Another Ride

Nothing much new this week.  My new handlebars and Mustang driver’s backrest should be arriving next week, along with a half cover for my bike.  With all the rain this week I decided I needed to cover my bike, if only to protect by leather saddlebags and stuff.

I also had a complaint from the guard at the shipyard gate when I went in for work one morning this past week.  It turns out the “Wal-Mart Special” running lights I put on the bike are REALLY bright.  They currently come on when the headlight does, but I may need to put a separate switch on them.

I wanted to take a ride today, but had a lot of stuff going on.  Finally I was able to squeeze one in late in the day, but it was a short one.  Just kinda wandered around a bit, hitting some back roads that I’ve not been on before.


The route won’t mean much if you don’t know the area, but it crosses over Hiway 3, wanders around a bit near Bangor Sub Base, crosses back over Hiway 3 again, and wanders around south of Liberty Bay in Poulsbo.

Like I said, a short ride at about 22 miles, but it was good to get out without getting rained on.  Hopefully the weekend will give me a couple more good days before the rain comes back in on Monday.


Garage Sales

We had a garage sale yesterday.  It was a little iffy, as we weren’t sure the weather was going to cooperate.  (Where did that phrase come from – it makes it sound like the weather is a conscious entity.  “Hey honey, the weather’s at the door – he wants to know what it’s worth to you to stay sunny today. Something about nude sunbathing?”  Well, that could get a little kinky – so we’ll just move away from that topic…)

I find it amazing that other people want to buy stuff that we now consider worthless.  All in all, we sold $400 worth of worthless junk.  Of course, all that worthless junk probably cost us $4000 or more when WE bought it, but that’s not the point.  We managed to make money on stuff we would otherwise have thrown out or given to Goodwill.  I guess the old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is worth keeping in mind.

Another lesson to keep in mind is that a lot of little things can add up to a big thing.  Many of the items we sold were in the 25 cent to $1 range.  That means a LOT of little things got sold.  Sure, there were a couple of large items – an old computer or two, a dresser, etc.  But the bulk was small stuff.  Scrapbooking stuff like stickers, punches, stamps, etc. as well as old cell phones, magazines, books, and computer parts.  Kind of amazing when you think about it.

Just a little side rant here – if you’re going to a garage sale BRING SOME CHANGE.  I actually had someone try to buy $3 worth of stuff with a $100 bill!  Get REAL people!!!

Oh, and one more very profound thought – If you want to keep YOUR stuff, make sure you stay around.  On at least two separate occasions I came out from the house and found Polly (my wife) offering my new motorcycle to some perfect stranger for a mere pittance!  I warned her that if I caught her doing it again, I would have to put up a sign that said “More scrapbooking stuff inside – make an offer and it’s all yours!”  Needless to say, I still have my motorcycle…

It was so much fun, we’re going to do it again next week.  And this time I’ll be moving the motorcycles OUT of view.  No sense tempting fate!


National Holiday Today!!!

Avast, me hearties! There are many holidays in America, from New Year to Christmas.  Many have rich, historical traditions steeped in myth and lore.  NOT this one :).  Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  If you absolutely NEED an explanation of how it all came about, you can see it on the Wikipedia.  For the rest of us (those who just follow trends blindly and faithfully) it is enough to know that TODAY IS IT!

If you go out today you should, NAY, you are required to “Talk Like a Pirate”.  Instead of the traditional greeting of Hello, you must say Ahoy.  Other examples (taken from the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day web site) include:

Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”

Aye!“Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”

Aye aye!“I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”

Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!

So, when you go out today, remember to Talk Like a Pirate!!!  And have a flagon of your best grog to help enjoy the day!