Hip’s Cycle Open House I think I have covered almost every Hip’s Cycle Open house in January since they started advertising in the mag back in the early days. There was one year I know we stayed home due to a humongous snow storm but other than that I've made as many as I can remember. Over the years I have forgotten a lot of things but this year was a completely new one for me. I had downloaded the memory card from the camera onto the hard drive of my computer using the card reader slot, it's not new I have been doing it for years now but this time for some inexplicable reason I did not return the card to the camera but left it in the computer. When I arrived at hips and went to take my first picture early on I realized when the camera’s display said “no memory” or “insert memory card” or some such thing that I was in trouble.
photos out of archive due to my faux pas with my camera but he pointed out that the front of the shop had been renovated since last year and it was the case, the back shop always looks busy because there are bikes on all the hoists and others lining the outside of the work area that are either next on the list or waiting for parts to come in, so it's always a busy looking place but the front shop definitely has a new look to it. If you’ve never been to Hips stop on in and check it out, quality service is the rule around there and they offer full service mechanical from front to back on your ride. If you're from the Brantford area we can assume you know all about the shop and the family, or you have been in a coma for the past decade or so. Stop by at next year's open house in January if you don't get a chance to stop by before that.
I popped open the side cover of the camera where the 12gb memory card lives and saw the empty slot and like a thunderclap I realized that the card was sitting in the computer in my office. Unlike some of the old silver digital cameras this cannon digital slr has no internal memory whatsoever so it will not function without the card and there was no way I was buying another memory card. I continued on with my annual visit meeting many of the usual people who I expect to see each year at this event, I timed my arrival better knowing that an early arrival means waiting around for the real food to show up. The first course includes donuts and coffee from the local Tim's, which is followed up but a spread that does Mrs. Hip proud every year including wrap sandwiches, sliced kielbasa, and cubed cheese in various flavors, veggies and dip and a whole bunch of other stuff. The crowning jewel at least for me is the chilli, woo hoo my favorite by far. Of course there's also Swedish meatballs, yes they are good judging by the number of people eating them and coming back for seconds but just too sweet for my taste as I lean towards the spicy chilli and bring my own hot sauce and spoon.
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I was really discombobulated this year cause not only did I forget to put the memory card back in the camera before heading out, I also forgot to bring my hot sauce (and anyone who’s around my kitchen knows I have a selection of 4 or 5 different types with cases of franks original in stock at all times) but the food was awesome as usual and my compliments to Mrs. Hip and her executive assistant Bear and anybody else who helps out. Hips is a family run shop with 3 generations of licensed mechanics wrenching on motorcycles now and although they are always busy with bikes in storage that also have a long list of upgrades to be done over the course of the winter there is always room for more bikes and more jobs with the amount of talent that works at the shop these days. I had suggested to Jim that I could pull some
THE RIDER’S MAG
The Rider's Mag 2012-04 v14-n02