Beautiful fall day for a drive. The car isn't perfect but sometimes it sure feels like it.
2013 Kawasaki ZX14R
1965 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
2007 M6 Convertible 6 Speed
2001 BMW R1100 RT
1978 Porsche 911SC Targa
As I was leaving the grocery store this morning, there was an older gentleman with a "M Motorsports" jacket in front of me as I'm exiting the store. The guy had a cart and the cart return was to the right of the exit. I'm following behind him and he stops and swings the cart to the right but I was far enough away to stop before he hit me. He does a little laugh and says he forgot to use his indicator and I without missing a beat say "You are a BMW driver." as I'm walking away. He then laughs even harder and we go on in opposite directions. I'm happy he had a sense of humor because there was a smidge of regret just after I said that but come on! That was way too good to pass up!
Edit: Forgot to mention he had a Z3.
I'm on the board for a local nonprofit that has to get some of their programs re-accredited every few years. As a board member we I had to do a zoom meeting with the accreditation team to do a dog and pony show on how great our organization is, community focused, blah blah blah. All important things but we had to have this meeting at 5 pm Sunday evening because of schedules and COVID! Sunday for me is the day that I don't want to think, full stop. Saturdays are spent cleaning the house, feeding my kids (give my wife a break) and doing other things related to fixing, maintaining, or purchasing things. Sunday is my day to do nothing and focus on having fun. So when I entered the meeting, I wasn't is the best state of mind.
The meeting starts, our board and organization members introduce themselves (about 30 people on the call). Then the accreditation team, who are from other similar organizations, introduce themselves. Again, blah, blah, blah. We do our dog and pony show which is a video and then we are to break up into small groups with members from the accreditation team. After the video is over, more talking until...... I am suddenly very awake and interested when one of the accreditation team says the magic word...MOTORCYCLE! One of the team members says we have a beautiful facility and would love to visit it on his MOTORCYCLE! I am suddenly alive with energy and interest. I think "What kind of motorcycle? How much does he ride? Why can't I think about anything else right now other than talk to this guy about motorcycles." But then all is lost when I remember we are going to break into groups and my opportunity to ask him these questions is gone. I'm thinking how cruel the world is and how I will never know what this guy rides. On to the small sub groups, we go.
I am transported to another screen with about half a dozen other people. I start seeing other board members and our organization members pop in and then the accreditation person arrives. IT"S HIM!!!!! OMG!! Life is not cruel. I'm going to ask him this very important question. My heart is racing and all I can think about is how to ask him while making sure I don't forget why I'm here. He stars his questioning and asks a few questions to other people in our group. More talking and my thoughts are “Pick me! Please pick me!” He asks more questions to other people and I am losing hope of the opportunity to ask him. Then he does it, asks me why I’m involved with the board, I get into why I joined, how it’s important, blah blah blah and of course the group gets side tracked about something I mentioned and all hope is lost. I then just blurt out “I want to ask you a question!” in the hopes he can hear me over everyone else talking. He does and says “Krusty had a question, what is it?”. Here is my chance, I’m ready to say the question that has plagued me the last 45 minutes I have been on this meeting and……… session is over and we are transported back to the big group. FUCK!!!!!!
Now all is lost. We are going to end this meeting and I will never know what he rides. Everyone all start talking about how great the meeting went, and how wonderful our organization is. I’m thinking, “I am not going to sleep tonight because of this” But then…. He says, thank you to everyone but then says Krusty had a question for me and asks me to ask it. So in front of the entire group, I ask the question. Everyone starts laughing as does he and he then replies he had a Yamaha Warrior 1700 but had to give it up a few years ago but last year, he and his friend rented Harleys and went cross country.
And then everyone starts saying what they ride and if they have a motorcycle in the family. One person tells me about a vintage motorcycle shop ( I checked them out and it’s your typical hipster café racer shop, not that there’s anything wrong with that). Everyone is happy, laughing and the meeting ended on a very light and very OPPO note on motorcycles. The boring Sunday zoom meeting ended up being one of the most fun I’ve had because of MOTORCYCLE! Wanted to share for those you that can relate.
@mybirdistheword His point is that as you increase the density of the filter media (two masks), you reduce amount of virus that becomes airborne or inhaled since whatever your are exhaling or inhaling has more resistance/material to pass through. I'm a chemical engineer and what he is saying is common sense and scientific. He's been wrong before, mostly based on bad WHO data/guidance, but he's far from a moron.
Add motorcycle. Bike does hate puttering around town but it was a glorious fall day and I was able to stretch its legs.
I go by this place twice a day and they always have something new. They have an old compact Fiat of some kind in the back that I couldn't get a picture of.
I'm scared to get out the car because it isn't in the nicest area. I do want to poke around one of these days especially ask about what's going on with the Z since it was a recent addition.
@silentbutnotreallydeadly Can't find anything about the electrical systems on these but I would guess they used readily available components since they spent all of their money on styling and chassis. I'll have to visit the local auto shop that works on these to investigate.
@silentbutnotreallydeadly Not sure about broken. These used American engines from Chevrolet and Ford so many of the mechanics were easily repaired. The trim and interior were bespoke but they were made of quality components. Very under appreciated vehicles.
@ibrad @HammerheadFistpunch You can order one now and maybe you'll get it in 2023. From what I've seen on one of the owners forums, 2019/2020 orders are expected to be filled in summer 2022. I ordered one last September but don't expect it until late 2023.