Archive for April, 2009

Happy birthday, Pearl!

Happy birthday, Pearl!

My youngest dog Pearl is two years old today! I can’t believe she’s been with me this long. I adopted Pearl from the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, DC. They have a fabulous facility and try to do everything they can for the animals staying there. Here are a few of my favorite pictures […]

Posted in: dogs
JC Whitney motorcycle hard case review

JC Whitney motorcycle hard case review

I install and review the JC Whitney knock-off of the Givi E360 hard cases.

Posted in: motorcycling, review
“I’m not dead yet!”

“I’m not dead yet!”

My employer requires all full-time employees to undergo an annual health examination. It’s a bare-bones, cursory exam that measures height, weight, waist, and blood pressure. A small sample of blood is taken to create a clone army check blood sugar levels and cholesterol. There is also a health questionnaire that asks about family medical history, […]

Posted in: fitness & grooming
Raider assigned to new basestar

Raider assigned to new basestar

Nearly seven months after acquiring a 2004 BMW R1150R motorcycle, I’ve reassigned “Raider” to a new home. I was always put in a tough position: if I rode the BMW, my FZ6 sat idle. If I rode the FZ6, the BMW was left waiting in the driveway. My Honda is a project / scoot around […]

Posted in: motorcycling
Kettlebells and Great Body, session 15

Kettlebells and Great Body, session 15

It’s been a little over three weeks since I completed the excellent Power Half Hour series by Beachbody.com. I wanted to give myself a little time off from the typical Power 90 / Tony Horton-style home workouts, and was on the lookout for something a little different. I turned to a Russian kettlebell workout every […]

FiiO headphone amplifier review

FiiO headphone amplifier review

The second model FiiO headset amplifier was my micro-sized solution to a big-time volume problem. Would the tiny amp from Hong Kong do the job, or was the slick packaging and form factor as good as I’d get?

2004 Yamaha FZ6 touring screen review

2004 Yamaha FZ6 touring screen review

Yes, my most exciting and rewarding times on a motorcycle are blasting around twisty corners and challenging myself to make a perfect turn. However, the vast majority of my “saddle time” is spent on the highway. Bull’s-eying womprats in Begger’s Canyon back home — I mean, passing tractor trailers on I-95 — can kick up […]

Posted in: motorcycling, review
2009 Gmax GM68S white motorcycle helmet review

2009 Gmax GM68S white motorcycle helmet review

I upgrade from my 2008 Gmax GM68S black helmet to a 2009 white one. Besides the color, what are the differences between the model years?

Posted in: motorcycling, review
Etymotic Research ER6i Earphones Review (from a motorcyclist’s perspective)

Etymotic Research ER6i Earphones Review (from a motorcyclist’s perspective)

With a supposed noise reduction of up to 36 decibels and the ability to listen to music and hear phone calls on the road, I give Etymotic Research ER6i earphones a quick spin on the motorcycle.

It’s not you, it’s me

It’s not you, it’s me

Have you ever gone to a favorite Web site, only to see a cryptic error instead of a blog about zombies, motorcycles, and guns? Worried that your connection is jacked, or curious if the Web site is down? Check out Down For Everyone or Just Me, a Web site that attempts to contact the same […]

Posted in: gibberish, link and run