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The Unexpected Joy of Motorcycle Riding

I may have to add an asterisk to the saying that buying things can't make you happy. I bought a motorcycle, and I'll be damned if it hasn't made me one percent happier than I used to be. Then again, we all know that spending money on experiences can make you happy. A motorcycle isn't just a vehicle to move you from place to place-- it's an experience every time you ride it.

My brother has loved motorcycles for as long as I can remember. So has my uncle. But despite "the disease" obviously mixed up in my blood, I never really thought twice about riding a motorcycle. It was sort of like stamp collecting to me-- something other people do, and obviously derive some sort of pleasure from, but I hadn't given it more than a passing thought.

Last December, for some reason or another, I thought that it would be novel for all of my vehicle registrations, inspections, licenses, etc. to be legal and up to date. I drove my RV back to Texas to renew the registration and get inspected, made sure the insurance was current, and paid off old tickets. The only remaining infraction I was guilty of was driving my folding scooter without a motorcycle license, which is required in California.

My Thoughts on Gun Control

On Where Pianos Roam

Two years ago this month (on January 28, specifically), I was held at gunpoint in east Nashville. Two young males held a revolver up towards me and managed to escape unscathed with my wallet.  It is easily one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I sometimes reflect on what happened, and hope it never happens again.  (You can read the full story HERE.)

In light of both this and the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my thoughts on the ongoing debate surrounding gun control.

I have to first say that in spite of my own experience with the barrel of a gun I am not opposed to the right of people to bare arms. In matters of self-defense against thieves, terrorists, rapists, and all sorts of perpetrators, I think that the mindful possession and minimal use of a gun is reasonable.

This is where I draw the line.

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