Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

where ever you are. Blogging has brought me in touch with more people than I would ever have imagined. A few years ago I tried to start a Blog and gave up because I had no one to show me how to get started. Back then I was content to post ride reports on various local forums, mostly scooter related . . . hence my name. I have always ridden motorcycles but as a returning rider I needed an excuse to get back into riding so I suggested to Mrs Skoot that we should get scooters so we could tour the Gulf Islands. Other than Galiano and Saltspring we haven't yet fulfilled our goal. All of my posted ride reports are now lost in the internet void as the local server crashed several times, loosing all the data so I thought to myself that if I were going to continue to post reports I should try blogging again and be more in control of my content. So I did.

I didn't get much readership at first in spite of the time I devoted to my posts and photos until I got some help from Orin, Scootin 'Old Skool I had met Orin before at various scooter rallies down in Bellingham, WA . Since those early days I am proud to be part of the blogging community and I have gone out of my way to meet many bloggers during my travels.

I enjoy being on the road with others with the same interests. Last year was especially memorable with a motorcycle tour to Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington. We had an IMBC2010 in Bend, Oregon a couple of years ago where many of us got together for a weekend of friendship. Next year is developing to be another great year. Troubadour is organizing another get-together IMBC2012 and there is lots of interest for others to tag along.

What I am trying to say is that I hope all of you have a very Happy New Year and I hope that 2012 shapes up to be as good or better than 2011. Peace, Prosperity, good health and good fortune, and may our paths cross . . . one day soon

I hope you enjoy this collage from this summer's motorcycle vacation. I am tired of getting tagged with copyright infringement so I have done something I have never done before, and in the style of Ricky Nelson


  1. Happy New Riding Year, Bob. To you and your family. Singing to your own tune... smart move ;-) Have Yvonne play the Ukulele and their you have your background music.

  2. And Happy New Year to you too Bob. It was your blog and Doug's which opened blogging possibilities to me almost exactly 2 years ago. Sorry to hold you accountable for inflicting it on the world :-)

    Take care my friend and thanks!

  3. You sir are the man! That is so awesome that you sang with the video. Now if only everyone would do that so we can put voices to the blogs.

    Happy new year to you and Mrs. Scoot. Can't wait to see you in 2012.

  4. I'm impressed, you carry a tune very well.

    Happy New Year to you.

    Someday I will make it to the IMBC... all my bones willing.

  5. Outstanding video with great musical accompaniment!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

  6. fantastic bob! happy new year to you, mrs bobskoot, and family!

  7. You carry a tune a whole lot better than I. Is this a Bobskoot original or is the author going to complain now? And you'll need to watch YouTube for others using your soundtrack.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. Bob

    The very best wishes to Mrs Skoot and you for 2012.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and drooling at the cooking lessons.


  9. All my very best wishes for the new year Bob, and here's looking forward to meeting up with you in 2012.

    Warm regards,


  10. Bob

    Happy New Year to you and Mrs. Skoot! This year has been an amazing one and I look forward to actually meeting you! I love looking at all of the pictures on your blog, you are truly a photo artist. Take care dear friend!

  11. Bravo! Bravo! And Happy New Year to you to Bob!

    I really enjoyed your rendition of Ricky's song and I eagerly await your future posts. You have a very nice voice.

    Tell me... do you take requests?

  12. Happy new year 2012,

    I wish this is the best year for all of us and all the dreams or planning we've built, can be realized in this year.

    (Do not forget to come back to my blog ya)

  13. SonjaM:

    I had the idea to try it and it was the "first" take, with practice it could have been better


    You are so kind. One day we should get together, get that Daytona 675 first, (Jennie: said it was okay with here)


    I was thinking about Troubadour's challenge, except he has not challenged anyone yet


    I keep thinking about your postponed trip through "FOX" so it would be close to our IMBC2012 meeting spot


    thank you, Happy New year to you and Martha too

    Ms M:

    thank you. I can't wait for your video . . . see you in 2012 ? hopefully

  14. RichardM:

    NO, not an original. It was a Ricky Nelson Original. He was my favourite back then. The first 45rpm record I bought was Ricky Nelson ("it's late"). I just received another copywrite notice for a video I posted a few years ago


    Give Ms N a hug from me. Your meat balls aren't bad, either.


    thank you. Happy New Year to you too. We should do lunch/brunch again

  15. David:

    Happy New Year to you too. Too bad about your snow and ice. We only get rain. April will be here before you know it


    You are so kind with your words. It's just a matter of time before our paths actually cross. You are a photoDIVA too.

    Lady R:

    as mentioned, it was the "first take", I should have practiced more instead of doing it on the fly. Maybe I shall try another on, I mean, you could always turn down the volume

    Dark Heart:

    thank you for visiting

  16. Happy New Year, Bob!

    Twisted Roads

  17. Dear Bob:

    Happy New Year!!! While the weather in Vancouver may seldom get truly vicious, I hope you make the most out of your down time and plan some great rides this summer.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  18. By the way, your Canadian accent barely comes through when you sing.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads