I'm around 700-750. I've slowed down somewhat as I've started finishing collecting what I would like from each console, but I just got a PC-Engine, so that will probably set the stage for another land rush.
@kmfrob: Providence is a nice enough small city, so it has your typical assortment of places to go and things to eat. I can't think of anything off the top of my head that is extremely standout in terms of food , so you may do best looking on yelp, or asking at your hotel or AirBnB.
The Providence Performing Arts Center is a nice theater and I would certainly recommend going if there is something showing that interests you. My personal favorite was the John Brown House Museum, but I have a soft spot for learning local history when I'm visiting places. Other than that, I would just say to look at tripadvisor or yelp and pick out some stuff that looks good to you.
@kmfrob: Between the two, Providence or Newport are good choices in Rhode Island. I would also recommend Mystic in Connecticut, there's a fair bit of history and the area is nice, and the aquarium is good, if a little overrated. There may not be enough to support a few days' stay though. As someone that lives 15 minutes from Greenwich I would say that there isn't much there in the way of sightseeing or anything special, but if you're more interested in relaxing and maybe a little shopping it will probably fit the bill.
If you're willing to go a little bit further, Saratoga Springs, New York is in a very beautiful region and there's various activities in the area. That may be outside where you're looking though.
Naoko by Keigo Higashino. It's a story about a man whose daughter wakes up with his dead wife's conscious. The depressing part comes from the methodical approach of the inevitable, uncomfortable truths as she grows up and how that affects the two of them. This may have been a time and place sort of thing for me, but seeing a relationship violently decompose as the world forces new realities on them left me melancholy for about a week after reading it. As I have said to other people I've recommended it to, you won't feel good, but you'll certainly feel something.
Congrats! I love seeing people act on their curiosities and give motorcycles a try.
I've ridden street bikes for about 10 years now, starting on a Kawasaki 600 Eliminator and owning various new and vintage bikes since then. Right now I have a Buell X1 Lightning that I love.
I'm always glad to see people starting out sensibly and getting a proper motorcycle to start with. I understand the "grow into it" argument to an extent, but seeing guys still on their permit in shorts and flip-flops on thrice-dropped GSXs just makes me cringe.
If you'll permit me to make a reading/purchasing suggestion, one of my friends told me he got a lot of great info and advice from this book. It seemed geared towards a fairly beginner level, and I'm not sure exactly where you are, but it may be worth a look.
Just remember, the more you ride, the better you get!
It's been a while since I've seen the first one, but I feel like that one may be kind of a relic of its time and be a little offputting to someone just watching it right now, especially if you aren't into cars that much. I think that 5 and 6 are good for just coming in and looking for fun, good action movies to get acquainted to the characters with. 2 and Tokyo Drift are silly fun I think, but Tokyo Drift looks like it may be playing a bigger part in 7 so it might be worth watching if it strikes a chord. It might just be me, but I found the fourth to be the most skippable of them.
My biggest issue with scalping is that it's not even so much taking advantage of scarcity as it is generating it yourself. It's inserting oneself into the loop as a middleman where there doesn't need to be a middleman. Unlike in the case of, say, Under Armour where there would be a substantial barrier to purchasing that shirt at $12 from whatever factory produced it, generally what is creating the barrier is the scalpers themselves. I'm not going to make a value judgment on doing so, but I certainly wouldn't see it as a high ground.
@ewansuttie: It's not out of sight, but my setup for it is pretty lame right now. Just two of those wall-mounted bicycle hangers under the main element. I was thinking about making something much nicer looking though. I'm sketching up some design ideas.