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Old 05-23-2010, 09:37 PM   #1
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Bluhduh ANGER management...

I slammed the phone into it's cradle, hanging up on the person on the other end of the call. I was so pissed I couldn't see straight. Usually that saying isn't taken too literally but after I hung up I turned, took one step and placed my face into the corner of the kitchen door frame. After that I wasn't seeing straight.....dats a fact.

It takes a lot for me to get cranked enough to hang up on someone (other than tele-marketers)...but I was there. And I don't know why I expend the effort to get all pissed at anything. I not big enough to hurt anyone but myself.

I staggered from the kitchen and back the hallway past my 18 year old son's room. From inside his room I hear mumbling......."anger management" is all I could make out. "Yeah, I chuckled, That's what I need!" Sarcasm so thick it was dripping from my words.

Anger management..."HA!"

Two-wheeled therapy is more like it. That's what I needed and it was waiting out in the work shed in the form of a KLR250.........

I changed clothes, grabbed my old POS Fuji S5000, threw on some riding gear and unchained the KLR.....15 cubic inches of ANGER MANAGEMENT! I kicked some life into it and pointed it in the direction of town. After stopping for gas I headed for the backroads and a little "West and wewaxation.".........



Stop.


The smell of horses. Good for the (my) soul.

















I was born and raised not too far from here. Four brothers shared one small bedroom in a tiny house...two bunks, a couple dressers for clothes and the whole world to explore.




There's only three of us now....since 1979.




These roads, I haven't traveled much in later years, but they are as familiar as if I had rode them just yesterday.

Let's go KLR...manage my anger.....





Stop.

I dig rust....



















Rusted old relic. Not worth a damn.....but there is something here.............








More management please..........








Stop.


Reflect......








One day all this anger won't amount to......................














anything.






So keep up the good work KLR. I'm startin' ta feel better.







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Old 05-23-2010, 09:50 PM   #2
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I've yet to have "anger management" issues, but I've been close. This weekend, I went riding with both my wife and my oldest son. Both have just gotten their motorbike license and did great in the beginner MSF course.

Both are taking turns riding a Honda 250 Rebel. Wife rode nearly 60 miles Saturday and the son rode about 40 today. The beauty of both of these rides was that we rode along mostly back rodes, often not getting over 40 MPH. It was about 90 degrees today and both were in full ATHGATT for the first time in the heat.

Both rides for me and them were very relaxing. We rode among trees, my son experienced the cooling effect trees have on the surrounding area as you ride past them. My wife just wanted to ride and ride and ride.

And for me, all the problems of the previous work week just melted away. I have often told friends that when I have a bad day, there is nothing more relaxing than taking a bike ride. and it seems it works great for you too.

Great pictures. And I really like the "rust" pictures. I could sit an stare at old equipment like that for a good long while.

Thanks for taking the pictures and sharing them with us.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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Stop and watch the setting sun for a few minutes from Pleasant Ridge Road....








Photo-op for my therapist................

















An old bible saying came to my mind here............Ephesians, 4:26.




"let not the sun go down upon your wrath."






So............................... on we go....





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Old 05-24-2010, 04:45 AM   #4
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:09 AM   #5
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With (finally) a break in the weather here (at the end of a long weekend no less) you've inspired me to a little anger management session of my own today.

That truck fascinates me. What is that? Some early oil field wireline model? Anybody know?
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:32 AM   #6
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The smell of horses. Good for the (my) soul.




So keep up the good work KLR. I'm startin' ta feel better.

I hear ya, good post
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:48 AM   #7
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That truck fascinates me. What is that? Some early oil field wireline model? Anybody know?

I'm not an expert....maybe water well rig.

They were common around here years ago. As were oil rigs.

I'm always drawn to old, retired equipment like that.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:54 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing, seems like life is trying to beat life out of us. The grave stones sure put "Now" into perspective. The end of the day should be the end of a lot of "wrath" and worry. Thanks for allowing me to reflect with you.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:06 AM   #9
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Perfect evening for a short ride. Cool air, clear sky.....I had the sun setting on one shoulder and the moon rising on the other......








It's like being in two different worlds at the same time. Take in the sun then turn your back and get mooned......



Stop.


What's that up ahead? You have to be careful on these gravel roads....large stones and all.........












Where you heading, Mr. Box Turtle? He looked like he was managing his anger very well....so why should I be angry....





Let's motor, Doc..........................




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I'm not an expert....maybe water well rig.

They were common around here years ago. As were oil rigs.

I'm always drawn to old, retired equipment like that.
You may be right. Possibly more water related than oil related. The sad thing about seeing equipment like that is that at some point it probably cost more than the homes of the nearest two families. One wonders how it just got parked and abandoned and what circumstances led to that. Interesting stuff and most of our local fields and pastures anywhere have similar examples of vehicles, equipment and farm implements just suddenly parked one day.
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Nice Denny.
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Well done.

You turned a negative into a positive.

Nice to see the horses, the snake and the turtle.
Good sunset too.

Thanks.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:42 AM   #13
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Well done.

You turned a negative into a positive.

Nice to see the horses, the snake and the turtle.
Good sunset too.

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:00 AM   #14
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The sad thing about seeing equipment like that is that at some point it probably cost more than the homes of the nearest two families..


Sad but true. Like I mentioned before, I grew up about 2 miles from where that rig is resting. The homes in that neighborhood back then and some even now were really very modest abodes.

But there was activity, interaction. Folks actually talked and visited with each other. We were neighbors.

There was always something going on with the kids in the area......football, baseball, the swimming hole, and best of all......TAG!
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:16 AM   #15
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A little riding is always great medicine for the soul, and your pics remind me of how much I miss the midwest. I also miss the small town fare--talking to folks, knowing everyone in the neighborhood, being friendly and actually having a conversation. Today, your neighbors don't want to know you or talk to you, and the younger generation is generally too busy texting to know how to have a face-to-face conversation. Different times for sure...
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