Wednesday, February 29, 2012

29/29 for the #29in29 (The End)

Today sees the conclusion of the 29 in 29 photo adventure.  I present day twenty nine.......

I want to thank Fuzzy for being a most awesome instigator, I mean mentor, in the #29in29 madness. Also a big thank you to all those that have hung in there and read my daily posts. I have enjoyed reading your contributions as well.

To sum up the month I decided to post a moto picture that includes one of my favorite motorcycles as well as a self reflection.

(Self reflection in a 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE)

I have enjoyed taking extra pictures and posting daily. I am hoping this will prompt me to post more often.  Or at least, that is my goal.

- Au Revoir

"Don't be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of." - Charles Richards

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

28/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty-eight in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

In walking to the post office during my lunch yesterday I took advantage on the brilliant sunshine to snap a few pictures of the other sculptures in downtown Corvallis.  It was pretty chilly at 38˚F so I only stopped at two.

There are at least 6 of these wave sculptures downtown and if you just catch them out of the corner of your eye, you will think someone is standing on the street corner waiting to cross. This one is on the corner of Jefferson and Second by the post office.

(The wave)

The Retriever is on the corner of Second and Madison.  Business owners keep the dish full of water for thirsty pooches. Unfortunately someone thought it would be funny to put a half eaten muffin by the poor fellow.  I was not about to touch it to move it, even with my shoe.  Note the signs of spring blooming behind the bowl.

(Bronze Retriever)

- Au Revoir

" It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet." - Kojiro Tomita

Monday, February 27, 2012

27 for the #29in29

Day twenty-seven in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Yesterday after breakfast Troubadour suggested walking downtown. I thought that sounded nice so we put on some rain gear (it was sprinkling when we left) and headed out for a nice 6-7 mile walk.

Our route takes us through campus and into downtown. We walk right by Central Park.  There are a couple pieces of artwork on display by the park.  The following little ballerina is one of them.

(The Ballerina - not usually sporting Mardi Gras beads)

The Ballerina is a sculpture by Raymond Hunter.  It was the first piece of public artwork placed on Madison Avenue back in 1983.

-Au Revoir
" After a day's walk, everything has twice it's usual value."- George Macauley Trevelyan

Sunday, February 26, 2012

26 for the #29in29

Day twenty-six of the 29 in 29 photo adventure, only three more to go.

I saw this at Rod's shop in Eugene and had to take a picture.

For those people who aren't ready to ride a full on motorcycle, but are just crazy enough to love two wheels, try this:  the Psycho Scooter.

Time to get down with your bad self....

- Au Revoir

"Pie and coffee are as important as petrol." - Author Unknown

Saturday, February 25, 2012

25/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty-five in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.
I have been trying to take some pictures of Basil to show his size.  Just a few that might indicate just how big of a cat he really is.  I thought one way to do this might be to take a picture of him in different spots so there were items for reference.

(Sitting on the back of the big chair)

(Lying on the back of the big chair - giant white paws)

(Snuggling with Troubadour on the sofa)

(Drinking out of the sink rather than his bowl)
I didn't think any of these depicted his size accurately so I dug through iPhoto and found a picture of me holding him. I think this is the only picture we have of him being held since he was a kitten. Basil does not like to be picked up.

This was taken about 2 years ago and he isn't even stretched out to his full length.  

(Me rockin' my McLaren tartan mini-kilt - Troubadour's ancestral clan)

- Au Revoir

"The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it." - Gary Larson

Friday, February 24, 2012

24/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty-four in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

There was a pretty sunrise yesterday morning and I attempted to get a few pics, but they didn't turn out.

So I went digging and found these of a sunrise from last year or the year before. We don't always see the brilliant sunrises but managed to catch this one looking out over the backyard while getting ready for work one morning.

- Au Revoir

"Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever." - Horace Mann

Thursday, February 23, 2012

23/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty-three in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Today's pictures are brought to you by the fricken little bugger who glued our locks closed at the office sometime during the night Tuesday night.

