Thursday, March 29, 2012

Random Thoughts and Pictures

No long rides lately, work has conspired to either preclude it through no time available or causing me mental paralysis in going riding when time is available.

So, here's some rambling thoughts and random pics I've taken since my last posting:

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Where my mind is in relation to my job:


“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
                                                                                                                        John Pierpont Morgan

In the context of late night/early morning changes to the network, I'm really tiring of that part of my work.

Always On, Zero Impact and Zero Defects.....nice buzzwords, but reality is quite different.  Result: Toxic Work Environment.

"The beatings will continue until morale improves"

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We made the national news, large wildfires in the tinder dry areas about 20 miles west of the Denver Metro Area.  Day one, the smoke cloud was so large and thick, it turned the sun "blood red".  Kind of cool in a apocalyptic kind of way....


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Martha's Bimmer is in the shop for "klunking noises".  So the "girls" get to hang out with Stewie for a few days.

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I finally rode enough miles to get Valencia through her "engine break-in period" as recommended in the owner's manual.  Per anecdotal evidence from fellow Uralisti though, things won't "open up" with her engine till somewhere between the 2500-10,000 Km mark.

28March2012
Another 1000Km and it'll be oil change time again.

I am happy to report all is well with Valencia so far, some minor oil seepage in a couple of spots on the engine, but nothing major or unexpected.

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Some of you might remember I sometimes ride with a fellow who owns a spectacular BMW 1200GS Sidecar Rig.  Well, he's come over to the dark side of motorcycling and bought himself a 2012 Ural Gear-UP in the Gobi colors....I think it's very cool and look forward to our next ride together:


7 comments:

Brady Steffl said...

Too bad when life stands in the way of what you really want. Summer's coming, though. Soon.

Also, I borrowed a picture of Valencia - but I gave you a linkback. Hope all is squre. If not I'll buy you a beer.

Brady
Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

Charlie6 said...

Brady, thanks for the linkback and to be clear...one German beer or three American Beers....that's the correct fee. :)

schuss!

dom

SonjaM said...

The job... who hasn't been thinking about change. In my current occupation I have been on the fence more often than I care to count. But at times when I think, I have had it, something good or interesting is happening, plus I am blessed with an awesome bunch of people keeping me sane. Good hunting!

Circle Blue said...

I just love the looks of the Gobi. Oh well, lack of money, garage space, and the practicality of already being able to ride most days have conspired to put my Ural lust in a cold shower.

My cousins had commented on the wildfires. Glad you turned it into a great photo.

Jobs. Can't live with em', can't live without em'. Once more you remind me how blessed I am to really enjoy my job. Good luck.
~Keith,
Circle Blue.

Charlie6 said...

Sonja...I lack those awesome people for the most part....lots of politics. Thanks for the well wishes.

Circle Blue...ya know, if I decided my kids could work their way through school just like their old man....

bobskoot said...

Charlie6:

I do sense a bit of frustration. Also, wherever you go it's the same, except people with different names. When we were young we thought we could change the world, but we were wrong.

there's also nothing wrong with leaving the job at work when you go home and not worry so much when you are on your time, except of course you are obligated to consider it a 24/7 position.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Brady Steffl said...

You got it.

Brady
Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life