UPDATE: A New 12 months, New Challenges


A metal sign about aging and riding.
An nameless reward…

Growing old and Driving

This steel signal was delivered to my dwelling. From who I don’t know. However I’ve to suppose it pertains to a video I posted not too long ago on YouTube that explores the query — When is it time to cease driving?

That video appeared to the touch a nerve as 1000’s watched it and a whole lot commented. I’ll put up the video under.

Getting older, it’s taking place to all of us on a regular basis.

Getting older is unusual. And issues appear to occur quicker and quicker on a regular basis. Previously couple weeks I’ve realized I would like listening to aids and that I’m growing cataracts and the stress in my eyes is rising. The listening to aids went in my ears as we speak and it was kind of surprising how a lot I wasn’t listening to. And there was excellent news with my eyes in that the cataracts aren’t unhealthy sufficient to warrant surgical procedure.

I’ll take these wins.

Vespa ET4 in a winter landscape
Journey child trip.

Itching to Journey

The climate for the previous month has been chilly, moist, snowy, dreary, and usually not ultimate for driving. There was a time I might courageous the weather however I’m wiser now.

However sufficient is sufficient generally and the itch to trip was robust sufficient that I went out on the Vespa ET4 when the temperature rose above the freezing mark and the roads had been solely moist.

Belgian Sheepdog in snow.
Snow? So what.

Winter is a State of Thoughts

My canines remind me that snow and chilly climate are one thing to get pleasure from and never disguise from. I’m nonetheless studying that lesson. I’m discovering it simpler on a regular basis to calm down into a simple chair and watch the climate from a heat indoor vantage level. I can barely drag myself out to play with the canines not to mention go for a trip.

Two Belgian Sheepdogs on a walk.
Rising into the world. Once more.

It’s superb how only a slight rise in temperature can stimulate me to go exterior for a stroll. Having canines pushes the purpose. They continuously remind me of what a beautiful world it’s…

Shooting video with a Fuji XT-2.
Enjoyable making movies.

Video Manufacturing

It’s most likely apparent to these of you who comply with Scooter within the Sticks right here that I’ve been paying much more consideration to creating movies for my YouTube channel that I’m writing essays for the weblog. I’ve given up making an attempt to handle each properly and simply do what I get pleasure from doing. And proper now the puzzle of making movies makes me smile.

What doesn’t make me smile although are the cantankerous GoPro Hero 8 cameras and their finicky controls. And worse, the crappy batteries.

Battery stuck inside a GoPro Hero 8 camera
A tragic scene — a lithium battery caught contained in the digital camera.

I ignored the slight swelling of the lithium battery. After which it swelled sufficient within the digital camera to defy elimination. I pulled the highest off the battery making an attempt to take away it and promptly separated the highest from the battery. A search on YouTube confirmed the right way to get the battery out together with the hazards of fireside and explosion.

I’ve all the time hated these cameras so I used to be not unhappy to do away with it. And now I’ve one GoPro and that’s sufficient.

***VESPA GTS REPAIR UPDATE***

I spoke with the mechanic and he has all of the work accomplished aside from the entrance finish. I believe that’s full now and can most likely hear from him this coming week. The one sudden discover that I didn’t define was a failing rear wheel bearing. Now the GTS is sporting a pleasant new one.

Hopefully I’ll have the scoot again in rotation in early February. Simply in time for the nice and cozy climate!