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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: oldbike54 on April 16, 2013, 04:25:32 PM

Title: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 16, 2013, 04:25:32 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on April 16, 2013, 05:05:51 PM
It rained on and off all day today, so I sat at home avoiding work. 

But yesterday --ah ---yesterday!  Yesterday I rode the Breva 500 km (300 miles) in order to spend 20 minutes in a land records office and take a few photographs. Other than that brief break and a fillup, I was riding non-stop.  It was a trifle chilly at first but it warmed up to 15c (59F) in the afternoon.  The bike behaved beautifully, the roads were empty and I was in the zone.

A good day.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on April 16, 2013, 05:18:35 PM
My license plate fell off on my long ride Sunday, so no riding until the replacement plate is issued.  >:(

Had to go to the DMV, take their form, and drive to the police department today.

Tomorrow I'll drop off the form. Hopefully it won't take long to get the plate. My new camera shows up tomorrow, I'll have to play around with it before I do some motorcycle videos!  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on April 16, 2013, 05:32:05 PM
Fine, if you like cleaning carbs. Getting Ian's other Loop going. Finished his Eldo last week. This week started on the Ambo, gas in the tank w/5yrs+ looked like coffee and the stench, ewww.
Better day yesterday, put some miles on the Cali 2 Sidecar rig, 1st time this year. No tags till now.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on April 16, 2013, 05:40:29 PM
Fine, if you like cleaning carbs. Getting Ian's other Loop going. Finished his Eldo last week.

 :bow :bike
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on April 16, 2013, 06:37:18 PM
Finally got a surgery date. ;)  Took my sidecar struts to 3 welders today, trying to get a simple job done. All told me to get all the parts ready, then they would weld.  So, I spent the afternoon cutting, grinding and fitting extensions for my struts.  
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzi4me on April 16, 2013, 07:28:29 PM
After a rather easy day delivering groceries in the Fresno Ca area decided to take the long way home from work.

Nothing exciting, just the back roads between Stockton and Lathrop.

Amazing how a 15 mile ride home from work can turn into 45+!!!!

"You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrists office!!"

Ride safe and often,

Jeff
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: pehayes on April 16, 2013, 08:07:37 PM
My license plate fell off on my long ride Sunday,

You sure it FELL off?

I had a young woman employee pulled over in a full-on felony stop. Guns drawn and all.  Seems that someone had robbed a convenience store.  He was probably sure that someone had written down his plate number.  So, in the middle of the night, he drove around until he found an identical model and color car.  He not only stole her plates, but he took the time to install HIS plates on HER car.  The guns scared the crap out of her.  Took quite awhile to sort that one out.  Clever thief.

Patrick Hayes
Fremont CA
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on April 16, 2013, 08:11:04 PM
You sure it FELL off?

I had a young woman employee pulled over in a full-on felony stop. Guns drawn and all.  Seems that someone had robbed a convenience store.  He was probably sure that someone had written down his plate number.  So, in the middle of the night, he drove around until he found an identical model and color car.  He not only stole her plates, but he took the time to install HIS plates on HER car.  The guns scared the crap out of her.  Took quite awhile to sort that one out.  Clever thief.

Patrick Hayes
Fremont CA


... I'm not sure. I hope it fell off.  ;D

I think the bolts vibrated loose on a quick "sprint" I made on the freeway.  :-X
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Tobit on April 16, 2013, 08:32:58 PM
Updated our TV media server with the new version of software that was supposed to allow for close captioned mxf files to be ftp'd in but after six months going around and round with this with the vendor, we're no better off.  Tomorrow I get to do a restore from my backups to a version from last year, then upversion again.  Sort of like backing up to take another run up the hill.  I need this working before moving to the next big project....

Half of our HD router failed on New Year's Eve.  The new 3Gb Utah router and master control switching is starting to arrive.  I need to get a transitional routing and switching system in place and under automation control before starting the CAD drawings for the replacement system, the core of our operation.

Our HD radio exporter (encoder) puked and the vendor is playing dumb.  Not what I expect from Harris.

Aspect ratio issues continue to plague us on legacy SD playout since our SD channel is now 16:9.  AFD, aka, Active Format Descriptor anyone?  More like Arbitrary F****** Disaster. 

Computers and IT have ruined mid-market television (read mid-market budgets).  The only constants are variables introduced by endless necessary upgrades to all systems at the most inopportune times.  Stable systems are a memory.

On the plus side, I got to come home, cook dinner, talk with my beautiful wife and kids and have a cigar.  Tomorrow I get to do it all over again.

Perhaps I'll ride the LeMans to work. 

Tobit
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 17, 2013, 04:04:03 AM

"You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrists office!!"

Ride safe and often,

Jeff

HaHaHa. Good one mate ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Jukebox on April 17, 2013, 04:18:10 AM
As my old dad who is 80 & has had 4 strokes said to me.
Any day I wake up is a good day.
That's the way I look at it now and its so true. ;D

Harry
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 17, 2013, 06:58:47 AM
I am the mule in the field plowing the hard rocky ground.  The mule could use some carrots and a vacation.  Fortunately the Moto GP in Austin is the weekend and I am going with my buddy Mitch.  In a couple weeks my wife and I are swanning off to Sanibel Island, Florida for a break. 

Yeah, I am pretty toasty.  2013 has been insanely busy and stressful so far.  Man I hope my oldest daughter gets a paying job in NYC.

I choose to be happy though and I write silly thesis to stay sane.  I did ignore my first member last night though, and now I feel bad about that.
I wonder if I can reverse the ignore.

What is this, Guzzista leather couch therapy?

How do you feel about that?

Tell me more.

Mmmmm,  and did your mother love you?

What was it like when your puppy died?

 ~;
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: cloudbase on April 17, 2013, 12:02:47 PM
Lookin' at the grass from the green side. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Idontwantapickle on April 17, 2013, 12:23:34 PM
Even work can't hold me down. I am able to go home for lunch almost every day. If the weather is good I usually take a bike for a spin. Today it was the Lemans!
Hunter
http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q708/2hhjones/CX100/IMG_0829768x1024_zpsb8784841.jpg
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on April 17, 2013, 12:43:09 PM
Got the struts welded, all the real welders too busy, ended up taking them to Muffler King, ha ha. They don't look very nice, but the welds are strong. A little grind and wire brush, a little rustoleum....

Good day to give the garden plot one more ro-till before the plants arrive. Hey Dusty, even my tomatoes come from a DOT COM nursery :-*
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on April 17, 2013, 04:54:20 PM
GOOD DAY for a couple "Hanger Queens" Ambo & Eldo both purrin again, now will he ride them or sell em or let em sit again.  I care not, it all pays the same.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on April 17, 2013, 07:30:25 PM
GOOD DAY for a couple "Hanger Queens" Ambo & Eldo both purrin again, now will he ride them or sell em or let em sit again.  I care not, it all pays the same.

Hey, at least I got #3 ('70 Ambo) out of y'all's hair about 10 months and 10k miles ago  ;D  :BEER:
And it's still purrin' too!
Thanks Steve, thanks Ian  ;-T

http://forum.guzzitech.com/forum/download.html?id=5241&mode=view
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 17, 2013, 10:09:29 PM
            Nice bike Tazio

          I seem to be riding every second day in our perfect weather. Finished removing the backrest this morning and am touching up the rack in anticipation of some day rides ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: krglorioso on April 17, 2013, 11:35:18 PM
I got a good haircut for $7.  Just outside the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton.  Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO like my hair short.  Why do you ask?

Is that good, or what!

Ralph
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on April 18, 2013, 08:21:18 AM
            Nice bike Tazio

          I seem to be riding every second day in our perfect weather. Finished removing the backrest this morning and am touching up the rack in anticipation of some day rides ;D

Thanks, I'm lovin' this scooter!
Here's a shot of me and the wifey in her chef's Hat...
http://forum.guzzitech.com/forum/download.html?id=5084&mode=view
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 18, 2013, 05:28:36 PM
Thanks, I'm lovin' this scooter!
Here's a shot of me and the wifey in her chef's Hat...
http://forum.guzzitech.com/forum/download.html?id=5084&mode=view

    Tazio,
           I don't need a crystal ball to tell me that there is a doghouse in your future......... ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 21, 2013, 11:08:51 PM
             Obviously, I ride too much ~; The headlight globe is blown

             and the fairing has to come off to fix it :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 21, 2013, 11:24:52 PM
More members are posting on this thread now , I truly enjoy the stream of consciousness nature of the posts and feeling a bit more connected to other denizens of the forum . Thanks for sharing .
Dusty 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 22, 2013, 03:54:48 AM
           It has been so long since the fairing has been worked on, that I forgot that there are only six bolts holding it to its frame. Removal was so easy this pm that I am considering removing it for every wash. .....the headlight shell and instrument "cups" are a little grubby where you can't see. Or I might just ride it 8)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Idontwantapickle on April 22, 2013, 09:14:26 AM
Fixed the last little leak on the CX yesterday, just the neutral switch gasket. Then burned off a quick 70 miles on it. What a hoot!  :bike
Then it was back to do oil changes etc. on the cars.  :-\  At least when I do it I know who to blame it's done right!
Hunter
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on April 22, 2013, 10:15:13 AM
Darn double darn! The weather is getting nice for riding for the next few days and I am unfortunately stuck with getting our garden tractor up and running and its turning out to be one of those repairs.... It was running fine 2 months ago... just a loose tiller bearing and a carb with a very slow drip.

And I gotta get it going first before enjoying the weather. No problemo.

Its an old workhorse that tills our garlic fields - the 45 year old carb finally fell apart (threads/shafts) just worn out - easier to modify a substitute to work with the odd governor/choke/throttle for this engine. Water, rust, bad fuel and vibration, strange main jet holder ... and no longer available but a possible solution is in the mail.

The hydro lift for lifting up the tiller -pooped out 3 weeks ago. Spent a day trying to figure out why - took some linkage apart while troubleshooting but nothing wrong - it all looks ok, so put it together and now again, it works fine! Huh? What was wrong? I dont know!

The tiller belt (very long belt) was 3 years old, getting damaged and needed replacement but for some reason would not budge and come off. I had to take apart the pully system to find a tiny, repeat: a TINY, little pebble that had wedged the belt against a remote guard.   

Next, the wobbley main tiller bearings .... got new ones but after days of trying different ways I had to grind off chunks and crack the old ones in half ... rust had totally welded them on...what a mess.

The soil got past the worn bearings and filled up the tiller's "sealed" case for the drive chain. Oh no. Had to clean out the dirt in the case and to do that I had to remove (grind off) another set of sprocket bearings. Inside I see the wobbley sprocket had made 2 slash cuts in the cases - those needs welding up. Done. Next?

Today, I'll finish cleaning repainting the rusty parts and start reassembly, while waiting for the replacement carb in the mail.

A ton of other stuff needs to be done on the farm this time of year, as well. (But I'll sneak away for a brief afternoon scoot on the V7C)  :bike
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 22, 2013, 04:55:09 PM
            Fitting a ride in, between attending to my responsibilities, seems to be a way of life for me too. The recent spate 8) of superb weather is a big help too and more rides have been had in the last week, than for the whole of this year ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on April 22, 2013, 06:11:45 PM
Not bad, drove 140 miles to see a family with a quadraplegic daughter, looks like I can help them out with some overhead lift equipment, the eleven piont river was up and looking great. Just about time for smallmouth bass fishing! ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on April 22, 2013, 06:26:48 PM
  About 82 degrees with scattered Wahines.   A bunch of which I paid to wash my bike and sidecar.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rocker59 on April 22, 2013, 06:32:54 PM
First day of 8am-5pm in almost three years.  The traffic sucked.  35 minutes to get to work.  Almost an hour to get home.

I ain't digging it.  It's only 16 miles.  My evening commute was less that 20 minutes over the same distance.

Maybe I should've opted for the severance package ?!?!?!?!?!

 :P
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on April 22, 2013, 06:36:36 PM
33 years married today.  We used to get paid to do this kind of stuff - now we do it for pleasure.  Frogs are noisy in the swamps.  The fires aren't extinguished. A good day!

Nick

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/april22_2013.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on April 22, 2013, 06:36:58 PM
First day of 8am-5pm in almost three years.  The traffic sucked.  35 minutes to get to work.  Almost an hour to get home.

I ain't digging it.  It's only 16 miles.  My evening commute was less that 20 minutes over the same distance.

Maybe I should've opted for the severance package ?!?!?!?!?!

 :P

I used to commute on my bike when I lived in Michigan.

Here, it's deadlocked traffic, and bad drivers at that! When I leave for work in the morning it only takes me 30 minutes or so to travel 20 miles, in the evening when I head home it takes almost an hour to get back.

Lots of clutch action going on with that commute, so I use my foot for the clutch in my Subaru most days...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on April 22, 2013, 09:46:29 PM
Tried to match my Triumph's paint using color swatch from a computer monitor. It matched good, and also matched good using the store's monitor. Bought the paint, what?? Not even close :D. used it anyway, got the sidecar body foo foo can painted. Put the body out of the elements to dry. Knee surgery tomorrow am.  ;) Looks like I'll be super gimp for a week or 3. Probably no Luapfest for me.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 24, 2013, 07:53:34 AM
Thanks for asking, usually the mule does not get much attention.  My oldest daughter is starting her full time, paid job today in NYC.  She also got paid for her last internship, so drumroll........... ..................

She is paying her rent and expenses for May.  We are very grateful.

Downside is my brother continues to struggle with career, physical and emotional issues.  He will take the summer off to try and heal up.

I feel pretty good today.  We had our last cold front pass through Houston so for the next six months it is heat and humidity.  Saturday I am going on a Two Wheeled Texans Pie run down to Wharton, TX.  It should be fun.  After the straight cruise down 59 I will return another route back north to Hwy 90 and back to Sugar Land.  I missed riding last weekend due to the Moto GP so the monkey really needs scratched.  Weekend after this I want to ride up to MPH to see a Cali in the real and talk to them about installing pipes on the V7R and get their thoughts on what they recommend.

So, yeah pretty good today.   ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: blackcat on April 24, 2013, 08:00:01 AM

She is paying her rent and expenses for May.  We are very grateful.



Not a small thing for NYC but that depends on how many roommates she has.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: blackcat on April 24, 2013, 08:01:41 AM
This has been a slow slog but I finally got the engine installed and all set up but it is running like shit and I am going to start again with timing and a good cleaning of the carb. Doesn't want to idle or rev very high and it is spitting through the carb on occasion.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/blackkat-1/IMG_1250_zpsbecc1549.jpg)

Along the way I forgot to plug/install the oil pressure sender and after filling the engine with oil and using the pump with a drill I emptied almost the entire contents on the driveway. Then I filled up the radiator and noticed water coming from the driver's side head! Called the builder and he was puzzled and as Im talking to him I realized that the water sender was just hand tightened so that solved that problem.

I hope to get through this without too many more viewings of Youtubes.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on April 24, 2013, 08:23:59 AM
240 miles with my buddy's on back roads in the desert. Great ride. Then Monday. Eek.  Seems like by Wednesday all my good vibes from the weekend are gone.
Love my LMiv!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on April 24, 2013, 10:15:57 AM
She'll run like stripped arsed ape, BC ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: blackcat on April 24, 2013, 11:49:23 AM
She'll run like stripped arsed ape, BC ;)

I hope so, this has been a learning experience.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 24, 2013, 05:53:46 PM

Downside is my brother continues to struggle with career, physical and emotional issues.  He will take the summer off to try and heal up.
       This sentence struck a chord. Partner's daughter was struck down by post natal depression a couple of years ago. On top of which she takes methetrexate for arthritis. Had to give up work a few weeks ago. Then the person she went guarantor for, double crossed her. We are coping but my partner is doing it tough.
        But the sun is shining and there have been no distress calls this morning.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on April 24, 2013, 10:10:50 PM
Kinda makes my little troubles seem ,well , small . My heart goes out to the above two posters .
Dusty

 :+1  On a MUCH lighter note, yesterdays' surgery seemed to have gone great. I apparently didn't make enemies with the med staff whilst under anny steezy ology. (both boys in situ ;-T) Just a couple oxxies to keep the gremlins away. Bandages off tomorrow. See doc in couple weeks, hopefully cleared to RTW. Cheers
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 24, 2013, 10:16:03 PM
                           Thanks rodekyll ;-T
         
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 26, 2013, 10:13:24 PM
My day was ok , rainy and windy here in Muskogee OK. Seems like I can't get caught up after being puny for 2 months , have some obligations that need to be dealt with , I will get there . Haven't smoked in 6 weeks , so that is cool , all in all things are looking up .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 27, 2013, 05:25:59 AM
After a record snow we got a record  +3.5" rain in the last 24 hours.  Yeah.  Both records in the same 24-hour period.  No end in sight.  Did I mention the breeze?  My roof lasted till past 4:AM except for directly over the bed.  Now there's a mess right there.

                What a nightmare. Hope you can get fixed in a hurry.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 28, 2013, 02:56:10 AM
Bummer for the daughter.  Long term medications for chronic conditions is always a trade off of discomforts.  I take the methetrexate (and predesone) for my PMR.  Nasty stuff.  I dose on Friday (can't work that day) and feel like crap all week.  They tell me it beats the alternative though, provided her kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen can handle it, it doesn't give her ulcers, her arteries don't spontaneously split, bones turn to jelly, or she gets a sudden headache and go permanently blind.  The alternative is busting muscles off the bones, paralysis, and death.  And of course forgetting to take a dose or two can kill her, too.  So she could use some assistance and support.  It's not easy to be on the support end of the problem.  I applaud your partner's efforts.

You have PMR too Rodekyll! 'Tis a real bear of a complaint aint it. Down to 4mg of Prednisone per day (specialist wanted to start me on 20 but after "discussions" he started at 15 but no lower. 150mg of Diclofenac as well per day and 2 doses of Losec to try and protect the gut and kidneys. I tell myself that I am improving after 2 years now but when I have a bad day (or week) I begin to wonder. Specialist reckons it can last up to 5 years. ::) :'( :'( So far one hernia and a tendon falling of in the shoulder is my lot.

Fortunately, the Breva is the most comfortable seat in our house, the bad thing is that from today it is off the road for 6 months.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 28, 2013, 03:43:34 AM
          If my girlfriend's daughter is any guide Muzz, you will get off it. P's D had very painful finger joints but no longer has to take Prednisone. Good Luck ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 28, 2013, 12:59:32 PM
          If my girlfriend's daughter is any guide Muzz, you will get off it. P's D had very painful finger joints but no longer has to take Prednisone. Good Luck ;-T

Thanks. Now localised in right side of groin and in right thigh, causing all the muscles in the thigh to be permanently tight. Makes walking difficult and painful. Better than being spread through the whole body though, which it was at the start.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 28, 2013, 01:53:30 PM
RK, yes, in the thighs. Jumps from one to the other in the space of a couple of days. Having said that, it went from the left to the right in November and has stayed there. I think the constant cramp is causing the pain in the groin. Have had a couple of severe cramp attacks in the hamstrings which have left me with muscle tears. Have the wheat pack on hand so when they do hit my wife can do the heat pack/massage thing. Usually takes about 1/4 of an hour to ease off and the pain is intense. Shoulder still aches where the tendon detached; experts say that the disadvantages associated with surgical reattachment outweigh the advantages.

I am typing this in the middle of my first "stretch" session and before doing a light weight session on my gym machine as I am really stiff and sore in the morning. I service heat pumps for a living so I am up and down ladders all day. Usually completely knackered and seized up by the end of the day. I was using Norflex to control the spasms but my rheumatologist said he does not want me using it; did not get around to telling me why not. Have started taking it again in bursts lately; its not him who is trying to function on 2-4 hours sleep per night after all. Am off the permanent pain killers now, but sometimes need them for a day or two to get on top of things.

Looking forward to the day when it is all good again.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 28, 2013, 05:57:24 PM
Bill, how is your back brace working ?
Dusty

        Working very well, Dusty. No back pain. How's that ;D ;-T Neck is acting up though. Too much riding 8) ~; Tends to show up my other weaknesses. Not complaining. Started remembering all my old day rides, that I haven't done for, it seems like years. Funny how a simple solution worked so well.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: drums4money on April 28, 2013, 06:00:00 PM
Any complaining out of me would be selfish.  I got out for a while this morning.  Missed the Norton gathering due to timing.  Managed to get down to New Hope, PA with the family.  While its usually lousy with people, it was especially full of hard core 1% biker types rockin their shiny leather vests, doo rags, smokin cigars & living the dream.  Among the herd of rugged individual sheep, I did meet this gentleman, Bob.  His Indian was probably the most REAL thing i saw on the street today.  I enjoyed talking to him  for a few minutes about his bike and the story behind it .  He rides the hell out of that thing.  Among all the sidewalk crawling jersey-girl dodge'n bragging right seeking was a machine that totally ruled the roost.  Nice to meet you Bob.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 28, 2013, 06:28:28 PM
           I learned to ride on a stick shift Indian. It had been raced at the Castlereagh drags until my brother bought it for 5 quid and brought it home. It was unregistered so we trailered it out to the back blocks to try it out. My turn took me past my partners in crime, by the side of the (dirt) road, who seemed to be yelling, arm waving and carrying on like madmen. I was oblivious to all but my crippling fear of sudden death, as my ride bucked and shuddered over the ruts and potholes at 60 mph in second. Third was superfluous, so had the brains trust ordained. Presently, over and above the tsunami of horrid sensations, it came to me that my boot was warm and on chancing a downward glance, I saw that it was On Fire. My mates, seeing my predicament, were not applauding my performance at all, it seems. Dirt extinguished the flames but not my memories, which are among my fondest.
          Good on Bob for keeping his Indian going.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 29, 2013, 10:04:06 PM
           Chores. Gotta do 'em sometime.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 01, 2013, 09:06:29 PM
Dusty,

Thanks for asking.  It started with a hemrhoid issue...enough said there.  Morning was ok, but afternoon was very dismal with "risk software" training by a bunch or corporate guys that just hold meetings.  It is typical bureaucracy and Mr. Boss did not have the balls to say no.  After an hour I just walked out, and yes my butt was hurting.  I emailed the boss before going home:  nope I will not be point man on this time waster.  So, I am pretty down on my current organization and Mr. Boss.  Two years to go or so until retirement.  I just want to do my job, and not spend a life time dealing with petty power grabbers and their staffs and games. I wonder if I can keep going sometimes.

Good news:  go on vacation Friday, and I really need the break.  Also another minor health issue is clearing up.  We were hoping youngest daughter could make it to Florida to meet us, but a professor ruined that.  Wanted to go for a ride, but took a nap instead.  It has been a stressful year so far...

I give it a half-star out of five. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 01, 2013, 10:19:06 PM
          I second that. Take it easy you blokes ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on May 02, 2013, 01:45:50 PM
          I second that. Take it easy you blokes ;D

Thanks. Can't do much else. :D Sounds as though RK has it worse than mine. I have been through the neck/shoulder/ stage and am free of that now. Just got the final clearance from the hernia op that needed doing late last year. Think it was caused by having to lug an industrial grade ladder through houses after OSH decreed we weren't allowed to use residential grade ladders. So much for health and safety. ??? ::) ::) ::)

Anyway, it's FRIDAY!!!!  ;-T ;-T Love my job but sometimes the effort of keeping going because someone is paying you money to keep going can be a bit of a strain.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rocker59 on May 02, 2013, 06:44:55 PM
Positive thoughts being sent out for Rodekyll and Muzz !!!

Hang in there!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 06, 2013, 10:16:40 PM
          Had a nice time visiting grandchildren on the weekend, in a seaside town far to the north. Strangely, the steak at a restaurant up there came from where we live. The Pinot Noir was very good ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 07, 2013, 10:46:34 PM
          I wish life could be easier for you, rodekyll.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 07, 2013, 11:17:55 PM
Me too , but if I whack my head nothing but air comes out .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 08, 2013, 08:13:53 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 08, 2013, 10:11:40 PM
        Steering head and front wheel bearings are good as are my tyres but my bike still wobbles to the right in a slight left hand bend at 170kph. My guru says to increase the rear preload. Rear damping is already on max. When my neck is better, I'll give it a go. Today is beautiful ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 09, 2013, 06:46:37 AM
Dusty,

We have had five days of bliss vacationing in Sanibel, FL.  Right now I am looking at mother ocean, palm trees and drinking coffee.  The break has done me a lot of therapy.  Fly back today, and half day work Friday.  The V7R will get a few romps this weekend, maybe visit a Cali at MPH.  Thanks for asking, I hope you are well my friend. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 10, 2013, 09:37:38 PM
Had a headlight wiring issue  dealt with now . Listened to a few spirited discussions about motorcycles among my WG family , interesting and at times contentious , however no one was called stupid , at least not in public . Rained 6 inches locally the last few days , and temps are still cool , maybe we won't see 115 F this summer . OK, rambled enough , thanks for listening .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on May 11, 2013, 01:23:43 AM
Went back to work Tuesday after 4 months off. The worst part was the stairs, got my knee aching. Anyway, worked 2 days, then took 2 off  :D for vacation to be with my wife for her eye surgery. Had a sick girl on my hands, but she finally kept some food and drink down.  "Gimpy" and old blind woman; ain't we a team :D 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 17, 2013, 07:59:20 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 22, 2013, 12:14:04 AM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 22, 2013, 03:54:01 AM
           Entertained the grand kids last night and today while their mum is in hospital. Rain held off while we took them to the park where a council gardener cut through a buried water pipe, much to our amusement and his disgust. Kids were intimidated by the black swan which came out of the water to beg for food. A three jumper afternoon here as rain drizzled and the cold in my hands was painful. Americans will laugh: the temp was 53F.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 22, 2013, 04:52:50 AM
Up early. Had a short ride today.  Worked on the insurance claim for damages at the house from the storms. Worked in the garden trying to get all my planting done. Cultivated my tomatoes and peppers.  Running out of time for planting.  Was planting my corn at 9 pm when called in to work the 10pm-6am shift.   Busy to say the least.  Will be able to get some sleep tomorrow night at 11:00 pm.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: blackcat on May 22, 2013, 07:02:25 AM
This has been a slow slog but I finally got the engine installed and all set up but it is running like shit and I am going to start again with timing and a good cleaning of the carb. Doesn't want to idle or rev very high and it is spitting through the carb on occasion.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/blackkat-1/IMG_1250_zpsbecc1549.jpg)



Got it running. MSD requires 12 volts to the coil and of course I checked it a couple of times and it has 12 volts at IDLE. Turns out the original wires from 1970 are resistor wires that drop down to 7 volts for the points, which is why it started fine for a second and then pop & fart. And it took over two weeks to figure this out after a five minute call to MSD.  ::)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 22, 2013, 02:57:19 PM
Can't breathe , yea , she gets pissy when we do not listen . Damn I don't like pickled herring , but your's sound wonderful . 3500 miles or so to Sitka , if I start walking now , 10 miles a day works out to next April .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 22, 2013, 03:11:32 PM
That would get you here about the time the herring come back.
And after walking to Sitka my appetite would be enormous . Should I bring the beer?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on May 22, 2013, 04:32:15 PM
Thanks for the story rodekyll-  very interesting reading indeed.
I grew up with fishing and knife handling myself, and I`d sure like to taste your pickle.
Yeah,- what to say about the California kid - maybe the experience will add to save his life, or maybe he`s just lost.
Good luck with the therapy thing anyway.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 22, 2013, 05:40:11 PM
Is that red or white with pickled herring ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on May 22, 2013, 05:52:12 PM
Vodka would be better !
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 22, 2013, 07:06:37 PM
Dusty,

You are so nice to ask, nobody else cares about the old mule.

Well, last Friday a computer virus hit me at work...first time, and I thought it was no big deal.  IT worked on it, thought they had it.

But Nooooooooooooo, it hit again Monday.  The expensive, corporate virus software did not work.  The virus works like this:  you think you have your system fixed, get all happy and productive, then about a half hour later the grenade goes off and back to no user profile, a white screen, and zero response, and call IT that gets more frustrated.  Two IT guys argued about a fix.  Currently the IT dept has my system quarantined and under watch.  I did get a bit of work done today after 2.5 days of utter frustration and futility.  Yesterday I went home at 1:30, got a haircut, ate some frozen yogurt, then took a nap.  Today was better.

My best IT guys says they have seen nothing like this virus, it is very clever, and they have no idea how it got in the door. 

So, my work life has pretty much been hell.

A long weekend is coming, that is very good.

Wifey has been nasty and abrupt, so that is normal I guess, but I am relishing a few hours alone tonight.

Hope you are doing ok.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 24, 2013, 10:00:51 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on May 24, 2013, 10:32:54 PM


Mine?   Very good.   Got a lot done at work, had a meaningful and enlightening off-line discussion with a fellow WG-er, got kicked out of the gym when they closed at 9:00, and walked home under the biggest brightest full moon I've seen in a while.

AND going riding tomorrow with a fellow Guzzisti who is lending me a bike and we're headed up to 10,000 feet where I'm sure I've never been before ....

So tomorrow should be a good one too!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 24, 2013, 10:41:01 PM
Which pass ? Have fun .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on May 24, 2013, 10:44:55 PM
Which pass ? Have fun .
Dusty

Not sure.  Going to be surprised.   There's an "Echo Lake" involved, I know that .... I've never ever ridden in the Rocky Mountains and I'm looking forward to it.

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 24, 2013, 10:49:10 PM
Not sure.  Going to be surprised.   There's an "Echo Lake" involved, I know that .... I've never ever ridden in the Rocky Mountains and I'm looking forward to it.

Lannis
Aw dude , get ready for a great ride , pics if possible .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 24, 2013, 11:59:10 PM

AND going riding tomorrow with a fellow Guzzisti who is lending me a bike and we're headed up to 10,000 feet where I'm sure I've never been before ....
Lannis

        Half your luck,Lannis ;D ;D ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on May 25, 2013, 10:02:51 AM
        Half your luck,Lannis ;D ;D ;-T

Well, if Luck is belonging to a group like Wild Guzzi and having fantastic people you've never met offer you their motorcycles to ride just because they know you're in town and bikeless, then this is my lucky day!

Lannis   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 30, 2013, 12:23:14 PM
Storming here , so I logged on to my favorite site , WG or thought I had , seems like I really logged on to a different forum , anyone else having this problem ?
 Well there is a break in the weather coming , must go climb on a roof , maybe the view will be clear from a higher vantage point .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on May 30, 2013, 04:21:46 PM
Storming here , so I logged on to my favorite site , WG or thought I had , seems like I really logged on to a different forum , anyone else having this problem ?
 Well there is a break in the weather coming , must go climb on a roof , maybe the view will be clear from a higher vantage point .
Dusty

There's a lot of different forums here, time-phased, you can't see all of them until you've been around a few years.

Just like the Midwest weather, if you don't like it, wait a bit and it will radically change .... !  :D

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 31, 2013, 11:33:10 PM
Rumbling here , concerned about my friends in the OKC area . Good day though , well except for breaking my beemer , fixed now , no dollars flew away , thankfully. How is everyone in WG land ?
 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on June 01, 2013, 01:39:07 AM
Well, just got home from work, got to be back in 6hrs. Long day working on a rusty Jackal and then 1st service on a 8V Norge. Remapped it and reset TB's which were way out from factory, so far out it moved the TPS to 5.7 and was idling at 1600rpm. Sometimes you just have to move the forbidden magic screw. Running great now, smooth as glass.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 01, 2013, 04:39:27 AM
           Got my first possible for this year. Only shot twice this year though 8) ~;
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 01, 2013, 08:35:36 AM
Dusty,

You are so kind to ask. The week was great, a big plus is at work an offshore drilling rig has been delayed.  It was going to land in my lap Sept 1st, causing huge stress trying to get a prospect matured, permits, and safety issues corralled.  So, my summer will be reasonable instead of insane.

Wife has been out of town helping youngest daughter move out of dorms, they return this weekend--and I hope for a safe 1000 mile drive for my daughter from Savannah to Houston.

We have major yard work happening as I type:  poorly located and large trees removed (big hurricane threat), stumps grinding, new sprinkler system to keep yard alive, then some landscaping.  All this costs $$$$ of course, but is overdue. Man these guys work hard!

The poodles are needy with my wife gone but will be joyful to have my daughter home.  I hope she finds a job this summer and does not sleep and fritter it away with her BF.

Well, time to call my 92 year old mom.  My older brother has had very difficult physical/mental/emotional issues for months and general family stress is very high.  They both are very needy and fragile right now and I am the foundation.

The V7R will be rolled out shortly, I am geared up and it is time to ride before the heat really kicks in.

Thanks for asking...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 02, 2013, 12:15:38 AM
           Sounds like you really Need a ride, ld. You have to let off steam somehow.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on June 02, 2013, 08:19:49 PM
Keep on keeping on, RK.. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 02, 2013, 08:21:25 PM
What other forum boasts such a wealth of knowledge on such a broad variety of subjects . I love this place .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 02, 2013, 08:52:25 PM
Dusty,

Youngest, purple haired daughter is home from college for the summer.  She is a hat trick and a half.  For my birthday she painted me an oil painting of our Colorado cabin...special stuff to me.  We took her and BF to Italian dinner...fun stuff and they just left to go to his house for the night (I don't ask questions at age 20).  Happy.  Spawned some great young ladies. :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 02, 2013, 09:25:26 PM
Dusty,

Youngest, purple haired daughter is home from college for the summer.  She is a hat trick and a half.  For my birthday she painted me an oil painting of our Colorado cabin...special stuff to me.  We took her and BF to Italian dinner...fun stuff and they just left to go to his house for the night (I don't ask questions at age 20).  Happy.  Spawned some great young ladies. :D
Some of the nicest , most responsible young people I meet have purple hair , and piercings , and tattoos ,and all kinds of other stuff . Remember , our generation kind of set the pattern , as it were .Damn hippies .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Jim 06B1100 on June 02, 2013, 09:38:22 PM
Got up...which is a great start to any day....cooked breakfast...went to church....played some mini golf with my wife and 10 year old daughter....then... changed into the riding clothes and the Big Breva and I went for a nice 100 mile ride.   It appears that  changing the air filter and replacing the plugs contributed to giving me the best gas mileage I have ever experienced.  About 43 miles per gallon. 

Riding conditions in my part of the world were partly cloudy, breezy with a temp of about 77 degrees F.    Some very nice roads and scenery...but I didn't stop to take any pics.

Jim.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 02, 2013, 10:34:06 PM
          Rode to the Mt. Mee lookout this morning via Peachester and Woodford. The smog/haze of the coastal strip was absent on this fine,clear day making the sandhills of Moreton Island clearly visible. Not visible enough however, for pics. Tried that a couple of weeks ago from a much closer lookout at Buderim, where you are under the smog. Turned out pretty poor. My little camera just doesn't have the grunt ;D   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Randown on June 02, 2013, 10:36:31 PM

Was is the local mountains today on my Husky, stopped at a hangout area, Leno was there, mentioned I had a gootsie ...he says, "You really got to be an enthusiast to ride a Moto Guzzi..."

Fun & funny I guess.

(http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv17/Rander/006_zps1fc6b37c.jpg) (http://s665.photobucket.com/user/Rander/media/006_zps1fc6b37c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 02, 2013, 10:43:18 PM
          Rode to the Mt. Mee lookout this morning via Peachester and Woodford. The smog/haze of the coastal strip was absent on this fine,clear day making the sandhills of Moreton Island clearly visible. Not visible enough however, for pics. Tried that a couple of weeks ago from a much closer lookout at Buderim, where you are under the smog. Turned out pretty poor. My little camera just doesn't have the grunt ;D   
;D A big bore kit might help your camera Bill . I really like that more people are posting on this thread . Leno huh , some helmet manufacturer needs to build the man a helmet that covers up his jaw . ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on June 03, 2013, 12:21:07 AM
Got to see son and grandson on skype, love that Dick Tracey tech ;-T. Finally got to mow, more like brushhoggin after the rains. Leg still hurts like fire, taking PBRs and soma to get some sleep.  Wife's eyes continue to improve (macular hole surgery, be nice, Dusty, lol), she is able to help with the chores and maybe she can drive next week. I go to PT 3 times a week, and brun hilda is kicking my arse.  :beat_horse Bad wx, too sore, no time to ride. Soon will start work on trailer to get it ready to haul sidecar to my various vacation spots. Plan on going to Ohio, WVA, and  later fall trip to Fla  panhandle. Gotta ride the sidecar in margaritaville, doncha know? That's all contingent on having any scratch left after paying all the sawbone's. :o 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 03, 2013, 12:37:37 AM
Shorty , I never make fun of a medical condition , well except for mine , a little off kilter is a nice way to put it . Damn son , get better , and I hope the wifes vision problems improve . Of course if she gets a real good look at you, well... Only kidding , you are much better looking than me , Hell everybody is .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 03, 2013, 10:32:56 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 04, 2013, 04:20:35 PM
RK did those sneaky Alaskans secede and not tell anybody ? ;D  Texas, are you still with us ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Rotten Ralph on June 04, 2013, 04:49:49 PM
How about a 40 mile ride on the '60 Gold Star? Clear sky, mid to high 60's, new carb worked great .....but my old,skinny butt didn't last too long on the poorly padded Ferrodax seat. :( :( :BEER: :BEER: :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 04, 2013, 04:54:43 PM
How about a 40 mile ride on the '60 Gold Star? Clear sky, mid to high 60's, new carb worked great .....but my old,skinny butt didn't last too long on the poorly padded Ferrodax seat. :( :( :BEER: :BEER: :BEER:
;D  ;-T Hey , 40 miles is a big ride for some of the , ahem , pirate types .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on June 04, 2013, 05:08:54 PM
Very nice thanks!

I rode about 300 kilometres on my Breva in order to spend about 10 minutes stumbling about in the bush taking a few pictures.  It's a tough life.

Nick

Pakenham Bridge
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/pakenham.jpg)

Between Perth and Westport
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/perthroad.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 04, 2013, 05:10:56 PM
Thanks Nick , anyone else ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 04, 2013, 07:00:00 PM
Not quite.  It was the sneaky americans pretending to make us a state while retaining our colonial status.  We refer to travel beyond Alaska as "going outside" or "going to america".  Otherwise we forget our 'place'.

        Tasmanians (Taswegians?) seem to have that "us and them" attitude to the rest of the country. Dont know if they are looking down on us, or if the reverse applies ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 04, 2013, 08:10:16 PM
Dusty,

It has been pretty good with some unusual stuff.  I am enjoying my purple haired college daughter:  we are much alike---introverts.  Work was productive and I am cranking out some important maps and herding the Technology kittens (PHD types) around keeping them focused.  Man they ask some lazy questions.  No work breaks so daughter and I took poodles for fast walk.

Got home and my 92 year old mom called to say:  my brother checked himself into a psych hospital for inpatient treatment.  We hope the docs can get his meds correct.  He is struggling with depression, anxiety and such--for months.  Thankfully he did not suicide, and he did the right course of action. Little poodle went to his vet:  issues with stomach, medications, and such so he gets three new pills a day.  Wife is wearing me out with words....perfection ism with yard landscaping....all I want is some quiet.

Tomorrow after work I am going to go for a ride, one of those sanity breaks.

 I feel fairly poised and at peace though.   :)  Saturday evening my buddy Ed and I are having guys steak night.  That always helps.

Thanks for asking.... :-\
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Rotten Ralph on June 04, 2013, 08:34:50 PM
;D  ;-T Hey , 40 miles is a big ride for some of the , ahem , pirate types .
Dusty

ARG ARG Matey! Me eye patch nearly blew off at 48 MPH! :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 07, 2013, 07:17:46 PM
Dusty,

I really appreciate your asking!  The week turned positive with my brother getting out of the hospital with a probable, expert diagnosis for his digestive/mental/emotional issues.  He is home and hope returns for recovery and a normal life.  Work was productive and today I had a big meeting with a roomful of PHDs and gave them expectations products and timelines.  We will see if they deliver. 

Had a wonderful   ;-T Guzzi ride this afternoon out in Ft. Bend and Brazos counties and it was cool/dry enough to be quite nice.  The corn is six foot tall and I saw a field of nanny goats and kids all pointed into the wind...very fun.  Tomorrow I plan a ride on a new route out to Eagle Lake, TX on Hwy 90 with eventual plan of taking 90 all the way to San Antonio and the Hill country on a long weekend.  I want to experience more hills and curves, and I have a brother in law, and bike rider that lives in Bulverde, TX that I can slum with.  He wants to try my V7R out, he has an old Honda 750 four that is a hoot to ride, plus three other bikes.

So, yes a good week and I am watching Game of Thrones.  Tomorrow night is guys steak night with my bike riding buddy Ed and we can catch up. 

Dusty, I hope you are well!

 ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 07, 2013, 07:27:41 PM
I am always better after hearing good news from one of our brothers . LD , get up around Nacogdoches , FM 1878 AND 2112 , as well as many others are good rides , perfect for that V7 .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on June 07, 2013, 07:47:55 PM
More or less finished dealing with the IRS. They disallowed $1,900 per month of our documented living expenses, then stated that we had extra money to pay towards our IRS debt.  Ended up being offered the "opportunity" to pay $655 per month for 38-40 months, or they would seize all monies over $200 every month from our accounts until the debt is satisfied.  In others words, find $655 per month to pay them, or live on $200 per month.  It's great to have choices.  ::)  So back on the road I go, driving them damn big trucks again on my 3 days a week off, then back to work at the prison.

I woke up this morning, always a good start to the day, married to a great woman.  Two of my sons living with us, having boomeranged back home, and looked out at my gardens. ( 2 each 100 ft by 75 ft) They are growing well, and the weeds are well under control. My body was fully functional so I showered and got dressed for my full time job with benefits and retirement (pension). When I get off work I go home to my house, my family, (all fairly healthy), with food in the fridge. My married son just got a promtotion at work into management with a 21% pay raise.

So while I can bitch, moan, and groan, I have a great life with more than 98% of the world has.  I ain't rich, but I don't live in a hut, I ain't in Charles Atlas shape, but my health is better than even many on here. My job ain't perfect, but its full time and has great benefits. I haven't had family killed or my home destroyed by tornadoes like in Oklahomea,  so rather than complaining, I would rather acknowldge that  I have a damn good life, and today was just another great day.  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on June 07, 2013, 08:36:45 PM
Got fired today, no more working at the boutique. Guess the biker in me came out too much.

Really?  Need a full report. Want me to talk to Jimmy about a spot??  ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on June 07, 2013, 08:39:02 PM
NO !!!!!!!!!!
I just talked to you there!!!
I am so very sorry to here this, friend.
..Ck. PM's
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 07, 2013, 09:01:22 PM
WHAT , Steve , that ain't right . The bastages .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on June 07, 2013, 10:55:35 PM
RK, When I had my shop in IL I used to tell the customers "This ain't no Boutique"!! Cig butts on the floor and beer in the refrigerator. Then on MG Cycle's website they coined it. I was to their place plenty of times for parts. About the same atmosphere.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Scott of the Sahara on June 08, 2013, 09:50:58 AM
This was a few weeks ago on my 31st anniversary. We woke up near the Grand Canyon and it was cold and sunny...
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0106_zps874d91b3.jpg) (http://s917.photobucket.com/user/Atlasheating/media/CIMG0106_zps874d91b3.jpg.html)
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0131_zpsec1c35ff.jpg) (http://s917.photobucket.com/user/Atlasheating/media/CIMG0131_zpsec1c35ff.jpg.html)
Then we traveled on to St. George Utah by way of this... Lake Powell
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0191_zpsc44ca86b.jpg) (http://s917.photobucket.com/user/Atlasheating/media/CIMG0191_zpsc44ca86b.jpg.html)
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad12/Atlasheating/CIMG0193_zps1c3e9c7f.jpg) (http://s917.photobucket.com/user/Atlasheating/media/CIMG0193_zps1c3e9c7f.jpg.html)
And on the way we went through Zion National Park...

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All of this was part of a road trip by car but it was beautiful. Someday I will make it back on two wheels...
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 08, 2013, 10:39:20 AM
OH MY , beautiful pics of stunning places . Thanks
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 09, 2013, 04:55:16 AM
Nice shots Scott, in fact I would say fantastic! ;-T

As far as the day went (Friday) not so good. Got a call as I was working away from my Dr saying he wanted to see me and today would be good. Rheumatologist had ordered a MRI scan as he thought the PMR should be getting better, not locking my legs up. Seems like the ball on the top of the femur has sort of disintergrated, there are labral tears all over the place, tendons have thickened and frayed, hip area has nodules and oedemas all around the hip joint, the spinal cavity has closed up in the L3/L5 area and I have a 20mm walnut on the prostate. Poos and wees. :(

Bit depressed, so The Princess and I went down to the local Indian and had a very nice meal on the Friday, had the bro and a couple of friends with wives around on Saturday and I cooked up a pretty good evenings worth of food and we all had plenty of laughs along with a few bottles of wine. Sleep was a bit hard to come by that night as the leg was giving me gippo so got up and watched the All Blacks beat France which we had recorded during the evening.

Appointment with orthopaedic surgeon in 5 weeks time to discuss next step.

Hang in there RK, this PMR has a lot to answer for!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 09, 2013, 06:05:08 AM
 :( :'(
Hang in brothers Muzz and Rodekyll . Stormtruck and Guzzisteve as well . 
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on June 09, 2013, 09:05:00 AM
Yesterday I had a blast, I needed it. Hopped on the Cal2 sidecar rig & went to the Howdy Summer Sidecar Rally in N.GA between Suches and Morgantown.
On the way I stopped at Two Wheels of Suches(old TWO MC campground) cause I saw some sidecars there & some familiar Guzzi's. I hung out, toured the new set-up, and had a great lunch w/Guzzi and sidecar friends. Then up to the rally!
Got there just as they were going to have the Field Events. Well, I joined in! AND almost won 2 of them.
The first one you ride blindfolded through a coned, curved around course while a passenger tells you how to steer and you can't stop. I got through the whole thing and just touched one of the end cones.
The next one I got in was strait distance ride, also blindfolded, where you had to go strait and stop over or in front of the cone at the end but not touch it or have it under the rig. One thing else, you line up your bike before blindfold, they walk you away from it and spin you around a bunch, then, you have to find it, get on start it and go. Well, I seen them spinning the riders to the left of the rigs, course faced south. I moved around till I felt the sun heat on my face, walked toward it, found my rear turn signal, hopped on and took off stopping inches from the cone at end. 2 other rigs were an inch closer. They went again to break the tie. This time the judge said "No feeling for the sun" cause he noticed what I did. He walked & spun them in front of the rigs. One of them could not find his at all.
It's all about knowing your bike, after 27yrs on this rig I think I got it.
Then a ride over for dinner at the Lodge, then Awards & Prizes. Sun was setting so I left to get out of Mtns before it got real dark.
A few folks there owned Guzzi's, one will be getting a hack on it, one is a member here, but I had the only Guzzi rig.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 09, 2013, 09:17:39 AM
The best revenge is living well . Steve , I know you accepted responsibility for being terminated , my guess , that is the exact quality that will allow you to land on your feet .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on June 09, 2013, 09:23:25 AM
I rode this bike from Dearborn Michigan to home.

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Here it is at home, smaller screen fitted, bag removed, wife fitted.  ;D

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It is a fun bike to ride! Comfortable too! I'm usually getting somewhat sore on the V11 after around 70 miles non-stop.

I rode this one 250 miles with only one short stop and I had only minor lower back pains! Fantastic comfort, but everything was a little "small" for me, most notably the mirrors and instrument cluster that I had to "look down" to use. :P

It goes up to 85mph, no problem! But it's real forte' is to ride at slower paces. It's soooo easy to balance and ride slowly compared to the V11 that it's ridiculous.

LinzWolf will have to hide it from me, or I'll be riding it more than she will.  ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 09, 2013, 09:28:57 AM
Unkept , do whatever ya gotta do to keep the wife smiling .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on June 09, 2013, 10:51:05 AM
Yesterday I had a blast, I needed it. Hopped on the Cal2 sidecar rig & went to the Howdy Summer Sidecar Rally in N.GA between Suches and Morgantown.
...
Steve, sounds like I missed a great time! Thank you again for the invite, wish I could have made it!
The field events sound fun. Always liked those "slow" races, but i guess they don't have them at sidecar rally's :BEER:
Hope to see you soon.
In my prayers, bro...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 09, 2013, 12:46:50 PM
Dusty,

Two good rides this weekend make it a five star.  And, I barely beat out a torrential pop up Houston rain storm on my way riding home from church an hour ago.  Guys steak out night with my buddy Ed adds a star. My brother is having up and down days....lots of anxiety and other issues, and we hope for an uptrend from his physical/mental/emotional issues.

Poodles are glommed to me...scared of thunder...but it is nap time now.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: gsf12man on June 10, 2013, 09:38:50 AM
My short riding season continues slowly to gather steam. Breva 11 just back from the Watertown, SD dealer for the second time this year: first was for a tuneup and general laying-on of hands by the experts; and I had them install the Aprilia Mana 850 handlebar I had lying on my workbench for a couple of years. Their mechanic was able to get my Kaoko throttle lock to work with that bar so it looks like I won't have to purchase the Kaoko Mana piece. That's nice! Then, after just getting used to how nice and smooth the bike is with that barómuch less vibration in the throttle hand at higher speeds; it's fantasticóthe inner CARC seal let go again. Back to South Dakota in our nifty towing rig once again, repair completed while we shopped. Now the rain has stopped againófor a day or two at leastóso time to ride the ol' girl again.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 14, 2013, 06:52:55 AM
Dusty,

It has been a productive work and personal week.  Friday is always appreciated, "no bad Fridays".  My brother's docs are trying another med:  initial results look fairly promising, and so that is wonderful.  HQ drives to get her father on Saturday (he has dementia, maybe Alzheimer's)  we will keep him a couple weeks--always a challenge.  Purple haired daughter mixed up some incredible cocktails last evening so when I came home, it was five o'clock, the bell rang..."cocktail hour" and we indulged in her creation.  She mixed extremely well:  a "blue moon" similar to a cosmo but not as sweet with more lime.  She even rimmed the glasses with cranberry juice flavored sugar...after that I passed out for a nap as the concoctions were pretty potent.  ;)  I caught her looking online for a summer job.

Did I say it was hot and humid in Houston?  Wow, summer is fully on, the demons have stoked their furnaces.  I may go ride this afternoon.  More likely I will go out for early Saturday and Sunday rides before the heat index hits 105F and the lovebugs swarm.  Bimmer still has no check engine light.  There are too many moving parts to take it to MPH this weekend.  So, I am watching the blue bavarian beast, it seems happy for now.  You know how mechanical thingy-things are.  ???
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 14, 2013, 06:18:28 PM
           As promised by our weather bureau, yesterday was simply beautiful. Time to re-instal the windscreen/fairing that had been washed during the week and stored in the lounge room out of harms way. My garage is Crowded ;D After exploring some of the hinterland for the first time and getting a little lost, The World's Best Custard Tart Shop sent me a homing signal and all was well. A very popular destination with locals and international tourists alike, the WBCTS affords one the pleasure of people watching in addition to its delectable cuisine. Not only are the females attractive but the antics of motorists in pursuit of parking, deliver a parade of delights to the diner, perched as it were, in the sunlit eyrie that is the forecourt of the Montville Patisserie, which overlooks the narrow carriageway of this tiny, inland haven.
            But after days of frustration with nothing to do but watch rain falling, the call of the road carried me back to my bike, illegally parked and waiting patiently. And the ride was excellent too ;D 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 15, 2013, 12:19:32 AM
LD and Bill , life is good , huh . LD , as someone who lived in East Texas for 7 years or so I enjoy reading your posts , love bugs are a nightmare to ride through , sold an RT BMW to a Canadian , he asked what the black goo stuck in the crevices were . Bill , buddy , well what can I say , love you Aussies , spent a wonderful evening with the Ropers , made me really want to come for a visit . Glad you are having nice weather for a change . Ride on my friends .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 26, 2013, 10:50:52 PM
So how was it ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: cruzziguzzi on June 26, 2013, 11:57:33 PM
Spousal birth and anniversary addressed well just and rewardedly. Settlement on an aggravating commercial property. Resolution regarding the shop. Paid off the mountain dirt.


