Some things just make you “happy”!

15 08 2017

Call it self-centered, call it self-serving, put whatever label on it that you like. I don’t care… Life is a story that I feel a need to document.

Saturday, I purchased another motorcycle. 2 years ago, I sold my Honda Shadow 1100, it was rusted, it had LOTS of miles on it, but, IT RAN LIKE A TOP, and never, ever left me stranded. I rode in the 9/11 parade a couple of times and I regretted selling it the moment that I signed the title. Why did I sell that bike you ask, not sure really, it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. I can tell you, it did NOT start with the statement, “Here, hold my beer”.

Over the last 2 years, I have debated on, and came close to, buying another motorcycle. I have had more motorcycles that I can recall since I was 15. I remember certain ones like the first motorcycle was a Honda 125 enduro that my Pop gave me from the back of the RV that he purchased. My ticket to freedom! I remember the Yamaha Seca 400 that my father and I bought as an insurance total and rebuilt the front end, and I remember the Suzuki bandit that a Pinellas Co Sheriff gave me a speeding “warning” ticket on just 15 minutes after I bought it from the dealer! Yes, I was speeding, but in my defense, I was passing traffic to give it a little air… That very ticket is framed and hangs in my office that I look at regularly. But, on to the latest bike purchase. Fond, fond memories.

Yes, the new bike is a Honda Shadow 1100. This one is fancy, with a Corbin seat, chrome crash bars, foot boards, wind screen, and a fancy “ghost flame” paint job! Just 8500+/- original miles and she runs like a top. She is a 2002, but has been garage kept all of her life and I bought it from the original owner. It even has a set of speakers that you plug your phone into and you can listen to Pandora or Spotify so long as you have internet data working. Unless you look really close, you cannot tell that it is 15 years old. It was a steal of a deal, and drove to Tampa to pick it up. We trailered it from downtown Tampa to Ocala, and I drove it home from there. I forgot just how much fun riding in the rain without rain gear is. For not riding a bike of any kind in over 2 years, making my first trip home in the dark AND the rain was a bit of a challenge. BUT HEY, no risk, no reward!

Now, why am I telling you all of this, that you may not care about? 1. I have not written on this blog for a while, 2. I am going to get to my point here in just a minute 3. Just because I would like for you to share my joy… or not, it’s up to you.

I just forgot my point… OH YEAH, now I remember.

There are few things in life that make one truly happy, at least me anyway
1. The unconditional love of my wife
2. The feeling of skipping the check in line while boarding the cruise ship
3. The feeling you get when you land after a GREAT flight
4. The joy I feel when you are one with the road, riding with no helmet, tackling the curves of “the loop” during a muggy day, air thick & heavy after the rain, while listening to some GREAT music by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Think Sweet Home Alabama, TURN IT UP!)

I know, some of you are going to tell me that I should wear a helmet, and I will tell you that you only live once, and if I die while riding a motorcycle, or flying a plane, then please understand that I am OK with that! Believe me, I will go with a smile on my face and great hair… ALWAYS looks great for the rest of the day after riding with no helmet. NOTHING wrong with that.

See you on the “flip side!”

alex17thbdayStephen Woodin has a unique take on his unique life. He
is the father of 2 grown boys who have taken the "right
road". Steve is a professional trainer & mediator who 
specializes in eviction  and Family mediations. Along 
with his wife Michelle, he runs the Flagler Mediation Center 
to serve the citizens of Flagler County. He can be reached at (386) 206-2954.

My own mortality… (read through, it is actually funny)

31 01 2017

Urn1.jpgOver the holidays, by choice, I spent alone in thought about my life and current situation. I started thinking about my father and his death. How nobody other than me took care of remains and saw to it that his last wishes were followed.

Out of curiosity, I was looking at urns for keeping ashes. I found a place that had “scratch and dent” urns and urns that could not be sold (due to some defect in manufacturing) so they were free except for shipping. SO, I bought one… Not what I would have picked had all things been the same (price) but hey, it was free except for the $30 to ship it to me…

urn2After I ordered it, I got to thinking about how that is just so “me”. Warehouse sales, garage sales, discounted store merchandise, used items, free at the curb items, that has been my life. I LOVE it. If it is old, worn, not so perfect, or a little “beat up”, that is what defines me, so this urn (which only has a couple blemishes on the outside) is so perfect for a temporary place to put my remains… As you can see, I opened it, and have it on display next to my TV for now. I may re-box it and put it in the closet for storage at some point. BUT very fitting for me…

Not at all what most people would do, but as I said, I have been doing a lot of thinking and I want to be as prepared for the end as possible, not to be a burden on anyone, since at this point, I don’t believe that I can rely on anyone to make the “arrangements”. I love michelle, but I certainly don’t want her to worry about what to do when the time comes.

There comes a time in your life, some sooner than others, where you look back in your life and then look ahead and wonder how much urn3time you have left. I will only be 48 this year but if my grandfather or my father are any indication, I only have a good 20 maybe 25 years left! Not much time if you really think about it. Step back and think about this little detail for a second and you will realize how quick life can be. Month by month, year by year, ticking by quicker than you may believe.
Make everyday count, live with no regrets, and by all means by a scratch & dent casket if you can find one! Do you REALLY care what it looks like, you will be dead!!

