The below quotes, modified to fit my own message in Italics, hope to convey why I'm trying to throttle things down in terms of blogging and social media.
“As for Clothing, to come at once to the practical part of the question, perhaps we are led oftener by the love of novelty, and a regard for the opinions of men, in procuring it, than by a true utility.”
“As for the choice of a Ural sidecar rig, to come at once to the practical part of the question, perhaps we are led oftener by the love of novelty, and a regard for the opinions of men, in driving it, than by a true utility.”
I've ridden Ural Sidecar Rigs since late 2008, I am on my fourth Ural. So much fun to ride, so easy to explore those trails that in my mind lead to scenic landscapes and adventure. As to true utility though, reliability is not something I've achieved where it comes to Ural-related mechanicals. I believe I've stayed with this brand so long due to my stubbornness, their photogenic look which is part and parcel of their novelty factor. I guess a part of me hoped they'd become more reliable but the only thing I've really achieved is proving that saying: "Ural, making mechanics out of owners since the 1940s".
“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
“The cost of blogging is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
My recent Southwester Sojourn made me finally realize that I'm riding and shooting pictures to provide fodder for blogging posts. I'm not riding for the joy of riding (which I did experience in my first few years of motorcycling), I ride to destinations to pose the motorcycle and yes, Urals are mostly featured as I find them very photogenic, but what is the return on investment? Of late, I'm seeing none.
I'd tried to minimize the presence of the motorcycle, believing that making the scenery the main objective is to make better pictures. But still, why was I doing the picture taking? Only to have something to blog about apparently.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
This is so true. My tools were Ural sidecars (mostly) and how they've transported me to a particular scenic location and blogging about it. Ride, take pics, blog....repeat...over and over again. Trouble is, with the Urals, there was significant amounts of mechanical issues, related downtime for repairs and overall mental stress.
Also, so true. I've used a metaphorical BFH (the essential Ural Owner's tool) to hammer and forge my online image. I'm just not sure now that I want to keep doing that.
So, where does that leave me? I don't know.
A new and different conveyance, read another possession to possess me, has joined the stable. I look forward to seeing where Yagi, the TW200, will take me and what scenery it'll make available to me that the Urals just worked too hard to achieve, when they actually did achieve it.