Ruckus Scooter Love

Ruckus Scooter Love
Scootin' For A Slower Pace of Life...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Why Blog? I've Got Books In Me!

Sometimes I don't blog for days, weeks, months at a time. I used to blog all the time. I would create "blog" moments after a scooter ride and post photos and write all about my experience. It was so much fun and so gratifying, that putting of thought and experience into words.

Such is the nature of writing, for me anyway. There is a gratification and a joy in "saying it just so", conveying that emotion, describing that moment, person, or place.

Who or what benefits from all this? Maybe a few people read it and enjoy it or become inspired or enlightened. Some I hear from, most I never know about.

I enjoyed concocting it, but I did not get paid a dime for it. I read other's writings where I know they got paid for it and I think, "Geeze, that was crap!" And they got paid for this crap?

"Getting paid" is not why I blog or write. If I got paid, that would be nice. But I don't go looking for it. Yet.

I say "yet" because I have been told over and over "you oughta write about..." this or that time, this or that experience, this or that whatever in my life.

Yeah, I "oughta". And I want to. I've got books in me and I know it and I am approaching a time when I will get up and spend my morning writing about "this or that". Books.

The inevitable direction of all this is, yeah, I'd like them published somewhere and I would not mind at all being a "published author". Even if it's a "vanity press" or "Amazon" self-published book.

I've thought of a "serial" novel where readers subscribe and pay to read installments. Thought of it. No idea how to make that happen on the web. None. No one to ask either. Guess I'd better get moving on the research on that too.

Why all this rambling now? I just filed for my Social Security retirement last month and will get it in the spring. I will keep working part-time doing contract health care work a few hours a week and working my on-line collectibles store for a bit of money. Maybe delivering some flowers at holiday time.

But I am in the process of really pondering how I want to spend my "retirement time". Not sure why I am pondering all this. Maybe it's a sense of mortality creeping up more and more. Don't want to miss anything, waste anytime. And now I will have much less financial stress to hinder my soul from pouring out profound thoughts on blogs or laptops or tablets or whatever.

I've got books in me. Essays. Stories about country living, angels, living in Europe as a child, growing up an Army brat, working the back roads of Appalachia in health care, being a caregiver, living among the Amish, riding a scooter from here to there, frugal living, growing older in America, etc.

Books in me.

What to do, what to do?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Turkey Protest

There's a lot to protest these days and the same ol' routine Thanksgiving dinner menu is one of them. So...

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...We are "going rogue" this year for Thanksgiving!

I am putting together a pot roast tonight in the big ol' crock pot and will wake up to coffee, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and...

Lazy and Cheap Crock Pot Pot Roast

You’ll need:

A pot roast
Bag of celery hearts
Bag of mini carrots
About 10 red skin potatoes
A medium yellow onion
Salt and pepper
1 tsp dried Rosemary
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
Salad seasoning mix
2 bay leaves
2 cans of beef broth

This quantity is for a 5 quart crock pot. Use less for a smaller one.

Chop up what needs chopping up and lay the veggies in the crock pot, to the level where you have about 3 inches depth left from the top.

Sprinkle the rosemary and thyme, salt and pepper on the veggie layers. Place a bay leaf at either end.

Lay the pot roast on the veggies and then drown it with the 2 cans of beef broth. I use a salad seasoning mix and sprinkle it over the meat along with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook on low for 8 1/2 to 9 hours or until the meat falls apart and the veggies are soft.

We will also have buttered sweet peas, tossed salad, Cranberry Celebration from Kroger, and Hawaiian dinner rolls.

On top of this we will enjoy some Frische's pumpkin pie and Redi Whip for dessert!

And don't forget the coffee!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Dam Ride!

On Sunday I spent a few hours riding out on Clermont County's back roads. Headed over to the dam at East Fork Lake.

My Realtree seat cover is from Cheeky Seats!

Enjoy your autumn rides!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cool Breeze Ride

Yesterday I just spent the afternoon riding out on the back roads around my county.

I didn't go very far, but I stayed out about 3 hours on the scooter.

It was a perfect day: sunshine, low humidity, light breeze, 70s. Just perfect.

I followed my usual "ride that refreshes" and spied my little donkey buddies alongside this road.

I've been stopping and talking to them on scooter rides since I moved back here in 2012.

I tried to get them to pose "just right", but they declined until just after I put my camera back in the handlebar pouch.

Thanks guys!

