Friday, November 30, 2007

Some people like him, some people don't. Probably all with good reason.

But one of my heroes just died.

R.I.P. Robert Craig "Evel" Knieval

I know many of the things he did were pure showmanship and self promotion. To turn a buck.

But what a great way to make a living. Doing what you like, riding motorcycles, and being totally unique.

He is quoted in his book "Evel Ways" as saying "No prince, no king, no president has ever lived a better life than I have!" How many of us can say that?

I used to crash my silver Sears Spyder-5 bicycle as a kid, trying to jump over anything I could. All the other kids in the neighborhood said I was like Evel Knieval, or a Kawasaki rider. (remember, this was the 1970's, when the infamous Kawi H-2 750cc 3 cylinder 2-stroke was dubbed the "widowmaker")

Evel did good stuff. and showed us it is okay to live out your dreams.

RIP and Godspeed










Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I thought it would be fun to write a web ad for a geek. This is purely link satire. And not to be taken as anything other than a bunch of odd links, bundled up.


(did you see the photos of Tarzan? what a great kid!!!!)


I LIKE you. We don't need to go play cards, We could just go out for drinks. No extraordinary dating rituals required. Send Photo

As long as you understand my needs! Don't be a jerk, Or look like an old lesbian. Just listening to some pleasant music, look at the stars, carve some melons,


oh heck, i better stop, this is getting old.



Tuesday, November 27, 2007

as promised? photo from yesterday before school





Our friend Aparna is visiting from India, and she brought him some gifts. Here he is playing with a whistle and a crocodile.






And some photos from thanksgiving


jack


Dale hard at work cooking, while Joan is goofing off in the background?


Daddy being silly


Saul flirting

Ice, Elevation, Compression Bandage, and my ankle is feeling better daily. It must have been a minor sprain. I limp a little, but less daily. YAY

Sara took a brilliant photo of Saul before we left for Daycare yesterday. I will upload it later tonight, because for some reason, I cannot upload pix from work today

in the meanwhile, here is a funny joke

Patient: Nurse, I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes.
Nurse: Have you seen a doctor?
Patient: No, just spots.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

daddy sprained his ankle out dirtbike riding. Tarzan is holding the icepacks on him.


all is well, just lots of resting and staying of ankle

solution> needz new dirtbike boots

Thursday, November 22, 2007

ate

too

much,,,,,,,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How does it all start? Small

Well, when I was about 6, Grandma Manya wanted to buy me a Honda Motorcycle. Why? the Honda Corporation's "you meet the nicest people" advertisements. Happy kids playing on small bikes.

I wanted that bike more than I wanted Food, Water or Air. And? Mom, who knew better, shut me down. "NO MOTORCYCLE" It went along with "NO BLONDES" You know what men want more than anything else? Stuff they cannot have. I still lust for a 1964 305 Honda Superhawk. The Speedo and Tach needles are opposed, and look cooler than anything. Ever.

If I'd have had the little Honda, way back then? I'd have fallen, broken my arm, and been done with it. Now? I am totally addicted to motorcycles. Oh, and my lovely blonde wife. :D

My hope is that Saul will spend his free time working on bikes with me, learning about mechanics, why things work, and riding on weekends, as a family activity. Something we all do together.

However? Every good thing goes a little helter-skelter every so often.

I learned to ride bikes, then I learned to race bikes, then I learned to fix bikes, then I learned I liked being a show off. As evidenced in the Death Valley Trip of 2003. (Yes, that is Jack cheering me on)



Well, John and Anne Michelle gave Tarzan this wonderful 3 wheel "Go and Grow Rider" as a 1st birthday present. Tonight Sara and I were watching a movie, when he busts out a Mad Phat Stunna Trick, we had never seen this before, did not train or encourage him.

Actually, as a semi-responsible parent, I want to convince him NOT to do this. But it is super cool.



It all starts small.



And ends up with him making videos in Las Vegas or something. (45 seconds into this video)


Mad Stunna Tarzan!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Brad is done! Report is in, chemo worked, port out! we are having tacos tonight to celebrate. (and because it is Tuesday) He sent me this brilliant bit of humorous video.

We drove the Corvair Van to daycare this morning, Saul was laughing and giggling, and just in a great mood. That was swell

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mr. Whipple died.

Tarzan is going ape wild. He has a runny nose, I think from teething. So I got to work from home today and take care of him. There is some big ass emergency at eBay, and Sara has been gone all day. On the plus side? we got to have lots of guy time. On the not so plus side, I am going out of my freaking mind, this is insanely hard. He wants MOMMY, not me. He is wandering all over the house going "mamma mamma" and just looks at me and walks away.

He pulls everything off every shelf, tosses toys all over the place, closes doors, then is mad about it. Basically, a baby rampage! Rampage!

so here are some photos

briefly asleep in the Sprinter


hair amok in mom's car yesterday


From the new schmancy camera:





Flash sent this link, it may help with tickets.




Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Brad wants me to have a heart attack.

I cannot make this!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Brilliant? Epic!!!

