Tuesday, August 19, 2008

YouTube fun

Isn't it great that we can share video on YouTube for free? YouTube can also be a great way to learn too. Just take a look at what I learned recently.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The best gai yang in Chiang Mai

Here it is. I haven't tried them all but I know what I like and eat here at least once a week. Aroi

Oh yeah, Mapjack is pretty cool too.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Danny Straub in Thailand

Danny is a recent transplant to Thailand and has been willing to put up with my torture on the off-road trails in Chiang Mai. Here's a clip of Danny demonstrating how to duck paddle up a heavily rutted section of uphill.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Off Road with Robert


I found a sweet 97 Yamaha TTR Raid 250 for Robert and today was our inaugural off road ride. We started off with me on the mighty WR200, aka muppet chaser, but quickly returned it to the crafty hands of Mr Ball so he could continue his work on the carburetor. With the DRZ400S in hand we headed back to the 700 year stadium to continue our ride. We did see the muppets on the trail but opted to explore some trails that haven’t been mapped yet rather than chase their butts across the mountain.


If you’ve ridden the single track trail from the 700 year stadium to Huay Theung Thao you know there are two places where there are nasty branches hanging low and where the foliage makes it difficult to see the trail. After fighting to get me and the DRZ through, I stopped and got out the Leatherman with saw blade to do a little trail maintenance.


Here’s Robert trying to use his puny little 85 KGs to pull a branch from the undergrowth. I said “Here Son, let me show you how to do that” as I weigh in at just a few more kilos than him. We got the trail pretty well cleaned up but have to go back with the "chainsaw in a can" to finish the job.


All in all, we rode 50 km off road and had a great day. I was really nice to have my best riding buddy back on the trail with me. I hope we can share many more rides together.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Signs of 50

Some thoughts about turning 50 this week...

Sarcasm, just one more service I offer.

Pushing 50 is exercise enough.

I have one nerve left… and you’re getting on it!

Thank you for not being perky.

I’m much too young to be this old.

I’m smiling, that alone should scare you.

I’m not deaf, I’m ignoring you.

Embarrassing my children, just one more service I offer.

Youth passes, but with luck immaturity can last a lifetime.

50 is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning.

“Not a morning person” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Where I live the squeaky wheel gets replaced.

I’ve forgotten more than you probably ever learned.

There’s no way to excuse the way I’m about to behave.

You can hold your stomach in for just so many years.

Do I look like a people person?

They’re making adults much younger these days.

I’m not anti-social… I’m just not very friendly.

Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

What if the “Hokey Pokey” really IS what it’s all about?

How about NEVER? Is never good for you?

I’m not tense, I’m just terribly alert.

I wasn’t flirting, I was just being friendly.

After 50 your body has a mind of its own.

All stressed out and no one to choke.

Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster and with more energy.

Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Life is short, break some rules.

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Being a human kickstand while your riding mate runs in to the 7-11, is this good mateship?

A well known GT Rider was quite upset with me recently because I wouldn't meet with him to discuss what he called "mateship". I tried to explain to him that he was stepping beyond his boundaries. You know, the whole glass houses & stones thing. I don't think he understood. In my opinion, "mate" should be used as a noun and not as a verb, especially when you're talking about "mateship"

Maybe I'm missing something or is this a case of "farang rules don't apply here"?