The art of making a fool out of yourself…

Yes indeed,dear readers, The Rider has been awfully quiet these past few weeks. There are a lot of reasons for that. The most important one being that this is the silly season in South Africa, I am running around doing two to three weddings a week at the moment. I also have just returned from our capital, Pretoria, where I had to bury a very nice lady, who died of cancer. The third is- my ISP gave me a really hard time. My internet speed slowed down to .001 MB/s in daytime, and after careful examination I found out that although my Internet was uncapped, it was shaped. They choked the life out of me… And then the lightning provided a way out. It struck the telephone line, killing my ADSL router instantly. And in stead of buying yet another ADSL router, I talked to a young man in our church, who provided me with much faster wireless internet technology. So I am back on the air…

I also just became a bit tired of posting some mediocre photos on my blog. Maybe I am searching for a bit more meaning and quality in life…

But then a little a**hole jerked me out of my slumber today. I saw his comments on my mobile phone, which still needed approval.
And then I became very, very angry, and decided to answer him. And then I wanted to start talking to my friends on the blogging world again… I have missed you guys.

The post is this one: https://vosperdruiter.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/noise-weekly-travel-theme/

It was one of Ailsa’s Travel Theme posts, about “Noise” and I posted some old photos of the last Poison Rally I have been to.

This youngster saw just my one post and decided that A- I must be an old fart who doesn’t know how to have fun, B- I am against motorbikes and rallies, and C- my readers also must be old farts who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “fun”…

So I published just his one comment, and will translate it for you…
“hou net op moun Weet julle hoeveel geld bring ons bikers in vir die dorp Dit is net een naweek .In plaas van moun kom join ons.Ander shut up and live with it You say single minded i say people having fun You are to old to know fun “

He says I must stop moaning- if only I knew how much money bikers bring into their town… and it is only one weekend. He invites me, in stead of moaning, to come and join them. He complains about my use of the word “single minded” and says they are just people having fun. I am too old to know fun…”

Well- after just returning from a funeral, I was not in the best of moods. To be judged and compartmentalized by someone reading just one post, and thinking they know me then to brand me too old for fun… it first made me mad. And then it became funny…

I live 400 km away from Kroonstad, where the Poison Rally is held annually on the first weekend of December. I usually work over weekends, and this is the one weekend in the year that I can attend a rally. Whenever I can, I do join for the fun. And I do spend a lot of money in the sleepy town of Kroonstad (where I did my military service…) But then a young couple asked me to marry them on the 5th. So, dear Biker for Live (sic) I would dearly have loved to join you. I just could not.

The theme I published about was “Noise” and bikes indeed makes the most beautiful noise I know. My BMW with the Remus Titanium Pipe contributes to the decibel pollution whenever I can.
If I had any other job, when someone would accuse me of being too old to know what fun is, I would have replied… “That is not what your mama said last night…” But me being a very prim and propper oldish guy (in some youngsters eyes maybe, but then they only have a license to ride a 125cc anyway…) I would never say such things about lovely mothers…

Do I know what fun is? Well, I do have 4 kids… 🙂 And they all know me…
I have been to Cape Agulhus THIS YEAR on one of my bikes, remember I live on the other side of the country. I have been through the wind and the rain on bikes since 1983. So yes, in some eyes I might be old…
In my eyes- I will always be forever young, forever noisy, never too late to have a happy childhood…

So dear Biker for Live (sic) if ever I do meet you, you owe me a beer. And then I could tell you about some fun stories…

And that comment you tried to publish about my dear friend M-R being too old to know what fun is… she and her husband worked on the film set when Mad Max was filmed… What could be cooler than that? There might have been a time when I thought like you- “what does anyone older than me know about fun, anyway?”
But never, ever judge people on one impression. You might be totally wrong. And that person might actually have a much more fun filled life than you could ever imagine.
So dear Biker for Live… Live and let live…

Your very old, very silent friend The Rider…

Seen on facebook, don’t know who to credit…
Too old

Noise- Weekly Travel Theme

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/09/12/travel-theme-noise/

Ailsa- so let me think a little. What would a Rider know about noise… thinking, thinking… ah…

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That annoying habit of some bikers at the South African rallies to mess up a pool…

Sorry- I am so predictable…

White- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-white/

In 2013, I did not get to go to one single Motorbike Rally. The previous 3 years I managed the Poison Rally, because it is in the first weekend of December, when I can easily get a whole weekend off.

So keeping in touch with my RIder theme, I share a beautiful white Custom Suzuki Hayabusa from 2012’s Poison Rally Concourse…  “The King… ”

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Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

by michelle w. on September 27, 2013

This week, show us a photo of whatever you’d like, but make sure it’s saturated. It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful. Let’s turn the comments into an instant mood-booster!

Get shooting! We can’t wait to see what you find.

– Michelle

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Saturated= “Unable to contain more…”  My joy would be unsaturated if I owned this bike, seen at the Poison Rally in South Africa…  My mood would be boosted immediately!

Backside- Sunday Stills

The Next Challenge: Backs of Things

Posted on August 25, 2013 by 

Sounds easy, but it will be what ya’ll make of it. Anything from behind will work. this will be interesting..:-)

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Sometimes the backside of things is not the pretty side… except Angelina Jolie

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Not Angelina… at the Poison Rally 2011, South Africa…

Sometimes the rear end is quite nice…

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A very famous South African Hyabusa Custom bike…

Sometimes the rear end is the safest place to be…

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Long Tom Canon from the Anglo Boer war, standing at the top of the beautiful (bikers heaven!) Long Tom Pass in the South African Lowveld near Sabie.

And, as they learned us at the angel factory- always end with HOPE… Sometimes the rear end is spectacular- sorry no, I never had the privilege to photograph Ms Jolie’s rear end… But this is just as awesome!

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The Ferrari seen at Chapman’s Peak Drive- is it an Enzo? I am not that good with Ferrari’s- I am more in the 5 year old Corolla price class myself…

Looking forward to seeing other’s take on this challenge of Ed!

Motorcycles- Bless you Ed!!! Sunday Stills Theme…

The Next Challenge: Motorcycles

This can also include mopeds, scooters, vespas, trikes or bikes with sidecars like the one in the demo pic. Also just parts of motorcycles too. Thanks to “the Rider” for the inspiration for this challenge, hope you get some great touring done this week..:-)
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Probably the first time ever I have inspired a challenge… I am happy!

So I have scrolled through my own photos, and decided to post just a few-  a few hundred would not do…

First- my own sweet rides:

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My BMW R850 R at the iconic pub on Route 62, South Africa…

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My Aprilia Pegaso with me and my namesake… watch his facial expression closely- a biker getting formed… 🙂

And then- a selection of bikes I have seen at the Poison Rally through the past few years- It is the only rally I get to attend each year in South Africa, because I have this nasty habit of working on Sundays… 🙂 Some of them also from my yearly travels down to Cape Town…

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The Green- Eyed Monster (Daily Prompt)

Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monster

by michelle w. on May 23, 2013

Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship? 

Photographers, show us something GREEN. 

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My previous blog entry this morning was much too heavy… I am exhausted now after thinking about all that…

So I decided to go the Photographer’s route for today’s DP. Something GREEN. Something that somebody else owns, and I would like to have…  And here it is- as seen on the Poison Rally 2011 in Kroonstad, South Africa- a concourse winning bike…

ImageNo, I would not steal it, or hurt the owner. There is something said in the 10 Commandments of not coveting your neighbour’s wife or his motorcycle… This is just plain beautiful, with many hours of hard work and love put into getting it this shape…