I travel down this little one lane paved road alongside the creek. It is particularly beautiful in autumn. Not so far off.

Some one decided to pose old bicycles alongside the fence line near their property by the creek. They caught my eye as I scooted.

I rode on into the village of Batavia where I stopped at a UDF and got some cheese crackers and a Starbucks Frappucino blended cold carmel coffee.

I was so relaxed due to the sunshine and pleasant breezes that I could hardly keep my eyes open!

Scooted over to a favorite cemetery and sat under a shady oak and drank my java and phoned a friend in Kentucky.

After a while there I headed back home alongside my creek route and paused for a photo, mostly because my rear end needed a reprieve!

Breezy crossed over 800 miles on her motor while on this ride and she is running smoothly and just purrs along, so glad to be out on the back roads.

Safe Rides...Deb

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My Little Met

I took a little spin yesterday out in the country on my "new" little Honda Met. What a joy, what a gift! To ride again is sweet!

Here she is last Tuesday, parked at Mt. Moriah Cemetery on the way home from the Honda dealership...

It's a pretty place with a lake, waterfall, fountain, and ducks. I saw a heron fly overhead as I pulled up beside the lake...

Once I got her home I spent a good bit of time adding bling and so forth, of course. But then we had days of horrid, hot, humidity and then rain, rain, rain.

So the first time I really got to ride her out into the back roads was yesterday on a favorite rural loop.

Immediately I was eyed by curious by-standers, peeking through the fence at me...

Not too far along I parked alongside a rushing creek and hit the kill switch and just sat and listened to the sound of the water bubbling over the rocks...

The road ahead. I believe in being seen, so Breezy sports a bicycle hi-viz reflective triangle on the back of her Saddlemen roll bag, with no apologies for geekiness...

From the front you can see my "Crazy Critters" marketing new pet sitting business. My little 2002 Denim Met is part of my business presence in the neighborhood surrounding these back roads...

Up by the old cabin is a pond that today was algae covered. The cabin is on the right...

Looking back at Breezy, waiting to leave the pond and cabin area...

She is named for my sweet "Breezy", who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on June 29th...

On to Veterans Park in Union Township. Here is a nice lake with a cheery fountain and LOTS of duck and geese friends...

Ready to head home. She came to me with 727 miles on her and we just added another 30 or so.

Such a sweet ride and such a wonderful gift made possible by the generosity of a fellow blogger. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My little Met, Breezy. This scoot is LOVED!

Big Joy! My Little Met

I took a little spin yesterday out in the country on my "new" little Honda Met. What a joy, what a gift! To ride again is sweet!

Here she is last Tuesday, parked at Mt. Moriah Cemetery on the way home from the Honda dealership...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

With Gratitude

A fellow blogger has generously come through to gift me with the money needed to get the little Metropolitan out of lay-away.

I cannot express how this feels, to be in this frustrating position and then have someone help to resolve it almost immediately.

I thank you, fellow blogger, from the bottom of my scootin' heart.

Please know that you have brought joy to our household in a way that only a fellow rider of two wheels can understand.

I hope to take my "first ride of the season" next week and I will post photos of the little Met and the sights along the route.

Meanwhile, safe rides...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Not To Be

Ain't gonna happen...

So yeah, an update on this situation. One day I go down to the powersports store and find this little used Metropolitan scooter sitting there with only 714 miles on it and *BAM!!* that is it!

I've swapped over my lay-away to the Met and the Ruck will have to wait awhile. Difference in price? Try $1500.

Yep, Rucks have gone up in the price that's for sure.

The Met is a 2002, no rust or damage, gone over by the shop, runs like a charm. Just like my 2009 that I woefully sold in 2013.

"The Met is a Ruckus dressed up to go out" with some pluses that are good for around here: locking center stand, locking under seat compartment, rear rack capacity, front basket capacity (already bought and ready to install), and a windshield available for colder weather.

The Met only gets up to 40 mph, is carburated, and has a MUCH more comfortable seat than the Ruckus.

So, for now, on my limited budget, I am going for the Met.

Updates to follow....

Not my photo, but this is what it looks like. Will try to post an actual pic later..

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Scooter Fever

The relentless fever runs through my veins day and night...

Well, since I don't currently OWN a scooter, I've spent a lot of time on-line researching which one will be my next.

