Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The highlight of my weekend was taking the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) course. Lasting both Saturday and Sunday, a total of 16 hours of classroom and road course training proved interesting. There were 6 guys in the class with me being the oldest. Most people take this course to get their motorcycle endorsement however having passed my test last year, I was interested in learning the correct way to approach riding. Having some experience was interesting as the course assumes you have never been on a bike. The first 6 hours was classroom work and I aced the 50 question test at the end. Being multiple choice questions I approach each one by looking at what are the wrong answers. The next 10 hours consisted of riding a small course in the parking lot. We were all given Honda Rebel 250 motorcycles (pictured) and it was obvious they had seen better days. All had the mirrors and front turn lights tore off, half had the back turn signals missing, and a couple showed evidence of some horrible event the bike experienced at the hands of a seasoned rookie! It was pretty thorough and although it seemed as though I knew the material, it was good to have someone critic your habits and work on good fundamentals. The highlight of my course was when I wiped out on the bike while working on a curve exercise. Rolling through the corner, we were to accelerate and apparently I exceeded all expectations by having to lean enough for the right peg to hit and grab the pavement. Ending up under the bike the instructor came running. Expecting a good lecture, I was pleasantly surprised at the rather mature discussion of my misfortune. I went on to secure a perfect score on the road test, something that even surprised me.
My last picture is of me celebrating the gifts from my co-workers Welly and Tom. Both had spend a good amount of time in Mexico lately and each brought me something that I am truly grateful. Of course everyone at work is aware of my Green Bay Packer status so Welly found this beautiful Poncho in lovely Cancun. One look and he knew it was me. I simply can't wait to wear it during next year's Super Bowl! In my right hand is the special gift I received from Tom. In a traditional hand crafted bottle is some of the finest Tequila in Mexico. Both are wonderful gifts and allows me to reflect how special these guy are to me. Of course I did have to model the Poncho to all of our factory workers, most of whom are die hard Viking fans. I was definitely a good way to remind them which team to support next year! Easter is this weekend and I hope to get most of my boat electronics completed, assuming everything comes in by Friday. Speaking of Good Friday, it's a great time to plant potatoes and that might be the goal for this weekend as well. Three weeks to opener, I am getting anxious for sure. The fishing sales are in full force as I am doing my annual accumulation of the latest and greatest.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The real problem will be simply trying to learn every menu, option, configuration, setup and I am sure few thousand combinations of all you can do with the system. Just interpreting the Side Imaging displayed what it all means will be a challenge in itself. I had a tremendous amount of confidence in the Genetron as I could anchor in 20 feet of water, put a 1/8 ounce jig with a leech on, drop it off the back of the boat all while watching it fall to the bottom, move up and down, and get hit just like winter fishing with a FL20. I am sure it will take a bit of getting used to the new system and I only hope it is as good as what I am replacing. Here is a picture of what the display of the side scan looks like. Of course this technology has been the rave for a few years now, started by Bottom Line (now Humminbird), I can see it will take a lot of trips this year to finally figure how to interpret what the transducer is looking at, not that I am complaining . Sort of feels like a new episode of Sea Hunt! This weekend has snow in the forecast for the Saturday morning, hopefully the last. I have committed to spending both Saturday and Sunday taking a Motorcycle Riders Safety Course, a 16 hour classroom and riding skills class at a local motorcycle dealership. I guess we are never too old to learn the right way to do things. Next week is Easter then maybe a chance to get on the water and try my new network out, if I get it installed by then!