Posted by: nativeiowan | August 7, 2016

2016 v8.0

A quiet Sunday morn here in Queensland.

Winters here as gentle. Today is overcast, a bit windy but very gentle. The sun is currently peeping out from behind the clouds, sending a welcome bit of thermal warmth through the windows.

Started this morn on a discussion about “sinking islands”. A chapter in the Global Warming books which offers more fiction than fact.

I ponder as per the ability of mankind to constantly, all ways, demand a soon-to-be  catastrophe. Why do we have to have the sky falling to be happy?

My research this morn took me in some interesting directions which I shall share here…

So, to start… and to be sure I know what I am talking about, I shall do a bit of home work here and see where we stand… I do think that Kiribati, as a nation, is doing pretty good, overall, economically… http://data.worldbank.org/country/kiribati?view=chart

My research sent me to a good read which i think helps a lot here… https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/09/kiribati-on-the-move-not-sinking/

Are the “islands” sinking or shifting, or moving, or changing?

I started this because of a comment I read in another venue… Untitled 111 copy

Now, to be clear, I took umbrage with this statement… “The effects of climate change may soon render the islands uninhabitable”.

I have taken the time to search for facts regarding the sinking islands. I challenged the statement…

There is heaps of emotion. Too much emotion… here’s a good one… https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/gallery/2016/feb/15/pacific-islands-sinking-states-climate-change

The pictures alone evoke emotion. But the article is skimpy on facts.

I know I am opening myself up for a bit of backlash. Too many people emotionally have bought into the sinking islands scenario.

Did I mention I own an island that is sinking? It’s in the Morovo Lagoon. Rovana is a large volcanic island. We’ve been there about 20 years. And the coast line has changed year by year. The eastern side of he island is the weather-side. It has big waves crashing along the coastline. The erosion is constant and considerable. Every time I visit I notice change. More trees in the water. More large boulders rolling into the tidal zone. The lagoon-side is a combination of mangroves and rubble. Less prove to visible change.

My very amateurish observations here have been that the erosion on the weather-side often coincides with build up on the lagoon-side. Over the years I have noticed the “hole” where we anchor our boats has gotten shallower.

As well. I own a large piece of waterfront property in Gizo. And it is sinking too. But it is sinking because it is a reclaimed mangrove swamp.

It was reclaimed at least 50 years ago. Coral boulders, old tyres, tree trunks, old steel frames from ancient vehicles… everything and anything was dumped in the swamp and a sizeable waterfront area was developed. And it is sinking at a rate of knots.

Over the almost 30 years I have been there we have dumped tons and tons of fill onto of the old fill. And it still sinks.

Must be Global Warming…

Posted by: nativeiowan | July 31, 2016

2016 v7.2

Last day of July, 2016…

My, how time flies when you be having fun…

7th month of the year complete. Over half way through the year, and only about 100 days from a US Presidential (and Congressional) election. I guess the US election cycle has dominated the news. But there are other important matters to pay attention to… The upheaval that is the Syria/ Iraq civil war(s) continues. Iran and Russia are a US allies. North Korea has declared war on the USA. Sorta “end of times” stuff, if you believe in fairy tales.

Is there some “Happy-Newz” out there to report? Golly, that’ll take some research… Damn, gotta dig deep for “happy news”…

The Olympic Games in Rio start this week. It has been a conflicted Games. Zika, The Russians being banned, so many sporting stars dropping out of the games… hmmm, not real happy, eh?

Maybe I am going to have to work hard to find positive reports for the month of 07/ 2016…

So, I change my tone… I could report that in July 2016, 412 people were shot in Chicago, leaving 65 dead. But if Mr. Obama don’t give a shit about what happened in Chicago, why should I?

Instead of discoursing on the world, politics, and the fucked up state of affairs we generally live in, I will talk about grandbabies, bikes, boats, ink, dawgs, n fun n games that an ol fart can have if he ain’t too fussy…

Had Don’s baby, Ed, here for quite a while. A toddler means you must be on your toes. It means the house is filled with laughter – or – tears. It means the house can be awake or asleep at odd hours of any day. It means there is no real schedule, noting the child sets the schedule. It means that the ol-folks, Zai and Pappa (grandma and grandpa) are happy all the time…2016-07-14 14.39.47

Paul’s baby, Lucky 13, showed up as Ed was preparing to head home. It is amazing how these two, about the same age, can be so different. Lucky is socialized and is very articulate. Her vocabulary is impressive. Ed is more the lil princess, she haughtily points and grunts. Gets her way through silently instructing the caregivers. Lucky yells, demands, tells you what she wants in a bossy voice. Ed has since left but Lucky, Betsy, and Paul are still here. When they finally depart the ol folks will start arguing again…2016-07-17 11.57.13