We's in the tall cotton, at least this week!

I wish at least half if not more of the equanimity and serenity of this week upon each and all of you regardless of disposition and social sentiments.


Rock on with your own fine Guzzi selves!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 27, 2013, 01:55:06 PM
Got to see an orthopaedic surgeon who examined my MRI scan taken to see why all my leg pains had started to get worse. Seems like the meds I am on have caused the cartilage on the ball of my hip to "come off in flakes". Go in in three weeks time for a new hip.  He was a bit surprised to hear I was still (just :D) doing a 40 hour week. Must admit to be basically a cripple at the end of the day. He gave me a couple of crutches to enable me to get around at the days end.

Really happy to actually know what is causing at least some of my grief anyway. Looking forward to the op; surgeon reckoned I will notice the pain drop within one day after the op. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 27, 2013, 03:31:11 PM
RK , has he already started asking for a raise and more vacation time ? :BEER: :D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 27, 2013, 04:43:37 PM
I would suggest that his parenting skills are under developed by the fact that his daughters pants were falling off .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: biking sailor on June 27, 2013, 06:21:08 PM
Good day today!  Tomorrow is wife and my 27th anniversary so we went for an over ight bike ride. Took 20 north of Salina, nice little stretch of road, but I really couldn't concentrate on it. Reason was a month ago I started the paperwork to buy a new VStrom but it fell thru because the bike shop lost the bike to another dealer.

Today I stopped in at Brookside and Paul made me a deal to take two bikes in on trade for a new Stelvio. Trading in my 1200 Sport and a Ninja. Really stoked because I have been wanting an adventure touring bike for quite a while. I will miss the Sport but not the Ninja. Stelvio Should be delivered in July, can't wait.

Darren
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Monza-jockey on June 27, 2013, 08:33:21 PM
My day is excellent.

 I'm unemployed as some of you may have read in the Freshly Unemployed thread that I started. I've already applied for medical insurance, paid some bills and signed up for Unemployment.

 Today, I took a Mental Health Day and burned over to the ocean to go surfing. Of the many craft that I have, I took out my Island Longboard waveski. It's like a surfboard, but you're strapped to it sitting down, and I paddle with a kayak paddle. I had a great session as the waves were in the 4'-6' range, had some great rides a couple of wipe-outs. Then it was off to my favorite Taqueria for shrimp tacos. Life is good!

My local surf hangout Pleasure Point:  http://youtu.be/fssqNOKivRM

Freedom!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 28, 2013, 09:38:36 PM
Dusty,

You are so kind to ask.  The week has been busy.  My wife's dad has been staying the past two weeks.  He goes back home to San Antonio tomorrow.  He is a handful as he has a very weak body from stroke/major car accident effects.  Some dementia and a stroke add to his disability.  He had a really bad day last week, but rallied.  I loves staying here as he really gets catered to...yet at a point my wife particularly needs relief from the care role.

Work is insanely busy.  Today was a strange Friday.  Early this morning I heard they fired a geophysicist down the hall.  I did not know him well.  They have been firing individuals and groups/teams of people on Fridays off and on since early in the year.  I had a big meeting, and coming back to my office Mr. Boss was waiting for me and wanted to see me immediately.  I said, hold on a minute I need to visit the mens room, and coming back it was closed door...and they gave me a nice raise and praise.  So, that is all good, but I see morale eroding and of course the less people the more work load on survivors and so yeah been there done that for decades. 

Late this afternoon I went to a retirement reception for the very best boss I had in the oil business.  I worked with Chris in Lafayette and as team lead we found a heck of a lot of oil.  Then in Houston worked the Libya project also.  He is a very, very fine chap, a Liverpudian, and American citizen by choice now.  So we all went to a fav British pub and hoisted a couple.  I also saw several very old friends and caught up and it was a grand affair.  I really enjoyed connecting.

It is hot as hades here, I mean brutal and our house AC can't keep up.  The raise might go to install modern windows in our older spec house--it could help insulation.  We will see.  I hate spending more money on this house, but summer goes until at least mid-October...a long, long time to have the interior of the house no cooler than 83F and the AC run continuously. 

So, it will be up early Saturday for a goose ride.  A cousin is here and we will host her for four days, she is a favorite cousin, and a professor at Penn State.  Right after she leaves my oldest daughter comes in from Manhattan NYC to visit over the Fourth of July.  Mid summer it is, and a four day weekend will help me  I am pretty toasty.

My brother seems to be slowly healing up from a neck nerve problem, and some issues with depression and stress.  He is taking the summer off teaching college, and bored and broke.  He has had a very tough six months.

Overall I am doing ok.  I could use a week in the Colorado high country listening to the aspens.  That will happen in August and perhaps again in September though....

Bed time...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 28, 2013, 09:39:27 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 29, 2013, 04:57:29 AM
         Went shooting again. Didn't really feel like it as the weather was yuk. Got a possible. Now I'm happy ;D Most unexpected as some of my gear is at odds with  accepted wisdom. Cannot imagine what this means but it bears further investigation ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 29, 2013, 07:19:09 AM
         The northern lights. Heard about it. Must be fascinating to live up there ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on June 29, 2013, 09:45:30 AM
Lindsey and I had a nice morning ride, 60's in temperature with light rain...

Found the town of Cedar Lake southwest of us.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on June 29, 2013, 10:06:33 AM
Lindsey and I had a nice morning ride, 60's in temperature with light rain...

Found the town of Cedar Lake southwest of us.

(http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/UnkeptJMC/PH000008.jpg) (http://s110.photobucket.com/user/UnkeptJMC/media/PH000008.jpg.html)


We got to make sure that some of these grumpy old guys on here who swear that there's no young Moto Guzzi folks see some of this .... !

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on June 29, 2013, 03:35:48 PM
She might not count. I'm pretty sure she's a Hobbit.  ;D Ever see her with her boots off?? Didn't think so..... :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 29, 2013, 03:44:28 PM
She might not count. I'm pretty sure she's a Hobbit.  ;D Ever see her with her boots off?? Didn't think so..... :BEER:
  ;D ??? All this time I thought UK was just really tall .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on June 29, 2013, 04:05:51 PM
  ;D ??? All this time I thought UK was just really tall .
Dusty

6 foot or so, I suppose l am just "tall".  ;D

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on June 29, 2013, 04:29:04 PM
The bad:  I got a call from the Royal Bank that my Visa card was compromised. Some twat in Dublin using my number.  Now I have to wait for a few days until I receive a new one.

The ugly: my wallet fell out of my motorcycle jacket as I was leaving a butchers shop. I was unaware it had happened. It only contained about $50 cash, but all the usual plastic cards (debit, licence, health card etc.), along with the ownership documents for my four Guzzis - ugh!

The good: I got home to find a message on my phone machine asking me to call 'Barb' if I thought I might have lost something.  I did. She had my wallet.  20 minutes later I had my wallet again, completely intact - and Barb had a bottle of wine in thanks.

Its enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about humanity. ;-T

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 29, 2013, 04:38:12 PM
Nick , in American parlance twit with an A takes on a whole new meaning . ;D :BEER: Still appropo to the situation . Glad you got the wallet back .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on June 29, 2013, 04:44:36 PM
Nick , in American parlance twit with an A takes on a whole new meaning ......

Dusty,
   I do generally choose my words advisedly.
Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 29, 2013, 04:49:47 PM
Dusty,
   I do generally choose my words advisedly.
Nick
The Irish like to use the other , more insulting word , 4 letters .  ;D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 29, 2013, 05:35:36 PM
Finding out that there are still good people out there helps to create a great day. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 29, 2013, 05:57:09 PM
Finding out that there are still good people out there helps to create a great day. ;-T

  Correct I have been on the receiving end of kindness from strangers
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 29, 2013, 06:00:39 PM
  Correct I have been on the receiving end of kindness from strangers
Acts of kindness benefit the one performing the act more than the receiver .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: drums4money on June 29, 2013, 06:31:31 PM
Daughter visiting from TN..  Great walk for a few hours in Philly.  Window shopping along Walnut St.  Growing up way to fast.  Sucks missing it. 

Wife's job is causing pains-  never encountered someone who's managing their family business into the ground and now the paranoia is causing them to lash out at the employees.  Shitting on the very people who've taken great care with the business and the customers.  It's sad to see.   So send good vibes- she's looking for a new gig.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Randown on June 29, 2013, 09:27:29 PM
Went to a biker festival, traffic was backed up for miles for the event, me & my new biker brothers split lanes at 10mph, my brothers & their HDs may not be fast but at least they get the cages to make way - no bar ends hitting mirrors today for me!  :).

I parked near the main gate & upon arrival promptly stripped to my underwear. I don't like conformity either my brothers. Besides, it was hot & I was the only one in gear.

With my riding gear set aside & my camo-shorts & doc Martins adorned I blended in perfectly with my new brothers. Except for the french foreign legion hat I had on...& taking videos...& no beer in the morning.. & no tattoos...& a bike with OE mufflers - those things are easy enuff to work on next week.  ;-T

Followed this smokey bike for a while...

(http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv17/Rander/033_zps9b4eaec6.jpg) (http://s665.photobucket.com/user/Rander/media/033_zps9b4eaec6.jpg.html)

Saw a water cooled Guzzi...

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...girls in alluring biker attire...

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...& a pretty decent cover band Muley would've appreciated...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W7sLOv325A&feature=youtu.be




Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 30, 2013, 07:12:25 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on June 30, 2013, 09:00:40 PM
Just so you won't be lonely, Dusty, I'll play.

 :bike Breakfast run to Lyndhurst this morning on the Eldorado (about 100 miles).  Doug (yes, the guilty one) met me there on his 1970 Bonnie_rat, and Norm on his Burgman.

 :bike Returned home and went out for a quick blast on the 750S which is now running beautifully thanks to adjusted timing and synched carbs.

Attacked my spare Breva key with a dremel.  I broke the original spare and this one was made for me from the bits, and coded, by a fine fellow in Texas who sadly died shortly thereafter.  It never quite fit. Now it does!

 :bike On the way home from a family gathering, instead of coming straight home on the Breva, I did a big rural loop in the gathering dusk thorough Westport before heading home.  Comfortably cool (about 20c), empty, smooth and satisfyingly twisty roads, bike running exceptionally well, few bugs, no rain, head in the right space.

Now slurping on a nice Spanish red...........

An excellent day!

Nick

on the breakfast run (Chaffey's Lock Road)
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/june30_2013.jpg)

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 30, 2013, 09:13:00 PM
Thanks Nick, somehow I do feel better now .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on June 30, 2013, 09:16:23 PM
Thanks Nick, somehow I do feel better now .
Dusty

Glad I could be of some small service.  Stay cool! I can't even imagine what your current temperatures must be like.  We start whining if it gets much above 80.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 30, 2013, 09:36:43 PM
We are having a cool spell with low relative humidity . well, for us . 81 tomorrow , slow increase to 88 by Saturday . Last year it was probably 105 or so on the 1st of July .
 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 30, 2013, 10:41:38 PM
Shorty .
Helmets do save lives , does this go into the motorcycle accident data base ? :BEER:
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on June 30, 2013, 10:59:23 PM
Shorty .
Helmets do save lives , does this go into the motorcycle accident data base ? :BEER:
Dusty

I remember the stats saying helmets shown to be most effective below 20mph, so this qualifies.  Better to file it away in the um, er, Hurt report.......  ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Andrew Thomas Evans on June 30, 2013, 11:04:39 PM
Went out and saw a Tool cover band last night, and my ears are still ringing. Wasn't into them back in the day, and although the band was great and my fire dancing friend amazing, I don't think they will make it on my playlist.

Got in a few hundred mile ride on the eldo today, although it's still having some issues once really warm when idling - those will be solved here in a few weeks.

Placed a few orders for about $1000 in parts, that along with what I owe for service will get my new monster vert1000 eldo project going. Thanks to MG and GuzziPower for the parts and the cam. Oh, not to mention rent and studio rent is due in the next few days - was an expensive week!

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on June 30, 2013, 11:37:19 PM
Not so good. One of my favorite small towns here just went up in flames and 19 hotshots died.  Our local guzzi club rise two weeks ago went there and I showed them the very unique town and the stations of the cross walk.  Pray for these poor folks. Such a loss.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 30, 2013, 11:45:15 PM
Just checked CNN , what a horrible tragedy , Prescott is a wonderful town , mid 80s did some hotshot fire break work through the USFS , just a couple of small fires around central Ca. So sad . Correction , see where the fire is in Yarnell Hill , just the hotshot crew was from Prescott , still sad .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on July 01, 2013, 05:22:38 AM
There was a handicap van right there with the ramp down in the walkway, and I didn't see it , til I slammed into it with my shin, then took a nasty header. Scuffed the meat off my knee (thankfully my good knee) and elbow, and filled the parking lot with expletives, meatballs and sauce. I can honestly say the helmet saved my bacon,  ;) as I landed hard on the back of my head.
Whaddadipschitt  :-[ Got road rash whilst on foot... :BEER:

That`s a good reminder of wearing ATGATT ! ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 02, 2013, 03:58:19 AM
          That kind of hard-won prize will taste all the better ;D ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 03, 2013, 09:43:16 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Pretty good day , saw some young , tan lasses advertising a fireworks stand almost cause a wreck , no it was not me , but a young fella was lasered in on one of them while negotiating a turn on a cruiser of some sort , and you know the axiom , you will go where are looking . Unfortunately she was on the sidewalk , no harm done , well , except to his pride .
 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 03, 2013, 10:39:14 PM
            It's a beautiful day ;D Much of the trauma, with family, of the past few months has diminished. Have to devote some time to my other hobby today, so no riding but it will come. Birthday shopping tomorrow after seeing our accountant. Getting our taxes done in preparation for Carmel's departure to Hawaii.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 04, 2013, 04:22:26 AM
            Had another look at your reply #211. I really think you need a full time camera crew, following your every move to record your adventures. Would have loved to have been there ;D
            Speaking of adventures, in November a pig hunt has been booked in my name on a small property in the south of Qld. Not hunting for meat. This stuff makes dogs sick. But it will be great to get out on my own again for a few days and match wits with the prey. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 04, 2013, 12:48:02 PM
It can be hard getting smarter than your prey.  Even harder when you're trying to look smart while the fish is wearing your $400 bifocals.   :-[

Were you able to retrieve them?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 04, 2013, 01:21:17 PM
At least the king got a good look at the victor!!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 04, 2013, 02:16:01 PM
You didn't give that asshat free swimmin lessons??  ;) :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 04, 2013, 04:02:48 PM
Revenge is best served cold, and slimey.  ;) :D  You are a better man than I Gungadin.  The only thing that gets me into more trouble than my hands is my mouth.  :D  Better you than I on that boat. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 04, 2013, 06:42:15 PM
It can be hard getting smarter than your prey.    :-[

            While hunting with a guide in Central Queensland, not long after the GFC had struck in earnest, we were alerted to the activity of Corellas in the trees overlooking a swampy dam and made our way from downwind, to investigate. Low scrub sprouted from a swampy side of the dam reducing visibility but that locality was where the guide's dogs were headed, having got wind of something we obviously could not see and before long we were rewarded with the chilling sounds of their howling and the ominous baritone grunts of a pig. The going underfoot hindered our desperate attempt to close the distance to the scene of the uproar, slippery and obstructed with fallen branches as it was but we pulled up in time to see that the dogs had bailed up a young boar of about 80kg, that was too small for a trophy. The guide however, had his movie camera and tripod in tow (rodekyll ;-T) and decided to make a video. Piggy had other ideas and made a dash for a shallow pond, hoping to deter the dogs, not knowing that they were both a pair of acquatic geniuses and was soon driven from his abortive sanctuary. We followed in hot pursuit, me more to lend the guide support, than anything else, as I was a spectator for the time being and after a couple more dunkings of dogs and pig in a couple more waterholes, the youngster was finally brought to a standstill to the guide's satisfaction, as he began filming. The great commotion of pig and dogs had subsided to a point where I could hear myself think, as I looked for an out-of the-way place to occupy while cinematic history was being made. Backing up away from the guide, who was doubled over his tripod and camera, I took a cautious glance behind me to look for snarls, when a ferocious barking, grunting and snorting jerked me back to reality and the film set, for me to see the dogs running piggy off and the guide, all 6' 4" of him, sprawled flat on the ground. No sooner had I taken this in, than the guide lept to his feet, snatched a little 22 magnum Ruger from his left hip, cross-draw fashion and let fly with a volley of shots and a mouthful of bad language at piggy, which by this time, was nowhere to be seen. Shocked, I managed to enquire about his wellbeing. I needn't have bothered. His animated discussion of piggy's character was ample testament to the fortitude of this old, heavyweight Kiwi prize fighter. My scattered wits were returning. It seemed that piggy had taken exception to his starring role and ignoring the dogs, charged straight at the guide, knocking everything for six, while I was loitering in the background, minding my own business.
            We departed, the mud spattered guide, his mud spattered camera and I but not before making a fuss of the dogs. If not for them.......
             On our way back, I kept a lookout over my shoulder, just in case......
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 04, 2013, 06:45:53 PM
Bill , some critters are better left alone .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 05, 2013, 04:24:37 AM
       GO THE WALLABIES
         tomorrow night
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 11, 2013, 09:11:22 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
So , how was it ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 11, 2013, 10:01:28 PM
So , how was it ?
Dusty

Pretty good day overall, with a silly interlude.

I successfully sold my Trek mountain bike this week, and bought a clean old Campagnolo equipped Serrota road bicycle.    Since most of the bike is sort of old school, and I'm old school myself when i comes to bicycles (my last serious ride was in 1980) I was just going to buy some alloy pedals with steel toe clips and leather straps, like I used to use.  The nice salesgirl at the bike shop gave me a pitying "where have YOU been for the last century?" sort of look, and sold me some cleated shoes and pedals where you step down onto the pedal and a trap locks the shoe to the pedal.   You twist your foot to the side and pull it out to release your foot for when you stop.

Well .... you remember "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"?    The skit where the guy rides around on the tricycle, then stops and just falls over?   Even though I had practiced some in the apartment, when I went out on the road and pulled up to the first traffic light, I did exactly that.   Came to a stop, could NOT release my shoe from the pedal, and just went right on over onto the road.   Even LAYING there, I couldn't get my feet off the pedals.  

Finally figured it out (you have to leave your foot LEVEL when you twist, not pulling up on the pedal and twisting), and went for a nice ride.   I can go up a hill twice as fast on this bike as on the mountain bike - bottom gear on this bike is about like 8th gear on the mountain bike, but it's so light and stiff you can go on up the hill anyhow.   Experienced riders are still leaving me in the dust, but at least I'm not getting passed on hills by 6 year old girls on little pink bikes with training wheels any more .... !

So a good day overall.

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 11, 2013, 10:15:19 PM
 ;D Good telling of how us old farts sometimes have a hard time adapting to new tech . Yes , it is embarrassing when a 6 year old passes , and smiles as she is going by . Glad you weren't seriously injured in the tip over .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 11, 2013, 10:43:56 PM
         The Wallabies had a great fall last Saturday and their coach has fallen on his sword to make way for a replacement, who has a month to lick the boys in to shape for a game against the World's Best. We can only hope.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 12, 2013, 06:51:13 AM
Here's the Defiant..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050361_zps6d508a67.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050361_zps6d508a67.jpg.html)
Helped load lobster traps..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050362_zps321ffe0c.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050362_zps321ffe0c.jpg.html)
The black boxes are full of bait..herring.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050363_zps89ff35c7.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050363_zps89ff35c7.jpg.html)
Here, Kurt is breaking off crab claws. They regenerate them after a while.


(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050366_zps57ee879f.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050366_zps57ee879f.jpg.html)
Went for a ride..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050371_zpsc102be2e.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050371_zpsc102be2e.jpg.html)

Hmm, missed the picture of the little neck clams. Must have been beer involved.  ;D
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050372_zpsd4edc235.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050372_zpsd4edc235.jpg.html)
shrimp
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050373_zps9a7dc43f.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050373_zps9a7dc43f.jpg.html)
Kurt even made sushi  :o
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050378_zps36ce3e34.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050378_zps36ce3e34.jpg.html)
Uhhhh
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050379_zps749acbcd.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050379_zps749acbcd.jpg.html)
pickled beets..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050380_zps2fc93876.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050380_zps2fc93876.jpg.html)
fresh Maine blueberry pie..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050369_zps449358ab.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050369_zps449358ab.jpg.html)
Life is good,,, ;D :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wittangamo on July 12, 2013, 07:18:30 AM
The nice salesgirl at the bike shop gave me a pitying "where have YOU been for the last century?" sort of look, and sold me some cleated shoes and pedals where you step down onto the pedal and a trap locks the shoe to the pedal.   You twist your foot to the side and pull it out to release your foot for when you stop.

Well .... you remember "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"?    The skit where the guy rides around on the tricycle, then stops and just falls over?   Even though I had practiced some in the apartment, when I went out on the road and pulled up to the first traffic light, I did exactly that.   Came to a stop, could NOT release my shoe from the pedal, and just went right on over onto the road.   Even LAYING there, I couldn't get my feet off the pedals.  

I bought a Specialized road bike a few summers ago, my first with clips. Salesman told me they work like ski bindings, kick out from the side. Seemed OK a few times in the store and I headed out for the 10-mile ride home.

I hadn't even gotten out of the parking lot when I came to the first stop and realized I didn't have a foot clear. The bike toppled over and my head bounced off the raised curb. Even through the helmet it rang my bell and it was a few seconds before I could pick myself up. Without a helmet, I'd have been headed to the hospital or morgue.

ATGATT is a good rule for bicycles as well as motorbikes.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Don Ivey on July 12, 2013, 07:22:57 AM
I've come to the conclusion that nothing matters, but everything matters, but don't see a way to walk the walk.  Any recommendations?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on July 12, 2013, 07:26:54 AM
fresh Maine blueberry pie..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050369_zps449358ab.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050369_zps449358ab.jpg.html)
Life is good,,, ;D :BEER:

I can't stop salivating over this pie....

Thanks for the pictures Chuck!  ;-T Looks like you're having a good time.

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 12, 2013, 08:01:03 AM
I can't stop salivating over this pie....

Thanks for the pictures Chuck!  ;-T Looks like you're having a good time.

-Joe

Oh yeah.. livin the dream.  ;D Rode the Lario 2 up to "the end of the world." Not really, but you can see it from here.  ;) It runs much better on two cylinders, and returned better than 50 mpg.. ;-T
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1050357_zps5c5973d1.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1050357_zps5c5973d1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 12, 2013, 09:32:03 AM
I bought a Specialized road bike a few summers ago, my first with clips. Salesman told me they work like ski bindings, kick out from the side. Seemed OK a few times in the store and I headed out for the 10-mile ride home.

I hadn't even gotten out of the parking lot when I came to the first stop and realized I didn't have a foot clear. The bike toppled over and my head bounced off the raised curb. Even through the helmet it rang my bell and it was a few seconds before I could pick myself up. Without a helmet, I'd have been headed to the hospital or morgue.

ATGATT is a good rule for bicycles as well as motorbikes.

I'm conflicted on the ATGATT on the bicycle.   On a motorcycle, you're just sitting there sort of, and if you're loaded down with gear, it's no big deal.   On a bicycle, you're moving around a lot, having to pull extra weight around, and (if you're here where I am) it's 100 degrees and heat's coming off the asphalt and you need to be able to sweat.   

I know that the curbs and concrete are no softer or less abrasive when you're on a pushbike at 20 MPH as opposed to a motorbike at 70 MPH.    But I don't want to get too knotted up with gear and not enjoy the ride ... I'll have to think about it ....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: blacktruck on July 12, 2013, 09:53:49 AM
I'm envious and jealous of the food porn shown in the last few posts. Also the riding you all are getting to do. You guys all suck.... but I hope you keep posting. Does a body good to see people actually out and enjoying the scooters at home.
Ride safe and have a blast....
Ken
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 15, 2013, 08:59:16 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
So ?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on July 16, 2013, 12:29:37 AM
I had a wonderful ride back from Comox on Vancouver Island back home to Pender Island. 3 hours on a fast scenic highway with little traffic and fantastic weather!

Bike ran very well.  ;D

Some other lucky motorcycle riders returning home on the ferry.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0306_zpsef0c1686.jpg)

Fresh warm ocean breezes. Great place to live.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0308sm_zps2af5743f.jpg)



Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 19, 2013, 09:09:31 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 19, 2013, 10:14:18 PM
Sucked, we lost a fellow Guzzisti, CocoaFrank.  Though I never met him, it still hurts to lose a fellow goose lover.  He was young also, only 64 I believe. 

Ride
In
Peace
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on July 20, 2013, 07:20:01 AM
Dusty,

Well I am having a good time in NYC despite the heat. At the MET they had a special punk culture display and I scored a really cool black with skull riding t-shirt.  Got to see my favorite nephew last evening and his girlfriend (wow) at a meatball place.  The food was fantastic.  Supposedly today there is a cool front and rain so it is all good.  The company I work for announced Thursday they are selling our business unit for $3.8 billion so here comes career chaos, yet again.  So, I may open my filters up and go job hunting looking for an organization with better leadership, focus and communication. Hell I may say to hell with Houston and try for the hill country?  So it goes in the oil business.  I am missing my weekend riding yet I will catch up when getting home.  How people ride in Manhattan baffles me--slow, nasty and not my idea of riding a bike.  My brother is still struggling with mental health issues and we hope for significant progress before the fall semester starts so he can begin supporting himself again.  Hmmm, on the hunt for some fab NYC pizza today!  Coffee and bagel time now.  Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tris on July 20, 2013, 10:01:50 AM
Well my day was GREAT!

Went to the Buell & Italian Bike Festival at East Kirkby for the 25 Anniversary of the museum. http://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/

They ran the Lanc so I was about 30 feet in front of 4 Rolls Royce Merlin's giving it the beans . Why would anyone want an inline 4 when you can have 4 V12s in a line  ;-T

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 20, 2013, 10:10:26 AM
Well my day was GREAT!

Went to the Buell & Italian Bike Festival at East Kirkby for the 25 Anniversary of the museum. http://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/

They ran the Lanc so I was about 30 feet in front of 4 Rolls Royce Merlin's giving it the beans . Why would anyone want an inline 4 when you can have 4 V12s in a line  ;-T


Wow , I coulda of had a V12 . Merlins are cool 1
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 20, 2013, 06:00:00 PM
       So far this year we have had six feet of rain, my bike was filthy and I was going stir crazy with being cooped up indoors. Yesterday, when a break in the weather presented, I decided to forgo my usual Saturday pursuits and get out in the sun to wash the bike. Now I feel better ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on July 20, 2013, 06:58:08 PM
Awesome ride today, about 440 miles. Early morning start from Evergreen, CO, to Laramie, WY, then west across the Medicine Bow mountains via Snowy Range Road to Riverside, WY, then high speed (100-120 mph) to Walden, CO. There's nothing after Riverside but miles and miles of miles and miles. Then, south to Winter Park, CO, via CO 125 Willow Creek Pass. I love that road -- perfect for bonding with your bike. Zero traffic, smooth road surface, continental divide, fresh tires, continuously linked curves. Lunch stop in Winter Park, then 50 miles to home via Berthoud Pass.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on July 20, 2013, 06:59:57 PM
LD, I vote for Colorado.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 20, 2013, 07:17:35 PM
Awesome ride today, about 440 miles. Early morning start from Evergreen, CO, to Laramie, WY, then west across the Medicine Bow mountains via Snowy Range Road to Riverside, WY, then high speed (100-120 mph) to Walden, CO. There's nothing after Riverside but miles and miles of miles and miles. Then, south to Winter Park, CO, via CO 125 Willow Creek Pass. I love that road -- perfect for bonding with your bike. Zero traffic, smooth road surface, continental divide, fresh tires, continuously linked curves. Lunch stop in Winter Park, then 50 miles to home via Berthoud Pass.


LR, I'm really not liking you right now out here in the table top lands. ;) :D  Used to have a cabin in Grand Lake.  Miss riding CO.  :bike  Yup, not liken ya right now.  ;) :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on July 20, 2013, 07:40:08 PM
Sorry 'bout that! I feel your pain, though. Took a new job in Omaha a few years ago but quit after 16 months to return here. I missed the curves!

You probably wouldn't recognize Grand Lake today. There has been a LOT of beetle kill in the past few years and the trees look awful. It's a massive forest fire just waiting to happen.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 20, 2013, 07:43:10 PM
Japenses beetle, or emarald ash borer?  I miss hearing the Elk bellow in the misty/foggy mornings too.  :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on July 20, 2013, 08:26:00 PM
I believe a few different species of beetle are wreaking havoc on the western forests, depending on elevation and species of tree, but I hear a lot of discussion about the Ips beetle around here. Insatiable little MF.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 20, 2013, 08:29:48 PM
Awesome ride today, about 440 miles. Early morning start from Evergreen, CO, to Laramie, WY, then west across the Medicine Bow mountains via Snowy Range Road to Riverside, WY, then high speed (100-120 mph) to Walden, CO. .....

WhooEEE!  What you bin feedin' that V7 of yours?    :D

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on July 20, 2013, 08:35:38 PM
Funeral today, did the eulogy.  Lucky I have a mg breakfasts ride Sunday to ponder things anew. Godspeed uncle Phil.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on July 20, 2013, 08:43:00 PM
Olddog, I'm so sorry to hear your news. Never an easy time.

Lannis, maybe I should plead the 5th. 440-mile days and elevated velocities are not in the V7's vocab. I bought that bike for Sunday rides, not Saturday rides...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 21, 2013, 07:02:15 AM

RK, you certainly have the subsistence thing down pat.  ;-T What do you make the jerky sticks out of?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 21, 2013, 02:58:10 PM
Back in northeastern Ontario again, looking for bears and washed out roads.  So far no success, just smooth riding, perfect (cool) weather and no bugs. An easy 400 miles on the Eldo today.  Now beer and chips for supper in front of the motel tv. Life is good.

Nick.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 21, 2013, 03:01:03 PM
Back in northeastern Ontario again, looking for bears and washed out roads.  So far no success, just smooth riding, perfect (cool) weather and no bugs. An easy 400 miles on the Eldo today.  Now beer and chips for supper in front of the motel tv. Life is good.

Nick.
Two of the basic food groups . :D Are we to anticipate another travel doc?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 21, 2013, 03:40:04 PM
Two of the basic food groups . :D Are we to anticipate another travel doc?
Dusty

Only if it turns out 'interesting'.  Trips where nothing goes wrong are so...dull.  count on a few pics though, but only once I get home.   Beyond my capabilities on the phone.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 23, 2013, 09:00:38 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Heat index of 118 today , not much breeze , so kind of like being in a sauna . Anyone else want to complain or brag ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 23, 2013, 10:28:10 PM
      rodekyll is bragging; I'm complaining. Spent several days washing and polishing the bike in time for a perfect day and my throat is crook. If I want to avoid pneumonia, it's housebound for me.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 24, 2013, 10:05:38 AM
Thanks, RK.. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on July 26, 2013, 04:44:14 PM
Well, may be going to work, and on Piaggio products!
Nothing new to me, pretty familiar w/it from another shop.
OR
Something completely different, still wrenchin though.
So it has been a positive day, finally.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 27, 2013, 02:05:45 PM
So we are mostly getting good news , well except for Bal , hope you get better buddy .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 27, 2013, 03:11:50 PM
This afternoon, I almost got speared on the end of one of those spike thingies they put on the front end of tractors to lift round bales.  The daft bugger that runs the local farm pulled out of a field entrance in his tractor without looking.

It turns out I can easily lock up the rear brake on the 750s, but it remains controllable and the front brake does all the heavy lifting.  Glad I bought those new calipers from MGCycle instead of trying to salvage the old ones!

I swerved vigorously and my ear missed the spike by about six inches.  It was all over so quickly I didn't even have a chance to pucker.  Puckering now a bit though.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 27, 2013, 03:55:59 PM
And how does that farmer look with that bale fork protruding from his arse??Least that would have been my first inclination for a reponse. ::(  Glad your okay and not a bug on a pin look alike!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 27, 2013, 04:20:32 PM
Well, may be going to work, and on Piaggio products!
Nothing new to me, pretty familiar w/it from another shop.
OR
Something completely different, still wrenchin though.
So it has been a positive day, finally.

 ;-T ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 27, 2013, 05:50:15 PM
          A good book is a boon when you have the dreaded lurgie. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith alias J K Rowling ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 27, 2013, 06:04:47 PM
          A good book is a boon when you have the dreaded lurgie. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith alias J K Rowling ;-T
OK Bill , what the hell is "Lurgie'? But yes on the good book .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 27, 2013, 06:50:35 PM
OK Bill , what the hell is "Lurgie'? But yes on the good book .
Dusty

You really don't speak English do you Dusty?  Lurgie (dreaded) "a fictitious, yet highly infectious disease", not to be confused with loogie (to hawk or hock a....) - 'Merican.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 27, 2013, 07:11:27 PM
You really don't speak English do you Dusty?  Lurgie (dreaded) "a fictitious, yet highly infectious disease", not to be confused with loogie (to hawk or hock a....) - 'Merican.

Nick
So all of these years I only thought English was what we were speaking here . Remember however , there are more English speakers in America than in England and Canada combined , so there !  :P ;D It is a fascinating language , hard to master , the rules only apply some of the time , pretty fluid and seems to be evolving all of the time . A Japanese friend years ago told me English is impossible to master w/o immersion .   
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 27, 2013, 08:02:01 PM
OK Bill , what the hell is "Lurgie'? But yes on the good book .
Dusty

Of course, if you were a follower of "The Goon Show" you would know that first you get "the Glegg" which is the forerunner of an attack of the dreaded Lurgie".
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 27, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
So all of these years I only thought English was what we were speaking here . Remember however , there are more English speakers in America than in England and Canada combined , so there !  :P ;D It is a fascinating language , hard to master , the rules only apply some of the time , pretty fluid and seems to be evolving all of the time . A Japanese friend years ago told me English is impossible to master w/o immersion .   
Dusty

Yes, there may be more of you, but you have had so little practice.  What is it - 237 years? - a twinkling of an eye!  

But of course, I jest.  People from such disparate corners of the globe as Newcastle, Norfolk and Newquay would all swear they speak the Queen's English despite being mutually unintelligible - and none of them should ever be heard in public......

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 27, 2013, 08:24:59 PM
Yes, there may be more of you, but you have had so little practice.  What is it - 237 years? - a twinkling of an eye!  

But of course, I jest.  People from such disparate corners of the globe as Newcastle, Norfolk and Newquay would all swear they speak the Queen's English despite being mutually unintelligible - and none of them should ever be heard in public......

Nick
[/quote Yes , and what is that gibberish they speak in NYC ? ;D Only kidding youse guys .  Oddly enough Canadians speak something much closer to American base English than some parts of America . Now Okie on the other hand , well let's just say apparently they quit teaching English in our school system some time ago .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on July 27, 2013, 08:42:23 PM
Dusty,

A definite  ;D

Talked with my brother in Billings.  His depression meds are finally kicking in, he rode his Buell a bit, he is working a bit, his psychiatrist adjusted his meds so he can sleep and his gut no longer cramps and they are working his anxiety issues and he even got in a swim in the pool.  So, I am optimistic, for the first time since last fall, that he is going to survive his mental/emotional/physical breakdown.  He should go back to work full time fall semester. 

Summer is about half over here in Houston and this is my down time of year with the horrid heat and humidity.  So fall is coming but we gotta survive another hurricane season and I have a queasy feeling we are over due.

The new work gig?  Who the hell knows.  Life is full of change.

The little goose will get fired up tomorrow morning again and flogged hard. 

MPH has the bbb BMW cage...and I hope Mike can fix it.  At least I did not get stranded and have to tow...it was a very close thing as it died just as I pulled in. If anyone can fix the blue bitch it is Mike and etal at MPH.  Complete valve job???  Sheesh...I will never buy another BMW.

Overall though, life is good and I am very grateful.  Been thinking about slowly buying bike camping gear (tent, etc) so when it cools off mid-October I can fulfill that dream of bike camping in the Hill Country of TX.

About a month to go until we go to Colorado and home in Durango and the most beautiful cabin you can imagine.

Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 27, 2013, 09:30:15 PM
LD , buy that camping gear , get in some practice , and meet us for the Oklahoma camp out in Oct. Not that far , Rocker 59 , and several other of our WG
luminaries will be in attendance .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: DungeonMaster on July 27, 2013, 10:32:14 PM
Well,
I have to confess.
I broke down and bought a 2007 Griso 1100 from Cal Coast in Ventura a few weeks ago.
So I spent today riding down from Apple Valley, CA to Costa Mesa to have Sean at RTL Moto look it over and do some maintenance.
He gave me a bunch of guff for spending my time on ApriliaForum instead of being here.
Sean was was satisfied that I got a good machine for a good price and we started making plans to ditch that damn stock exhaust and get the GT-RX with a Power Commander.
My wife loves the Griso as much as I do.
It has some nice torque!!!!!

The ride home got a little weird.
I was riding the 15 up the Cajon Pass and decided to detour out the 138 to 173 to Hesperia.
But a couple miles in the road was closed both ways by a motorcycle crash a few minutes before.
This was the first time I have ridden that road since July 2009 when I threw away my Aprilia Falco and fractured five ribs leaving the scene in an ambulance.

What the bloody hell?????

DungeonMaster
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 27, 2013, 11:38:32 PM
The Dreaded Lurgie is no more than the common cold. Sorry to build up everyone's expectations for such a hum drum explanation. In my case, it can turn in to something much worse, if I venture out into the cold, wet and windy world, which as I type, is perfectly sunny. Might go outside and water the pot plants ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 27, 2013, 11:48:57 PM
The Dreaded Lurgie is no more than the common cold. Sorry to build up everyone's expectations for such a hum drum explanation. In my case, it can turn in to something much worse, if I venture out into the cold, wet and windy world, which as I type, is perfectly sunny. Might go outside and water the pot plants ;D

Are those legal in Australia ? Hmm , OZ is looking better and better .  :D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 28, 2013, 04:04:27 AM
           Not getting enough motorcycle time, Dusty? Our weather is often so useless that I think about taking up another recreation. Trouble is, I'm so much of a fool for motorcycles that I even like washing and polishing......when in the mood ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 28, 2013, 04:12:51 AM
           Not getting enough motorcycle time, Dusty? Our weather is often so useless that I think about taking up another recreation. Trouble is, I'm so much of a fool for motorcycles that I even like washing and polishing......when in the mood ;)

You can wax and polish motorbikes?  Who knew!

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 28, 2013, 06:59:11 AM
Took my poor man's fighter plane out on a sortie looking for terrists..  ~; ;D Didn't find any, but had a good time roaring around. Headed to southern Indiana on Rosie today to play. Life is good.... ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 28, 2013, 11:09:08 AM
Took my poor man's fighter plane out on a sortie looking for terrists..  ~; ;D Didn't find any, but had a good time roaring around. Headed to southern Indiana on Rosie today to play. Life is good.... ;D

Ah, the good ol' USA!  Only country in the world where poor men fly airplanes ...  :D

So what kind of airplane was it?   And don't forget, you might have seen some terrists and didn't know it ....  :o

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 28, 2013, 02:33:12 PM
Left the hospital Friday morning after having the new hip on Monday. Surgeon said the ball was nothing but raw bone on the ball. All pleased with progress; I guess working right up to the event keeps the muscles in better shape.

My "day" on Fri and Sat we will ignore..... ::), But Sunday was much better. Cramps in the legs which are still present weren't quite as nasty, headaches which I think were side effects from one of the meds I have been on for over two years being suddenly terminated eased back and the bruising and subsequent soreness has started to drop away. I am beginning to feel more like a human has-been again. ;-T

We now wait 10-12 weeks to decide what happens next. A deep seated pain in the groin which gives me a fair bit of grief sadly did not go with the hip. How much of the remaining comes from the spine narrowing and how much is PMR no one knows and I guess realistically, there is no way of really knowing either.

In the meantime though, life is a hang of a lot better than it was> ;-T

As an aside, in the hospital I was asked by a couple of the nurses what I had tried for these continuous cramps/spasms in both thighs. All bar one. One of their suggestions I had not tried was quinine, and they suggested the Schweppes tonic water as this has quinine in it. Of course, there was instant thread drift as I tried to ascertain just how much gin was allowed to go with it to make it palatable..... ;D, along with the lemon for vit. C. I like the meds they prescribe; had our first yesterday. ;-T :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 28, 2013, 02:41:50 PM

 A deep seated pain in the groin which gives me a fair bit of grief sadly did not go with the hip.


I've got one of those too, but I don't hurt anywhere ....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 28, 2013, 02:57:03 PM
I've got one of those too, but I don't hurt anywhere ....

 ;D ;D ;D

My nurse here at home can still move a lost faster than I can.. ;) ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 28, 2013, 03:07:38 PM
Had a great day yesterday, Mike Carmack stopped in because he had a hankering to ride an old bike so I put him on the LMIII and pointed him down Mo 125 south out of Sparta, Mo. to the Ark. line. Seemed strange being spanked by my own bike, that dude can ride! Then to the Ozark Empire Fair for the draft horse show, got to see 4 different 6 horse rigs, cool stuff, nice weather, great day!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 28, 2013, 04:21:12 PM
Ah, the good ol' USA!  Only country in the world where poor men fly airplanes ...  :D

So what kind of airplane was it?   And don't forget, you might have seen some terrists and didn't know it ....  :o

Lannis

Sonerai 2L. I built it ahhh 32 years  :o ago. Cruises 130 on a VW engine burning 4 gallons per hour. Cost less than most BSAs.. ~; ;D maybe a lot less..
Yer right about the terrists, though.. I'll need to keep looking. ;)
gratuitous picture added..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/001-22.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/001-22.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 28, 2013, 04:28:29 PM
Sonerai 2L. I built it ahhh 32 years  :o ago. Cruises 130 on a VW engine burning 4 gallons per hour. Cost less than most BSAs.. ~; ;D maybe a lot less..
Yer right about the terrists, though.. I'll need to keep looking. ;)
gratuitous picture added..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/001-22.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/001-22.jpg.html)
   That is so damn cool .
  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 28, 2013, 04:32:49 PM
Sonerai 2L. I built it ahhh 32 years  :o ago. Cruises 130 on a VW engine burning 4 gallons per hour. Cost less than most BSAs.. ~; ;D maybe a lot less..
Yer right about the terrists, though.. I'll need to keep looking. ;)
gratuitous picture added..
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/001-22.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/001-22.jpg.html)

Where does the heat from the VW cylinders go?   I'm sure it has a grill on the front but where does the air go afterwards?   How many horsepower do you reckon it makes compared to the 40 or 50 of the old veedub mills?

Such a neat little plane.   I trust that you didn't lay down on the ground and get about 3 feet from it and used some forced perspective to make a slick model look like a full sized plane?    In the next picture, a giant hand comes down and picks it up?    :D   :D   :D

Lannis

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 28, 2013, 05:44:46 PM
Where does the heat from the VW cylinders go?   I'm sure it has a grill on the front but where does the air go afterwards?   How many horsepower do you reckon it makes compared to the 40 or 50 of the old veedub mills?

Such a neat little plane.   I trust that you didn't lay down on the ground and get about 3 feet from it and used some forced perspective to make a slick model look like a full sized plane?    In the next picture, a giant hand comes down and picks it up?    :D   :D   :D

Lannis



There are plenums over both sides that force the air down through the cylinder fins. There's an intake on the front of the cowl that forces air over the oil pan. All this heated air exits in a low pressure duct at the bottom of the cowl.
This engine is an 1835cc (bigger cylinders, stock stroke) that makes about 60 hp.
It's not a model, but..no, you wouldn't fit.. ;D :BEER: I built it to fit Dorcia and I. Just barely.. but we've been all over the midwest in it. ;) It weighs 500 lbs empty.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 28, 2013, 06:34:44 PM
You can wax and polish motorbikes?  Who knew!  Nick

        It's a perversion ;) Don't be tempted ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 28, 2013, 06:37:36 PM

It's not a model, but..no, you wouldn't fit.. ;D :BEER:


That's what I said about the bike in the Transit van, and I've been hearing about THAT ever since!  :P    You might be surprised ..... !

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 28, 2013, 06:42:51 PM
That's what I said about the bike in the Transit van, and I've been hearing about THAT ever since!  :P    You might be surprised ..... !

Lannis

Trust me.  ;D "Maybe" I could get you in the latest ship, but it would be a squeeze. Airplanes weren't invented for giants. ;) You are welcome to give it a go if you are ever through fly over country, though.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 29, 2013, 08:10:16 PM
Quinine.  There's one that hasn't been mentioned to me either.  I might get me some.


One thing I take in burst RK is an anti-spasm thing called Norflex. The rheumatologist and one other dr spat the dummy when I asked about taking .it, one saying it was "crap medication". However, I finally told the rheumatologist that it wasn't him trying to function on 1-2 hours sleep and he beeter be more specific if there was actually something bad about it. He then said "if it works for you then I suppose you could take it in small blocks". It certainly eases back the severity for me within about 1-2 days. As I was basically crippled by the end of the day yesterday I took my first one in the evening. Hardly any cramps/spasms today. ;-T Tend to sleep a lot better when I am taking it.

Any checks I have done show no reaction to any of the meds I am on other than Tramadol, where you may suffer a bit from dizziness. Two those and the room spins for 5 hours anyway.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on July 29, 2013, 09:24:52 PM
What a beautiful aircraft.  I have always jonesed over an open cockpit plane. I get rides now and rt hen from a local navy trainer, ahh. Like riding a bike in the sky!

Just spent a horrible weekend at the vet hospital saving my JRT from a peach pit he somehow got ahold of.  Ouch! There went $4k
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 29, 2013, 10:08:05 PM
          You must love that dog mate ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 29, 2013, 10:17:58 PM
What a beautiful aircraft.  I have always jonesed over an open cockpit plane. I get rides now and rt hen from a local navy trainer, ahh. Like riding a bike in the sky!

Just spent a horrible weekend at the vet hospital saving my JRT from a peach pit he somehow got ahold of.  Ouch! There went $4k

$4K!   Jeez-o-man!   I've spent $1500 on a cat before, but had no idea you could spend $4K on cat OR dog!

Sometimes you gotta do it though.   

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 29, 2013, 10:44:06 PM
I have considered enlisting my dogs into the military , so the can go to the Vet's Vet . Seriously , we have all been there , they are like family . Of course if it had been a human patient the bill would have been 40,000 dollars , so maybe a bargain . Bless you for loving a dog so much .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on July 29, 2013, 11:20:26 PM
Thanks. Reggie is a special dog. Loves to ride around on my bikes, carriage, horseback, car whatever. If a dog can be a gearhead, he is. If it goes fast, count him in. Having had a lot of dogs over the years, they are family.  It's like motorcycling, if you have to explain....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 30, 2013, 10:12:36 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 30, 2013, 10:41:08 PM
              Seven days in. Improving. An inhalation before bed at night seems to be doing the trick. Windy and cold outside. Too dangerous for me yet.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 30, 2013, 10:44:20 PM
        Forgot to mention that Carmel is on her way back to Hawaii for the final week. No chopper trip over the Grand Canyon. She is disappointed but will elaborate on her arrival home ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on August 04, 2013, 06:28:10 PM
Day(s) are getting better. Great to have the worst of my pain go. Also great that I am completely off the Diclofenac (Voltarin). Have been taking the (crap) medication for the cramps, and as they have subsided so has that b.awful pain in the groin, which is brilliant. Have dropped those for a bit; will be interested to see if the pain comes back. After two weeks am able to walk pretty well; just have the crutches when I go for a walk in case the cramp strikes. It hits the kneecap and the leg just folds which I can't afford to have happen. Pain levels overall have decreased dramatically. ;-T

The son is now self employed in his own business, doing power steering repairs, wheel alignment and suspension. Plenty of business in that at the moment as some of our Christchurch roads are still pretty bad after the earthquake. In fact, a few months ago someone with a sense of humour put a sign up in front of a renewed section of road, "Warning, no potholes for the next 200 metres". ;D I have been occupied researching computers etc. so that has been a nice distraction.

I think life is looking up!!!! ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 04, 2013, 06:51:40 PM
          Good to hear, Muzz ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 04, 2013, 06:55:44 PM
I agree , great news .  :)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 05, 2013, 08:48:42 PM
OK fellas , time to vent, brag , or just tell us how in heck you are doing . I'll start , mowed after wrestling my mower in to submission , yard was a bit of a jungle do to all the rain , also got some work done on a customers project , looking forward to seeing my buddy Jay for a few days . Weather is a little better here , not as humid . 75 mile ride on some good roads tomorrow , woo hoo .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 05, 2013, 11:06:28 PM
        Am a lot better today and I should think so; it's bin 2 weeks. Even better, Carmel comes home tomorrow ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 05, 2013, 11:11:15 PM
        Am a lot better today and I should think so; it's bin 2 weeks. Even better, Carmel comes home tomorrow ;D
OK Bal , we promise not to bother you tomorrow . :D :o
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on August 06, 2013, 12:05:04 AM
I have considered enlisting my dogs into the military , so the can go to the Vet's Vet . Seriously , we have all been there , they are like family . Of course if it had been a human patient the bill would have been 40,000 dollars , so maybe a bargain . Bless you for loving a dog so much .
Dusty

  Vets are more skilled than people doctors.  They have to make diagnosis without the patient telling them where it hurts.
  It is unfortunate that they are not allowed to work on people.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 06, 2013, 12:14:45 AM
They cant ? :o Uh oh , maybe that is why I have started chasing cats .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 06, 2013, 04:13:08 AM
           The Very Latest is that Carmel's son has gotten engaged and because she does not have her phone with her, She Does Not Know. You blokes are the first to know. Couldn't keep my mouth shut ;D There isn't a snowball's chance in Hell that she will see it on here. Can't wait to see her face when he rings tomorrow ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: drums4money on August 06, 2013, 08:50:30 PM
Back on pedals after a LONG LONG time.  Did many miles through college & early adulthood before life and motorcycles got the better of me.  I can tell you this. . . the "t'aint" aint what it use to be- but it's getting there!  Need much more time in the saddle.

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u171/ssasser/bike_zps2660f0cf.jpg) (http://s168.photobucket.com/user/ssasser/media/bike_zps2660f0cf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on August 06, 2013, 09:13:15 PM
Dusty,

Mind if I vent....?  Wow the past couple weeks have been a cluster f***.  Work is dismal:  company sold our division, and we are awaiting details on new positions. As prime family provider...well, here we go again in the oil business.  What was hopefully a great gig to finish my career turned into a shit sandwich.  Private college is damn expensive, plus mortgage and non working wife and you know how it goes.

Last week I had some major work conflict getting some Technology service guys to perform and actually deliver on promises.  Since our division is sold they pretty much tried to dodge the work.  And it sucks.

My brother is a mess:  major medical issues, depression, suicidal and if he does not get his life together I will have to bail him out.  My mother is very fragile and also showing signs of depression and I am the only go to guy again. 

Conflict baby, and sometimes it takes poking people hard to get communication.  Communication just seems crossed wires.

Then there is the blue bavarian bitch otherwise known as my bmw 330.  Took it to Firestone (I know I am stupid) to get a state inspection (no problem since MPH fixed the oil issues) and also fix what I thought was a minor window washer leak.  Tried to pick it up yesterday, not done, then they say it is done today...fine.  Never got an estimate or any communications (that f***ing C-word again).  They did not fix the washer, they did fix the leak and charged $400.  I blew up....after they delivered the car with no notice it was not washing/pumping.  Got home frustrated as hell in the horrid heat/humidity, tried to call them on my cell phone to tell them be sure to lock car, and that I would accept nothing but a fix at no more cost, and my f***ing iPhone drops the call, of course.  I lost it...and threw my iPhone down on the floor and broke it.  Finally they called back on our land line and I read the manager the riot f***ing act...he said it was his fault and he would fix it. 