Two of my friends at work are surfer boys from Santa Cruz, they also ride motorcycles, and often use the word "Epic" to describe a brilliant day like no other.

Today? fit the bill for me.

Last night Sara and I drove to Orchard Supply Hardware in the rain. (the rain is important here), as I heard rumor they are closing out on Craftsman(tm) tools. No evidence of that, but they do have 'half off' wrenches from sets that have been broken apart, etc. I found 3 combination wrenches, 6-8, 7-9, and 10-12 that will replace SIX wrenches in my trail pack, and will make the dirtbike load a little lighter.

Then we came home, and I drove over to Matt's, grabbed him and his brother Dan, went to In and Out Burger, where I had a Double Double, fries, and a half lemonade, half sprite. YUMMY! It sprinkled off and on all night.

got home, and in a fit of good naturedness, gave sara a foot massage!


Slept with Tarzan, and woke up at 6:30 am this morning, to cloudy, but not raining sky. Drove to Dales, picked up Dale and Jack, and their dirtbikes, and we all drove down to Hollister Hills.

I had my new-ish KTM 525 EXC, So did Jack. Dale was on his Yamaha TTR225, as his KTM is still setup for super-moto.

We unloaded around 8:45am, and rode in the light mud. Up and back on Harmony Gate road, to warm up. Now when it rains out here, Metcalf is almost 100% Adobe, and it is totally unrideable. Hollister, however, is 50-50 Adobe and Granite. Not granite rock, but more dirt? I do not really understand, but the upper part of the lower ranch is incredibly rideable when it is wet or misting.

once we got warmed up, we rode up to high road, and around and up and down. We all had fun. Got back to camp, and were wore out. so we rested. but only a little. and went out and did it again! only a little faster.

By this time, Jack and Dale were shagged. Of course, I have been riding as much as I can on weekends, and have a year or two head start on them. So I went back for another 2 laps, but of the short course, turning on Olive Orchard road, rather than the full lake road loop.

I did it TWICE, it was great fun, The 525 can do no wrong, I was going fast over jumps, pushing the front into turns (Yes Chris, elbows up, shoving the fornt end under me!)

Wheee! I went over one small jump, and passed 3 bikes while I was in the air! It was so super cool.

Got back to the Sprinter, loaded everything up, and we drove into Jerrys in Hollister, for breakfast foods. Bacon and eggs? Thanks very much!

Back up to San Jose, dropped Dale & Jack off, over to our house, and washed out the sprinter, which was very muddy in back, cleaned the cabin out, then cleaned about 8 tonnes of dirt off the KTM 525 EXC. An Absolutely brilliant bike.

Started the laundry, went in and saw evidence. I knew Sara and Saul went to Emiko Bong's first birthday. But there was evidence of a baby on a rampage in our house. toys everywhere, stuff all over. I cleaned that up. Took a long, hot shower, washed all my bits and pieces, then took a glorious nap.

Waiting for Sara and Tarzan to arrive home. Wrote this up, and have to say.... Time spent with friends? Cheezeburgers or Dirtbikes, any time with friends is good times.

Today was an Epic day. I am sore, tired, and very happy.

Good evening.

Charles

Saturday, November 10, 2007

David made a great comment, and is correct, I have often heard, the BEST way to lose weight, and be healthy, is a proper diet, proper also meaning, not as much. smaller portions = longer life. I am V familiar with the book. the issue is my brain


speaking of which,

In and Out

Double Double with fries and a lemonade tonight.

I am VERY happy

Friday, November 09, 2007

Gene Autry's Cowboy Code

1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take an unfair advantage.
2. A Cowboy must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. A Cowboy must always tell the truth.
4. A Cowboy must be gentle with children, the elderly and small animals.
5. A Cowboy must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant views and ideas.
6. A Cowboy must help people in distress.
7. A Cowboy must be a good worker.
8. A Cowboy must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.
9. A Cowboy must respect women, parents and his nation's views.
10. A Cowboy is a patriot.

yeah, we need more of this nowadays

so I went to Hot Pot City for lunch, and ate too much, and feel horrible. I need to go back on diet, and keep promising I will, and keep breaking it. I think the hectic hecticity around Tarzan is not helping much, but nothing either of us all can control

my brains hurt, and I want a long nap.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

no content, just funny link

there is a subgenre of HindiPop mashup on YouTube, where guys take a Hindi Pop dance video, and put english words over it. Not an actual translation, just what the words sound like to the western ear.

and?

they are hilarious.

not entirely work safe, but nothing horrible. of course, you may laugh yourself into incontinence. Videos after the link

video #1

if it does not make you laugh so hard you almost poop your pants?

something is wrong.

and this one will Video #2

and just to show he does not only pick on the INdians, here is some wild Cossak song

even Japanese

Friday, November 02, 2007

Halloween report:

Sara dressed like a prisoner
Tarzan dressed like a cop (don't tase me bro)
I dressed like a cowboy

Eric & Lissa got hitched.

then we had Princess Cake!


these are from Sara's flickr set






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