Training, Arrival, and the art of Survival

Man, that was tiring.

For those of you who are unaware, the couple of weeks was taken up by RA Training and resident arrival here on campus. What that meant for me was basically very very little time for myself, and a lot of work. To top it all off, I signed up for duty for the first weekend, so once we were done with the arrival activities, I was still tethered to campus to respond to emergencies.

All of that is done now, though, and it’s time to settle into the swing of things for the semester. As much as I like to have all that extra free time and relaxed work hours during the summer, my job really isn’t very fun at all over the summer. It’s just a lot of meetings, which are boring. Now, my staff is here, the students are back, and I’m actually doing my job again. While there are plenty of drawbacks to having all 786 of my little freshmen loaded into the building, having them here is actually what makes my job fun.

In other news, the Shadow continues to be awesome. Due to the craziness of the last couple of weeks, I haven’t had time to ride a whole lot, but I’ve gotten a few longer cruises in. Each time out things go more smoothly than the last; my riding skills are coming back very quickly.

What’s next for the motorcycle? Why, customization of course. Who wants a purely stock bike? Not this guy. The first project will be moving the rear turn signals from where they currently live, to down towards the license plate like this. The problem is that the stock location of the turn signals do not allow me to put on my saddlebags that I have from my last bike.. or any bags of a reasonable size. Once that’s done, I’m thinking maybe some Crash Bars/Engine Guards and maybe a front light bar to increase visibility. There’s also a really neat conversion kit that will turn your rear signals into running / extra brake lights as well to allow following drivers to better see the bike.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Stick around to hear some tales of poker and my upcoming trip back to CT… post coming soon!

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