Musing

MY STEED.

BLACK KNIGHT

My Electric scooter has been in the shop for a week getting some repairs done on it. Actually it went into the shop in Hamilton on Monday the 17th and was ready the next day.  When they called on Monday afternoon to let me know it was ready I told them I’d pick it up around 11:00 the next morning. Who the hell was I kidding. It started raining Monday night and on into Tuesday. Wednesday Thursday, and Friday between it raining and contractors showing up to do work on the building put an end to any thought of going then. Finally I finally got it yesterday. Saturday started out raining but by 10:00am it cleared and turned out to be a perfect Autumn day. My boss picked me up at 11;30 and drove me the 23 miles to the shop in Hamilton where it sat all charged up and ready to go. Even though I have 2 E-scooters, my black Dream Ryder is my baby. Picture a Harley and a Vespa  (see pic.)having a kid. It really looks cool and the proof is when I’m out riding everybody turns to look at me as I go by. Even in Hamilton where there are hundreds of E-scooters people were waving and smiling. Anyway I paid the bill which was very reasonable, donned my helmet, jumped on, turned the key and shot away from the curb starting my trek home to Oakville.

I didn’t come up with the analogy of the Harley and Vespa, a tenant did when I first got it. He saw it in the parking lot and said it looked like his sons’ Harley had an affair (not quite his words) with his Vespa. OK it’s only an Electric Scooter with a max. range of 120 km,70 mi. and a top speed of 47 kph. 30 mph. but it is transportation and it has advantages that no gas powered vehicle could even think of matching. You don’t need a license, registration, or insurance and what beats gas guzzlers is it cost less than $30.00 A YEAR to run because you just plug it into any standard 120 volt receptacle and charge her up. The disadvantages are you can’t go on the major Highways and you have to wear a certified helmet when riding and the biggest problem is people tend to cut you off so you really have to be alert when riding in traffic.

Back to my ride home. I left the shop at the corner of Ottawa and Barton West at 11:50 and proceeded along Barton right to the end at Locke St. N, turned left up to York Blvd. turned right on York and followed it over the via-ducts till it turned into Plains Rd. in Burlington. Along Plains to Brant St. where I turned right and went down to the Lakeshore another left and follow the Lakeshore to Bronte Rd. in Oakville. Right on Bronte to Marine Dr. then Home. It was now 1:10. Just 1 and 1/2 hours, including a stop at Sioux Lookout Park on a perfect fall day with the traffic not to bad and some of the scenery just beautiful especially going over the via-ducts at the end of Burlington Bay. I haven’t had a car for 13 years and until I bought my first scooter 2 years ago had to mostly rely on my boss or daughter taking me places. Now I’m mobile and can scoot all over town or go up to my daughters place without have to rely on someone else being kind enough to give me a lift. It’s Great.

 

 

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Grousing

OH! CRAP.

 

It is  9:04 a.m. and I am sitting here wondering why I woke up this morning.  I feel like a bulldozer ran over me then backed up to make sure it didn’t miss. I’ve had my coffee but it hasn’t kicked in yet and to be honest the way I feel I won’t know if and when it does. I get mornings like this when my get up and go got up and went leaving a lump behind. The only things that seem to be functioning are my brain, barely, and fingers the rest of me is screaming to go back to bed. Actually slept pretty good last night having only to answer natures’ call once instead of the usual 2 or 3 times. I thought it must be the weather but it is a very nice morning with the temp in the high teens and no humidity. In fact this week started off so nice that I turned the A.C. off  Monday and opened all the windows. My favourite time of year is approaching, only 8 days until Autumn officially arrives with its’ gorgeous days and cool nights. Always have liked the Fall, even as a kid I thought it was the best time. I even liked winter in those days with the cold and snow. Now, I still like winter, but I sure as hell can do without snow. Horrible white stuff crawls up your pant legs and sleeves and slides down your collar. The guy who invented snow should be stripped naked and buried alive in a 20 foot drift. When there is snow around I can’t ride my scooter and that annoys the hell out of me. Can’t show off to the ladies. You know the 70 year old biker on his black electric scooter that does 47 kph. My Black Knight Dream Ryder is wounded now with a flat tire and because it’s the rear wheel, which houses the motor, it has to go into the shop to get repaired. They’re coming Monday to pick it up and take it to Hamilton, 40K away. Best part is that when it’s fixed I can ride it back home. Even though the ride is through Hamilton and Burlington it’s nice, especially along North Shore Road, it’s like a roller coaster and at some points I actually get up to 50 kph. What do you know, writing about my scooter is actually starting to perk me up.  I love the scooter as it gives me my mobility back I haven’t owned a car for 13 years and I don’t want one they are a hassle.

Yep. I’m actually starting to feel human. Guess the coffee is finally kicking in, all that good caffeine racing through the blood stream yelling wake up, move it, move it. If I was a blood cell I’d swear I was back in the Army. An acquaintance keeps telling me I should take magnesium capsules to relax my muscles and maybe easy the aches and pains. Like I said to her . “Luv, the morning I wake up without aches and pains is the morning I’ll know I’m dead”. I’ll keep the aches and pains as a reminder that I am still amongst the living ,thank you. Anyway I need something to complain about. At this age complaining is part of my daily routine and if I couldn’t do it I’d feel something is missing. I’m in competition for the “Miserable Old Bugger of the Year Award” with a 10 point lead. Also like I told my boss “Can’t have the Tenants thinking I’m a nice guy can we. It’ll ruin my reputation and it like my big belly took years to grow”.

