Still alive after taking the motorcycle class

I haven’t updated this blog for awhile, because I was taking the basic motorcycle rider class. Since you readers are still reading this, it means that I survived the class and did not spend time in the emergency room. So, I passed the class and that means that I’ll be getting a waiver from taking the motorcycle rider’s test given by California’s DMV. Another day, another test. That is what my life has been about.

Although I’ll be riding primarily a scooter, I am glad that I took the class using a motorcycle because, frankly, it was more difficult. For me, the main issue was modulating the crutch and changing gears. It did not help that the motorcycles were worn from use and the “friction zone” of the clutch was hard to find. Also, while the class requires you to wear leather boots, I made the mistake of buying boots that were made of hard leather. There was no much feeling when I was up shifting the transmission level.

Anyway, I urge anyone who wants to ride a motorcycle to take the class (you can check this site). I learned a lot about safety and how to handle a motorcycle. The tutors are excellent and provided high quality feedback. The California CHP sends anonymous riders to audit them. How did I know? Because one of them was in our class. How did we know? Because the instructor noticed that he dismounted the motorcycle from the right side (cops are trained to dismount from a bike that way for their safety when they are on the freeways). The rest of us are taught to dismount from the left side because the rear brake is on the right side.

Also, by taking the class, you’ll know whether you can actually handle a motorcycle safely. I found out where my weak points were and, although I was not the best student, I was still able to pass the rider’s test at the end of the class. There were a couple of persons who could not. Well, it is better knowing about it in a safe environment than out on the street. I wish there were similar classes for bicyclist. Although their speeds are lower, I believe bicyclists face similar situations in traffic as motorcyclists.

Now, shall I trade in the scooter for a Harley?

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The IRAC legacy

Do my readers notice that my blog stories are mainly written within a template of three paragraphs? There is a reason for that. It is the result of years and years of being indoctrinated to that basic tool of the legal trade: the IRAC – Issue, rule, analysis and conclusion. So, excuse me if I sometimes write like a dry pumice rock.

So, what has happened lately? Not much, really. I have been enjoying riding the Buddy scooter. No crash, no dangerous spins (knock on wood, kiss Buddha, and make the sign of the cross). It is not as relaxing as driving a car and there is some pre-ride checks that I always do (tires, light, armored jacket, helmet, gloves, mental note of route).

Yesterday, I started practicing slow maneuvers at the nearby parking lot. There were some orange cones that a road repairs crew lefts behind. So, I set up a course so that I can do twists and turns around the cones. I think I am better at controlling the scooter during low speed maneuvers.

On other news, the weather has turned hot again. So, we are wary about fire dangers, again. It has been a strange year in terms of the weather. The Midwest suffering floods while California burning. Thankfully, I have not seen any shouting from right wing church ministers. They usually turn out during natural disasters, claiming that it is because of gays. Maybe they realized that the same can be said about them; that natural disasters in their home states are due to them being hypocrites?

So, better stop writing now. Have to go out and ride the scooter.

…and talking about scooters, see here.

That marriage thing

This video explains a bit about the current discussion going on here:

As for myself, I am ambivalent about the whole issue. What is marriage about? If people want to live together, there is no stopping anyone from doing so. The issue in the end centers around the fact that marriage is a contract between two persons recognized by the state. This contract provides priviledges and duties on both parties. People who claim that marriage centers around the issue of procreation miss the whole point. It is one factor, but the main factor is property rights. That is why divorces are fought with such a fury.

The California legislature has already amended most of its family law code to include domestic partnerships. Most of the property rights of marriage are also provided to domestic partners. So, in the end, IMHO, the fight about legalization of marriage for same sex couples centers more around the cultural aspect. That is, changing society’s view in how to treat same sex couples. As far as the rituals are concerned, I don’t think I want to be in a white dress.