I grilled steaks and fed the fam and drank some wine and apologized to my wife and youngest daughter.  Y-daughter switched my iPhone to her old one and was understanding.  I frankly threw a tantrum at age 59.  So I am a f***ing human being?  Geez.  So, my phone can be fixed and we will see if the bastards at Firestone will f*** me over again, or not. 

The good news is I have a serious job search started and in a week we will be in cooler Colorado.  I think my stress meter is in total pegged red line fed up with the non-answer answers, flat out lies, dodgy people and such.  Thank God for a supporting family though.  Sheesh will someone hurry the calendar up to October please?  I hate summers in Houston.

Ok, rant over.  Other good news:  may have found the perfect leather riding jacket at a great price.  We will see if it fits courtesy of a nice guzzi forum member.

Sorry...had to blow it out... ::(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 06, 2013, 09:34:51 PM
Dude , it is OK . The impetus for this thread was partly to give everyone a chance to vent , bitch , brag , whatever needed doing . We are the same age , and at times the urge to "lose it " still happens .
 My day could have ended in disaster as my old /5 developed a tire issue, caught the problem before it turned really bad . The disappointing part is that my planned trip to Siloam Springs Ar for some pleasure and business was put on hold for a few days , but compared to some troubles others are experiencing pretty minor . Yes it is hot and humid here also, HIF 113 today , but a cool down is coming , at least our ambient air temps aren't 115 like last year .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 15, 2013, 09:40:30 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
So , how was it ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 15, 2013, 11:00:36 PM
           Gradually getting over a cold. The older I get the longer it takes. Been reading to stop going crazy. "The Cuckoo's Calling", by Robert Galbraith, alias J K Rowling and have discovered the crime-fiction of Michael Connelly, an American.
           Carmel got home from the States a couple of weeks ago, in pretty run-down but happy condition, having stayed out til 2am every morning for the entire trip. One of her pals, an old army girl from Oz, decided that she wanted to go shooting, as you do ;D, and took half a dozen or so pals with her, including Carmel, to www.thegun storelasvegas.com, where they all had a ball with machine guns for Pete's sake ;D Carmel, never having fired anything much at all, wisely chose a 22 handgun and peppered a target with it from 8 yards. Not only that but she brought it home to show me, just to see the look on my face ;D
           Can't be too long before I'm fit for the bike.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 19, 2013, 09:17:20 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 19, 2013, 10:05:45 PM
The good news:  Got a call late last evening with a heads-up for fishing this morning.  Came home in mid afternoon with limits of everything out there.  Filled 5gal bucket with boneless fillet.   8)

the bad news:  Now I have to put it all somewhere.   :o
:food Dangit , too far for dinner . :(
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 19, 2013, 10:14:48 PM
           First ride for weeks and weeks yesterday. Too many road works but the weather is perfect and I pulled up ok too. It can only get better ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 19, 2013, 10:16:53 PM
Good news Bal .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 23, 2013, 09:11:57 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Good day , did have to ride a few blocks in a flood , nothing new .
 Time to brag or bitch fellas .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on August 23, 2013, 10:37:17 PM
First ride back on the Norge after the doc cleared me again to ride.  That always makes it a good day.  Got fitted for my bone stimulator, get your mind out of the gutter, it for the fusion in my spine! :D  Ride to work again tomorrow.  So far so good.  Looking forward to next Thursday.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on August 24, 2013, 06:39:31 AM
My day sucked. Some days, it's not worth getting out of bed.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on August 24, 2013, 01:50:15 PM
My day sucked. Some days, it's not worth getting out of bed.

I know how you feel, had more than one of those days before.  Some weeks have had five Mondays in them. ::(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 24, 2013, 06:00:52 PM
          Felt drowsy after lunch yesterday. Alcohol was Not Involved ;D Lay down and didn't get up til 5pm :o Fully expected to be crook today but I'm perfectly ok. Probably just getting old ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on August 24, 2013, 08:07:31 PM
Beauty eh!

I turned 62 today but I still feel like a twenty five year old.  After riding 800 miles in the previous two days (up to the International Rally and back) on a 41 year old bike, neither I nor the bike showed any ill effects today.

Friend Dave turned up unexpectedly to show off his BMW R90S.  I hauled the 750S out of the garage and we went for a bit of a spin, swapping bikes along the way.  Great stuff. I wanted to set off across the country on the R90S - it seemed to encourage big distances.

Eldest son bought me a bunch of craft beer.  Guess what I'm doing now.  A good day.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 24, 2013, 08:21:33 PM
Happy B-day Nick . 62 is the new 40 , or I keep telling myself that . The R90S does seem to encourage some high speed long distance work . Tip one for me and have a great evening .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on August 24, 2013, 09:56:00 PM
Some dipshyte put a self adhesive mounted GPS on his sidecar today to find out the possible speedometer error. It went tumbling into the 2 feet tall weeds along the side of the road. $100 bucks gonzo.  Oh BTW, bike reads 6 MPH too fast. :)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 24, 2013, 11:13:44 PM
Aren't the bodies on Skodas built that way ?  ??? ::)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on August 24, 2013, 11:30:41 PM
Anything handmade is.  But they do all the fitting before applying paint, trim, and sealer.  When my accomplished carpenter said the back panels were ready to finish, I assumed he'd checked to see if they fit together.  He had not.  He'd placed each side panel and drilled index holes for final placement, but he never put the door in place between them to see if the size and shape was right.  He was always bitching at me for micromanaging him so I'd left him to his superior carpentry skills.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 24, 2013, 11:35:00 PM
So you are saying he could not get a job with Skoda ? A real carpenter always checks for fit , dang California hippies .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 27, 2013, 09:33:04 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 27, 2013, 09:52:42 PM
          We can't win the cricket or the rugby but we did win the F-Class Open in Raton NM.

www.baldeaglesrc.or g
Then click on Results and go to 8-Person Team Championship F Open
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wavedog on August 27, 2013, 11:06:54 PM
My day was great. I rode from Scotts Bluff, Nebraska to Cody, Wyoming. Spent a solid 20 minutes at 90 to 95 mph on one stretch of road. Spent a lot of time at 80 to 90. Covered 400 miles in reasonable time. Would have been better, but there were very long delays for road construction. I rode thru Wind river canyon also. That was a good ride. Tomorrow its  Chief Joseph and Beartooth. Now I am hunkered in a hotel. The rain should be gone soon. Maybe.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on August 28, 2013, 06:49:20 AM
Yuck. The day before, I was prepping the new old airplane for an extended camping trip when I found an airworthiness issue. It looked like a major problem, and I called a Piper guru that I know well. He looked at it and told me a way to get the tail apart without having to level and re rig it. Spent all day in the hanger doing that in 90 degree heat . Sweat off 3 lbs.  ;D 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on August 28, 2013, 07:34:34 AM
Dusty,

You are so kind to ask!

This past week I performed most of my medical check up cycle:  dermatologist (no issues-no skin cancer-;), then dentist (nice and clean, no need for more crowns yet-;), then major physical with Dr. Saw-Bones yesterday.  The physical is a drag due to fasting required and they were behind schedule, and of course the very last thing in the visit is pee in the cup so it makes for a very long morning.  The good news:  excellent blood pressure, no observed issues, general complements for my self care and physical condition at age 59.  Stay off stationary bicycles, keep exercising. Viagra will happen due to internal chemical changes, and he is checking the EKG first, so Mrs. Lucy may be happier in a few weeks?  How does one every keep a wife happy I ask? 

My brother appears to have turned the corner with depression/anxiety and he hopefully starts teaching next week.  It will be a huge bridge for him to cross as a professor and human being after a months long melt down.  The options of not working are truly grim.  My 92 year old mother hangs in there, just barely.  She keeps having close friends die, and that sucks.  She is nearing the end soon for her independent living.  The old tough birds fly away very slowly and sooner or later my role will be the primary support person.  She has supported my brother in many ways the past few months, so she is a blessing, but very difficult to be around.  In Durango when we visited it was very, very difficult dealing with her.

Work is just dismal:  waiting to see if we have jobs or not.  The executives post poned decisions and news again to mid-September.  As sole providor for the family and very high college costs, etc and a tough job market I am concerned.  Some people have already been told they don't have jobs.  So no news so far is good, maybe.  The oil business simply sucks and I have endured nearly 40 years of cycles without being laid off, knock on my wooden head.   I hope for two more years to get the purple haired daughter launched.  I need to have a long talk with my non-working wife, she needs to pitch in as back up.

Eldest daughter in NYC is thriving with her paid job.  She seems happy and they are happy with her.  She has some real talent and works hard.  Her BF passed initial exams to be a full blown Doctoral canidate at OU, so that is good news.  I keep wondering when we will get the announcement...uh we are engaged....but I hope they take their time. 

Geez my questions about the Griso sure sparked some discussion.  Most of the replies were very interesting and useful.  A few were flip and nasty and irritated me.  Such is life I guess, why can't people be a bit more tolerant of inquisitive minds seeking information?  The V7R remains a beloved gem though and I am thankful to have the bike for stress relief.  Naw, I don't ride like an idiot folks.

So, yeah there it is on another dismal corporate drudge morning.  My motivation is very low. 

I hope you are doing ok Dusty.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: bbrovold on August 28, 2013, 11:51:48 AM
Laid off for a while so the other day started 6 gallons of wine in the fermenter. Today boiled and put 5 gallons of beer in another fermenter. Life is good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 28, 2013, 11:57:43 AM
Laid off for a while so the other day started 6 gallons of wine in the fermenter. Today boiled and put 5 gallons of beer in another fermenter. Life is good.
Where are you , Lucydad and I are coming for a visit . :BEER:
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 29, 2013, 10:20:15 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
So , any braggin or complainin  ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: pcoumbe on August 29, 2013, 11:36:34 PM
My day so far sucks, had to sell the Lemans II. Didn't want to but needed the cash for unforseen stuff coming up so it had to go.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 29, 2013, 11:49:30 PM
My day so far sucks, had to sell the Lemans II. Didn't want to but needed the cash for unforseen stuff coming up so it had to go.
Yeah , that does suck . Hope it all works out .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 30, 2013, 04:08:29 AM
          Sad to hear about pcoumbe.
          My Dr. gave me Ventolin for this rotten hacking cough that has persisted for 5 weeks. Things can only get better 8)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 02, 2013, 06:16:16 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Really more how was your weekend , being a 3 dayer for some . Tell us something good , or bad .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 02, 2013, 10:14:46 PM
         In my youth I read, "Two Years Before The Mast". That was enough for me :o Never had any inclination to go to sea since then 8) ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 02, 2013, 10:24:09 PM
         In my youth I read, "Two Years Before The Mast". That was enough for me :o Never had any inclination to go to sea since then 8) ;D
One good thing about living in the middle of America , it is 600 miles to the ocean . Every urge to go to sea is squelched by the time it takes to get there . ;D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on September 02, 2013, 10:39:47 PM
I had the day off today, so I headed towards Bungendore where Pete lives to buy some wine at one of the local wineries, but they were shut. So I headed northwest to Murrumbateman along some very nice twisty roads in the sunshine. It's currently 23 degrees celcius so it's perfect riding weather, no wind just cloudless blue skies. Got to Clonakilla wineery and bought their just released  2012 Shiraz Voignier and also just released 2013 Reisling. The winemaker said not to touch the shiraz voignier for at least 5 years. That's going to be a bit hard, but I'll do it.
The Griso was running beautifully and sounding so good with the new Mistral can on it. It sounds a bit like a Subaru Impreza wrx on steroids. So addictive. This is going to be one of the things I will miss about Canberra when I move back to Geelong this month. In winter you get these perfect days; no clouds, lots of sun, no wind,  but cold. Geelong on the other hand is cold, wet, grey and windy in winter, but beautiful in Spring and bloody hot in Summer. Top temp for summer 3 years ago was 47 degrees celsius. A bit hot for ATGATT, but I'll be doing it.
Going to have to try for another ride like this one in the next 2 weeks.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 03, 2013, 06:39:03 AM
          Took my GF out to dinner tonight, to celebrate her birthday and to my surprise there were not one , not five but 18 off road BMWs parked in a row, outside the restaurant. Vertical twins, singles and boxers, all with knobblies. Parked overnight, awaiting a demo day tomorrow. Who'da thoughtit ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: bettythebear on September 03, 2013, 03:15:40 PM
ok

All systems check out on the boat except the tach and trim gauge.  There are endless details to attend to (as it always is with a boat) but the project is launch ready.

Good or bad?


You decide.  I can't.

My favorite boats don't need gauges. I don't know the feasability of a sailboat up in your neck of the woods though.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 05, 2013, 07:12:19 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kirby1923 on September 05, 2013, 09:24:18 PM
I'm good still breathing..its late..

Riddle me this...What is a Po Po?? Police?, Never heard that before.

mike
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 05, 2013, 09:33:54 PM
PO PO = police . Glad you are still breathing .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 06, 2013, 12:28:26 AM
          My corner of the world is turning in to a mild and aromatic Spring, where the air is laden with the perfume of garden flowers and the biting grip of Winter's crippling hand is dispelled by the kinder side of Nature.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 14, 2013, 10:23:57 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Well , some of us have had a rough day , me , other than a stripped out thread on a minivan alternator bracket , not bad . Cooler weather and lower humidity always improves my mood . :) 
 Here is your chance to brag or bitch .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on September 14, 2013, 10:47:40 PM
Well Dusty, the days tend to blur together. The good side is the Surgeon is happy with the way the new hip is going, sounds like jogging will be a thing of the past but in about three months time I should be right for the pushbike. I will evidently have to be a bit more circumspect than I used to be re the mountain biking. The Breva gets the registration reactivated on October 27th so another few weeks to go there. We are having really great weather at the moment so I hope it continues to hold up. Spring has really sprung.

Must admit it is just so good to have that unending pain not firing down the leg day and night; HOWEVER,  the tight thigh muscles are still just as bad with absolutely no strength really in any of the muscle groups. The tight muscles pull on the hip area which basically makes my whole ass ache. When I go for my daily 3-4km walk the thighs sometimes just lock up completely, so I still carry the crutches so I can make it home when that happens. After about two years the experts are no further ahead as to what is causing this. :'( Work starts again in two weeks time. I still can't reach my right foot and still can't actually climb the step ladder powering off the right leg. :( The boss has cleared me to be able to use my casual slip-ons for the residential stuff as I take my shoes off when in peoples homes, but I have told him that if I go on to commercial places I will need someone to put on and do up my safety shoes. Still miles away from reaching the right foot.

Other than that, things are great. Son's new business has now been going for six weeks and it seems to be powering along. New wheel alignment machine in the offing already. The sun is shining, the birds are coughing and life is generally chugging along OK.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 14, 2013, 11:02:18 PM
Pain free is good Muzz , and work is also good . Here is the question , why are the birds coughing ? Do the frogs sing in NZ ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Triple Jim on September 14, 2013, 11:06:54 PM
I had a great 125 mile back-roads round trip in near-perfect weather on the Mille to meet redrider90 at his house.  Very nice and interesting guy, and very helpful to me.  Thanks Harvey!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on September 14, 2013, 11:17:02 PM
, why are the birds coughing ? Do the frogs sing in NZ ?
Dusty

I heard one as it flu by..... ;)

To (mis)quote Orwell's 1984; "I listened to Muzz singing, and I listened to the frogs singing, and already I could not tell the difference." :-\
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 14, 2013, 11:24:02 PM
Why can I never remember cool stuff like that ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 15, 2013, 12:18:24 AM
I hope you at least got a phone number for 25 Washingtons plus tax . WOW !
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 15, 2013, 03:52:18 AM
           No fun today. None yesterday either owing to an injection in the shoulder on Friday. Makes it hard to squeeze in to a Tight shooting coat. No fun for Carmel either. Her daughter relapsed. Can't count your chickens round here.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on September 15, 2013, 12:21:07 PM
About to get better---nap, then gear up, then ride....I think better after a Guzzi shot...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on September 15, 2013, 12:47:38 PM
Elk in the morning.(https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1186322_10200667677711151_1766129270_n.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 15, 2013, 06:06:18 PM
        Kent; two thoughts
1) Wow ;D

2) Boy it looks dry there
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 15, 2013, 06:27:37 PM
        Kent; two thoughts
1) Wow ;D

2) Boy it looks dry there
They call it "The Golden Season" in California .  ;) ;D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on September 15, 2013, 07:43:54 PM
Good one here, church and lunch with buddy Ed, then nap, then Guzzi Ride.  Hot, humid and windy (from Mexican hurricane?).  Should be an interesting week with job interview at potentially interesting gig Thursday.

Talked with my brother and he seems slowly and gradually better:  a huge plus and relief for all concerned.

Oh geez...can I confess?  I am thinking about a Griso again.   I find a couple nice used white ones on right and left coasts.  If one ever showed closer, well...still need a test ride one at MPH. Mike and Todd have a black one in stock.  If 2014 revealed a Griso with something besides black or the silver/matt...you know...well....with the career settled and such...yep thinking again about having more HP, but still love little goose.  Got some stock maturing next week...hmmm...wish they offered white or red again, and a blue would seal the deal, or even yellow...it has to be just right...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on September 15, 2013, 07:48:22 PM
They call it "The Golden Season" in California .  ;) ;D
Dusty
Replace "Golden" with "Fire" and you would be right.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 16, 2013, 09:19:09 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Tell Uncle Dusty about your day  :)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: mgfan on September 16, 2013, 09:41:33 PM
Just got home from 5 days of riding unbelievably picturesque, twisty, smooth, EMPTY roads in the Kootneys in south eastern B.C. Doing 300 miles a day, every day and not seeing a single radar trap is truly wonderful ! Got to meet lots of nice people who have a way better view of life and priorities than those down here in the big smoke. Even got to try some organic, hemp beer. Truly wonderful stuff!  :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on September 17, 2013, 12:55:07 AM
Just drove from Waterloo Ia. to Springfield, Mo. But I'm home now with a nice glass of Sheep Dip on the rocks  with a beer chaser MMMMMMM
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 19, 2013, 07:12:07 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
I've had an interesting couple of days , lots of interesting discussion on WG and elsewhere . Debate is good , keeps one's mind sharp .
 Cooling off tomorrow , highs mid 70s , always improves my mood .
 Anyone else got something to say ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 19, 2013, 07:37:59 PM
Good to be King . Or at least the only tech for a coupla hunnert miles  :D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on September 19, 2013, 08:30:51 PM
  Ho Hum-- just another disgustingly beautiful day, temps in the low eighties at mid day with humm ditty at less than 40%.
 Slightly cloudy with scattered wahines.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on September 19, 2013, 09:24:21 PM
Dusty,

A good one, no doubt.  This afternoon I had a great interview with a potentially outstanding company and group of professionals in downtown Houston.  It was a gauntlet though:  all afternoon, six really smart guys, and they probed me hard.  We will see if they take it to the next step.  I am interested.  Also the New Orleans company loves my resume and wants a phone chat tomorrow.  That is probably vetting prior to a flight over to Nawlins and a full blown interview.  In the worst I got some serious interview practice today and feel like it is my career and I am not being driven like a sheep to slaughter in the current situation.

My boss at crapache is just blowing smoke up my ass and trying to manipulate me to stay.  The more bullshit, the more I want to leave.  It is sad really, but there you are.  Corporate america sucks donkey dicks.

Looks like a very wet tropical system weekend in Houston.  I hope to get some riding in as I need it.  Gut feel tells me the current gig is toast before Halloween and a new one is coming before Thanksgiving.  The NOLA concept intrigues me.  I may be crazy, but there you are. 

Thanks for asking.  I am glad Friday is coming.  I am pretty worn out...grateful to see companies seriously look at me at age 59.  Such is the oil business.  But, I am damn good at my profession, and I interview like a true Viejo.  It took a lot of getting up and energy and focus. So, I am pleased with myself.

Nighty night, don't let the bed bugs bite.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 23, 2013, 08:22:20 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
So how the heck was it ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on September 23, 2013, 08:26:47 PM
Got a Job!! Good $ too !! Nice to have old talents from years gone by.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on September 23, 2013, 08:43:20 PM
Good for you! Hope everything works out well for both you AND you're employer!  ;-T
Got a Job!! Good $ too !! Nice to have old talents from years gone by.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 23, 2013, 10:00:41 PM
         Got a kink in my back fixed today. Feels a Lot Better ;D It was a bad idea to ride without my back brace a week ago. Lesson learned. Can go bowling on Thursday am, now ;D Sign of the times :-[
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on September 24, 2013, 02:14:37 AM
Good day. Canoeing friend John hiked for a while, Now were're all drunk (including fu$%#^&ing Doug) at 3 AM.  Good.....day.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 24, 2013, 10:23:16 AM
Good day. Canoeing friend John hiked for a while, Now were're all drunk (including fu$%#^&ing Doug) at 3 AM.  Good.....day.

Nick
Anyone know Nick's phone number ? Call him and wake him up  ~; :BEER:
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on September 24, 2013, 10:53:50 AM
Anyone know Nick's phone number ? Call him and wake him up  ~; :BEER:
Dusty

I'm awake, although wishing I wasn't.  What's that horrible banging?  Darn, its my own pulse! 

By mid afternoon I should be able to walk without staggering and may even be able to ride...........  Thanks for your....concern?

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 24, 2013, 10:57:05 AM
Are you hearing voices , short of that you will probably survive . ;D It is the self inflicted wounds that do the most damage .  :BEER: Hope you feel better soon .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on September 24, 2013, 11:00:48 AM
Are you hearing voices , short of that you will probably survive . ;D It is the self inflicted wounds that do the most damage .  :BEER: Hope you feel better soon .
Dusty

One of these days I'll grow up enough to know better............. ..........nah!

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 26, 2013, 07:27:46 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Pretty good day for me , until... I found out that some loop frames apparently are running a total loss oiling system , and that all of those young ladies interested in older men , well , only if you can buy 'em stuff . Dangit . ??? ::)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on September 26, 2013, 07:39:14 PM
I'd rather deal with a total loss oiling system than a total loss young lady.

Dusty, at our age there are very few legitimate reasons for a woman -- young or otherwise -- to be interested in us.  The interest is more probably in something that we have -- house, money, toys, status, etc.  I subscribe to the principle that I wouldn't want to take up with a woman who would want to take up with me -- (a) something's wrong with her or (b) she's after something of mine.  Since I have nothing, I go with (a).
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on September 26, 2013, 08:33:51 PM
Well,  a good week.  I went to a technical conference and learned some new stuff, saw some old friends and pretty much enjoyed myself.  Work remains just dismal.  The deal closes next Monday and about 50% of the staff have either quit or have been kept by the old company in back room deals.  I have a job with the newco and that is good, but I am not optimistic it will be a fit.  A big interview is coming up next Tuesday here in Houston for the New Orleans gig.  It could be an excellent job.  Not sure, and we will play it out.  Wish me luck.  Got my wife an airplane jump for her 50th birthday...hehhhhhe hehehe....  doing ok overall and can't wait to ride this weekend.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on September 30, 2013, 02:42:52 AM
First day back at work after 10 weeks off after having a new hip fitted. For 9 of the weeks I was wondering if anything was going to improve as to the operation of it. The dreaded PMR had both thighs with all muscle groups as tight as the proverbial drum skin. However, a week ago they decided to back off a bit, not completely but enough to start being able to do strengthening exercises. On Saturday I was able to actually put my shoes on and tie my laces. Today I went in to a full day, and the 2nd job involved two heat pumps that needed my 9 foot step-ladder just to reach them. Follow that up with a crawl through the ceiling to reach the DVS filter and I thought, " if I get through this lot I should be OK from here on in". Well, survived that plus two more in the afternoon. A bit tight and sore now but overall, not too bad. Hip survived just fine and so far I have not dislocated it. Great not having that unending aching pain all the time.

Almost to scared to hope that things are actually on the mend :-\, but it certainly has improved.

Two months and I am allowed back on the push bike. I have a nice full susser Giant that is over 2.1/2 years old and has been ridden about six times. :'(

Guzzi gets its re licence on October 27th. ;D ;D ;D ;-T

Summer is coming! ;-T ;-T ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 30, 2013, 04:01:48 AM
       Good Luck Muzz ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on September 30, 2013, 11:59:06 PM
       Good Luck Muzz ;D

Thanks. Was stiff and sore this morning but freed up as the day progressed; another under the belt. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 01, 2013, 08:48:59 AM
Dusty,

Wow, someone asks about me, how kind, I appreciate your interest.

Today is the first day with the new company (Fieldwood, LLC).  Apache sold our region for 3.8 billion, and then threw us under the bus.  Anyway, it is a new start.  I have been doing some interviewing and that takes high energy and time and such.  But, just yesterday for the first time FW showed some positive action by hiring in a key technical guy for my projects.  He is a cohort, a friend and brilliant.  So finally some action and not just styrofoam words.  I still have an interview scheduled late next week for a New Orleans gig, but it is very unlikely I am interested in moving from Houston right now.  I think I have committed to the new gig through next spring to capture some upside and continuity.  We will see.  I hope to be a catalyst towards an improved company culture that includes a bit of communication and less dodgey stuff.

Great news this morning from eldest daughter in NYC:  Time, Inc is going to make her an offer as a full time, with benefits employee.  She has been on contract trial basis (but well paid) since last April.  She has excelled, they love her, and so the gate is opening for her career.  I am so proud of her:  followed her dream, persisted, worked her ass off and there you are despite a difficult economy.  Youngest daughter is in Junior year of college and working hard and thriving.  My brother is slowly inching towards better mental-emotional-physical health and is working again.  So, some rays of sunshine are peeking out????  This year has been very difficult in many ways.

The V7R bike down and pin was a bit traumatic, but I am healing fast and can fix the problem.  I have thrown in the towel on the G-bike though given higher weight and that far forward side stand.  If I decide I need a higher performance bike I likely am done with Guzzis and would go to Ducati or Triumph.  But it is doubtful I will reach that point for quite a while as the V7R is fast enough, but ABS would help in all this rain riding and traction control. 

Yeah, so doing pretty good for a change.  I need to work on my anger and cranky attitude at work.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Wayne Orwig on October 01, 2013, 08:51:03 AM
Another suck day, another spin of the globe.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Charles in Lake Charles on October 01, 2013, 10:49:13 AM
Yesterday was a great day. My heart doctor rebooted my heart so I don't have to go through another pulmonary vein ablation. Hopefully this reboot will last as long or longer as the last one (three years). Looks like I may make it to GRIT.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 01, 2013, 07:31:38 PM
rebooted your heart?  I hate it when that happens.   :P

My crop of dill is drying.  The hovel smells good!   ;-T    :food
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: DungeonMaster on October 01, 2013, 10:19:29 PM
Day??

Weekend. All in all it was great.
I haven't been on much lately cuz I have been riding my Griso.  :)

Started poorly when the Griso shift lever piviot bolt broke. New one on order.
But.......
My wife Terrie took the Cal state MSF rider workshop and got her motorcycle endorsement this weekend!!   ;-T ;-T ;-T
So now she is spending her spare time hanging out with me in the garage getting the V65 going so she can ride it.
The V65 hasn't run in a few years so I cleaned the carbs. I have to change the oil of course and replace the tires. But first I need to find the key. >:(

I am very happy to get my wife riding her own bike.
One of the MSF instructors was so impressed to hear her say she had a small block Guzzi he offered to buy it sight unseen. She told him "no way".
I married the right woman.

DM
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 01, 2013, 10:28:24 PM
We are hearing some good news  ;-T
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on October 02, 2013, 12:15:08 AM
Rigged sidecar for spotlamps and GPS. I keep bidding on Guzzis, Sportsters, BMWs and Bonnevilles, but apparently I'm as big a wedge arse as my wife says.... ;) If it ain't cheap, it ain't for me... What up, Dusty?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 02, 2013, 12:22:38 AM
Yo Shorty , what are you looking for ? Will you make an appearance at Talihina this year ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 02, 2013, 04:02:50 AM
            Played lawn bowls today. Getting lessons from a little old lady ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on October 02, 2013, 10:37:50 AM
Yo Shorty , what are you looking for ? Will you make an appearance at Talihina this year ?
Dusty

I have a Triumph/Ural sidecar and a 250 Honda scooter. Both do their jobs quite well. But, both have a limited comfort range. Good for fun riding around the 'hood or commuting to work, but NOT for a trip to a rally. I told myself I would be satisfied to just ride locally and slowly, but you know how it is.  ;) Probably no Talihina for me. Scooter won't take the hills, and I have not yet built a sidecar trailer. A nice midsize 700 to 1200cc very standard bike would fill the bill. I'll find one at giveaway price yet ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Pfaff! on October 02, 2013, 01:42:21 PM
As usual...
Wake up at 0500, checking in at work 0630, 15 min lunch at 1200, home at about 1700. Paperwork and meetings all day.
Out on the bicycle in about 1,5 hrs, dinner at 1900, couple of hrs with wife, bed.
Day 2: repeat... :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 02, 2013, 05:44:16 PM
Is that like croquet without the hammers?

        No such luck. If it was I might be a bit more accurate.....or not. It's early days yet. The croquet club is next to the city dump which did not appeal, however bowls is played on plastic grass under a dome which cost $M2.5. No sunburn, no smell ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 02, 2013, 07:19:34 PM
Dusty,

Just as I thought work was picking up I got slammed today.  No details, but it sucks.  So, I am back to quietly job hunting.
Nola could still happen if a lot of boxes are checked.  I think I will take Friday off to heal up a bit and ride the bike and spend some downtime.  2013 has been the most difficult personal and professional year since 1986-7, and it is not done yet.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 02, 2013, 07:42:28 PM
Looking forward to northern lights tonight, if it remains clear.  They kicked up last night, but we were overcast.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on October 02, 2013, 07:58:18 PM
My day was very good, especially from a Guzzi standpoint.  Phil, owner of ClevelandMoto, had received the 2 into 1 warranty replacement exhaust part for my Griso8vSE.  I rode the bike to his shop and arrived an hour before opening time to give it time to cool down.  In the meantime, a good riding buddy met me at the shop, and we went to lunch at a really nice fish place on the Grand River/Lake Erie, while Phil made the repairs.  Picked the bike up shortly after 3pm and headed home.

After arriving home, I found the paperwork confirming the warranty work on my email (thanks, Emmy!)

The ride from ClevelandMoto was not a direct ride home, but a lovely ride on some nice back roads that took me to Ohio SR 608 south, followed by more backroads that got me headed west.  Temps were right, no rain, just some overcast with dim sunlight ..... a perfect end to a very good day.

I'll remember today ................... ..
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on October 02, 2013, 08:49:03 PM
Went for a ride from Geelong to Torquay yesterday. Really strong side winds with gusts up to 130 kmh, but sunny. Walked around a bit in Torquay and then went to a cafe for lunch. And that's when the rain started. I thought I'd wait it out, but after an hour, it wasn't letting up. I had no wet weather gear with me so I had to swallow some concrete and harden up. Got absolutely drowned on the way back to Geelong. At every stop light I raised my hands so that the water could run out of my gloves. The Revit Sand pants and jacket kept the rain off the rest of me though. Was I miserable? Nah, I was riding the Griso...it's always a ball of fun, no matter the weather.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 02, 2013, 09:04:06 PM
Quote
      I'll remember today ................... ..
A day not remembered is a day not worth living......
 ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: barenekd on October 02, 2013, 09:09:56 PM
Met the Moto Euro Breakfast club in Temecula and did a 280 mile ride on the V7R. It was a great day. Had a tough time keeping up with those liter bikes, but the fun was there trying! The temps didn't get too carried away and it was a great day!
Bare
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: cj750 on October 02, 2013, 11:45:52 PM
Shorty:

Here ya go: http://wichita.craigslist.org/mcy/4027367452.html

Cheap, shaft drive and ready to ride.

Dusty says you'll have the only one at the rally.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 03, 2013, 02:19:48 AM
Looking forward to northern lights tonight, if it remains clear.  They kicked up last night, but we were overcast.

Even made it on our TV news tonight; looks absolutely spectacular. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on October 03, 2013, 09:44:18 AM
Every second that passes is one that I never have to relive.

Now you're starting to get ME down, and that ain't easy.

Time for a long long ride for you, buddy ...  ;-T

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: cj750 on October 03, 2013, 10:36:27 AM
Now you're starting to get ME down, and that ain't easy.

Time for a long long ride for you, buddy ...  ;-T

Lannis

Yep. In keeping with the current theme of this thread, this TMBG song always makes me want to go for a ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2bo_u_YmW8

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 03, 2013, 03:39:38 PM
Dusty,

Better today after long heart to heart with manager and getting some questions answered about the current gig.  The drama is so old, all I want to do is find oil and gas.

Taking Friday off, and the weather looks spectacularly fall like, and so the little goose is going to get a long romp.  Received my leather jacket last night, it is a bit snug, but I am going to keep it I think.  It needs some breaking in, but for $149 it is high quality and a deal.

Maybe a movie tonight, Rush. 

Thanks for asking buddy and I hope you are well.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on October 03, 2013, 03:40:10 PM
Shorty:

Here ya go: http://wichita.craigslist.org/mcy/4027367452.html

Cheap, shaft drive and ready to ride.

Dusty says you'll have the only one at the rally.

BOY HOWDY  Now there's an orphan.   ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 03, 2013, 07:25:37 PM
Termination dust....yeah I remember.  Here on the Gulf Coast of TEXAS we are finally having our "good" time of year:  fall winter and spring are fabulous and summer sucks and is even suckier if we have a hurricane
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Farmer Dan on October 03, 2013, 07:40:15 PM
Wife had her last chemo treatment today  ;-T  now we just wait, hope, and pray that it worked.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 03, 2013, 07:57:36 PM
These guys were waiting for me when I got home. (https://scontent-b-pao.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1383150_10200765354793017_506086611_n.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 03, 2013, 08:56:03 PM
Wife had her last chemo treatment today  ;-T  now we just wait, hope, and pray that it worked.
My wife finished hers 5 years ago next month. So far so good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Wayne Orwig on October 03, 2013, 10:34:58 PM
Every second that passes is one that I never have to relive.

Can I steal that?


 :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on October 04, 2013, 01:43:16 AM
The RAIN stopped this morning! Yay! It has been raining and pouring here for the last two weeks - getting soggy and cooler.

But today there were some nice sunny breaks and I got to take out my V7 Classic out for a little ride over to the deli and test the new fueling map.

I haven't ridden my bike since I did the GuzziDiag reflash to the Marrelli 15RC Engine Control Unit - I am using a slightly richer startup map that was suggested by PaulD.

Today was a good day, (cool) to test the cold start performance and I must say, I am very pleased with the improvement!  ;-T

Starting is different -  I think I have to learn to leave the throttle alone when starting now.

The cold idle is a bit low but it is steady.  After the ride, the warm idle is back up to 1000 - 1100 rpm and steady... thats good enough.

But the real test - the dreaded cold start and instant takeoff - passed with flying Italian colors. I started and then within 5 secs drove off with a cold engine - without stutter, stalling, missing or complaint, or revving the engine higher than a normal takeoff when warm. It felt great! Smooth and strong...... feels like a bigger engine when it cold now.  :D

Now I got the itch to do some serious riding before the weather turns bad again.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 04, 2013, 09:05:48 AM
Pend,

Good to hear on cold start and a rain break.  It is 80 and sunny here in Sugar Land, TX---time to check air pressure, clean the bike a bit, check oil and go for a coastal run. 

Mr. Natural had it right you know....

Oh and I slept grand last night after a week featuring 3 non-sleep nights due to combined work stress and the bike drop last weekend.
My foot is healed.  Gotta ride....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on October 04, 2013, 08:07:01 PM
Hey Balvenie,
next you'll be telling us you're wearing beige cardigans and shorts with long socks. And sandals.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: DungeonMaster on October 04, 2013, 11:33:58 PM
Found my V65 key!!   ;D

Now my wife wants me to gas the beast up and fire the engine. Guess what I'm doing Sunday?
Oiling my cylinders/pistons and hitting the start button.
So my wife and I will be going for rides together very soon.

DM
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 05, 2013, 03:59:27 AM
wyno
       The image you have of me is scurrilous, to say the least. I dress like Hopalong Cassidy, so there ~; 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on October 05, 2013, 11:12:44 PM
Forcing them to listen to Marty Robbins...now that's just cruel.

Today I went on my first group ride since 1975. It was to raise funds for cancer research in Geelong, and I thought, now that I'm back in Geelong and my father died from cancer, that I should go. Roughly 200-250 bikes on a tour of the Bellarine Peninsula with cops holding up traffic so we could go through as one group. Lots of different bikes, old and new Triumphs, lots of Harleys especially V Rods, a 750 Norton Commando, a 1940 something BSA complete with compulsory oil leak, 2 Buells, Hondas, Kwackas, Suzukis and Yamahas, and one Griso (mine) and one V7 Racer. Lots of fun despite a few rain showers and finished up with a barbie and live music. Best $10 I ever spent.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on October 07, 2013, 08:51:01 AM
Marty is the real deal, I love me some old country and bluegrass. Contemporary country is a 1/2ass ripoff of 70s folk rock.

Couldn't have said that better meself.   It's like there's a computer somewhere writing modern country songs ... all the same .....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on October 07, 2013, 05:50:54 PM
I reckon about 4 hours of Marilyn Manson would do me.
On a better note (pun intended), I start work doing plastering today after finishing up the mental health gig 2 weeks ago. Hopefully things will go well and the work will continue. It'll be nice to have money coming in. I should be slightly stuffed tonight.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 10, 2013, 04:04:08 AM
            "....blew up the town's water supply...".
           Forgive me for being judgemental but it sounds like the lunatics are running the asylum :o
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 15, 2013, 06:50:38 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty
Worked a bit in the rain today , not too bad , here in Northeastern OK we are heading in to our "damp" part of the year , cloudy and misty most of the time . So how about everyone else , catch us up fellas .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 15, 2013, 07:20:25 PM
It didn't rain (as expected), so I went to start the Breva 1100 to go for a ride but the bloody piece of modern junk wouldn't start  ::(  Not enough battery  ::(.  I think its the original from 2007, so I wasn't too devastated.

Pulled out the Eldorado, which, of course, started up immediately. :bike

Went for a short ride.  Love that bike.  Life is still good. ;-T

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 15, 2013, 07:23:40 PM
Dusty,

Wow, I am actually having a good week.  At the current Houston gig I have seen an actual pulse of Exploration, recognition of some of my work and our team, and a bit less chaos and plain old nasty-ness.  The curious keep butting their noses into my career plans though, and it gets old.  The new CEO loved a project I showed last Thursday so Mr. Boss is now my new best friend?  A new supervisor came to my office, gave eye contact and actually spoke to me for the first time in two years.  Yep, two years of pretending I did not exist.  No kidding, two years.

Can you say passive/agressive?  Yes you can!  Maybe there is hope, or maybe not.  The entire culture needs to change.  I will take a few good days in a row though.  

On the job hunt front the NOLA hiring VP emailed me basically saying:  we are working on an offer, it will take a bit of time, we look forward to more talks with you and when can you and your wife come here for a long weekend visit to look at housing, the city, commuting and such?  It will be interesting to see if they can entice me or not.  The metal-cheeked purple haired art major college daughter is VERY expensive and we are very broke after years of college expenses for two daughters.  Constantly broken cars and house stuff have also played vampire with finances.

Anyway the closest Guzzi dealer is in Baton Rouge.  One step at a time.  Life is unfolding now.  It rained a lot past weekend and another front is coming shortly.  I hope for a dry weekend of riding.  My buddy Mitch and I are hooking up for a Saturday breakfast ride.  He likely will be on the Norton 850 and I want to ride his yellow restored beastie.  I hope for a non-exciting get the Guzzi back in the garage process.  The past 3 ride- ends have not been fun with the garage.

So, yeah I am doing pretty good:  getting out of the mode of anticipating the next bad thing.  The past few months have been difficult.

I hope life is sublime for you Dusty.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 15, 2013, 08:42:30 PM
Given the choice between Houston and Nola, as they are both hot, muggy, and too close to hurricanes, I would go where the food is legendary.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 15, 2013, 10:40:15 PM
               For many months now, my centre stand has been a nuisance, politely speaking. Parked in the garage between two cars, it stands a scant 12" from a wall to its front. Trouble is, the feet have been slipping when un-standing the bike and it means moving both cars out, before the bike can be spun round and pushed out. Otherwise it's Hullo Wall :'( Backing in to the parking spot is a nightmare that I choose to avoid ).
              So the present arrangement will have to do but it has meant removal of the stand, which is much easier with mufflers detached. The lumps on the feet have all but disappeared owing to friction with the concrete garage floor and initially, I assumed that building up the missing metal with weld would be the fix. However, my local guru (who replaces the one who returned to the land of his birth) insists that the feet will have more grip with the feet ground smooth. Hmmm. For better or worse, the deed has been done and I only await some new bushes. The originals look as though they have been beaten to Death. Reinstalling the CS will be a challenge, I can just tell.
But there is no great hurry. The bushes will have to come from OS; probably MI. There are none in Oz. One kind local supplier suggested that a machine shop should be my next port of call. Crikey, how Encouragement :o  Having plenty of time to mull over the installation, has led me to consider removal of the rear wheel. The springs are Very strong, much more so than the side stand variety and leverage will be crucial. Ahhh, the anticipation ;D Don't you all envy me ;D
             By the way, is "un-standing" a word? 8)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 15, 2013, 10:51:28 PM
Bal , it is if you want it to be . RK , if my damn transporter would just work we would fix that chimney , LD , life is sublime , and Nick , old stuff is hard to beat .
Anyone else ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on October 15, 2013, 11:10:33 PM
Forcing them to listen to Marty Robbins...now that's just cruel.


  one of his lesser known songs
  
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apq8EDzflPI

 His most well known
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIHRgisdbeY

 and the follow up
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryzIX09s2o4
 
  
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 18, 2013, 02:48:10 PM
Great, thanks Dusty,

Put the new battery in the Breva - lo and behold, it started.
Rode it for two hours up to the Ottawa fringe (max temp 14C (57F)).
Walked in the woods and fields for an hour.
Rode the Breva home, back roads all the way.
My new leathers work a treat.
Bike ran like a dream.
I get paid for this......
Bueno!

Nick

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct18_2013_2.jpg)

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct18_2013_1.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 18, 2013, 04:50:33 PM
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The little urchins are 'lip synching'.
Un believe able. <shaking head and shuffling off>
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 18, 2013, 04:52:05 PM
Well , we have sunk to a new low as a society when  the grammar school marching bands are faking it , what's next , pop stars lip synching on stage . Oh , wait , never mind . What a sad day for the parents that paid good money for their little urchins instruments . :( Sorry RK , maybe you should post a sentry .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on October 18, 2013, 05:46:39 PM
 one of his lesser known songs
  
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apq8EDzflPI

 His most well known
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIHRgisdbeY

 and the follow up
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryzIX09s2o4
 
  

And to complete the trifacta, the 3rd in the El Paso trilogy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k6obdf4yDU
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on October 18, 2013, 05:56:23 PM
Love me some Marty Robbins, and Red Foley and Hank (Williams, Thompson & Snow) Willie---Hello walls.........Peace, Love and Earnest Tubb!   
And to complete the trifacta, the 3rd in the El Paso trilogy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k6obdf4yDU
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kirby1923 on October 18, 2013, 06:17:54 PM
Love me some Marty Robbins, and Red Foley and Hank (Williams, Thompson & Snow) Willie---Hello walls.........Peace, Love and Earnest Tubb!   

" I fall to pieces..." Ms Cline
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on October 19, 2013, 12:09:37 AM
Another day ... another good one as usual, I feel blessed ... today, more slow, but steady progress on my old garden tractor rebuild - today all wheels are attached and tomorrow the new style disk brake will be connected and she will roll! Engine sitting on bench waiting to be dropped in ... soon soon....

Spike Jones? Now that you don't mention it, its the famous Shaving Creme song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rpq6u8hYgk

(Illogically triggered by my minds reaction to a brief visual glimpse of the name "Doctor Demento!")
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on October 19, 2013, 07:26:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Ml6ex1OWk
Or Homer & Jethro

And the modern day version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1CEvt2lyuc
Pinkard & Bowden
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 19, 2013, 10:30:34 AM
Oh man I recall fondly Dr. Demento and the shaving cream song...good stuff from college days long ago and far away.

The work week went well...decided against NOLA due to need to care for my wife's dad with Alzheimer's:  family trumps career for now.

All geared up and I am going to try the new leather jacket.  A cool front blew through Houston.  I hope for a non-event parking the bike in the garage.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on October 19, 2013, 01:21:44 PM
This year I notice something different.  You know those marching bands -- the little kids from middle school and such that are still learning their instruments?  Well they sound a little too good as they tune up.  I took a peek.  Only the drum line is real.  The brass (and for some reason choir vocals) this year are comming from a sound truck behind the kids.  The little urchins are 'lip synching'.  The drum line is USCG.

I'm afraid this is nothing new. My high school marching band played in a Parade of Lights parade at Disneyland in the mid-70's. The sound came from floats interspersed between sections of the band (about 120 band members ). It was disappointing to be part of that.


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 19, 2013, 01:58:01 PM
Dusty,

Life is great:  fall hit TEXAS, gig going better, brother doing better, wife not mad at me, cool/dry weather, sun out, V7R, new black leather jacket, a long windy fast ride, parked ok, and now a nap.  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 20, 2013, 05:32:28 PM
             Damn! That's a bitch, S M. Coincidentally, all of mine had a rare dose of oil last week but I don't think it would have stopped that from happening.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 20, 2013, 05:33:36 PM
Quote
To make a bad situation even worse, I'm out of liquor

Didn't hurt till then..  ;D
I took Rosie out for a 40 mile run to warm her up for the Winter service. I'd previously set the suspension per Todd, and wanted to see how she did. A little more compliant than what I'd had, and still solid in the curve I found.  ;) ;D I love this scooter.. ;-T
Drained all the fluids, changed out the filter, refilled, etc.
Life is good....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 20, 2013, 06:34:54 PM
I have an idea for a 2-piece shift linkage but I'll have to source the materials from Mcmaster, I have spent hours browsing their website. I polished off my bottle of absinthe Friday and I only have 1 glass of Merlot left, blue laws suck ass ::(
          My life education is incomplete and absinthe is a mystery to me but Merlot is one of my faves ;D except for the gout. "...blue laws...", no idea. Cultural divide exceeds my powers of comprehension. Translation needed.
          However, the 2-piece linkage sounds interesting. The way those little ball joints run without lube bothers me but I suppose the looser they are the better, so they won't seize? 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 20, 2013, 07:01:49 PM
Today is our 8th Unniversary. We commemorate the day when Cindy and I pledged our love before Mom and Dog. We wanted to include the state, but due to a legal snafu, we couldn't be married legally. However, thanks to my sister, Cecil, who supplied the wedding feast, we enjoyed Chicago deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs, the only kind worth having. So,today we celebrated by riding the horses all around the property and will finish the day with my home made Deep dish Pizza, which, IMHO, is better than you can find in Chi-town.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 21, 2013, 12:05:18 AM
             So Alabama is deserted on Sunday? ~; ;D Sounds as quirky as New South Wales 55 years ago when you could not go shooting on Sunday. But the absinthe sounds like a treat ;D however I can't visualise the "J" shaped stainless jacket. Perhaps a spoonful of absinthe on my gunpowder will help ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 21, 2013, 12:21:46 PM
We were worried you weren't gonna make it until the package store opened today SM .  ;D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 21, 2013, 05:33:29 PM
            Ingenious and Cheap ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 21, 2013, 08:30:28 PM
I had a glimmer of humor today.

Guy comes in for a special order 75' video cable to put a monitor in the back of his fishing boat.  It takes a sturdy outdoor cable to survive the marine environment, and the stuff isn't cheap.  So when he arrived I connected the ends of the coiled-up cable from my laptop to a monitor to show him it worked and the signal was strong.  He fingered it for a moment, looking puzzled.  I asked what the problem was.  He said "Can we stretch it out?  It works well enough with the monitor and computer side-by-side, but what happens when I move it 75 feet away?"
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 21, 2013, 08:35:22 PM
OH MY RK , are you sure this guy is safe to turn lose on the water ?  :D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on October 21, 2013, 10:30:17 PM
Progress! Dull sky. Short and gray days. What happened to the beautiful sunshine? Sigh. At least it is not soggy yet!

Anyways, I got the wheels on my 1967 Jacobsen 12 hp! garden tractor rebuild and the brake linkage is almost done, just need a missing brake/clutch spring ....that I forgot and left in the cart at Walmart last week. (Doh!)

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0356s_zpscbfbfc1b.jpg)
Here is my baby.

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0353s_zpsca7e8476.jpg)
Tomorrow, drop in the engine and pulleys, and the next phase will be learning how to make the replacement bodywork.

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0357s_zps17b5d579.jpg)
The original metal is very thick sheet metal, heavy, but the design allows water to pool and results in the bottom rusting through eventually. The mounting points get distorted and the many of the sheet metal corners begins to fracture ... ugly!

I haven't seen any replacements in good shape but I lucked out last week and got some free stainless steel sheet metal, in the same gauge - heavy, and I that's what I'll learn on - I will have to make some bending equipment to do some of the pieces .... I'm learning something new!  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 21, 2013, 10:39:06 PM
 ;-T
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 22, 2013, 11:06:06 PM
          His "other eye" is a worry. Skin can grow back, albeit paifully but if his sight is lost, then he has paid a terrible price. Hope the owners had him insured.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Pfaff! on October 23, 2013, 11:31:26 AM
None of your bizznizz! >:(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 23, 2013, 06:00:48 PM
Better luck next time, Pfaff ;D There's always a next time.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on October 23, 2013, 06:53:44 PM
Spent 6hrs yesterday converting stock 15M Cali spark advance map to a advance map for MyP8ECU from Cliff. Filling in all the boxes w/numbers on the map made me sleepy and had to take a nap. Downloaded it this morning and started, accelerated, run bike w/just head pipe & crossover. Seems no one is using his ECU in Cali's so I have a stock P8 to ride bike w/Techlusion fuel box till I can sort the mapping. Piece of mind knowing I have a spark map that works on stock. Now I can get back to fueling. Kind of sick of mapping, software, numbers and such. 
Time for that bottle of Makers Mark!!!!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 24, 2013, 01:06:09 AM
               I'll bet it's expensive. Hope the owners come to the party, unless he has his own insurance.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Vasco DG on October 26, 2013, 06:40:48 AM
Well, this is more like a 'How was your weekend?'

Jude had been off most of the week in Queensland running courses for beef farmers on how to avoid getting Foot and Mouth disease or some such nonsense. Thing is I had a plane ticket I'd bought for a work trip a few months back that needed using up so we thought we'd take a long weekend away in SE Queensland.

We hadn't been in this neck of the woods really for twenty or more years and our last real visit to the Sunshine Coast, (Just north of Brisbane.) was pretty much in 1983. That's a L-O-N-G time ago when we and our friends were still comparatively young and spunky! A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.

After missing my direct flight, (A car crash near Bungendore and I ferried a woman to the doctor which caused me to miss it.) I had to bunny-hop it via Sydney and rather than just driving to Toowoomba, some 60-70 odd miles we met in Brisbane at the airport where some of her colleagues were getting the flight back south. All her gear and the pre-booked motel room were back in Toowoomba though so we had to fight both the Thursday night traffic and the roadworks back there. Let's just say we were pooped and ate a quick meal and fell into the farter.

Friday dawned and we spent most of the day meandering around the Darling Downs before heading back through Gympie and into the Blackall ranges behind the Sunshine Coast. Now the last time we were here would of been in the early nineties with the kids when they were young. We were poor but energetic and at that time the area was a quiet, tranquil paradise.

