Sunday, December 09, 2012

Liner Notes: I rode on the back of a motorcycle

Inspector Climate's dad is quite into motocrycles (and we shall call him Mr. Climate - that is Inspector Climate's dad, not the motorcycle. The motorcycle we shall call Henry). And as it turns out, I have never been on one. My brother used to promise to take me for a quick spin, but then we never got around to it.  And if you check out my Life List you'll notice that riding a motorcycle does not grace its presence!

And so, on Saturday the moment of truth came and I was suited up into one of Mr. Climate's jackets, a helmet that was too big so I padded it out with a beanie, and the final touch, a pair of gloves that made me feel like a monkey.


This is me before the little trip. The whole time I was on the back thinking, this would be really fun if I couldn't see the pavement rolling by at such a fast clip and knowing that there is nothing really between me and that pavement. Basically, wouldn't this be fun if it wasn't TERRIFYING.

So basically, I wasn't a huge fan, but I know it meant a lot to Mr. Climate. So that's important.

In other news, Inspector Climate's grandfather was a fantastic wood worker. And when he died earlier in the year we spent some time out in his work shop looking through chisels with custom made handles or little wooden boxes that he made to keep his tools in. Inspector Climate's cousins started a collection of tools as a keepsake, but I'm not a big fan of clutter or things that have no use.

So when I saw this:


And I was told that Inspector Climate's grandpa had made it, I knew immediately that that was the thing that I wanted from the shed.

Check out these beautifully made drawers - no screws in these babies. Before we can take it home, it needs a bit of cleaning up and some fancifying of the top and the sides. I'm so excited to have such a fabulous heirloom into our home.


I love Johnny Jumps Ups. Such happy flowers.


14 comments:

  1. I'm also opposed to clutter and stuff for stuff's sake but I love pieces that have meaning or a story behind them. I'm excited for your beautiful new piece!

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  2. Oh, cool about the beautiful handmade furniture. And you look really cool in the motorcycle outfit too!

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  3. I don't think I could ride a motorcycle. I'd be terrified too!

    And the furniture is gorgeous. And I bet it'll last for ages compared to anything you'd buy at the store!

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  4. Awesome pics :) And great that you have an heirloom. Hope you're enjoying the summer. Here in SA, the weather has been kinda Schizophrenic.

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  5. That chest of drawers is gorgeous! Finding those sort of family pieces is so awesome.

    P.S. I've never ridden a motorcycle and I think I would have similar feelings. They scare me.

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  6. True story. I am deathly afraid of motorcycles. So to me, this picture looks like you are about to go on the front line and face death. You brave little soul you :)

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  7. I have never been on a motorcycle, but I do have a low-powered scooter. It tops out at a whopping 40 kmh. I know, you're totally impressed, right?

    Those dovetails are incredible! Ammon has been working on them, and perhaps someday his will look that lovely as well!

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  8. I'm so happy you rode the motorcycle. Yay, there's something exhilarating about entrusting ones life to another, especially when the speed gets above 200km/hr. :)

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  9. I've been on a motorbike twice - once in India and then in Timor. And both times without a helmet or a jacket or anything! I LOVED it. I was going to ask you about the helmet fitting. I can't even get hats that fit! And how exciting about the drawers, they look beautiful and it's so meaningful that you get to have it in your home xoxox

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  10. Ah, adventures! The last time I was on a motorcycle I was 15, maybe? It was a mini--I was driving . . . right into a ditch (thankfully, it was empty--though I'm pretty sure it hurt more)

    Love your new heirloom. So lovely!

    And Johnny Jump Ups ... I haven't heard that one for awhile. I do love the wee fellow.

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  11. My father-in-law also has a motorcycle that he gave me a ride on once and I too thought it was TERRIFYING! That is an absolutely gorgeous dresser...

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  12. I've always wanted to ride (and maybe to drive) a motorcycle. Yay to trying things even when they scare you! Also, IC's grandfather was a talented man. That piece is absolutely gorgeous.

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  13. That woodworking looks spectacular! Lucky girl.

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