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Going Ungently

A few minutes ago, I saw a post on Facebook from a man I respect, and was startled to realize that the events described below happened a full decade ago. I won’t ask “where did the time go?” —  there are records of much of it, scattered around this very house — but will note … [more]

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Onward & Upward

I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings. Coming down is the hardest thing. —Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Learning to Fly   “Are you scared, Jack?” “No way, Dad!” I stood there, looking up the hill at what’s now named Straddleline ORV Park. It’s been closed off and on over the years. Back when it was new, it was just “the ORV.” The Hill – since closed for safety reasons – had a sign at the bottom reading “NO FOUR-WHEELED VEHICLES ALLOWED.” Kicking over a DT175 isn’t nearly hard enough. To my chagrin, it … [Read More...]

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I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long way from home And if you don't like me, well, leave me alone I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll drink when I'm dry An' the moonshine don't kill me, I'll live 'til I die! --"The Moonshiner," a traditional Celtic lay   Just a quick hello here; my name is Jack and I'm a-- "HI, JACK!" Last riding season started with a lot of promise, but promise snapped with the dry rustle of a crushed roach when a Subaru driven by an addict drove straight through my spine. Because I'm lucky more than … [Read More...]

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