September 4, 2012

The Perfect Woman…….For Me….


We spend our entire lives looking for the perfect mate.  Some find it young and stay with that person for many years (mom and dad) and some play the unfortunate game of trial and error (me)..

I’ve told the story of how Cindy and I met, became best friends, remained best friends through separate lives and families and then reconnected.

Something just now triggered and overwhelming feeling of “she is the perfect woman for me”

…What triggered that emotion?  Good Question and I’m glad you asked…

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How can a woman pack 4 days worth of travel in such a small space and at the same time be so beautiful?

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Patiently Waiting for Grace


I’ve only raised boys in my life and I guess I’m getting a lesson on what it’s like to have girls.  I assume I’ll be spending a fair amount of time “waiting for Grace”.  My experience with boys is there is a process of being ready and going.  It seems like girls have a process of getting ready…waiting a little longer….change what you’re wearing…walk out the door…forget something…realize your shoes don’t match your hair thingy (or whatever the heck they’re called)…change cloths again…then go…Grace must be in the process of getting ready to go.

I’m also a planner…I know where I’m going, when I’m going and how I’m getting there.  However, on the motorcycle I’m always open for change.  I’ve told many of people I’m turning left and I go right. (No…it’s not a lie)…Cindy and I were planning on a ride  to Pescardero and end up in Santa Cruz.  That would put us 3 hours from the hospital and we’ve decided we don’t want to be that far away.  So, we’re turning left instead of right.  We going to ride up to Sonora, the north on 49 to Placerville.  If that’s not enough miles we’ll head east and maybe go through Apple Hill and further up the mountain.  We’ll be packed for Oregon in case Grace makes her arrival tonight.  I’m still hoping to make it to Crater Lake later this week.  If not, it’s no big deal; we’ll find somewhere to ride.  My goal is 1200 miles for the week minimum.  We’re at about 450 and still itchin to ride. 

A special thanks to Jerry for being on “stand-by” for house sitting and taking care of the place while we’re gone.  It’s tough to plan when we don’t  know when we’re leaving.

September 3, 2012

Countdown continues

We’re still patiently waiting the arrival of Grace and we’re not doing it sitting down. a way we were sitting down.   We rode in the Teamster Horsemen poker run and ended up at the Annual Teamster Labor Day Picnic.  The Horsemen had a raffle and I won a 200 dollar Teamster leather jacket, then picked the next number…which was Cindy’s and she won a Horsemen t-shirt. 
We woke up Sunday with the itching to ride, so we called friends Cary and Yolanda and rode to South Lake Tahoe for lunch then back.  Not a bad ride….312 miles and a beautiful day for riding.  The traffic wasn’t bad except right in south shore and we made it home by around 9ish.
Today is some “lists” and a ride to Yuba City and if Grace isn’t born today/tonight, we’ll ride on one of my favorites tomorrow.  A ride thru San Mateo to Woodside to Alice’s restaurant then on to Duarte’s  click Pescadero for the best Artichoke soup and Calamari steak sandwich this side of the Mississippi.  Then we’ll ride on into Santa Cruz for the night and come back highway 9 into San Jose and maybe stop and see Auntie Anne. 
By the way…Cindy and I jointed the Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association yesterday.  We look forward to riding with a great bunch of Teamsters with an emphasis on fund raising for charitable causes especially those who benefit children.