I've narrowed down a few features and preferences on my list of top choices. And that took considerable effort on my part because when it comes to scoots, I am like a "kid in a candy shop". I want them ALL! And RIGHT NOW! LOL

But I am trying to be smart about this and since I've got just a tad bit of experience "under my belt", so to speak, I do know enough to know what I do not want in a scooter. Been there, done that on some of these issues.



"Er, no..."

Yamaha C3...sweet, but hated the lack of a rear rack.

Ok, so yes. "scooter fever" is a painful thing and yet on-line scooter browsing helps to relieve it a bit. However, I actually did cross that browsing line last week and did a very brief visit to my local Honda/Yamaha power sports dealer. I was in a hurry, on my way to somewhere else, so I could not linger due to time constraints that day.

But I saw enough to know that this shop will probably be where I purchase my next scoot. Why? Well first of all they carry Honda and Yamaha scooters. I am probably going to stick to one of those brands because there is dealer support network widely available for maintenance and repairs.

When I move back out into the rural areas I can get what I need to keep my scoot going and going...

Secondly, these brands are bullet-proof reliable and have what I want in my next scooter.

And thirdly, it is 5 miles from home and I can get a taxi ride up there!

"At your service..."

Now that is not to say that I haven't seen a few other scooters that fit my criteria in another brand's line-up. I have indeed. But the dealer network is few and far between. Plus once I move back out into the rural area they are going to be WAY too far away in case something major goes wrong with the scoot.

Dirt roads are fun, but not when you break down out there in a "cellular dead zone".

Genuine Roughhouse 50, high on the list...

In sifting through the models available I had to get right down to what I like, what I don't like, what I want, what I don't want in my next scooter. Doing this assumes, in a way, that there is a "perfect" scooter out there.

I don't believe that this is possible, at least for most of us, so that leaves a tiny bit of "scrooching room" to negotiate the gaps.

Honda's Ruckus...always a contender...and my roots!

But when you are on a budget ya gotta just get right down to the basics in the here and now and leave the gaps by the wayside.

For right now, my basic requirements for a scooter look like this: large enough to be visible in traffic, fat tires, locking under seat storage is preferable, rear rack potential, strong head lamps for night riding, a floor board, fuel injection is preferable but not mandatory, a fairly comfortable seat height and acceptable ergonomics, a top speed of at least 40mph, light weight and maneuverable for handling and storage.

Pullin' at my heart strings...Yamaha's Zuma 50F scoot.

Right away, with this list, it becomes evident that I am more than happy with a 50cc scooter. This blog is not entitled "49ccscooterlife" for nothing!

This is not to say that I wouldn't go for a 125-150cc scooter. I would.

But for my riding style and intentions, 50cc would more than get me where I want to go.

"Mooove along, ladies..."

Lost along some random creek side road...

Mostly where I want to go is out on the back roads, riding slowly and drinking in the scenery, OR running up to the store or other local attractions on 35-45mph roads. My focus is avoiding traffic as much as I can unless I absolutely have no other way to get from point A to point B.

This is the way I started out riding and this is the way I will continue riding. It is the only way for me to enjoy scooting.

I've got 3 scooters in mind that so far seem to fit most of my "wants and needs" categories.

I have never sat on 2 of them or ridden them, but I hope to do so this week.

If one of them is "the one" then it will be a while before I can get it because I will have to save up the cash for the purchase. I enjoy no credit of any kind after long-term under-employment. "It is what it is", as they say.

However, there is always the possibility for a used one at a lower price to come along. Then I will be riding sooner!

I will name my scooter, "Harley" so that I can outfit her with all the gear and kit from the H-D shop up the street! LOL

Now that I have a good job as of last week (another post coming) I am hoping to set up a "scooter fund" to start saving up for my next scooter.

Anyway, my hope would be that by Labor Day weekend I might have my scooter which would give me about 2.5 months of decent riding season left to enjoy some back road exploration. It might come sooner than that, depending on my in-coming cash flow or the sudden appearance of a cheaper used one at this shop or on Craigslist.

Meanwhile the delirious insanity of "scooter fever" keeps my brain in a twist and a constantly moving twirl of dreaming about sweet rides out among the fields, creeks, and hollers.

When I am ready to pick-up the new scooter I will reveal the model and make.

Meanwhile, ride on and enjoy the summer, you lucky scooter-owning bastards!

NOTE: I "borrowed" a lot of photos for this post. They seemed to be free on-line. If you see one that is yours and you are pissed off, contact me and I will remove it immediately. Or take it as a compliment that I took the time to use it in my blog! Thank you, regardless.Scoot on!