The Royal Canadian Moped Posse

GTA 50cc

Monday, January 30, 2006

RCMP dinner & meeting

Squirlys was home base for the Monday night dinner. We had a couple of new faces show up. Paul the pilot came as well as Dave all the way from Waterloo. Lindsay, Carolyn, Bill, David, myself and John who made it in from Caledonia were also there for the gathering. After a nice meal we talked about reapplying to the Moped Army. We feel that our chances of exceptance are much better this time around because we've shown that we are a close knit group and have stayed together and active for over a year. We also talked of having a ralley in June in Toronto inviting all mopeders to come and see our city. A lot of funny stories were told and everyone had a good time. It was nice to finally meet Paul, and Dave was a welcome surprise. Maybe we can get more riders out to the next feast. Bruce

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Just another..........

.........note for Monday's dinner. I think it would be awesome if we talked about planning a rally in the summer. And maybe some of us planning a trip to the K-Zoo rally?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

OK, everyone!

January 30th it is! Squirly's, 7pm, dinner! Can't wait to see everyone.

And I think David's idea of re-bringing up the branch topic is a good one. It's been a year now, so I think we know who's sticking around by now. Plus we've got a few more than we had last time, who actually ride with us. And perhaps we should give the finding of some sort of garage space the old college try this year?

OK folks, see you there!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

January Dinner

Hey folks, what do you guys say about having a get together for dinner again sometime this month. The last one was great fun, and it would be nice to catch up with those who were there and those who couldn't make it. Let's throw around some dates and ideas for location!! Mondays and Wednesdays are best for my schedule right now.......................hope you folks are into it!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Oil price hike blessing in disguise Yes? No?

The only short-term hope of slowing down the rise in global temperature and meeting the goals of the Kyoto Protocol is a steep drop in the use of fossil fuel, and the only thing that is going to make that happen is a steep rise in oil prices.
Some time this week or next, oil is likely to reach $70 U.S. a barrel for the first time this 2006. The price is up by a third since the end of June, and U.S. prices have set record peaks in all but one of the past 15 trading sessions...Back in August the price peaked at around the $ 70 USD mark...
Thanks mainly to the rapid economic growth of China and India there is now a market for every barrel of oil that the producers can pump. Future demand is likely to grow faster than future supply for exactly the same reason.
Most of the growth in the global economy used to happen in the developed countries, whose economies typically grow at 2 or 3 per cent per year. Last year almost half the growth happened in developing nations.
China alone added as much demand as the United States, and India added as much as continental Europe. Those economies are growing at 7 or 8 per cent annually, and there is no way that oil production can be expanded fast enough to keep up. As a result, oil prices will fluctuate much more wildly than before.
If Iraqi production is disrupted by the resistance in southern Iraq, the Deutsche Bank warned recently, "It is not unthinkable that a second disruption(loss of some exports from Russia, for example) would push the prices towards $100... The price of oil may never actually fall back too far again, and even if it does, the long term trend is up.
Why is this a good thing? Because of global warming, which is coming fatera nd harder than even the pessimists.
Some of the changes we are observing now are very worrisome. It was assumed, for example, that the rise in temperature would be partly cancelled out by a higher rate of evaporation from the oceans that would proc=duce more cloud cover. Instead the higher temperatures are burning off the clouds.
Other recent research suggests the higher level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphereis stimulating the bacteria that live in peat bogs and greatly increasing the speed with shicc they dissolve th peat. The peat is almost pure carbon and when it dissolves it turns into-Carbon dioxide.
If that turns out to be a runaway feedback loop, we are in serious trouble, for the peat bogs of the northern hemisphere contain the equivalent of 70 years' worth of global industrial emissions of carbon dioxide.
New calculations suggest we may be facing a global temperature rise over the next century not of 5.8 degrees C, but as much as 10 to 12 degrees Celsius...
The Kyoto Accord is a good template for the global regulation of greenhouse gases, but the actual cuts on carbon dioxide production that is envisages do not begin to address the problem. The only short term hope of slowing the rise in temperature is a steep drop in the use of oil and gas...Alternative energy sources take a long time to develop, but energy conservation works relatively quickly: This slowing of the rise in temperuture will only happen if the oil prices go up and stay up, and Canadians finally are persuaded to change their gas-guzzling ways. ..

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Talk about this weather!

I brought the bike out today and rode around... it was great! I'll be doing it again tomorrow before the snow comes back on saturday (FROWN... but then again, it's freaking JANUARY - as a Canadian I really have no right to complain).

I saw a couple of guys on motorcycles today, but that was it! I know Freddie at least has been bringing out his bike on some warmer days. Anybody else out there making people freak out?

*vrooming noises*

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Brunch Cancelled!

A little last minute, I know, but Carolyn's not feeling well so we're postponing bruch until a later date. Just wanted to let anone who might show up know, even though it might be a little late:)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Sunday Brunch?

So Carolyn and myself are going to meet up for a little Sunday brunch at Squirly's around 2pm tomorrow. If any of you moped boys would like to join us the invitation is open!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

A bit "OT" but I have to tell the tale...

Hey all, I'm back and I want to wish you a happy new year! Hope that this one is better than the last... I also wanted to say that the dinner was really fun, however what happened to me afterwards was not. Here is the story...

I went walking back into the neighbourhood to the parking lot where I had parked the car. There was a dude on the other side of the street who passed me as I was going the other way. All of a sudden, I heard footsteps behind me (albeit unsteady ones) and they were a bit close, so I started to speed up. Then I heard this voice say, "Give me your money, rich bitch!" (I started to get nervous 'cos everyone had given me cash as I had paid on my credit card) I broke into a run and I think I clocked my "personal best" as far as completing a sprint in high-heeled, pointy-toed boots on a icy, snow-covered surface! I think this dude was drunk or high 'cos he had some trouble keeping up with me, however he wasn't far behind. I made it to my car, got in and did not even bother to fasten my seatbelt, put my glasses on or anything; I just threw it into reverse (with him banging angrily on the window and yelling obscenities!) and gunned it out of the parking lot. I broke down at the next stoplight and began hyperventilating and crying at the enormity of my close call... I have NEVER had a problem walking around in that neighbourhood before, however I have never been attired like I was that night... I would've never parked in that area if I had've known that I was going to be alone after dinner either; Freddie was supposed to be there and I was going to give him a lift home. I shouldn't have chanced it afterwards, I just didn't want to seem like a wiener asking one of the guys to walk me to my car! A lesson learned the hard way is never forgotten eh? Just thought you'd like to know about my little adventure!