Archive for March, 2006

Say Again?


I wear earplugs every time I ride my motorcycle. I do this because wind noise at freeway speeds is plenty loud enough to damage hearing. A helmet by itself does not block enough of this noise so earplugs are a must.

A few years ago I bought a sampler pack of earplugs in order to find out which brand worked best for me. I ended up going with the Howard Leight MAX brand myself. Twenty-one dollars for 200 pairs of earplugs is cheap hearing protection.

Yes, it is technically against the law to wear earplugs. On the few (*cough*) occasions that I have been pulled over on my motorcycle the fact that I was wearing earplugs never came up. I just don't see ticketing motorcyclists for wearing earplugs as an enforcement priority of the police department at this time.

At first I was worried about not being able to hear horns or sirens while riding. That turned out to not be a problem at all. Earplugs block much of the wind noise but you can still hear horns and sirens just fine.

A pleasant side effect of wearing earplugs is that I end a long ride feeling much more rested. I think this is because my brain isn't trying to process all that loud background noise for hours at a time.

If you do decide to try wearing earplugs give it at least a week or two before giving up. It took that long for my ears to get used to the feeling of wearing earplugs. Now I can't imagine riding without them.


Laptops at 41,000 feet


So this is my first flight in years with a laptop.

I am sitting here on the plane writing my blog entry. If I had more e-mails to respond to I would, but as I am flying down to meet my new co-workers I don’t really have many messages in my inbox yet. No big grandiose proclamations or insights.

I just wanted to write a post from 41,000 feet.

Leather Belt


I bought a new leather belt last night. Since the belt is new it squeaks when I move around. I keep thinking that Trinity from The Matrix movie is trying to sneak up behind me.

I hope the belt breaks itself in soon. I can’t stand the suspense.