The problem with quiet tranquil paradises is that they attract the most godawful brand of hippy! Unfortunately we found that the whole area has become one of those ghastly areas thick with 'Lifestyle Enablers', Health Spas where you will have your wallet emptied by some shrill who makes you lie on a hot rock and puts cucumbers on your eyes and rubs you with yogurt and people offering 'Tantric Navel Re-Tying' ceremonies! At the other end of the scale are super up-market 'Retreats' surrounded with barbed wire and savage dogs to keep the hoy-polloi out.

Our biggest mistake was deciding to try and find a motel. It looked like a normal motel but barely had we got out of the car what we were approached by a dreadful, toothless, tousle-haired hippy harridan with a nasty, soiled, be-holed crocheted shawl, an Indian print dress and those awful bloody finger cymbals that scream "I'm a dangerous nutter!" At you. This apparition claimed to be the proprietor and proceeded to try and explain how our auras told her that we would benefit greatly from staying in her establishment! I was already backing away and wishing I had a taser and can of Mace when her 'Partner' appeared. He was, if such a thing is possible, even more repellant than her! Shaven of head but with a ponytail at the back, a t-shirt with one of the obligatory 'Gay Whales for Nuclear Disarmament' slogans on it, huge hoops in his ears and a disgusting orange sarong! Truly a loathsome spectacle, when backlit by the evening sun, through the grubbilly diaphanous fabric of this repulsive garment it appeared that he wore no underpants and he either had a nasty growth or possessed some form of odious piercing through the end of his Mutton Gun! He too enthused about how we would benefit from sharing their humble premises! Not so humble was the amount of money this pair of superannuated, self-serving shit-for-brains suggested we should pay for the privilege of catching a nasty disease off their probably unwashed sheets! We fled!

The sad thing is that this area used to be fantastic! I'll try and further explain the horrors of later that evening a bit later.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Charles in Lake Charles on October 26, 2013, 06:53:16 AM
Pete,

My day just got better! Nothing like starting the day with a laugh.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tonUPRacer on October 26, 2013, 08:37:38 AM
Very blessed. We welcomed Alan Roy Maracini into the world 10/25 at 0809 weighing 8.000 lbs and measuring 20 in. Mom and baby are awesome and I'm walking tall!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on October 26, 2013, 08:41:07 AM
Very blessed. We welcomed Alan Roy Maracini into the world 10/25 at 0809 weighing 8.000 lbs and measuring 20 in. Mom and baby are awesome and I'm walking tall!
;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: bettythebear on October 26, 2013, 10:36:37 AM
Mine was pretty good, I am now engaged to my wonderful girlfriend. I had a custom ring made from Texas red oak and topped with a nice garnet. I suppose the planning begins now.

Also, a question for the community here...  Does anyone have any experience with epilepsy? She was diagnosed with it after having 2 seizures in a day a few weeks ago, for the first time in her life. She is now afraid to ride pillion in case it were to happen again. She is on some medication now, so of course the hope is that it never happens again.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 26, 2013, 01:35:18 PM
First time ever seizures? I would suggest a more thorough followup just to make sure it is only epilepsy.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 26, 2013, 02:10:31 PM
Bit more mundane than some of the previous! ;D

Congratulations to the new parents and finances fiancťs.

Pete, when we lived in Golden Bay (up the top of the SI) those people you describe were also prevalent. Used to work with an American who had a tee shirt which loudly proclaimed "Hippies Stink"

Anyway, the Breva is about to gets it's 6 month rego all ready for the summer season. Booked it in for it's WOF on Friday (has to have one before it can be rego'd) all ready for Tuesday, and on Saturday I went out ,put the key in the switch and hit button A. Cranked over a couple of times and roared in to life. Gave it a few seconds to get the oil around a bit and then it settled in to a nice even idle, even with 6 month old fuel in it. That VDG tweak you gave it works a treat. Unfortunately, I think they will turf it out for it's warrant on the rear tire; it is pretty worn.

Looking forward to being back up and running again.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 26, 2013, 07:13:16 PM
WHEW , leave town for 5 days and this thread got really interesting . Hope our one eyed boat watcher recovers , congrats on the edition Tazio  :) , SM , you are one unique fella , Pfaff , what's eating ya buddy ? Oh , and Muzz , you and Pete keep me entertained with that , um , colorful Aussie lingo , damned hippies .  ;D
 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 27, 2013, 11:45:06 AM
Well Dusty, it's not over yet, but good so far. 

I eschewed my normal before sunrise breakfast run for a later start.  The temperatures are so close to freezing that I wanted the roads to have a chance to lose any residual frost they might have accumulated.  It was about 2 degrees above freezing when I set off - about 3 when I got home after a couple of hours ride.

Heated gear? Pah - that's for softees! ~;

Nick

Devil Lake Road 1
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct27_2013_4.jpg)

Devil Lake Road 2
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct27_2013_3.jpg)

Desert Lake Road
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct27_2013_1.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 27, 2013, 12:03:19 PM
Nick 949 ,
Amazing how your part of Canada resembles my part of Oklahoma . We are a bit warmer here  :D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 27, 2013, 12:07:42 PM
Pretty bike, Nick..
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 28, 2013, 02:16:21 AM
Skin Mechanic
             SealedBall joints ;-T Gotta get me some ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 28, 2013, 02:53:49 AM
       Vasco
        re your Sunshine Coast tete-a-tete.
        Mate, if I've tolja once I've tolja a thousantimes, if you're cummin up here go to the World's Best Custard Tart Shop ~; ;D

          Seriously though, the roads have not changed that much (since your initial visitation) in a practical sense, for although they are sealed it is only a temporary condition; that is, until the next rain. In your era, most of what are now really good biking roads were dirt, I imagine, or they were in late 85, the year of my appearance here. In that condition, they weren't worth considering and so it is again in the present day, with few exceptions. The Stanley River Road has been "resurfaced" and what was once my favourite fang, is strewn with loose gravel which only time will displace. This road and others have been subject to subsidence too but some nice, albeit short rides survive that have been rebuilt this century with more engineering finesse than the old, pre-1900 cart tracks. I could have shown you some of those, had I known you coming. I would have put off the trip to Bargara to see the grand kids. Honest ;D Well, there's always next time and now you know anyway but about those people who look like, well you know, well there aren't any. Not if you ride fast enough ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 28, 2013, 06:04:47 PM
 :o :o
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 28, 2013, 07:04:09 PM
Betty...congrats---anyone in Austin is a friend indeed.

Good Monday here--life and work seem to be not quite so ragged. 

V7R goes in for 7500 km maintain (actual mileage somewhere north of 5100 miles, so next weekend will be a bit blank.

Thanks for asking...and wow cool tractor and bike!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on October 29, 2013, 10:57:55 AM
Nice so far. Went for a ride on my Nishiki bicycle in quiet and sunny weather,- yesterday a brisk storm swept the country.
On my way back I picked up a bagfull of some very nice IPAs which are on sale here from time to time. Only about a dollar for a 1/2 l,- thats cheap here.
Just checked this evenings TV program, and I`m looking forward to seeing this documentary, ; http://girlfriendinacoma.eu/watch/  -- watch the preview.

(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC01531_zps3ddee0f6.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC01531_zps3ddee0f6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 29, 2013, 02:05:58 PM
The State of Alaska says my business license comes up for biannual renewal again, and notes that this is the 12th time in a row they've had to tell me that.
Geez , you would think they had something more important to do  :D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Red Dog on October 29, 2013, 05:00:31 PM
I had a glimmer of humor today.

Guy comes in for a special order 75' video cable to put a monitor in the back of his fishing boat.  It takes a sturdy outdoor cable to survive the marine environment, and the stuff isn't cheap.  So when he arrived I connected the ends of the coiled-up cable from my laptop to a monitor to show him it worked and the signal was strong.  He fingered it for a moment, looking puzzled.  I asked what the problem was.  He said "Can we stretch it out?  It works well enough with the monitor and computer side-by-side, but what happens when I move it 75 feet away?"

When I was in auto parts a guy came in for a flexible rubber brake hose.  I look it up, pull it off the shelf, go back to the counter, open the box & slide it out.  Customer has his old hose with him, picks the new one up looks at it for awhile then asks me if the ends come off. 

I says "No they don't" & he sez "but they're on the wrong ends".  I figured he was funnin me so I took both hoses, turned my back to him, turned around and laid them on the counter with the male ends lined up.  He looks at the hoses, picks them up & sez:  " I sure wish you woulda let me see how you did that in case I gotta get one for the other side".  I said "No problem every one here has been trained to do that, you just got to be careful ya know."  He smiled & thanked me, paid for his parts & left.  30 years later I'm still wondering if he was puttin me on......
 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 29, 2013, 06:09:38 PM
When I first went to work for VW the diesel rabbit was the new thing.  The engine was essentially a gasser with head ports -- lower end and cam section of the head was the same.  They ate lower ends and ate cams.  I had to replace heads.  The first one was a real struggle.  I couldn't get the oil passages to line up and I was convinced that there was a head gasket difference.  After blowing flat-rate X4, I lamented that I needed a break.  Maynard (yeah, that was his name -- and he looked exactly like you'd expect a Maynard to look), the unit man stepped over, glanced at the problem and flipped the gasket over.  Problem solved.  30 years later I still think of that when something doesn't fit. .  .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 29, 2013, 06:21:08 PM
My day was mixed , sad about the passing  of Lou Reed , but it seems as though some boy band , The Jonas Brothers , has called it quits . Two teenage girls belonging to a customer were almost in tears over this sad event , so I am guessing they were pretty atrocious , the scales even out .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Andrew Thomas Evans on October 30, 2013, 10:40:20 AM
Worked on pictures late Monday night, then went to bed and work the next day. Tuesday I'm all set to work on the images again and pick up where I left off, and the folder was empty. I guess either my USB cable went out, or the cheap hub I'm using isn't doing that well, and I ended up restarting the computer as well as all my drives. Pictures were there, and it was a great excuse to back up 60 gigs work of stuff and grab a drink as it was running.

 ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 30, 2013, 11:28:16 AM
Dorcia's cell fone plays "In the mood" when it goes off, so I took her to our wonderfully restored 1929 atmospheric style Paramount theater and ballroom..
(http://cache.nebula.phx3.secureserver.net/obj/NEY0MzY5OUQ5Q0YxNTcyQkM0N0U6ODUyYzg2M2NiODY2YzA3YjhkZGYzYTc4YWMzZjc1MDE=)
To see the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
When we left, I felt like getting in the Packard and lighting a big see gar... ;D It was a good time.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on October 30, 2013, 05:48:52 PM
Dorcia's cell fone plays "In the mood" when it goes off, so I took her to our wonderfully restored 1929 atmospheric style Paramount theater and ballroom..
(http://cache.nebula.phx3.secureserver.net/obj/NEY0MzY5OUQ5Q0YxNTcyQkM0N0U6ODUyYzg2M2NiODY2YzA3YjhkZGYzYTc4YWMzZjc1MDE=)
To see the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
When we left, I felt like getting in the Packard and lighting a big see gar... ;D It was a good time.

Wow, looks nice Chuck! I see that is in Indiana... I'll have to remember to take Lindsey sometime. :) She'd like it a lot I think.

My day... I met my boss for the first time in person! I've been working at BP for almost two years, and only just now met my "actual" boss. :P

The life of a contractor...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on October 30, 2013, 05:54:25 PM
My day was excellent!  John, a local lawn service owner, came by and ran an aerator over my sad old yard.  Hopefully, it'll improve in 2014.  

Today was probably one of the nicest days remaining in 2013.  So I suited up and took the Griso out for over 100 miles, stopped for a bowl of chicken tortellini soup in Burton, OH, returned home.  Decided the day was too nice to stay off two wheels, attempted to start the R100GS (no such luck, the 7 year old battery has given up, I think.)  So, it was off on the 1200 Sport for another 50 miles around the neighborhood, a mix of National Park and some Interstate riding ..... the Sport is so good at either.

Home now ... spaghetti for dinner with some red wine ................... ............

A better day I can't imagine.

Bob
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on October 30, 2013, 06:09:53 PM
I want to be like Bob w/I grow up!!! 2 more yrs to go.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on October 30, 2013, 10:17:42 PM
My day? I slept through it. It's 4:10pm, and I woke up 20 minutes ago. I have to be at work in 50 minutes for another 12 hour shift. Yet another day with absolutely nothing achieved. This is a frustratingly normal scenario. I guess I have to get a lot more self disciplined on my days off.

Spring. season of storms where I am, but some beautiful days too.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on October 31, 2013, 10:26:16 PM
Started work at 6.30 am, finished work at 9.30 am. The work we were supposed to be doing couldn't be started because others weren't up to speed. So what did I do? I went for a ride along part of the Great Ocean Road here in Victoria. From Geelong to Lorne and most of it I couldn't pass anything because of double lines. Most of the traffic doing 10-20 kmh below the 80 kmh limit. Grrr. Had lunch in Lorne and then came home along the Lorne - Deans Marsh - Geelong Road and got play all by myself in the twisties at any speed I dared. For the first 6 kilometres, I just left it in 3rd and played with the throttle through all the 35 and 40 kmh bends. So much fun to hear the Mistral going from about 1500 to 8000 rpm on the short straights. Did I enjoy myself? Bloody oath I did.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 31, 2013, 10:34:45 PM
 :+1 Wyno , my days have been short also due to rain . Great report .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on November 01, 2013, 12:14:09 AM
Best thing about the ride Dusty was I didn't see one cop and I had it up to 150kmh when the rural limit is only 100kmh.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 03, 2013, 11:07:22 AM
OK , which one of you fellas or ladies was smuggling the small alligator into Chicago ? Made my day , and with the return to standard time , it's only 11:07 here .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on November 03, 2013, 11:35:50 AM
  Not only did I not turn on a fan today but I just closed a few windows too. Not even 6 P.M. and already it is down to73F.
At least it was about 80 F when I took the girl for a chariot ride at mid day.
If it's like this tomorrow I'm breaking out a long sleeve T-shirt for riding.
Oh, and the humpies are coming. A few have already been seen near Maui, and another person got shark bit.
This time it was a sailboarder. Sharks think of them as fast food.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on November 03, 2013, 01:47:51 PM
Hard freeze here last night.
Our humpies came through in July.  Are yours salmon?


   Bigger, humpback whales.  The only salmon here are the over priced ones in the grocery.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 03, 2013, 04:56:43 PM
             Attended Induction #1 at the pistol club yesterday. Liked it very much. Not a career move at my age, more a social thing for an old bloke with a lot of spare time. Induction #2, Wednesday ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on November 03, 2013, 06:05:36 PM
Had a great day riding in Michaux State Forest (PA) with three other guys, all of us on vintage Yamaha XT500s.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Amboman4/FourintheForest-XT500Ride003_zpsa27649a0.jpg)

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Amboman4/FourintheForest-XT500Ride004_zps69e55c11.jpg)

Brady had a flat, but otherwise an uneventful day of riding.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Amboman4/FourintheForest-XT500Ride005_zpsaae07542.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on November 03, 2013, 07:08:45 PM
  The whales come here to do the same things as other tourists do.
  They roll around in the sun, show off, and get laid.
   They attract tourists who like to watch them do this and pay money to see it.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on November 03, 2013, 07:55:03 PM
Not good Dusty,
   Father in Law died peacefully last night of pancreatic cancer.  I'd known him for 34 years (10 longer than I knew my own).  He was a great man - good father, academic, teacher and father to two boys and two daughters, one of whom has been my wife for 33 years.  Inexplicably he had no interest in motorcycles although we shared a passion for canoeing.

  Wine helps tonight.

Nick



   

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 03, 2013, 08:06:07 PM
Truly sorry Nick , Dog this getting old thing is tough . Sounds like a good man , glad he was in your life . :( :)
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on November 03, 2013, 08:14:35 PM
My day... I went shopping with my wife, in her "new" car we purchased on Thursday of last week.

(http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/UnkeptJMC/LindseyFiesta.jpg) (http://s110.photobucket.com/user/UnkeptJMC/media/LindseyFiesta.jpg.html)

I practiced the guitar, I've been playing it as much as possible since early last week. I'm practicing by playing a game called Rocksmith 2014, I highly recommend it!

I learned that a co-worker of mine from my previous job has passed away. :( We got along, as he had been riding motorcycles for... well forever from the way he talked about them! He was still riding a Honda Goldwing Trike up until his death, at 89 years old.

For the month of November, I'm attempting to write a novel. It's for a annual event called "NanoWrimo", in which authors around the world attempt to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. So far I'm at 1,500... which is a bit short of what I should have by now, but it's been a busy November so far! I hope to catch up by the 30th and have my 50,000 words.  ;D Wish me luck...

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 03, 2013, 08:24:25 PM
My day... I went shopping with my wife, in her "new" car we purchased on Thursday of last week.

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I practiced the guitar, I've been playing it as much as possible since early last week. I'm practicing by playing a game called Rocksmith 2014, I highly recommend it!

I learned that a co-worker of mine from my previous job has passed away. :( We got along, as he had been riding motorcycles for... well forever from the way he talked about them! He was still riding a Honda Goldwing Trike up until his death, at 89 years old.

For the month of November, I'm attempting to write a novel. It's for a annual event called "NanoWrimo", in which authors around the world attempt to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. So far I'm at 1,500... which is a bit short of what I should have by now, but it's been a busy November so far! I hope to catch up by the 30th and have my 50,000 words.  ;D Wish me luck...

-Joe

Love that smile  ;-T The John Prine song " Hello in There" should be required listening for young people , make them realize old folks are still worth knowing .
Dusty

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on November 03, 2013, 08:37:31 PM

Love that smile  ;-T The John Prine song " Hello in There" should be required listening for young people , make them realize old folks are still worth knowing .
Dusty



I just took a listen to that song Dusty, very powerful.  :'( I see why you referenced it though.

Someday I'll go and call up Rudy,
We worked together at the factory.
But what could I say if asks "what's new? "
"Nothing, what's with you?Nothing much to do."


-Joe

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 03, 2013, 08:42:20 PM
Joe , I seek out young people like you to help me stay young , good on ya for making friends with an old guy . Once again , I suppose to J.N. Smyth (91) , we are all young .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on November 03, 2013, 09:11:10 PM
Almost melted the wire loom on the sidecar today. Got lucky and only ruined the leads for the battery tender. Fiddling around trying to make a heat controller for my homemade electric vest out of a rheostat. Got it at autozone, it must be for a 6 volt system, that rascal SMOKED. :o Back to the drawing board. Been considering another bike. Love the sidecar and scooter, but want to go further and faster. Finding the correct ergonomics and weather protection not easy for me. Looking at a trashed Cal III, an EV, and considering finally trying a FLHP(I). Might not be able to make the leg stretch on the Harley... Fun looking, anyway.  ;-T

Considering a Parabellum Sport windshield for the Bonnie, mixed reviews on Triumphrat.net . Many claims of severe turbulance.

Same knee bothering me again, had MRI on Saturday. Awaiting word from doc. If I need another surgery on the knee (3rd time this year), then bike shopping put on hold. It'll be the spring break market before I'm able to go get a bike, and good winter deals will be gonzo. And so it goes.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on November 03, 2013, 09:55:06 PM
  My new cable system from trans oceanic went tits up the other day.  Tomorrow a technician will be here to put me back on the old obsolete system it replaced.
  With no TV I have gone sort of feral, practicing my accordion in preparation for causing great public harm and terror.
  I hope to be the only person ever known to have caused anxiety attacks in a kava bar.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Wayne Orwig on November 04, 2013, 07:30:22 AM
Fiddling around trying to make a heat controller for my homemade electric vest out of a rheostat. Got it at autozone, it must be for a 6 volt system, that rascal SMOKED. :o

You don't make heat controllers out of rheostats for anything over a couple of watts.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on November 04, 2013, 07:37:39 AM
You don't make heat controllers out of rheostats for anything over a couple of watts.


Speaking of that, Rosie's heated grips are either on or off. What's it take to cycle them, or make them adjustable?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on November 04, 2013, 07:55:44 AM
We are still trying to figure out what to do with our Sunday lunch time since we spent the last six years having lunch with Mom at the nursing home. Since her death a few weeks ago we have been going to some of the small town Sunday lunches or buffets in about a 30 mile radius of our home. Been great eating so far if you want old time fried chicken Sunday dinners. Does not do much for the waistline however. Best find so far is Aunt Ema's Cafe in downtown Florence, KS. Salad, fried chicken breast and wing, green beans with bacon, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, and a decent tasting soft ice cream for desert and drink. All well prepared and tasty. All that for $5.99!
GliderJohn
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Wayne Orwig on November 04, 2013, 09:15:57 AM
Speaking of that, Rosie's heated grips are either on or off. What's it take to cycle them, or make them adjustable?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC12V-LED-wholesalers-PWM-Dimming-Controller-For-LED-Lights-Strips-High-Quality-/251257623888?pt=US_Lighting_Parts_and_Accessories&hash=item3a801f1550
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 04, 2013, 10:18:52 AM
Read a story where two planes full of skydivers collided , most everyone jumped to safety , no fatalities . Sorry , this tickled me , Kinda answers the old skydiver's question  ;D
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: cj750 on November 04, 2013, 11:01:15 AM
Read a story where two planes full of skydivers collided , most everyone jumped to safety , no fatalities . Sorry , this tickled me , Kinda answers the old skydiver's question  ;D
Dusty

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/03/skydiving-planes-collide-escape/3420605/

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/f37f3b8047441ef13273bcce7fbd0855aabf4e0b/c=110-0-2512-1804&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/USATODAY/test/2013/11/03/1383514404000-AP-Skydiving-Planes-Collide.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 04, 2013, 11:08:25 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/03/skydiving-planes-collide-escape/3420605/

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/f37f3b8047441ef13273bcce7fbd0855aabf4e0b/c=110-0-2512-1804&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/USATODAY/test/2013/11/03/1383514404000-AP-Skydiving-Planes-Collide.jpg)
Thanks Jay . Stopped misting here , dang , gotta go work . :(
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on November 04, 2013, 02:02:46 PM
  He said, "We do this all the time".  Did he mean crash into each other?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on November 04, 2013, 03:16:37 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC12V-LED-wholesalers-PWM-Dimming-Controller-For-LED-Lights-Strips-High-Quality-/251257623888?pt=US_Lighting_Parts_and_Accessories&hash=item3a801f1550

Thanks, Wayne.. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on November 04, 2013, 09:43:38 PM
NanoWrimo and RockSmith update:

1,878 words today! 3,348 so far! An hour or so of guitar as well, between the typing and guitar my fingers are sore!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 04, 2013, 09:47:48 PM
So only 46,552 to go  :D Way better than I could have done  ;-T 
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on November 04, 2013, 09:49:02 PM
So only 46,552 to go  :D Way better than I could have done  ;-T 
Dusty

That means I only need to type about 1,800 to 1,900 a day for the rest of the month. Well on my way!  ;D

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: TalkingGriso on November 05, 2013, 01:06:09 AM
Well, I had a grand old time Sunday at the 34th annual Ride by a Dam Site at Hansen Dam in southern California.  This was my first time at this show meant for old British bikes, but there was a nice selection of really cool Guzzis on hand.

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Pristine, sweet-sounding single

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Had to park my Griso next to this beauty

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ScjJXfI5qQM/UniTwXrtKfI/AAAAAAAABUA/vHXtNVqAopo/w1325-h990-no/photo+5.JPG)
First time I've seen a top box on a Cali 1400.  Very nice.

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I want one of these

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And I need one of these
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 05, 2013, 02:58:35 AM
             Lovely machinery ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 07, 2013, 04:49:12 PM
             How did you go with your ball joints, SM? Mine are OK except for the one that attaches to the back of the gear lever itself. It would hit the starter motor when the lever is operated. Moved the whole lever away from the engine with a temporary copper flat washer/gasket, of 5/8" ID, which is a neat enough fit over the lever's axle. A bit more fiddling with a spacer washer made of scrap aluminium and it looks OK.
              Giving it a try this morning ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 07, 2013, 06:18:01 PM
My little neighbor from the 400 building came over to help me reinstall the sport windshield on the rat, as the barn door looked goofy as hell with the clipons.

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I'll bet he was REALLY anxious to see what it would be like to catch a rat with a sport windshield.   I'm guessing he was mad when he found out the truth ....  :)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on November 07, 2013, 11:30:29 PM
Well, I would have to say bl**dy brilliant!!!! ;-T

First off, I have had three weeks where the thigh muscles have eased off and (other than the first hour of the morning) I am moving freely and I am in NO PAIN!!! ;-T ;-T ;D

Life is always more pleasant like that anyway, but today my metal lathe arrived. My next door neighbour (87 years young) has a son in law who owns a very large place that sells machinery, nice machinery. He has been looking out for me and today I took delivery of a 600mm between the centres lathe, power cross feed, coolant system, work light, 3 and 4 jaw chucks, steadies etc with a few cutting tools and drills for $1500NZ. She is a beauty. Although Chinese, it is very good Chinese, and the son in law imports so many of them that he gets them branded with his own name. I have been hanging out for a lathe for years, and now it has finally happened at a price that the budget can stretch to.

It is Friday, the bike is now reg'd and wof'd all ready to rumble, and all is looking good. ;-T ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 07, 2013, 11:35:50 PM
So can you fix RK's drive adapter problem ? ;D
 Glad things are improving , and weather is warming , and for everything else .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on November 07, 2013, 11:38:12 PM
So can you fix RK's drive adapter problem ? ;D
 Glad things are improving , and weather is warming , and for everything else .
Dusty

Sure, if he brings it over  ;) :D I am sure we could work something out. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 07, 2013, 11:41:17 PM
Sure, if he brings it over  ;) :D I am sure we could work something out. ;D
Long damn swim  :D
Dusty
Edit
By Whale ? Considering his options , it might be worth a shot .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 07, 2013, 11:47:17 PM
They come standard with GPS right ?
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on November 08, 2013, 12:27:41 AM
They come standard with GPS right ?
Dusty

 ;D They'll need it. Just sail right past the navel of the world and you end up at it's fundamental orifice, which is basically where NZ is. I am sure they will find it. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 08, 2013, 05:48:04 AM
I didn't have any installation issues, the toe shifter was a little low so I had to adjust the rod back to raise it up to where it was before. I need to install some shims to clear up the slop at the peg mount. Odd that you're having a clearance issue, how much longer are the aftermarket balljoints?

         It isn't the length of the ball joint that decreases clearance with the starter motor. The socket that holds the ball is bigger in diameter than standard and that makes the difference.
         I thought to take the slop out of my peg mount with some 0.0015" sheet brass but it was too thick to fit when wrapped all the way around the axle.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on November 08, 2013, 04:14:40 PM
Went for the seasons last ride today (minus degrees ahead and the road salting starts). Ended like this
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with a flat front tire,- first time in my 40+ years of riding. New tire and tube just a few 100 km ago.
The Falck man was a motorcyclist himself and have done a lot of touring in Norway and southern Europe on his RT 1100, so we had a nice chat on our way back to town,- he even forgot to turn where he should, and to go when the light turned green a couple of times  :). That`s how this Guzzi season ended.

This from while the ride still was piloted by me :
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: goozy on November 08, 2013, 04:34:26 PM
Gorgeous Nortons, were they the new in crate old stock that were up for auction a few years back?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on November 08, 2013, 05:00:32 PM
goozy,- I don`t know, but this guy has been in the Brit Bike business for a very long time and he certainly has some good contacts in England, so it wouldn`t surprise me.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 08, 2013, 08:59:06 PM
HUMBLE APOLOGY
Especially to SkinMechanic
           The new ball joint was not seated properly in its gear-lever-recess. That is why it fouled the starter motor.
            So Sorry :-[ :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on November 08, 2013, 09:26:45 PM
I am moving freely and I am in NO PAIN!!! ;-T ;-T ;D

That is good news Muzz. Glad to hear things are on the improve.

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but today my metal lathe arrived.

Right! I'm now officially jealous. I've wanted one since I spent time working with a bunch of tool makers at Canterbury University (Chemistry dept.)  It galls me to pay people to do a simple job that I could do better myself if I had the tools.
 
Quote
It is Friday, the bike is now reg'd and wof'd all ready to rumble, and all is looking good. ;-T ;-T

Excellent! Do I prepare the bunk for when you come down for the Burt Munro weekend?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on November 08, 2013, 09:46:58 PM
Let it be written, it was a good day..... we had sunshine after a few days of gray days and heavy rain..... took the V7 Classic out for a spin to the hardware store.

She is running exceptionally well ... got the panniers off for some modifications and the exhaust sounds so much better with them off.

Had to smile - the bike seems nicely matched to these hilly island roads I ride all the time ... I'm a lucky lad.

& Didn't see any deer today.....

Got my garden tractor engine in last week, steering and brakes working properly, front shroud on and work began on replacing the temp fasteners with all stainless, fuel system and wiring later .....

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Cast iron 500cc lump too heavy for one old guy to lift ... did a boat launch ramp and it slide right in. whew! Didnt hurt my back this time ;-T

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Checking fit of hood and cowl .... more work is needed ...

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Lots of little stuff yet to do ...




Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 09, 2013, 03:09:35 AM
            Well done mate and like your al fresco workshop ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on November 09, 2013, 04:45:03 PM

Excellent! Do I prepare the bunk for when you come down for the Burt Munro weekend?

Never been on any sort of rally yet John. When is the Bert Munro weekend?

Saturday was just as good as Friday. The 87 year old neighbour was up at sparrow fart all ready to get the lathe off the trailer. Hmmmm, 560 kgs and him 87 and me feeling even older. Took us some time but we got it off without it toppling and got it in to the space which has been set aside for it. Put a plug on it and things whirred in to life; always a good sign. Finished off the day with a bit of a putter around the streets gently getting rid of the mould release compound on the new back tire and burning up the 6 month old petrol. Bike is purring; ;-T took it up to 7 grand a few times just because I could and just have a wee bliss time hearing the La Franconi Symphony in 2nd  ;D ;D

Sunday is tidy the garage day. :(

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on November 09, 2013, 08:55:00 PM
Never been on any sort of rally yet John. When is the Bert Munro weekend?

Sounds like you are really up and running Muzz, though I'm not sure you should be man handling 600lbs + of lathe about the place given you recent body mods.

I'm not a great rally goer either, but the Burt would provide a nice excuse for a ride.

A quick summery.
http://www.motorsportevents.co.nz/events/featured/burt-munro-challenge-weekend/

A bit more detail
http://www.burtmunrochallenge.com/

The option exists to register for the rally and attend whatever takes your fancy, including the shindig on Saturday night at the camp site.  Most attendees camp out at Oreti Park (on the way to the beach) but a significant number use motels etc.

Alternatively you can just attend such events as take your fancy and pay at the gate (for that event.)

I will no doubt be working (sigh... when am I not?) but if I can I try and make the Wyndham street races.  I'd be attending the Speedway too if I could.

My bike is not on the road yet, (time and money...sigh...thou gh it's a hop, step and registration away from it,) so if you did decide to come down you would be going to events on your own (while I drive a taxi around or sleep) I'm sure you would enjoy it though and you are most welcome to make use of my spare room.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on November 09, 2013, 09:16:28 PM
Oh to be rich , the Burt , as JohnR called it sounds like fun . Burt Munro is one of my heroes .
Dusty

The event is attracting a number of overseas attendees these days Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on November 09, 2013, 10:17:53 PM
87 , wow , I am impressed . So , coming up on 3 PM there , is the garage tidied up ?  ;D
Dusty

Dusty, you have no idea how this guy goes. Bit over three years ago we moved down here, and when I first met him I thought he was about 70! :o He and his wife are about to head off for a week or three in their motor home. Doesn't know where to. Basically the direction that will give him an initial tail wind. ;D

The garage......well, there is a bit to go but it is looking way better, especially with the lathe in place. ;-T Doing the garden shed at the same time.

I hear the All Blacks beat the French so will enjoy seeing the recording of it. The day is going well.

John, will have to flag it this year as we are booked to go to Waiheke Island to spend a week with our daughter and her family; coming over from Singapore to say hi to the kiwi family. However, next year when I will be retired but still hopefully employed I could well be in to that. This time of year is quiet on my side of work, and the boss has indicated that flexibility will be no problem. Incidentally, the lathe is 560 kilos....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on November 09, 2013, 11:34:41 PM
Thought I had a lead on a Sportster 1200R.  Cheap. I texted the guy, and he eventually told me he was waiting for the lean release....I told him to get ahold of me when he does...... ::) Found out my sidecar is too wide for my trailer, and it would be more work than worth it to expand the trailer to fit. Might start looking for an enclosed trailer to make into a po' boys's toy hauler. Talked to an guy who  used to ride with  the Okie Guzzi gang back in the day. 77 years old. He's waiting for his back surgery to heal so he can resume driving his sidecar all over NorCal. I love shit like that.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on November 10, 2013, 10:37:44 AM
Good, so far.

I prefer to pretend that winter isn't coming and try to get in as many last minute rides as possible.

I left home at 7.30 this morning and rode back roads until just before 11.  Chilly (about 3 or 4C), windy, overcast and a bit damp, but definitely worth getting out of bed for.  I find my pleasure increases exponentially with empty roads and a bit of discomfort.  There's probably a name for that condition!

Nick

Narrows Lock Station and Blockhouse (Rideau Canal)
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/nov10_2013_1.jpg)

Along Narrows Lock Road
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/nov10_2013_2.jpg)

Along Narrows Lock Road
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 10, 2013, 03:34:43 PM
Good, so far.

I prefer to pretend that winter isn't coming and try to get in as many last minute rides as possible.

I left home at 7.30 this morning and rode back roads until just before 11.  Chilly (about 3 or 4C), windy, overcast and a bit damp, but definitely worth getting out of bed for.  I find my pleasure increases exponentially with empty roads and a bit of discomfort.  There's probably a name for that condition!

Nick

Narrows Lock Station and Blockhouse (Rideau Canal)
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/nov10_2013_1.jpg)



I just can't help it.  ANY bike with K70 Dunlops just LOOKS like it's ready for anything and headed for a good time ..... !

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on November 10, 2013, 03:39:40 PM
GREAT! The fall colors are still hanging on in SW Missouri
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Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.
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I was looking for the grave of Dave Tut, he was shot about a mile north on the square by W.F. (Wild Bill) Cody over a pocketwatch lost in a poker game.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on November 10, 2013, 07:28:51 PM
Really nice. Cut some more firewood, dumped all the horse manure, started a pot of bean soup (after washing my hands of course) and then read the papers on my deck and drinking Torpedo while my dogs sat at my feet.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Tobit on November 12, 2013, 05:03:23 PM
Great few days working around the house.  Took daughter horseback riding, son hunting, gave wife handgun safety and handling lessons prior to a trip to the range.  Changed oil and rotated tires on the car and truck.  Looking forward to a little Guzzi ride maybe Saturday.

Work is a different story.  Database corruption in WireCAD that I'm straightening out prior to finishing the router and master control systems installation.  Ugh.  All day fixing sources, destinations and cable numbers on one single drawing.  Production starts up again tomorrow and the control rooms need to be wired by noon.  We'll make it, but this is like 3-D chess.  Ugh.

Tobit
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on November 12, 2013, 06:39:39 PM
Similar glitches in the network upgrades I'm doing.  I thought I'd left yesterday with the system running perfectly, but today they call in and say the x-ray equipment and imaging aren't working -- on the two workstations that I didn't replace.  Some ODBC failure.  Someone pulled the 6-inch-thick manual out and I took a look -- darn thing is in technical German, and the only possible english tech support is four time zones in the past.  So I'm trying a complete reload on one workstation to see if I can get at least one operatory back in service before morning.

The good news is that it's raining, so I won't be distracted with night photography.
The bad news is that it's raining, so I won't be distracted with night photography.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on November 12, 2013, 06:46:58 PM
It was another good day.  I like those!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 12, 2013, 09:41:30 PM
           Oh joy. My centrestand bushes have arrived, from across the water. Can't wait to get started ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 13, 2013, 03:08:53 AM
      Pay that one mate ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on November 13, 2013, 10:56:14 AM
Hot. At least hot for this part of the world. Shirt sleeves until about 9pm when a jersey went on. 1st day without thermals for me this summer.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on November 14, 2013, 02:58:17 AM
              Of all the back breaking work, installing the springs on my centre-stand takes the cake. It looked so easy but by mid afternoon I had had enough and decided to give up on the easy way :'( Those springs were just way too stiff so I ground a sharp edge on 3 big, thick, flat washers and with the aid of a bit of oil, forced them between the coils of a spring, using a vice.
               Five minutes later it was all back together ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Andrew Thomas Evans on November 14, 2013, 08:48:44 AM
Actually got some work done yesterday, sat in the hot-tub for a while, and picked up a last min headshot shoot today for an actor. Then some kind of a bondage/suspension shoot sat (no idea why he even asked me, I don't really do anything like that), and some more stuff planned for next week. Then finally maybe having some time to launch www.guzzigarage.com and www.guzzidoctor.com - got some ideas just haven't had a half day (and motivation) to sit down and do something.  

Should have the clutch parts for my bike ordered soon, and all together in time for some snow - that or I'm ordering about 20ish 11x14 prints to update my portfolio book, haven't done that in a few years.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kiwi_Roy on November 15, 2013, 06:15:13 AM

As with everything else in my life, fixing one thing breaks something else, since inverting the Tarozzis the speedo light doesn't work and the tach is DOA. I've pulled and cleaned all the connections, checked the fuses and relays(which are new). I also have 2 mystery wires inside the idiot light housing.
 
The Red/Black wire looks like the tacho supply and the black will be a ground
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on November 16, 2013, 03:19:14 PM
Dusty,

Kind of you to ask--took Friday off as it is a gorgeous Texas gulf coast fall weekend.  After a New Mexico green chili omlet and some errands little goose and I fired up and rode out to Mother Ocean otherwise known as Freeport.  It is a nice swan about.  Wife and I saw a great movie last night called The Dallas Buyers Club: highly recommended.  This morning I was up early again, fired the goose again and we swanned up to MPH to see Mike Haven to let him diagnose the mystery rattle that comes and goes.  Mike listened and pondered and whacked a bit with his rubber mallett, rode the bike a bit and concluded:  inside of left muffler, likely a broken and loose internal part like the emissions system.  So, he is ordering a new can, and we will get it fixed.  So, that is good to know.  My theory is it jarred loose when I had the bike drop, and so there you are.  If that is not the cause, I bet Mike figures it out when he puts on the new can.

Work is settling down a bit, but I wonder about the future direction of the new LLC and CEO intent.  My boss continues to drive me batty.  Good news is as of yesterday I am 59.5 years old and can draw without penalty from my 401K. In fact, we are doing a bit to recover some liquidity after a horrendously expensive year. We are now into year seven of private college tuition with about 1.5 years to go.  So, light at the end?

I took the poodles on a long walk and saw the swan family at the lake.  They raised 3 cygnets this year, and they are magnificent.

Little goose will get ridden to church tomorrow.  Steak and cab tonight.

I would say life is pretty damn good and I am very grateful.  Oh and daughters home for Thanksgiving--always fun, loud, expensive but a very good thing for the Daddy to see his own cygnets.

Griso--who knows next spring--looked one over in Mike's garage this morning at MPH--pretty hefty clutch pull that I don't like.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on November 29, 2013, 06:32:58 PM
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50miles.53deg.Brill iant sunshine...
'nuff said...This kid is blessed!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on November 29, 2013, 07:10:34 PM
My day was not quite as pleasant as Tazio's (but only from a motorcycling perspective.)  It was more than pleasant. Spent yesterday with my younger son, his wife, two grand daughters, and other assorted family at a very nice feast. Visited more family and stayed over at my older cousin's home last night.  Breakfast with the son and family this morning, and a really nice drive back home from Charleston WV to Hudson OH.  Arrived home at 3pm to find some pieces and parts in the mailbox I needed to complete my heated grip installation (I'm really turning this into a project!)

I certainly hope all of you folks on the WG forum had a good couple of days, whether you live where Thanksgiving is celebrated or not.

Bob
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on December 04, 2013, 06:00:55 PM
Looks Great SM. What make is it? Where did you get it?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on December 05, 2013, 02:06:02 AM
Yesterday I turned 65, which out here is the official retirement age. Got my hearing aids ::) fitted; these have been subsidised close to 80% by our Gummint. Had my mate and his wife, along with the son around for tea (I cooked as I enjoy cooking for my own special occasions) and had a really fun time. Today I received my SuperGold Card, which qualifies me for free offpeak travel on the local busses amongst other things. Also had the appointment with the surgeon who passed my hip as a success. Legs are still pain free during the day. First 1.1/2 hours are still a bit rugged but after 1/2 hour of stretches, warmups, weights and exercises it all comes right. The firm gave me a birthday card with $200 in it, so there is the tooling for my lathe. Friday tomorrow. ;D ;-T

After 2.1/2 years of hell life is looking pretty good right now. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on December 05, 2013, 04:48:02 AM
             Onward and Upward Muzz ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on December 05, 2013, 09:11:01 PM
             Onward and Upward Muzz ;D

My sentiments exactly
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on December 05, 2013, 09:16:58 PM
Dusty,

A busy work week...overall the new gig is a bit better, but lacks "culture-leadership".  Oh well.

Youngest daughter told me tonight she just broke up with long term boyfriend.  He was a good guy, and that is life at almost 21.

We have my father in law here:  he has dementia/Alzheimers and stroke issues so he is a challenge for care.  Three weeks is a long time for him, but we do our best to keep him comfortable.

Taking tomorrow off, but the weather is a cold/rainy/windy washout.  I am thinking about bubbling a pot of my world famous spaghetti tomorrow and drinking too much good but cheap red wine.  A Cycle World visit may result in buying a Freeze-out under wear set.

 ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Dean Rose on December 06, 2013, 08:47:12 AM
Looks Great SM. What make is it? Where did you get it?
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on December 06, 2013, 11:25:25 AM
Did they hire you to be the cult leader?

(someone had to ask)

 :bike

 :pop :pop :pop :pop ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 14, 2013, 10:48:43 PM
Muzz , good news , and about that cult leader position ...
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wyno on December 15, 2013, 04:17:00 AM
Went for an early morning ride with 2 mates on Honda CX500's to Lorne for coffee and then to Deans Marsh for breakfast. 2 of the best bike roads in Victoria. Lots of other bikes at Lorne and Deans Marsh, including Le Mans 1000. After breakfast 2 of us went to Colac and then onto Inverleigh to take photos. Botyh of us use large format film cameras, I use an 8x10 and Steve uses a 4x5. I think this proves that we are a pair of Luddites, but as long as we're enjoying it , we don't care. Perfect day for riding too. Lots of sun, only a little wind, temperatures around 29-30 Celcius, and great roads.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on December 18, 2013, 06:04:22 AM
I love macro photography, but the lenses are soooooooooo damn expensive ::( I decided to cobble together a free steampunk alternative for the GS4 using a damaged headphone plug and the magnifiers I wear for doing sgraffito.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 18, 2013, 03:53:03 PM
Really good . Great niece arrived at ten am , ten fingers and toes ,Emma Grace , we are quite happy for my niece and her hubby .
Also , this new med is good  , does make me a bit drowsy ... Where was I , oh yeah , did I brag about the new baby ?
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on December 18, 2013, 10:24:42 PM
Slow day...... got some fresh cut wood stacked up - out of the way.

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Started to watch the BBC TV series called "Wings" on the early years of the WWI Royal Flying Corp - 25 parts! I watched a few of them when they were broadcast a few years ago ... but missed quite a few. Anyone else remember the series?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSfYbxpSSVQ&list=PLeagipoZmyfk2R9o0G_f2s_S0wHcG0KaZ&index=1
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on December 20, 2013, 01:26:31 PM
I finally upgraded my oil/fuel drain reservoir to match the intake, maybe now I can get a decent night's rest.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on December 23, 2013, 06:10:04 PM
Icy, Dusty, icy (but not quite as bad as Toronto)

Nick

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 23, 2013, 06:23:49 PM
Icy, Dusty, icy (but not quite as bad as Toronto)

Nick

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/dec23_2013_2.jpg)
Looked like that here recently .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 23, 2013, 06:29:15 PM
My day was pretty much made when I learned the two incarcerated members of Pussy Riot have been released from prison , not sure about the third member . Grinning
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on December 23, 2013, 06:31:03 PM
Drove from Springfield to Tulsa, bolted $9500.00 worth of equipment to a ceiling, went out for a bowl of chili and a grilled cheese sammich and drove home in freezing temps, It was OK.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on December 23, 2013, 07:58:12 PM
Had a great week last week. Holidayed at Waiheke Island with our daughter and her family over from Singapore for a break. Lovely catching up with them and the grand daughters; hadn't seen them for a couple of years. Caught up with Pete Kelly of Motokiwi, who resides on Waiheke Island and bought the gearbox gaskets all ready for the gearbox stripdown which is happening after our Christmas break.  Fantastic weather, and had a fabulous time.

Today, and the boss just told us to head off some three hours early, so I am off now till the 13th of Jan. ;-T Christmas dinner tomorrow, so had better go and get the doings to make my fresh fruit fruit salad. Heading off to Golden Bay on the 27th to mellow out, fish and drink  :BEER: and  **C.

Body still holding up OK. Life is good. ;-T ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on December 23, 2013, 08:39:38 PM
Got the last of a series of 3 supartz injections to the knee joint. Supposed to be able to river dance in 4 weeks. Right. This marks about a year this thing has been buggin me. Life not all bad. Had most of the month off. Took a week to go to Florida to our fave motel on the beach. Cold beer and a Cuban sammich at Jimmy Buffett's bar. Met a Fla. cousin for the first time. Thanksgiving dinner at Dirty Dick's crab house. Probably put on 10 pounds with all the good eats and the laying around on vacation.

So, how was YOUR day?  :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on December 23, 2013, 08:46:32 PM
  Are you telling us you go to Dirty Dicks for crabs?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on December 23, 2013, 08:52:06 PM
  Are you telling us you go to Dirty Dicks for crabs?


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on December 23, 2013, 10:03:49 PM
            Carmel's only begotten son announced his engagement to a lady from Northern NSW and we journeyed down the Lion's Rd for a "meet the parents"-weekend at Kyogle. There are too many dogs and snakes but they put on a great spread and wore their best manners just for us ;D The Lion's Road is a far cry from the dirt track that ended in a log crossing at the Border in 1988, when my Vulcan and I returned from a round trip that took in Red Rock and Casino. This time it is paved and alive with traffic. A trip is in the offing but just when is the question. Very busy now and with renewed enthusiasm for the coming year after dealing with some of my marksmanship problems but I'll try and fit it in somehow ::) ;D

               MERRY CHRISTMAS ;-T 
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Post by: KyleT on December 23, 2013, 10:04:55 PM
Terrible!!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Orange Guzzi on December 23, 2013, 10:13:45 PM
Automatic car was I use regularly destroyed both side mirrors and doors on my truck.  Owner ask me if I read the sign?  I told him yes and that his signed indicated that there is potential for damage to my vehicle.  He said damage was impossible, it worked perfect every time it was used before.  I was stuck in my truck and could get out or move my truck.  Told the owner to save the video for the insurance company. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on December 24, 2013, 03:12:54 AM
I bought a toy display for a $20 donation to CMN. I'll replace the top and bottom with Masonite, install a coupla 36" grow lights and fill it with tropical plants. I can trade the toy for some crack at 6th ave north. Getting it home in one piece was a Festivus miracle.
 
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wavedog on December 24, 2013, 04:19:24 AM
Last couple days have been good. Dec. 21st went on a 250 mile ride. Temps hit low 80's so I was able to take the liner out of the mesh jacket. Yesterday was spent goofing off with mrs Wavedog and that's always a good time. Today we will lay low, take in a film, build a fire in the backyard this eve and chill. Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on December 24, 2013, 11:42:02 AM
Lunch of two dozen fresh Galveston Bay Oysters chased down by a cold home brew.

Great so far!

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on December 24, 2013, 01:30:23 PM
I started to jump on the bike after work and noticed this little scrap of paper tucked under the cargo net... I'm tearing up as I post this.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on December 24, 2013, 04:04:26 PM
That's a nice validation SM.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on January 13, 2014, 07:40:45 PM
Today was good!

The Moto Guzzi's are now resting comfortably in their new home! Lindsey's Breva 750 on the left, and my V11 LeMans on the right.

Yesterday I rode Lindsey's Breva 750 to our new duplex we are renting. It was 33-37 degrees outside. brrr

Today I rode the V11 LeMans, it was 45 or so. Much  better! I even saw one other rider.  ;-T

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-Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 13, 2014, 08:24:50 PM
Pretty good day here , rode the beater to and from a couple of small jobs . 50s and light wind , and got several
"Cool bike" comments .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on January 13, 2014, 09:44:10 PM
              The patient's Methotrexate has been replaced by somethingorother plus anti-depressants and now her skin is lumps. All over. Face too and she is paranoid about it(her appearance) and won't go out. In addition, or maybe it is part of it, she feels guilty about being unable to cope with day to day living, like getting a job because money is tight. Seems to make excuses for not acting in what I think are her best interests and takes no notice of my advice :beat_horse. Very frustrating.
               Just the same, I did not lose too much sleep last night. On the other hand, I was up til well past my bedtime locked in a battle of wits over the phone, trying to talk some sense in to her, so exhaustion was probably a factor in the sleep I got.
              Carmel is in Melbourne at the tennis. Smart Carmel.
               One week to go :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on January 14, 2014, 07:32:56 PM


 Pope Francis auctioned away his Harley,- that gladdened me !

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/13/22293440-highway-to-heaven-pope-auctioning-his-harley-davidson-chopper-for-charity
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ScottR on January 15, 2014, 09:46:16 AM
Cool morning here, 50F!  Rode my Honda to work, the EV still has the rear drive off for maintenance.   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on January 15, 2014, 01:12:05 PM
It's 47į and I'm still on vacation. Scarfing down a large bowl of chickpeas, about to gear up and look at some houses. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on January 15, 2014, 03:37:41 PM
Mid to upper 40's here on the west coast ... not bad at all ... for Canada!

Some sun next few days but it has been mostly clouded and soggy. Still ridable!  ;-T

Good weather for getting some outside site work - moving soil and rocks and moving stuff into a new bigger shelter - tent garage thing that I got as a nice gift.

 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on January 17, 2014, 10:42:49 PM
Not bad at all.  Too grim to ride though.

Tonight Chris and I are demolishing some booze, listening to old vinyl records, Da Danaan, Selector, Toots and the Maytels, and my personal favourite - Bronski Beat.  Memories of some outrageous parties from decades past when we were both young and foolish enough to be decadent. ~;

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on January 18, 2014, 10:00:20 AM
You guys up in Alaska get to enjoy those big earthquakes as well! Not much shaking here - just waiting for Mt. Baker, or Helena or Yellowstone, etc to fire off a big eruption nearby and wipe us out.

Also it is soggy here this time of year, but we are getting a less wet season with a side order of morning fog. Bonus! we are on the side of Vancouver island that doesn't get hit with tsunamis! Although the fear of radioactive fish from Japan is scaring a lot of us here.  :P

The roads were mostly dry yesterday and I took out the V7C for a shopping errand to the hardware store - a good little jaunt. The bike ran very very nice.  ;-T A most beauteous ride! Life is still good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: johnr on January 18, 2014, 10:12:39 PM
A day off! Great! I can get some work done on the Guzz.
Get home from Work at about 5:10am. Cup of tea, morning collection of medications and a few emails while I wind down. Hit the pit at about 6:00am.

I wake and its 4:45 pm!! So much of the day gone. Bugger! (good sleep though) Cloudy day and howling wind. Not cold though.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on January 20, 2014, 03:01:05 AM
               The Tennis Fans are back from Melbourne and all's well with the world. Temperatures down there ranged fron 44C (113F :o) to jumper weather this morning. Strange place, Melbourne. Anyone would think it was another planet.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on January 20, 2014, 09:10:18 AM
Dusty,

I am recovering from last week in Colorado moving my mom from rehab to assisted living.  We got it done, but it got very dicey- difficult a few times.  My wife was a great help, but now has come down with the flu.

