Winter Friggin’ Winter
“What did you do in The Great War, Nasty Evil Ninja?”
I keep telling you – I wasn’t in any -ing war! Having said that, I was wounded in ‘Nam.
Weirdly enough, from what I can work out, I’ve picked up a nasty knee injury by sitting on the couch, drinking Bud and eating cheese and chilli covered nachos whilst watching the Superbowl. Either that or Lill Boo was practising her wrestling moves on me when I was asleep afterwards.
Either way I woke up with pain and ruptured synovial membrane. Bah!
As the internet is down at work I figured I’d update you on random thoughts, and a bit about what’s going on in my life.
Not bloody much! It’s Winter – so I haven’t been riding my bike. It’s not how it used to be… I mean, I did 10 or 11 Winters riding sportsbikes on the snow and ice! Looking back at it now I have no idea how I ever survived? I’m so glad I managed to capture a few rides on video, because who is going to believe that I rode a ZX9R through fairly deep snow in conditions so slippery that I actually started sliding backwards down a hill! Well here is the proof:
Aside from being pretty damned sure I’d never try and repeat anything like that (I actually rode my VFR750 in much deeper snow and slid backwards down a different hill), I have to admit that there is a part of me that misses it. I’m not sure if it was ‘fun’ exactly, but it’s probably more to do with how much of a thrill it was. How extreme. How unique.
But after 11 years of that I learned to drive a car just over a year ago, and find I also love driving. Compared to being on a bike, if you get out of shape in a car, you have time to go and make a sandwich, have a quick look on Facebook, and THEN do something to stop you from crashing. It’s easy as Hell!
Winter is pretty much dead time for me. I can’t do trackdays or anything I want, and there isn’t even any motor racing on TV. Apart from rallying – and that just doesn’t cut it compared to waiting to see the Moto 2 boys slugging it out with 20 bikes going for the lead!
So I’m on Facebook a lot. Playing stupid games. And if I can safely sneak it in without Lill Boo getting bored to death (no, this is not inuendo!), then I’ll get the Xbox 360 on.
I’m still waiting with bated breath for GTA 5 to come out, but that’s ages away. I discovered the Dragon Age games a few months back, and sunk many hours into those, and have just started on Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
I think I still prefer Fallout for that type of game, but Elder Scolls is pretty damned good! It should tide me over until the snow pisses off and I can get my kicks scraping my knees on the tarmac again!
What do you lot do to keep you amused through the Winter months?
As a side note to all this, I learnt the other day that one of my favourite people on YouTube for his hilarious bike vids, mask pranks, and other malarkey – Svengalie – has passed away…
He seemed like a really good bloke, and it appears it may have been a suicide. It goes to show that you never really know what’s going on in someone’s Real World away from their online antics… Such a shame. He was only 30 and had kids. My dearest thoughts go out to them and his friends and family.
I’ll leave you with the first ever vlog I saw of his (before I even knew what a vlog was) that made me laugh so much. Hopefully it will do the same for you, and spare a thought for Steven Love: