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As a reminder, you can comment for 30 days after a post is made.  All of the comments on this blog have to be reviewed before they appear on this site.  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.

Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


Fourth of July Ride Plans Finalized

Based on those of you who contacted me, and the work Michelle did, along with Stacy, Brett, Judy, Harmon, and D’Linda, I can announce that the upcoming ride is set and ready to go.  All we have to do is show up at the appointed time in the peoper location and away we go!

If you don’t know if you’re part of the ride or if you didn’t receive your information packet, please contact me.  I’ll get the information to you as quickly as possible.

If you’d like to comment on this or anything else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

July Fourth Ride Update

Last week I asked you to share with me some possible routes for our Fourth of July ride.  I received far more suggestions that I anticipated.  I also received far more people trying to lock-in their participation than I thought I’d ever see.  Thank you on both counts!

Unless there are a lot of objections, I’d like to propose that we take Ross up on his offer to serve as our tour guide in parts of New England.  The areas of specific interest will be those that dovetail with the founding of this nation.  He mapped out an inticate route that should allow us to visit many of the key sites in his part of the country that we will recall from our history classes.

I also need people to contact me as volunteers to help get everything in place for the upcoming ride.  This time around, I’m going to pass along your contact information to Michelle.  She’s graciously agreed to coordinate the logistical nightmare required to have this  ride go as smooth as glass.  If you’d prefer that I not pass along your contact info to her, please let me know so that I can honor your request.

In what could be the start of a new tradition, we’re going to offer 1-, 2-, or 3-day options of the Fourth of July ride.  You can pick whatever works best for you and your schedule.  We won’t be able to have people sign up for the 1-day ride, and then have new people join as for a 1-day ride or a 2-day ride.  At some point in the future, we might have the wherewithal to make that happen; but, for now, we’ll start with everyone who signed up and then the number of participants will decrease as they have to return to work, keep previous commitments, or leave the group for any other reason.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this, or anything else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fourth of July Ride

Several of you contacted me about a ride to celebrate our country’s independence.  In keeping with past 4th of July rides, please contact me if you’re interested in participating.  If the past is any indication of the future, I’m sure there will be more than enough of you to warrant putting such a ride together.

Unlike previous rides, this time I’m asking if any of you know of a route that you think would be enjoyed by our group.  Please don’t make it a difficult ride because, as you know, we have people with all levels of experience.  The point is that we want to include riders who may not have joined us on our trips before or who might not be as advanced as others.

Please contact me with the specifics of your route.  I’ll mull them over and then make a decision when I figure out what works the best for the riders as well as the volunteers who make it all happen.

If you’d like to pass along a proposed route, make a comment, share an opinion, or just throw in your two cents’ worth, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued good humor, support, and friendship!

New Photos Posted

Some of you already commented on the new photos I posted in the recent past.  If you’d like to look at them, you can find them here.

These were some of the last images I took with my recently-departed camera.  I’m still struggling to understand why it costs more to get a camera fixed than to buy a new one, but I may never truly understand that conundrum.  Time will tell.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, opinions, or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Ride All Set

So that everyone has the same information at the same time, all of the slots for the upcoming Spring Ride are taken.  I was able to move a handful of people from the waiting list, but it appears there won’t be any more changes.  If spaces open up, I’ll be in touch with those next on the waiting list.

Thanks to each and every one of you who will join us on our ride and to all of you who patiently waited to learn if you’d be able to join us.  A yip of the riding helmet to all of the volunteers who make the rides so successful and special.  I couldn’t do it without your unwavering assistance and creative ideas.

In answer to a common question I heard, the photos from this ride will be posted on a private page that only those who participated in the excursion will be able to access.  Please keep any images you want posted as family-friendly as possible.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, opinions, or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Goodbye to an Old Friend

I took a short trip recently and brought along one of my favorite cameras.  It’s not the newest, most expensive, cheapest, or any other superlative you can think of, but I have used it for so long that it felt almost like an old friend.  It never let me down and always did things that I should have never asked or expected it to do.

While I was taking photos with it on my last short trip, it began to have trouble focusing and then flashed an error code in its viewfinder.  I looked up the error and learned that some of the internal parts had failed.  I tried several things to prolong its life, but each effort eventually met with failure.

When I returned to my home, I called the manufacturer to pursue repairing my old, faithful camera.  I received an estimate from them on the total cost of repairs and about suffered a heart attack.  I can buy another camera, albeit not the same discontinued model, far cheaper than I can get my current ailing one repaired.

The current one has more bells and whistles and all kinds of gizmos that my version one doesn’t have, but I don’t need all of the new features,  I didn’t use all the features on my present camera.  Most of the equipment I use far exceeds my abilities, but that’s another story for another time.

Rather than discard my faithful, trusty companion of many years, I’ve decided to keep it.  I cleared off a perch for it on one of my bookcases so that it can watch me as I go about reviewing and editing the future images I take.  Having my old, trusted camera with me seemed far more dignified than tossing it into a recycle center.  Maybe I’m too sentimental.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, opinions, or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Ride Set

I hadn’t planned on getting so involved in a discussion about my novels, but the result was a wealth of information.  Thank you!

I need to share with you that the date, time, and location for our Spring Ride is set and all of the open slots are filled.  If there are any last-second changes, I’ll let you know.

If you haven’t already heard from me on the logistics of our Spring Ride, please contact me.  I want to make sure that everyone involved has the latest information.

Special thanks and a tip of the motorcycle helmet to Steve, Brenda, Rhonda, Becky, Bob, Justin, and Laurie for their efforts in pulling everything together as quickly and as seamlessly as they did.  Well done, one and all!

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!