Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck
A beautiful but dark piece of literature set in the enchanting Salinas Valley in California, it depicts the struggles of two swampers, one mentally slow and the other his virtual commander. In this masterpiece, Steinbeck writes a fantastic tragedy.

Love it!  Steinbeck created memorable characters and a plot that gripped my heart. The story is tragic, all the more so because the ending seems inevitable.

Sunday's Ride

Last weekend I spent a few hours riding with a group from Mountain Shadow Riders. Our original ride plan was to visit Bishop Castle, due to the road conditions those plans changed. A couple weeks ago the road that that leads to Bishop Castle (Hardscrabble Pass CO 96) was chip sealed and there has been numerous motorcycle accidents along that stretch due to loose gravel. We decided to avoid that area completely and ride a shorter (110 miles) route.

We left Colorado Springs going north on Hwy 83, cut across to Castle Rock to Sedalia and then back to Colorado Springs on CO 105 with at stop in Palmer Lake at O’Malley’s Pub for a lunch. This is a route that I have taken numerous times.

While at O’Malley’s we met a really nice lady that was riding from Aurora, Nancy. Nancy was wearing a ruby red sparkling helmet, like Dorothy’s ruby slippers (Wizard of Oz). We were all so intrigued by her helmet, as it turns out she makes them… she adds Swarovski Crystals to the helmets and sells them. She can cover the entire helmet, or do flames along the side or she would do which ever design a customer would like. Her business card didn’t have a web address, but if anyone is interested I have her email to pass along (just use the Contact Me tab above). Maybe we will see one of her pink sparkly helmets up from auction at this year’s MSR Breast Cancer Awareness Ride!

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Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Cat at O’Malley’s

Carolee wants a pink Swarovski crystal helmet!

Street Glide Electrical Problems???

When Bryan returned home from our Utah trip he noticed a small burn area on the speedometer and on the fairing of his Street Glide. On his return from Sturgis while cleaning he saw that his horn switch was melted. He took it in for service and a new speedometer had to be ordered and the odometer with the same mileage reading had to be special ordered from the factory. Once those parts came in (about a week later) the mechanic was able to determine that it wasn’t an electrical problem, they suspect the Street Glide may have been struck by lightning!

City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

I had originally bought this YA trilogy for Riley.  I thought she would be interested in it since it has vampires, werewolves, warlocks and fairies.  After seeing the books shelved for two months I decided I was going to read them.  I devoured all three in a weekend, I couldn’t stop reading them…totally loved them, I took over ownership of this trilogy! I just adore the characters, Clare did a fantastic job keeping them real and unique. I’m going to try to read all three again this winter, maybe while snowed in.  Did I mention I loved them?   I’m going to have a hard time waiting until March 2011 when The City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, #4) is released… hopefully it’ll be sooner!