Pride weekend…M.P., WI–

WOW!  Here we are at the Pride Weekend celebration in little ole Mineral Point, Wiskonsen, and it is alive and wonderful.  Frankly, we never expected to see anything like this way out in southwestern Wisconsin, but hey, the times they are continually a-changin’…jaaaaa!!

We got our blow-up sunshine, we got some actual sunshine, we got rainbow flags along with Cornish flags, we got an outdoor party tent with drinks galore, AND we got a drag show delivered by some drag crew from Chicago or Rockford or somewhere.  Folks are out and about having dinner, sipping beverages, chit chatting, and generally enjoying the passage of time. . .feels good, real good.

Fun and enjoyment and magic can be experienced anywhere at any time. . .we gotta keep lookin’ for these things wherever we are because they are a big part of being ALIVE!

I send you solidly uplifting vibes from the streets of Mineral Point, WI. . .feel them. . .they are good for your overall well-being.

To see more stupendous images from around planet Earth simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .dive on in. . .you can go just about anywhere that you like right here, right NOW.

It’s lovely out there.

Strap yer hands ‘cross my engines–

POW!  Another way to explore the globe is on two wheels with a big engine between your legs. . .wow, what a feeling!

We are totally sucked into this Harley-Davidson thing. . .these machines are beautiful…I can’t believe that I like it so much.  Another new set of adventures awaits us right around the corner with this thing, and we are excited to check ’em all out.

That is a big part of what life is all about: experiencing everything that we can on this mysterious and beautiful planet before we return to stardust to be utilized in some other mystical way in the coming eons. . .there is little to be afraid of as long as we approach all people and situations with respect and gratitude…mmm, aaaahh!

The baby you are looking at above–the bike, not me–is a Sportster 883 Iron, and she is smooth as a kitten unless I pet her in the wrong way.  The 883 is a smaller Sportster…medium-weight technically. . .562 pounds of magical verve and spunk…just enough to carry me around town and along the winding roads and rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin and beyond.  Get ready for more fun cuz it’s comin’ atcha right here, right NOW.

Please consider Harley-Davidson if you are thinking about an alternative mode of transportation. . .everything about my interactions with this company has been top-notch.  Sales people, riding instructors, maintenance staff, etc. have all made me feel comfortable through the whole process of exploring the bikes, learning to ride, and selecting a good starter motorcycle for me. . .I love the whole company, and I am sure that you will too if you ever find yerself gettin’ one of these things fer yerself.

I send you free-flowing vibes from the seat of my Harley…feel them…they will send a big tingle up and down your spine.

To see more magical images from around our teeny tiny planet simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .dive on in. . .so much to see and soooo little time.  Ride safely…

It’s lovely out there.

Are we really gonna do this?

BAM!  Wisconsin is the home of the Harley-Davidson Company. . .we are living here in Wisconsin part of the time at the moment. . .curiosity abounds regarding the H-D brand, the culture, the vibe, and, of course, THE BIKES!

I had to do the riding class at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Madtown, a.k.a. Madison, Wisconsin.  I just had to…can’t sit around in Wiskonsen without seeing what this is all about.

The folks at H-D Madison are warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful…plus, they want to sell gear and motorcycles, and they can see me coming from a mile away–another dopey enthusiastic potential customer who wants to do everything as safely and by-the-book as possible with the possibility of taking one of these beautiful machines home for further practice and enjoyment if all goes well…jaaaa!

Somehow I passed the course…WOW!  It’s two-and-a-half days long…it’s comprehensive…it’s immersive…it’s invigorating…it’s exhilarating…it’s nerve-wracking…and it’s exhausting…but we are in such good hands the entire time while studying and discussing and learning the basics of competent and safe motorcycle riding that the time flies like the wind blowing through our hair out on the open road. . .mmm, aaahh!

When in Rome, baby!!…might as well take advantage of our time here by experiencing the Harley-Davidson thang on the roads where it was born.  Just like learning to make pasta in Italy…like learning snow skiing in the Alps…like learning mountaineering in the Andes or Himalaya…like learning scuba diving in the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef…like learning automobile driving in Detroit. . .like learning theater acting in New York City, etc….might as well learn motorcycling in the rolling hills of Wisconsin, the home of William Harley and Arthur Davidson.

