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Some of us in Australia may remember it reached 50 Celcius ( approx 122 f ) In Sydney, NSW about two-three Summers ago. It was reported on TV that it was the highest temperature in the world at this time.
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I’ve written about my migraines several times but each time I mention one in a Snippet, there’s somebody who has also had the misfortune of having experienced them, as well.

I had them from my early 20’s into my mid 50’s. They did taper off to just bad headaches (no visuals) that would last more than a day unless I took some medication. Most of the meds were too severe so I’d just use furocet to take the edge off.

After reading your post, I realized that I haven’t had any since I became clean and sober. (Fingers crossed)

I’ve seen you post in the sober forum so it’s not a suggestion. Maybe yours will stop someday.
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The White Russian Factor

Back in the early 70s, my first wife and I went down to New Jersey with Ron and his first wife for the weekend. Ron had some work to do on his car to get it inspected, and Sue and I got to see some of Rural New Jersey, which turned out to be an order of magnitude prettier than what could be seen from the N.J. Turnpike.

On Saturday night, the four of us, along with Ron’s brother Jim and his wife all went out to a local club to have a few drinks and to do some dancing. While at the club, Sue ordered a White Russian. When it came, I took a taste, since I’d never tasted one. It tasted like an Ice Cream beverage. So, for the next round, I ordered one for myself.

The first taste was good; the second taste was also good, but there was something in the background that wasn’t. The third taste wasn’t that good, at all. By the time I finished the drink, I had to force it down. I never drank another White Russian after that.

There are foods like that, too. David had discovered a bag of Hawaiian flavored Potato Chips. When I tasted them at his shop, one day while I was visiting, they tasted really wonderful; so I went out and bought a bag. The first few were wonderful, but by the end of the bag, they really sucked.

The funny part is that sometimes, one person will get sick of something, while another won’t. David and I often go grocery shopping together. He’s got a car, and that makes it easier to get bulky items home. I can get by on just the bike, but being able to get four 12 packs of Pepsi, two racks of bottled water and a few 8 packs of Gatorade all in one trip is good. It would take multiple trips on the bike to accomplish that.
On one of our trips, David was buying lunch meat, and Boar’s Head Pesto Parmesan Ham was on sale. We both tasted a sample and it was instant love! So we both got some. The ½ pound I got was devoured within 24 hours. I had it for dinner and for lunch the next day, and I had picked at it during the evening. I’ve since bought it a couple of times, and I still love it. In fact, I bought a pound of that ham at Jungle Jim’s last week, thinking it would be lunch for a week, but it only lasted four days. David, on the other hand has gotten sick of it. He compares it to those Hawaiian potato Chips.

The principle also applies to motorcycles. The Roadster’s engine let go big time in 2016 and I decided that I should get a “Real” Sport-Touring bike to replace it. So I bought a Kawasaki Concours. At first, I liked it well enough, but as I rode it more, I began to sour on it. After a month or so, I wound up buying an engine from a boneyard and putting it in the Roadster. The Concours was a good bike, but it was the wrong bike for me. I’ve never been able to trust the Engine in the Roadster completely since that first engine ate itself, but it’s still the right bike for me. And a new Roadster will eliminate that fear and restore the trust again.

The part that’s funny is that when I try to explain why I prefer the Roadster to any other bike, the people who believe in the superiority of that other bike get offended. I got a bit of nasty backlash from Gold Wing owners when I stated that I wasn’t a Gold Wing kind of guy, that I very much preferred my Roadster. The same is true from “Faithful” Hardley Ableson owners when I tell them I prefer the Roadster to a Garbage Wagon. I suppose the Roadster is a “Girl’s Bike” if a girl owns and rides one. And I’ve never seen a Sportster as a “Half a Harley”. And when I say I prefer the Roadster to a Dresser, I speak from experience. I had a 1988 FLHS that I bought new and put 125,000 miles on.

I’ve said it before and will repeat it often; I believe the Sportster is the most underrated motorcycle on the market today. I think it should be named Bike of the Century. Of all the bikes available, the only one that I would give up my Roadster for is a new Roadster.

And the Roadster is nothing like a White Russian. In fact; it's the antithesis; it just keeps getting better with time.

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I'm with you, John. A Sportster is one of the most versatile bikes available. It may not be the best at anything (except making it's rider grin like an idiot), but you can make it into whatever you fancy a motorbike for. Dirt bike? sure. Sport bike? sure. Sport-touring? sure. Highway tourer? sure. With the right parts it can be whatever you want it to be. As long as you don't expect GoldWing/AfricaTwin/KL1600/CBR1000RR performance, you'll find a Sportster to be a very competent piece of machinery.
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