Until then… enjoy the ride!


Day 5: EPIC FAIL!!

23 11 2016

I went to bed last night in Amarillo, TX to the house power being out. The Interstate batteries that looked (relatively) new, turned out to not be so… We lost power just after finishing the second movie.. with just a computer, a screen, and a dvd player using house juice, no lights. Plus the power to the refrigerator.

IT WAS COLD, Awoke to 41 degrees! We had no power for the fridge, and none to power the fan for the gas furnace. SO, we bundled, and I awoke to michelle in 2 blankets, pjs, and her sweatshirt with the hood up! She was so cute… but I digress…

First thing, I went into the “blue box”, returned the movies, and got 2 new house batteries, replaced them, and I think that we are A-OK… Good deep cycle marine batteries, that will keep us powered up until I get the solar back in place.

Today was also a moving day, in several ways. Made our way from Amarillo, TX to Oklahoma City, OK and finished at sundown at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. It is something that I have been wanting to so (bucket list item) and I am glad that we did. Very humbling experience. That was a very electric time, sun going down and the lights coming on, it was a very humbling experience. See that part at the end of todays’ video.

Tomorrow, off to Little Rock, AR!

See you then..


Day 4: West New Mexico to Texas!

22 11 2016

Today, we drove 368 miles across New Mexico to Amarillo, Tx. RV is performing well, having some “power” issues, but for the most part, the coach is performing very well.

We stopped at a couple of thrift stores, and found a few “treasures”, luckily we have plenty of storage to bring them all home…

More driving tomorrow, planning on checking out the Oklahoma City Memorial.

Until then…


Day 3: The longest drive…

22 11 2016

Day 3.. Not much to see in eastern Arizona, or Western New Mexico. Very friendly people, we boondocked with the big trucks at Sky City, NM and started experiencing “power” problems.

More to see tomorrow, hopefully.


Day 2, Grand Canyon Arizona…

19 11 2016

Plan B, Plan C, PLAN RV!!!

Now so, even more than ever, I believe that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. The RV by auction did not work out, we found one in Las Vegas (going to Las Vegas was our Plan B if the auction did not work out) from a private buyer, and so far SO GOOD. Drives good, handles like a dream, all systems work fine. We boondocked in Seligman, AZ on roadside parking free.

I never knew that Arizona got so cold, down into the 30’s, and we are thankful that the heater works great as well. Michelle does not like when we boondock (free camping) in Walmart, or other public type parking. She does OK with RV parks, but anyone who has an RV knows that parks/campgrounds can be expensive. $40-$60 a night!

We are making our way back to Florida via US Hwy 40 from Arizona to Oklahoma, through Memphis, then down through Mississippi and back to our home in Bunnell.

Follow along, like & subscribe to my Youtube!

Until tomorrow


LAST Night in Las Vegas!

17 11 2016

Plan B has come to a close. We are going to be moving on to “Plan C” and could be possibly making an RV purchase then we would be driving home back to Florida. The “journey continues”…

Today we walked around the strip, went to watch the fountains in front of the Bellagio, only to find out that they were cancelled due to high winds. Bummer, but I have seen them before, so we will catch them on the next trip.

Check out todays’ video, got to catch the superman zipline on Fremont this evening. Michelle said she was going to do it, but changed her mind last minute. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my youtube channel.

More to come…


Ended up going with “Plan B”…

16 11 2016

Bad news, BUT everything happens for a reason..

The auction ended before we could get our bid in.. missed it by 10 seconds. It was a really nice coach, but, not going to cry over spilled milk, we are working on “Plan C”…

No video yesterday because we rented a car and drove to Bakersfield, CA on our way to LAS VEGAS! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING interesting to note for video. Check out Fremont St. in downtown Las Vegas.

More to come tomorrow…

Until then


Last Day in San Francisco, CA

13 11 2016

Today was our last day in San Francisco, CA. We tried to see what we could, enjoy ALL of it, and do it without killing ourselves. I think that we succeeded. Rode the cable car again, and the trolley. Saw an unexpected parade (veterans day) and sea lions.

Cool photos and some video today, check it out, like and subscribe.

TOMORROW is the reason for this entire trip, and we shall see if Airstream 2.0 is going to happen. I will take you along for the initial inspection, and follow-up.

Until then, have a GREAT rest of the day!




Get the TOUR of San Francisco!

13 11 2016

Today, Michelle & I took the tour of San Francisco. Trolley, Fishermans’ wharf, (attempted to get to Alcatraz, however, they book up several weeks in advance) & the “hop on-hop off” red bus…. ALL THE WAY TO THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE! Alcatraz will be on my “to do” list for a future trip to this cool city.

This is a REALLY cool city if you are into old buildings and architecture, blocks and blocks of old houses, apartments, and office buildings. Wish the tour guide told us more about the history of the city, and not so much about the restaurants and bars that he frequents. BUT, when you are a CALI guy who pretty clearly “treats his glaucoma” daily, what could we really expect?

Enjoyable day, spent with my love, doing what we love, exploring and getting to sample the stuff that we don’t normally do.

See you soon..


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