My boss and I arrived at work at about 7:50 am yesterday morning. What we discovered was that someone had used some type of glue or silicone to glue the locks and deadbolts closed on both our front and back doors.  Trust me, many bad words were said, most of them starting with the letter F.

We were outside and flagged down a police officer (police station is only a block away) and he said concentrate on getting into the office and file a report later. boss had to be in court first thing and left me to find a locksmith and handle things.  Have I mentioned it was pouring rain outside?  I went and sat in the car to figure out what to do.

My cell phone is pretty basic and makes calls and sends text messages.  I don't surf the net or anything on it, and had no access to a phone book, so I had to call the other secretary at home and get her to locate a locksmith.  At 8:20 she called me back and said a locksmith would be at the office shortly after 9:00.  Talk about delegating.

I figured I had about an hour of wait time.  I had the camera with me so I started looking around to see what I could see from the car.

(View while I waited)

(The offending locks - rain on the windshield makes the door look warped)

In looking around I noticed the building across the alley had the words Penny's stenciled on it.  I knew that it used to be a J.C. Penny's store back in the day, but after working and parking in that exact same spot for 11 years, I just now noticed the writing on the wall.....

(A little blurry through the rain on the window)  

My morning coffee was begging for a hasty exit so I walked to Starbucks to use the loo.  Of course while there I had to purchase a coffee to hold me over until I could get into the office.  Was I smart enough to get an extra hot coffee?  Of course not, I got the usual - iced.

Back to wait in the car.  By 9:00 I had to use the facilities again, damn coffee, so I returned to Starbucks. I then waited outside the front door of the office under the awning for the locksmith.  

Eventually my boss came back from court, the other attorney and his wife (aka, his secretary) arrived and still no locksmith.  Both attorney's had to be in court by 10:00 so they headed over early with no files and no plea petitions.  Finally the locksmith arrived around 10:00 and was able to drill out the lock in the deadbolt on the front door.

By this time we were running two hours behind and my feet were little icicles in my Keens.

I called our handyman and he was able to replace the two locks on the back door.  By 3:30 pm we had all new locks and were back in business.  Total fix $400.

I submitted an online police report later in the day, but I am sure we won't ever discover who did it.

You just never know what kind of day it is going to be when you get up in the morning.  On the flip, side it gave me an excuse to take some photos.

- Au Revoir

"Every path hath a puddle." - George Herbert

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

22/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty-two in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Before and after pictures of the new cork flooring.

So far we only have the bedroom floor down, but it is enough for me. I am just so happy to be out of the spare room and back into our room.

After building a new walk in closet in the spare room, we pushed our bedroom closet back 2 feet into the old closet of the spare room. This widened our bedroom by 2 feet. In a 912 square foot house, you do what you need to do to make room.

This picture shows on the floor where the old closet was. After taking out the old sill plate Troubadour had to fill in the gaps on the floor with some fiber board. The hatch for our crawl space is also on the left side in that closet.

(New closet area)

The following picture was taken standing in the closet area looking into the rest of the room.  We didn't bother to move the dressers out, just took the drawers out and then shuffled the dresser frames around as we installed the floor.

(Kitchen Chairs make great step stools)

Let the games begin......

It only took us about 3 hours to do the main part of the room, but figuring out how to do the access hatch/trap door in the closet took almost as long.

I am very pleased with the Portuguese cork tiles that we chose. I think due to the block pattern it makes it very difficult to see where any seams are located.  And the cork people are correct when they say it is warmer on the feet than hardwood.

It even looks nice with the solid cherry bed frame.

I am looking forward to getting the rest of the house done, but right now there is no rush as long as we get it done before the sunny season hits so it doesn't interrupt our riding time. Then we need to order some doors and put the trim in. Does the list ever end?

- Au Revoir

" Life is full of obstacle illusions." - Grant Frazier


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

21/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty-one in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.
I am really scraping the bottom of the barrel here trying to get motorcycle content. Attempting to discover old pictures I've never posted before.
Here is a pic of me on Troubadour's America. I think this was taken just after he brought it home. I only ever rode it once for a short distance. The forward controls were too odd to me.