Not the best picture… But lucky was not happy being left in my care. She was howling and pretending that if she cried enough she’d be rescued… Once the camera was out she alternated between smiling for the camera and howling at the top of her lungs. Caught her in the transition between tears and laughter here…2016-07-21 19.05.23

All the babies like Big Bro Mendoza. He’s a good guy. Maybe a bit rough but he is still young enough to be fun and big enough to be useful… 2016-07-25 19.11.59

Had the Bimoto out for a day of riding. A rather unusual machine. 110hp on 167kgs… very light, very fast, and not very comfortable to ride. Corners better than a video game bike. It leaves me shaken and smiling for days…2016-07-23 16.46.24

Bike projects abound… been cleaning and getting both the X75 and the 52 Tbird ready for the road. Both should soon be licensed and ready for legal road use…2016-06-06 12.44.462016-06-06 16.02.042016-07-09 18.55.43-3

Ice is now in Gizo. I am unable to fly off and have fun on it. Too much happening here in the land of Oz. But Don and Hans have it well cared for. Maybe in the next month or so I’ll get everything here sorted and can fly off for some time on the water…ice copy

Kuma has started his annual shed. It is a plague when a big, hairy dog sheds. He spends most of his time outside now. He has been digging big holes in the yard to show his unhappiness…2016-07-23 16.47.24

Got new ink the other day… If you don’t understand “The Itch for Ink”, I cannot explain it. If you have an inkling -pardon the pun- you will understand how maturely excited I am over getting a limb totally completed, totally inked. Another 6 hours under the needles and my right arm will be a work of art… There will come a day that I do not have any more skin to ink thus I will have completed my Te Moko journey and then can relax. But that day is a long ways off…2016-07-28 14.55.58

Now, wasn’t that more fun that discussing the Bluezzz…

PEACE

Posted by: nativeiowan | July 29, 2016

2016 v 7.2

Ok, the long, drawn out, painful stage one of this US election cycle is complete.

Stage One of course being the primary process for the nomination of the Party Candidates.

And what do we have… ???

I am not sure!. I wish I could discourse articulately as per what I have studied and what I have deduced. But I can’t!

I am too confused.

But let me try… and don’t throw stones if what I perceive is either left or right of what you perceive… we can still be friends even if we don’t agree politically…

Trump is a big blow hard, monied, ego ridden dude. No doubt about that.

Hillary is a creature of The System. No doubt about that.

Bernie got reamed up the corn-hole (no doubt about that) and I am unsure what he ended up rolling over for.

Cruz tried to be altruistic, but failed abysmally when he broke his promise, his oath to the RNC to support the winner of the Primary-Process. He is a liar. No doubt about that.

I think a few guys came out of this with honour. Ben Carson is one I see who has been honourable. Others, namely Jeb, are with Cruz in their dishonourableness.

I hear respective candidates and supporters telling us, with devout certainty, how bad the other will be. I do not think this is attractive. … ” – Trump will destroy the economy – Clinton will remove guns from the hands of citizens – Trump admires Putin – Clinton is owned by Wall Street – “.

But none of this is meaningful… it is all rhetoric.

Where are the facts?

Sure, Trump is a blow hard businessman who is very dislikable. Sure, he has done some shady deals, been sued, sued, has been a bankrupt, has a stable of clever lawyers, puts his name on buildings, etc, etc.

Sure, Hillary is a creature of the Political System. And as such I do not think she is her own “man”… She has too many secrets and too many debts. Note that The Clintons have had no less than 2 dozen friends, associates, partners, or employees die mysteriously. https://www.truthorfiction.com/clintonfriends/

Neither is the shinning personage of democratic vision and future promise.

But they have been “nominated” by the democratic process. Is the system flawed, corrupt or misleading?

Maybe.

I have for decades felt that the modern democratic system as we have experienced, and are experiencing is controlled by powers above.

Remember the movie “Being There”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcPQ9gww_qc

When I was young I felt fortunate that the US had a very robust democratic process. As I have aged my youthful enthusiasm has been trampled by broken promises, blatant abuse, and what I perceive as a disregard for The Electorate.

I have always sought truths and facts, researched my life’s decisions, and thought that a democratic vote was  a valuable thing.

But the modern day facts as I see them push me away from the electoral system…

Oh, maybe I am asking too much.

As far as I can see, facts simply do not matter to the “system”.

Am I asking too much?

So billions of $$$s have been spent on this “democratic” process. The American electorate have been given the chance to voice their desires, and, for better or worse, the contest is between Trump and Clinton.

