Category Archives: Knowledge

The Age of Exploration

The moment you realize facts about a world that was foreign to you start coming to you freely is a bit unnerving. Not to say it’s a scary, bad thing by any means. It’s just that you experience a sense of pride about your new-found knowledge at the same time you are also coming to understand that you know so very little.

My first realization was as I was leaving the gym a couple days ago. The gym is in an old school building, and the parking lot was sort of slapped together in the back between the brick building and the freeway entrance. I give them points for creativity, but that parking lot is a pain in the ass to navigate with pockets of parking spots peppered in the natural driving path. This really could not have been the best way to put the lot together.

I digress.

Anyway, I generally look around quite a bit to make sure I’m not going to hit anyone coming around the corner. As I glanced to my left, I noticed a dark bike with red accents. My immediate thought was, “Oh, that’s Ducati red.” And my second thought was, “Damn, I just pulled that knowledge out of thin air.”

Charlie had explained brand colors to me in January this year at the Motorcycle show, and I was surprised it stuck.

Ever since, my motorcycle knowledge has been creeping up here and there, and my understanding of certain bikes has grown exponentially even in the past month. It’s amazing to me how much there is to know about bikes, how they work, the different makes, the styles, and various trends.

This project is causing me to learn a lot, quickly; and I know that I understand very little at this point in my exploration. Makes me want to learn about everything ever…it certainly helps to have someone who is eager and happy to educate me.

I should probably go read my factory service manual!

A Man’s Man (and I like him, too)

“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

Enjoy the man’s favorite drink (courtesy of the Huffington Post).

Green Isaac’s Special
2 oz London Dry Gin
4 oz green coconut water (not milk)
Juice of one lime (about 1 oz)
2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters, to taste

Shake all ingredients well with ice, transfer contents of shaker into a Collins glass, adding more ice as needed. Garnish with a lime wedge or peel.

Hemingway discovered the joys of mixing gin, lime, and coconut water during his Key West days (1928-1940). In a 1931 letter, he noted, “this is really going to be the hell of a fine house; the lawn is coming well, figs on the fig tree, coconuts on the trees and plenty of limes. Will plant more limes and coconuts. Wish you could plant a gin tree.” The Green Isaac’s Special is found in Islands in the Stream, named for two islands near Bimini, Great Isaac and Little Isaac Cay. “Where Thomas Hudson lay on the mattress his head was in the shade cast by the platform at the forward end of the flying bridge where the controls were and when Eddy came aft with the tall cold drink made of gin, lime juice, green coconut water, and chipped ice with just enough Angostura bitters to give it a rusty, rose color, he held the drink in the shadow so the ice would not melt while he looked out over the sea.”