I just thought I would drop in, read a few posts, and see how the zoo is
going! Looks like all is well, and pretty much the same as it was a year
Sorry to see all you goofy bastards are still here! ;-)
Hope you all had a good summer and survived AC weather.
The missus and I had a great summer! Shipped the kid of to Japan and did we
did a boat load of vacationing on my Harley. Best part was no parts fell
She "won" a scholarship through Youth for Understanding. We had to come up
with about $500, plus the incidentals of shipping her off, luggage,
passport, inoculations, that type of thing. She spent six week in Otaru. It
is on the north island of Hakiado, (spelling?).
About two weeks before school was out she got called into the office and got
the offer of the trip offered on her. YFU said they did not have a
representative from North Dakota, so they had a spot to fill. She has always
wanted to go to Japan so she was pretty excited. The "fun" part was she had
less than six weeks to get her ready to go! she still had to qualify. Write
some papers and a couple interviews, but I really believe she was the only
kid asked in the state!
I think the whole thing is a farce of some sort though! She was also looking
into paying her own way through another organization before this scholarship
came up.Either trip was valued at $5000, so she has to pay income tax on
that amount. For the $5000 she got shipped over and back, plus any travel in
the country, which was very little. In the country host families paid her
way, without any reimbursement. I don't mean to look a gift horse in the
mouth, but it can not cost anything near $5k for the travel!
I like Harley's if they're quiet.
Those 110 dB trumpets are ridiculous.
That wouldn't gripe me so much, but I got stopped one night
riding a Honda with a non-stock Basssani glasspack. The cop let me
but warned me that running a "modified exhaist to increase noise"
carried a pretty stiff fine, if he wanted to write me up.
I explained it was a temporary fix (believe me, I lied), until the
stock muffler I ordered came in, and he let me go. It was nowhere
NEAR as noisy as a stock Harley Davidson sportster with standard
trumpets. I would have had a lot of fun in court, though.
I've been know to take $50 parking infractions to court (and beat
them, too). I guess it helps when you know the ropes.
It's called making the best of a bad situation.
My three pet peeves, when it comes to noise pollution, are:
Unmuffled Jake Brakes on semis.
Barely muffled motorcycles or rice rockets,
roaring through town.
Ridiculously over-amplified car stereos, which can rattle the
windows of buildingss at least a hundred yards (meters) away.
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