A Surprise Visit From the Birthday Fairy

A Surprise Visit From the Birthday Fairy

It was my birthday this week. I wasn’t expecting anything other than to go out for dinner after work, maybe have a piece of cake. You know, normal grown-up birthday stuff. I don’t expect presents because don’t need a thing.

After work on Wednesday, Kenny was flittering around the house with a look on his face like the cat that ate the canary. I sat in my office chair and he came waltzing over and said, “I’m just too excited. I can’t wait anymore. Close your eyes.

He put his phone on my desk and said “open your eyes.”  There was a picture of a red & white Husqvarna TE310 staring back at me.

Happy Birthday, he said.

2009 Husqvarna TE 310
My new to me 2009 Husqvarna TE 310


I’m terrible with words. It just so happens that I’m one of those people who gets tongue tied and flubs what I want to say. So, I often just stay quiet. Not to mention you never really know just what to say when someone gives you something extravagant. Thank you? That never seems to be big enough.

Kenny then went on to tell me that it would be delivered the following day.

Special Delivery for Fuzzygalore

Fast forward to this morning. A big rig pulled up in front of our house, delivering my new to me motorcycle. I ran outside to watch the driver wheeling the bike down the empty trailer.

I may have squealed. But just a little.

Our neighbors were heading off to work at the same time the truck pulled up and began to unload. They smiled and didn’t say anything but I’m thoroughly convinced that they think we’re a bunch of idiots over here. And, well – they may be right but we’re having a lot of fun doing it.

Husky TE310 delivered

When the bike came off the dolly, my first thought standing next to it was Oh boy, this is tall. But as I walked it up our driveway I was immediately struck by how light and easy to maneuver it was compared to the DRZ.

Apparently Kenny had been on the lookout for a Husky for me for a few months now. During the bike show in January I sat on a TE 250 and spoke with Fred Hoess at the Husky display at length. I guess that was what pushed Kenny over the edge to pull the trigger on finding a bike for me.

Me and my new toy

The bike is definitely tall for me. Kenny, thinking ahead had already ordered a 1in. Kouba Link  and put it on this afternoon 🙂 Is he the best or what?

So far my test rides have only been around the block. The bike feels TINY; so narrow and light. It feels like there isn’t even a gas tank between your knees. I can only imagine this bike will help me in the confidence department when we’re riding in the woods. C’mon weekend!

Listen – I’m not Mother Theresa or a ravishing beauty and I haven’t cured cancer. So, what did I do to get so lucky? I don’t know the answer to that but I do know that I am grateful and then some.

14 Replies to “A Surprise Visit From the Birthday Fairy”

  1. ” I guess that was what pushed Kenny over the edge to pull the trigger on finding a bike for me.”

    I can confirm this we had been talking back and forth about it for a bit and Kenny was trying to figure out the perfect timing. When you sat talking to the dude at the bike show Kenny messaged me and basically said “dude this is my chance”.

    Really happy you already can feel the difference in it just wheeling it around. Sunday can’t come soon enough!!! Congratulations on it you will never look back!

  2. Wow what a sweet bike! I know how you feel about not knowing what to say, sometimes some emotions are hard to put into words. I bet Kenny was thrilled when he heard your squeal of glee and that was all the thanks he needed. I know when I spun around the yard & was squealing with glee at Christmas my hub & daughter said that said it all. Happy Birthday again!


  3. Totally awesome!! Yea thank you does feel like not enough when you say it but I’m sure Kenny will know when you’re tearing up the woods with him.


  4. OMG, I screeched when I read this! Congratulations. And happy birthday fellow Aquarian. 🙂

    I love that you posted an actual picture of yourself with the thing. It looks so tall. And so fun! That Kenny is a keeper.

    1. 😆 Thanks, Kath-

      I’m actually the flaky Pisces. No surprise there, I’m sure 🙂

      I hemmed and hawed over posting a photo of myself. As you know I hate to do that. But, trying to get over it. In other news… I’m not as tall as i think i am 🙂

    1. Thanks, John 🙂

      If you would get on FB already you would have seen it earlier, damnit!

      Annnnnd… you could chit-chat about coming up in May to hang out with the likes of some other people who live on the other side of the country & who like motorcycles 😉

      I heard you had your own taste of off road riding last weekend!

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