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September 15, 2008

The two wheeled family

Filed under: general topics — Tags: , , , — admin @ 4:38 pm

Since getting a new job farther from home, I decided to finally bite the bullet and get a motorcycle. Something I never thought I’d do. It seems, however, that I’m not the only one overcoming their fears of the two wheeled motorized mode of transport. Last weekend we went to a scooter dealer out in Irwindale and bought Nickey a new 50cc scooter. I’ve gotta say, she is really cute on that thing! She’s got a half helmet, leather gloves, and her movie star sunglasses.

We opted for the 50cc because then she wouldn’t need to get her endorsement. It’s only for around the neighborhood so she doesn’t need a lot of power, and can get up to just over 40mph while getting 70-90mpg. It’s got quite a bit of storage – a trunk, storage under the seat, and even a glove box type of compartment up front. It also has room for a passenger so Hayden can go along with her. It took him a while before he’d even sit on it while it wasn’t running, but now he’s like a dare devil on the back shooting people with his finger (for some reason) while he rides and he almost refuses to hold on to his mom, even though she is quite adamant about him hanging on to her. She loves to ride it whenever she can, and even makes up reasons to go to the store just to ride it! On the weekends we usually go places together – her and Hayden on “Scoot” and me on my motorcycle. Here’s a picture of Scoot and my Harley together:

I’m not sure what’s gotten into Hayden lately, but he has really turned into a TV kid. He never wants to go anywhere anymore, he just wants to watch tv, a movie, play games on the computer, or play video games. We are starting to curb this as much as we can, and are going to implement a “No TV or Computer” time zone on the weekends, probably between noon and 6pm. We tell him he needs to turn off the tv and go out and play, but his response is “It’s boring!”. Sheesh! He’s not quite six years old yet and he already sounds like a teenager!!

My Mom and Bob came to visit us last weekend and, as I feared it would be, it was really hot. I know we had a great time and I think they did to. They took us out for almost every meal and watched Hayden a couple of times while we went on a date and while we ran some errands. We got to spend a lot of quality time with them catching up on family events. Apparently my mom hasn’t changed much in the humour department, because – as she liked to do when I was a kid – she cannon balled me in the pool while I wasn’t looking. I got her back without even trying tho, because the water was a lot colder than she expected it to be :). As misfortune would have it, the very day they left to continue on their journey up to Fresno the temperature dropped down from the mid-90’s to the low 80’s for the rest of the week.

July 26, 2008

Pictures of the new ride

Filed under: driving in LA — Tags: , — admin @ 5:55 pm

I’ve ridden it about 2 miles or so around the neighborhood so far. I can tell I’m going to have to get a lot more used to riding it before I’ll start taking it to work. It is a beast.

New Harley

New Harley

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