It’s 1:30 and I’m finally sitting down at my computer. I spent the morning running Guitar Hero around – picking him up from work, driving him over to the dentist’s for a filling, then two towns to the west to look at motorbikes.
Yesterday GH spent the morning calling insurance companies and getting quotes. Insurance is going to be a lot more expensive than he’d originally been told, mainly because he’s still under 25. Then he started adding up the money he plans to spend in the next year. Of main concern is his $7K tuition. Add to that the $4500 he’s looking at spending on a bike, plus the $2500 for insurance. That more than cleans out his bank account. He wasn’t a happy camper by the end of the day.
Still, he’s bound and determined to own a motorbike. Today he found a bike he REALLY likes. It’s a Yamaha V-Star 650. The one he’s looking at/falling in love with is dark red with a custom paint job on the gas tank and fenders. It’s got big leather saddle bags, a special passenger seat with a back, a light bar (three lights instead of one headlight), a light bar through the engine that glows red so people coming at you from the side can see you, special Vance and Hines exhaust pipes that are worth an extra thousand bucks (apparently, they’re really fancy pipes.)
He likes it so much that he’s afraid to buy it because he’s afraid of ‘dropping’ it. The saying is that a bike’s natural state is horizontal and that there are two types of riders. Those who have dropped a bike and those who are about to. You drop a bike at low speeds – when you’re starting up or going around a corner and cause the engine to stall. (he explained how it worked, but darned if I can explain it here.)
But he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He didn’t impulse buy; he knew he needed to walk away and think about it even though the bike could be gone tomorrow. He walked because all of a sudden, spending all that money out of HIS OWN ACCOUNT made things more real. Especially when he factored in the insurance costs. And that he’d have to park the bike for the next four months probably.
Why would he have to park the bike? Because yesterday it snowed.
Now usually we have ‘snow in the air’ snow around this time of the year. That’s not unusual. What was unusual is this snow stayed overnight. Ugh. That doesn’t usually happen until mid November for my part of Ontario. Two winters ago we had no snow until February. I LOVED that winter. Last year the snow fell in November and never left until April.
Hopefully this winter won’t be a repeat of last year. I really really really didn’t like last year’s snow. And I know Guitar Hero is hoping for an early spring or easy winter so he can continue to ride. Hmm, maybe I should be hoping for snow.
Oh, and one really BIG HUGE bonus moment for me? The salesman, Carl, was talking to us, saying how I could hop on the backseat and ride with him. I shook my head and said no, I’d leave that for his girlfriend, that I was GH’s mother. Carl (who is 62 but looks about my age, by the way) did a double-take and shook his head. He said he thought GH was my boyfriend, that there was no way he thought I was old enough to be Guitar Hero’s mother. And God Bless Carl, he said – with all truthfulness, it wasn’t with that salesman’s smoothness that usually really annoys me – that he thought I was about 25.
Woohoo! I look half my age!
He then said “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it, because it’s working for you.”
Yup. Though if Guitar Hero continues to insist on getting a motorbike, I think maybe I’ll need to watch for a profusion of grey hair.