Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paint and Water

Does my Ducati look a little more special? Yes it does. I bought this bike because it is beautiful. Really, especially in person. A beautiful piece of rolling Italian art. And, because it was the bike I wanted so badly when it was new and I was a high school student. Part of the dream look included that little cover that you see over the passenger seat in the above picture. It was a dealer option at the time and part of how I wanted my bike to look. My Ducati, when I purchased it, did not have that piece. It's pretty rare and comes up for sale rarely and for a dear price on the internet. But, with patience, I found one at a reasonable price when it popped up on eBay and I got it! It was the wrong color, a metallic black that was very rare and, I believe, only made for one year. So, I got this cool little passenger seat cover piece that is supposed to be body color and I was excited. I checked the internet and found that the Rust-Oleum brand gloss red auto spray can matches Ducati red very well. Then, I red up on how to spray with a can to make the result look professional. I figured, why not? If I mess it up, I'm no worse off and will get it done professionally. Then I figured I may as well repaint the mirrors as they were pretty scuffed up. What you see here are the results. I am pretty happy with how it all came out. Not at all perfect but now I know what I am doing and what I read on line all makes more sense now. I know how to fix them to be perfect and how to do it better next time. This time, however, I am decided not to fix them. Not now, anyway. They look good for the most part and the rest of the paint is 22 years old so having the mirrors and seat cowl be perfect is not at all necessary to make them look like a match.  Anyway, it is one of the great pleasures in life to study how and then to do something new. This type of experience is among my favorite types in life. The results and memory become their own trophy.

Crazy kids. This is not behavior that I condone, even if it is cute and amusing and they are giggling like the children that they are. Sometimes I like to take them to a Japanese restaurant by my house and they always seem to have a good time. Usually with the chopsticks and the miso soup and the food but on occasion, with a tackle.

The sun has been out. And I have two pair of sunglasses in my car. Recently, Ana asked if she could use one pair and then Enzo asked if he could use the other. They look pretty cool to me.

One day, while Tami worked, me and the kids went to Vasona and Shea and Nicole met us. We made quite an event out of it.
We rode our scooters all over the place and rode the train, too.

Then we went on a paddle boat! I love boats. They are like mobile bridges on the surface of the water. Bridges and boats..... awesome things. So, we went on a boat in Vasona. I don't think I have been on one of these since I was a kid though I have been to the park so very many times over the years. Cool. And peddling these things is actual work. So, good thing the kids think it is fun. We all took turns, even Ana and Enzo, as peddlers and steerers, and observing passengers.

As if that wasn't enough, after the boat ride we crossed the bridge and played in the playground for a very long time. When it was time to go, we decided we would all meet at a Starbucks. This was because it was getting late and I was still craving a cup of coffee never found all morning or day. And, because I knew the kids needed to get moving soon and to take a nap so I bribed them to leave and get a chocolate milk. So, Shea and Nicole rode off and me and the kids scooted back to the car. After we got in the car, I didn't even get out of the parking lot before they were both asleep. Shea and Nicole were on bike and foot and beat us there. We chatted while the kids slept. When it was time to go I drove home the slowest way possible to let them sleep. Almost home, they woke up and wanted to know where their Starbucks chocolate milk was. How did they remember that as the first important thing when they woke up? So, I pulled into a Starbucks next to an OSH. They got the chocolate milk and then we walked around the hardware store...

And went home with these various hardware store items that we made into a fountain! It was a cool project. I had wanted to build a fountain for a while. The kids were happy to help me pick out times as they drank their chocolate and then just as happy to help me cut the bamboo, set up the pump, and glue and place the objects in the tub. This was made in early April and we are still going outside and turning on the fountain a couple of times each week. We purposely made it to have three different sounds of water splashing. That was inspired by Japanese gardens. Eventually, Tami bought a few feeder fish and placed them in the fountain. To my surprise, they are still doing well in there weeks after the fact though the fountain has no filter or temperature control. The plant is doing great and, as simple as it is, I really enjoy watching the water and listening to the splashes. The kids really enjoy not listening to adults and sneakily playing with the splashing water when ever they think they can get away with it, it seems. So, we are all getting something out of the fountain and that's what's important I guess. You know, for a family fountain.


  1. That Ducati looks amazing...good job, Randy! I'm not a fan of motorcycles myself, but I can appreciate their beauty and efficiency in traffic (providing they are ridden in a responsible fashion, which I'm sure you do)

    I love that fountain...they say that the sound of water are relaxing to the soul. I have several small fountains at home...

    RE: your recent notice that the blog is going to come to an end...please make sure you put me on the list of folks who want to read the new one - supposing you do start a new one...please!

    Hugs to you and Tami and the are fortunate in your family...Bless you all.

    1. Thank you Aunt Sally! I will definitely let you know if I start up a new blog.