Saturday, April 24, 2010

maverick, motorcycle, mass effect 2, music

Those M's have been the sum of my Saturday.

Maverick has had an upset stomach the past couple days, so I've had to keep an eye on him to make sure he goes outside when he needs, to prevent any "accidents."  A few days ago he was chewing on a deer antler bone,  and it sounded like he had finally chewed it down to a small enough chunk to where he could swallow it. It turns out my instincts were right, because when I approached him to take it away, he knew, so he just swallowed it right then. Awesome. Sure enough, a couple days later he is suffering the effects of the bone chunk now. Enjoy your diarrhea, dog.

Now that we've finally had a nice weekend, I decided to take my motorcycle out for a spin around the neighborhood. It has been several months since I've last ridden, so I need to ride around and slowly warm myself back up. I'm well aware of the dangers of riding my motorcycle, so I'm generally overly cautious. I won't just jump back onto my bike and start riding to work immediately; I will practice around the neighborhood and busier streets here first to make sure all my reflexes are still intact. Riding a motorcycle is easy, but being prepared for anything is a totally different story. You have to have all sorts of reflexes ingrained into you, so that if some moron turns out from a side street right in front of you, you know what to do. The worst thing you can do is target fixate, which is what happens to everyone almost naturally. If a car pulls out in front of you, your natural tendency is to stare it down and keep focusing on this "danger." This is a habit that you have to learn to break, because the unfortunate side-effect is that your motorcycle tends to go where you're looking. This actually extends past motorcycles to anything, really, but can be especially dangerous on bikes. You have to snap yourself out of staring, and instead look at where you need to go. At any rate, I'm glad riding season is finally back.

The remainder of my day has been spent playing Mass Effect 2 and listening and playing along to music. Nothing noteworthy there.

Tonight we are possibly going to dinner, but definitely going downtown to celebrate Andrea R's birthday. Should be fun, although we just went downtown last night. I can't remember the last time I went downtown in two consecutive nights, man I think I've already become a grandpa.

some links for you

Whoops I have been slacking with the links, nothing much interesting going on these days I guess...

New $100 bill - only two new features?
They announced the new $100 bill which will start circulating in February 2011.  The current $100 bill was designed in 1996, and since then they've only come up with two, ugly security features since then: a stupid inkwell with a bell that shows up when you tilt it, and a giant, ugly blue "ribbon" that runs down both sides.  That's the best you guys could do in 15 years?

Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Sweet looking garden

According to Iran cleric, promiscuous women cause earthquakes
Iran is really impressing the world these days