feel alive
    Only downer of the day was watching for the still evident pot holes.
    Life is good
    Life is very good

  15. Gary Charpentier Says:

    I remember California…

    Ortega Canyon.

    Lake Elsinore.

    Angeles Crest.

    Big Bear.

    Newport Beach on Saturday night.

    Dick, you bastard. Why do you torment me so?

    Thanks pal… >;^)

    Ride well,

  16. Tinker Says:

    I’d like to come all over righteous indignation that you are impairing my right to read motorcycle/scooter related writings for free, but I can’t keep a straight face when saying that. Heck, get out and have fun! That’s what I’M going to do. Take my Yamaha Riva 200Z and give it an Italian Tuneup, ride it at top speed until all the carbon is blown out, then change the plug to an iridium electrode plug to reduce the need for tune ups. See if I can get the top speed up to 65 mph. I ought to leave it alone, I am getting better than 90 mpg.

  17. Steve Williams Says:

    I certainly understand the need to ride to generate meaningful content. In the winter there is more “stuff” happening that people generally don’t read about. I think cutting the frequency makes sense.

    I’m having the same issues. I keep thinking a can just get by with a picture and a sentence but even that takes time…

    On a completely different note—I’ve been using the “Power Clown” term with some people here. It always gets a grin, even from the Harley riders.


  18. bro shagg Says:


    It’s usually not that windy here, just one of those days… Live just south of Buffalo on the Lake Erie shore. The west winds can really get moving- and get cold as they cross the wide open waters. The water temp of the lake is in the mid 40’s right now. This can make Spring colder, but in a few months when the lake temps are in the high 60’s, it keeps the area cooler on those hot Summer days if there is any breeze.

    Steve- as a Harley rider, I often laugh at the “power clowns”. (The term could often be used to describe them at work, too.) These guys often tend to be in the middle of a mid-life crisis and want to be young and “cool” again. 20 years ago, they’d be buying Corvettes. Now, Harleys and high-priced choppers are the new trophy vehicle. The term “weekend warrior” has been around for a long time, and has applied to many hobbies… At bike shows and gatherings, the bikes are fun to look at, just like car shows. Some of these people are even cool to talk to, even if they don’t take their chaps off the second they dismount. Ladies are excluded from this rule of course! ;) There are good people and there are idiots in every aspect of life. I try to find the good people and avoid the idiots. I say let them have their fun. You only live once. That, and they help keep the ‘cycle economy thriving!

  19. Gary Charpentier Says:

    I think that motorcyclists, as a group, tend to be pretty judgemental of one another. I’m not sure why that is, except that maybe it is a personality trait common to thrill-seekers and competitors everywhere.

    This whole Yuppie-Glide phenomenon started way back in the mid-eighties, when Harley went public and introduced the Evolution engine. Suddenly, the cantankerous old V-Twin became as reliable as the competition, and you didn’t have to be a mechanic to ride one.

    To this day, it still blows my mind to see corporate executive types, leathered up from head to toe, trying to act all bad on their big, chrome prostheses.

    I mean, the old, traditional biker culture was the one place where “The Man” couldn’t go, lest he get stomped by the very working class he spent his career oppressing. It was the final frontier for the monied elites, so I suppose it was only natural that they had to find a way to own that too.

    Thanks to you, Malcom Forbes… things have been going downhill for the working man ever since. It’s as though they took away our last refuge, and that last vestige of rebellious pride.

    So yeah, I guess there is quite a bit of baggage behind that phrase, “power clown”. I suppose I oughta get that copywrited or trademarked or something, or The Man will find a way to own that too…

    Ride well,

  20. Steve Williams Says:

    I’m making T-Shirts before you protect the Power Clown uses! I guess for my own use on the scooter I need one that says “Powerless Clownlike Aging Professional”…


  21. David G Says:


    My suggestion would be to keep a log of interesting things that happen during the week. Just short notes to help you remember things to post. Then, set a specific day of the week to actually post. A time where you can sit and give a weekly post some serious thought and editing.

    You have to avoid the addiction of the dailly post for sure, especially since the motorcycle riding addcition is stronger, and has been around for such a long time. ;)

    This is a common practice for even some of the biggest of blogs, like Post Secret for example.

    Blog well,


  22. DaveT Says:

    I like the “Power Clown” term. Short, to the point, and accurate. I don’t think Steve’s idea of “Powerless Clownlike Aging Professional” If you make it “Clown-Like” you get PCLAP. Don’t know as I’d really want to wear that acronym. ;)

    Ride safe, have fun.
    Dave T.