Last Call: Name My Blog Contest

St. Patrick’s Day, 2006 Weather: Mild Winter Conditions, above freezing.

Well, we’re almost there. Monday will be the last day of calendar Winter.

Please notice that I capitalized the word Winter. I have been struggling with that all season long. I’ve seen it done both ways, but I seem to remember being taught in grade school that we capitalize the names of the seasons.

Regardless of academic rules, Old Man Winter has earned his title this year with his brilliantly vicious, end-of-season ambush. He is a formidable foe, who must be accomodated on those days when he decides to throw-down on us puny humans. He has left a seasonal legacy a foot deep in most of my neighborhood, and he may not respect our arbitrary calendar limits on his reign this year. We’ll see…

Regardless of that, however, I have got to bring this “Name My Blog” contest to an end. This is last call for entries to win the $100 Aerostich gift certificate by picking a suitable name for my next commuter blog on

At noon tomorrow, 18 March, 2006, I will begin to gather and cull all of the entries we have received since the inception of this contest. When I have come up with a top-10 list, I will contact my Ride To Work colleagues, and we will review the best entries to decide the winner. On Monday, 20 March, 2006, we will announce the winner on my evening blog entry. I’m not sure yet if that will be the last entry in TBIW, because I won’t ride anything other than this well-proven Red Baron in the snow. But we will all know the name of my next commuter blog come Monday night.

I am hoping to make a seamless transition from TBIW to whatever comes next. Andy Goldfine has made the suggestion that I take some time off from blogging, but this has almost become an addiction for me. I hope you all are enjoying reading this as much as I enjoy writing it.

My next blog on this site will be much more subtle in tone and varied in subject matter. The adversary will always be box people and cage traffic, along with the tyranny of the clock; but the scenery will vary a lot more.

I will travel into areas as-yet unexplored and introduce you to places, people, and images that you would never see anywhere else. You will meet other riders, and learn their stories. You will see cool places in our Twin Cities and meet the people who work or hang-out there. All of this on my Ride To Work, and home again. After all, nobody ever said that we have to go straight home every night.

This is going to be fun, and I am really looking forward to it. So send me a name! Something that I can wrap this thing around and light it up with. I’m looking forward to your final efforts before we pick a winner. Good Luck!

20 Responses to “Last Call: Name My Blog Contest”

  1. Scootin_in_MS Says:

    blog title - The Wandering Biker

  2. Mad Says:

    Gary I’m really looking forward to the new blog and summer’s adventures. I may even manage a few more posts of my own.

  3. Steve Williams Says:

    Kim and I have some last minute entries to the blog contest.

    Here’s Kim’s:

    “The Noble Path of Baron Frogwing”

    From that we have:

    “the Noble ride”

    “Baron Frogwing, Road Investigator”

    “Just Let Me Ride…”

    Anyways, I’m tired and I want to ride to sleep.


  4. Carrie Says:

    Two-Wheeled Tour of the Twin Cities
    Twin Cities on Two Wheels
    Two Wheels, Two Cities

    I’ve enjoyed reading your winter adventure, can’t wait for more!

  5. jim Says:

    This blog has brought back a lot of memories for me. Really good ones I might add.
    You are going to keep this going aren’t you?
    I sure hope so.
    jim and Susan

  6. Dan Flittie Says:

    If you don’t ride - and I have to explain it - you just won’t understand…

  7. bro shagg Says:


    Your description of what you want to do with your new blog gave me a better idea of where you are going with it. All along, I thought it was basically just going to be more RTW-type stuff, just on different types of bikes. The best way to get people riding is to show them that life is indeed different on two wheels. You see, smell, hear, experience things in a different way. You meet different, interesting people. When I started riding about 6 years ago, my life turned a corner towards the better in so many ways. (Long story) I can share a knowing smile with other riders, knowing that we share the intangible, almost magical feeling that comes from “the Ride”. Last year, my brother-in-law bought a bike, and I anticipate spending more time with him again, after a few years of hangin’ out a lot less. (Another long story)

    Keeping all that in mind, the last two paragraphs of your post inspired one more suggestion in my winter-cage-addled mind:

    “The Two-Wheeled World”

    Winner or not, I hope to keep reading your missives well into the future. I don’t always reply, but I do always read them. Of course, I (or you) may find time riding preferable to time sitting in front of another box with a keyboard at the fingertips instead of a throttle. All sane people would prefer the latter!

    Bro Shagg

  8. JS_011762 Says:

    Gary, I still like “Ride Well” for the blog title….. Or “GC’s Ride Well”

  9. Paul Says:

    Hey Gary,
    I just discovered your blog, too bad I discovered it at the end of the winter season. I like your writing, very entertaining. I got a Vento Phantom (Baron clone) and a Stella. A scooters a scooter ! Don’t let any scoot snobs get you down. I don’t have a name for your new blog, I just wanted to tell you how much i enjoyed your blog. I’ve been reading it all morning. You make me feel like a complete wuss, my scooters have been sitting in a friends garage all winter. I’ve spent the winter in my “cage”. I’m in Milwaukee, WI, if you take a ridiculously long detour on the way home from work, shoot me an email , I’ll ride with you.

