Saturday, February 16, 2013

Making Smiles


I’ve seen many people taking photos of me this winter. It seems like more than the previous years. How do I notice? The rolled down window and bright flash are usually a good clue. More commonly though, a car comes up behind me at passing speed and then lingers behind me instead of flying past. In the above case, I was focused on traffic and didn’t even notice!

I’ve wondered how long it would take for one of those photos to get posted in a place I could see it. Facebook was the answer. I found the following text and above photo on the Aerostich page after being mentioned a few times by friends. (Thanks Kevin, Mike, John, and Shawn.

“Feb. 12, 5:45 pm, St. Paul, MN, 33 degrees. What is that I see on my way home? It looks like a helmet. I haven't seen one of those in a while, what the heck?!?
Guy on a Ural with a sidecar. Two wheel drive! Wearing a 'stich, of course.
Sir, you are awesome! And you made my day!”

The photo was taken by “Dan O’Neal”. Thanks Dan for the kind words! As I’ve written before, I love the simple act of riding my Ural in the winter while going to and from work brings a smile to so many faces. Cool stuff.


  1. Of course, you smile and wave for all of the pictures...

    Nice picture and comment, thanks for sharing it.

  2. Awsome, you're more famous than you thought.

    I also love the billboard in the right corner :)

    1. It is a strange feeling. I am just a guy going to work. The billboard is nicely relevant.

  3. I saw this on facebook and that it was so awesome you had your picture taken and posted on the Aerostich page.

    What is that he said " You sir are awesome" That is smile inducing right there.

  4. The power of social media my friend! Cheers to winter riding!