(Trobairitz on an America)

- Au Revoir

"Motorcycling - knees to the breeze and do as you please." Author Unknown

Monday, February 20, 2012

20/29 for the #29in29

Day twenty in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

I took this picture a few years ago on a sunny walk in early Spring. We were hiking/walking in Bald Hill Park near our house. At the top is a park bench with beautiful views of the valley.

There was also this old piece of wood. Sometimes photo opportunities beg for black and white and this was one of those times.

- Au Revoir

"I didn't want to tell the tree or wed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express it's meaning in nature." - Wynn Bullock


Sunday, February 19, 2012

19/29 for the #29in29

Day Nineteen in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Looking outside at our cloudy 31˚F weather, I once again delve into the archives and dream of sunny warm summer days.

This photo is what happens when you get a bunch of moto-bloggers together......the cameras all come out.

(2010 IMBC - photo by Bluekat)

- Au Revoir

"There are big ships and small ships, but the best ship of all is friendship." - Author Unknown

Saturday, February 18, 2012

18/29 for the #29in29

Day 18 in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

In digging through old moto-photos I found this interesting one.

It was taken while participating in an annual Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists (OVM) ride. We were two-up on Scarlet (Troubadour's Triumph America). While riding pillion, I had our old Kodak digital camera and was snapping pics of the riders and scenery.

I thought it was funny how I managed to catch my reflection so clear in his mirror. It was a beautiful May day.

- Au Revoir

" As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquility of the waters in which we see it." - Charles Horton Cooley


Friday, February 17, 2012

17/29 for the #29in29

Day seventeen of the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Tiny Puppetmaster, aka Martha, provided me with a link in a comment to another of her blogs, which displayed a copy of an old picture of Heceta House. The same Heceta House that sits by the Heceta Head Lighouse just North of Florence, Oregon on Highway 101. This got me to thinking of lighthouses and I mined the archives for some cool pics we have from touring Cape Blanco Lighthouse in Port Orford, Oregon. It was constructed in 1870 and was home to the first woman lighthouse keeper in Oregon.

(Cape Blanco Lighthouse)

(almost to the top)

(not quite there yet)

(and of course the light and lens at the top)

Oh, and to show it is semi moto-related here is a pic of me just down the road at the Patrick Hughes House (James Hughes, one of his 9 children, was a lighthouse keeper for 38 years). All of these pics were taken during our two-up Magical Mystery Tour to California back in June 2009.

(C'est moi)

- Au Revoir

"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." - Charles Simic.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

16/29 for the #29in29

Day sixteen in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

More often than not when I walk to the post office or bank from my work, I see this motorcycle parked in the exact same spot. I went looking for it a week or so ago on a nice sunny day and it wasn't there. Monday it was and I happened to have my camera in my pocket. I don't know its story or who owns it, but it sure is a pretty color blue.

- Au Revoir

"Nostalgia is like a grammar-lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!" - Owens Lee Pomeroy


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

15/29 for the #29in29

Day fifteen in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Scenes from the Triumph shop. A lot of pictures were taken while waiting for the battery to charge on Meg's bike on Saturday. It makes for good blog fodder though.

(2012 Bonneville T-100)

(2012 Bonneville)

- Au Revoir

"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity." - Henry David Thoreau, "Economy", Walden (1854)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Adventures of Bud E

Our good friend, who goes by the fitting moniker PolarBear, has started his own moto-blog called "Adventures with Bud E.....Two Bears and a Motorcycle."

I admit to urging this along since he has great tales to tell of both on-road and off-road riding and takes awesome pictures. He's also one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet, but don't tell anyone that - he has a rep to protect.

PolarBear is a year round rider who rails a Triumph Tiger. If I remember right he rode with us to Bend for our moto bloggers convention.

I urge you to stop by his fledgling blog and make his acquaintance.

Click link ----> Adventures with Bud E.

Welcome to the world of blogging PolarBear.