We pray my mom chooses to make the adjustment, and her back fracture starts healing.  We had to lease the old family home, and pack selected items for her room.  Tearing the house down after living there since 1951 was tough, and we had very little time.  All in all we are blessed, and I believe this huge change was meant to be, and I feel thankful to have the skills/energy/organization to execute such a complex transition for my mom.  My brother remains mentally ill and potentially predatory on mom's finances.  He is a wild card and I have lost trust in his actions. 

My youngest daughter turns 21 Friday!  Wow, and she was offered a paid contract position at her college.  We are flying the family to Lost Wages for a Spring Break celebration (LV, NV)--and some fun.

Work has calmed down but the huge time/energy bite from my life has had impact---I need to stay here and work and support the family.  Such is life at nearly 60 I guess.

My ride last Friday was fabulous, wow what fun and what a stress buster.  I hope we get some decent weather in Houston this coming weekend.

Go Broncos!!  But I bet the Seahawks beat my team in the Super Bowl:  defense usually wins the big game.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on January 20, 2014, 09:52:30 AM
I've been in Phoenix for four days on business, heading back to Denver today. The sunny 75F weather here has been rejuvenating to the soul. There's only one thing missing.


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 20, 2014, 05:34:37 PM
Nice here today , had to decide between work or ride , chose work ( I know , I know) . Still , most excellent day .
A misplaced ( read lost ) Werner step ladder found its way back to me serendipitously . My B day came early . Maybe the Dharma Karma thing at work , even though I haven't been especially thoughtful or well behaved lately .
Laughing here .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on January 20, 2014, 06:05:40 PM
Nice here today , had to decide between work or ride , chose work ( I know , I know) . Still , most excellent day .
A misplaced ( read lost ) Werner step ladder found its way back to me serendipitously . My B day came early . Maybe the Dharma Karma thing at work , even though I haven't been especially thoughtful or well behaved lately .
Laughing here .
Dusty

Good for you Dusty.  Not riding weather around here - we got another six inches since this picture.  I walk the dog, I drink, I write, I watch movies.  Time passes.

Nick

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on January 20, 2014, 06:08:31 PM
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag65/guzzistajohn/sunset011_zpsfdc2a507.jpg) (http://s1299.photobucket.com/user/guzzistajohn/media/sunset011_zpsfdc2a507.jpg.html)
It's a little better here!
Good for you Dusty.  Not riding weather around here - we got another six inches since this picture.  I walk the dog, I drink, I write, I watch movies.  Time passes.

Nick

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on January 20, 2014, 06:10:27 PM
Ahh. Good day afterall. Results back, Tubular adenoids, no cancer. All removed.  Back to working on the lemans.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nunzio on January 20, 2014, 06:17:06 PM
Listened to Al Martino sing in Italian on my record player while finishing up with the fork rebuild on my Eldorado.

Watched two lambs being born out in my pasture.

I'll never get tired of watching that!!!!! .....Alan
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on January 20, 2014, 06:20:39 PM
Ahh. Good day afterall. Results back, Tubular adenoids, no cancer. All removed.  Back to working on the lemans.

I got the report back last week on some polyps from my latest colonoscopy.

"No cancer; all removed" has a pretty sweet sound to it!!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on January 20, 2014, 07:05:51 PM
Amen! Sweet words indeed.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 20, 2014, 07:06:09 PM
Good news all around . Love this thread , the OP deserves a pat on the back . Pat pat pat . Oops , sorry , forgot it the OP is me . Never mind . Laughing here .
Really would like to thank everyone who participates , often times the responses make my day , and like to think it ties us together a bit better .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on January 20, 2014, 07:34:17 PM
Yes Indeed.

Always glad to rejoice with those whose news is good and commiserate with those whose isn't. 

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on January 20, 2014, 09:15:13 PM
Update --
The machine shop called.  I was expecting him to say I was nutz if I thought this was gonna work, but he message was that all pieces were bored, cut, terimmed, and ready.  I brought my twin buddies, both named Ben, and the three of us managed to wrestle the stuff out the door.  Now it's some more fitting tonight, and off to the welder tomorrow.

Go rodekyll ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 20, 2014, 10:10:19 PM
Go rodekyll ;-T
Ditto .
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Randown on January 20, 2014, 10:27:40 PM
Driving my work truck & out of the corner of my eye saw a guy WALLOP a Transient / homeless guy closed fist on the side of the head. The poor guy buckled next to his cart full of recyclables & looked like one of those cartoons were someone gets their teeth knocked out.

WTF?! Pulled over & told tuff guy to take a swing at me.  ;D He wouldn't. Took his picture before he walked away, asked the transient if he wants to press charges, #@uck YEAH! But then he remembered he had a warrant & changed his mind. Great, they both deserve to be arrested. I wasn't even downtown.  :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on January 20, 2014, 11:14:28 PM
 Hey RK. We must be due for update photos soon. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Nortryder on January 21, 2014, 05:48:25 AM
Watched the Haflinger Ponys chase each other around the field out front and enjoyed seeing the steam coming of Lake Champlain. From my living room window I look right across the lake at Dannemora Prison. I'm here and they're there. It's a great day!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: drlapo on January 21, 2014, 08:30:03 AM
my cardiologist told me "you'll  look good in the casket" if I  don't stop lifting weights
I'm in cardiac rehab but felt it wasn't progressing fast enough so I was doing some extra on the side: but not anymore
I have not even picked up my new V7 yet, due to the weather and the fact that both of my son's trucks are down
I don't want my waranty to expire before the bike's does
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wittangamo on January 21, 2014, 09:50:05 AM
I own three vehicles, and all of them are demanding attention at once.  :P

The usually faithful 2003 BMW 330i threw "service engine" and "transmission warning" lights, going into limp mode with the auto tranny stuck in third gear. The good news is it didn't require a new transmission. The bad news is the control module and labor to replace it weren't cheap.

The driver-side window regulator on my '99 Saab broke with the window halfway down. I managed to pull it up but there's still a 1" gap to let in wind and rain. The shop's quote for the replacement parts were more double what I could find them for online. After some strategic bitching on my part, they agreed to charge me just for labor if I get my own. 

The little red wrench just lit up on the Griso for the 12K service, but it's too cold to ride and there's 6" of snow in the forecast for tonight so I can ignore that for a bit.

The machines may be conspiring against me, but I'm still having too much fun to complain and would rather count the blessings of good health and a lovely wife. At my age, every day I get is a good day.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 21, 2014, 06:22:13 PM
Good news , well maybe not for the large fellow .
If I had a tail it would be wagging .
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: slowmover on January 21, 2014, 07:35:22 PM
Total whiteout on the drive to work this morning.It was vomiting snow.I could not see an inch in front of me nor any indication of the sides of the road.Couldn't stop either for fear of getting hit in the rear.Tonight will be 2 degrees below zero.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on January 21, 2014, 08:22:07 PM
Dusty,

We left my Colorado home town last Thursday morning totally fried after the many missions helping my 92 year mom.  Her phone connection got screwed up by some idiot.  But, tonight:  voila:  she called me from her new room in assisted living.  She had just finished playing bridge, and she sounded better than she has sounded in months.  She grilled me on several issues including leasing her house.  I am grateful she is recovering--I think we are over the bridge finally and she has a good shot at some remaining quality of life.  A key spine physician visit is tomorrow--we hope for some gradual healing.  She is eating again (pureed food), and it is clear she is finally getting nourishment in a safe environment.  Wow, this has been a tough month. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on January 23, 2014, 04:05:20 AM
Wearing a Kangol cap yesterday triggered a flair up of C2 Neuralgia, which will turn into a migraine if the nerve inflammation doesn't subside ::( I don't think or act my age, but I'm starting to feel my age ::)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on January 23, 2014, 12:23:29 PM
It started off well enough.  Up at 6am, on the computer to read WG antics until 7pm, to the kitchen to fix a breakfast of scrambled eggs, coffee, ham sliced, rye bread toasting, when I went to use the sink disposal .... and found a clogged drain.

This has happened 4-5 times over the past 22 years, and I learned from experience not to use a plumber's friend or in particular compressed air, since I blew a fitting apart several years ago.  Now, that was a mess.  So, I've cut out an 8' section of the pipe in the basement where the clog occurs, which is held in place with 1 1/2" rubber fittings with 'radiator' clamps on each end.  Easy on and off.

So off to Ace Hardware.  The plan, purchase ABS fittings and glue and install clean-outs so I don't have to remove the 8' section of pipe to snake it next time.

All was going well.  I'd prepared for the deluge of stinking water by having a bucket directly under the fitting, and caught it all when the fitting was removed.  Next, I remembered to quickly cover the exposed pipe that feeds directly into the main sewage pipe (ghastly aroma!), no issues with that.

Next, I kick over the bucket of sloppy water getting off the ladder.  Thank Gawd it was on concrete and next to the laundry sump.

By this time, all plans to install the clean-outs were scrapped.  I snaked out the old pipe .... (it was the pasta that did it) and reinstalled it.  The real repair can wait until the next time.

I guess it was just my house's way of saying 'Happy Birthday!'
---------------------------------------------------------------
Then I began thinking '..... be glad you can drive to Ace Hardware, get on a ladder, and fix the damned thing.'  And quityerbitchin!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on January 23, 2014, 01:09:25 PM
I went to the Urologist's office this morning and had a Cystoscopy. I  now know that I have bladder Cancer. They're going to schedule surgery for February 5, then call me with details and other info. Shit. :(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 23, 2014, 01:32:45 PM
OF Crusty , keep us apprised , we are pulling for you .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on January 23, 2014, 02:55:15 PM
I went to the Urologist's office this morning and had a Cystoscopy. I  now know that I have bladder Cancer. They're going to schedule surgery for February 5, then call me with details and other info. Shit. :(

Wow.   THAT'S the report none of us want to get.   I know the feeling of waiting for the results to come back, but never yet the feeling of when the doctor tells you "Sit down and I'll give you the lab report."   On the positive side, they checked it, analyzed it, and have a plan, so that's good.   We're pulling for you ... we're all in this together!   Really!

Keep us up to date.

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Randown on January 23, 2014, 09:05:59 PM
No one wants to hear the c-word  :o now you have to get through this.  :+1
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on January 23, 2014, 10:13:11 PM
I went to the Urologist's office this morning and had a Cystoscopy. I  now know that I have bladder Cancer. They're going to schedule surgery for February 5, then call me with details and other info. Shit. :(
We're pulling for you, Crusty. 

Bob
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: DaGoose on January 24, 2014, 02:02:14 PM
Thoughts and prayers are with you.  Crusty

Willie
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on January 24, 2014, 06:08:09 PM
In my prayers too Mr.Crusty.

Not a good day this time :(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on January 24, 2014, 06:54:42 PM
All the best for the op Crusty. Hope all the "details and other info" are all good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on January 26, 2014, 02:34:06 AM
Had a good weekend. Got around to doing a whole lot of little jobs that have bugged me for a long time and have not had the time to do them. Building boxes and containers to house things. The first actual job on my new-to-me lathe turned out spot on (a bush to make a starter mechanism from another chainsaw fit my chainsaw that had a broken bit made of unobtanium) so a new chain saw box was in order to now house two of them. Also welded up a metal frame to replace a clapped out wooden one on our strawberry plot. The birds like strawberries as much as we do. ::) Son came around so my wife can do the accounts for his business. Seems to be growing great and work is flowing in, literally from all parts of the country. :o Didn't think that demand for fixing power steering systems would be more than city wide, but he is even getting work from the North Island as well as from top to bottom in the South Island. Finished the skyhook in the garage and have started taking the backend of the Breva apart to find out where the other four gears have gone to go with to go with the one it is locked in. Weather has now packed a sad and has turned most unpleasant so now the fire is getting rid of all the detritus from my last firewood cutting exercise and it is now nice and cosy inside. ;-T

All very satisfying. :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 26, 2014, 06:25:28 PM
Perfect day , rode close to a hundred miles in the twisty stuff in Eastern Okiehomie . Got a bit worried when the young man on the CBR 600 next to me at a light attempted a wheelie as we left the light . He freaked , chopped the throttle and when his front wheel returned to earth it was cocked to left leading to a vicious tank slapper at 40 mph . Got my attention , pretty sure it got his .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on January 26, 2014, 06:41:58 PM
I got in bout a hundred mi again. Got to try out the air speed pressure against the lower fairing brackets I modified. They didn't crack!! Sustained 100mph for 5mi twice then 125 for a few more. Good day to fly.
Cold air is coming back!!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on January 26, 2014, 07:20:19 PM
Got in 50-60 miles with my Bonne riding buddy Cullen AND cleaned up the garage, so......good day!
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on January 26, 2014, 07:27:12 PM
Got in 50-60 miles with my Bonne riding buddy Cullen AND cleaned up the garage, so......good day!
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30 mph winds, snow, and 12* headed for -25 here.  You do realize I really don't like you right nowdon't you John??  ;) :D ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on January 26, 2014, 07:45:52 PM
30 mph winds, snow, and 12* headed for -25 here.  You do realize I really don't like you right nowdon't you John??  ;) :D ;D

Do not dispair my pistol packing, scotch connoisseur, Iowegian friend, weather forecast calls for a high of 12 here tomorrow. I'll be freezing my keester off right along with you! ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on January 26, 2014, 07:49:45 PM
Do not dispair my pistol packing, scotch connoisseur, Iowegian friend, weather forecast calls for a high of 12 here tomorrow. I'll be freezing my keester off right along with you! ;D

We are in a blizzard warning right now.   Guess I ain't driving truck tonight.  I just hope I can get home from here! :D  Guess it is an evening of cleaning weapons, drinking Scotch, and smoking premium handrolled cigars.  I'm thinking perhaps a Padron 1926, or maybe Camacho Triple Maduro.  Damn, decisions decisions decisions.  :D :BEER: ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: CalVin2007 on January 26, 2014, 09:23:30 PM
  Got in a nice 75 mile ride this afternoon in perfect weather-almost 60F. The Vintage rode sweetly and the brand new Shinko 712 in 130/90 size on the rear seems to be a keeper as far as ride and handling goes. Came home, cleaned up the garage from the carpentry project I'd been working on instead of taking a longer ride (grrrr...)  >:( , put the bike and cars away and BAM! North wind at 40 with 60 mph gusts and temp falling like a rock. Temps look like single digits for a couple nights and highs in the 20F range again. Good thing I got a ride in today!  ;-T The wind is absolutely HOWLING outside the window as I type this. Brrrrrrr.

   Terry
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on January 28, 2014, 03:21:49 PM
My 2 mile commute home took an hour and 45 minutes ::( Global warming my ass!!!

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kirby1923 on January 28, 2014, 10:03:17 PM
I know you guys in cold country are sorta grounded but I just am back from about 6 hours in the saddle out in the mojave.

I just looked at my time logged in and I am astonished to see that in 15 minutes, I will have sat in front of some computer screen for 7!!! days looking at this forum!

good grief!!

mike



Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wrbix on January 28, 2014, 10:17:51 PM
Just now got better
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: wrbix on January 29, 2014, 01:58:13 AM
Aacckkthbbtt . Tell us more Wrbix .
Dusty


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..... had to be there.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on January 29, 2014, 03:23:23 AM
                 Carmel's daughter has been taking Methetrexate for half her life now, roughly the last 18 years. This afternoon, both her GP and one of her specialists informed us that she was supposed to get off it a long time ago because it is so bad for the immune system. One of them, not sure which one, sent her to emergency this pm for blood tests as a blood infection is suspected, owing to the supression of her immune system. That was an hour ago. I am probably talking garbage right now. Everything is confusing and there is a lot of rage at worthless doctors who have been asleep. I can only hope for the best but there is a cloud over her future.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 29, 2014, 10:08:54 AM
                 Carmel's daughter has been taking Methetrexate for half her life now, roughly the last 18 years. This afternoon, both her GP and one of her specialists informed us that she was supposed to get off it a long time ago because it is so bad for the immune system. One of them, not sure which one, sent her to emergency this pm for blood tests as a blood infection is suspected, owing to the supression of her immune system. That was an hour ago. I am probably talking garbage right now. Everything is confusing and there is a lot of rage at worthless doctors who have been asleep. I can only hope for the best but there is a cloud over her future.
Dangit Bill .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Farmer Dan on January 29, 2014, 10:21:48 AM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)

Father in law passed away this morning and wife was told her cancer is stage 4 and I have to go to work in two hours.  Basicly it sucks.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 29, 2014, 10:29:56 AM
No words Dan , so sorry .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on January 29, 2014, 10:34:41 AM
Father in law passed away this morning and wife was told her cancer is stage 4 and I have to go to work in two hours.  Basicly it sucks.

I pray that everyone will have the strength to get through this .....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on January 29, 2014, 11:17:06 AM
Dusty,
   I can't get to my garage............(as if I could ride anywhere anyway!).  The temperature was above freezing point briefly, for perhaps a day (during the ice storm) in January.  First proper winter in a long time. 

Small beer compared to some on the forum with real troubles, with whom I commiserate.

Nick

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Seagondollar on January 29, 2014, 11:37:35 AM
Good news.  We had about 2 inches of light dusting snow last night in Raleigh.  This morning, my neighbor 8 years since living in Rochester NY cranks up his snowblower.  I asked if I could borrow it and he cleaned my driveway.  Probably safer that way.  But I had to force $10 on him.  "No, this is not for you!  It's for the next oil change and service on this fine machine!"  He laughed and went on to do someone else's driveway.  Very nice guy.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on January 29, 2014, 05:10:36 PM
nick949 #602
Bikes under cover, car outside.......now there's a man with his priorities figured out right ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on January 29, 2014, 05:40:55 PM
nick949 #602
Bikes under cover, car outside.......now there's a man with his priorities figured out right ;-T

Cars are disposable appliances.  Even the lawn tractor doesn't get a look in and I doubt I could even find it at the moment.
Can you tell I have too much time on my hands?

Nick

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: barenekd on January 29, 2014, 05:57:45 PM
My wife let me out for the day, so I rode down to the shop to pick up a part and talked to the owner about his Maserati collection. The shop is having a ride in March for Guzzisti going to the museum and to other points later in the day, actually an overnighter to Palm Springs.
then I went to the Surfer Dog hot dog joint in Sunset Beach only to find it closed, as I forgot they are only open Thursday to Sunday. so I found another hot dog joint on Beach and had lunch, the to Premier to look at the latest race car models they had in stock. I couldn't afford anything, but they had a nice selection of new stuff!
Then off to home to resume my care giver duties! About 80 miles of riding in what turned into 84 degree weather.
Bare
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on January 29, 2014, 11:10:50 PM
              Love it nick ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 31, 2014, 10:21:45 PM
Hmm , not great . Maybe we all need to take a deep breath and remember to respect each other .
Dusty



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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tazio on February 01, 2014, 07:48:26 AM
Hmm , not great . Maybe we all need to take a deep breath and remember to respect each other .
Dusty



Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .
On the bright side, you are only 21min's and 45 seconds into it :BEER:
Respect each other, absolutely!
Aretha could sure sing the hell out of that one, couldn't she!?!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on February 01, 2014, 08:05:40 AM
It has to come up 5* and I'm going for a ride. Should have went yesterday. Snow is about gone, only in the shaded areas.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on February 01, 2014, 08:21:14 AM
Long day yesterday, 577 mile loop and two service calls, Also found out you can't rock facter than 45MPH in Kansas
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 01, 2014, 09:08:42 AM
Long day yesterday, 577 mile loop and two service calls, Also found out you can't rock facter than 45MPH in Kansas
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Did they also have SLOW children ?
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on February 01, 2014, 11:05:07 AM
Did they also have SLOW children ?
Dusty


Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .

Only in neighborhoods with Harvard grads.   ;) :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on February 01, 2014, 12:06:02 PM
Time flies when computer parts need replacing ...Mostly successful ... my new internet wireless adapter for my desktop works great and connects directly to the base unit in another building way up a hill.

And without using our old wireless repeater. Browsing goes much faster now.

New base unit too - I got that first. Got the one the PC magazines chose as best choice 3 years ago, Not the latest hardware - thats to get the better mature price..... (no more first in line to get the latest!). Works great - long distance range but my adapter on the receiving end, was too weak to lock on and talk back.

Lots of advice - the wireless pirates that lurk or roam with laptops and long range antenna- recommended a small cheap wireless adapter series that can clip on to a laptop or stick on a window -and has a separate antenna that can be extended easily. Little thing puts out 5 times the signal of the bigger store units! (I found out the store units are powered down to meet regulations - but the ones available on Amazon from overseas are not.)

So now my connection to the internet Matrix is superb! Have to get a high res webcam for hi res Skype calls next!  ;-T On order!

And this new keyboard and mouse (it is a cheapo spare) is ok but I had to epoxy the side mouse buttons - way too sensitive and no way to turn them off! I lost a couple of posts by accident....  ::( darn! Time for a better keyboard mouse combo.



Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 01, 2014, 02:54:30 PM
Turns out Ferrets chuckle while mating . I must be part ferret . Made my day .
Dusty


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on February 01, 2014, 05:38:23 PM
Just got back from 200mi ride, almost to Muley's. Had to pee on this side road & 3 H-D's rode by, hey, must go somewhere. Through GA Forest then back up home. Was 61* on the way back. I needed it. 41.5mpg.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on February 01, 2014, 09:52:45 PM
Good for the first time in months.  Had 11 visits today compared to the usual 30+.  Left work right on time and got home, and nobody home!!!  I am alone for first time since I can't remember.  Lorraine at work, both boys out chasing tail.  Alone alone alone.  Ah sweet solitude. Took a shower, actually had hot water!  Poured  a tulip scotch glass with 3 cubes of ice.  Filled it with Glenmorangie Ealanta reserve Scotch. Now to select the perfect hand rolled cigar. I'm thinking maybe a Fuente Fuente Opus x Churchill for the occasion.  I believe I shall have blessed solitude until 0200 or so when my bride arrives home. Yes, must enjoy these opportunities when they arise, for they are rare indeed.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on February 01, 2014, 10:35:54 PM
Cold outside with some freezing fog and it sucks outloud. Watched movies with the little woman. The Sand Pebbles, Who shot Liberty Valance and the worlds fastest Indian. Just added Bonneville speed week to my bucket list.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on February 01, 2014, 10:54:15 PM
Well, that fresh bottle of Scotch didn't last long  :BEER:  Its ending as a great day.  Tomorrow probably not so much, but today was excellent.   ;-T. Only thing missing was a bike ride, but since I don't have studded ice tires, I'll have to wait until spring.  :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on February 02, 2014, 11:50:19 PM
Realizing it is still winter here (despite last weekend's mild and sunny weather), today I drove up to Winter Park for a day on the slopes. It's less than an hour away, door-to-door. They received about 30" of new snow over the past few days, so conditions were sublime. Thanks to the general frenzy surrounding the Super Bowl, the place was empty and there was zero traffic on the roads. Just like the way it used to be...


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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on February 03, 2014, 08:04:43 AM
Rock's 15 minutes of fame thanks to the cold war.

Rock, KS Missile Silo Accident, Aug 1978
Posted July 20th, 2009 by Stu Beitler

GIANT MISSILE LEAKS DEADLY GAS.

FUMES KILL MAN, FORCE EVACUATION OF TOWN.

Rock, Kan. (UPI) -- A fuel line carrying a toxic chemical used as rocket propellant ruptured during fueling of an unarmed Titan II missile Thursday, killing one maintenance worker and injuring six others.
The Air Force said caustic fumes from the leak forced evacuation of about 200 residents of Rock, a rural community located about two miles north of the underground nuclear missile silo, and other persons who lived near the site.
Most residents began returning home during the evening hours, but officials were uncertain those close to the site could return.
The Air Force withheld names of the victims pending notification of relatives, and said the cause of the one death had not been determined.
The chemical oxidizer which was leaking, nitrogen tetroxide, is one of two components of the propellant. Air Force officials said there was no danger of explosion because the fuel, a mixture of 50 percent hydrazine and unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine, was not present.
Ignition can occur only when the fuel and the oxidizer make contact, said Capt. Al Defend.
"There was no fuel in there."
The accident occurred about noontime as a crew of eight maintenance workers was transferring the oxidizer to the 103-foot-tall missile, which weighs 150 tons and is the nation's largest ICBM with a range of 8,000 miles. The Titan II, the type of rocket used by NASA to supply lift for its Gemini project space ships, had been placed in its silo last week following maintenance procedures.
Four silo crew members were at the site, but escaped unharmed. They were airlifted to McConnell Air Force Base at Wichita, 35 miles to the northeast, for observation.
Three of the injured maintenance workers were treated for "non-serious" injuries at a hospital emergency room in nearby Winfield. A spokesman said they were suffering from minor respiratory problems. The conditions of the other three injured persons, who were taken to McConnell, were not known.
Defend said the missile had a "several thousand gallon tank" for the oxidizer, "but I don't know how much it had in it." He said officials still had not determined the exact location of the leak.
Jim Hodgson, a farmer who owns the land around the missile complex, said Air Force personnel came to his house at 12:15 p.m. to warn of the leak.
"We didn't smell anything ... didn't see anything ..
until we got out and (went) past some timber and saw the cloud," he said. "It was moving through a
little east of our house. I guess it was blowing just right (to miss us)."
Hodgson was accompanied by his friend Verne Woner and his son, Casey Woner, who said they could see workers at the site frantically trying to escape the fumes.
"We could see them jumping across the fence, tearing off their clothes and washing down with water," he said.
Then about 10 persons drove up the farm house in a pickup, ripped off their shirts and used a garden hose to rinse down before leaving for the hospital in Winfield, he said.
Mrs. Woner said, "They came running to the truck, drove up to us and told us to get out of the way. I thought it (the missile) was going to blow up. But they just didn't want us to get in their way."
Six hours after the accident, the toxic fumes were still spewing into the air and drifting about 75 feet off the ground, but officials said they were dissipating within one-half mile. The cloud of gas, described as pink to orange in color shortly after the leak began, was no longer visible, according to witnesses.
A few area residents close to the site were still unable to return to their homes by evening and Civil Defense officials were assisting in efforts to find places for them to spend the night.
Capt. Ken Schwetje, an assistant staff judge advocate, said any injuries or damages resulting from the accident would be paid for by the Air Force.
"If anybody has damages resulting from this accident, they can file claims at McConnell," he said. "if the damage is a result of this accident, we'll pay."

The Post Standard Syracuse New York 1978-08-25

Listing of some of the victims:
SSGT. ROBERT J. THOMAS, dead at scene.
Airman 1st Class ERBY HEPSTALL, died 9-3-1978 in Wesley Hospital in Winfield, Kansas.
AIrman 1st Class CAL MALINGER, recovered with permanent damage to his vocal cords and lungs and paralysis in his left arm.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on February 06, 2014, 04:00:48 PM
Well things have been rather melancholy around the house lately, but I was cheered up by the arrival of these this morning.

(http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/UnkeptJMC/Verlicchi.jpg) (http://s110.photobucket.com/user/UnkeptJMC/media/Verlicchi.jpg.html)

(http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/UnkeptJMC/Verlicchi2.jpg) (http://s110.photobucket.com/user/UnkeptJMC/media/Verlicchi2.jpg.html)

I got a very good deal on these from a fellow in TN. He had them sitting on his shelves for years, never used.

Verlicchi swan neck handlebars for the V11 Sport series forks, bolts under the triple clamp onto the upper 54mm fork tube.

Yay for rare pieces, and the prospect of increased riding comfort.

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on February 07, 2014, 02:01:47 AM
...and I haven't even made it to the storage closet fulla bike parts ::( I'm gonna need more boxes, a helluva lot more boxes.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on February 07, 2014, 02:55:11 AM
          Those Watchcats look a bit dozey ~;
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on February 07, 2014, 04:31:04 AM
  painful day      got some antibiotics from the ER  call the surgeon in the morning
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on February 07, 2014, 04:39:08 AM
My bladder surgery went well on Wednesday. I have five photos of my bladder from the inside as a souvenir. The doctor removed the tumor and a number of polyps from the inside wall of my bladder and sent them off to Pathology. I didn't get to talk directly to him right after the surgery, but my daughter and son-in-law did. He gave them the impression that things were looking pretty good for me. The kids were very relieved when I spoke with them after the anesthesia wore off. I'm going on the assumption that it was non malignant, but I'm also staying aware that it might be a lot worse. I won't know for sure until my appointment next week.
I was pretty sore and slow moving after the surgery and yesterday, but this morning, I feel much better. I won't be doing much snow shoveling, but I don't think I'll be confined to bed or the couch all day, either.
I'm not completely out of the woods yet, but I have the firm belief that all the Positive Energy and Prayers will help pull me through. I feel like George Bailey at the end of It's A Wonderful Life
Thank you all.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on February 07, 2014, 08:13:13 AM
Glad to hear that there is cause for hope and joy Crusty.   ;-T  Take it easy and follow the Docs recovery orders so you heal in the quickest manner possible. BTW, are ya gonna frame them portraits the Doc gave ya?  :D ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 12, 2014, 06:51:31 PM
Good day , tomorrow even better . No wish to rub it in , but we are warming up , 60s this weekend . Should melt off the remaining snow . Ahh Oklahoma 20 degrees one day , 55 the next .
Dusty


Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on February 12, 2014, 09:14:50 PM
Waiting to hear news on my mom's latest spine evaluation.  She is recovering from fracture number two that happened mid-December.  She is giving me blowback on the move from her house to now assisted living.  She seems to be adapting, but she blowtorches me as only a 92 year old can do when she needs to release stress.  We hope to get cleared to take off her back brace.  But I am concerned about another loop into fracture-hospital-rehab and such. My brother in Montana--hard to say, the struggle with depression/anxiety continues and I keep my boundaries.

Work just basically sucks:  very poor management, enough said.  I am pondering restarting a job search, but at age 60 that is a tough road to walk.  I keep thinking two more years and I can bag it.  My girls are doing great, the poodles just got groomed, and the sunny weekend means bike riding. 

We will have my wife's dad here starting Saturday for two weeks.  His Alzheimer's is progressing, so we spend a lot of time caring for him.  He has lost about all sense of time and place, and it is sad to see.  But, we do our best to make his visits a happy time, but it is stressful.

So, yeah there it is.  Spring is coming.  Can't wait to fire up the V7R Friday afternoon.  Oh, and Valentine's day is Friday, wifey and I are going to a swank Sugar Land restaurant...I have to remember the mandatory flowers and card.  She has been great thru all the issues with my mom. 

I have struggled with post-stress issues from the Colorado mom-care trips, plus the crappy winter and all the other junk piling on.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on February 12, 2014, 09:18:00 PM
        I hope you get a real good break from your troubles, lucydad.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on February 12, 2014, 09:55:03 PM
        I hope you get a real good break from your troubles, lucydad.

And best wishes from me. Hope it all starts looking up soon.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on February 15, 2014, 04:18:04 PM
Saturday was a good day. Started off with our usual weekend ritual of a large flat white from the wonder machine, then quietly read the newspaper and plan the day. Did a bit of garden weeding, snatch a bit of cricket watching on the TV, and worked a bit on the bike.

After lunch we went in close to Christchurch city and then walked around the CBD area. As I don't need to go in to the city as part of my job ( most fell down in the quake) this was the first time in three years I had actually been in the centre since the quake. Certainly an eye opener. Even on Saturday there was demolition still going on, and rebuild stuff happening. There were also large swathes of bare land. Kept having to think what used to be there.

After I made tea I went out to the garage to confront the Screw of Doom on the Guzzi. This is the set screw nestled at the top of the bell housing which is extremely difficult to get at without removing the injector system. After quite a considerable time I got it out without having to remove all the intake system ;-T so the rest should now be easy peasy. Time is in short supply these days; the princess has scored a casual job for a couple of months but as it is a long way out of town and she finishes later than I do, I am on cooking/shopping duties. By the time everything is cleaned up I am pretty knackered. The pain has gone but the muscle tightness is still full on and I am about ready to crash. Consequently the gearbox removal on the Breva has gone at snail pace. Today however it should be the day for the actual removal. ;-T ;-T. At least the Redline came out of the box clean and not metalflake this time. ::)

It will be interesting to see the condition of the middle selector fork. The first one had distinct rub marks in the throat of the fork where the gear had been rubbing on it. :o I actually replaced it at the time just in case it was incorrectly made.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on February 15, 2014, 05:45:09 PM
Saturday was a good day. Started off with our usual weekend ritual of a large flat white from the wonder machine,

Had to use a translator on that.   I got "espresso with milk .... "
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on February 15, 2014, 10:20:59 PM
Had to use a translator on that.   I got "espresso with milk .... "

Correct. Guess it's a Northern Hemisphere/ Southern Hemisphere thing. **C ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on February 15, 2014, 10:44:37 PM
Wifey went to OKC to assist with wedding dress/plans for our daughter. Cat's away, etc.. I got tags and insurance on the sportster yesterday, took it out for a short spin to see how far off the carb is. ( it was a high altitude bike.) Came back and found white cooked plugs.  Pulled the carb and drilled out the plug hiding the mixture screw. Found out what lives behind that oval air cleaner.  ;) I turned down the idle to barely running, and tinkered with the mixture jet til it ran as good as it's gonna. If the plugs are still hot after the test ride next time, I have ordered some bigger jets to try. The bike is a hoot to buzz around town, and has all the power I want (unlike the 883 I had before). Stock mufflers, etc, still has a nice 'croba croba croba' sound.   Handles better than the old Sporty too.  Soon as the jetting is sorted, will take it further afield. Almost spring- Okie Guzzi BBQ days.
(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/OTQzWDE2MDA=/z/bdwAAOxyVaBS7Jaq/$_57.JPG)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 15, 2014, 10:58:57 PM
See the Cedarvale thread Larry . Nice bike .
Dusty


Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: LongRanger on February 16, 2014, 09:43:50 PM
That's a great looking bike!

Racked up 200 more break-in miles on the new toy today. Temps were in the mid-60's (perfect weather) and lots of bikes were out and about, for many of them this was probably their first day since last Sept/Oct.  Had to be alert to gravel in the curves but all in all, the roads were quite manageable and it was almost a luxury to be able to ride. More snow is on tap for later this week...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 17, 2014, 12:56:41 PM
Much better after discovering Groupon is having a discount on this president's day honoring Alexander
Hamilton ," one of the greatest presidents" ? Maybe a short course in history is needed here . Oh well , gave me a good laugh .
Dusty


Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tonUPRacer on February 17, 2014, 01:12:41 PM
I thought it was "potato, potato, potato"
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Shorty on February 17, 2014, 06:44:31 PM
I thought it was "potato, potato, potato"
You don't rate " potato" til you buy that official H D screwdriver for $300 and knock out the baffles.  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on February 17, 2014, 10:56:45 PM
Waiting waiting waiting for sunny mild weather.

Meanwhile, I started upgrading my desktop computer layout and upgrade some I/O bits I ordered from Ebay and Amazon etc.

I just got a new mechanical keyboard with "clicky" switches and it is a nice improvement in typing. I made a cut out in the desk I use for the computer, so the new keyboard will be in the right ergo spot - but it is still too high on the desk. I have a keyboard drawer on its way that should put it at the right height ...

Anybody use a keyboard adjustable arm and tray? Any good?

I used to do a lot of work on a workstation, and after many long hours, I would have sore hands and fingers.

The new keyboard is very very nice. I hate using those touch smudge pads and flat button keyboards on laptops, having grown up using selectric typewriters and electric mechanical keyboards.... clank clank clank ......shift that carriage!
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/corsair_vengeance_k70_3_zps20ac118b.png)
Waiting for a couple of new computer hi rez mice next - special gaming versions that have changable dpi on the fly - (sniper mode!) that allows much better accuracy at the push of a button - I hope I can use that to make word editing easier on a big screen with lots of tiny letters.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/ankermouse_zpsd3a6adad.jpg)
And a new usb joystick for the hello of it ... I used to play the flight sims way back when my I/O used the old serial and SCSI connectors!
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/Thrustmaster-T-Flight-Stick-X-Joystick-1_zps93565e50.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on February 17, 2014, 11:30:31 PM
I went into the local mountains to work on rebuilding my bike skills - it's been a while and I wanted to push it some and get to know the bike.

Had a valuable and expensive lesson though - always check the jacket pocket zippers before launching. Got distracted talking to another rider (this is not a bike to ride around if you don't want to be noticed) and neglected to zip up. Prescription eyewear in a hard case is now just so much scrap after a ten mile backtrack to find the case on the road and the ear pieces on the shoulder...couldn't find the front piece and lenses.

Did have a woman walk up to me as soon as I shut the bike off at a fuel stop and say " I always did love the sound of a Moto Guzzi"...Like I said, no sneaking around on THIS bike.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Jukebox on February 18, 2014, 04:25:28 AM
Today was good.
Took out the rear shock on my Griso to send off to have new spring and revalve.
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae34/harryoz/SAM_0357.jpg)
Should make the wife happy, no more bump stop shuffle when we go riding.

Harry
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on February 18, 2014, 02:33:04 PM
I was outside tinkering on the old bike and dropped the keys on the pavement, which I've done a few time before, except this time the tip of the Breva key broke off rendering it useless ::(

(https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1/1964943_10202454241991119_196684616_n.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: JoeW on February 20, 2014, 08:40:29 PM
My day started out great, good night's sleep, truck loaded and gassed up ready for a day of errands. My plan was to head to the machine shop that does my balancing, stop at the old shop to pick up mail, pick up the freshly powder coated LAPD frame and parts and visit my favorite blond hair stylist for a hair cut. About 120 miles round trip. The Ranger has been leaking a little coolant from the intake gasket for a couple of weeks. I ordered the gasket set yesterday and was planning on tearing it down tomorrow, after I get some work done at on of my collector client's garage. I was about 30 miles from home and punched it to make a lane change. When I looked in the rear view mirror I could see the steam flowing out the back, DAMN! I stopped to add coolant and turn around for home but, it was running out as fast as I poured it in. The tow bill was $165.00!!! But I spent the afternoon in the garage and got it done. Maybe I'll get to the machine shop tomorrow?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on February 20, 2014, 08:48:35 PM
            Life does have its hitches, Joe :)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on February 22, 2014, 02:52:24 PM
My driveway is a sheet of slushy ice.  The road beyond is centre bare with sandy and slushy patches - but its a couple of degree above freezing, sunny and windy and THE HIGHWAYS ARE BARE AND DRY!

I carefully walked the Eldo out to road in first on idle, slowly navigated the postholed mess of the road, then hit the highway.

 :bike  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Pure relief.  I only rode 30 miles, but it was far, far better than nothing.  Now for this  :BEER: and a quiet evening with the missus.  Yes Dusty - a good day.

Nick

PS in my excitement, I forgot my camera, so this is the 'after' pic.

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/drive.jpg)

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 22, 2014, 04:13:04 PM
Cool Nick .
 My day has not been wonderful , vehicle issues . Oh well .
 Did get a laugh upon learning of the 3 geniuses who stole a school bus here in Muskogee . They were attempting a getaway of several miles . Seems like a poor choice of vehicle to use for that purpose , big , yellow , and slow .
Dusty


Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on February 22, 2014, 11:55:46 PM
[nick949], you earn all the points I can give - if you make it here I'll cook, polish, and buy your beers...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on February 23, 2014, 08:26:51 PM
Bike further disassembled, a few rounded bolts... but I'm mostly there.
More to take apart, try to organize the bolts and pieces... and then it's inventory for parts I need to order.
The plan is to get the bike up to snuff before the end of March, so I can commute by motorcycle for the rest of the warmer seasons. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Skin Mechanic on March 04, 2014, 05:18:29 PM
Getting there is half the fun ::)

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on March 06, 2014, 08:25:19 PM
Dusty,

Thanks for asking...can't find the thread.  Well, I had some potentially fabulous career news today.  A manager that is recruiting me got a thumbs up from the VP and CEO for an interview.  I worked for this manager and company 3 years and left due to a horrid long Houston commute. They also took my working partner geologist away and inserted a functional alcoholic.

 The company was very upset when I quit, and we left on great terms: I know them, they know me.  Anyway, if the team meet and greet goes ok what may happen in June is a cross Houston move.  The company pays moving expenses.  I think the offer is already cleared, it is a matter of socialization before final negotiations.

So, this could be a huge win.  My current company and boss just are terrible.  I did not sign up for this job, we were sold and bought like cattle, and treated similarly.  Anyway a new house would require, for me, a 3 car garage.  That third garage:  for motorcycle parking, more than one.

Wish me luck!  Even an almost 60 year old with great skills is marketable?  Sometimes hard work does pay off.

I won't talk about my brother with anxiety/depression:  no progress.

The Aerostich jacket/pants arrived today.  The pants are a perfect fit, I need a 44-S exchange for the jacket.  So, no review until next week.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: fotoguzzi on March 06, 2014, 08:40:05 PM
coolnews, did they loose the functional alcoholic or do you get to supervise him/her too?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on March 06, 2014, 08:48:07 PM
coolnews, did they loose the functional alcoholic or do you get to supervise him/her too?

All of us current or potential 60-year-olds are interested!   ;-T

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on March 06, 2014, 09:11:55 PM
60 is the new 40 , 60 is the new 40 , 60 is the new 40 .
Dusty


Sent from a submarine in Oklahoma .
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on March 07, 2014, 08:07:23 AM
60 is the new 40?  Dunno.

The functional alcoholic is still there.  But I would be in a completely different team and never have to work with him.  Why they have not terminated him baffles me.

Anyway it feels good to have one more chance at a satisfying job, and get out of a dead end. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on March 07, 2014, 12:05:30 PM
All the best Lucydad, sounds as though work is looking up. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on March 11, 2014, 07:03:28 PM
Happy Dance! I successfully got my 2003 Cummins diesel truck to start cold, without having to replace anything expensive! I did waste a hundred on a heater and thirty on the heater relays but avoided the $350 + each x 6 injectors that might have been worn out and leaky.

As it was, it was just the fuel line feeds to the injectors that needed re-torquing... whew! Not a hard job to do, but I prefer working on small engines! Had to take off a bunch of stuff but it takes more time the first time. Have to be gentle with expensive parts!

Thank goodness for the internet as a repair resource - just have to ask the mighty know all web search brain and right away I found several truck owners posting very good advice that they learned through personal experience. Bonus links to Utube vids on the repair - some good some bad - but enough to get an idea of what to try next ... 

Truck fixed, I can sleep well tonight!
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/TruckBed_zpsabd8845c.jpg)

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on March 11, 2014, 07:29:38 PM
Now there is a serious gearhead's bedroom..  ;D ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on March 29, 2014, 06:13:17 PM
Fine thanks Dusty,
  
For the first time in ages, the temperature was above freezing and the roads weren't too bad.  I rode about 60 miles in the morning with Norm on his KLR,

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/mar29_2014_1.jpg)

then in the afternoon, rode about the same distance again on the Eldorado - to look at the ice on the St. Lawrence River (of which there is plenty!).

(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/mar29_2014_2.jpg)

It was interesting to compare the two.  Those who have likened riding the Nuovo Falcone to riding a Loop on one cylinder aren't far off the mark - it is sluggish, but in the most wonderfully engaging and entertaining way.  In comparison the Eldorado is a huge, comfy rocket!

A good day!  ;-T

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on March 30, 2014, 01:50:51 AM
Pretty good actually.

After church in the morning the Princess wanted to inspect and possibly buy a new dining room table. We had got new swivel chairs when the body was in a real mess and they just did not go with the table we had. Went out to inspect, table was almost ideal, price was excellent so we got the flat pack and I assembled it when we got home. Princess is rapt. ;-T

I then went out to the man cave and finished off the final touches on the gearbox repair and install. Things have gone reasonably well seeing most of it has been done in the evenings after work, and by then the body is basically custard. Bike fired up easy, the gearbox performed faultlessly, so now I am back on the road again. A short run close by home to sort out a few minor adjustments, then a longer run where I could art least get up to 80 kms. Bike and box going great, so had a wine to celebrate. After tea it is now back out to the cave and put away all the stuff and generally tidy up.

A good day. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on March 30, 2014, 03:58:39 AM
         Onya Muzz ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on March 30, 2014, 07:47:07 AM
Dorcia has wanted a gas pump for the hanger porch for a long time, so I picked up this POS. Officially started.. some disassembly/assembly required. Naturally, it'll have to be aviation related.. ;D

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/001_zps40ee3496.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/001_zps40ee3496.jpg.html)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on March 30, 2014, 12:44:51 PM
Dorcia has wanted a gas pump for the hanger porch for a long time, so I picked up this POS. Officially started.. some disassembly/assembly required. Naturally, it'll have to be aviation related.. ;D

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/001_zps40ee3496.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/001_zps40ee3496.jpg.html)

DORCIA has wanted a gas pump as a decoration???   your WOMAN?   

This is unheard of in the annals of Western Civilization.    Gas Pumps, Wooden Indians, and carved wooden Grizzly Bears as decorations are the ultimate in Man Cave Decor, and universally despised and laughed at by women everywhere.

She must really love you to be suggesting something like that .... !

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on March 30, 2014, 03:25:48 PM
Your are gonna have update your avatar, Lannis!  :D
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on March 30, 2014, 05:26:49 PM
DORCIA has wanted a gas pump as a decoration???   your WOMAN?   

This is unheard of in the annals of Western Civilization.    Gas Pumps, Wooden Indians, and carved wooden Grizzly Bears as decorations are the ultimate in Man Cave Decor, and universally despised and laughed at by women everywhere.

She must really love you to be suggesting something like that .... !

Lannis

Actually, she's the car guy in the family, but she's decorated the house with airplane stuff for me because she likes that stuff, too. I've put off doing this gas pump because it's going to be a PITA.. I hate cave man work like this.. but I'll get it done. She's a good girl...  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on March 30, 2014, 09:34:26 PM
Your are gonna have update your avatar, Lannis!  :D
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/hey_zps100d9e16.jpg)


I can't believe that Master Cylinder made it onto a hot rod or race car ... he's SO 1960's .... !    :D

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on March 30, 2014, 11:28:24 PM
Took the wife to see the movie Noah this afternoon.  They sure filled in alot to make the movie.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tonUPRacer on March 31, 2014, 06:46:10 AM
Sunday (yesterday) was great. It hit the magic number 50 (degrees) for me and I was able to get out on the Racer the first time this year. Bike started right up and ran flawlessly. All I had to do was put some air in the tires. I only got about 40 miles in but with a 5 month old and 2 year old at home, I take what I can get!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Umfundisi on March 31, 2014, 09:35:58 AM
Wet and cold roads, in the California Bay Area yesterday,  the roads were greasy and slippery.   

I took the Centauro out for a ride through the Santa Cruz Mountains..   Despite the cooler weather and the slick roads it was a great day of riding. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSbuom6HV5Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSbuom6HV5Y)

 ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on March 31, 2014, 10:04:04 AM
Took the wife to see the movie Noah this afternoon.  They sure filled in alot to make the movie.

I hear that they checked with the original author, but He declined to make any changes in the narrative, so they made some stuff up.

Worked for "Ben-Hur" and "The Ten Commandments" so it'll probably work here.

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on March 31, 2014, 10:46:20 AM
Dusty,

As always you are kind to ask.  The weekend was pretty much wonderful until Sunday afternoon.  92 year old mom called to say my brother was in ER in Montana for kidney stone (blocked).  They also found a lung "nodule" during the CT scan.  I called him and heard the story (grim, but could have been worse)--and urged him to see urologist today (per ER recommendation) and to heal up from the stone before tackling the lung thing.  He did have a successful trip and teach a paid course in San Francisco last week, a big win.  Given that, I am quite worried that this latest kidney stone and the lung issue will further wind up his anxiety/depression issues.  Mom is pretty worried also.  I act as monitor and family foundation go-to guy.

Kidney stones are screaming demons from hell.  I had one about 15 years ago:  worst health event of my life:  blocked and it took two wireline jobs to get it out.  Never pee straight again....
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Joe G on March 31, 2014, 09:39:09 PM
Today the sun was out and it didn't rain once/yet and that's good. Spent a couple hours emailing back and forth with a guy about an item he might want. Finally he said okay. That is good because that gave me an excuse to ride my new V7 to the post office. 45 miles of twisty hilly killer fun roads. Put the item in the pocket of my riding coat. Flap wouldn't lock over it. Off I go. Caught up to a sporty driving kind of guy in a small sporty car. That was good because it gave me an excuse to goose the new V7. Goosed it and passed the guy doing about eighty five and loving this new V7. Arrive at the post office and Tammy the postal lady is outside lowering the flag. Told me I could run over her anytime on that sharp new V7. I told her that would be a good excuse to play doctor with her. That was good because I like Tammy.  Go into the post office and reach for the item I'd put in my pocket............ can you guess? That's right, it was gone! Oh crap. That's the bad part. So I take off back tracking while trying to guess where it might have come out of my pocket. Man, this is going to be hard to find. One unhappy Jose. About an hour later and half way home, I found that bugger laying in the road. Stuck it way up under my coat wedged against my beer belly and off like a shot to the post office once again and things are good again. Arrive to find the post office is closed. You would think this is bad, but lt's really good. I got to do a bunch of extra riding and get to do it all over again tomorrow. And that's good. It was a good day today. Will use my tank bag tomorrow.

           Joe.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on March 31, 2014, 10:27:01 PM
I once got my bona-fides arranged in the fairing's map strap and proceeded down the last 12 miles of mountain pass to the border crossing.  A few miles closer and a tour bus was wandering through the switchbacks at a pace I couldn't tolerate, what with the diesel fumes and did I mention twisties?  So I adjusted the volume control and whipped around it without really changing lanes, partly for effect.  As I watched objects in my rear view mirror, such as the bus and my passport, registration, and proof of insurance getting sucked under the bus, I realized that Bernoulli trumps speed.  Probably every time.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on March 31, 2014, 10:45:33 PM
Spring cleaning... more like spring swapping, my rusty rear shock springs on my V& Classic today.

The after market chrome shock springs and chrome covers on my YSS shocks didn't like the last 2 winters and rusted badly.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0437_zps1032da82.jpg)

I decided to swap the springs and cover from the pristine stock shocks over to the YSS dampers but the MotionPro tool for compressing the springs was too short to work with the Classics longer shock necks. Argh! Always something. Cut and weld and file the shock tool till it works and then its an easy job to take the shocks springs off.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0438_zps70b8ef53.jpg)

Tomorrow I'll finish cleaning up the rest of the bike's chrome bits and take the bike out for a test and setup the sag and damping levels.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on April 01, 2014, 02:41:28 PM
Called my old riding buddy to see if we could ride out of his cabin up north next month at the Gathering of Eagles dealio in Arizona, and he told me he would take a pass. Turns out he just went on chemo for lung cancer that has spread to his throat and neck.
This makes my fifth close riding buddy with stage 4 cancer in the last five years. Damn damn damn.
Send him your prayers, or at least some good thoughts. 

Ride now and enjoy those friends you have. Hold them close, and enjoy life.


 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 01, 2014, 02:52:35 PM
Quote
I realized that Bernoulli trumps speed.  Probably every time.
;D And all the time I've thought that Bernoulli stuff was just bs..
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on April 01, 2014, 03:42:26 PM
Bernoulii sucks.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kirby1923 on April 01, 2014, 04:02:00 PM
Nice day today in AR and I'm leaving tomorrow for Ca. Family coming in for mom's 90th and I'm bringing the vino.

Snow and rain in the CA mountains and hope it clears for the 6th ride with the SoCal Guzzi bunch.

Like the pump!

mike
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: ohiorider on April 01, 2014, 04:44:18 PM
Perfect!  130 miles on the 12S in very breezy, sunny 70 degree weather.  Combined with 90 miles on the R100GS yesterday, it was a good 'fix.'  We're dropping back into the 50s tomorrow, and there is lots of wet weather in the forecast, but the past two days made up for a winter of snow and more snow.