I highly recommend the riding course at the H-D dealership in Madison. . .if you ever find yourself here in the midwest of the U.S. for an extended period of time, then check them out–you will love everything that you find there–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

I send you safe riding vibes from Madtown. . .feel them. . .they will make the hairs all over your body stand on end.

To see more scintillating images from around planet Earth simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .dive on in. . .so much to see and do and sooooo little time.

It’s lovely out there.

Polkafest…New Glarus–

 It’s Polkafest here in New Glarus, Wisconsin. . .the sun is shining–lots of bees and things and flowers about…the breezes are warm…the midwest folk are chipper and joyous…and beer, bacon and cheese are everywhere for us to sip and gobble. . .WOW, not a bad day to be in our favorite dairyland town.

New Glarus is a must-visit if you ever do a tour of this great state. . .they have their own brewery making delicious beers–Spotted Cow and Moon Man are two of our favorites. . .our favorite restaurant in the whole state is here: Glarner Stube–absolutely wonderful. . .and the people here love to dance the polka–it’s the ‘fountain of youth…keeps the women young,’ as stated to us by a spright local of about 75 years of age…jaaa!!

I send you bacony cheesy beer-soaked vibes from Polkafest in New Glarus. . .feel them. . .they are good for your blood circulation.

To see more wonderful images from around our teeny tiny planet simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .do it. . .so much to see and soooo little time.

It’s lovely out there.

Skyward and forward–

MMM!  The sky has opened up over here at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home…his vibes must be streaming down and around to help us celebrate his 150th birthday.

We contemplate crossing the Rubicon in a Rubicon. . .or just driving across the Wisconsin River for another photo on the other side…of the river, not the “other side”–wherever or whatever that might be.

And we feel honored and gratified to have the opportunity to be here now as the celebration begins for a great architect…a great builder of stuff…and a great pain-in-the-ass:-).  What great person isn’t a pain in the ass at least some of the time?  Go ahead…name one. . .I bet you can’t.  Or better yet, come on out here for a visit…you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

Anyway, we send you magical birthday vibes from Taliesin here in the rolling hills of Wisconsin about an hour west of Madison. . .feel them. . .they can take you higher.

To see more fascinating images from around our teeny tiny planet simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .do it. . .you can go just about anywhere that you like right here, right NOW.

It’s lovely out there.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em–

Summer is arriving…perfect time for sittin’ in a backyard and smokin’ up a Cuban cigar–a small Cohiba in this case.  Smooth…velvety…potent…rusticly fragrant…and oh-so stimulating–mmmm, aaaaahh!

Cuban cigars are available to us now here in the U.S.. . .not everyone is happy about this…in fact, lots of folks are unhappy about lots of stuff.  I only wish that all peoples of planet Earth could sit in a green backyard somewhere and puff on one of these babies. . .puff away–just like all things are going to do at some point over the next four billion years or so.

While puffing away one is able to focus on the small things that are good all around us. . .so many things are good. . .and so many things are bad–same as it ever was.  So just puff away and enjoy the passage of time, if you can.

I send you smokey vibes from the rolling hills of Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they make it slightly easier to see what is good right here, right now.

To see more amazing images from around our teeny tiny planet simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .do it. . .so much to see and sooooo little time.

It’s lovely out there.

 

Delectable Italian…Miami Beach–

WOW!  We are having our final meal for this visit…tonight it is truffle pasta–a ravioli of sorts–WONDERFUL!…a branzino, a dover sole, a prosciutto bread thing, and a bottle of white Friuli–FABULOUS!

Cecconi’s is the name, and magic is their game. . .delightful setting, spot-on staff, extremely delicious food, and totally appropriate drink.  Restaurants like this make us go, “mmmm…aaaaahh!”

Please consider eating here the next time you visit Miami Beach. . .Cecconi’s is located inside the Soho Beach House up on 43rd Street and Collins Avenue…right next to the Fontainebleau Hotel.  So easy to find…so hard to leave.

I send you mouthwatering vibes from Cecconi’s down here in Miami Beach. . .feel them. . .they are good for whatever ails ya.

To see more stupendous images from around planet Earth simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .do it. . .you know you want to.

It’s lovely out there.