Archive for June, 2008

country roads…

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

…take me hooome…

Well, nothing new to report from Denmark the past few days. I’m blissfully working away in the studio during the day, taking long evening runs in the countryside in the evenings, and generally being very happy, healthy and productive. Bo-o-o-oring! Kidding. I kid. Denmark, I’m your #1 fan right now. I love you.

So in taking all these evening runs, and doing what every good motorcyclist does, which is compulsively assess optimal road trip tarmac at all times, I’m reminded that I’ve been needing to post a link to Chris Paz’ motorcycle travel journal:


Ah, how the pupil doth succeed the master.
(or something like that.)

Chris was one of my former students (LHS class of ’01), and to my great delight and pride, did not become the white-collar criminal I’d anticipated, but has instead made fruitful use of his time and talent by becoming a serious motorcyclist, and moto-photo-cyclist.

Anyway, Chris and I have only recently gotten back in touch, and it’s been absolutely lovely. I’m so proud of him! Pics and stories like his remind me that I need to get off my duff when I get back home, dust off my own motorcycle (la belle Coco, here and here), and start riding regularly again. Despite having been a serious rider since 1995, I actually haven’t ridden in the past year. I thought I might finally be retiring, but the itch is still too irresistible. And with gas prices being what they are, it’s only, ahem, practical, really, to start again…I mean, hello. My bike gets about 40 miles to the gallon (and that’s inefficient, compared to many other bikes! And did you know it’s legal to lane-split in California? And that motorcyclists get all carpool/toll privileges?AND it’s fun as all hell!)

Since this has mostly been an artsy/filipino-ish blog, I don’t know how much any of you even know about my motorcycle habit. Have been riding for 13 years. Didn’t own a car for about 10 of those years: just owned and rode bikes 24/7, 365. (A 1976 Honda 550/4, a 1978 Honda 750/4, a 1971 BMW R75/5, and a 1998 Honda VTR1000.) Even worked in a motorcycle shop in the early-infatuation era. Took 2 1/2 months to ride cross-country with a friend once, have taken numerous little regional mini-trips. You know, come to think of it, I haven’t really blogged at all about riding! Expect that to change. Soon. And in the meantime, enjoy Chris’ pics and details. If you’ve ever considered riding, start asking. I’m sure either Chris or I would be happy to bend your ear with encouragement or suggestions.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Damn, it’s lovely here. My days are finally stretching out to the slowness and length that feels best: when you know you’ve only got a finite number of them in your life, they better count, as much as possible. Working on some art, still tying up some loose ends from SF, none of which makes for interesting blogging.

For today’s Wofflings thrill, however, I did take an evening run around 7 pm. (Yes, I do, in fact, exercise).
I think I’m officially in love with the Danish countryside.
And that’s all fine and well, but the BEST thing on my run tonight?
The Danish dude who’s parked his 1979 Firebird Trans Am on his front lawn with a ‘For Sale’ sign.