Well, as I said I’m starting to feel human so I guess I’d better do something. Got a bunch of filing to do, so I might as well get started. I REALLY HATE FILING. REALLY.

 

 

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Grousing, Pee Oed

LET ME GET THIS

I do not like cell phones they are in my personal opinion the worst communications device invented. They are like bacteria, everybody carries them. I will concede they have some limited good use such as in emergencies or if the land line goes down. Other than that they are a pain in the ass.

People argue that they need them, “I have to stay in touch with my family and friends or my office”,  well what did you do before they were invented. If you had to call in you used a pay phone instead of walking down the street with the damn thing glued to your ear. Which by the way is dangerous as I have watched people literally walk into walls, doors, poles, cars, and other people. A  couple of  incidents were on the news when some young girl walked into a sink hole and another walked off a subway platform. It is a damn good thing that they passed laws prohibiting there use while driving as they were responsible for a great many accidents. Every time I am out and about I see people mainly teenagers walking around with these damn things totally oblivious to the world around them gabbing or texting away without a care in the world. What is so damn important that it can’t wait till you meet your friends. Personally I would rather talk face to face than through some device. The art of communication is slowly withering, not to  mention the English Language. Whatever the language is that they tweet with looks a lot to me like ancient Sumerian. 

Now before I go any further I must admit I have a cell phone. I have had it about 4 months and made one call on it to see if it works and I have 3 emergency number programmed into it. It was sort of a family decision that I get one as I have an electric scooter that I love riding and if it should break down or I fall off it I can call for help. Other than that I don’t even turn it on. Got one of those pay as you use plans for it. Out of the $100.00 card I’ve spent about a buck. Good thing the plan doesn’t expire so that hundred will more than likely last for about 20 years. I got a text message once and as I didn’t know how to answer I erased it.

What I really hate about cell phones is how rude they makes people. You are having a conversation with someone when all of a sudden they say “Let me get this” and you are left standing there like an idiot while they talk to who knows who. What really sets me burning is that you are in a store talking to a sales person when, You guessed it ,”Let me get this”, It’s enough to piss off a pope. Whatever happened to the customer comes first? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to hear that some surgeon in the middle of opening someone’s  heart stopped and said “Let me get this or I have to take this call”. Which is more than likely about a golf date.  Also the looks you get from sales people if you have the gall to say ,could you stop talking and give me some service, you can see it in their eyes, like who the frak are you interrupting me while I’m on the phone. Stores should have a policy of no phone calls during working hours and all cell phones should be turned off but then I guess that is asking too much. Well my complaining about it will as usual be falling on deaf ears because they are on their cell phones.

 

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My Opinion

ANOTHER SHOT

So the “Kalamazoo Kop” wants another shot at writing a letter to clarify the situation. Let him because there is absolutely no justification for anyone in Canada to carry a concealed handgun unless they are an on duty law enforcement officer. We definitely do not need a paranoid “Yankee Shootist “type tourist wandering around our parks.

Our “Wild West” wasn’t as wild as the American West we had the law there ahead of the settlers and not the abundance of psychopaths riding the range shooting everyone in site. Thankfully the “Culture of the Gun” never became the way in Canada. We were not saints  as we had our outlaws and murders, but we also had the Northwest Mounted Police who enforced the law. Maybe it is just incomprehensible to Mr. Wawra that we do not shoot people for talking to us. If that were the case I would have to carry a gun and shoot at least 30 strangers a day. It is a good feeling when people stop to chat or say good morning, Hello, or Hi. I ride an electric scooter and people are always asking me about it and telling me it looks cool. In the summer we have constables on bicycles patrolling around and everyone not just me always say “Morn’g Constable” and he doesn’t pull his gun and shoot. us. 

So the “Kalamazoo Kop” wants another shot at writing a letter to clarify the situation. Let him because there is absolutely no justification for anyone in Canada to carry a concealed handgun unless they are an on duty law enforcement officer. We definitely do not need a paranoid “Yankee Shootist “type tourist wandering around our parks.

Our “Wild West” wasn’t as wild as the American West we had the law there ahead of the settlers and not the abundance of psychopaths riding the range shooting everyone in site. Thankfully the “Culture of the Gun” never became the way in Canada. We were not saints  as we had our outlaws and murders, but we also had the Northwest Mounted Police who enforced the law. Maybe it is just incomprehensible to Mr. Wawra that we do not shoot people for talking to us. If that were the case I would have to carry a gun and shoot at least 30 strangers a day. It is a good feeling when people stop to chat or say good morning, Hello, or Hi. I ride an electric scooter and people are always asking me about it and telling me it looks cool. In the summer we have constables on bicycles patrolling around and everyone not just me always say “Morn’g Constable” and he doesn’t pull his gun and shoot. us. Apiece of advice to Officer Wawra, next time you go on vacation pick some place where they will let you take your gun. Just stay the hell out of Canada we don’t need the likes of  you.

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