I haven't really gotten to do anything to terribly spontaneous in quite a while, so it was surreal, yet refreshing, when I decided to fly to Anchorage for the evening on a whim.
Ok, so it wasn't necessarily JUST a whim, but I had been looking at things on craigslist.com - specifically seeking round pen fencing for a bargain, which so far has been unsuccessful - when I came across a 2006 Yamaha FZ-6 (a 600cc street motorcycle) that looked IDEAL for Dad for his birthday. I went sprinting to Mom's office to show it to her, and while her reaction was less than ecstatic, there seemed to be no dissuading me, so she finally relented and Caroline and I got tickets to Anchorage leaving at 5pm.
Upon arriving, we met up with some Tanacross buddies and grabbed some dinner, then headed out to look at the bike. I'll spare you the long story and description of the various examinations we did on the bike, but in the end I wound up opting not to buy it for various reasons. Mildly disappointing, as I was quite excited and pretty much planning to buy it, but the trip was fun, I learned some new things about assessing used merchandise (specifically automotive merchanidise) prior to purchase, and I got to make a spontaneous trip to Anchorage!
All in all, I don't regret it at all, and the more I think about it, the happier I am with the decision not to buy the motorcycle. Perhaps we'll find a better one at a later date...