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Non-Moto: Hipstamatic Holiday iPhone Photos from Fuzzygalore

Non-Moto: Hipstamatic Holiday iPhone Photos from Fuzzygalore

I’m always walking around with my iPhone in my pocket. Truth be told, one of the only reasons I got the iPhone was for it’s camera apps. I couldn’t care less about actually talking on the phone. Getting me to voluntarily do that is nothing short of pulling teeth.

My favorite camera app is Hipstamatic. With it’s funky framed films, light streaking and curious coloring, the app puts a kitschy spin on your (square) pictures that I happen to love.

The Big Duck Dressed for Christmas

Here are some holiday time Hipstamatic pics from Chez Galore and our little world:

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Stony Brook Promenade of Trees: On the Road Again

Stony Brook Promenade of Trees: On the Road Again

The Stony Brook Village Center works very hard at keeping a small town, community feel alive. During the winter season they hold an event called the Promenade of Trees where the walkway is lined with small Christmas trees that are decorated by families, scout troops and organizations. It’s fun to stroll along and admire the hard work that kids put in to coming up with a tree theme and creating the decorations for them.

This year, when my daughter and I walked along looking at each of them I was surprised to see this tree covered in motorcycle themed ornaments!

On the Road Again Christmas Tree

On the Road Again is a local motorcycle training school. They cater to those that are looking to learn to ride as well as riders who are looking to brush up on their skills a bit.

On the Road Again Motorcycle School
P.O.Box 540
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790
Phone: 631-862-RIDE, 516-756-RIDE

Though my daughter’s tree was my favorite, the On the Road tree with it’s curvy road sign topper was a close second. I hope someone walking by will see it and be inspired to finally take the leap and learn to ride!

One Day I Will Become a Graceful Swan

One Day I Will Become a Graceful Swan

Sunday was cool but sunny. I didn’t stray very far on the bike. Kenny and I monkeyed around on the DRZs for a few minutes but I wasn’t feeling social and went off to do my own thing. I ended up at one of my favorite spots on the harbor to just sit and watch the world go by.

My Swan Friend Keeping Me Company

Watching swans on the north shoreWhile I sat quietly on the waters edge a single swan began to paddle it’s way closer to me. It moved cautiously, slowly; clearly trying to figure me out. I just sat watching it bob against the current. It probably sounds crazy but it seemed like it was just looking for company. Once it decided I posed no threat it didn’t swim away. It stayed in the same basic spot treading water.

After 15 minutes or so, we were joined by another adult swan and two nearly grown babies. The young birds’ feathers were a dirty gray and nowhere near as pristine and white as their parent’s feathers. I smiled to myself thinking that those “ugly ducklings” would one day soon grow to be beautiful swans.

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My slippery Chuck Taylor sneakersIn semi-related news, I was chit-chatting with one of my Twitter-buddies Ronman on Monday. We were discussing how the combination of me being a clumsy oaf and wearing a pair of nearly treadless Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers is a recipe for disaster. I have slipped and fallen in my office lobby several times.

Though I’m sure it’s quite funny to watch it happen –  picking up all of my things that go skittering across the tile is getting old. I’m thinking of retiring my act.

I mentioned to him that one day I would grow up to be a graceful swan. I guess my feathered friend left an impression on me.

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Maintenance Mode: Riding in to the Dark Months

Maintenance Mode: Riding in to the Dark Months

It’s that time of year again; the dark months. The chill of winter is muscling it’s way in to everyday life and we’re biding our time until the days start getting longer again. It will be months before the warm weather starts to show it’s face more regularly. Each year it’s kind of sad to see the fall fade in to winter but somehow we manage to muddle through.

Kenny and I don’t store our bikes for the winter. With the sweet, snuggly warmth of electric gear, we can ride all year round. That being said, my riding seems to kind of go in to maintenance mode. Short days and quickly changing weather conditions keep my rides relatively close to home. I find myself happy to just to get out. If I’ve been off the bike for a while, any ride will do.

The view of the Bay from Bellport

While we aren’t quite in throes of winter just yet, when I tiptoed out the door this morning it was only in the mid 30’s. One might assume I would have taken one of the bikes that is wired for heat, but one would be wrong. I hit the road old-skool style this morning; relying only on the quilted liner of my Rev’it jacket. It was chilly but the kind of cold that makes you feel alive. There is something I love about riding this time of year.

Into the dark months we go – full steam ahead.

Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles – Oyster Bay, NY

Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles – Oyster Bay, NY

On Saturday, some of the guys and I stopped in to have a look around at Billy Joel’s newly opened motorcycle hang – 20th Century Cycles in Oyster Bay. Setup like a museum, the space is filled with 50 or 60 mostly vintage motorcycles. Marques like Royal Enfield, Vincent and Moto Guzzi sit rubbing elbows with the likes of Yamaha, Honda and Harley-Davidson.

Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles Oyster Bay NY

For the star seekers, Billy was on hand casually puttering around the space, chatting and posing for photos with those who asked.  Interestingly enough, as far as I could tell though the bikes were still the stars of the show. Some of them are like time capsules and I for one really appreciate him sharing the bikes with the motorcycle community.

Deus Sacred Cow Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles
Deus – Sacred Cow – W650 Custom Hardtail

I was fortunate enough to be there with someone who is a walking encyclopedia of vintage motorcycle information. I’m hoping that eventually some of his gems settle in to my flighty brain and I start retaining the wisdom he freely passes along. It’s pretty neat to be able to learn a thing or two about the bikes beyond “ooh, that one looks cool.”

Vincent Rapide Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles Royal Enfield Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles Yamaha XS 650 Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles

20th Century is a handsome space that features vintage signage, gas pumps and comfy chairs to take in the view.

Vintage Mobil Pegasus Sign Vintage Gas Pump - 20th Century Cycles BSA powered by W650 on lift 20th Century Cycles
BMW parked outside of 20th Century Cycles Harley-Davidson Trike Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles Billy Joel 20th Century Cycles Oyster Bay

The show outside created by the people visiting was just as interesting as what was going on behind the velvet ropes. For the first time in my life, I saw someone pull a 12:00 wheelie on what appeared to be a Sportster. The hooligan in me though that was pretty f’n cool.

Honda CB160 Cafe Racer
Honda CB160

Was it worth a look? Yes, definitely. It’s a nice venue for people to come together to chit-chat about bikes and kick tires.

Two Fuzzy Thumbs Up.

20th Century Cycles
101 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY

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