Friday, June 23, 2006

Back From Reno

I left on Tuesday morning for Portland airport with my Aunt Ellen in tow. We checked her in for her flight and then I dropped her off at the airport Shari's restaurant to meet an old school chum. Then I returned to the airport and dropped off the rental car and headed to my flight.

I arrived in Reno at 2:30pm on Tuesday, met the seller of the Honda 1100 Sabre that I bought on eBay, and we went to the Honda shop to close the deal. After a quick test ride, I decided to test the fork lock, and we couldn't get it open again. It took some fiddling, but we finally freed it up, and I drove to the motel for the night (what a dump).

I awoke at 5:00am and got dressed, went to the nearest gas station, and filled up for the first part of my trip home. It was a beautiful morning (about 56 degrees) and I rode with just a long-sleeve t-shirt for the first 100 miles or so, before I got chilled. I pulled over in a cool valley across from a cattle ranch, and donned my jacket and headed out again.

Made it to Susanville, CA. about 7:20am and ate breakfast, and filled up the tank, and took off again. Drove to Tulelake (where I was on reserve) and filled up again, then on to Klamath Falls, OR. Ate lunch there, and took off again. By the time I got to Oakridge, the wind had picked up and was hitting me straight in the face the rest of the way home.

Needless to say, my butt (mostly my tailbone) was very tired by the time I arrived in Corvallis, but we got home (me and the bike) safe and sound. The Shadow ran great, and it was a beautiful ride for the most part. I can see that I have to get used to "the wave" when coming across other bikers.

More to come . . .

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Am I Crazy?

You might ask . . .

I bought a 250 Honda Rebel for Jane for Mother's day this year. It's a beautiful starter bike, and she has been asking for one for awhile now. I surprised her with the purchase, and she was delighted. Jane is now in the process of completing the Team Oregon motorcycle rider's course, and getting her motorcycle endorsement.

I had been watching a Honda Shadow 1100 on eBay during the past week, and decided to bid on it. When I bid, I choose a price I'm willing to pay, and then set my maximum bid at that amount. If I win, I win, if not, then I walk away. In this case, mine was the only bid for most of the auction, then one bid came in on the last day. I thought, "oh no, there's going to be a last-minute bidding war." But, it never transpired, and I got the bike for a GREAT price!

I fly to Reno, Nevada on Tuesday to pick it up, and ride it home. That will be a fun inaugural trip, I must say. From Reno through Susanville, CA. then on to Klamath Falls, OR. Then, from Klamath Falls to Corvallis. See you when I get back!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Final Grades - Spring Term 2006

Another great term!

I particularly enjoyed the Developmental Psychology class, which was taught by Dr. Greg Jones. His technique was to provide an outline for the class in PDF format, and I read the book, highlighted important text, and filled in the outline. Then Dr. Jones lectured on the material, and I filled in any missing notes.

As a result, I was exposed to the material at least three times, and learned it well (as I hope my grade indicates). Hats off to Dr. Jones!


I will be taking an online Microbiology class this summer for eight weeks through OSU, and Certified Nurse Assistant training in August at the Mennonite Village in Albany (where my dad and Elaine live). It will be a busy summer; only one more term after that, and I will have completed all of my pre-Nursing courses.

Oh, and one more thing . . . I discovered that I have enough credits to get an AA General degree from LBCC, which will give me one more point on the nursing application.