Would not have predicted this outcome 12 months ago…

And I remain very confused…

Posted by: nativeiowan | July 23, 2016

2016 v7.1

Wow. WOW!… Did I say WOW?

This election cycle is sure interesting. Maybe more entertaining than interesting, but interesting none the less. And in a way it is very annoying. I see too many people getting emotionally involved in the rhetoric spewed by the various candidates, from all sides.

I was discussing all with a friend of mine today…

My take on it since about 1972 has been this: I have a democratic ballot to cast for the highest office in my home land. My vote does count. My vote is important.

I campaigned for McGovern as a kid. Cant remember why. He said he would End The War. I later was interested in Andersen from Illinois, can’t remember why, but he turned into a prick and went Independent after he lost the nomination, and proved to me he had been lying all along. (Cruz kinda reminds me of Andersen) I was even interested in Ross for Boss but he turned out to be a fascist in capitalist clothing. I once thought Jimmy Carter to be a good man, and was probably not far wrong, but I always pegged him as a pretty uninspiring leader. I don’t know why he could make me listen but could never inspire. I always waited for him to strike that match and light my fire. He never did. By the time Obama came around I was way too jaded to be fooled, again. 

Since I turned 18 and was eligible to vote I made a point of registering. First as a Democrat and later as an Independent. But I never voted. Never once. At any level of the democratic process.

Why did I never vote? I never found THE CANDIDATE that grabbed me. Made me feel interested and supportive. Made me think they were not a lying, fucking piece of political dog shit. I never found The Candidate that I felt was worthy of my vote.

So, now I am a centrist. I am of no team. I wear no colours… blue, red, or otherwise. I watch and comment as I see fit. And wait for the candidate that I can vote for.

I am not disagreeing with anyone out there. But I am not agreeing with you either.

You may be one who thinks I should vote. I have been told I MUST VOTE. Here in Australia you are fined if you don’t vote. But I very fervently feel that my vote is valuable. Very valuable.

So why should I give my vote away cheaply. Why should I simply choose to be an opposition team, to vote against someone or something. I want to vote. I wish I could find a candidate I could vote for.

My problem may well be that I am too informed? Ignorance is sometimes better than knowledge.

I make a point of never entering into important decisions without being fully informed. It’s a bad habit I should really break.

How many people out there have researched their political party’s platform?  Here, let me help you …

https://demconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-DEMOCRATIC-PARTY-PLATFORM-DRAFT-7.1.16.pdf

https://prod-static-ngop-pbl.s3.amazonaws.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf

http://www.independentamericanparty.org/about-the-iap/platform/

So, where are we… July is ending. People are being killed in the streets daily. Politically motivated attacks are frequent. (You think ISIS or BLMT or KKK are not Political?) Fear is a common commodity being purveyed in the media.

How much is different from, say, 10 or 20 years ago?

November looms large. It is indeed an important election.

Will the world end if we have another 4 or 8 years of the failed Obama policies? Probably not.

Will the world end If Trump builds walls and tears up trade agreements? Probably not.

Will we enter an age of enlightenment if Johnston is crowned king of the prom? Probably not.

So where are we? Why all the emotion?

I like the fact people are participating. I dislike the fact that I don’t think many are very informed. Too much emotion rules the day. Too much scare-mongering-rhetoric is spewed, consumed, and regurgitated. Again, and again. A vicious cycle we really must gain control of.

As an example let me offer a very important piece of analysis on the topic of Black Lives Matter Too…

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96723180/Resistance%20Is%20Futile/index.html

I offer an expert of importance here…

For every 10,000 black people arrested for a violent crime, 21 black people were killed by police (± 2).

For every 10,000 hispanic people arrested for a violent crime, 21 hispanic people were killed by police (± 3).

For every 10,000 white people arrested for a violent crime, 38 white people were killed by police (± 2).

We all need more and better information before we run off angry, confused, scared or supportive…

SMILES

Posted by: nativeiowan | July 10, 2016

2016 v7.0

July. Hell. The 10th of July…

Lot going on to confuse and distract…

I may be burying my head in the ground and not paying too much, enough attention to the “global scene”. But where I have my head buried is sure purty… A 1952 Triumph Thunderbird.

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Have chosen to make the ’52 my next project…

Would like to think she’ll be running, registered and ridden by the end of the year…

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 20, 2016

2016 v6.3

The moon in June… Did you watch it last night? 20th of June? The full moon, of June…

A spectacular sky. The full moon rising with Saturn, Mars and Jupiter all visible.

