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The Spring wind at the FPR

The Spring wind at the FPR

Yesterday I was getting my hair cut in town. I knew that it was an early release date for the Elementary School kids and Vanessa picked Izze up and met me in town so she could come back to the house and hang with the Old Man while Ness worked a the Ranch. ‘Dad, I’ve been thinking,’ Izze said to me with a serious look on her face. ‘I think this would be a great day for a motorcycle ride,’ she continued. ‘Wow, sweetie! Are you serious? If you are let’s go home and get the bike and grab some gone!’ I could hardly believe my ears. ‘Just one thing,’ she went on. ‘Don’t drive crazy fast.’ I reassured her. ‘I’ll drive any way you want me to!’

We went home, parked the truck and got the scooter out. She went upstairs and got her helmet, and Harley jacket while I did a preflight check on the rig. I always keep the bikes ready to go. I never put them away for the winter. Oil, tire pressure, suspension pressure… good. Let’s go.

After about twenty miles, izze wanted a snack so we stopped by the Fur Peace Ranch in time for milk and Girl Scout cookies. Snacking satisfaction achieved, we took the back roads and another 15 miles to home. Like the Singing Brakeman Jimmy would way, ‘Good times here but better on down the road.’ Scooter riding credo indeed… of course, at the end of the day, it’s always good to come home.

Shiny side up... always!

Shiny side up... always!

That’s my girl.

Screw it… let’s ride!

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  1. Barbara Jacobs
    April 11th, 2013 at 21:27 | #1

    Not only do I love your blog-post,
    I also love the photos.

    “The Spring wind at the FPR”:
    love those greens and blues!

  2. Cyndy Consentino
    April 12th, 2013 at 08:01 | #2

    Dear Jorma,
    Sweet! Izze is an adventurous little lady!
    Saw this pic a few days ago when Vanessa posted on FB.
    Nice to hear the back story:)
    Have a sunshine filled weekend!

  3. Steve Levnson
    April 12th, 2013 at 08:51 | #3

    Could anyone have a bigger grin than yours above? Shiny side up, indeed!

  4. Brett
    April 12th, 2013 at 09:38 | #4

    Once again, you are Livin’ the Dream Jorma

    I hope you and the family have a great weekend


  5. Tom in St. Louis
    April 12th, 2013 at 10:53 | #5

    Way to go, Dad!

  6. Joanne
    April 12th, 2013 at 11:38 | #6

    So sweet! Have a wonderful week end!

  7. eaglesteve
    April 12th, 2013 at 14:36 | #7


    And tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th
    Happy #69 to that devil, devil, devil of a man.

  8. jim hitchcock
    April 12th, 2013 at 18:34 | #8

    Said a fond (and very sad) farewell to my 20 1/2 year old conure Seamus on Monday. He was a hell of a friend. The last time I took him camping up in the Sierra he flat rocked out to `Steady as She Goes’.

  9. Kate Sullivan
    April 13th, 2013 at 10:55 | #9

    You were getting your haircut in town. That must have taken all of two minutes

  10. kathy
    April 13th, 2013 at 12:34 | #10

    What a great adventure for dad and daughter! PS – Happy birthday, Jack!

  11. johno
    April 13th, 2013 at 13:13 | #11

    Happy Birthday Jack!!! You don’t look 50! Keep on Truckin’. Why don’t we have a weekend next April @ the Beacon for Jack as well. What a wing-ding that would be.

    @Kate Sullivan
    I’d say it took 15 mins, 10 for BSing, 5 for the trim.

  12. Jim
    April 13th, 2013 at 15:57 | #12

    She’s so lucky to have a dad as cool as Jorma !

  13. Cyndy Consentino
    April 13th, 2013 at 17:12 | #13

    Dear Jorma,
    Please wish Jack a Happy Birthday! Wishing him a blessed year:)


  14. chuck newman
    April 13th, 2013 at 21:18 | #14

    Well I guess I’m not the only Aries baby in the bunch. Happy Birthday to Jack. I’m just a little ways behind but not too far. Great looking bike.

  15. Bake
    April 14th, 2013 at 08:52 | #15

    A very heartfelt Birthday wish to Jack. Jorma, looks like a new bike ? did you turn in the Fat Bob? Great color great Bike, hope you get to ride as often as you can. Still fixing mine up from the deer “incident” last fall, but it’s getting there. Your little girl will remember these rides for the rest of her life! Sorry to her about your good friend, Jim. We have a blue-fronted Amazon who will probably outlive us, always seems to pitch in a comment at the right time.

  16. April 15th, 2013 at 12:03 | #16

    by the way, read the interview in the Albany herald. Good stuff. Thanks for giving a shout out to your fans. We really do love you.

  17. Joey hudoklin
    April 15th, 2013 at 16:08 | #17

    From another fellow Aries, Happy Birthday Jack! A wonderful man with humor, grace, humility, and the best darn bass player I’ve ever heard! Thank you for the decades of inspiration you’ve given me and so many others. All the best to you. Rock on!

  18. John B
    April 16th, 2013 at 09:35 | #18

    A Wingding! Granny and Jethro Bodine used to throw Wingdings! @johno

  19. Richard Gustafson
    April 17th, 2013 at 12:40 | #19

    Very cool Jorma! Way to go Izze! One of (actually 3) of my best memories was taking my boys for a ride. They are 21X2(twins) & 22 now and are looking to get their licenses now! Goes by so fast, enjoy every moment. Peace

  20. Barbara Jacobs
    April 18th, 2013 at 01:41 | #20

    More new photos, please.
    Write whatever you want on your blog, just keep in mind how much I love those greens and blues.

    I will be sending another book to you next week.
    Please read it and pass it along to Jack (if you think,as I do,that it will be beneficial and comforting to him.)

  21. carlo pagliano
    April 18th, 2013 at 08:48 | #21

    Rock Live Oak tonight Jorma!
    Steady As She Goes.