Tag Archives: Motorcycles

Mid-July at the Carnegie

It’s always difficult to come back to work after some time off (even if it’s only a week!), but I’m fortunate in that my days tend to fly by. This week was hard. It started out with the photocopier breaking down and jamming, while an on-call staff person scrambles to pump out the 150 crossword […]

Motocrossed

Last weekend I went out to the Pemberton Speedway, where there are motocross and dirt-track race courses to cheer on my friend Emily Beach as she returned to the flat-track racing scene. I had intended to blast up there on my 1985 XR600, and was hoping that after a carb clean and valve adjustment it would be […]

What to buy a Gasoline Gypsy?

Perhaps some of my readers are looking for Christmas gift ideas (hi mom and dad, and Scott!)? Well, as a Librarian I highly approve of the Icelandic tradition called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.” In an article by NPR, it is explained that on the eve of December 24th everyone in Iceland gives each other […]

Deus ex Machina for Debbie

It was my 39th birthday on Tuesday September 27th, and I went to work knowing that I had a fun weekend getaway to Los Angeles planned, leaving on Thursday evening. The ceiling in the library was still exposed after our recent deluge, but it appeared that the old pipes had been repaired and that everything […]

Lost and Found

It’s always such a downer to see posts on Facebook (or whatever social platform you’re on) about a stolen motorcycle. I remember one, posted by a mom who was evidently distraught for her son. The young lad had worked so hard to save for the bike, only to have some creep take it from their […]

Stranded in Sointula with the Salt of the Earth (Part 2)

If you want your faith in humanity restored, I highly recommend having a mechanical breakdown on a remote island, perhaps inhabited by a community established by a former Finnish utopia and see what happens. That experience is essentially the highlight of my latest motorcycle trip with Scott. After exploring Vancouver Island (see Part One), primarily via backroad […]

The Magician’s Nephew

I was always an avid reader growing up and especially loved books that had some magical element in them from time travel, to secret passageways, underground cities, forest creatures, etc. My father read me The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien, and I especially loved his Golem voice. And, at lunch times my […]