Bob
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 01, 2014, 06:00:31 PM
DORCIA has wanted a gas pump as a decoration???   your WOMAN?   

This is unheard of in the annals of Western Civilization.    Gas Pumps, Wooden Indians, and carved wooden Grizzly Bears as decorations are the ultimate in Man Cave Decor, and universally despised and laughed at by women everywhere.

She must really love you to be suggesting something like that .... !

Lannis

I was going out to get the fish off the grill tonight, when I overheard Dorcia saying to her sister, "Chuck's working on the gas pump!" like she was really excited about it.  ::) Jeeeze, I suppose I should at least make an effort to make it look like something...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on April 01, 2014, 09:41:39 PM
I tested out the YSS rear dampers with the stock rear springs and shrouds and I got them adjusted them to work well together. A little firmer than the YSS springs that I took off but still very good when the rebound damping is dialed in properly.

I'll get the YSS springs powder coated black and use them later again when the other springs get rusty looking. The shroud shroud is very tight and I dont think it will fit over the springs if they get a thick powdercoat layer.

Picture from todays test drive .... nice sunny mild day. Nice ride!
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/IMG_0439s_zps2e4090e1.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 04, 2014, 11:48:55 PM
Going great! Started our weekend with our usual monster triple shot flat white, breakfast of bacon, eggs and fried tomatoes.

Hauled the Breva out and picked up some stuff I purchased at auction, called in to Steamdriven (Kev, did I give you permission to be out on a Saturday morning!) :D and did a big loop around the outskirts of Christchurch before heading home. After lunch I was on the bike again to the outlying areas. Son wanted to know how to work the heat pump in his place so showed him the ins and outs and set the timer all ready for those cold winter mornings. Called in to see my old foreman whose wife had died, and afterwards called in to see my former dentist friend (retired) to give him a blast on the bike before it's winter hibernation. He was not home so carried on back home. Started raining reasonably hard by then but with the Rainex doing it's job on the visor and the waterproofing holding up on the suit it did not bother me. Not cold either so I just enjoyed my ride back home. I do like this bike! :bike ;-T ;-T ;-T

Back home, having a wine, fire going with some rugby on tonight. Perfect day! :BEER: ;-T

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on April 05, 2014, 12:38:56 AM
  I put haole grease on my arms, legs, and neck, and went for a three mile ride in the hot sun.
 The crown of the road makes one arm work harder than the other so I have to change sides of the road occasionally.
  A good ride all together.  At one point three young Wahines offered to help me up a hill.  I thanked them for their kind thoughts but
 explained that I do this for exercise.  Ah, to be young and live here --
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on April 20, 2014, 07:18:45 PM
Lindsey and I rode her Moto Guzzi, a Breva 750, to my aunt Diane's and uncle Jim's house today.

It was fun! Most of our family was there, I won a couple games of badminton. The weather was great, the Guzzi ran great, a nice day overall.
I was glad for the food, hospitality, and best of all company! Here are pics of the Guzzi... and desert! (yum)

(https://googledrive.com/host/0B39jfvTG0FX5NVlkTm5lbWh4M00/Breva%201.JPG)
(https://googledrive.com/host/0B39jfvTG0FX5NVlkTm5lbWh4M00/Breva%202.JPG)
(https://googledrive.com/host/0B39jfvTG0FX5NVlkTm5lbWh4M00/Breva%20Blur.JPG)
(https://googledrive.com/host/0B39jfvTG0FX5NVlkTm5lbWh4M00/Desert.JPG)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 20, 2014, 07:43:25 PM
 UK , doesn't look like Hobbit food to me  ;D Seriously , glad you two got out .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 20, 2014, 09:43:16 PM
Won some, lost some.  Came out ahead fixing a twist in the trike frame.  It seems to have cost me my rotator cuff though.  No, not on the same arm that lost the bicep.  I'm determined to spread it around.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on April 21, 2014, 07:11:29 AM
UK , doesn't look like Hobbit food to me  ;D Seriously , glad you two got out .
Dusty

You've been listening to ChuckBilbo Baggins haven't you?  ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: redrider on April 21, 2014, 07:52:10 AM
Actually yesterday and it was good. I was on the bike for the first time since the crash. My knee was unable to bend enough to rest on the peg. Flexing through the considerable pain has been daunting. Most humans avoid it. Saturday found me with a foot in position but unable to upshift without reciting every Chinese cuss word in the scrolls. Sunday was grim faced determination. A few laps around the hood with increasing distance found me with some discomfort and a return of The Feel. Ten miles on the freeway was good but not ready for a tour.

Overall, Fantastic.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on April 21, 2014, 08:05:58 AM
If it weren't for luck and good reactions, I could be on a slab in the morgue right now. Idiot drivers everywhere yesterday.

First time, a big black Dodge Ram diesel pickup decided to pass me when there was oncoming traffic. Even though I was going 60 in 55 zone, even though it was a level, straight section of road and he could plainly see what was coming. If I hadn't slammed on my brakes and the Jeep in the oncoming lane hadn't drove off onto the shoulder, there would have been a horrific collision. I followed the young Beiber-lookin' dude to the convenience store where he stopped and let him and his girlfriend know just what I thought of his driving. He just stared at me without saying a word.

Other couple of times were just the usual - "drivers" turning left in front of me or pulling out of side roads in front of me. Always pickups or SUVs, almost always older drivers. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 21, 2014, 08:32:17 PM
Well Dusty, thanks for asking.  FIL with Alzheimer's is doing ok...it sucks watching his brain rot away though.

Brother is fighting his depression and anxiety.  His psych is going to retry another medication at lower dose.  We hope for the best.  Also I hope his lung spot is not cancer.

Mom bitched me out big time on Saturday.  Physically she is better, but she is not adjusting well.  She is a ball of anger and it all comes my way.

Wish me luck on my job search.  I networked another lead-- based in Houston, but travel to Angola.  Could be ok if they are reasonable. Otherwise work is bearable, but that is about it.

Daughters and wife and poodle are doing great, and I am thankful for that.  I turn 60 soon. 

Still love the V7R.  But for now I am signing off this board.  I am just not a good fit here.  Back to Two Wheeled Texans.  When admin starts baiting, I leave...

Ride safe all, and watch those corners with trucks coming in from one direction, bubbas the other, and lots of dust you just can't see until it is too late.

Good bye.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 27, 2014, 03:05:39 AM
Had a good week actually.

Went to Melbourne for 6 days R&R, no reason, just needed the break.

After surfacing late on Friday morning took the Breva for a wee squirt not straying too far from home to just check that the gearbox was not going to self destruct (again).

Sat morning shot round to see Steamdriven (Kev); he was busy doing house painting so no weekend ride for him. So, Sat afternoon I went for a blat to Akaroa, a small touristy place with French heritage on the coast. There are a couple of hills so was able to give it a bit more of a workout. All seemed to be sweet so today Sunday I went for a longer ride; 190 miles return to Arthur's Pass, which resides in the middle of the Southern Alps. Temps were a bit on the cool side (48-51deg F), a strong head wind but fine, with the prospect of heavy rain coming later in the day. The bike ran beautifully, and going through the sweepers once over Porters Pass I had a rush of blood to the head and sat it at about 80mph and enjoyed the ride. Quite a few maggots on the road with long queues of cars stuck behind them, but very little going my way. Those that were pulled over and let me through which was unusual but nice.

Had a sandwich and a few cups of tea at one of the cafes at Arthur's Pass, then, as the clouds had started to look ominous I jumped back on the bike and headed home. Again, the bike ran like a dream. When Pete R. was here last he put his magic machine on the Breva and gave it a wee tweak. Economy has improved 6%, even going up hill for 95 miles with a strong head wind. The gearbox is going beautifully, thanks Kev and Pete for all your assistance. I was running Redline in it; this time Penrite synthetic has gone in and I think it is even quieter than it was with the Redline.

As this was the last day before it goes off the road for 6 months (gummint has just made it too expensive to have it registered  for the whole year). I wheeled it in to the garage as soon as I got home and drained the oil and replaced the filter all ready for October 27th when it goes back on the road. I have a container of synthetic Lucas V Twin SG rated oil to go in it; I have been using Castrol 4T dino and just changing it fairly regularly. Absolutely no sludge on the magnet at all. which I consider to be a good sign.

Back to work again tomorrow :'( after 10 days off and looking forwards to two days of predicted heavy rain; at least I finished with a perfect day today. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on April 27, 2014, 08:27:15 AM
It's been a crazy week. I've been wanting an Aerostich suit for years, and there's always a reason that I can't afford one. Last year, my priorities were to buy both the Darien jacket and pants, and get a Schuberth C3 helmet. I bought the pants with custom alterations (they fit perfectly), and was going to buy the jacket when Schuberth had a sale on C3s, so I bought one at $100.00 off (it fits perfectly, too) and was going to get my jacket soon after. As usual, Life got in the way of my plans, and I never did get my jacket.
Now, my thinking was that as a reward for enduring my cancer treatments (which aren't as bad as most other cancer treatments, but they still suck), I should go and get fitted for my Darien. I'm so broke I can't pay attention, but I have a credit card that I've kept at a zero balance that has lots of room. I didnít know if I would actually act on this, 'cause I really hate to carry a balance on my card, but I still wanted to get fitted, and get the measurements, even if I didn't buy now.  I had planned to ride down to the Aerostich event in New Jersey on Saturday morning, since earlier this week, Intellicast had Saturday as being the nicest day, weather wise. However, when I looked at the forecast on Thursday morning, they were calling for miserably cold and wet weather for Saturday, but very nice weather for Friday. I called the hospital and they were able to move my BCD treatment to Thursday afternoon, which left Friday open to go.
I took the quick way down to New York; Mass Pike, I 84, I 91 and the Parkways. For years, I thought the W Cross Pkwy was the West Cross Pkwy. Yesterday, I discovered it's the Wilbur Cross Parkway. It's funny how I was mistaken for so long. Now, I feel that I should look up Wilbur and see why they named a Parkway after him.
Anyway, being that yesterday's ride was the first long ride I've taken since last Summer, I forgot a lot of items that I normally carry. The first one that I regretted was my cane. I had to stop and walk around a couple of times to free up my ankle which was screaming at me. Not having my cane with me made the process slower and more time consuming and turned a three hour ride into a four hour ride. I also forgot my hat, so I had to walk around with Helmet Hair; short bristly hair with a ďskunk stripeĒ down the middle does absolutely nothing positive for my appearance. And I forgot my mapbook. I guess I'd better look through my stuff before going out for another long ride.
I managed to escape nearly all tolls since the GW Bridge is free outbound. (I did have to pay $.50 on the Mass Pike). I also managed to get lost in New Jersey, but eventually found the Shopping Center at 501 River Rd. Aerostich had rented a small store in there, and after cruising the parking lot, I found it.
When I went in, I discovered that I had misunderstood the purpose of the Event. I thought I could go in and buy a jacket and ride away wearing it. I was wrong. They're basically putting on a display and fitting event. I went in, put my name on a list  and was told that there were three people ahead of me. While I was waiting, I looked at the new R3 which they had right beside the older Roadcrafter, then looked at all the other suits they had on display. After about 15 minutes, I had a professional fitter measure me, and she put down what alterations were necessary to insure a perfect fit. I ordered a red Darien jacket with the right modifications. Shipping is free if you order at the event. There was a steady flow of interested customers, though I wouldn't call the place slammed. Even so, I saw enough people ordering while I was there to make me realize that the events must be profitable; if not in immediate sales, then in sales to folks who'll buy in the future. I know the event caused me to get off my ass and finally order my jacket after years of excuses for waiting. I can't be the only one.
After I left, I took Court's suggestion in reverse. I took back roads through the Palisades to Rt. 9W and leisurely rode up to the Bear Mountain Bridge. A toll of $1.50 is a lot easier for a cheap bastard like me to swallow than a $13.00 toll to cross over the same river downstream. There is some really beautiful riding close to New York City, which I find amazing. Nice, twisty roads with light traffic was what I found, and I had a thoroughly enjoyable ride, then stopped at the Texas BBQ for a late lunch. We stopped there at a ride a few years ago (the ride when my Uly ran out of gas on I 84 and Froggy had to rescue me), and I remembered the location. Uh, kinda. I remembered the place, I just wasn't sure where it was or even if it was still open. Anyway, I had a Chopped Brisket sandwich, with their BBQ beans and a can of Pepsi. The food was good, but nowhere near as good as either the Dinosaur or Redbones (my two favorite BBQ joints)
After that, it was onto I 84 for the ride home. I 84 through Connecticut was a nightmare. There was an accident just east of Waterbury that added an hour onto my travel time. Then, I hit Rush Hour while going through Hartford, which added at least another half hour to my travel time.
I also didn't know that Connecticut had so many Unmarked State Police Cruisers. I saw 8 black Dodge Chargers/Challengers (I can't tell the difference between the two) that had cars pulled over on the Westbound side, and I saw 4 silver Chevy Tahoes doing the same on the eastbound side. The trooper in one had a radar gun pointed at me, but I was doing really close to the limit, and he didn't get me.
I thought that was interesting, because on the ride down to New Jersey, I was running 80 MPH on the Parkways (the speed limit is 55), and people were blowing by me like I was crawling. I was able to keep up with the faster traffic when I kicked it up to 90. The Norge flat loves running at 90. Unfortunately, so do Ticket writers.
The cop fest didn't end at the Mass. border. I saw more Staties between CT and Home than I think I ever have. Even on I 190, where I seldom see any Troopers, there were 2 speed traps.
Anyhow, I made it home. My hands, neck and butt were all sore from being out of shape, and I was pretty much exhausted. I turned on the Idiot Box, and promptly fell asleep. I woke up at midnight, shut off the TV and went to bed.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable Ride, and in 6-7 weeks, I'll get my red Darien! A truly Good Day!
 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on April 27, 2014, 09:45:19 AM
Well Dusty, it's not over yet, but I'm just back from an early morning blast around some of Eastern Ontario's more entertaining roads.  The frost is coming out of the gravel, so some sections were a bit slick and soggy, but as usual, the Eldo handled it with poise and equanimity.

After a week of dreary work in the Ottawa fringes, and with the Nuovo Falcone new in my stable, I haven't been riding the Eldo as much as usual.  This morning though, she felt like an extension of my body and mind.  The sound, feel, performance, handling - all perfect to my needs - a great ride.

Nick

Canoe Lake Road
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/apr27_2014_1.jpg)

Wolfe Lake - Westport / Godfrey Road
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/apr27_2014_2.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 27, 2014, 10:39:05 AM
Thanks for the reports fellas , nothing like a day on a MC to set things right .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 27, 2014, 10:43:30 AM
It's been a crazy week.


You got your priorities right anyway.

1) Find yourself broke, take a long ride and buy some really nice, expensive riding gear.
2) Cancer treatment due, postpone it and take a long ride.

Sounds like a good day out!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on April 27, 2014, 10:54:21 AM
Crusty, the difference between the Challenger and the Charger is very easy to tell.  Simply count the doors.  Two doors its a Challenger and four doors it is a Charger.  If it is a Statie car, it is a Charger.  I don't believe that Dodge is making a Police packaged Challenger, I know they do the Charger. :+=copcar  Hope this helps buddy. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on April 27, 2014, 11:57:17 AM
You got your priorities right anyway.

1) Find yourself broke, take a long ride and buy some really nice, expensive riding gear.
2) Cancer treatment due, postpone it and take a long ride.

Sounds like a good day out!

Lannis

Lannis, re-read it. I had then move the BCG treatment up to Thursday. In other words, I had it done a day early.I didn't postpone it. Also, I put a lot of thought into buying the jacket. I put my shitbox pickup up for sale on Craigslist. When it sells, I'll immediately pay the card off. And yes, maybe I should do the sensible thing and save all my money so that when I'm on my deathbed I'll be able to donate it to some appropriate charity. Instead, I decided that since I have been going through a personal hell and endured things that scare, anger and humiliate me, I would do something that helped me realize a dream.
I bet you really get a kick telling little kids there is no Santa Clause.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on April 27, 2014, 04:37:45 PM
Yesterday, 100 mile out and back to the Hideout Saloon, a watering hole out in the mountains here. Twistys and sweepers. Rain further up in the hills so I kept it short.

Today, 8 gallons strike in at 160 F, mash in at 150. Yep, it's another batch of IPA in the works. Pizza Port Mongo store bought is great but it's killing my wallet.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on April 27, 2014, 05:06:53 PM
Was good till now.  Heavy line of T-storms moving through with 70-80 mph straight line winds, and currently, three confirmed, reported by spotters/law enforcement tornadoes with in 10 miles of home.  "Launch the cat 5 birds!" We are under attack by mother nature, and boy is she pissed!! :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 27, 2014, 05:42:27 PM
Lannis, re-read it. I had then move the BCG treatment up to Thursday. In other words, I had it done a day early.I didn't postpone it. Also, I put a lot of thought into buying the jacket. I put my shitbox pickup up for sale on Craigslist. When it sells, I'll immediately pay the card off. And yes, maybe I should do the sensible thing and save all my money so that when I'm on my deathbed I'll be able to donate it to some appropriate charity. Instead, I decided that since I have been going through a personal hell and endured things that scare, anger and humiliate me, I would do something that helped me realize a dream.
I bet you really get a kick telling little kids there is no Santa Clause.

My post was intended to be a supportive one, indicating that I agreed with your priorities, and that you do the very things that I would do in your situation.   Apparently it didn't work.

By the way, the day I told my 4-year old there was no Santa Claus, it was the greatest relief of his young life.   The idea that there was a magic man who could show up in our house even with all the doors locked was really scaring him.   After that, we didn't do Santa Claus any more with our kids ... !

Lannis 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 27, 2014, 05:48:27 PM
My post was intended to be a supportive one, indicating that I agreed with your priorities, and that you do the very things that I would do in your situation.   Apparently it didn't work.

By the way, the day I told my 4-year old there was no Santa Claus, it was the greatest relief of his young life.   The idea that there was a magic man who could show up in our house even with all the doors locked was really scaring him.   After that, we didn't do Santa Claus any more with our kids ... !

Lannis 

Just goes to show the vagaries of the written word. I thought you were being supportive, too. <shrug>
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: gahellinger on April 28, 2014, 05:29:53 AM
Got my '14 Norge on Thursday.  Put a little over 700 break-in miles on her over the weekend.  I am planning on getting the bike back to the dealer this Thursday for the initial service.  You have to love riding hilly curvy roads for hours on end in the pursuit of proper break-in.  What a rough life.

Since the bike is brown and I am a lifelong suffering Cleveland Browns fan, she has been anointed with the name, Brownie the Elf.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on April 28, 2014, 07:20:47 AM
My post was intended to be a supportive one, indicating that I agreed with your priorities, and that you do the very things that I would do in your situation.   Apparently it didn't work.

 

My apologies. I thought you were being sarcastic. I've been feeling a bit stressed out,lately and I jumped to the wrong conclusion.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 28, 2014, 07:11:52 PM
My apologies. I thought you were being sarcastic......

I probably do too much of that.   Don't blame you for thinking I was doing it again.   I need to make both the support and the sarcasm more obvious I guess!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on April 28, 2014, 11:11:16 PM
Well, I had another good day getting chores done - got the mowing done using both lawnmowers I fixed up - one bogs down a bit in the thick stuff so I have to tweak the carb linkage to make it rev a bit faster ... but hey, it sat outside for 3 or 4 years! The other one is not priming right - but I should replace the old primer bulb that a rat half ate through.

And I have a e-bike - a trashed one to fix up - its an electric scooter with pedals, that a friends daughter bought without knowing what she was getting ... it is old and cheap, bent front end, rust, no brakes, seat taped on, taped electical parts .... etc. But it is fun taking the bike apart to the bare frame and making it work right using stuff out of my junk stash.

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/stooge_zpsd3b012d2.jpg)
      :)


Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 01, 2014, 07:50:47 PM
Dusty,

You are such a nice guy, how kind to ask.  Its been a long week, allergies kicked my butt from riding much of last weekend.  My ears have clogged and hearing is muted.  Makes work difficult, and my body has been fighting sinus headaches all week and my stomach does not like Claritin and advil. Anyway, it is slowly resolving.  Good friend in ABQ had to put his beloved dog down today (cancer).  That is always a sad and tough road.  Bride and I celebrate 27th wedding anniversary Friday, we will go to a fine Houston French restaurant.  Need a weekend.  Wife has biopsy on breast for an anomaly next Tuesday, we hope for the best.  Doc said 80% chance it is just fibrous and not a tumor, but they are careful.  Still no fun.  She survived ovarian cancer years ago and we hung on and still had daughters with one system working. Mom varies from angry to ok, brother-- who knows. Work sucks as usual, one company gave me a biteme today, but I was not very interested anyway.  Heck, tomorrow is Friday, that is a very good thing.

Need a ride, with I could do the Hearne thingy-thing:  worst possible weekend.  Oh well.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 01, 2014, 08:21:09 PM
LD , the jury is out re the "nice guy" part but thanks anyway . Yeah , allergies are kicking my patootie this year , good grief can I relate to your suffering , kinda feels like the beginning of a bout with the flu some days  :(
 Do hope the docs are right concerning your wife .
 Unfortunately most jobs do kinda suck , even being the POTUS has its down side  ;) Hope something else materializes soon . Mean while , stiff upper lip and all , we are pulling for ya , apologies to Red Green  :BEER:
 My day , well despite some minor setbacks , not bad , weather was crisp , a few puffy clouds , light winds . Conducive to production . Of course , since these days my motor only runs about half speed , well... still got some good work done though  :) Hope everyone is well , even RK survived a most uncomfortable experience .

Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 02, 2014, 12:47:14 PM
Not as good as I would have liked.  Got the rejection letter on the position that I applied for.  I really would have like to have had that position.  From what I am hearing the reason I didn't get it was because I was going to continue working at the prison also. In other words, because I work TOO hard.  ???  If I had lied and said that I was leaving the prison I probably would have gotten the position, but I can't do that. But compared to the battles others on here and in the world are facing, I have nothing to bitch about.  I'm still a very blessed man.  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 02, 2014, 01:32:46 PM
Recouperating from a minor medical procedure.  Abandoned the plan to stay inebriated until the discomfort goes away.  Discovered I'm no good at drinking or eating pills some years ago and confirmed it once again.   **C   Temp in the 60s today -- hot as any summer day.  I think I'll troll for photo ops.  I'll take the van.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 02, 2014, 03:02:19 PM
Recouperating from a minor medical procedure.  Abandoned the plan to stay inebriated until the discomfort goes away.  Discovered I'm no good at drinking or eating pills some years ago and confirmed it once again.   **C   Temp in the 60s today -- hot as any summer day.  I think I'll troll for photo ops.  I'll take the van.
:D BOY , you and me both , on all accounts . Looking forward to the photos  ;-T
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 03, 2014, 11:39:17 AM
Not good right now.  Sitting in the ER with Lorraine,  waiting to see if she is having a heart attack. Presenting lots of signs.  Pacemaker firing on every heart beat.   Posting while waiting to help mediate the stress of not being able to do anything to help her.   :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on May 03, 2014, 11:44:35 AM
Not good right now.  Sitting in the ER with Lorraine,  waiting to see if she is having a heart attack. Presenting lots of signs.  Pacemaker firing on every heart beat.   Posting while waiting to help mediate the stress of not being able to do anything to help her.   :'(

Oh man, sorry to hear that ST. :( I'm hoping for the best.

I had a bit of a screw up when working on the bike today... still trying to get my head on straight so I can resume the work.

Hang in there,
Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 03, 2014, 12:39:44 PM
OH NO ! Keep us updated Matt , we love you two .
Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 03, 2014, 06:18:23 PM
   Posting while waiting to help mediate the stress of not being able to do anything to help her.   :'(

           Being helpless is something I can relate to. Deep breaths mate. She knows you are there for her.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 03, 2014, 08:14:04 PM
Dusty,

Still fighting allergies and low energy.  Wifey and I had a very fine 27th wedding anniversary dinner on Friday at a Houston french restaurant.  We recalled our many trips to Paris and la belle France, and also our honeymoon in London and Edinburgh.  I am one lucky guy to have her as my wife.

Used one of the little blue pills for the first time this morning:  heck, schwing and a happy wife.  Good stuff there, should have tried it earlier.  ::)

Otherwise a pretty mundane day of fixing stuff, errands and such, and two naps for my sinus headaches.  **C  I will ride the little goose to church tomorrow, but not much more until the pollen gets washed out of the air by a rain.  A Hearne ride would kill me right now.

Oh, and a couple small wins at work last week.  But Mr. Boss hates anything requiring a decision, he is such a failed middle manager.  We go on...

Oh, and momster seems a bit happier, she just maybe is adjusting to assisted living?  That would be a real blessing.

Thanks for asking, hope you are well...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Joe G on May 04, 2014, 01:39:33 AM
Been raining here all day. Almost midnight and still raining.

I don't like it.

   JG
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on May 04, 2014, 03:09:04 AM
Matthew; don't leave us hanging. What happened? Is Lorraine all right?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 04, 2014, 08:01:11 AM
Matthew; don't leave us hanging. What happened? Is Lorraine all right?

Sorry, would never leave you guys hanging on purpose.  She seems alright, but they don't know what happened.  She appears to not have had a heart attack though she presented all the indicators of one.  Blood work show no elevated troponin markers.  A series totaling three Nitroglycerin tablets did not bring her relief.  But her pacemaker which normally paces 20% right now is pacing at 100%. Perhaps her sinus node has failed and is now being carried by the pacemaker.  She had a resting stress test last night, and this morning is having the treadmill and chemical stress test. She still is having the stabbing pain deep between her shoulder blades, and she says it still feels like a real tight band is around her chest.   She still feels like she has to take deep breaths to catch her breath.  So in conclusion she is still in the hospital, and we are hoping for answers, and for her to come home today.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kirby1923 on May 04, 2014, 08:23:53 AM
Matt,
Please keep us up to date!!!

She is a trooper!

mike
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 04, 2014, 03:33:59 PM
SURVEY SAID!  Stress test looks great.  No sign of heart damage or heart disease. Got her heart up to 96% of target and it looked great.  Bad news is still don't know what caused the symptoms.  Lorraine has degenerative disc disease.  Fear that she may have another disc collapsing that may require her fourth neck surgery or fifth back surgery.  But she is home, and we did ask her doctor if her heart is healthy enough for ...... activity.  ;) :D   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: DungeonMaster on May 04, 2014, 10:08:28 PM
Excellent!!!!
My wife and I rode up to Newcombs and we only saw one other Guzzi - a Jackal.
Since it was my wife's first time riding her Gladius to Newcombs herself it was a Very Great Milestone in her riding education.
We had a BLAST.

I found out since I was riding mild I kept my Griso in 4th or 6th gear all the way I got 50 MPG!!!! YEAH Baby!!!!!!!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 10, 2014, 12:48:07 PM
Dusty,

Thanks for asking.  Best news yesterday:  wife's breast biopsy shows the anomaly is not cancer.  We are really relieved, apparently she has the same situation as her mother:  fibrous mass-- but can look like a threat.  I notice she is much more chipper, it was a hard procedure and wait.

Momster at 93 seems to continue to adjust to assisted living?  She has not torn my head off for nearly 3 weeks now. 

Very fine ride this morning out into the fields of Ft. Bend and Brazoria counties.  The corn, soybeans, hay and everything are robust.  We even got a bit of rain yesterday and more predicted early next week.  My allergies can already feel a bit of relief.  Hearing is slowly coming back after getting whacked 2 weeks ago.

It is love bug season:  had to stop and clean my visor.  Bike was mucked up, so I parked it outside and got most of them off before they solidify and acid eat everything.  Nasty thingy-buggy bugs.  But, poodles love to crotch snarf my leather Aerostich pants:  nothing beats bugs, sweat, and dad's "complex"  pack smells after a bike ride.   :-*
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on May 10, 2014, 04:50:34 PM

 But, poodles love to crotch snarf my leather Aerostich pants:  nothing beats bugs, sweat, and dad's "complex"  pack smells after a bike ride.   :-*

Information overload!!!!!!!! ;D

Good to hear the good outcome Lucydad. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 05, 2014, 05:13:49 AM
have to say I had a FANTASTIC weekend.

Took last Friday off, and at lunctime five of us departed in two vintage cars to go on the 60th anniversary of the Irishman Creek vintage car rally. Cars have to be 1931 or earlier. I was one of three in a straight eight Dodge saloon, and my Bro and our mate Baz were in Baz's De Soto straight eight open "sports car". It is a bit modified and has the most amazing sound! ;-T ;-T

The weather was absolutely fantastic for the whole weekend and we drove the backroads of central South Island around Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Saturday we visited the Irishman Creek station, which was owned by the Hamilton of the Hamilton jet boat fame. The place now has a Historic Place category, and we were able to tour through his old workshop and see the power station he built when was either 13 or 15, and still goes powering the farm. Finished off at Mount Cook station where we had a spit roast lunch and a gymkhana. Even had a 1926 Scott TT Replica competing.  ;-T Water cooled, oil injected rotary disc valve two stroke twin. Very advanced for it's time.

Sunday was on the back roads, traversing three passes, going through fords and generally having a blast. We did split a split rim in the middle of the Hakataramea Valley miles from anywhere. Fortunately a farmer who was shifting  some stock  came by and offered us the use of his "shed"  (it was huge!) along with a mig welder, grinders, compressor etc. While the owner of the car welded it back up we drank beer with the farmer (we carried strictly medicinal supplies with us) and admired the fabulous scenery.

Monday was a public holiday so it was just a gentle cruise back home with a couple of stop offs to admire collections of vehicles. One guy has four Chrysler Airflows; not a common vehicle.

All in all, a most fantastic weekend. 140 old cars took part and about 350 people, we consumed 4 bottles of rum and numerous beers, the weather was fabulous and I got to see a lot of fantastic country that is not normally open to the public.   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 05, 2014, 07:11:56 AM
That sounded fun  ;-T

Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 05, 2014, 01:26:17 PM
That sounded fun  ;-T

Dusty

It was! ;-T ;D

Helped drown the sadness of the Thunder. :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on June 05, 2014, 03:26:18 PM

Momster at 93 seems to continue to adjust to assisted living?  She has not torn my head off for nearly 3 weeks now. 


My Mom at 83 started out hating it.  But then she went "Hmmmm".

1) People make my bed and straighten up my room every day, unless I really want to do it.

2) People ask me what I want to eat and fix it for me and wash the dishes.

3) I just call on the phone and people drive me to the gym or to church or wherever I want to go.

4) They come in and dust and vacuum my apartment and clean my bathroom and I just put my clothes in the hamper and they come back clean and folded.

5) I don't forget my medications any more because a nice lady comes by morning and evening to bring me my pills and remind me which ones.

6) I don't need to wear an "I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up" tipover-switch any more, because the people who can help me are right here.

7) I can do whatever I CAN do all day long.   Surf the Internet, read all those books I never read, watch car races on TV, walk around the lake, call one of the kids and take them out to eat, sit and chat for hours, no responsibility whatsoever.

The more I went to visit, the more I thought "Man, what a DEAL!"   I have no weak prejudices about my "independence" - but I will have a nice sidecar outfit parked outside so that my son can come over and ride me up into the mountains when I have a notion to go ....

Other than that, bring it!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on June 05, 2014, 06:19:14 PM
Ya know, Lannis.. when Dorcia's dad was in assisted living I looked around and thought, "this isn't a bad deal." Basically, you can goof off, get fed 3 squares a day, hit on the chicks.. :o what's not to like?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 05, 2014, 06:33:06 PM
Now here is a business opportunity , an assisted living center for old motorbike riders . Racing and riding videos 24/7 in the dining rooms and lounges , piped in MC sounds to sleep by , and maybe a large fenced in area with air fencing and some of that recycled tire play ground matting so we can tootle around on tiddlers w/o too much risk of harming anyone  :D

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on June 06, 2014, 08:23:43 AM
Now here is a business opportunity , an assisted living center for old motorbike riders . Racing and riding videos 24/7 in the dining rooms and lounges , piped in MC sounds to sleep by , and maybe a large fenced in area with air fencing and some of that recycled tire play ground matting so we can tootle around on tiddlers w/o too much risk of harming anyone  :D

 Dusty

The last Mother's Day that my Mom was here with us, we found a guy with a '39 Ford coupe and had him come around to her place and pick her up to take her to the place we were eating, and we kids followed them and we went to dinner together with her (my Dad was driving a '39 coupe when he first met her around 1949). 

When he pulled up to the apartment block and parked while she came out, the old dudes there really went ape over that old Ford.   We couldn't hardly get away for the guys wanting to be under the hood, and telling sea stories of the old days and such.

You pull up to an AL place in an old vehicle if you want to make someone's day and be talking and chatting for hours ... !

Lannis 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on June 06, 2014, 01:59:53 PM
Now here is a business opportunity , an assisted living center for old motorbike riders . Racing and riding videos 24/7 in the dining rooms and lounges , piped in MC sounds to sleep by , and maybe a large fenced in area with air fencing and some of that recycled tire play ground matting so we can tootle around on tiddlers w/o too much risk of harming anyone  :D

 Dusty

I've been prepping for it by putting all my STP and Kurvygirl stickers on my walker (any small product decals donated to the effort appreciated).  It would be the trickest darn walker in the locked ward!  I want open headers and fat tires too -- big with the ladies at the bingo bar&grille.  I tried to get a pic with head pipes and wheelie bar attached, but like the guy on the trike in Laugh-In, I'd fall over just before the camera clicked.


But on-topic  . . .   Got access to a 220/200amp AL/MIG welder unit with the proper stinger for the job.  All it needed was a shield gas regulator and a ground lead.  Bummed the regulator from a local A&P and converted one of my retired jumper cables into a ground cable.  I diddled up randomm pieces of scrap until my argon gave out.  Yeah, baby . . . . Shagadelic!  This unit has the power!  I'm still trying to get the power and feed low enough to not melt the scrap as I tack it.  Once I have the numbers for the varying thickness I'm welding I'll be able to knock out the AL part of my trike frame in a couple days (like this weekend if my arms hold out).
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: blackcat on June 06, 2014, 02:13:22 PM
Installed a new battree in the el Camino and had the local shop top up the freon so I can keep moderately cool in the beast.
(http://rs147.pbsrc.com/albums/r317/blackkat-1/25ecf979.jpg~320x480)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: kidneb on June 09, 2014, 05:51:09 PM
Very nice indeed, and the LM3 runs smooth and strong.

From the east coast to the west coast and back again, just a picnic ride here in the continental part of Denmark,- just 300 km.
Had a nice ride in very hot and sunny weather to see the 12th International Sand Sculpture Festival at SÝndervig on the west coast of Jylland (Jutland).
The theme this year is the Wikings,- last years theme was the Wild West.
(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC02029_zpsab786576.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC02029_zpsab786576.jpg.html)
(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC02030_zpsd32a3af9.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC02030_zpsd32a3af9.jpg.html)

(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC02045_zps24973664.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC02045_zps24973664.jpg.html)
(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC02044_zps2a37e412.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC02044_zps2a37e412.jpg.html)
(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC02046_zps83173691.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC02046_zps83173691.jpg.html)
(http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w477/kidneb51/DSC02048_zpse6dba896.jpg) (http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/kidneb51/media/DSC02048_zpse6dba896.jpg.html)
Artists from all over the world have been participating,- some alone, others in groups of 2 -3 or 4 to create a section of the 200 m long and 7 m tall sculpture wall, based on a self chosen motif from the Wiking history or mythology.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 09, 2014, 06:38:23 PM
AMAZING !
  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on June 09, 2014, 06:47:59 PM
*Very* kool.. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 09, 2014, 11:27:18 PM
Great pics, kidneb ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on June 10, 2014, 01:00:48 AM
I sold the 'lectric trolling motor and battery for $250.  32# Minkota saltwater w/ std automotive battery.  The buyer got a good deal.  So I turned around and bought an odyssey PC1200 battery for the trike @$226, delivered.  It's the most power I could get in that small a footprint.  Oddly enough, a lowball dealer honored his 'free shipping anywhere in the USA' policy.  The folks charging retail all managed to map around Alaska to the tune of an additional $100 or so -- or not ship at all.   I also got a take-off street glide muffler from a lowballer -- $18 delivered.  I got me enough left over for a beer!  Some days it pays to shop.

Got some better at welding over the weekend, too.  I'm stopped for the moment because there doesn't seem to be any aluminum T-bar stock in town.  Well, there is some, but you could lay a trawler keel with it.  I'm just trying to trim out a tailgate.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 06, 2014, 07:16:53 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty

Not bad , thanks for asking Dusty  ;D (Sorry LD)  ;)
  Seriously , how was it ?
    Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 06, 2014, 07:33:45 PM
Not bad , thanks for asking Dusty  ;D (Sorry LD)  ;)
  Seriously , how was it ?
    Dusty

Well since you ask so nice nicely.

http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=70363.msg1097722#msg1097722 (http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=70363.msg1097722#msg1097722)

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 06, 2014, 07:53:53 PM
Shitty, as in the septic pump failed.  Just before I was to leave for work, the septic high level alarm went off.  So got to spend the day trying to fix the old cast iron pump, less than seven years old, and then going into town to buy a new one.  Had to pull it three times to get the alarm float set to the right level.  At first it would alarm before the new pump kicked in, then it would alarm when the pump did kick in.  Finally got it just right. ;-T  Thanks to my son Ryan who did a lot of the heavy lifting, literally, for the help. So now the crap is going to the proper place for crap.  When I tell you my basement has a lot of shit in it, I'm not shitting you.  ::) ::(
Title: Re:
Post by: Testarossa on July 06, 2014, 08:00:19 PM
Great weekend, visiting my dad in Sausalito. Spectacular weather and fireworks over the marina. Good visits with old friends. Now a few days at the national solar conference and on to Truckee for more schmoosing with old ski school pals and flying buddies.
Title: Re:
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 06, 2014, 08:02:41 PM
Great weekend, visiting my dad in Sausalito. Spectacular weather and fireworks over the marina. Good visits with old friends. Now a few days at the national solar conference and on to Truckee for more schmoosing with old ski school pals and flying buddies.

Old flying buddies are hard to keep.  I've lost four, only one wasn't flight related.  Make a toast to them for me will you?? :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 06, 2014, 08:05:47 PM
Uh Matt , ya might wanna cut down on the burritos  :D 3 out of 4 so far are having a good day  ;-T  One of us isn't  :(
  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 06, 2014, 08:25:06 PM
Shitty, as in the septic pump failed.  Just before I was to leave for work, the septic high level alarm went off.  So got to spend the day trying to fix the old cast iron pump, less than seven years old, and then going into town to buy a new one.  Had to pull it three times to get the alarm float set to the right level.  At first it would alarm before the new pump kicked in, then it would alarm when the pump did kick in.  Finally got it just right. ;-T  Thanks to my son Ryan who did a lot of the heavy lifting, literally, for the help. So now the crap is going to the proper place for crap.  When I tell you my basement has a lot of shit in it, I'm not shitting you.  ::) ::(
W/O Pictures, it never happened ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Unkept on July 06, 2014, 08:26:19 PM
Bummed about my LeMans today, but I'm trying to cheer up to get the Breva ready for Elkader. We're going to visit my wife's grandpa in Wisconsin Thursday night, wake up Friday morning and head to the rally to hang out with you fine folks.  ;D We're staying the night in a hotel in Elkader Friday. Saturday we will stick around for a bit and likely head towards home sometime in the middle of the day. If we make it home Saturday night, no problem. If we get sore/tired we'll stop somewhere along the way home and get a hotel.

I'm really looking forward to getting some miles on a bike together. It's been awhile.

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 06, 2014, 10:26:46 PM
             Had an unmentionable weekend but woke this morning to the news that an offer has been made on one of my oil explorers. Doubles my investment ;D Took three years. Life is not all bad.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 07, 2014, 12:03:08 AM
A bit blah actually Dusty.

Health was really looking to be getting better. However, over the last couple of months I have developed tingling and numbness in my fingers and hands, which is quite severe at night. Tends to kill the sleep somewhat. There is a 3 month wait before I get to see a neurologist. My GP ordered a battery of blood tests, which show I am disgustingly healthy. Late last week to compound things I popped another hernia, this time on the other side. Only a month before I get to see the surgeon, and I have no idea when he will be able to operate. Climbing ladders when your bowel keeps popping out is a bit of a nuisance.

All in all, a bit depressing. :'(

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 07, 2014, 12:23:21 AM
Muzz , that is not good . Geez , I know about the tingling , like a battery is hooked to your nervous system .
Bal , does that mean the beer is on you ? :D
   Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tris on July 07, 2014, 01:55:08 AM
DAMN GOOD

Did the 2014 National Road Rally over here over the weekend 580 miles ridden ove 20 hours stopping at various controls to gain a silver award - wahoo

Some excitement at 01:00 in the morning when Dino (the Cali) decided not to re-start but luckilly the MGOCGB were running the control so between us we gave him a stern talking to and off I went to the next control

So knackered and walking like John Wayne (sheepskin covers are good  ;-T) but happy  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: steamdriven NZ on July 07, 2014, 03:56:54 AM
A bit blah actually Dusty.

Health was really looking to be getting better. However, over the last couple of months I have developed tingling and numbness in my fingers and hands, which is quite severe at night. Tends to kill the sleep somewhat. There is a 3 month wait before I get to see a neurologist. My GP ordered a battery of blood tests, which show I am disgustingly healthy. Late last week to compound things I popped another hernia, this time on the other side. Only a month before I get to see the surgeon, and I have no idea when he will be able to operate. Climbing ladders when your bowel keeps popping out is a bit of a nuisance.

All in all, a bit depressing. :'(



Muzz, have you ever been to a chiropractor or osteopath? If I get those sorts of things going on I know I've go a vertebrae out, and can normally tell them which one! (I've been seeing them for 'maintenance' for 17 years now)


I have to say today was good for me. My wife suggested that we take the new (to us) toy out for dinner somewhere. the toy will be no big deal to most of you, but it's a '73 Chev Cheyenne Super 10. Been mildly customised but not overdone. It might not be a big thing to own in America but to own something like this here with the fuel it needs at NZ$2.31 a LITER and 4.5-odd liters per gallon it is a serious commitment to fun and wanting to hear that lovely burble. It's big (for here), loud, expensive, thirsty, pointless to own and I love it to bits!

A lot of people around me or known to me are falling apart or worse, just making the most of it while I still got it............ :)  
  
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 07, 2014, 04:13:00 AM

Bal , does that mean the beer is on you ? :D
   Dusty

           Yes.
           My place  ~; :BEER: Anytime ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 07, 2014, 05:01:45 AM
Muzz, have you ever been to a chiropractor or osteopath? If I get those sorts of things going on I know I've go a vertebrae out, and can normally tell them which one! (I've been seeing them for 'maintenance' for 17 years now)


Used to go regularly when I was a chippie Kev.

I know there is a section of my spine which shows narrowing around the spinal chord; it is lower down than this would be though. Will probably just wait and see what's what.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on July 07, 2014, 07:21:51 AM
Dusty,

The four day weekend was busy, productive and featured some fun rides:  over 300 miles on three different directions, didn't even get wet.  Little goose did get rained on one afternoon parked outside, but got cleaned off and put in dry garage. 

We figured out that my father in law with Alzheimer's (currently into second week of 3 week stay with us)  has also lost the ability to manage his medications.  In the handoff from brother in law to us we assumed he could still count out his pills in the right order, etc.  Well, nope, no longer.  Fortunately my wife figured out the situation and has rectified.  My mother almost killed herself last fall via wrong medication and jamming big horse pills down her throat and ripping her throat up and lost ability to swallow for a while.  We are making a Colorado trip early August to check on her status, her macular degeneration is the current concern:  at 93 she can barely see enough to function at the assisted living.  If her one working, sort of, eye gives up:  then what?  What, of course, is up to me to figure out.  Figured out over the weekend my brother with anxiety/depression continues to drain her cash at an astonishing rate:  where all the money goes is a mystery, but I stay out of it.  Detachment is one of my key life strategies.  The world's problems, and my extended family:  all not my responsibility.

Had neighbors over for spaghetti dinner last night:  a fun thing.  Glad I don't have to travel to India and China for my work. 

Work wobbles along:  lack of direction, too much work, ineffective boss, ineffective "team"-- so I really think one more year and I will retire and figure out the next stage in life. Daughters are thriving and we are all healthy, so life is good.  One more year of private college, and the launch of youngest:  and gates open for our flexibility.

Pondering replacing the old BMW:  looking at various choices and pondering taking some for sky high stock market before it corrects.  No clear obvious replacement car though, hate the dealer games. 

Life goes on, time to prioritize and move the random steel balls around the track a bit more.  Clickety clack.

Take care in Oklahoma. 

cheers,
The Durango Kid
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on July 07, 2014, 07:36:07 AM
Made the last piece, lagged it down, and officially called Dorcia's gas pump done.  ;D
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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 07, 2014, 10:08:27 AM
Made the last piece, lagged it down, and officially called Dorcia's gas pump done.  ;D
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/017_zps31214cd9.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/017_zps31214cd9.jpg.html)
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I LIKE IT !
  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on September 25, 2014, 04:57:54 PM
Well Dusty I had one of the worst work days in my 39 year career.  Details don't matter but bottom line is Mr. Boss crossed a line of dis-respect, dodging, whinging and plain old nasty-ness. I lost it.  Almost went in his office to have the screaming session and quit.  Did throw water glass across office, and kick plastic bits out door, and leave early.  Went and had a yogurt.  Texted my geologist about it and then Mr. Boss:  "do you want me to resign".  He tried to get me to talk and I have abstained. f*** the jerk.   I feel over worked with minimal help from anyone, we don't have the tools or staff to function.  Yet I am supposed to create miracles.  Mr. Boss will not/can not do his job, or communicate effectively. The entire management structure is dysfunctional and fear driven by the CEO tyrant.

Something broke today.  I have spent a year coping, dealing, doing my best, detaching.  Fact is the job sucks, the boss sucks, the organization is incompetent. But it pays $$$$$ and I have a family.  I feel trapped and frustrated and all too human.  I have never had one of those brick like, non-emotional personalities.  At a point when enough buttons are pushed I explode.

Stress is very high at work and home.  Next week is off due to surgery.  Mr. Boss could not remember that even though I told him multiple times and emailed reminders.  He is in la-la land I guess. 

So, yeah I may retire.  Best would be to last thru end of year and capture some stock.  Talked to wife and she is supportive.

It sucks.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 25, 2014, 05:05:08 PM
Greg , did you punch him in the nose , please tell me you punched him in the nose , please oh please  :D Sending PM

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: andrewdonald1 on September 25, 2014, 05:08:38 PM
Hmm how was my day?  
Yesterday it rained up here, and it was pretty chaotic.  

I've been running my ass off the last few months at work, we just let a couple folks go but that was good.. they were addicted to suffering and wanted everyone to join their band wagon.

The who can we blame game reared its ugly head this morning on one of my construction sites... turns out it really was nothing.. and no one will ever know what happened...

Overall the sun just came out, I've got a bit more work to do before I am off for the weekend tomorrow at noon.
That is good.. we have the Oyster Run up here in Seattle area this Sunday... lots and lots of bikes go to that.. all different types of bikes..

Meh.. overall.. a typical week...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on September 25, 2014, 05:56:52 PM
Good day for me today, drove to Kansas City, met a nice middle aged couple in Overland Park, the wife has MS and reciently has lost her ability to stand by herself 30 years post diagnosis.

Had a good demonstration, looks like I can get her the equipment to help her take care of herself while hubby's working. And they can afford to pay for it!

Makes me realize how blessed I really am.

Can't wait for the Oklahoma campout, LOVE fall weather!

John S.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Triple Jim on September 25, 2014, 06:39:21 PM
Fact is the job sucks, the boss sucks, the organization is incompetent.

I don't know if it's any comfort, but it's been like that at the four companies I've worked for.  Then I went out on my own and the stress lever is lower in many respects, although it's a roller coaster ride.  I wish you the best.  Any chance you can put out some feelers and quietly move to a better job?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: GuzziPilot on September 25, 2014, 06:58:21 PM
Just acquired a 2012 Norge, and it sits majestically albeit quietly in the garage until I can get a plate on it.  Got it on the center stand for the first time today...not all hard!!!  Already wishing for spring  :bike
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on September 25, 2014, 07:04:05 PM
Just acquired a 2012 Norge, and it sits majestically albeit quietly in the garage until I can get a plate on it.  Got it on the center stand for the first time today...not all hard!!!  Already wishing for spring  :bike

So Andiamo: "Top of the Great Lakes"..............Nipig on or Thunder Bay?

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: GuzziPilot on September 25, 2014, 07:07:13 PM
So Andiamo: "Top of the Great Lakes"..............Nipig on or Thunder Bay?

Nick

Fairly close, but lets just say that not only do I watch the ore ships steaming through, but I can see Canada too!!  And yes, I'm talking the great Locks   ;-T

BTW nice collection you have....once I settle down....plan on growing my own

Lee
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on September 25, 2014, 07:22:00 PM
Dorcia said she'd drive so I can ride the Lario to the Kentucky rally.  ;-T No luggage on the Lario..yet.  Prepped for the trip. Should be gorgeous weather, and the last good ride of the season..
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Scott84 on September 25, 2014, 07:23:05 PM
Really bad my guzzi got backed over again for the second time in 2 weeks. Thankfully there was a note left this time.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Scott84 on September 25, 2014, 08:17:53 PM
Apparently my guzzi is an attract-or of terrible drivers. After talking to the lady that backed into it. She said the construction worker that helped her put it up said it wasn't the first time.... 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on September 25, 2014, 08:33:33 PM
Scott, there must be a safer place to park at work.  >:(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 25, 2014, 08:36:06 PM
Scott, there must be a safer place to park at work.  >:(

Inside the building  ???

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Scott84 on September 25, 2014, 09:01:37 PM
I'm just going to fix my honda or buell and ride that back and forth to college now
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on September 25, 2014, 09:40:34 PM
I don't know if it's any comfort, but it's been like that at the four companies I've worked for.  Then I went out on my own and the stress lever is lower in many respects, although it's a roller coaster ride.  I wish you the best.  Any chance you can put out some feelers and quietly move to a better job?

The bad news is that the organization is still incompetent and the boss still sucks ....  :D

At least that doesn't stress you now ...  ;)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 25, 2014, 10:18:10 PM
           While waiting for my shocks to be reconditioned and fitted with softer springs, I have been "reconditioning" the valve covers. The powder coated, trouble free finish that was applied a few years ago had been bubbling all year and the forced inactivity has been put to good use but to say that I have made a rod for my own back would be an understatement. Just removing the old black paint took a day and it seems that the stuff penetrated the alloy unevenly, requiring the use of #240 wet and dry to cut out all the blemishes. This sure is a learning curve and cutting corners has resulted in a long slow job. On the other hand, a couple of lessons have been learnt, chief among which is that I will never do this again ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 25, 2014, 10:22:49 PM
Bill , experience can be a painful teacher  :D Maybe PC won't work in OZ , being upside down and all  ;D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 25, 2014, 10:36:39 PM
            PC? Political Correctness :-\
            Upside down? If my fortunes changed, I would move to the US in a flash.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 25, 2014, 10:43:08 PM
            PC? Political Correctness :-\
            Upside down? If my fortunes changed, I would move to the US in a flash.

