In Colorado, I Need a Motorcycle. Management Disagrees.

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If I Had a Motorcycle... I Could Be Cool Like Fonzie.We are in the middle of the annual family vacation. By annual, I mean since we have more than a dime to our name (we are in year #5; previous years are referred to as YWNSD- “Years We Nearly Starved to Death?”)

The last 5 years are simply referred to as ACL (After College Loans).

This year’s vacation (not to be confused with our free trip to NECC) is in Colorado. It is my first time seeing a real mountain (the things we ski on in Wisconsin are forever going to be known as hills).

This trip is another example of how much you can learn when you’re not in school.

There are lessons to be learned here for the whole family.

Personally, I have learned (or relearned) about moraines, the continental divide, wetlands, tundras, trees, wild animals, waterfalls, and altitude sickness (not the fun part).

All of these experiences are more interesting in person than they were out of a textbook. I keep telling my daughter how lucky she is to see these things in person.

Her response, “can we go ride the go karts at Fun City again.” That loud sucking sound you hear is her removing money from my wallet.

The best thing she has going for her is opportunities. And the fact that pound for pound she can eat more French fries or chocolate chip pancakes than anyone in North America.

One day she may even recognize how many wonderful experiences she had during her childhood. When and if she does, I hope she forces her children (2nd generation evil spawn) to hike through the mountains and see things that they have no interest in (maybe she will invite their grandparents; better yet maybe she will pay for the trip).

While she has not been overly impressed with the Rocky Mountains, she can spot a McDonald’s 6 miles away in the fog… and the dark… while she is asleep.

She may be gifted. Or hungry. We can’t decide.

We are hoping for gifted, just because we are tired of paying for her food.

While she doesn’t yet recognize the benefits of the things she gets to experience, she and I do agree on one thing.

We need a motorcycle.

Visiting a national park in a car is great, but it would be even better on a motorcycle.

We ran this idea by our household manager, but she isn’t buying it.

Maybe we can catch her in a weak moment. Like when she is having computer troubles and she will say yes to anything, just so we go away.

This is also an important lesson to my out of work daughter. It is not always what you ask; but when you ask.

Plus, there is a larger lesson here that she might as well learn. Upper management can be difficult to work with and sometimes even stuck in their ways (of course the exception to this rule is educators… we can never be accused of being stuck in our ways).

And yes that includes me…but I DO love my John Denver 8-track. I can already envision riding through the Rocky Mountains listening to “Rocky Mountain High”.

I still wake up in the middle of the night angry that Mr. Denver was denied an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the 1977 movie “Oh, God!”

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7 Responses to “In Colorado, I Need a Motorcycle. Management Disagrees.”


  1. Sarah
    on Jul 12th, 2008
    @ 6:50 pm

    If upper management doesn’t okay a motorcycle…see if she’ll concede to a motor-scooter. You may not look as cool, but you may be able to get her at the purse when you remind her of how much money you’d be saving on gas if you had a scooter. Just a thought. I heard the “Low-boy” was a good brand (or model??) to go with. Oh, and with the money you save buying a scooter…you can upgrade to an Ipod and load it up with John Denver’s entire collection.


  2. Tim
    on Jul 12th, 2008
    @ 8:01 pm

    Ok, so here’s what you need to do. Have another daughter. Once it’s three to one in the house you have opportunities. Just get this sorta sick and worried look and keep it up for several months. (That is the _more_ sick and worried look than you may already have, it takes perfecting) then when people start asking the manager about your health, she may start to feel sorry for you. Once that happens start mumbling things about “too much estrogen” and start listening to celine dion, this should worry the manager a bit (unless you already listen to celine dion, then this will never work) but when she finally asks whats wrong in just the right tone, you’ll know it when it happens, say a motorcycle would help. But make sure you don’t get excited when it happens, you’ll blow the whole thing. Work it man, work it. The new BMWs are sweet.


  3. micsmith
    on Jul 13th, 2008
    @ 7:13 pm

    Perfect plan. Except my wife reads the blog.

    I could have used a private email.

    Now I have no choice, but to beg. Lucky I have no pride.


  4. Joahn
    on Aug 22nd, 2008
    @ 6:55 am

    I suggest you to check if you can use a four wheel motor, instead of using a motorcycle. I’m not going to talk a lot since your wife read the blog but I have another good idea for you to surprise her.

    Joahn

    Colorado Drug Addiction


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