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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eight Isn't Enough

Coolidge, AZ at sunset.  2004

Some how some way it seems that I have now completed eight years of blogging here. I like to think it's a testament to my persistence, the volume of words in my head, the constant adulation of the teeming masses who read my sage writings and lionize me, but in fact that's all nonsense, I just can't seem to quite stop writing.

Speed up, slow down, come to a temporary stop, but I keep writing, photographing, and twelve or so regulars keep showing up to read. Thank you. Sometimes as life has kicked me in pants yet again a ride on the motorcycle and a couple of positive comments on the resulting blog entry have provided a much needed ego boost. My needs are simple (apart from the incessant motorcycle buying).

For me the pictures have become as important a part of the blog for me as the writing, I normally spend more time fiddling with getting photos to present here than I do the writing. Sometimes that shows.  Words are easy to spill out. Good words are a little tougher though. Great words nearly impossible but I remain hopeful that whatever the next entry is, it will resonate and the readers will grow silent as they persue them and then roar with praise as the full impact of finely crafted paragraphs touches them. Uh huh...

Pictures...the one above is a shot that I took at this time back in '04 using a Nikon CoolPix of some sort. Nice little camera but a far cry from my Nikon D90 or Olympus PEN now.  I wanted to do a special shot for this blog entry but it's been 106° - 110° degrees all week and I just didn't feel like venturing out on the bike. I am getting weak, I guess.  Or smart.  So a recent shot, taken with the Olympus E-PL1 to bookend the one above from eight years ago:

V-Strom 1000 at Coolidge Airport.

Eight years?  Who'd a thunk it?  Thank you for your kind attention.


D. Brent Miller said...

Congratulations, Doug, on eight years. Keep up the good work!


Canajun said...

As one of the "twelve or so" I say congratulations on 8 years. Please keep the posts and photos coming.

And curious minds want to know how a place with temperatures regularly 100+ got the word "cool" in its name.

Trobairitz said...

Congrats on 8 years. Good job.

I enjoy reading your blog posts and seeing the pictures and I hope you keep on with it.

Great pictures. Gotta love sunsets.

And your weather, yikes. Our heat wave hit yesterday -a whopping 80˚.

Unknown said...


Reader Number 9 Reporting in: You are too modest. It is with anticipation that we await your every word, and photo(s). I nearly forgot you had a DL1000, I have it's baby brother a mere DL650. If you are too HOT where you are, how about aiming it North West towards Joseph, Oregon. We will be there from July 20-23, 2012. You know there will be a coffee and a donut waiting . . .

I already checked the map, you are only 5" inches away. You're retired, right ? Surely you can ride 5 inches

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Jac Brown said...

So that makes it at least 48 on 2. How many bikes? Maybe 57?

Anyway, congrats. I'm just happy that you haven't caved in to Facebook or Twitter.


The City Mouse in the Country said...

I'm not surprised your still writing. Its a damn bug that gets into your system and you can't shake...and even if you do somehow manage to cure yourself and walk away you know...you know it's always there...waiting for that sunset that puts a poem into your head. Or that moment when the Universe opens up and gives you an insight to how it works...you don't have a choice but to write about, to share it, to try to make sense of it. Keep writing, keep taking pictures because this disease will not kill you but it will never let you go either.

mq01 said...

reader 11 here :) LOVE IT! congrats Doug! beautiful pics and fab posts as usual all through the years.

John Evans said...

Reader Number Twelve putting in his two cents. Biker blogs are some of the best blogs out there. Keep it coming. Your perspective enriches us all. . . . as if you had any choice in the matter.

Doug Klassen said...

Thanks for the comments and kind words, folks. I'm in a bit of a writing slump right now plus it's 1 million degrees outside and the bike needs new rear brake pads. I suppose I'll plug along here for another year. I should buy a new bike or something just for the inspiration!

Sandy Thompson said...

Doug, I'll bet that there's quite a few of us who, while not amongst the twelve, check in on you on a semi-regular basis. I've been riding about as long as you, like taking pictures, and love airplanes, so I feel some virtual kinship to your blog. Looking forward to several more years!

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