From Fishing Pond to My Table

Ember isn’t completely normal. And that’s fantastic!!! She likes black coffee, dark chocolate, good Scandinavian symphonic metal (Nightwish, Floor Jansen, and more), enjoys fishing, and isn’t afraid to get her hands slimy or to give fish a kiss before releasing them 😁 We went fishing at the local community fishery last weekend. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources maintains a statewide system of ponds and stocks them with hatchery raised trout. There’s a two fish per day limit and the upkeep and stocking are funded by fishing licenses.

We each caught and kept two fish. Three of those four fish were hopelessly gut hooked and I couldn’t release them in good conscience. The fourth and last fish was big and looked tasty! I got these fish cleaned at home that evening (the restrooms and fish cleaning station at the pond are still closed for the winter). It was late and I was tired, so I kept the prepped fillets in the fridge until the next night when I put them through an egg wash, dredged them in panko breadcrumbs, and pan fried them in real butter 😋 These fish might have been hatched and raised in a hatchery and they might have been stocked in a man made pond, but they’re still super tasty good eating 😎

New Glasses Inbound!

No, I didn’t get these frames 😉

My eyesight is less than perfect. Far less. No, farther than you think. I have a positively wicked astigmatism. I could tell my prescription had changed and I finally got up to the optometrist up north last week. I really can’t wait for my new glasses to get in so I can see properly again! That said, I had to pick out some frames for my new lenses. Don’t panic when you look at this pic as I did NOT choose these frames 😜 I went with much more conventional frames for my new bifocals. I just thought these were different and hilarious and had to mess with my friends 😎

Good Times With Ember

Ember wearing my helmet while we goofed around with the motorcycle

Lunch was a bit more than just a time for some food today. Ember had been up north from Saturday through yesterday with her mom and grandma, so I hadn’t seen her in a few days. I got my motorcycle back on the road on Sunday and my two wheeled wind therapy device was too much fun to leave at Cindy’s, so I’d left my car there instead. Cindy helped me get my car back to my apartment during lunch today and I got to spend some quality time with my daughter afterwards. Ember had fun climbing up on the rider’s seat, starting and revving the engine, and trying on my helmet 😁 It’s always great to spend time with her 😎

It’s All About Perception…

Reasons not to ride may actually be reasons to go out and ride 😎

Today I have a confession to make. I don’t always do the most common sense, intelligent things. For example, I’ve ridden my motorcycle in pretty much every weather condition. I’ve ridden it decidedly too far off road, in snow, over sheets of ice… I just enjoy riding and doing things out of the ordinary. ROKKIT44 has some great thoughts in this three minute video. There are more than a couple ways to look at reasons people give for not riding and there are ways to see those reasons as reasons to ride. I’ve thought this video was awesome since the first time I saw it 😁

V-Star 650 Classic Rehab!!!

A lot of my hobbies and interests were shelved for quite a while during my time in trucking. I was out on the road 3-5 weeks and home 3-5 days. Time with Ember and quality time were priorities. One of those hobbies/interests that I put on hold was motorcycling. I got my V-Star 650 Classic back in 2012 and I’ve ridden through just about every weather condition, over widely varied terrain, and I’ve enjoyed several road trips on this machine.

I’m happy to report that after a couple of years of inactivity, my V-Star is back on the road and I have plans to take my daughter Ember for some short rides to start with. Eventually I hope to drop her off and pick her up at school and maybe go for some slightly longer rides. I’ll be doing an oil/filter change, fuel filter change, air filter change, new front brake pads, and a few other things over the next weekend and it’s getting brand new tires in a couple of weeks.

Expect to see lots more motorcycle fun around here in the future 😎

First run in a few years and it just keeps getting better