Archive for January, 2006

Clean for a Day

Monday, January 30th, 2006

30 January, 2006 Temperature: 29 degrees F (-1.6°C)
Well, the Baron finally got his bath. After all the excitement on Friday, I just didn’t feel like spending the entire evening outside with the bucket, brush, and hose. So I put it off until Sunday, and then brought him to a self-serve carwash. I was very careful with […]

Commutus Interruptus

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

29 January, 2006 Temperature: 32 degrees (0°C)
So there we were, tooling along down Shephard Road on a sunny Friday afternoon. The work week was over, and the Baron was singing his turbine song, running close to redline at almost sixty miles-per-hour.
I know I said we were going to slow down on this road, but the […]

Everyday Beauty

Friday, January 27th, 2006

27 January. 2006 Temperatures: embarassing… 43F (6C)
What a glorious Spring day! Who would believe, in Minnesota, in January, that we would be looking at weather like this? Incredible.
It was forty-three degrees this morning, when the Baron and I set out for work. I brought my electric vest with me, but I wasn’t wearing it. Ditto […]

Rapid Recovery

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

26 January, 2006 Temperature: 26 degrees F (-3C)
Yesterday, the Baron got his groove back. After a comprehensive tune-up by my trusty crew-chief Lorne, the cold-start problem is a thing of the past, and he runs as good as new. This morning, I barely touched the starter button and he settled into a nice, steady idle. So, […]

Milestone Maintenance

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

As of this morning, the Baron and I have clocked over 6,000 kilometers of winter riding together. Since winter is about half over, I consider this a milestone. We have commuted together every workday this winter, except for that one day when I had to return the rental SUV I used for the long audit […]

Sick Days

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

23 January, 2006 Temperature: 6 degrees F (-14C)
It seems I have caught the upper respiratory bug that has been making the rounds at work. People there have been hacking, coughing, and sniffling for about two weeks now, and the symptoms hit me hard this weekend. This is what happens when companies combine vacation and sick time […]

Flatulent Friday

Friday, January 20th, 2006

20 January, 2006 Temperature: 28 degrees F (-2C)
So here we are at the end of another long work-week. You know, I used the days of the week in the blog headlines just so this one would coincide with our Loud Pipes discussion. Clever, huh? Of course, I’m lying…
It’s funny how these things work out, though. I […]

Thoughtful Thursday

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

19 January, 2006 Temps: 24 degrees F (-4C)
The Windsock and Crystal Ball Guild got it completely wrong today. I awoke this morning to feckless forecasts of 2 to 4 inches of snow by evening. I flipped through every local channel, and they were all in agreement: Today we would get buried under a fluffy white blanket. […]

Wednesday Wandering

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

18 January, 2006 Temps: 17 degrees F, (-8C)
The Baron and I had a nice, uneventful commute, both ways today. The End.
Well, that’s not true, really. Both the morning and evening rides were indeed uneventful, from a life-threatening danger standpoint. There wasn’t much adventure beyond the simple fact that we were out there riding, and didn’t see […]

Slick Tuesday

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

17 January, 2006 Temps: 15 degrees F (-9.44 C)
Well, it wasn’t quite frozen butter this morning, but it was close. The sleet and rain had laid down a thin base of glare ice, and that was covered by an inch of fresh snow. I could see pavement in places, but conditions were very adverse to two-wheeled […]