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October 4, 2009

you'll shoot your eye out

So this weekend I'm taking the BRC (Basic Rider Course). Its a 15 hour basic motorcycle skills class. If I pass through the whole thing successfully, then I'll basically have a motorcycle license in my state! But enough about my pending dismemberment, I have to tell you about my class.

The first day of class is all classroom based. So when I showed up, there were 24 students, all there for assorted reasons. Note* this whole thing was remarkably like an episode of 'Community', that new sitcom with Joel McHale. That show makes me laugh like nothing has this past few years. I recommend.

Anyway, we spend the first 30 minutes talking to each other because the instructors make us introduce each other (not ourselves). So we learn all kinds of things about why people want to take this class. And the reasons range. Most people just want to ride a motorcycle. One guy needs the certificate to become a teacher, another wants to cruise the country with his daughter on some kind of bonding summer trip (his daughter, who audited the first class, kept rolling her eyes the whole time. She was not impressed). Then there was the woman who wanted to be able to evacuate the area quickly without being caught in traffic, and thought a motorcycle was the solution. Given recent events (9/11, Hurricane Katrina), this almost made sense.. but the impending doom she feared was alien invasion. This woman did not come back for the following classes.

but whatever, we made it through that first day and the following written test. Yay! which meant that on Day 2, we actually got to ride motorcycles!

This was really really fun. We had 9 exercises which started with us sitting on the motorcycle, learning to find neutral, pushing it around manually, and then actually starting up. Then we got to ride around in 1st gear for an hour or two.

That may sound boring, but believe me, its probably the safest way to do this. We only had one 'crash' the entire class, when a student mis-understood the instructions and left the range (an area of parking lot marked off by cones). Instead of circling our training course, she circled the range. An activity quickly curtailed by the existence of many parked cars. Given the choice of a traffic cone or a car, she hit a big cone and then stopped, at which point, we all got a lecture on the difference between the cones marking the range and the little multi-colored baby cones they used for the training course.

fun fun fun.

But it really is fun! By the end of the day, we got up to 3rd gear, drove around in circles to practice leaning, and in an act of great bravery (I suspect bolstered by much experience in dodging) our instructors had us practice quick braking by standing in front of us and signaling us to stop. I don't think I got closer than 15 feet to ours on this one.

So that was the end of days 1 & 2. I'll see how today goes.

October 5, 2009

retraction: the loml loves my blog

Dear All,

I need to address something I wrote a few entries ago. I believe I said that I wouldn't be mentioning the loml anymore because he doesn't like blogs.

That is not true. He has assured me that he loves my bloggish-ness (my word not his) and that I am confused. It is actually fantasy football that he hates, and I must have munged up the conversation in my head.

and in case your curious, he believes that fantasy football encourages people to root for individual players instead of teams. which is wrong.

thank you all for your kind attention in this matter.

October 20, 2009

television and soda

Wow, I had no idea that it had been two weeks since my last entry. That being said, I don't have two weeks of snarky insight to share (much to my regret). The loml and I went to Puerto Rico for a few days though and I engaged in several activities that I haven't done for a while (note* while I appreciate that several of you, my dear friends, do actually live in the gutter, any resulting commentary will result.. actually, I can't think of anything so terrible that I would do. You are my friends, and I knew you were filthy when we met.)

so anyways..

I got to watch a lot of television and i discovered two things. SNL is still funny! yay! and number #2 is that commercials have gotten simultaneously stupider and more funny. I'd almost suspect that if you graphed the intelligence in commercials these days, you'd see a double hump on the charts...

also, after about seven years, i tried having soda with lunch and dinner. ughh. was that a mistake. that much sugar in your drinks is even more disgusting after having not bothering with the crack for years.

and there are some big lizards in puerto rico.. huge..

October 27, 2009

just when I think things aren't getting weirder

so i own a wii. Mainly because the party games are a lot of fun. But every once in a while you run into a single player game that is really awesome. Cooking Mama World Kitchen is not that game. So far, I would say that Mario Galaxy is one of those games, but I haven't played that in a year.

Instead I've been playing Cooking Mama World Kitchen. I bought it last weekend because once long ago, I rented the original Cooking Mama and it was so much fun! But I can't find it any more so I bought this edition instead. For those of you who aren't familiar (aka 99.9% of the population), the purpose of cooking mama is to learn how to cook all these different dishes. For example, you can make marinated sea bream. I don't really know what sea bream is besides some kind of fish. And I know that because I get to kill the fish, chop off its head, tail, and fins, fillet it and then chop up vegetables to go with it. See! this game is all kinds of fun.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to make hamburgers. Its really frustrating. I manage to chop up ingredients and make the patties, but when it comes time to cook them in the pan, I always manage to flip the damn things out and then dinner is ruined! Ruined I tell you!!

argghghhh - cooking mama!!!!

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