Mechanical Sympathy

 At the end of a twisty road, deep in the hills, the shop of my dreams...   courtesy of www.floorplanner.com, it's easy to play with, give it a whirl! Since doing bodywork on my first bike, I've remembered how much I enjoy doing it.  The new shop will be a…

Learning Curves

Following up on the 'just tell me the answer' post last week, I've been trying to find ways to articulate what I'm attempting to do with students so that they don't become frustrated.  It's said that familiarity breeds contempt, but what I'm hoping is that familiarity breeds confidence and a…

Digital Motorcycle Reading

I just finished Nick Sander's Incredible Ride on an ipad mini and really enjoyed the experience.  The integrated digital media in the ebook drew a different picture of that trip compared to just a written narrative.  It wasn't always better (as deep and developed) as a well thought out narrative…

Ebb & Flow

Originally published on Dusty World in March, 2014. Many moons ago I found myself hiring automotive technicians for Quaker State.  There were a couple of odd things I did that helped find people who could survive in our tough working environment.  One was toss any résumé that was full of grammar…

2014 Toronto Motorcycle Show

A ninety minute drive down to the Direct Energy Centre at the CNE in Toronto got us to the 2014 Toronto Motorcycle Show.  Having been to our first motorcycle show in January, it was interesting to note the differences here.  The TMS is much more focused around manufacturers.  I complained that…

Thin Ice

I came from the relative security and certainty of teaching English onto the thin ice of an optional subject area.  Now it's an optional subject area that I think is vital to student success in the 21st Century, but it's optional none-the-less.Why did I spend north of four grand to…
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