Upper Sandusky Autumn Cruise 2016: Round Two



I finally sat down and edited a few more photos of the Autumn Cruise last night. I’ve also been trying to decide where/how I want to shoot photos of vinyl. What I thought would work in our house hasn’t been going well so I constantly have to change my ideas and locations. I’m not digging on that too much. It’s becoming really frustrating to move all the gear and setup materials over and over.

Anyway, check out the photos from the car show a while back and see what you missed out on.

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Weekend Rides // Columbia & River Road



A couple weekends ago, Ed and I headed out in the morning for a ride and it was pretty much totally a complete failure.


After heading into the city and encountering countless bad drivers, we headed back to the west side to try and find a place to make us a key. No dice.

Luckily, later in the day, we headed back out and found the ride we’d been looking for.


We headed south away from a local mall – I was thinking we’d head through scenic Olmsted Falls, but instead we bypassed that and ended up on a winding, scenic road. We passed cows and ponds and farm cats and blueberries. The road ended in a small town, so we turned around and took the same road back. Little did we know Route 303 was a block away from where we had turned around.


Our last stop was in the parking lot of the mall while we tried to decide on another destination. It ended up being our last stop, but it was worth it (especially for Ed) as we happened on a Viper. The bottled iced tea in the cup holder kind of killed the look for me, honestly, and I’m still not sure how the Best Buy employee could afford such a car. Overall a successful day, though.

Upper Sandusky Autumn Cruise 2016: Round One



We’re back with another wonderful, colorful, sunny Autumn Cruise held in Upper Sandusky, OH. This year’s event took place on September 24. What started as an overcast, grey day turned into a hot, sunny and overall great summer day. Naners and I rode the bike while following Jason (Kustom Persuasion) and his family to the show. We also stopped off at a grain depot to check out their operation as it was their 100th anniversary. Good country stuff, right there. I didn’t shoot as many photos as last year and the selection seemed to be lacking a little bit. No matter. The cars were still bitchin’ and way out of my league. I still managed to snag some good shots and have a good time.

By the way… the picture above is Nancy’s hand after she got bit by the Harley. She was trying to help me lock up the helmets and she burnt her hand on the engine. Gotta be quick or else they’ll get ya! That’s ok though. She’s fine and there was a cool little scab to pick at for a while.

Anyway, I suppose you just want to see some car photos, right? Well hit the jump and check out some of the first edits.

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Getting Out There



Nancy and I have been on the bike a lot lately. And by a lot I mean just about every chance we get. If it’s not raining then there is a good chance we are riding somewhere. All of the rides aren’t necessarily long. Mostly just rolling around our normal areas, maybe 20-40 miles. Last weekend, however, we went back to Clyde and then to the Upper Sandusky car show. Fun times were definitely had. More on that later. For now, just check out some photos I took of the bike as test shots before the show. Also included are some recent Instagram photos and a map of the ride to/from the car show.

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Long Time Coming


It has been an awfully long time since I posted here. Fear not for I have been busy. Since my last post Nancy and I have moved (which explains the lack of vinyl posting), I worked hard on completing my motorcycle for the warmer months, that motorcycle hit the road and promptly left me stranded in the middle of a 70-mile trip, I bought a new (old) turntable, I’ve gotten a new motorcycle and general life stuff has kept me from hopping on the computer a lot. It sucks. I miss telling my little stories and showing off some photos. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things, although it will be hard now that I have a motorcycle that can carry both Nancy and I on it. I would really like to get out and ride a lot more while it’s still possible.

Also, I’m looking for a new job. I’ve been doing that for quite some time now. It’s a slow process as I am trying to really find something that works for me. Whether that’s in Cleveland or Chicago isn’t up to me but I am looking in both locations.

I am also looking to sell some things. Guitar (maybe 2), older DSLR camera and maybe a few records. I have been really trying to downsize my life lately and it’s all a matter of organizing the things I want to rid myself of that is taking the most time.

Anyway, keep an eye out for more posts soon. I have some new work to show and hopefully soon I will have some photos of both of my bikes to share.

Ileostomy Days // 6 Tips for living with an ostomy



1. Invest in some high-rise pants.

I love jeans — I could wear them every day. I almost do wear them every day. So, after surgery I had a hard time figuring out what to wear. I stuck to mostly yoga pants and sweats early on, which seems to be pretty typical, but even after trying on all my old clothes I was striking out. Everything sat on or just below my stoma, which poses some problems. I bought a belly band and tried various configurations, but in the end the fix that made the most sense to me was finding pants that came up completely over the appliance.

I’m a low-rise kind of person, so my wardrobe didn’t include anything that might work. I ended up dropping some money on two pairs of these high-rise jeggings from Kohl’s — a dark blue wash and the black (the black version is a bit more fitting than the dark blue). I didn’t feel too bad about shelling out the cash as I may want to avoid things sitting across that area for awhile after my reversal and I’m hopeful I will be able to wear the black pair even after I’m healed.

2. Everyones routine is different.

And sadly, you have to figure it out on your own. I’m glad for the home care I received — all my nurses were great, but during my first week home there was a stretch where I was changing my whole appliance every night due to leaks. I had to try different things because I was desperate. When I finally got it to hold, I tried not to deviate. I believe my issue was cutting things too small, but I had to figure that out on my own. I was always nervous for a little while after a bag change, even if it went well.

3. Ivory soap is boring and oddly hard to find, but it seems to work.

I tried Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby shampoo and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap before settling on plain old Ivory. I’m not sure soap was the culprit of my issues, but Ivory was what I was using when things resolved and I figured I’d stick with it.

However, I ended up with an 8-pack and I have no idea what I’ll do with the other 7 bars. Why does bar soap last an eternity?

4. Heat

If you use a barrier ring, you’ve probably noticed prolonged handling makes it pretty gummy. This is good. An ostomy nurse told me to get it warm in my hands before applying it to my skin, but there are other things I could be doing than clutching that thing. So I stick the barrier ring, in its package, in my armpit while I do other bag change prep.

On a similar note, once I have it on my skin and it’s gone through some firm pressing, I warm it all up with my hair dryer in hopes it adheres even better.

5. Ostomy belts can give you confidence.

Not a wrap, but a belt the supply companies make that hooks into the tabs on your bag. After all the bag changes that first week, I was a little stressed out about sleeping. I would wake up and check things constantly, which meant my sleep was pretty awful. I asked an ostomy nurse if she would help me order a belt and she pulled one out of her work bag. (This one). This also leads me to…

6. Ostomy nurses are awesome.

I always felt better after a visit from an ostomy nurse. Ask them questions! I started keeping a little notebook handy in the kitchen, where I spent most of my time, and whenever a random question would pop into my head I’d be sure to jot it down for my next visit. I even took a photo of my stoma during a bag change when something looked a bit off and I knew I wouldn’t be doing a change when my nurse was there. Don’t feel dumb asking a billion questions — you can’t be expected to know everything right away and you’ll feel better getting someones opinion. Trial and error isn’t always fun and if you can avoid it with some solid advice why wouldn’t you?