2016-06-20 17.33.57-1

 

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 7, 2016

2016 v6.2

Back wrenching and polishing. Always a bit of a mystery, dismantling any old machine. The history of the machine is buried in the nuts and bolts…2016-06-07 16.47.57

Cutting edge for its day. The tri-carburetored system is going to pose a bit of a challenge to me…2016-06-07 16.48.41

The old fuel has turned to glue so I need to take it all apart and give it a good cleaning. Do hope I can retune it properly…2016-06-07 16.48.52

The actual number of X75 units produced is unknown. A number of  engines were set aside for the X75 production run. The engine was used for a couple different BSA and Triumph machines (BSA owned Triumph then) so the numbers designating the TRX75 model have shown up in other 3 cylinder bikes from 72/ 73. It do get confusing. I can only assume this bike with # 1886 was produced later in the 72/73 sequence…2016-06-07 16.51.30

Interesting though… the distinctive “megaphone” silencers are sequentially numbered. These are numbered 71 2956, 57, and 58. 3 silencers per X75 so if we have 2958 silencers divide by 3 we get this bike being X75 #986. 2016-06-07 16.52.11Which holds true to the numbers noting that wikipedia states… 1,183 engines were put aside for X75 production.  Perhaps this is bike number 986 of the 1,183 wikipedia claims?

My world bench is happy…2016-06-07 16.59.22

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 6, 2016

2016 v6.1

Winter settling in on us here in Queensland. I am waiting to see what will happen with the sale of ICE. All a bit confused right now. So rather than sit n be bored… I start a new project…

The X75 Hurricane is my life-long favourite vroom machine… 84f30-mercenary2bgarage2bdublin2bmotorcycle2bworkshop2b19722btriumph2bx752bhurricaneIMG_1497I vividly remember seeing one in 1972, and my life changed forever. I was in love. I was besotted. I was irrevocably changed… Then, I never saw another one for decades. I recall seeing 2 different bikes in 2 different bike museums. I was always reading articles and checking out what these were selling for. My buddy, Noel, had a picture of one on the wall in his office at Liapari. I never touched one… Not until I bought this in 2013.

The X75 is a true “Eleanor”.

An Eleanor is something that is rarer than a unicorn.

So I start a dismantle and polish project on my X75… 2016-06-06 12.44.46

First step was to figure out how to get those lovely, lovely pipes off …2016-06-06 12.44.53

Took a couple hours but got it figger’d out, eventually… Needed two reference manuals to make it happen… and an assistant…2016-06-06 15.51.48

Of course I could not have done it all, as quickly as I did, without the help of my 14th grandbabby, Ms Ed.2016-06-06 16.00.222016-06-06 16.00.28

Ed likes sitting on my mats…2016-06-06 16.02.04

She went home to her mama smelling like old gasoline and WD 40… What can we exepct from a 1yr old who is raised in a shed full of vintage vroom machines and imperial tools – and a crazy grandaddy? All the signs of a misspent youth, by the age of 3? One can hope.2016-06-06 16.02.06

And life is guud…

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 4, 2016

2016 v6.0

Raining so gotta stay bizzy in the shed…

Cleaning the 2013 Thruxton. Still my favourite ride: 
  

Posted by: nativeiowan | May 29, 2016

2016 v5.2

Month of May ending. The night sky has been amazing. Life has been fun. Frenetic activities abound…

So what happened this month:

Went to buy ICE and aborted the trip… Kinda sad. Was very “up” for being a “yachtie” but it is not happening very quickly, if at all. Time will tell per the ICEBound adventures…2016-05-03 14.41.07

Did though get to spend a couple weeks in Fiji. Gotta luv n miss “de islands mon”… The smell of a low tide is still in my head…2016-05-02 17.57.19

After the aborted ICE trip Hans n the gang got to hang n play for a week…

Hans with baby Ed…2016-05-11 20.03.46-2Willis in the SNNAKKE…2016-05-13 13.19.58

Been driving the Snnakke a lot. Fun, fun, fun…2016-05-21 14.16.49

A real win for me and my Brit bikes… I found “THE MAN”… The Man that does nothing but ol Britt bikes… And I am sooo happy… Check out : http://www.blacktopmotorcycles.com.au/about_us.php

So I took my ’65 TR6SS to him to rejuvenate and get it all sorted, registered, and running like a true TR…2016-05-23 13.07.33What a classically beautiful machine… Reportedly Steve McQueen’s favourite bike of all…2016-05-23 13.12.16For the record… this is not my machine. I gave it to Connie ages ago…

Then to top the month off… We had a Birthday party on Saturday. Joanne’s Bday. So we set up tables and seats… made out of hay…2016-05-28 11.00.31Practiced our graffiti skills in the yard…2016-05-28 11.01.00Brought in a bouncy-house and a wood-fired pizza man…2016-05-28 12.42.14And had a great afternoon in the yard.

So… just another boring month in the life of an ol’ fart…

Smiles…

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