It's the time of year again:  Time for Laconia Bike Week!  A group of 5 of us, that turned into just 3 since this was a mid-work week get-a-way, got together so we could go over to Gunstock and see the hill climb.   I pulled out my trusty (ok, far from trusty, but completely rebuilt) T120R - 1968 Triumph Bonneville.  Not the best bike for long tours, but this was the right distance for this bike.  Far enough to stretch her legs, but not so far that I couldn't get it back simply enough if it all went wrong.     The first thing we did was go down to the Weirs Beach strip just to take a quick…

So there's a song on the radio by Old Dominion called:  Hotel Key  and it reminds me of all the hotel keys that we've kept over the years.  I finally found a purpose for them which allows me to display the destinations we've been to but also lets them serve a second purpose. Refrigerator magnets! So simple it's stupid. Buy a magnet strip, they either already have a sticky side or you glue it to the back of your hotel room keys.   and just like that....     So remember to keep your hotel room keys next time around.  Instead of disposing them or leaving them behind, you can turn them into a momento that reminds of your last…

It's been a long long time since I've last gone.  Probably 20 years?  Or at least close to it.  Last time I shot my over and under I was still in college and still shooting pretty well. I was invited to a private club by a friend and member.  Actually he's been kindly bugging me for a while to go and while I wanted to make it, prior commitments on the particular weekday (Wednesday) kept me from attending.  This week he asked again, and this time I was available! I pulled out the trusty Valmet gun I've used since I was 16.  (not my photos below, but the same gun) My gun, despite its age and use, is in perfect…

Since the first trip didn't go as planned:  https://carterbrown.com/mountain-biking-at-gunstock-my-first-try/ I had a moment this past Sunday to go back up and try again.  Shoes, shorts, helmet, bike and new water bottle...  I was good to go.  One thing:  I forgot the map. Getting lost wasn't going to stop me and I knew damn well which trail to go on.  I wasn't going to let this one trail get the best of me!   So up the hill I went.  Oh and it was a hill.  I biked up 95% of it (to throw out an arbitrary number that means nothing).  Only a few did I get off an walk.  I noticed my back wheel was spinning on some of the…

I'm sitting here on my deck, cigar ready, beer in hand and typing this out. Motorcycle week is here and myself and some friends plan on going to the Hill Climb at Gunstock on Wednesday.  Not sure if I'll stay up at the lake or not.  While I'd like too, it's in the middle of the week and really does depend on what's going on at my office. I'll know more after running the numbers tomorrow and looking at the build/ship schedule. Until then...  I'm going to type out the adventure from today and about the houses I'm going to look at for our first rental / investment purchase.

I've got a bone to pick. This has been bugging me for quite some time now.  Exactly why are we still using realtors?  I have found almost no use for them.  Now I bet there are some great people out there...  but I have yet to find one. In today's age of online searching, photos, heck videos, exact locations, etc.  All a realtor is now is the person with the key to get inside. When we purchased our lake house a few years back, I had such high hopes for a realtor.  I couldn't wait to get one.   Sure I looked all over zillow and realtor.com, but a realtor would know all the inside information and gossip on what was…

Did some work at the lake house, new shades on windows, new flag out front and changed the battery in my motorcycle.  Had some extra time on my hands and thought I would grab my mountain bike - an old girl from the 90's but a bike I still love - and hit some of the trails. Of course not knowing where the trails were, I walked into one of the buildings at the mountain about 10 minutes before they closed and a very nice gentleman helped me out.  He explained how the trails were open (I figured I might have had to pay) to anyone.  Basically their winter cross country skiing trails turn into summer mountain biking trails. I…

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