Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!

The weather has not been the best for riding lately, at least in my humble opinion.  Tonight I don't have a ride report or motorcycle photos as the Beemer is tucked away safely in the garage.  So with that in mind I thought I would wish all of you wonderful fellow bloggers and non-bloggers a very happy and safe New Year.  Thank you very much for visiting this blog this year and for your much appreciated comments.

This holiday weekend is a great time to not only reflect and be thankful for life and all the blessings we have but also to look ahead to plans and goals for the coming year.

My darling wife, Amber, surprised me with an iPod Touch 4 for Christmas and I must confess it's been hard to put it down since then.  Last night all of our family came over to celebrate Christmas.  This afternoon I put together an entire video including photo images and music.  It was an entire iPod production using iMovie.  I just might turn into more of a video guy.

The image above was taken a couple of weeks ago from the hospital room where our new granddaughter was born.  The house on the slope is facing the sun as a new day dawns.  As we face the coming new year I wish you peace and joy along with many safe riding miles.

God's speed.


  1. That's a fabulous photo Mike!

    Wishing you and your family every happiness in 2011. As I write, NZ is less than 8 hours away from 2011. Jennie and I will quietly see in the New Year but as it's a stunning day, we're going to take out her sports car with top down for a dusk to dark run and play with our new GPS - our joint Xmas present!

    Take care....

  2. Have fun with the new gadget. You'd be surprised how much work I end up doing on the Apple gadget. I haven't tried any of the video stuff yet but I use the camera all the time since I have it with me all the time.

    I also like the picture. It looks like right after the storm ended...

    Happy New Year!

  3. Mike:

    that is a stunning header photo . Some subjects work better with still images, while others require sounds and action

    Happy New Year to you and Amber

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  4. That is a stunning image. I love it when the mist hangs in the hills and trees (rather than the pea soup stuff we sometimes have to ride through).

    Happy New Year, and wishing you many safe and wonderful miles! On the bike that is...wouldn't be so wonderful, many miles by car!

  5. Beautiful picture! Simply stunning. Wishing you a Happy New Year and many miles and smiles from frozen Germany. SonjaM

  6. Happy New Year Mike. That is a terrific picture to celebrate the birth of your Granddaughter. Best wishes to you and your family for 2011.

  7. Geoff,
    Thank you! As I write this you're in 2011 already. That sounds like a fun day with the top down and an all day excursion with a new GPS. Have fun and Happy New Year!

    Thank you! I can see where iPhones/iPods can become an important tool in ones life. In just a week I've loaded many things into it including the Bible. If my company didn't require us to have a company supplied Blackberry I'd go with an iPhone. Happy New Year!

    Thank you! When I was messing with the video the thought came to me that I must go back and re-read some of your posts on video formating. I'm at the bottom of the learning curve right now. Happy New Year!

    Thank you! The photo was slightly tweaked using curves in PS. It's not SOC but close. The wisps of fog were a gift. Happy New Year!

    Stay warm and safe in Germany! I'll bet it's good to be home. Thank you and Happy New Year!

    Thank you as well. Happy New Year to you and your family across the pond!

  8. Really nice pic of misty forest....

    Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

    Redleg's Rides

  9. Happy New Year! Enjoy that new granddaughter and spoil her like crazy.

    Love the photo. Enjoy the new gadgets. I have been loving my Droid. It is really amazing what you can do with these new devices instead of always lugging a laptop around.


  10. Dom,
    Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family. Looking forward to your travels recorded on video!

    Thank you! We have been spoiling her but then that's one of the privileges of grandparents. :) Droids are nice too. I'm blown away by the potential of these things. Happy New Year!

  11. I have to agree with others on the beautiful images, both in the header and the one on this post. I wish I had taken something like that.

    Lately I am content to curl up in the living room and eat chocolate...

    Happy New Year!

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  12. Steve,
    Thank you for your kind words! Lol on the curling up with chocolate. Not a bad idea! Happy New Year!

  13. can't remember if I told ya happy new year, let or not

    so Hope ya have a very Blessed new year!

  14. Jel,
    Thank you - Happy New Year to you too! Thank you for stopping by!

  15. Great grab on that photo, congratulations on the addition!

    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life