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!


  1. Comment made on April 18, 2013 by carlo pagliano

    Rock Live Oak tonight Jorma!
    Steady As She Goes.

  2. Comment made on April 18, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    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.)

  3. Comment made on April 17, 2013 by Richard Gustafson

    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

  4. Comment made on April 16, 2013 by John B

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

  5. Comment made on April 15, 2013 by Joey hudoklin

    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!

  6. Comment made on April 15, 2013 by doug mlyn

    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.

  7. Comment made on April 14, 2013 by Bake

    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.

  8. Comment made on April 13, 2013 by chuck newman

    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.

  9. Comment made on April 13, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

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


  10. Comment made on April 13, 2013 by Jim

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

  11. Comment made on April 13, 2013 by johno

    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. Comment made on April 13, 2013 by kathy

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

  13. Comment made on April 13, 2013 by Kate Sullivan

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

  14. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    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’.

  15. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by eaglesteve


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

  16. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by Joanne

    So sweet! Have a wonderful week end!

  17. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by Tom in St. Louis

    Way to go, Dad!

  18. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by Brett

    Once again, you are Livin’ the Dream Jorma

    I hope you and the family have a great weekend


  19. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by Steve Levnson

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

  20. Comment made on April 12, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    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!

  21. Comment made on April 11, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

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

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

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