Since I’m waiting on the special wrench that removes the exhaust nuts, I figured I’d just change the rear tire tonight.  The old Continental still had tread, but it was ancient.  The front tire is a new Continental that the previous owner had just installed.   I installed a Dunlop K70 on the rear because it looks right to me.   The SOB took about 4oz of lead weight to balance out though.  Crappy manufacturing in Malaysia.   

I put my Benelli 650 up for sale to fund… something else…  I didn’t really know what I wanted.  Either a nice BMW airhead or a newer Sportster 883 to dink around with.   I think I found the right match.  The new owner of the Benelli will bring it to life and he traded me for this 1975 BMW R90/6 that’s in really good original condition.  Nobody hacked it up too badly.  I need to get a headlight figured out since it had an ugly Pacifico fairing up there.   I know they probably make riding awesome, but they look so bad.    It only takes about 10 minutes to put it back on if the mood ever strikes me.   

The bike needs going through because it has been sitting still a few years.  I’m going to transfer the title tomorrow and see if I can get it to fire up for me so I can start to get after anything that needs gotten after. 

It must have been fate when I went onto eBay for some retail therapy to see if I could relive my childhood with an authentic set of Key Imperial overalls in fisher stripe.   There was only one NOS set for sale and they were exactly my size.  I didn’t even have to hem them since they were goofy 31” inseam.    The bottom two photos are just for reference.  Me, age 7, and some coveralls I have owned for years and years, but can’t bear to remove the tags from.    Stay tuned for a comparison portrait once I track down an authentic Allis Chalmers hat like that. 

Sasha in December, 2006 age six.    Looking directly at this photo next to the one from her last day, I know it was time for her to leave, but it has been bugging me constantly since the moment of.  

Sasha in December, 2006 age six.    Looking directly at this photo next to the one from her last day, I know it was time for her to leave, but it has been bugging me constantly since the moment of.  

Sasha in one of her last moments before the end.  I’m still not dealing with this so well.

Sasha in one of her last moments before the end.  I’m still not dealing with this so well.

A couple of photos I scanned from a 1965 book titled “The Book of Motorcycles, Trail Bikes & Scooters” by Erik Acrtander.

Apparently Pointer Brand is now selling women’s skirts in five unique styles.  I’m not really sure how I feel about trying to make workwear fashionable.   Especially while trying to retain workwear cues like triple stitched white seams and stiff fabrics.    I mean I can’t imagine raising a barn in these since they offer no protection to the knees and shins.  Is this just Pointer trying to do a weird money grab at a fad?  I remember buying pants from them for under $30.00 not that many years ago.  Ladies, what do YOU think?   

This year’s big bull at the Iowa State Fair,  2014.

This year’s big bull at the Iowa State Fair,  2014.

Please stand by.  Major life-altering events are in progress. 

Please stand by.  Major life-altering events are in progress. 

Flashback Friday.  Me, age 7.   My grandma brought me some childhood photos tonight so I can keep track of what my daughter looks like to compare as she grows up.   This might explain why my Key Imperial overalls are my current favorites.   

Flashback Friday.  Me, age 7.   My grandma brought me some childhood photos tonight so I can keep track of what my daughter looks like to compare as she grows up.   This might explain why my Key Imperial overalls are my current favorites.   

I always reblog this when I see it posted, uncredited.  

I always reblog this when I see it posted, uncredited.  

(Source: theswankyowl)

1977mopeds:

Zero fucks given.

Looks familiar!

1977mopeds:

Zero fucks given.

Looks familiar!

Truck.

February, 2012 and October, 2012 on the same roll of film.

