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I wasn’t surprised to see Dave at MCN publish several Letters to the Editor about JIS screwdrivers, as I’d gotten half a dozen emails from people about the article as well. Here are the two that were published. Letters to Editor about JIS Screwdrivers.
I WAS surprised to see that Dave loved the idea of JIS screwdrivers that he went out and bought about a $100 worth of them and wrote an article about the ones he found. Hilarious! Dave’s follow-up review on JIS Screwdrivers
You should enjoy both of these, especially if you’re the geek-type mechanical type.
No article I’ve written in the past year was as fun as this one. Stu Oltman provided the inspiration and I soon realized in talking with several other mechanic types that most did not know of JIS Screwdrivers. I’ve counted at least a dozen people that have ordered these screw drivers after I told them about them. Hope you enoy it. You can read it here.
This month Motorcycle Consumer News published my article on visiting the Ducati factory in this month’s issue. I loved this very large poster hanging between two areas of the factory. The literal translation is: “You are in doubt? Ask”
MCN – August 2012 – Ducati
Andy is contemplating a MC ride in this area in the fall. Yesterday I checked it out. West out of Treviso to Trento, then north to Revo. West over passo del Tonale, then Colico at far north end of Lake Como, then down the east shoreline, bypass Milan, through Verona and back home to Treviso. More pictures on my Facebook page.
Maybe this year (2012) I will do a better job at keeping my blog updated. I sure hope so. Looking back and seeing that my last post was on the Dakar trip, I’m overwhelmed with what all has happened since. In short I completed the Dakar article and it will be coming out this summer. When it does, I’ll point to it here, of course.
On the home front, in the attempt to get more garage space I eventually determined I needed to buy a new house with a larger garage. So, in April, we moved to a 2 bedroom house with 5 garages. This 2.5 ratio of garages/bedrooms seems ideal to me and I’m happier than I’ve ever been with my new garage space.
Circumstances allowed for an extended visit to northern Italy this winter. Although a bit cold here (temp is typically between 37 – 41 degrees), it provides the opportunity to visit several of the more noteworthy motorcycle factories here in northern Italy without fighting crowds and standing in lines.
We met in the fall of 1996 at a retreat outside Philly. Jerry Michalski had convinced Ester Dyson (his editor at Release 1.0 and producer of PC Forum at the time) to pull together a small group of people from diverse disciplines who had, in the past year, said or written something that had made him say, “Aha.” (Photo courtesy of Doc Searls)
It was a magical time – a sense that things were shifting and moving, like tumblers in a great lock. The “conference” was unstructured, just over 50 people in northwest Philadelphia at Eagle Lodge and in an amphitheater where everyone could see each other. Alex Goldman of Internetnews.com reminded me today in his blog that I’d included a poem that Nick had written on the occasion when I chronicled my experience there and my ride back from that event with Chris Locke.
Nick and I stayed in contact over the years. He was wicked smart and a deep-thinking man, but more than anything else, kind — and that is how I will always remember him -intensely kind. I did not know his wife or two children, only that he talked with me about them all the time, so I felt I knew them. He was so, so proud of each and every success they had, no matter how small. AT 44, he passed away too soon.
New York City has been on my mind for some reason this week. Maybe it is because I remember what an incredible time the month of May is in the city. Being in the city as it wakes up from the rotten winter weather never failed to put me in a great mood. Seeing the trappings of heavy winter garments give way to the lighter and brighter spring fashions on the beautiful women who walk New York streets really lifts ones mood.
A visitor from New York left a house gift of some wonderful coffee. See picture. While it is made in Dallas, it reminded me of New York. And the next thing was this fabulous aerial virtual tour of the city. Now the music accompanying these amazing photo’s is not what reminds me of New York, but the photos are stunning. Enjoy.
Someone asked in the comments: “Is it possible to get notified of future updates from your blog?” The answer is yes, absolutely. See down below in the right column where it says “RSS Feeds”? If you click on either “Posts” or “Comments” there, you’ll see something godawful ugly. However, if you go to this page on the BBC, all will be explained. Hope this helps.