Saturday, November 6, 2010

Worn Out . . . .What I Wore . . .

I thought it would have to be a week without a What I Wore shot, given that Pater was away and it's just been so busy. But when I arrived in our Vancouver apartment last night, pretty much spent, he claimed to think I looked great and offered to snap some shots.

The dress is Catherine Malandrino, silk jersey, bought last year to wear to the opera. But I don't have many occasions for dressing up, and decided I'd enjoy its comfortable good looks in a more casual setting. I think it works well with my flat Fluevog boots and this purple Line cardigan. Besides my vintage gold hoops, I eschewed jewelry -- my glasses are ornate enough and the dress print is fairly demanding.

I told Pater I feel like someone who's driven past one of those signs we get on BC highways, warning that there are no more service stations for 270 km -- and fifteen minutes or so later, I look at the gas gauge and realize I'm almost down to empty, too late to do anything but stop, get out, and push . . . Very close to being out of fuel, I nonetheless feel I have to keep going. The marking has to get done this weekend; the classes have to get taught next week. Pater pointed out the obvious goofiness of my logic, given my analogy, and his logic is the reason I've just got up from a two-hour nap! Behind in my marking, but refreshed enough to play with my granddaughter when she arrives in a few hours.

Which means I should be able to muster up a smile for the photo, right? Here you go . . .
Hope the weekend gives you a smile or two.

2011 Ducati Diavel at EICMA

2011 Ducati Diavel at EICMA

The innovative new Ducati Diavel combines decades of twin-cylinder heritage and Italian style with a bold, world-beating technical confidence strong enough to extend the boundaries of motorcycle design. Custom shop beauty, state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and extraordinary riding pleasure are masterfully blended into the Diavel, a motorcycle destined to shape the future, a motorcycle built by people who have earned the right to change the rules.

Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile like all Ducati, the Diavel takes the man-motorcycle relationship to the next level in absolute comfort. For connoisseurs of technology, ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes deliver a confidence-inspiring sophistication while stunning looks, 162hp and 207kg (456lb) of authentic Ducati performance drives a comfortable sport lifestyle that could only be dreamt of before.

2011 KTM RC8R Superbike

2011 KTM RC8R Superbike Picture

KTM brings more power to the table with its 2011 RC8R Superbike. The Austrian marque had previously announced a race-ready version of its Twin-powered superbike, dubbed the 1190 RC8R Track, at the earlier INTERMOT show in Cologne. For Milan, the Orange and Black announces changes to the base RC8R with horsepower up to a claimed 175.

The structural architecture of the 1195cc 75-degree Twin is unchanged, including the 105mm bore and 69mm stroke. Internal modifications to the four-valve heads feature a “newly developed dual-plug ignition.” Other changes includes a new crankshaft spinning in the crankcase. The mods add up to an impressive 10 horsepower leap over the previous generation RC8R, with 175 horsepower and 93.7 lb-ft of torque (previous version claimed 165 horsepower and 90.7 lb-ft torque).

The chassis features “a completely new suspension and damping set-up” for the suspension. A revision to the rear shock linkage is also touted, along with a wider array of suspension adjustment settings. Other tweaks include a new gear shift linkage and LED running lights.