  :D :D :D :D   I was thinking the same thing in reverse  :o  You  might not like it here , we are full of Americans  :o :D

   Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on September 26, 2014, 05:51:13 AM
           While waiting for my shocks to be reconditioned and fitted with softer springs, I have been "reconditioning" the valve covers. The powder coated, trouble free finish that was applied a few years ago had been bubbling all year and the forced inactivity has been put to good use but to say that I have made a rod for my own back would be an understatement. Just removing the old black paint took a day and it seems that the stuff penetrated the alloy unevenly, requiring the use of #240 wet and dry to cut out all the blemishes. This sure is a learning curve and cutting corners has resulted in a long slow job. On the other hand, a couple of lessons have been learnt, chief among which is that I will never do this again ;D

You probably don't want to be a mold maker..  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on September 26, 2014, 01:34:48 PM
It ended with chocolate cake and ice cream.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DuLYO2ys1dII

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on September 26, 2014, 05:28:31 PM
You probably don't want to be a mold maker..  ;D

I'll bet you're right. I am handicapped by having to use my (weak) left hand for nearly everything. Bursitis in my right shoulder gets v. painful after even brief periods of use.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on September 26, 2014, 08:28:22 PM
It sucked out loud Dusty, AKA oldmower54

One of these days, I swear, it's gonna come down to one of two things;

1. They find me in a room playing with my own poop and singing like Axl Rose

or

2. I grab some middle management yesman peckerhead by the noseholes and enlarge them about six sizes.

No big deal<SHRUG> right?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: delrod on September 26, 2014, 08:54:44 PM
Easy John how about we go for a ride tomorrow ?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on September 26, 2014, 09:13:01 PM
Easy John how about we go for a ride tomorrow ?

Sure, me and Tim P are goin' down to Springdale. you still goin? We'll leave Springpatch about 9:00
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Frulk on September 27, 2014, 09:19:28 AM
Work was busy but the ride home was stellar. Had to run between two rain squalls so I took a circuitous route back to the house.(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag151/alleeboo7/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_0526_zps4c19891c.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Orange Guzzi on October 07, 2014, 09:21:54 PM
So how was it ?  :) :D ;D >:( :( 8)
Dusty

The wife wakes me three hours earlier then my normal roll out of bed time and informs me I have to take her for hand surgery. Oop, forgot.  Surgery went fine and so my day begins.  Bank, my coin laundry to do morning maintenance and home to take a short nap while the storm blows over.  The phone starts ringing and text messages roll in.  After and hour of the phone noise my wife in her pain pill daze tells me to read her text message, "does it say, the roof was blown off the coin laundry?"  So I walk around in circles, head out the door for a three mile ride to the building.  Leaving my house there was no apparent storm damage.  2 mile later, a straight line wind blew threw.  The roof was ripped off, the 32 X 75 pitched truss roof, all one piece, taking out 2 electric  poles.  4 news interviews and a news paper interview. Made the National news.  I learned that a 2 X 4 ceiling tile with 8 in fiber glass insulation will knock your head off when soaked in water and falling 4 feet with out warning. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 07, 2014, 09:48:48 PM
Dang it OG , that really blows . Hope your insurance is good and things get back to normal in a timely manner .

   Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 07, 2014, 10:44:19 PM
No hill for a climber, John. Hang in there.  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: dee g on October 08, 2014, 12:03:10 AM
Signed up to work an 8 hour OT shift today, ended up spending my lunch hour with the boss 'discussing' next years vacation picks, and how his interpretation of our contract is different than everyone else's.  Geee...that particular section of the contract hasn't changed in the last two (or was it three??) negotiation sessions, why bring it up now?  

 :beat_horse


On a lighter note, I learned a couple new firearm disarmament techniques and some new jitsu style attacks in karate class.   ;-T

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 08, 2014, 01:41:50 AM
Got the trike's steering brake levers and mc's placed in my floorboards and tonight I got the floorboard bottoms cut and one welded in.  Tomorrow I hope to weld in the other bottom and do the final attaching of the floorboards to the lower frame.  It's the first 'work' I've done sine the surgery and it felt good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tris on October 08, 2014, 02:28:57 AM
The bad news is that the organization is still incompetent and the boss still sucks ....  :D

At least that doesn't stress you now ...  ;)

HOW TRUE  ::(

My plan for the next 10 - 15 years is how I manage my head so that I don't end up choking the life out of somebody who desperately needs it  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Brightblade on October 08, 2014, 06:59:21 AM
12 hour day on Monday, 14 hour day yesterday.  As they days get shorter and colder, my work day gets longer and harder.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 08, 2014, 07:02:09 AM
Dusty,

Mixed bag.  Yesterday I showed our CEO an exploration prospect we have been working on 2 years.  Powerpoint was edited, tweaked, messed with up to last minute by middle and upper managers.  Same project preparation (with zero warning, false deadline, and snark) that caused the big blowout with Mr. Boss almost 2 weeks ago.  CEO loved the prospect and my presentation, so did VP.  When Mr. Boss saw the wind blowing then he gave me the attempted hand bump that I so disdain.   Felt flat after the show, guess I just really don't much care what they think.  

BP meds seem to be relaxing me, but I wonder if they also shift mood?  Are they a mild sedative too?  Just feel blah, but that could also be typical allergies, humidity, heat back and mosquitoes.  I just need a real vacation.  In two weeks we fly out to Hilton Head for a beach break.  

Wifey pushed back hard on retirement.  Bottom line is they want the guys to work forever, spend all the fruit, and continue the party lifestyle.  I am working on the question:  what is retirement for LD?  I have lots of interests.  In many ways my retirement would be a lot like my wife's:  much more time for working out, time for classes, volunteering, some travel, time to explore latent hobbies and interests, friends, and on.  And the wives wonder why so many guys divorce at this stage of life just to have some freedom?  All too common.  

Hope it does not rain all weekend, V7R wants a tune up at MPH:  in Friday morning, out Saturday--unless we get torrential rains.  
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 08, 2014, 07:34:22 AM
Got through a late night photo shoot with my neck in fair shape.  It's sore, but not like the rabbit punch these cold, windy nights used to deliver.  Tomorrow at the office will tell. 

And I'm about half satisfied with the pics.  I invented a way to shoot my Nikon digital camera through antique lenses, and these pics were my first shots in anger* with the invention.  See the eclipse thread if shooting the moon interests you.

*anger = real-time, not a state of mind
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 10, 2014, 02:39:45 PM
Dusty,

A Friday off and that is a very good thing.  Work week was pretty "normal", no big conflicts and everyone loved my big presentation to the CEO on Tuesday.  Getting ready to drill a 100 million dollar exploration well. Big stuff.

Did a day of software training on Thursday:  some self investment, even at age 60.  Found out via Schlumberger that only 1-2% of the geoscience workforce are age 60 and above.  Does that make me a survivor, just rare, or a laggard behind my peers?  Dunno.  All the young professionals remind me that I feel pretty much like the end of the lognormal curve.

Fun ride on Little Goose to MPH this morning on 99, but when I got on I-10 it was a slow, truck clogged slog.  Saw a purty red V11 at MPH, silly thing winked at me. 

Found out via checking with Dr. Doc that the pharmacy filled my blood pressure medicine wrong.  They gave me 10 mg and not 5 mg.  Good catch, but it frustrates me that they can't fill an Rx correctly.  My dad was a Pharmacist, and a perfectionist on his work.  I have felt a bit dopey since going on the meds, maybe the right dose will help.  Or dopey could be just allergies, or mild depression.

Been 2 weeks since the big blowup with Mr. Boss, the bp spike, and delayed hernia operation --after 2 weeks of alzheimer's care.  I think I am passed the anger/depression and feeling more normal.  I am deliberately slowing work pace down:  no new projects or initiatives.  The CEO has being doing reorg at work and one of my hopes is Mr. Boss goes poof.  The one manager I liked got pushed into a regulatory role so CEO could bring in one of his buddies.  As it ever was. Could happen. 

I think I will take Ms. LD to a movie tonight.  Lost about 3 pounds staying off junk food and red meat although I am really craving some TEXAS grass fed dead cow off the grill.  Will have a small filet Saturday night I think. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 10, 2014, 03:24:16 PM
Not bad Dusty,

A few solid hours driving the computer, followed by the pay-off.  I've got to get these rides in before the snow flies. 
Today it was about 10c / 50f, so perfect riding weather.  About 60 miles of backroads. 
Was it worth it?  Is the Pope............... .....no wait. Yes, it was worth it.

Nick

Burridge Road
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct10_2014_1.jpg)

Devil Lake
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct10_2014_2.jpg)

Someother Lake
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/oct10_2014_3.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 10, 2014, 05:21:22 PM
              I hope that big hole pays off for you lucydad; you sound like you need to retire rich ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on October 10, 2014, 09:14:48 PM
Great day today. Had the honor of riding a 150 mile loop with JN smith. For being 92 years young he can still get with the program pretty well. Hope I'm so lucky!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on October 11, 2014, 04:30:42 AM
             Put a new filter in the tank this pm. Still a beach of a job. Deleted the fuel level sensor. Insulation around the black wire had deteriorated to the point where it was showing bare wire. One less thing to get in the way ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 12, 2014, 11:55:48 PM
I did the first real work since surgery.  The project was getting the rolled edge for the trike body side panels fabricated.   That was a treat -- solid 12 hours over the weekend spent on figuring it out.  A lot of pulling to bend tubing, cranking on a speed wrench, bending over the sawhorses and working small power tools.  I'm sore, but no injuries.

I started with a 4x4' piece of 3/4" marine plywood, a dozen pipe brackets and about 20 1/4" lag bolts.

I traced the edge of a side panel on the plywood and proceeded to clamp the aluminum conduit at the beginning of the shape, using the brackets to secure it. 

Drilling and placing lag bolts every few inches to describe the curves, I used a long pipe 'cheater' as a sleeve over the conduit and bent it around the edge tracing.  I added lag bolts to one side or the other as needed to make the curves and played the cheater like a trombone up and down the conduit to coax out the shape.

There is about 5 feet of contour to be fitted on each side.  It took about 55 placements of lag bolts per side.  That's a lot of hand work on the speed wrench, especially since I had to remove/replace lags more than once ad I massaged the contours.  I broke one conduit by bending too small a radius, and got a couple of kinks here and there that I can probably massage out.  But when I was don, the conduits matched the side panels.

Once formed, I drew a line along the length of the conduit and sliced it for a tongue-and-groove fit with the .050 aluminum sheet metal.  Then I tapped the conduit onto the sheet metal.  I have yet to weld it -- tomorrow, maybe.

The final effect is close to what I had in mind.  I need to figure a repair to the broken angle -- probably use a copper el to make the curve -- but over all it looks like the rolled edge of a pickup truck bed.  It will take a little bondo at the kinks and sanding to sanding to smooth it all out.  With these rolls pieces in place I can move forward with the storage cubbies and hatch covers.


Now I have to tune myself up to weld .050 to thinwall conduit without burning through anything.  That should be special.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 13, 2014, 02:45:52 AM
Good to see the progress RK. ;-T

Had a good few days. Was still off work Wed last week so Bro and I went out early to the vintage car Swap Meet. First night there and was just about to leave the bike section compound when we had a total lunar eclipse, one of the best I have ever seen. By the time we called it quits and many  :BEER: later we staggered back to the tent somewhat worse for wear. ;D

Whole weekend was an absolute hoot, and as an added bonus, when my darling came out she talked me out of a cheap and suspect mig welder and to get something decent. Consequently, when I arrived home on Sunday night I hit our NZ Trademe site where I had bookmarked a nice second hand set, and after a few anxious moments I am now the proud owner of a rebranded Kempi Mig/Tig/stick welder with all the torches, a trolley and a tested ownership CO2 bottle. Whats more, at a fairly competitive price. Just before I went out I also scored a hydraulic pipe bender that was reduced by 50%. Not top quality but I have used it already and it seems to do a really nice job.

Today (Monday) was the first day back at work after the hernia op. They gave me one of the apprentices for the day in case I packed up, which was good as it meant I could pace myself. Survived the day but have had an easy evening.

Tomorrow I have an MRI scan of the complete spine. Neurologist is trying to find why I have lost a lot of the feeling in my hands and feet. ::) A nerve transmission/reception test is being lined up as well. I will be really pi**ed if she cannot come up with an answer. I have to work 3.1/2 days to pay for one hour of her time. I think I am in the wrong trade.......
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 13, 2014, 09:21:18 AM
Good reports , progress on all fronts which is great  ;-T

Oh , Muzz , you are gonna love the nerve conductivity test , designed by Quasimodo apparently  ::) The patient should get paid by the tester , because it is obviously some very sick fun to administer .

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on October 13, 2014, 10:22:31 AM
Despite dire predictions earlier in the week, yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day for riding (until about 4 pm). Started out a bit cool - 44 degrees F when I left the house at 7:45, but was into the low 60s by afternoon.

I needed to put some shake down/break-in miles on a customer's V7 Sport restoration. Managed to squeeze in 70 miles on Wednesday, did the retorque and other adjustments and then the rain came again. Since yesterday looked like the only clear day for next five, I decided to ride it to Union Bridge, MD for the "Kawasaki C14 Riders & Friends" ride up into central PA after a hearty breakfast at the Union Bridge VFD.

The response from the C14 guys was very positive - lots of questions about the 'Sport and Guzzis in general. May have "planted the seed" that grows into ownership with a few. The route laid out was perfect for breaking in a restored bike and for showing up any issues that need to be corrected. Realized I only shot one photo the whole day, this one in the town of Pleasant Valley, MD:

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/Amboman4/V7Sport-PleasantValleyVFD001_zps4b722d01.jpg)

Heading home, it got darker and more ominous looking the farther west I went. Fortunately, I made it home without actually getting rained on though. Started raining shortly after the bike was safely tucked away.

All in all, a very enjoyable day out with my friends. 250 miles ridden.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 13, 2014, 11:30:05 AM
Had a great weekend, Dusty.. ;D First, I'm a native born Californian, a rare bird these days. I was born in Bakersfield, and looked at my birth certificate, saw the address, looked at the building on Google earth, and asked my 13 or 14 year older sister if that was it. She described it to a T. Who would have thought it would still be standing?
So.
Famous SoCal Guzzi Girl Jamahila (sp?) was having a not a not a rally in Visilia, and Bakersfield was on the way, so I stopped by.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1060501_zps5991d6ba.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1060501_zps5991d6ba.jpg.html)
Appropriately, it's now a head shop.  ;D The proprietress offered to hobble into the really busy street and take my picture, but  I declined.  ;D
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1060503_zps5a767870.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1060503_zps5a767870.jpg.html)
Jam is freshly retired, and was having a sleep over for 3 guys.  :o Here we are doing a scotch tasting.. Kieth and Jam testing thumb strength from their recent crashes  :o and GuzziBob.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1060507_zps257c86f5.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1060507_zps257c86f5.jpg.html)
Found my new favorite road..woo hoo! It used to be Beartooth, but 180 east of Visalia is smoother, tighter, and more fun to ride. Goes to the top of the mountain, where there is a road house with pretty good food.  ;-T
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/P1060510_zpsa1f208e4.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/P1060510_zpsa1f208e4.jpg.html)
That night, I got to tinker with her Rosso Corsa fixing an intermittent no start issue as payback for having such a good time. ;D Actually, that was fun, too.
Certainly one of the best weekends of the year, and one I'll remember.
edit for typo
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 18, 2014, 08:43:36 PM
Chuck , were you born in that building ? ;D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: drums4money on October 18, 2014, 09:03:49 PM
Couldn't get out on the bike today, but I did to spend the afternoon with a couple of beers and a soldering iron.  Managed to get 5 new sets of phones made.

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u171/ssasser/Old%20School%20Headphones/IMG_0825_zpsd325e3f1.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: dee g on October 18, 2014, 10:48:10 PM
I had the most awesomest day.  Went to a karate tourny today, was just going to watch and MAYBE do blindfolded kata (not judged).  I was talked into competing in an adult novice kata class, I didn't loose breakfast when i stepped into the ring and I ended up with third place.  woo hoo!!   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 18, 2014, 11:39:36 PM
Well done Dee. ;-T

Had a great low key weekend weekend myself. Weather was nice. Got a heap done in the garden. We had friends over on Saturday night and the meal I cooked went done a treat (along with a fair bit of a rather nice French red wine). ;-T ;D

Sunday has been great too. My wife, along with some other ladies have a regular brunch date every month. My mates wife also goes, so I was dropped off at his place so we organised a combined cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs and mushrooms, washed down with a relaxed coffee sitting on his back lawn looking over farmland to the hills. Thought we had better justify our existence so we started the boxing of his "garage" floor (19mts x 13mts). Worked out his levels and made good progress on the boxing by the time the ladies arrived back. Celebrated with another coffee.

Back home and more good progress in the garden.

Bike is due to go back on the road in a weeks time. ;-T The days are getting longer and warming up nicely. ;-T Spring has sprung!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 19, 2014, 12:20:34 AM
I spent the day working in the miter box.  I was getting the edge trim cut for the trike body panels.  The sides take 18 pieces cut to 45ļ, or 15' of angle stock.  The tailgate needs 4 bits or 8'.  I have 16' of stock.  I fitted 14 pieces, including cutting and welding in 'pads' here and there on the frame to square things up.  I ought to finish the side trim tomorrow.  If I can find stock in town I'll do the tailgate, too.  Good progress and no problems with my arms.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 19, 2014, 05:59:48 AM
I spent the day working in the miter box.  I was getting the edge trim cut for the trike body panels.  The sides take 18 pieces cut to 45ļ, or 15' of angle stock.  The tailgate needs 4 bits or 8'.  I have 16' of stock.  I fitted 14 pieces, including cutting and welding in 'pads' here and there on the frame to square things up.  I ought to finish the side trim tomorrow.  If I can find stock in town I'll do the tailgate, too.  Good progress and no problems with my arms.

That's great news, RK!  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 19, 2014, 06:04:07 AM
Chuck , were you born in that building ? ;D

  Dusty

No, there was a "maternity home" down the street. It's gone. Mother and my older half sister (and I) lived in the upstairs apartment on the right, though.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 19, 2014, 04:05:08 PM
Long and tiring Dusty.  I'm on't road with wife and dog.  No Guzzi this time - just a GMC POS Van.

It's a tough life but someone has to make sure the gas bars and restaurants in Gaspe stay in business.

Nick

PS  Managed to scout some really good roads for an Eldo trip!

Along the south coast of the St. Lawrence near Cap-au-Renaud
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/gaspe.jpg)

Perce Rock
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/perce.jpg)

........and from our room tonight near Montmagny, near Quebec City
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/montmagny.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: woodgrain on October 19, 2014, 05:45:28 PM

Did you travel through the Matapedia valley?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 19, 2014, 06:45:23 PM
Did you travel through the Matapedia valley?

Hi Dave - no, around the north shore to Gaspe and Perce, then along the south shore to New Richmond (Chris says she loved it!), then up 299 to St. Anne des Monts, then 132 on the way back.  I wanted her to see the Chic Chocs - although it was a bit misty!.  We camped at a moose hunting lodge on 299.  That was an interesting experience......... ....

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 27, 2014, 07:30:38 PM
Dusty,

Nice of you to ask.  Ms. LD and I just got back from 5 nights at Hilton Head, SC.  The beach was fantastic and resort sublime.  We also got to see the black haired youngest artist daughter as HH is very close to Savannah where she goes to college.  She brought up 4 friends for one night and we paid the room, a dinner and breakfast.  Four college senior girls are a hoot.  We rode bicycles on the beach and around, ate some very fine food, and generally wound down.  I feel thankful for the experience and vacation.

Apparently my brother has taken a turn for the worse with his anxiety/depression (according to my mom).  She said he is retiring from his job sooner than later (sounds familiar).  She was pretty down and depressed and played her loops.  So, I need to check out the story, and keep my boundaries as I cannot solve their problems in life, yet I feel great empathy and loss for the healthy brother I once knew. 

Had a friend, or thought he was --unload on me.  Sort of a long story, but disappointing never the less. It is one more of those online, internet social media screwed up communication things. He called me a name I have not heard since Junior High?  And so yeah.

Back to work tomorrow.  Doc will check bp on Thursday, if it is better I will schedule the hernia operation in November. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on October 27, 2014, 08:16:09 PM
Good reports , progress on all fronts which is great  ;-T

Oh , Muzz , you are gonna love the nerve conductivity test , designed by Quasimodo apparently  ::) The patient should get paid by the tester , because it is obviously some very sick fun to administer .

 Dusty



S'not as bad as all that.  With me they just stuck needles into my flesh with electric wires attached, then turned on electricity so that it felt like worms crawling between one needle and the other.  Sometimes it made the muscles jump, sometimes it burned.  It's a form of checking conductivity of the nerves in your body that carry brain electricity to various muscles and sensory areas.  Feeling pain and having muscles jump is a good sign that they are working.
 Not feeling pain or having them not jump and twitch means they are short circuited or open circuit and don't work.  This is not a good sign.
 What I described was what I felt the first time it was done in the late 90s.
 The last time was last winter and I hardly noticed anything at all.  Diagnosis was both legs more than 60 percent paralyzed.  So obviously you should hope for pain and discomfort to get the best prognosis.
  Seems odd but in this test, pain is your friend.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 27, 2014, 11:33:52 PM
Thanks S.J. At least I know now what they will be looking for. Still waiting for the appointment. Took months before I could see the neurologist, and she told me diddly squat. Had the spine scan. Full of big words, but what I suspect is that it is not the spine causing the hands/arms problem, but could well be causing the leg problems.

In the meantime, it is now the time I can get the bike regd. and wof'd. Got home too late to get the wof today, so will try for tomorrow. Looking forward to  :bike again. ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: dee g on October 27, 2014, 11:53:06 PM
Awesome pics Nick!  Canukistan is on the 'places to explore' short list. Right now it'll just be BC & Alberta, but someday we'll go further east.

Had a great weekend.  Stuck my karate gi in the washer Thursday night and the washer died.  I've had this Bosch Axxis Plus for the better part of 13 years.  its a front load and it didn't want to go counter clockwise.  I replaced the motor brushes last month, so that wasn't the problem.  I stuck in the spare motor, just in case.  No go.  id some research and figured it was probably a bad relay on the control board.  And no replacing the relay, must replace the whole board. Cheapest one I found was $560.  ~sigh~

the 25th was International Karate Day. And at 0600 Okinawa time, people around the planet did 100 kata.  Here in WA state, we cheated a bit and started at 0800 Okinawa time (4 pm Pacific time).  Took about 90 minutes non stop to do 100 kata. My right knee was not happy, but hey, I did it.  yay me! hehehe

I had already decided that I wanted a new Bosch washer to replace the dead one.  Saturday morning, Pete found the only one in stock within 500 miles of the house.  ROAD TRIP!!

Off to Portland we went.  Got the washer loaded in the Element then went to Clarklewis for dinner. Yum!  I had foie gras for the first time. it was stinking delicious. trying to find an excuse to head back to Portland.  Lol.

http://www.clarklewispdx.com/

new washer works great. But if anyone in the WA/OR area knows how to replace a small relay on a circuit board, let me know. I'd love to get the old Bosch operational again to use in the garage.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: dee g on October 27, 2014, 11:56:15 PM
S'not as bad as all that.  With me they just stuck needles into my flesh with electric wires attached, then turned on electricity so that it felt like worms crawling between one needle and the other.  Sometimes it made the muscles jump, sometimes it burned.  It's a form of checking conductivity of the nerves in your body that carry brain electricity to various muscles and sensory areas. 

My acupuncturist does that.  I kinda like it.  ::)  They way he sets it up, it relieves the spasms I have in my upper back/neck from time to time.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on October 28, 2014, 02:10:03 AM
  Muzz, if you haven't already had it get your B-12 numbers from a blood test.
  They should be between 200 and 900.  Close to 200 and you may be in trouble.
  Is better if you have above 500.
  The tingling then numbness begins in the feet and moves upward very slowly, it takes years to cripple you.
  Along the way you may experience pain in the bones for what seems like no reason.
  It is the nerves telling you that they are dying.
  I hope you have a good neurologist.

 
  As for what the acupuncturist does with electricity is not a test.  It is a therapy in which the electricity confuses the nerves that carry pain messages
 to the brain to the point that you do not feel pain for a while.  When it was done to me they gave me the control and told me to take as high a setting as I could stand.  After the arm went numb they had me do exercises that I otherwise could not do.  When the exercises became painful, they again turned on the electricity until it was again numb.  Then more exercise etc.  They would do this for about 2 hours three times a week for several months until I recovered use of the arm.
 This was for an arthritis issue in one arm completely unrelated to the numbness in my legs.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 28, 2014, 02:29:23 AM
  Muzz, if you haven't already had it get your B-12 numbers from a blood test.
  They should be between 200 and 900.  Close to 200 and you may be in trouble.
  Is better if you have above 500.
 

S.J. She has (and I have had) ANOTHER blood test done. I have not seen any results for that yet. She wants to see me when she has the results of all the tests. All the previous results of all the tests I have had have all been good.

She is supposed to be about the best here in Christchurch....... .. :pop

Title: Re:
Post by: Testarossa on October 28, 2014, 08:25:44 PM
Got the catheter out. Can pee. Testified in the murder trial. Mixed day.
Title: Re:
Post by: Muzz on October 28, 2014, 09:39:02 PM
Got the catheter out. Can pee. Testified in the murder trial. Mixed day.

Don't know how to comment on that.... :-\ "Mixed day" has a ring to it.

Edit: The Breva has just gone straight through on it's WOF (Warrant of Fitness) ;-T ;-T ;-T Out here you cannot register a bike or car unless it has a WOF. My darling will register it tomorrow so then it will be all road legal.

After sitting for 6 months it fired up straight off and settled in to a smooth idle. Taking it down to the garage was a joy. I was trying not to bring attention to myself but I just could not resist a wee tweak on the throttle. ;D It really is great to be back on two wheels again. ;-T

And now a  :BEER: to celebrate.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on October 29, 2014, 01:18:24 AM
  Quote;  Got the catheter out. Can pee.

   I haven't had to use a catheter to pee yet but back in 98 They went up my digeree doo with a backhoe and a camera crew. I got to watch on TV
 as they dug out a boulder and the grapple took a hold of it and dragged it out.  Then they put in a stent so I could pee with a flag hanging out the end of it for a few days.
   The pain of kidney stones is highly over rated and exaggerated by most folks, it really doesn't hurt any worse than pulling a yard of rusty barbed wire out the end of it.  The pissing out of a few hundred smaller stones over the next three years or five is kind of a bummer too.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 07:50:12 AM
It's a very good morning, for some reason.   Sun shining, birds singing ... got up, read the news, had a cup of coffee, got out the Stelvio and cruised in to work.

Just something in the air, I guess.

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 05, 2014, 08:08:33 AM
 Lannis , I know you are speaking in code , don't politicize this thread also  ::(

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 08:17:20 AM
Odd , it is extremely dreary here , no sunshine , not much hope for better in the near future .

  Dusty

Sorry to hear that.   Maybe just give it a couple years and things will be better?  

Well, take a long ride and maybe your outlook will improve.   Second star to the right  ;) and straight on till morning!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on November 05, 2014, 08:55:52 AM
It's a dismal forecast on this side of the border. :'(

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 09:01:27 AM
Lannis , I know you are speaking in code , don't politicize this thread also  ::(

  Dusty

"The crow flies at midnight.   Bunch of monkeys on the ceiling! Grab your egg-and-fours and let's get the bacon delivered!"
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 05, 2014, 10:18:07 AM
"The crow flies at midnight.   Bunch of monkeys on the ceiling! Grab your egg-and-fours and let's get the bacon delivered!"

Someone is a Richard .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on November 05, 2014, 11:46:53 AM
Today is an endless grind of analysing nastly 1840's garbage.  But yesterday, ah yesterday.....I rode 200 happy miles on  the Breva, just to look at a couple of fields.

I spend such a large percentage of my time riding the older bikes that it's a real revelation to get on a modern bike from time to time.  Different experience, to be sure - and without that 'classic' feel - but a good one none-the-less.

I also totted up my aggregate mileage across multiple bikes since resuming riding in 2008.  In total, I was shocked to find I'd ridden over 111,000 miles (180,000 kms), for a annual average of 18,700 miles (30,000 kms).

In the recent poll I'd guessed between 10,000 and 20,000, but thought I was probably exaggerating a little - seems like I wasn't.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 11:53:56 AM
Someone is a Richard .

  Dusty

I don't have the key to that code ... ?   :D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 12:00:23 PM
Today is an endless grind of analysing nastly 1840's garbage. Nick

As I remember, you're an independent archaeological consultant .... So how do people know to find you?   And who wants some 1840's stuff (I assume it's not literally garbage although it might be) analyzed ???

We hired one of you guys in Pennsylvania when we were getting ready to build a new power plant ... makiing sure we weren't digging up something that might be of historical interest during construction?    Is it that sort of thing?   

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on November 05, 2014, 12:31:06 PM
As I remember, you're an independent archaeological consultant .... So how do people know to find you?   And who wants some 1840's stuff (I assume it's not literally garbage although it might be) analyzed ???

We hired one of you guys in Pennsylvania when we were getting ready to build a new power plant ... makiing sure we weren't digging up something that might be of historical interest during construction?    Is it that sort of thing?  

Lannis

Exactly.  Under various bits of legislation, developers, crown corporations etc. are required to make sure they aren't destroying anything (along with eagle nests, rare plant communities etc.).  In the case cited above, a developer hired us to investigate a 700 acre piece of swamp and limestone plain.  Nobody in their right mind would ever have chosen to live there, but it was all divvied up and surveyed following the American Revolution when the 'Loyalists' needed land where they could continue to live in thrall to their masters in the UK ~;.   Of course the connected got the best land and held much of the rest for speculation.  

In the first half of the nineteenth century, various settlement schemes sought to populate the area with the disadvantaged from Scotland and Ireland.  I think many of them found exchanging a 1 acre tenant field in Donegal for 100 acres of their own in Ontario wasn't such a great deal after all.

We found four historic cabin sites during the assessment. Hard scrabble farms indeed! The best of them continued to be used and farmed into the 1960's.  The other three were burned out during the 'Great Fire of 1870' - a massive conflagation which destroyed the farms and livelihoods of thousands of people, and incidentally, resulted in the first government social assistance program in the 'new' Canada.  

And yes - most of it really is garbage.  Tiny sherds of pottery, nails, bits of clay pipe - the junk people swept out of their back door, dropped between the boards on the porch, or threw into the manure wagon.  It ain't all like 'Time Team'.

As for how people find me........most of my work comes through engineering/planning companies or through referral through our professional association.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 05, 2014, 12:40:25 PM
It might be trash from a previous time , but most of what we know about ancient history stems from studying trash piles . How people lived , there technology , social customs . NYC is a virtual treasure trove , layer upon layer , covered in newer development . And then there are the cities in the old world that still have yet to be explored .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 12:40:35 PM
Exactly.  Under various bits of legislation, developers, crown corporations etc. are required to make sure they aren't destroying anything (along with eagle nests, rare plant communities etc.).  In the case cited above, a developer hired us to investigate a 700 acre piece of swamp and limestone plain.  Nobody in their right mind would ever have chosen to live there, but it was all divvied up and surveyed following the American Revolution when the 'Loyalists' needed land where they could continue to live in thrall to their masters in the UK ~;.   Of course the connected got the best land and held much of the rest for speculation. 

In the first half of the nineteenth century, various settlement schemes sought to populate the area with the disadvantaged from Scotland and Ireland.  I think many of them found exchanging a 1 acre tenant field in Donegal for 100 acres of their own in Ontario wasn't such a great deal after all.

We found four historic cabin sites during the assessment. Hard scrabble farms indeed! The best of them continued to be used and farmed into the 1960's.  The other three were burned out during the 'Great Fire of 1870' - a massive conflagation which destroyed the farms and livelihoods of thousands of people, and incidentally, resulted in the first government social assistance program in the 'new' Canada. 

And yes - most of it really is garbage.  Tiny sherds of pottery, nails, bits of clay pipe - the junk people swept out of their back door, dropped between the boards on the porch, or threw into the manure wagon.  It ain't all like 'Time Team'.

Nick

We hired 3 different companies --

1) One to make sure that no species of interest were impacted.   "Indiana Bat" hibernacula, a particular species of mussel in the river, and I'll be darned if we didn't find trout in a creek you wouldn't have thought a tadpole could swim in.

2) One to make sure that no Indian artifacts, graveyards, ceremonial sites, etc were going to be torn up.   They brought in representatives from all the tribes in the state, walked them over the site, and asked if they had any problems with digging it up and building on it.   There weren't.

3) And one to make sure that the old river canal wasn't going to be impacted, that we gathered up anything of interest from old farms or cabins before the Caterpillars came in, etc.   Like what you're describing.

Pretty specialized work in this case; the same guys don't do the Indian stuff as do the European settler stuff ....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on November 05, 2014, 12:55:55 PM
This morning, as I was reading about the hurricane winds and thick rain we're supposed to be getting this PM, the floor started bouncing.  It was a nice beat, but I couldn't dance to it.  I gave it a 4.0 - 4.3.  Good thing it happened before the big rain or there could have been some nasty slides.  Then one of my subcontractees called to say the IRS had questions about my tax information as submitted by them.  It wasn't 7:15 yet.  I considered rolling a joint, but I just went back to bed.    **C
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on November 05, 2014, 01:14:56 PM
.................
Pretty specialized work in this case; the same guys don't do the Indian stuff as do the European settler stuff ....

Lannis

We do both and frankly, I'm far more interested in First Nations, pre-Contact archaeology than I am in this later stuff.  During the preliminary stages of work (ie. finding the sites) we tend to just go at it, following prescribed methods and regulated approaches.  During later stages of work on FN sites, we have a ethical and regulatory requirements to consult with the nearest FN communities - which usually means we have monitors watching the work, or more usually, joining with us in the work.

We are also the go-to guys when non-recent bodies are accidentally discovered.  We get to investigate to determine who, when, how many etc.

Nick

Thomas Wiggins (Euro-Canadian: buried 1863, relocated/reburied 2004)
(http://www.adamsheritage.info/images/thomas buttons.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 05, 2014, 01:25:45 PM
Earthquakes , typhoons , old dead bodies , where else are ya gonna get that kind of variety ? :D AND , the expertise to understand it all  ;-T

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on November 05, 2014, 01:36:23 PM
Great image, [nick949] - somebody's bones and the clothes they were wearing ?

And [rodekyll], " It wasn't 7:15 yet.  I considered rolling a joint, but I just went back to bed. ", that should be your signature line.

I just set a record for the world's shortest and cleanest Management Review meeting, and I'll spend the rest of this week in final preparations for an external ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit. Believe it or not, I love my job - never a dull moment.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on November 05, 2014, 01:41:10 PM
According to the new rules, we have to wait 90 days after the votes are certified before we can light that joint.  So for now I can only say I'm considering it.

[edit]

Just checked -- the quake was shallow and a 4.6. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 02:12:46 PM
I just set a record for the world's shortest and cleanest Management Review meeting, and I'll spend the rest of this week in final preparations for an external ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit. Believe it or not, I love my job - never a dull moment.

Monday, we've got an "entry meeting" for our "ISO/IEC 17025" laboratory certification for our testing lab - the assessor will be here deciding if we've got the right procedures, skills, and management control over our lab ....  Come to think of it, I kind of like my job too.   

But I like riding motorcycles better!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on November 05, 2014, 02:17:49 PM
[Lannis], do you work with a calibration lab?

(edit) Okay, what kind of testing ? Do you get to test motorcycles, or is it something more like oil / mineral / water samples ?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on November 05, 2014, 03:25:09 PM
Job?? Yuck. <shuffling off>
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on November 05, 2014, 06:55:45 PM
We just had an 'aftershock' of the same-ish magnitude and depth.  It felt the same to me, but it's recorded as a 4.2.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 05, 2014, 07:03:20 PM
We just had an 'aftershock' of the same-ish magnitude and depth.  It felt the same to me, but it's recorded as a 4.2.

May be time to calibrate the RK-O-Meter  ;D Or get a new tuning fork installed .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on November 05, 2014, 07:09:39 PM
Either that or stop greasing the rollaround toolbox wheels.  I can usually tell the direction and magnitude of a moderate quake by their range of motion.  On the really big ones the bbq takes a walk in the back yard and the smoke house bricks come undone.  I used to be able to guess by the number of dishes that tumbled out of the cabinets, but they're all broken now.  Then I went to count the nails that popped out of the house siding.  That stopped being a good indicator when the nail holes wore out and they started popping with temperature changes.  Now I have to replace them with drywall screws.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 05, 2014, 07:30:06 PM
At least life in Sitka is never boring , at least here we get some warning before a tornado  :D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on November 05, 2014, 07:30:36 PM
Today, I was the monkey trying to shove the cork back into the elephant with the shits ass.  It's 1925 CST and I'm going  to bed. Unless the house is on fire, or Lorraine is pregnant, don't bother me. ~; 



Dusty, I'll ring you up tomorrow.  ;-T



Long freakin day.  ::( ::(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on November 05, 2014, 08:45:33 PM
At least life in Sitka is never boring , at least here we get some warning before a tornado  :D

  Dusty

We were on our version of a tornado warning -- waterspout alert -- last week.  Those are over-water twisters that can randomly change direction and rush ashore.  Does that count?  Usually when I see them there's no warning -- I just look up and there one is. 

We're on typhoon warning from now till midnight -- winds to 70 and heavy rain expected.  The chance of precip is in the triple digits somewhere.  So is the hundreths-inch meter for rainfall.  The Civil Defense robot lady keeps interrupting the election report (not a hole to drive your political truck through -- she gets like that on all the stations) to warn us that unless everyone checks their boat and battens down the garbage can we're all gonna die.  The rain has started.  Wind too, but it's from the north.  The good stuff is SE/SW.  So this is the opening act designed to make me cold and grumpy before the main event.


 ..  . . and a 3.8 quake to round out the day.  That's just a little stronger than when a big truck goes by, but it lasts longer when you feel it.  I don't think I did but it's hard to tell with all the wind.

I do love it so!   ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on November 05, 2014, 08:59:27 PM
[Lannis], do you work with a calibration lab?

(edit) Okay, what kind of testing ? Do you get to test motorcycles, or is it something more like oil / mineral / water samples ?

Mechanical and metallurgical.    A BIG seismic shaker table for building design analysis, alloy testing, tensile and compression tests, environmental shock (temperature, motion), SEM work, that sort of thing .....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on November 06, 2014, 11:50:35 AM
Very cool. We periodically contract with folks like you to abuse our computer equipment in varying manners to make the people that buy it happy - they tend to use airplanes, boats, submarines and the like, with all the heat, cold, vibration and water you would expect.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on December 10, 2014, 06:43:13 PM
Excellent today. Thanks for asking, Dusty. I'd alluded to Dorcia having some medical problems. Brought her home from the hospital today after a double mastectomy (breast cancer) and she is doing *much* better than I expected.  ;-T Pain free, (so far) in good spirits, eating, smiling. Won't really know anything until the pathology report, but we're cautiously optimistic.
To those that have sent us PMs.. thanks!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on December 10, 2014, 07:10:54 PM
What we have to look forward to next winter when we move from SoCal to the farm in NY. (https://scontent-2.2914.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/10857099_10203225770621875_2643754245028139370_o.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on December 10, 2014, 10:38:50 PM
           That is a timely question if nothing else ;D
           Just got home from a shakedown trip to west of Brisbane and back. Left at 9 am. Got back at 1 pm. Gave my back a good test. Doing the same trip last Thursday saw me turn back well before halfway with lower back pain. Physio on Friday, fixed me up. Very warm and muggy too and my ancient CamelBack helped get me through it.
            Confident of being fit enough for an overnighter down the Lyons Road to Kyogle now. Just need a couple of fine days during the week :drool 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 10, 2014, 11:02:02 PM
Chuckie and Bill in OZ , thanks for the updates guys . Kent , a friend here has a ranch just outside of Tehachapi , and I know it can get chilly there , but are you sure about this move back to snow country ? :D Brrrrrrrrr.

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on December 11, 2014, 12:19:55 AM
We are sure.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on December 11, 2014, 06:56:41 AM
Dusty,

My body is healing, I am feeling pretty energetic, and a three day weekend is coming.  I have five work days left in 2014 and sometime Christmas Little Goose will get fired up and ridden again.  All good stuff and this Christmas I seem to be into the happy side more than the bah humbug, at least so far. 

Alzheimer's clinic is open:   event of last evening.... Larry is my father in law here thru Christmas...13 days to go...Larry is into sleeping 18 hours at a time, and skipping medications and meals...and we are not around enough to provide the needed care....

Dinner preparation time Larry gets up and wants to ďtalkĒ with my wife:  the game of charades with no nouns.  He was urgently trying to ask or tell her something and I watched and listened from the living room.  They looped and looped again.  Larry got agitated and started doing his toddler dance:  flinging his body into a circle away from wifey and flapping his good left arm, and saying ďIím sorry, Iím sorryĒ over and over and increasing anger.  Wife did her best, and could never understand Ė but it was something like two women were supposed to pick him up today to go somewhere?   While in San Antonio BIL has one of his wifeís daughterís take him to physical therapy and on errands to get him out of the house.   Could be Larry lost track where he was, and such? 

My take:   the absolute loss of Larryís ability to use nouns, all we get are ďthis, and that, and there, and them, and her and himĒ  has reached the point where even basic communication is dwindled to a guessing game.   When he has his big health event:   something really hurting, or a fall, or whateverótrying to analyze the situation will be very tough.  The more stressed he gets, the more physical outburst, hence the toddler dance.   I watched him and he appeared to want to hit my wife, or something but danced into a spin instead.   Last summer in the famous ďwasp in the kitchenĒ incident he definitely wanted to hit me, but I kept the kitchen table between him and I, as I am much faster.   If I ever see Larry start physical attacks:  we are DONE with having him.  Hopefully I can talk to wifey about the event tonight.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 25, 2014, 07:56:00 PM
So , was Santa/Kris/Father C good to you guys and gals ? Did you get a smile and a hug for giving a thoughtful gift ? Or , did the day suck ? ;D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on December 25, 2014, 08:24:40 PM
So , was Santa/Kris/Father C good to you guys and gals ? Did you get a smile and a hug for giving a thoughtful gift ? Or , did the day suck ? ;D

  Dusty

With family all day long yesterday and today.   We're trying to "ease off" of gifts ... what really means something is taking the time to be together.

Too much food, but boy was it good.   

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on December 25, 2014, 08:32:50 PM
I got to spend a couple of days with my daughter and son-in-law. We fixed meals worthy of a sonnet and had some really good conversation. For presents, I got a set of really good kitchen knives, some other neat stuff and a (used) Macbook Pro 13. Oh boy; I am Happy!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on December 25, 2014, 08:43:43 PM
With family all day long yesterday and today.   We're trying to "ease off" of gifts ... what really means something is taking the time to be together.

Too much food, but boy was it good.   

Lannis

Lannis,  you are aware that any and all food consumed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all full family gathering have no calories, fat, or other negatives right?? ;)  Hence, there is no such thing as "too much food."  ;-T :drool :food
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on December 28, 2014, 05:20:54 PM
Dusty,

Well nice of you to ask.  Just got back from the gym, first time in about six weeks due to surgery recovery.  I was careful to test and be slow on the stretching routine:  no problems.  Then I went to the weight machines, same caution:  test, low weights, pay attention to my body reaction.  Glad to say:  no problems other than my muscles saying:  hey buddy it has been a while.  The result is strength maintenance and flexibility, particularly for my upper body.  The hot hubble-bubble tubby was wonderful, and steam room.

The workout helps the post Christmas Houston grey wet cold windy grimey DREARY foggy blues.  Many days of overcast get to me quickly.  I hope to ride the V7R tomorrow, it is supposed to clear off, but be pretty chilly, but the Aerostich leathers will do their job.  Hope the bike starts ok after 5 weeks sitting, I bet it does. Even a short ride would boost morale a lot.

House is full of college students and that is fun.  The Christmas week was splendid although being out of town for two days including Christmas eve was disappointing:  first time I have missed a church candle lighting service in maybe 25 years.  Oh well I will go to a New Years eve "burning" service where one is invited to write down what they want to let go, and put it into the fire.  Need some of that as 2014 deserves to be flushed in many ways.

Had a nice lunch with my buddy Ed.  He has been thru two family deaths since September:  younger brother from smoking/alcoholism, and then 96 year old mom shortly after from a stroke and general body giving up.  However Ed has a new girlfriend (really like her), and his work is going very well and I admire his resilience, he is perhaps my best local Houston friend.  We agreed to a boys steak dinner out soon, and on a nice weekend day:  an Italian motorcycle ride fest.

My wife gets testy with me home I think, plus she has post-daddy/Alzheimer's clinic stress.  So she picks at me and corrects me and generally is difficult.  My reaction is non--as often it is best to keep the words inside.  I have another week off and I will continue to fix/clean/organize/upgrade and generally pull out those "roundtoits" and get them done.  A big one is a new revised will, medical directives, and such:  it has been too long and with lots of changes very important. So I will start that process Monday.  Car maintenance has priority and we have my wife's car and my blue bavarian beast done, and the youngest college student's red Mazda 3 up for its checkup before she drives back to Savannah early January.  It feels good to catch up on some of the entropy.

2015 in the oil patch will be a classic fear and loathing year due to oil prices crashing.  We will see what happens--one of my goals is to keep my poise with the whole shebang especially the snarky, uncommunicative, and wishy-washy and incompetent Mr. Boss and do-nothing Mr. Geologist.  Retirement beckons, but I want to pull the trigger by my own volition and timing, but you never know if they have layoffs the decision could come landing on my roof anyway.  A key for next year for me:  do not anticipate the situation/changes/lives of my mother, my wife's dad and my brother.  All three are very fragile and clinging to any quality of life and have major physical and or emotional issues.  My brother is retiring from being  college professor next May, so I hope the reduced stress will help him out. 

I need to play with some of my new Christmas toys. 

Bottom line:  I am grateful, and both poodles are locked onto me begging for chewey treats, the fire is burning natural gas and I am living in America.  Can't beat that. Oh, it would be good if the Denver Broncos at least advanced to the AFC title game, but I won't be greedy.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on December 29, 2014, 06:22:24 PM
Well, it sucked, Dusty. Spent a good part of the day and yesterday at the funeral home sending off Marlene.. a card carrying character. Only 52. Had a pretty non invasive operation on her knee, and died Christmas day. She was another aviator friend, so if you would.. face the west, raise a glass, and wish her a good trip, too.  :'(
Thanks for that. The world needs more characters...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on December 29, 2014, 06:35:02 PM

Hmmm.  Winter blues seem to prevail.  Let's try this:

Yesterday was a brilliantly bright winter day -- very clear skies and sub-freezing.  A prefect Sitka Sunday.  I stitched a couple hundred rivets into the trike and did 'final answer' on the rear fender mounts while listening to my Seahawks defense have their way with the opposition.  Later, the northern lights came out -- all very satisfying.  I now have functional storage spaces in the trike body, complete with lids, trays, and sides.  I have forward fender brackets and skinning the tailgate to go, and then the rear body is ready for paint.  The Seahawks have the division title and first week playoff 'bye'.  That's progress for all my concerns.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 29, 2014, 07:24:42 PM
Well, it sucked, Dusty. Spent a good part of the day and yesterday at the funeral home sending off Marlene.. a card carrying character. Only 52. Had a pretty non invasive operation on her knee, and died Christmas day. She was another aviator friend, so if you would.. face the west, raise a glass, and wish her a good trip, too.  :'(
Thanks for that. The world needs more characters...

Yes it does , and yes we will . Sorry for your loss Chuck  :(

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: normzone on December 29, 2014, 08:36:16 PM
Well that's so sad - I just toasted to your friend with a nice porter. I'm real sorry to hear that.

I made it through a day with my ISO 9001:2008 auditor. I told him " I both welcome and dread your visits, and I count you among my valued resources". He told me I made his day. I can clean my whiteboard, my desk, and start the next chapter.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on December 29, 2014, 10:52:11 PM
Well that's so sad - I just toasted to your friend with a nice porter. I'm real sorry to hear that.

I made it through a day with my ISO 9001:2008 auditor. I told him " I both welcome and dread your visits, and I count you among my valued resources". He told me I made his day. I can clean my whiteboard, my desk, and start the next chapter.

One of the reasons my career was at least as successful as it was (whatever that means) is that I always let the QA and the Standards auditors and assessors know that I understood and appreciated what they were doing, and didn't treat them like a pain in the butt, even though they could be a pain in the butt sometimes.    I realized early on that "Arguing with a QA Auditor is like wrestling with a pig in the mud - it doesn't get you anywhere, you get filthy, and after a while you realize that the pig likes it!"

I sure did appreciate getting findings from my internal auditors and fixing them, rather than waiting for the DOE, DCMA, or NRC assessors to catch them ... that can be public and painful ....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 09, 2015, 10:08:24 PM
Saddened by the passing of Dean Smith . A great gentleman and coach .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on February 14, 2015, 09:35:30 AM
Yesterday was pretty great. Cloudless and windless. Spent the morning skiing with some old friends from the Bay Area, piling up 16,000 vertical feet before lunch at Beaver Creek. Then inhabited the press corral for the second run of the men's GS at the Alpine World Championships -- to watch Ted Ligety win his third consecutive GS world championship by half a second over the World Cup leader, Marcel Hirscher.

Today is the women's slalom. Another perfect-weather day and home-town girl Mikaela Shiffrin should win it. Hooray for our team!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 14, 2015, 09:42:36 AM
 Never skied , but love ski racing . Thanks Seth  ;-T

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on February 14, 2015, 12:39:20 PM
After the first run Mikaela leads by .4. It's her day! Ready to repeat as world slalom champion!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on February 15, 2015, 02:42:47 PM
Got the loop tank finished except for the lid.  Looking for a hinge.  Fotoguzzi came through with a seat latch, so I used my existing one to make the lid latch.  This concludes the fuse box/glove box portion of the trike build.  I rearranged my space last night, moving the aluminum rear section to the back and bringing the steel chassis section to the fore.  Today we get the chassis on blocks and start the disassembly for final tweaking of the steel fabrication and prep to paint.

Progress is good.  However, I'm being evicted from the shop at the end of the month regardless of where I am on the project.  That part isn't much fun.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on February 15, 2015, 03:40:49 PM
Being evicted :o
That's bad news. Hope you can find something else without tooo much trouble ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on February 15, 2015, 05:15:33 PM
I'm very close now.  It's possible to have it enough together to drive home, provided the painter gets to work in time.  The rest of it -- wiring, hydraulics, fuel, and detail work -- can be done on the back porch, if I can fit it in there. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 15, 2015, 05:43:48 PM
Fixed the first thing on the Skorpion project, a fuel cap that wouldn't open. It was easier than the typical Guzzi stuck cap. No die grinder required.. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: stmike on February 15, 2015, 05:45:01 PM
It was a fine day today for me. Wife and I are visiting friends from Canada who are vacationing in La Quinta (near Palm Springs) and we had a really nice round of golf this morning at a very challenging course followed by time in the pool and jacuzzi. Life is good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 15, 2015, 06:41:04 PM
Quote
Life is good.

Yessir!  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: gsf12man on February 15, 2015, 08:12:41 PM
520 or so miles so far to deliver a new-to-her Ford Explorer to my sister in Michigan to replace its ancient rustbucket twin. In Rhinelander, Wisconsin and somehow the Spotted Cows are interfering with my typing; 300 miles to go tomorrow and I'll shut up now!

Blowing snow and snow-covered highways are bad; life is good. Life with a Moto Guzzi will be better. C'mon, spring!

Tom

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on February 21, 2015, 08:28:31 PM
Well Dusty, kind of you to ask as always

Contemplative as I feel big changes coming in my life.  FlubDub Energy, as I mentioned, had a BOD meeting last Thursday.  I feel, conjecture, otherwise guess that significant changes are coming.  Maybe we will get some communication this coming week?  The oil industry is crashing due to oil prices driven by over supply and not enough demand.  Fifty buck oil means nothing we do in exploration in the Gulf of Mexico is economic, and I mean nothing.  Given an average 15% success rate for the past decade by industry, and these prices I see my job as futile.  Others must also see that:  gone from improbable to impossible.  Since I took this gig about 4 years ago the company has drilled zero operated exploration wells.  Frankly, I am giving up.  Despite superb technical skills I just see the job more and more as a dead end.  Throw in almost zero team format between Mr. Boss and my so called geologist, and a CEO that is nothing but a deal maker:  come on, let's get this over and done with.  So, I am hoping the retirement decision is made for me soon.

