Monday, July 30, 2012

Cellular phone and Spanish BMWs

Folks ask me what I think of my new phone, but I don't really have a point of reference to compare to.  It's on Verizon's 4G, which I guess is good, but using an older version of Android which I guess is bad (gingerbread, not ice cream sandwich). The Google+ application works much better than the Facebook app which is slow and uncooperative to navigate. Words with Friends is still great and now portable.  After trying both, I prefer the kindle device to the kindle app, but I'm glad to have the capability to read from my amazon library anywhere. Getting email right away doesn't save as much time as I thought it might. Text message and IM threads are easier to manage, though.

What do you think of when someone says "BMW Motorcycle?" Stalwart high-mileage touring bikes and adventure bikes for crossing continents?  Maybe their swanky new sportbike?

Nice machines for sure, the coolest things to roll out of the Bavarian Motor Works on two wheels have got to be the older air-and-oil-cooled twins like the R100 and R75/5. Below are two beautiful bikes based on those models coming out of custom bike shops in Spain.

"Scram" from Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles 
CRD#14 from Cafe Racer Dreams
These Spaniards have found a formula that works for me. Old, but reliable engines dressed up just enough. Looks like fun.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It's been a while

...and I've been busy.  With both tangible, important things like traveling, the wedding reception, and work as well as nonsense like personal projects, relaxation, and getting enough sleep to function.  Each day is filled with big and little things that have to be done and it seems like actually finishing a post keeps getting pushed off.

Sleep is a funny thing; I think most people don't have to give it too much thought.  But when you've got 7 hours between when you leave work and when you have to report back (and a half-hour ride between work and home) it starts to become a pressing issue.

I got an LG Lucid over the weekend. I think I may have been a salesman's dream, being woefully ignorant, but somewhat eager to get the upgrade process over with.

For a while I was known in the Platoon as "the beer blogger" after certain folks discovered this website.  It seems sad that I've strayed from that considering how I've continued to accumulate bottle photos Sarah had kindly taken for me. So here we go: some time ago I got a sampler 12-pack of True Blonde Ale, ESB Special Ale, and Modus Hoperandi IPA by Ska Brewing Co.  It was on sale at Spec's and how could I say no to Ska on sale?

Modus Hoperandi - My least favorite, but seemingly spot-on as a well-executed IPA.
ESB Special Ale - Doubly special?  This style is growing on me; hoppier character than I would think I'd enjoy, but still smooth and balanced.
True Blonde - Nothing bad to report, but nothing particularly memorable either.  I think the word marketing executives use is "drinkability."  Sounds about right.