- Au Revoir

" A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be." - Douglas Pagels


14/29 for the #29in29

Day fourteen in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

For Valentine's Day I figured it would be fitting to post a picture of Troubadour, but I think I've already posted most pictures we have of him.

So, I present a picture of a romantic bouquet he gave to me a while ago. Flowers are fitting for Valentine's Day I believe.

(Pretty posies)

- Au Revoir

"A hundred hearts would be too few, to carry all my love for you." - Author Unknown

Monday, February 13, 2012

13/29 for the #29in29

Day Thirteen in the 29 in 29 Photo adventure.

Saturday when driving Meg to Eugene to pick up her new Triumph she offered to buy us lunch in exchange for the ride. Not necessary but it was welcome since we were hungry. When she asked where we'd like to go we replied "Cornbread" as in the Cornbread Cafe - our go-to vegan restaurant. It is 100% vegan and is billed as Southern inspired vegan comfort food.

Luckily Meg and her husband Josh are open minded omnivores and we've gone to the Cornbread with them before and they enjoyed it. I've tried several things on the menu, but after having the 'Eugenewich' I haven't been able to try anything else. It is that good.

The Eugenewich is described as: "A southern fried tofu patty with melted Daiya cheddar, deep-fried carrot slices, hand-breaded onion rings, shredded romaine lettuce, and tomato with smoky sauce on a grilled Bread Stop bun. Throw on a bib and hang on." - all for only $9.

I remembered to bring my camera on Saturday and was able to get some food porn.

(The Eugenewich - served with a big knife through the top)

(the deep-fried carrot strips mimic bacon because of the smoky sauce)

If you are ever in Eugene I highly recommend giving the Cornbread Cafe a try. You won't want to eat anywhere else in town, we don't.

- Au Revoir

" We don't eat anyone who could run, swim, or fly away if he could." - James Cromwell

Sunday, February 12, 2012

12/29 for the #29in29

Day twelve of the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

A picture of me on my TU 250 goofing off while waiting for some riding friends to arrive.

- Au Revoir

"Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom." - Taki

Saturday, February 11, 2012

11/29 for the #29in29

Day Eleven in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

It's a bird, it's a plane....... it's a Triumph Tiger 1050.

(Tiger 1050 we saw at the All British Field Meet)

- Au Revoir

"I have no special talents. I am passionately curious." Albert Einstein

Friday, February 10, 2012

10/29 for the #29in29

Ten down, nineteen to go in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Had to pull one from the archives from test riding Triumphs at the Triumph Demo Days in Canby, Oregon.

Troubadour on a Thunderbird..... Doesn't have the same ring to it does it?

- Au Revoir

"Well, I'm looking for a dream on a mean machine, with Hell in his eyes." Michelle Pfeiffer as Stephanie Zinone (Grease 2)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

9/29 for the #29in29

Day nine in the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Every once in a while Basil is just too cute not to photograph.

(Basil relaxing on his ottoman)

-Au Revoir

"The cat was created when the lion sneezed." - Arabian Proverb

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

8/29 for the #29in29

Day eight of the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Nesting the bikes for the night on an overnight moto-camping adventure last year. Harder to steal when they're tangled.


- Au Revoir

"Sometimes the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes." - Author Unknown


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

7/29 for the #29in29

Day seven of the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

Last year on our 3 day, 2 night trip to the Wolf Creek Inn, I captured this picture of Lucy playing hide and seek among the foliage. I thought the red crocosmia in the background complimented her coloring nicely.

(Crouching Tiger hidden Triumph)

- Au Revoir

"How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence." - Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, February 6, 2012

6/29 for the #29in29

Day six of the 29 in 29 photo adventure.

No, I am not smuggling a reindeer home on Max. This is how we carried home our new Tahitian Sunset rosebush from the nursery on Saturday.

I must have looked pretty funny when riding home and stopping for petrol. Luckily it was only 6 miles or so.

Oh, and if you wonder what a Tahitian Sunset rose looks like when in bloom. Here is a pic of our last one. I can't remember why it went kaput.

- Au Revoir

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough." - Author Unknown