Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lazy Afternoon

Mid-afternoon today, my eyes started to water even more than usual from staring at a computer screen all day. They were doing a controlled burn along the ditch below the building and, inevitably, some smoke found its way into the building air handling system. Sounds like a good reason to take a break and go outside for a while.

One of the volunteer fire fighters (yes, Fairbanks still relies heavily on volunteer fire departments) explained what was going on. The fire department you see in this picture is from the university which is primarily staffed with students.

You may notice the clear, blue skies. It's hit the mid 60s (°F) today and the forecast for this weekend is supposed to be up around 80°F!

I noticed that all of the other motorcycles are keeping their distance just in case sidecars are contagious. Maybe it's like some sort of cancerous growth. This is the motorcycle parking for our building. I was asked earlier if I planned to continue using it since I was taking up so much space.

This weekend, I am planning on going to a sidecar campout in Talkeetna, which is a small town north of Anchorage. Should be interesting... 

14 comments:

redlegsrides said...

Tell them that not only are you going to continue using it, but that you're getting a wider sidecar so you can take up more space. What kind of stupid question was that anyways?

RichardM said...

This summer, construction in the parking lot will reduce the number of motorcycle only spots from 3 to 2. I told them that if it's a nice day, I'll just take the adjacent spot since I'm usually in earl enough to easily find parking. If it's raining, I'll just use the motorcycle spot since most of the other riders would opt to drive anyway.

Martha said...

Well, you have three wheels which is closer to four which makes you almost an automobile, so I think you should be able to park any place you want...

VStar Lady said...

I am thinking you are riding the true cross over sport vehicle. I agree with Martha take up any space you want and smile.

Unknown said...

Richard:

tell them if they continue to be snotty you're going to disconnect their internet

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

SonjaM said...

With the sidecar you can park anywhere. Just use up one of the car park slots ;-)

Enjoy your camp out!

Trobairitz said...

My eyes are watering just thinking of the smoke. Did find you coughed a bit too?

You are still on a motorcycle and can park in motorcycle parking -and they should be grateful you aren't parking cross ways on them.

Nice to hear you are getting some warm temps. If anyone deserves it you do. Our rain came back about a week ago and we are socked in for the long haul. We'll get up to 50˚ today if we are lucky. Even had to turn the pellet stove back on. Sigh, now we pay for those warm temps of last month.

RichardM said...

It's kind of nice to have a choice. I think there was some concern as the number of motorcycle spaces is bing reduced for the summer since they are tearing up the parking lot to fix the retaining wall.

RichardM said...

Cross-over, now that is a new term for a side car rig. I have to smile now too? Remember, this is at work....

RichardM said...

That would be rude....

RichardM said...

That's what I plan to do when we get some decent weather. In the past, there have been as many as 12 bikes in those three spaces.

RichardM said...

The smoke was more an annoyance and never got that bad in the building. Some of the huge snow piles are still around but I think even those may be gone after this weekend. All of the gardening types are getting excited about finally being able to dig in the dirt again.

Conchscooter said...

There in a nutshell is the modern drawback of the hack. However camping in 80 degrees. I want to see pictures of Alaska's state bird. I've heard the mosquitoes are monstrous.

RichardM said...

I'll see if I can get a good photo of the giant mosquitos this weekend. I'm not sure what the ground looks like in the campground but hopefully it isn't too damp.