  10. mnscooter Says:

    Thanks for entering, everybody. The Contest is now closed.

    For those of you who were worried that my writing will disappear, fear not. As I said in the last entry, it is now an addiction with me, and I’ll keep it going as long as folks want to read it. We’re just changing names, and the subject matter will be a bit more varied.

    The name change won’t happen until my admin Shane tells me he is ready to roll, and after I turn in the Baron for his new gig as a display in the “Scootsonian”. So TBIW may run for another week yet.

    Paul, do you ever get down to the Fuel Cafe there in Milwaukee? I’ve been there a few times, and love the town. I will definitely end up there at some point this season, so stay tuned…

    Ride well,

  11. Mike Says:

    Gary - I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your blog this Winter. I purchased my first scooter (Yamaha Zuma) last Spring and commuted to work until late Fall. Your story has been of particular interest to me as I live and work in Plymouth. When I was deciding on a scooter, I had come across the Baron Website but was hesitant to purchase a bike I knew so little about. Your experiment has certainly demonstrated that my fears were probably unwarranted.

    I look forward to the new blog. As you are looking for new routes to explore, might I recommend traveling west from Baron HQ out though Hamel, Medina, Loreto and Long Lake. These are my favorite haunts when I head out for a Saturday morning Rural Scoot.


  12. mnscooter Says:

    Mike, thanks for writing.

    Maybe you could be my first rider profile on the new blog!

    I would be happy to ride with you out there. Some of those roads are familiar to me, as I used to go for rides there during my lunch hour. I have ridden through the Plymouth horse-farm country on several different bikes.

    Sure, those would be great scooter roads! Let’s do that.

    Ride well,

  13. Bill Sommers Says:

    Gary, the wonderful world of work kept me from sliding in at the last minute with a cool title, but whatever it is, I’ll be tuning in. With respect to Andy G., your blog has become an addiction to me too.
    On a side note, I picked up a 1968 Yamaha 350 Scrambler last night for $100.00! Some old guy needed room in his garage, and had pulled it out and parked it. I came around the corner on my Kung Pow 125 scooter, and asked if he wanted to sell it. Next thing I know, I was pushing it 3 1/2 blocks home with the title in hand!
    Just wanted to share that with someone that can apprieciate a lucky find. Bill

  14. Paul Says:

    Sure I’ve been to Fuel many times, right around the corner is a little bar called the Foundation. They have “Scooter Sundays” once a month, during the summer. They have a goofy website at Soon they’ll post the dates. You could talk to many scooterists crazy enough to ride a scooter in a town full of Harley’s.

  15. Burt Kaufman Says:

    Blog title seems to have been settled by the print media:
    Minnesota Scooter Commuter.

    It is unique, and it can be modified to match your choice of wheels.

    Minnesota Motorcycle Commuter.

  16. mnscooter Says:

    Hey Bill, that’s really cool! Is this one of the two-strokes? That should be a fun project, and a great ride when you finish it. Yup, I’m jealous… ;)

    Okay Paul, I’m sold. Put Milwaukee on my itinerary for early this season.
    Now the only question is: Which bike do I take? I enjoy questions like that.

    Sorry Burt, but you were fourteen hours late with that one. I’ve culled the entries down to six, and I have one that is my favorite. Next step is to bounce it off my friends at RTW, to see if it flies. Thanks for trying though.

    Ride well,

  17. Bill Court Says:

    Thank you for a winter of great reading. I have been on the fence for some time about looking at a scooter as a way to commute to work. I thought you’d like to hear that I pick up my 150 cc scooter in less than a week. It’s going to be more fun than my Jeep and lots less expensive. Looking forward to your future blogs.

    Bill Court
    South Bend, IN

  18. mnscooter Says:

    Thanks Bill.

    You are going to have so much fun out there. I think your comment is exactly what this blog was all about. When I show folks how far I can go with my Ride to Work, it reveals just how wonderful normal motorbike commuting can be. If I can still have fun on slushy roads in 10 degrees F, then riding in 50 degrees on dry pavement must be absolute bliss!

    Good luck to you in your new adventures, and please stay in touch. It would be great to read about your first impressions of your new scooter, and how it has changed your commuting experience.

    Ride well,

  19. Seagullplayer Says:

    I missed Fridays read until today. But I wanted to tell you I have really enjoyed your writing and am looking forward to the next step, whatever it intails.

    Rubber Down.

  20. Keith Says:

    So I am too late to submit ‘Just ride the F->

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