Hasselblad 503cx, Kodak Tri-X, Kodak D76

Here’s my honest opinion of Bona Fide Pomade: 
I kept seeing this stuff being slung on Barber Justin of Chicago’s Instagram.  Once I saw it was ‘orange scented’ I had to have some.  OK, young men of the internet… I’m here to tell you that there’s a vast difference between modern ‘vinyl’ pomades and the old school grease pomades made with lanolin, petrolatum, and bees wax.  
Bona Fide is just another run of the mill modern pomade for dudes whose wives won’t let them get the pillow case stained and feel the need to wash it all out of their hair the first time they hit the shower (or a rain storm for that matter.)  This stuff just doesn’t cut it for my hair.  It takes about 1/8th of an 11 dollar can just to hold my hair down and then it dries just like hair gel.  In fact, I think you could make pomade like this by letting Dep hair gel sit in open air for a day to take some of the moisture out of it.  
That’s all these modern products seem to be.  You have to re-wet your hair to redo your hair, which I hate.  This is true of Bona Fide, Suavecito, and Lay Rite.   Honestly, to me this stuff is costume pomade for dudes who want to look like rockers on the weekend and then need it all out of their hair on Monday.     I have the best luck using heavy duty waxy/greasy products like Dax Wave and Groom and High Life Heavy pomade.   So that’s what I’m going to stick with.  
I don’t know why I keep chasing the dragon with this stuff since I haven’t been able to outdo my current tool kit of haircare crap:  American Crew Grooming Cream, Dax Wave and Groom, High Life Heavy, and Royal Crown hair dressing to thin it all out to the proper consistency for 24 hours of comb-able, shiny greasiness.    Contrary to popular belief, if you use stuff like Dax and High Life it stays in your hair and does NOT get into your motorcycle helmet liner.  
Bottom line is that Bona Fide is a modern pomade for city people who probably want to look good in internet photos, but will have a lot of hair fails throughout the day/night if they seriously try to do anything other than sitting around the house.   Motorcycle helmet test: fail.  24 hour style-ability test: fail (fail after 15 minutes.)  Smell test: pass.  I am addicted to orange Tic-Tac candy, so Bona Fide makes my mouth water.  I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.  It does smell just dandy.   But I am gonna give my tub away to someone who is too afraid to put grease in their hair. 
As far as these modern pomades go, Lay Rite still ranks #1 for me.  Bona Fide would be #2.  I don’t have a #3 because I hate all the others I’ve tried because they smell like Axe Body Spray or something else horrible.   Lay Rite smells like cabbage patch dolls did in the 1980s, but it works the best for the longest amount of time.
I’ve rambled on so I’ll shut up now.  
Disclaimer: I base this review off of my own hairstyle preferences and hair type.  My opinions/advice may completely ruin your life. 

Here’s my honest opinion of Bona Fide Pomade: 

I kept seeing this stuff being slung on Barber Justin of Chicago’s Instagram.  Once I saw it was ‘orange scented’ I had to have some.  OK, young men of the internet… I’m here to tell you that there’s a vast difference between modern ‘vinyl’ pomades and the old school grease pomades made with lanolin, petrolatum, and bees wax.  

Bona Fide is just another run of the mill modern pomade for dudes whose wives won’t let them get the pillow case stained and feel the need to wash it all out of their hair the first time they hit the shower (or a rain storm for that matter.)  This stuff just doesn’t cut it for my hair.  It takes about 1/8th of an 11 dollar can just to hold my hair down and then it dries just like hair gel.  In fact, I think you could make pomade like this by letting Dep hair gel sit in open air for a day to take some of the moisture out of it.  

That’s all these modern products seem to be.  You have to re-wet your hair to redo your hair, which I hate.  This is true of Bona Fide, Suavecito, and Lay Rite.   Honestly, to me this stuff is costume pomade for dudes who want to look like rockers on the weekend and then need it all out of their hair on Monday.     I have the best luck using heavy duty waxy/greasy products like Dax Wave and Groom and High Life Heavy pomade.   So that’s what I’m going to stick with.  

I don’t know why I keep chasing the dragon with this stuff since I haven’t been able to outdo my current tool kit of haircare crap:  American Crew Grooming Cream, Dax Wave and Groom, High Life Heavy, and Royal Crown hair dressing to thin it all out to the proper consistency for 24 hours of comb-able, shiny greasiness.    Contrary to popular belief, if you use stuff like Dax and High Life it stays in your hair and does NOT get into your motorcycle helmet liner.  

Bottom line is that Bona Fide is a modern pomade for city people who probably want to look good in internet photos, but will have a lot of hair fails throughout the day/night if they seriously try to do anything other than sitting around the house.   Motorcycle helmet test: fail.  24 hour style-ability test: fail (fail after 15 minutes.)  Smell test: pass.  I am addicted to orange Tic-Tac candy, so Bona Fide makes my mouth water.  I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.  It does smell just dandy.   But I am gonna give my tub away to someone who is too afraid to put grease in their hair. 

As far as these modern pomades go, Lay Rite still ranks #1 for me.  Bona Fide would be #2.  I don’t have a #3 because I hate all the others I’ve tried because they smell like Axe Body Spray or something else horrible.   Lay Rite smells like cabbage patch dolls did in the 1980s, but it works the best for the longest amount of time.

I’ve rambled on so I’ll shut up now.  

Disclaimer: I base this review off of my own hairstyle preferences and hair type.  My opinions/advice may completely ruin your life.