Monday, April 23, 2007

"It's All About Priorities"

Ahh... yet another convert to the world of scooter commuting. The above photo is of my pal and co-worker Brian, aka, "Dreamcrusher". He is standing by his Madami Skybreeze 125cc scooter, which has been known up till now as my former "Kung Pow". Along with Jeff and myself, 'Crusher has been commuting to work on the saddle of a motor scooter, foregoing the comfort of his pickup.

As our current business location is in remodel mode, we now have a big covered area to park our scooters under the awning that will be the new entrance. This remodel will not be complete until after we've moved to our new store, so we have the best parking on the lot. It's a bonus having the scooters out front, in that customers will ask about them, and other riders will park their motorbikes by them, creating a nice "biker friendly" atmosphere.

On the subject of work, I've been guilty in the past couple of months of posting a little heavily on what's going on with work and less on how I commute to and from by scooter. I am, after all, on the "Ride to" blogroll, and not the "I'm Too Involved With Work to Ride" site, if there is such a thing. So I took some time to change my focus and have made daily riding a priority. I can't be the guy speaking encouraging words to others about what is so great about riding, then be "too busy" to strap on a helmet and lead by example. No sirree bub, ain't gonna happen. I'll ride.

I actually found the wisdom in my decision to make a change in priorities in some words from my boss, Doug. I had told him that I was trying to keep on top of some issues that I was involved in with our sub-contractors by anticipating the schedule of material deliveries, and by acting as a go-between with the general contractor and some of the "subs". Doug is as involved as anyone, but has made it a point to remember to take time for himself and his family. It lessens the risk of "burnout" and keeps you fresh. This is sound advice and it has worked.

So now, even as the chaos of moving our business is just about at the boiling point, I'm at home on my off-day, drawing up some local ride routes for our little scooter club, and making plans for a summer barbecue ride event. The Geezers Moto-Scooter Club has grown steadily, and folks want to know when to meet and where to ride. So until someone steps up to handle the details, I'll try to keep up with these issues. Who knows what kind of club we will become? Whether it's loose knit, or a tight organized ship remains to be seen. As long as the focus is on having fun, and being safe, we should be okay. That should be our priority.

Have fun,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill your scooter club may already have an online home, but if you need a place for your members to go to ask / tell about rides I could make some forums for you on my riders board. It's called "Southern Riders" but we've got folks from all over. Even Arizona who like to come and chat.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Hi Bill,

Speaking as a teacher, it's good to see such an upstanding scooterist as yourself leading by example! ;-) I also fully agree with the burn-out concern (i.e the work kind, not the thing you do in a car park after hours!)

It's great that such a thing as a scooter club could be such a great way to unwind and be social at the same time as doing what you love! Keep it up and keep us posted!


5:45 AM  
Blogger CodyandMichelle said...

Cool beans Bill!
Good to see Kung Pow went to a good home. Another disciple of the Scooter Evangelist :)
You've always had your priorities straight, God,family, and then work. Keep your eye on the prize!(I'll give you a hint, it's not work)

12:40 PM  
Blogger Bill Sommers said...

The club doesn't have an online home yet, but your offer sounds good. I'll pass the word and see what the crew says.

I guess I'm the Patriarch of this group of clowns. But these guys are all strong characters, and as time goes by they'll naturally take the lead position.

The informal structure that we have now works great. I'll keep you posted.

Eyes on the Prize brother, eyes on the Prize.

Yeah, the scooter went to a really great home. Brian's old Aero 80 couldn't do the job, but he rides every day on the Kung Pow Special. This Evangelist work is paying off!

Have fun,

6:17 PM  
Blogger Combatscoot said...

There are a number of organizations out there that should see the wisdom in encouraging their members to take personal time, but don't. I know I really burned-out in the Coast Guard, and was treated like Public Enemy #1 when I began to voice my concerns over it.
I've been working construction projects all week, and our foreman was discussing burnout during one of the breaks. Working people harder only works for short periods of time, then you have to back-off, or suffer decreased productivity and high turnover.

7:21 PM  
Blogger American Scooterist Blog said...

Burnout causes health problems. Long term emotional issues for people who might not be that strong, too. There's a Book I read somewhere that said something about a day of rest each week. Even talked about letting the farm fields go fallow every seven years or somethin'. Storing up the grain and all that. The Book had this theme or something... you know, preparing for the future. Didn't find this Book on the internet so I know Algore didn't invent it...


10:15 PM  
Blogger Bill Sommers said...

Your foreman is right. It's better to maintain an even pace to reach the finish of the job, than over-push it and risk blow-out.

The Book that your refer to is the only Book that can be applied as a road map for life. I'll rest on Sunday.

Have fun,

6:22 PM  

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