This is how a "My Ride" post should be written .
I loved reading about you and Kay, beautiful story! I love the colours as well.
Hello Ed, welcome to the forum! Great to read that you're still driving the bike you love so much. 16 years is a lot! I wonder how many kilometers it has on it's name...
As one of the first 10 responders to the New User's corner you're hereby awarded the Contributor award!
To help everyone use the forum in the right way from the start, I'll add this little topic as a handy guide to see whether your topic should be placed in General Discussion.
Since some users asked us about this: you can discuss ideas and suggestions in General Discussion as long as they don't qualify as a technical problem adhering to the description below.
If you have a question, it belongs here if:
It's a simple, general and non-technical question like what the weather is around the world, where you can score a nice deal on a bike or car, or how product X compares to product Y.
a question does not belong here if:
It's a technical problem of sorts, phrased as a question such as: why does this not work, how many tracks can fit on this device, etc. etc.
For such questions, you are much more likely to get help in the Self Service section of this forum where you can even ask the question in multiple languages (although asking it in the English section will most likely lead to most results.)
I'm very happy that you're here with us Dragbert. You're right about those improvements in medicine: my grandmother was recently diagnosed with cancer, went in for 5 treatments and was done. She was scared, coming from an era where something like that was a certain death verdict. Perhaps I grew up in a time where defeating cancer was becoming a reality, or perhaps I just got lucky and didn't see too much of it. Regardless, I can only imagine what it's like to survive something that your father didn't.
I wish you good luck and a joyous ride on the 15th of September.