June 28th, 2007

sideways grin

Watch out world!

Yesterday I went to the SOS and did the standing in line reading the manual thing and the taking a test thing (she took the manual away while I took the test - for a moment there I was surprised, not having thought about it), and then (I passed) the getting my picture taken thing, and what all that adds up to is that sometime soon I will get a nice shiny new Michigan driver's license with a cycle endorsement on it!

In the meantime, I'm already permitted to drive a motorcycle with my temporary dealie, so I plan to take advantage of the nice weather and logangrey's hospitality and practice riding on a real motorcycle with turn signals and mirrors and stuff this weekend. thatguychuck might even join me so I can comfortably leave the parking lot and practice on the street!

Dave and Chuck were willing to loan me enough safety gear that I could ride, but I decided to take the bit in my teeth, so to speak, and went to Rec and Leisure this morning to get some gear of my own. I found some low boots that fit so well I forgot I had them on instead of my regular shoes, a helmet, a jacket (mesh Tour Master jacket with two inserts - rain and warmth), and some gloves. They didn't have much of a selection of gloves my size in the brands I like, so I'll do some online shopping soon, possibly at the New Enough site everyone recommends. Everything I got is Black and Silver, btw.

I really appreciate everyone's support in this, with special thanks to shadowriderhope today for giving me a coupon for 10% off the purchases I just made. and I just may join elizilla tuesday night for a weekly biking gathering in Ypsi. Stay tuned!

Houdini Fish

The Oscar with hole-in-the-head (who is healing, btw) gave me a scare tonight. A long time ago we separated him into a sub-section of the tank so he'd have a better chance at getting food. I guess today he decided he'd had enough of that. I went in there and his section was empty!

My first instinct was too look around the tank in case he had jumped all the way out (his section was not completely covered), but closer inspection of the other part of the tank proved that he had just somehow managed to get over the separator and join the other fish. Tomorrow I will reward him by removing the separator completely and, who knows, maybe even giving the tank a cleaning...