On my recent bike ride, we stopped at a pub in Denman, NSW for lunch. While standing near the bar, waiting for my chicken schnitzel and chips, an attractive lady passed by me, on her way to the bar. Seeing her, I was immediately reminded of our Runboard super mod, Erika. The lady in country NSW was so like Erika, that I wanted to take a picture of her. However, she was accompanied by a gentleman who, I suspect, would not take kindly to a photo request to his girlfriend/partner from a scruffy biker.
So, sadly, all I have is a grainy, out-of-focus picture taken from my iPhone at a distance. I guess it's a bit like one of those Yeti photos - never clear or close enough to be conclusive. The wannabe Erika is in the top to middle right of the shot, with her back turned to the camera.
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2012 Annual Ride
This year's destination was Moonan Flat and the weather forecast was wet, with floods. Not a great lead up to the weekend but ten of us set out in medium drizzle at 8am on the Saturday. The light rain stayed with us all morning but disappeared around noon. There was still water across a couple of sections of road, but nothing uncrossable. By the time we reached the destination pub, the roads were dry and the rain just a memory.
The locals were very friendly, the beer was very cold and we had a great night.
On Sunday, we left in glorious sunshine, which stayed with us until late in the afternoon.
It was one of the best ride weekends so far. :)
Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He died on November 4, 2011, at age 92.
He was quite controversial at times, but along the way made some pertinent comments. The following ones have been attributed to him:
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
That when you're in love, it shows.
That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
That being kind is more important than being right.
That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
That money doesn't buy class.
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
That love, not time, heals all wounds.
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.