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hey, tasha!
What are you dooooing?


What are you doing it wiiiiith?

A hammmmmer...


Went to the movies by myself last night, to see "Long Way Down." It's about two actors, Ewan McGregor (you've probably heard of him) and Charley Boorman (you maybe haven't heard of him) riding their motorcycles from John o'Groats to Cape Town. They went through 18 countries between 12 May and 4 August 2007. It was amazing, though this two-hour distillation of the 6-hour miniseries left out a LOT, like Ewan McGregor breaking his leg in February, 2007, when a pedestrian stepped out in front of his bike without looking and he was unable to stop without crashing. But the scenery was breath-taking, and while I don't think I could do something like that (I'm too paranoid bout people now, thanks to the Army), it was brilliant to watch someone else doing it. Even if some of the helmet cam shots did make me a little motion sick.

I wanted to ride to Lowell for the movie, but there were some minor storms on the radar, so darkwolfie encouraged me to take the truck, and I was going to, but I looked at the sky over Lowell and it looked like it was clearing, so I said the hell with it and went home and got my bike. I got there with about six minutes to spare, and still had time to get my drink and Twizzlers.

Today, I went down to Harvard to get the keys to my truck. I'd lent it to harpduchess while their car was in the shop -- they've had a rough month and I couldn't let them rent a car when I had one to spare. However, with darkwolfie's work schedule and a ride with friends planned for Sunday, we can't get it till Monday. I had her bring it to my aunt's house in Harvard, and I tried to meet her there, but I missed her by about ten minutes. I was going to get the keys and take them with me, but then I realized that I should just leave them with her in case she needs to move it. So we had lunch (mmm bulgogi) and browsed around an Asian market down the street. (Dried squid, by the way, is skeery-lookin'.)

And then she took me up to Fruitlands. They have a display there by sculptor Joe Wheelwright, called Tree Figures.

They are AMAZING.

This is just a crappy camera phone shot, but it gives you the idea.


Apparently there are eight on site. We saw three. I want to go back later this year, maybe when the fall colors are out, and find the other five. I'd love to take pictures of them at twilight, or under a full moon, but I don't have a camera that will let me do that, and besides, they close at 4 or weekdays and 5 on weekends and holidays. I haven't been to Fruitlands for years, though, and darkwolfie has never been, so maybe a visit is in order... when it's cooler.

And then the ride home kind of sucked, because I waited too long to leave on a Friday afternoon in August. But at least it didn't rain on me. I'm just a little tired and cranky and dirty. I need to go take a shower, wash my clothes, and go to bed.

i feel: tired tired

8 trips or shoot the rapids
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: August 2nd, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (base camp)
Wow. That is an awesome, awesome piece of art.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 2nd, 2008 04:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
Aunt Kaye and I think that one looks like Jesus on the cross at first glance. There's another, similar one made out of a yellow birch that looks amazingly predatory.

What it is, is a tree uprooted and turned upside down. There's even a face, but you can't see it in the crappy cellphone camera shot.
geordie From: geordie Date: August 4th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Just wandered over from Bellacrow to remind myself. Glad you made it back from the army. Wars suck. The military has my total support, the people who use them when it is not absolutely essential do not.

I wonder what they left out of Long Way Down? I have the two pack of DVDs as shown on the BBC, so it's six hours or so. I bet they left out most of Charlie being a pratt and making Claudio fall off in the final days because he was too keen to show off. A lot of my teachers fought in Africa in WWII and described the terrible pounding on desert roads and the fesh-fesh. I'd like to go, and the two rides they did (this and Long Way Round) have made me interested in bikes again, but I'd rather use a Kamaz or UNIMOG truck.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 4th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Actually, they did mention Claudio's get off, and showed Charlie stunting (stupid and yet impressive given the size and geometry of those bikes), and Charlie did admit that Claudio's crash was his fault.

They left out the part about Ewan breaking his leg in February in a bike crash, and the dithering and breast-beating about Eve going along. Personally, if it were me, I'd have gotten together with Olly and done my own trip when Charlie and Ewan were home to take care of the children. ;-)
geordie From: geordie Date: August 4th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I don't know what Olly's deal is, Ewan's family all seem to take any opportunity to meet up with him, Charlie's doesn't.

So... to save me going through the whole thing... what do you have?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 4th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, she had been pretty ill right before they left, but other than that, I couldn't tell you.

I have a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 500. It's red. They're the fastest.


Before that, I had a 2001 Suzuki GZ250. Fun, but too small for what I wanted to do.

Tasha's new bike

(I got rid of those stupid fringes as soon as they handed me the keys.)

Edited at 2008-08-04 07:58 pm (UTC)
geordie From: geordie Date: August 4th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hmm, I like those. They appeal to my traditionalist side. But I like BMW K1200s and R1200s, and Honda ST1300s. I don't like California roads, so although I have a full UK bike license I have never ridden here. Just starting to seriously consider bikes again.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 4th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Not ready for something quite that big and powerful yet. I'm a little too short for them, too.

I hear it's quite a process to get a bike license in the UK; you'll find it insulting easy here.
8 trips or shoot the rapids