Talked with my nearly 94 year old mom and my brother today.  Wow, both are in bad shape:  mom looping her "where is my stuff" grief over losing her house, and household and independence just over a year ago.  My brother is in drug experiment mode by his psychiatrist for depression and anxiety:  no progress in over 2 years.  I have increasingly detached from my mom and brother:  but it still hurts to see both of them suffering.

Life is short is the message.  I am grateful for health, family wife, daughters, poodles, motorcycles, bicycles, turtles, and ducks and blooming iris and on. 

Why is my life so blessed and others suffer?  Had two dads of close friends in Durango, CO pass in the past week.  Another reminder:  life is finite, life it to the fullest. 

Guess that is enough.  I just feel the big winds of life blowing right now.  Retirement is a big bridge for me after non-stop work since 21 in the oil bidness, and growing up working in my Dad's drugstore since age 12.  Lots of decades working.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on February 21, 2015, 08:42:36 PM
Well Dusty, kind of you to ask as always

Contemplative as I feel big changes coming in my life.  ............

Guess that is enough.  I just feel the big winds of life blowing right now.  Retirement is a big bridge for me after non-stop work since 21 in the oil bidness, and growing up working in my Dad's drugstore since age 12.  Lots of decades working.

Started working for a paycheck when I was 15, spent 8 years in school, worked 35 years in the energy business, things started going a bit pear-shaped last year in the energy market (Marcellus shale gas, etc) ....

... and I reached escape velocity, leapt out the employment hatch and pulled the ripcord 8 weeks ago today.

It's exactly what you should do.    Your life is begging for it.    Time to get your mind and energy on the important things.   You can make it on your retirement income and your savings, trust me ... !   Not just me, but everyone I know who's retired ... !

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on February 21, 2015, 09:21:11 PM
Lannis,

Thanks for your kind reply and sharing advice and experience. I guess I am flapping my wings on the edge of the nest?

Wish I could have you over and split a Belgique Tripel and chat in the garage. 

I have talked a lot recently with retired peers all telling me what you are saying.  Having lunch this coming week with another peer who is retiring officially end of March.  Its a big step.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on February 22, 2015, 02:50:46 AM
This retirement thing must be contagious.  Last week I bounced off the boss that when my beloved hits the magic 65 on April 7th.  I want to drop down to a 4 day week, taking every Friday off.  I also said that at the end of the year I want to pull the plug completely,  which will give them time to train up someone new.
I also said that if he was interested I would be prepared to come in on a casual basis if they were short of manpower.  He thought that was just fine.

There is a bit of a reason for this.  It seems that my auto immune problems have not been siiting idly by,  but have started killing off the nerves in my extremities.  At the moment it is not too much of a problem as my neurologist has prescribed a drug that gets rid of most of the symptoms,  but of course does not fix the problem.  It may fix itself but probably will not.

In the meantime, we keep on keeping on.

Today however was a beauty.  My son and I went to the Sound of Thunder bike meet today, which was run as the John Britten tribute meet.  There was great racing, one of which was won by a Moto Guzzi roundfin which went like stink, revved like crazy, sounded brilliant and ridden by a guy who could really ride.  He did well even in the open events.  There were also seven Brittens  on display, four of the later type and three of his earlier prototypes.  Four of them did two quite long display rides, trying of course not to blow them up as parts are quite scarce I believe. ;D  However, on the final lap of the last ride Stroud popped a wheelie all the way down the main straight.  Just brilliant! ;-T ;-T ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on February 22, 2015, 03:07:16 AM
              That sounded like a great day Muzz ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on February 22, 2015, 03:40:35 AM
              That sounded like a great day Muzz ;-T

Was indeed.  Even the guy riding a California complete with running boards came in ahead of a large number of Buells! ;D ;D ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on March 01, 2015, 02:24:44 AM
Another great day.

I had arranged with my ex-dentist mate that when he had finished off marrying off parts of his family etc that we should go for a ride.  This is the guy who ended up buying an immaculate K bike after I had posted on the site for info on it.  Today it was off to Akaroa for a quick blast. I had suggested the inland route to Kaikoura but he thought that as he was still getting used to the bike a shorter run would be better.  It was an absolutely perfect day; we were not even halfway there when the sky cleared to not a cloud in the sky, temp gauge said 79 deg and there weren't too many triffids on the road.  I let him lead the way and from the rear he looked as though he had been on the bike all his life. Had a nice coffee overlooking the bay and relaxed in the holiday atmosphere that Akaroa provides.  He was feeling more confident on the way back and we had a most enjoyable ride to finish off the afternoon.  This was his first decent ride on it with hills in the mix since he bought it.

Pretty sure he has decided the bike is a keeper now. ;-T

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on March 06, 2015, 05:46:34 PM
Dusty,

Pretty great day with sunshine, bicycle ride with lots of resulting endorphins, poodle walk and such.  Grandpa Larry is here so the Alzheimer's clinic is open. He had a really bad day yesterday:  not getting up, then my wife finally rousing him, then he appears to be functioning, then thinks the day is over and undresses and goes back to bed.  When I got home from work my wife was pretty despondent and frustrated.  So it goes.  Seems one of the common results of Alz is sleeping a lot as it progresses.  Relentless.

Wife had doctor call:  uh abnormal cells from pap smear.  She goes to a gyno in six weeks.  I hope for the best, but I know it is stressful.  Her family has no cancer history and she is a clean lifestyle person, and in excellent physical condition.  But the combo of her dad here and the news stressed her out.  She seems to be bouncing back though.  She also needs to do a breast exam (high density issue) and the dreaded colonoscopy.  

Talked to mom and yep got her the binoculars.  Maybe they will work, but likely not.  She is still dreaming of moving back into her house.  Won't happen--at least with my help and cooperation.  I wish she would deal with reality, and stop living in the past.  This stuff gets my goat more than I admit.  My brother revealed today in a phone call he is completely done teaching college.  He said he is taking his accumulated medical leave, and this past week was spring break.  Huge change for him.  I suspect the college suggested the leave as his depression/anxiety/drugs prevent him from being effective.  Now what?  More isolation and being a hermit due to his issues, or getting healthier with the job stress gone?  Up to him.  

Renters of mom's house have an issue.  He is a master plumber, and he re-injured his back.  I hope he heals up as they need both incomes to keep going in high priced Durango.   Good family.

Yeah strange day.  Mr. Boss called.  My first thought:  here it comes...uh you no longer have a job.  Yeah, that is the oil industry.  Nope, big surprise:  big bonus paid next Friday.  Really?  Dusty, it makes no sense at all, illogical.  Don't get it.  Told family and they are happy of course.  Now what?  The bonus could pay off the house and buy a new car.  Retirement is beckoning in 2015, and this bump makes crossing that bridge much easier.  First positive from Flubdub Energy, ever:  the place has been miserable.  Man, I need to meditate on this.  Will take Ms. Lucydad and grandpa out for Tex Mex and have a margarita I guess.  A Guzzi ride tomorrow will help too.  Just don't get some of this stuff sometimes.

Eldest daughter has brand new job in NYC:  dream for her.  We go see her end of March for her 25th birthday.  Youngest daughter graduates from college end of May.  More big changes, and I would not be surprised to see her snag a job pretty quickly.

Poodles have lots of ideas how to spend the bonus.  I might just get a triple.  Girls will have lots of other ideas.

Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on March 06, 2015, 05:55:15 PM
Last week I had to go into town and endure the stress of the local driving conditions, and without losing my "cool"!  ::(
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/cops%20behind_zpsccsepput.jpg)
"Must, must behave"
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on March 06, 2015, 05:57:18 PM
 Hang in Greg , time will solve some of this . Get out and camp , meet up with some of the Guzzi clan , life will look better , I promise . Oh , and congrats on the bonus , large companies often make no sense  :D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on March 06, 2015, 07:00:24 PM
Hi there.

Thought I'd drop a note to say the trike frame is painted and the engine, gearbox, and the frame upper/lowers should be assembled this PM.  Still shimming the differential, but it should be installed tomorrow.  Then it's some driveshafts and suspension, and we should have a rolling chassis.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on March 07, 2015, 02:47:16 AM
              Can't wait for the test report ;D rk.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on March 18, 2015, 07:45:51 PM
Dusty,

Just super intense series of weeks.  Packed activity, hours and such between Alzheimer's Clinic open (grandpa Larry), my wife fighting a cold/allergies for weeks, very busy work schedule with many deadlines, upcoming NYC vacation next week, planning college graduation event for youngest daughter end of May, spring change of season, allergies, did I mention allergies?  Then last weekend I bought a Trumpet.  Have not even had time to look at owner's manual.  Upcoming weekend looks like a complete heavy rain washout...well crap.  

News of Tunis, Tunisia terror attack really pissed me off.  We lived there for 3 years.  I know the Bardo Museum, culture, people and country.  Saddens me and frustrates me to see the violence. 

Just finished cleaning kitchen after feeding grandpa, finally got him settled down.  He will go back home this weekend, perhaps Monday.  After over 3 weeks the time sink, stress and frustration becomes a real grind.  We do our best.

The oil business is crashing into the rocks.  So many layoffs, cuts, delays, stress, angst and worry.  Another cycle, and I am fed up dealing with them.  Leaning over the edge of the Grand Canyon of retirement looking down, across and thinking of stepping onto the trail.  Biding my time until that young lady graduation.

Booking a week in Alaska early June also, to see an old friend.  It will be good to go "home", also show Ms. Lucydad the Great Land.  

Pretty worn out.  Day at a time.  Need a vacation.  I guess the STRX owner's manual can wait a day or so.  Want to order a tank bag, figure out the suspension, and learn to use trip odometers.  

Thanks for asking.  Really want to ride both bikes.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on March 18, 2015, 07:53:15 PM
 Greg , I once asked a friend how he became a mail carrier , he replied , "Dusty , first I got a degree in geology... " . Hang in bud , just a few more months .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on March 18, 2015, 11:27:24 PM
            Would you believe that I have never drained the gearbox? No this is Not an oil thread. Rather, it is a thread about finding the drain plug. Others have always done this for me while my bike was in their various shops for different kinds of comprehensive procedures. Reckoned they could kill several birds with one stone for me, while they had it.
            A quick read of Guzziology told me to shove the exhaust system forward holus bolus, to effect access to the drain plug. This was never going to happen because the 02 sensor comes to a fullstop against a bolted-on frame cross-piece. Determined to finish what had been had started, I slackened the clamps at the front of the sensor. Desperate, I removed both mufflers which slid off easily but the sensor seemed to be welded on. No way was that box going to drain out the bottom plug and then, when all was lost. I espied a plug in the rear cover. Oh Happy Day ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on March 19, 2015, 06:04:26 AM
I'd been jumping through hoops grafting Yamaha tach guts into the (beautiful) tits up MZ tach. Finally got it all done, plugged it in, started it up, and Nada.  ??? I resisted the very strong urge to throw that sucker, got out my meter, and found the problem.. so it was a good day after all. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: stmike on March 19, 2015, 07:53:26 AM
Great day every day for the past week as wife and I have been on a river cruise in Europe. Food, daily tours and accommodation have been top notch. Always look forward to getting back home and hopping on one of the bikes, though, and the SoCal weather beckons.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on March 19, 2015, 08:29:14 AM
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SoCal weather beckons.

Yep. Dorcia's ready and able to travel again. Coming out the 28th to visit the Scura grandkids.  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Grokked on March 19, 2015, 09:07:35 AM
Yesterday was a good day: got the bike out from its winter hibernation  ;D
Filled the tires back to proper pressure, gave everything a good looking-over, and had a 45 minute ride around the neighborhood.
Sounded a bit rough and rattly as I let it idle and warm up, but by the time I returned home, it was making all the wonderful noises I remembered from last year.  ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: stmike on March 19, 2015, 12:47:37 PM
Yep. Dorcia's ready and able to travel again. Coming out the 28th to visit the Scura grandkids.  ;D
It'd be nice to meet you, Chuck. PM me if you'd like to take a ride up the Crest.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on March 21, 2015, 10:28:47 AM
Fabulous week teaching skiing at Vail -- great clients who ski well and wanted to explore the back bowls in spring snow. About 140,000 vertical feet in all --

Then yesterday my daughter came up from Fort Collins and we tore around at a semi-furious pace until about 2pm, with an hour off for a leisurely lunch. About 23,000 vertical and more sun and fun than I deserve. Cleo skis with grace and genius.

Today I'm at home trying to figure out why the Guzzi's new battery won't charge on the new Electrosport regulator/rectifier.

(https://skiyoungernow.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/cleosethvail15.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 02, 2015, 08:59:41 PM
Most excellent, Dusty, thanks for asking.  ;D
We're out in SoCal now, visiting the Mighty Scura grandkids. Lane split the 405 and Ventura freeway to the Topanga Canyon exit and met up with GuzziBob. Fueled up, and hooliganized the Santa Monica mountains until lunch at Neptune's net. While we were chowing down, a nice kid (Probably 30-40)  ::) came up and asked us if we could recommend a good way to get to the Rock Store.
Uh, yeah.  ;D Sit down. Where ya from? How long you been on the road? What you riding? "Seattle area, I'm in the middle of a planned 5 weeks. Thruxton" Kool. ;-T Told him places to go in this general area and south as far as San Diego.  ;D He took copious notes on his fone.  ;D As he was suiting up, Bob said, "We must have looked like grizzled veteran riders."  ;D Truth is, we probably did..
After that, Bob led me around the mountains some more. Ended up at the bottom of the world famous Latigo canyon before parting ways. 110 miles of *really fine* canyon running today in bright blue skies and 70 degree temps. Considerably better than Indiana... ~;
Then lane split my way back to the beach, and met up with an old friend, airline bus driver Larry. He had a layover in the LAX area, was walking down the street, and said, "Dorcia??" Small world.  ;D Haven't seen him for over a year. He said that he knew we came out to the LA area, but had no clue that we were within walking distance when we were in the same area.  ;D ;D Too funny. Had Margaritas and dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. Remember now, Lar..
8 minutes between the bottle and the throttle.. or was that hours??  ;D
Life is good...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 02, 2015, 09:05:25 PM
 Nice reports Seth and Chuckie , guessing SoCal is warmer than Colorado  :)

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 02, 2015, 09:31:21 PM
                At home today, avoiding the Easter weekend crazies. Good opportunity to wash and polish............. ...my second favourite pastime ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on April 05, 2015, 11:36:35 PM
Another great week. Man, I love retirement.

Drove six hours on Thursday to Telluride, and spent Friday making high-speed descents with my buddy Pete, perfect weather. Took this photo of the full moon rising:
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Home yesterday and another severe-clear 75 degree day. We took the T out for an hour's shakedown of the new regulator/rectifier, floating up Left Hand Canyon, Olde Stage Road and Lee Hill Road in the foothills. Systems normal.

Off to Steamboat on Tuesday to ski through Saturday. This time Gail has time to make the trip. should be there in time to watch the sunset from the hot springs.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 07, 2015, 02:40:47 AM
Well Dusty. today is my dearly beloved's 65th birthday,  so she is now officially a super annuitant.  We went up to Kaikoura yesterday, stayed in a serviced apartment that is (usually) outside my means in preparation to going on the whale watching tour.  The Kaikoura trench is not too far off shore and sperm whale live in the area  all year round and hunt for giant squid.  Supposed to be brilliant.

Unfortunately, the weather cut up rough out further, the wind and waves had evidently risen and the whales promptly moved out further than usual and outside the legal limits that the boats are allowed to go. :'(

So, we are now back home and somewhat disappointed.  However, we have decided that we will head back up on the first settled weekend, and it was really nice just to get away and relax anyway.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on April 07, 2015, 07:54:31 AM
Today has started off really nice. Left home for my 33 mile run to work, all through the countryside, temps in the 60s. Beautiful sunrise was in progress. Saw two groups of deer but well away from the road. What more can one ask for before 8:00am? ;-T
GliderJohn
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 07, 2015, 07:58:54 AM
 Steamboat Springs , a trip to the ocean , a nice ride to work with deer in the distance , all good stuff folks  ;-T

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Crusty on April 08, 2015, 08:19:25 AM
A Bleak Morning


I sleep in a twin bed, so I canít say I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The only way that would happen is if I fell out of bed onto the floor. My mood however, is as grey as the sky, and it looks like rain.

My jaw hurts. Not a lot, but itís still pretty sore. I had a tooth pulled on Monday. That has a good bit to do with my poor attitude. Iím one step closer to having to use full dentures.  Iíve been wanting to dive into that leftover Roast Beef that we had for Easter Dinner, but I donít dare to try it yet. I think Iíll be eating it for dinner tonight, though. It was so good on Sunday, that I want more of it. Iíll just have to be very careful.

My Norge isnít selling. Iíve gotten the usual e-mails from scammers and a few legitimate queries, but nobody has even come to look at it. Iím probably asking too little for it. People are afraid of it. They think that there must be something really seriously wrong for it to be so cheap. Or maybe the mileage is too high. 65,000 miles isnít a lot to me, but to many people, it is. Even on the Guzzi forum, where Iíd think theyíd know better. I just want it gone. Iím going to be hitting the road in a month or so, and donít want to have to pay for storage. Plus, I want to get the loan on it paid off. Well; if it doesnít sell, then Iíll just keep the flippiní thing and pay for the extra storage.

Plus, the Accountant called yesterday. My Income Tax forms are ready. The bad news is that I owe both the State and Federal. The good news is that I donít owe nearly as much as I did last year, and the accountant lowered his fee by 10%.  I don't have the dough to pay my taxes, but I'll figure something out.

Iíve been trying to count my blessings, and there are quite a few, but even so, my mood isnít getting any better. I got my Self Tester. In a surprise move, the Insurance company showed some common sense and approved my getting one. Whoever made that decision had better be careful; if his (or her) superiors get word of it, their career will rapidly spiral downward. Anyway, Iíll be able to travel and take my own INR readings without having to stop at a hospital and have them stick a needle in my arm. Thatís a major Good Thing.

My Sportster is really looking good. While waiting for the UPS Truck to arrive with my Self Tester, I put a four hour spit shine on it. Itís really looking pretty. Yesterday, I took my saddlebags out to the garage and figured out how Iím going to fit them to the bike. This Saturday, Iím going to load the bike the way Iíll load it when I hit the road and ride it to Stamford, Connecticut. Iím going to meet up with some friends from Badweb for lunch at the Dinosaur BBQ. This way, Iíll know how everything is going to work, or if I need to make some changes. I think I know how I want to set it up, but a nice ride will show any flaws in my plans. Iíll also get a feel for how the bike will handle. I plan to take Interstate down to Stamford, but Iíll ride all secondary roads home. I know that the bike wonít handle nearly as good as a Buell, but hopefully itíll handle well enough that Iíll enjoy the ride over the Mohawk Trail.

There are a lot of details that have to get sorted out before I hit the road. Which of my possessions do I keep and what do I give/throw away?  Iíve been looking at everything I own (which really isnít a lot) and trying to decide whatís really worth keeping and putting into storage. Itís mostly my tools and other garage stuff that I want to hang on to. All my furniture is pretty much old, worn out junk. I might keep a couple of kitchen chairs and maybe my bookcase, but I think thatís about it. Iíll keep all my kitchen stuff; pots & pans, plates, utensils, etc, and Iíll keep my Desktop computer and various software discs. My good suit and my winter coats and warmer shirts will get stored, but thereís a lot of other stuff that will have to go.

A while ago, Ernie said that things would seem to crawl until the time for departure neared, then everything would really accelerate. That seems to be happening. Everything is falling into place, but it sure requires more work than I expected. Or maybe Iím just making it more work than necessary. Either way, thereís a good bit of work ahead of me before I set out.

Well, after typing out the above, I feel a little less down. Iím not exactly feeling chipper, but things donít look quite so crappy. Maybe writing about it helped. Then again, maybe it was the four cups of coffee Iíve drunk while typing that did the trick. Probably, it was a combination of both.

Anyhow, thatís where Iím at today.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 08, 2015, 07:59:30 PM
Dusty,

How kind to ask.  Well it seems Spring is my high energy month.  Something significant happened today at work:  a reorganization.  We have a newly promoted SR VP.  Old legacy VP now reports to him.  VP is the same guy that slammed me about 1.5 years ago, does ambush meetings and generally has the leadership and interpersonal skills of an Obersturmfuhrer in the SS.  Seriously though, I have a bit of hope the organization just might, maybe work better.  Mr. Boss might be held accountable?  Maybe some real leadership and communication?  Time will tell.  Might delay my retirement?  Dunno.

Also found out one of my exploration prospects is being worked by partner company: maybe,  just maybe they will drill the prospect.  This is a $100 MM exploration test, and its my idea and project.  Would love to see a well go down.  Hell of a prospect.

Ms. LD seems to have breezed thru breast exam.  Next week is exam and sampling of abnormal cells revealed by pap smear.  Fingers are crossed for clearance.
We have been considering an empty nester house and will go look on Friday afternoon.  We have a superb agent, and neighbor.  3 car garage is one of my dreams, and we would stay put for maybe 5 years?  Dunno what will happen.

Mary Anne received her new side tank grip pads tonight...will install this weekend.  Need some dry weather.  We are in a weekend washout pattern...and after a very wet and cold spring..ugh.  Never got my camping trip.  Dang it.  Mosquitoes also hatched, more dang it.  In about 3 weeks the hellish summer heat and humidity kick in.  Will do a big brawling Alaska trip with Ms. LD if she checks out physically...

Youngest daughter graduates end of May, bit event there.  Eldest daughter thriving in NYC.

Poodles are happy.  And the Belgique Tripel was superb...with burgers off the grill.

Life is good and I am grateful.

Did I tell you Mary Anne is fast?  Dang...wow....be careful out there.  Fun.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 08, 2015, 10:04:47 PM
               Yesterday, the engine conked out twice when shifting from neutral to low at rest with the SS retracted. Lucky it wasn't in an overtaking manoeuvre. At home that afternoon, the contact between switch and stand looked OK.
               Bit the bullet this am, after sleeping on it and disconnected the switch. Read about the fix on this forum ;D Seems to work ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: krglorioso on April 09, 2015, 12:29:32 AM
Rode the '03 Stone Touring for half an hour, with its new 7/33 rear drive replacing the OEM 8/33 rear drive.  I'm very pleased with the results.  The lower gearing seems a lot more usable than the tall OEM gearing.  Only concern is that I have to remember that now my speedometer is reading about 1/8 faster than the bike actually is going.  I like to cruise at 65 true, so that means I need to show about 75 on the speedometer, allowing for the gearing change and the 5% optimistic reading from the OEM speedometer.  Kinda wish the speedometer drive was off the front wheel, not the gearbox output shaft.   Eventually, I'll put the 7/33 rear drive on the '04 Stone Touring at my other home.  That bike has a Sigma bicycle speedometer fitted.  The sensor reads front wheel revolutions so will show the bike's true speed even with a substantial change in overall gearing. 

I also completed fastening my 2003 Suzuki SV-1000 sport bike's alternator magnets to the rotor with J-B Weld.  This model and a few others from Suzuki have a discouraging habit of their magnet adhesive softening, allowing the magnets to "migrate" around in the engine, with predictable results.  I checked mine at 42K miles, not at all loose, but secured them better with the J-B Weld, a standard fix for the problem.  Tho this was a nuisance,  the bike has had no failures in 42K miles.  Original spark plugs were fine at 40K, but I felt guilty about leaving them in any longer so changed them.  I saved the old ones, expecting to put them back at 80K miles. 

Ralph
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 11, 2015, 05:26:07 PM
Well Dusty, a couple weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my left buttock area, leaving me unable to sit down for about three days. Two weeks on the tight muscles in the thighs have REALLY fired up :'( :'( so hip joint aches like crazy and I can't even sit on the bike, let alone ride it.  The left leg does not have enough strength to get the side stand out. Sadly, it comes off the road on the 28th April for at least five months so I am hoping to get a couple of rides in before then.

However, this week is the start of my four day week with taking Friday off. ;-T ;-T I need it at this stage just to get ready for working week. ::)
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 11, 2015, 06:17:12 PM
It sounds like a real pain in the ass, Muzz.  Hope you can get that ride in before your winter happens.   ;-T


I got the trike rear brakes to bleed last night.  I thought I had it last week, but I kept losing prime overnight.  I finally found the crush washer that was allowing air in (but no fluid out) and flung it into the lake across the street.  Try throwing something without benefit of biceps and you'll know how dedicated I was to losing that damn washer for good.

So now I have all brakes working as imagined -- front, rear, parking, and steering.  Frame is complete and bolted in place.  The suspension needs some sway bar bushings (en-route) to be complete.  The power train is complete -- all axles and driveshaft set for plunge and drop and CVs bolted up.  Alternator is complete (oem alternator needs to be replaced with a spacer -- spacer tbd).  Exhaust is complete.  Fuel distribution and tank switching is complete less switches.  Front end is attached and steering neck adjusted.  Front wheel is centered for the new Honda rotors.  I'm down to plumbing the ATF lines and building the wire harness.  The body languishes at the collision center, but I should be able to start this thing if I wanted to run it without the bodywork, next weekend.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 11, 2015, 06:24:23 PM
In other news, I fired up the smoke house for the first time this year and ran a batch of sockeye and black cod.  About an hour before the fish was due to go in (lots of preliminary steps) a freak snow/hail/rain/thunder/wind storm hit and it's still out there.  Between the 25ļ drop in temperature, driving snow and nasty wind, I couldn't get the smoke house up to temp.  So 24 almost sleepless hours later (I have to check it every couple of hours) I have fish that is definitely smoked, but cold to the touch.  That gives it an unacceptable texture.  So I'm trying to fix it in the oven.  A friend came over to commiserate about it and told me about a time in Bristol Bay when his smoke house got struck by lightening a couple hours after starting the batch.  He said the fish that they could find were perfectly cooked.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on April 11, 2015, 06:35:19 PM
Kind of a bummer, went to a funeral for a trials riding buddy from wAAAAAAY back.

Found out today Max had broken his neck trying to bump start his little Kawi dual sport so he could ride back outa the woods. Max was 77 years old and still riding dirt bikes down in the Chadwick hills & hollers.

On the way home from getting his neck fixed up in the ER, suffered a massive heart attack.

Max used to do what he called "troll" he would sit in the woods on an old Sherpa T (Later GasGas) trials bike and wait for the dudes in all the flashy gear and new enduro bike to come along and smoke 'em going through the woods. When I got my 1st Sherpa in '76 he was trials master at a place near here called Pedelo Creek. He was more than happy to help a zit faced teenager learn to ride trials

Rest in peace Max Owen. May there be no 5's in heaven!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 11, 2015, 09:03:52 PM
RIP, Max, although I know it pissed you off.  ;D
RK, tell me about smoking salmon. I've thought about doing it , but wondered if it would it make the next batch of ribs a little uh.. oh you know.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 11, 2015, 10:37:44 PM
RIP, Max, although I know it pissed you off.  ;D
RK, tell me about smoking salmon. I've thought about doing it , but wondered if it would it make the next batch of ribs a little uh.. oh you know.

I was just typing in another topic that if it smells like fish you're doing it wrong.  I took 10# or so out of the smoker at mid day.  My house smells like brown sugar and alder smoke.  Matt can tell you how it smells out around the smoke house -- he was here one year when I ran a batch.  I think it's pleasant, and you notice people sniffing approvingly and looking around as they walk past the property.

What do you want to know?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 13, 2015, 07:32:59 PM
Great for a Monday.  Ms. LD got to OB/GYM for abnormal pap smear cell check today.  Doc says she is ok, nothing to worry about.
Also got report back on breast exam and abnormal dense area: again a false alarm, no problems.

She is pretty sore and tired.  We are grateful for good medical news. On to the crazy Spring and Summer!

Oh, and I got drowned like a rat on the Trumpet last Saturday by a pop up storm.  Shoulda been wearing the Aerostich instead of mesh jacket and slider jeans.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 13, 2015, 10:09:04 PM
Took the Mighty Scura up and down the coast to see if she was ready for another long nap. Apparently so. Did some manual labor (below my pay grade  8) )  to help pay for my free lodging in SoCal.  ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 13, 2015, 10:13:13 PM
 Lots of good news , a bit of sad , to paraphrase Mr Tazio , "I love you guys"  :)

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 13, 2015, 11:06:34 PM
Let us know if the sad outweighs the good ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 13, 2015, 11:09:41 PM
Let us know if the sad outweighs the good ;-T

 No worries mate , we take the bad with the good  :)

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 13, 2015, 11:12:56 PM
How's that doggie vet collar working out, Dusty?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 13, 2015, 11:19:47 PM
How's that doggie vet collar working out, Dusty?

  :D :D :D :D

 We need a wagging tail emoticon  :) It seems to be helping , or maybe it was the shot , don't care , much better today  ;-T First time in about 2 weeks that I can really feel my hands .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 14, 2015, 01:52:52 AM
Well, if the collar helps you stop chewing your elbows the feeling should return to your hands in a few weeks.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on April 15, 2015, 01:51:06 PM
Finally got around to retorquing the T heads following the spring rebuild, and she needed it: took just 22 lb to detorque, and the valve clearances were all over the place. Ran it over to the carwash to get rid of the greasy fingerprints etc and she runs soooo sweet -- better than ever before thanks to the new cam chain/tensioner, properly synced carbs etc. New clutch and rebuilt gearbox have smoothed out nicely.

My daughter graduates from college next month and launches her senior project gallery showing on Friday, so my brother flies in this afternoon to help celebrate. The three of us share a sense of humor and our conversations are almost telepathic -- can't keep a straight face. It will be a great five-day reunion.

Snow forecast for the mountains tonight/tomorrow. Ski season will run another six weeks. I figured out I've skied about 650,000 vertical feet this winter, over 42 days. Not bad. Next winter will shoot for 60 days.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on April 18, 2015, 05:40:16 PM
I got a chuckle at the parts counter today.  I went in for some transmission cooler hose and ordered 5 feet.  I'd bought 10' yesterday.  The counterman asked "sure you got enough, now?"  I answered "Nobody ever complained that they had too much hose."  The woman behind me in line started laughing so hard she dropped what she was holding.  I didn't get it until I was driving home -- and it was my joke.   :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on April 18, 2015, 07:19:11 PM
You made her day. Quick, go back ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on April 19, 2015, 08:37:00 PM
Cleaned the carb and got the 2-stroke Kymco scooter running well, and turned it over to my kid who then rode it 35 miles up to Fort Collins, in an hour and 15 minutes. Happy faces all around.

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 19, 2015, 09:30:04 PM
Dusty,

Heck of a day.  Saturday I got the new Triumph in for its 500 mile maintenance, and we looked at houses.  Yep, Ms. LD and I decided to see if we could find the "perfect" retirement house, but stay here in Sugar Land.  Exhausting day looking at two model homes, and running back/forth to bike dealer, and doing laundry and other errands. We have talked off and on about the concept for a couple months.  Decided on the best floor plan, called a "Salerno".  I like Italian stuff.

Today:  wonderfully clear and blue skies.  Rode the Triumph to church, great service then very fun, and fast run about for about 100 miles.  Had to be home before noon.  Mary Anne is wicked fast, learning more about her and my own limits.  Bike has its own quirks, it takes miles and seat time to figure those out.  Saturday we decided the house plan, a new build:  checks all the boxes including.....a 4 car garage.

So late this afternoon we sat with neighbor/friend/real estate broker and ran the numbers:  value of our current house, boiling down to final new house payment.   It was pretty clear that the fruit of forty years financial stewardship pays off.  Then we went to house builder, sorted through lots, found the right one, picked the options and wrote the deposit check.  Actual move in will be Spring, 2016--quite a while, but we need the time.  This will be my third new house build.  Yeah, call us crazy.

So, heck of a day.  I believe God's synchronicity at work, otherwise the opportunity and decision would not have fallen into place.  And so Dusty...uh buddy: acquiring Mary Anne, after your OK...set into motion my serious look at a house with a 3 car garage, and so...yeah there it is.  My retirement might be delayed until May, 2016, but then again could happen any time.  Company could implode, but now I have some motivation to take their big pay check for a while. 

Ms. LD is very happy, and motivated, and also now has reason to clear out 15 years accumulated "stuff".  Yep, it will be a PITA, and a lot of work.

Mom is very depressed, phone chat Saturday was dismal....and I work on detachment.  Likely Colorado trip in June to do mom maintenance...and some cabin time, and such.  Cancelled an Alaska trip in June due to mom's situation and youngest daughter college graduation in May.  Just too many moving parts, and I am bummed at the decision, but it was right.

Well, another big storm blew up.  But Guzzi will roll tomorrow on a nice, long, curvey, hilly route.  Had to miss a ride today with PJP and pal..but had to do the house thingy.  That is how a guy stays married almost 28 years. 

Get this:  Ms. LD asked about taking the Basic Rider's course, if I thought the V7R would be a good bike for her to ride and such. Really?  Now that could be cool, and she would be a natural:  coordinated, athletic and smarter than I am by a long shot.  Guzzi would get plenty of love then. Little Goose is a bit forlorn right now...

So, if you are ever in Sugar Land, TX...you can be our guest in the new house sometime next year.....plenty of motorcycle parking..  oh and with the 4 car, I could add a third bike:  a cruiser...hmmm....a nd what would Dusty approve I wonder?  Maybe an Indian Scout?  Dunno, but not a HD....

That's probably too much, but heck you can deal with it. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 20, 2015, 03:46:18 AM
You don't do things by half, do you LD!!!

All the best on all those ventures that you have cooking.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 20, 2015, 07:47:53 AM

Mom is very depressed, phone chat Saturday was dismal....and I work on detachment.  Likely Colorado trip in June to do mom maintenance...and some cabin time, and such.  Cancelled an Alaska trip in June due to mom's situation and youngest daughter college graduation in May.  Just too many moving parts, and I am bummed at the decision, but it was right.



Man, do I know how that "Mom" situation works.   We went through exactly the same thing.   

But you know the right thing to do is to hang in there with her, do what she needs doing, even though it may seem very unreasonable, and though the price to your own life and activities seems high; she won't always be with you, and once she's gone your conscience will tell you for the rest of your life that you did the right thing.

My Fay would love to plan and build another house, just like I'd like to procure and play with a Brough-Superior or a Vincent, so I'm sure Mrs. LD is on top of her world.    We might still some day, depending on what the kids do.    Grandchildren drive more of my plans than I thought they would, but I love it ....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 20, 2015, 08:38:49 AM
Lannis,

Thanks for your words on mom.  At times I am at a total loss living 1000 miles away.  We do our best, and she reaps the result of her absolute determination to stay in the home town of Durango, CO.  We tried to get her to move closer to us about 5 years before her health went downhill.  Stubborn old lady, but phenomenal genetics.

Yeah Muzz...no half actions here.  We have been in this same house 15 years though.  Ms. LD is jazzed.  I am in some ways the "anti-parents":  they were both depression and WWII generation.  That translates into fear based living, ultra conservatism and never take lifestyle upgrade, or risk.  Save and save more and self denial is their mantra.  When my dad was in his seventies, and in declining health, he finally regretted so many times saying "maybe next year".  What good is money if some of it is not used, and put into circulation?  Hoarding makes no sense to me.


We are not insane spenders, but we also selectively enjoy the fruit of so many decades of surviving the oil business.  Life is short, live hard and well.  Go fast, but smart.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 20, 2015, 08:41:53 AM
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We are not insane spenders, but we also selectively enjoy the fruit of so many decades of surviving

Dorcia and I had "the talk" about that not terribly long ago. We've scrimped and saved for our old age all our lives. It's here...
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 20, 2015, 09:13:48 AM
Lannis,

Thanks for your words on mom.  At times I am at a total loss living 1000 miles away.  We do our best, and she reaps the result of her absolute determination to stay in the home town of Durango, CO.  We tried to get her to move closer to us about 5 years before her health went downhill.  Stubborn old lady, but phenomenal genetics.


My Mom was exactly the same.   Absolutely determined not to "move", no matter what.  No matter the impact to her, no matter the impact to others, she was going to "stay" and "live independently", even though she was not living independently.    We kept up the pretense as long as possible, until the third time we carried her out of the house on a gurney; then we had to take control.   

It was hard, and not in her best interests, but there was no other way to keep her from being miserable ....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on April 20, 2015, 04:24:01 PM
Lannis,

At some time they have to let go control.  The children become the parents.  The parents become the children.  Damn tough for everyone.

Wow, you have had some tough situations, my fully sympathies.  Mom tends to scream at me, and throw fits.  And she plays endless, over and over tape loops on her complaints.  I don't want to be in her situation some day, and will do my best to die with my boots on instead of rotting away in assisted living.

My working theory:  they should allow medical marijuana for the residents.  They would be more relaxed, have better appetites and generally chill a bit.  Never will happen, but they have a definite culture of bitching about everything.  Few seem happy, or even close.  I may try and talk to her doctor to get the latest evaluations, and I wonder if anti-depressants might help, or not? 

We are planning a June visit to take a close look at her situation.  I have no idea what happens when she can no longer live in assisted living.  One fall will do it, or incontinence. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on April 26, 2015, 04:10:17 AM
A very pleasant day ;-T.

The Ulysses Club organise a ride to a domain some 40 miles out of Christchurch as a fundraiser for one of the St John Ambulance branches. A lot of the St John system is run by volunteers and is supported a lot by donations.  My friend with the FJ600 Yamaha and myself went along.  Costs nothing to go but there are plenty of things like lapel pins, the food and drink and plenty of raffles of donated goods.  Turned out a beautiful day (thermometer on the bike said 75deg F). I would guess there would be some 200 bikes which were released in small groups at regular intervals.  All seemed well behaved on the road and a great day was had by all. Many makes and models present although HD was probably the most common. four Guzzis all up, my Breva, a V11, a Cali and a very nice T3. A much smaller ride last year netted the St Johns well over 6 grand so I think they would have done all right this time. ;-T

My mate had to leave early so I took the long way home over the hills. Really nice. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 26, 2015, 12:55:33 PM
Cleaned the carb and got the 2-stroke Kymco scooter running well, and turned it over to my kid who then rode it 35 miles up to Fort Collins, in an hour and 15 minutes. Happy faces all around.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11150497_10103101000247543_8845536199192566664_n.jpg?oh=b46c3fa524020c900ebcf47bcd0181d6&oe=55A8DE12&__gda__=1437006847_36c0ab8e4c2b623a7caa2d7051ef7dbc)

Do you have a picture of your "kid"?  ???

'Cause this gorgeous gal in the picture above is no "kid", Dad!   :bow

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on April 26, 2015, 01:08:52 PM
Yeah, she graduates in three weeks so I'll be out from under tuition. And she bought a one-way ticket to Milan for September. She plans to work the wine harvest in Tuscany for a couple of months (immigrant labor!) and haunt the Florence art museums until her money runs out. Gail and I may use up some frequent flyer miles for a visit in January. Hope to do some skiing in the Dolomites, maybe rent a Guzzi a for a few days if the weather is nice.

Meanwhile -- sold the Suzuki! Down to two bikes now, so there's room in the garage to work on the van project ...

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on April 26, 2015, 01:10:53 PM
Yeah, she graduates in three weeks so I'll be out from under tuition. And she bought a one-way ticket to Milan for September. She plans to work the wine harvest in Tuscany for a couple of months (immigrant labor!) and haunt the Florence art museums until her money runs out. Gail and I may use up some frequent flyer miles for a visit in January. Hope to do some skiing in the Dolomites, maybe rent a Guzzi a for a few days if the weather is nice.

Meanwhile -- sold the Suzuki! Down to two bikes now, so there's room in the garage to work on the van project ...




That all sounds like a PLAN!  Ain't retirement great??

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: groundhog105 on April 26, 2015, 04:52:00 PM
Yeah, she graduates in three weeks so I'll be out from under tuition. And she bought a one-way ticket to Milan for September. She plans to work the wine harvest in Tuscany for a couple of months (immigrant labor!) and haunt the Florence art museums until her money runs out. Gail and I may use up some frequent flyer miles for a visit in January. Hope to do some skiing in the Dolomites, maybe rent a Guzzi a for a few days if the weather is nice.

Meanwhile -- sold the Suzuki! Down to two bikes now, so there's room in the garage to work on the van project ...


your daughter will love Florence if she loves art.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 02, 2015, 01:39:44 PM
Dusty,

Ms. LD and I are celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary today.  I still chew chips with my mouth open and can't put toilet paper on right.
But there you are.  I feel grateful for such a long run.

Youngest daughter is getting interviews.  She graduates from SCAD in Savannah end of May.  Huge event, and for me the end of seven consecutive years private college costs...two years with overlap and eating beans and rice.

Just finished lunch after spirited V7R ride.  Great machine! 

We go into Alzheimer's clinic mode Sunday afternoon.  Visit is 2 weeks this time.  Our schedules get whacked with the time and energy expenditure.

Life is good and I hope you are well.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 02, 2015, 05:55:26 PM
             The only other biker in the street, A Harley Owner, is so big I don't dare call him a G-- P-----, not even in print. On hearing voices out the front of our house yesterday, I wandered out to see him in conversation with my GF. Turns out he and his GF have been evicted and he is donating some of his motorcycle stuff to me. His landlord is his GF's ex, a druggy, wife-beater and nutjob, with whom they have been fighting in court over custody. Nutjob lost and kicked them out to get even. Not only that, the biker had to sell his Harley and his GF her car, to pay costs.
              The biker and I only ever used to wave to each other but I am his beneficiary of sorts, in his hour of gloom. I wish him well. He turned out to be a decent bloke.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on May 04, 2015, 08:42:36 AM
Retirement notwithstanding, my week was NGC. Some focus on the van project, but this weekend I needed to make up delinquent clinic hours to keep my ski instructor certification current, and that meant two days of great spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin with a bunch of rowdy instructors. We got the season's last runs on Pallivicini, a set of steep couloirs, before the patrol closed it because the snowpack is starting to slide off the rocks.

(https://skiyoungernow.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/pali.jpg)

Great times with some old friends. It started to snow again as I left the parking lot and now rain is forecast for the entire week (wish we could export it to California). Will spend a day or two insulating the new-to-us van -- and prepping for Cleo's graduation on May 15.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on May 04, 2015, 12:01:09 PM
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/dawn%20patrol_zpsa8oy8mxp.jpg)
Good Morning my Fellow Guzzi Flyers! Looks like a good sunrise this morning.

Don't know how this day will turn out yet, but the darn lawn needs mowing before touchdown.  **C

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gian4 on May 04, 2015, 05:54:03 PM
That is a cool picture.  Details  ;D ?
Gian4
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on May 04, 2015, 06:41:52 PM
The picture is nice! I liked it but dont remember exactly where I got it from. It just had a number for a filename and I renamed it Dawn Patrol for easier retrieval.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/dp14_zpst1j7j4c9.jpg)

I think it is a group of bi plane enthusiasts out of Florida - the planes look to be the same type maybe early twenties? Not the same undercarriage as most WWI planes that I have seen.

There are a lot of art pics and paintings with the same title "Dawn Patrol". Some are very nicely done too.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/dawn-patrol-pat-speirs_zpsyh2bu7lm.jpg)



 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 04, 2015, 07:19:47 PM
Man I love WWI aircraft, and the pilots...phenomenal

Pretty good Monday, but Alzheimer's clinic is open and Ms. LD spewed her stress at me just before dinner. 

I have learned the game.  Got Grandpa settled watching the Astros.  They look real this year.

Need a nap in my chair.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on May 05, 2015, 03:10:28 AM
Wrong war. Those are Stearman trainers from WWII.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 07, 2015, 08:21:49 PM
Dusty,

Great news this week:  youngest daughter got offered, and accepted a summer internship in NYC.  Great company wants her skills.

College graduation is May 30.  Likely internship will turn full time in fall.  She also had four other companies chasing her.

Personally I feel like I am about to cross a finish line...and it has been a long, and very expensive race.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 07, 2015, 08:30:18 PM
 Thanks for sharing guys  ;-T

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on May 07, 2015, 09:59:07 PM
Damn, got off early and put on a quick 200mi , up to the rock pile in N GA. Rode on some roads haven't been on before, got lost, had fun. Even got rained on, felt great.   Nice reprieve from working 7 days a week
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on May 08, 2015, 06:52:50 AM
Seller's remorse, along with fixing a flat on the car, fixing the soffitt on the house where birds were getting in. When I went out to the hanger to get a ladder (haven't been in there lately) a pair of sparrows had found their way in and nested. (!) Bird shit everywhere.  ~; That'll be a great way to start the morning.  ::)
Rosie started right up for the buyer, and dutifully took him home.  :-\
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: tonUPRacer on May 08, 2015, 08:59:03 AM
My day (yesterday) was a good one. It was my 50th birthday so I took the day off and did some "me" things. Went trout fishing in the morning, caught 1 little brown that had to go back and yup the big one got away. Mowed the lawn (it just bugs me when its looking shabby), gave my Racer a nice wash and wax, and took a nap! I later celebrated with family by grilling some burgers and blowing out the candles on a carrot cake. All in all I'm a pretty lucky guy.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on May 08, 2015, 10:28:09 AM
The hummingbirds returned to our feeder yesterday.  I know it won't mean much to you who live in more clement climes, but it's a big deal for me since the ice only went off the lakes a few weeks back and we really needed signs of spring this year. Bloody whippourwhill was singing all night long though and the catbirds are nesting by the back door.

I just mowed part of the lawn for the first time. Pretty soon I'll be moaning about how quickly the grass grows, but for now, it was a pleasure.

Oh yes, for GC - the Eldorado is running like a top and the local machine shop is replacing the drive hub in my spare rear wheel.

Life is good.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on May 08, 2015, 11:42:54 AM
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Life is good.

Absolutely, Nick..
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 09, 2015, 07:03:14 AM
 Yes , life is good , although we could do with a bit less rain here in the middle . Another round of storms today and tomorrow .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on May 09, 2015, 08:59:45 AM
Flash flood warnings here. Going under the house to hook up the sump pump.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on May 09, 2015, 10:00:54 AM
I got (snap the suspenders) a nice garage sale deal yesterday buying an 8pc Craftsman screwdriver set for $7.50. They did not appear to have been used.
GliderJohn
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 09, 2015, 04:08:44 PM
The swallows arrived yesterday.  AM -- none.  Mid PM -- everywhere.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 09, 2015, 04:33:40 PM
 Someone should write a song ...  ;D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on May 09, 2015, 05:09:57 PM
Had an exciting day today, recovering from my ny trip, cut the grass and groomed the schnauzer ;D
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag65/guzzistajohn/004_zpswawyywar.jpg) (http://s1299.photobucket.com/user/guzzistajohn/media/004_zpswawyywar.jpg.html)
I'll be taking a nice chicken off the Egg soon, MMMMM chicken and beer :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 09, 2015, 05:18:11 PM
Someone should write a song ...  ;D

  Dusty

Rhapsody in Birdshit.  Played as a round with Rhapsody in Blue, it becomes the Rhapsody in BlueBirdShit Suite and plays in 5/8 time.

See what I did there?   ;D   Seriously -- the little blue bastards nest in the eaves and lay down a slick on the walkway.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 09, 2015, 05:44:20 PM
             Did I ever mention that we go to kid soccer? It's an absolute hoot. They are 6 years old and play like there is no tomorrow, hurling themselves into sliding tackles without fear, hacking at the ball with little feet that know neither rules nor tactics ;D Many goals are scored, always the result of happy accidents. Boys and girls play together but the girls play "nice", mostly. There are no injuries. They must be made of rubber ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 09, 2015, 07:17:03 PM
Mom ripped me a new asshole yesterday....Ms. LD put it in perspective.   Otherwise a fantastic weekend...

Festering my world famous spaghetti right now.. sipping a nice Chianti...grandpa waiting...life is good.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on May 09, 2015, 07:52:00 PM
Bad day at work trying to get anything on the Piaggio Tech site to work, their IT Tech should be fired.  No quality control there.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: bpreynolds on May 10, 2015, 07:14:00 AM
Tough bike week here, hoping today will go better.  The Winter project I purchased ('99 Triumph Thunderbird Sport) to (learn to) wrench upon became a Spring project and may now be a Summer project.  I've learned a tremendous amount mechanically but more valuable than this may be that I'm not a good mechanic nor someone who enjoys wrenching more than riding.  Today I go to reset float heights for the third time (first 2 too rich).  Hoping it goes well. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 15, 2015, 09:58:52 PM
Dusty,

Turned 61 today.  Very weird vibes.  Struggling big time with poor communication on new house build financial issues.  Frankly pissed.  Very pissed. Wasted afternoon at yet another builder required meeting and long, very wet drive to and from.  Best part of day was riding bicycle and getting muddy and getting grandpa Larry buzzed.
Very, very ready for Alzheimer's clinic to close on Monday.  Energy and time drain. 

Lack of sun is getting to me big time.  Depression is kicked in.  Maybe Saturday will be better.  Pretty down for my birthday.  Pretty down.  Too many demands, too little free time.  Hope to take Trumpet out for long ride tomorrow.  My buddy Ed is really struggling with ex and now working to file a lawsuit to get full child custody--dang why can't people respond and be reasonable?  Husband of one of my wife's friends suicided this week.  Lovely. 

End of vent.  Very weird vibes.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 15, 2015, 10:03:01 PM
  Husband of one of my wife's friends suicided this week. 

That's very bad.
Deep breaths mate.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 16, 2015, 12:45:25 PM
Bal,

Ms. LD at funeral now.  I took the Trumpet out for a fast ride this morning.  Morale is up.  What is the old saying?  Oh yes:  one sees few motorcycles in front of psychiatrist's offices.  Alzheimer's clinic closes Monday.  Grandpa Larry was a real handful yesterday, very erratic.  Also demanded more wine at dinner and I slowed him down and pissed him off.  He acts and eats like a two year old at times. 

Sunshine helps immensely. I am not meant for a wet/cloudy/constant rain environment.  Maybe if I am lucky it will be dry Sunday morning and the Guzzi will get some loving. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on May 16, 2015, 07:06:48 PM
A rough week LD.

Dr Muzz recommends a good thrash on a Guzzi, followed by a much much better week next week.  All the best.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 16, 2015, 09:20:14 PM
 Hang in guys , we all have things to do together and lies to swap  ;D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 18, 2015, 05:02:34 PM
Dusty,

Better now.  Alzheimer's clinic is closed.  Ms. LD and I can leave the black hole orbit for more healthy places in the space-time continuum.

Other win:  youngest daughter not taking Mazda up to Brooklyn/NYC this summer.  Landlord won't let them park off street.  I am happy to hear that news.

Got 3 hours alone while Ms. drives FIL halfway to San Antonio.  That, my friend, is introvert heaven.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 21, 2015, 09:45:26 PM
Traded elk burger and 'butt cheeks for some computer work today.  Turns out the elk is from near Gardiner, MT, where I lived for a while.  I worked for the National Park Service and among my assigned duties I was a member of perimeter patrol team.  The team was six men with sidearms and rifles and a pack train with serious camping gear and genuine Korean war C and K rations.  We were looking mostly for the gut piles that indicated poachers, and then we'd try to cut their trail and track them back to wherever they came from.  But we'd put out fires, search for lost hikers, downed aircraft or whatever happened near us.  When I found out where the elk meat originated, I told this story.  The guy giving me the meat looked sheepish and said "you might not want this, then . . . ."   :+=copcar   :D 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on May 21, 2015, 09:50:21 PM
 Uh Oh  :D

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Arizona Wayne on May 21, 2015, 10:22:43 PM
It was good.  Finally got to ride my `04 750 Breva home 120 miles after months of frustration.  It again feels like a bulletproof bike.  8) After my diagnosis of fixing it I gave it to Encore Performance in Prescott, Az. to see if it was still rideable.  It took them awhile but now it's back to what it used to be.  ;-T  I had diagnosed it properly but fudged on 2 things and that's what had me stumped.  :'(  Now I understand more of how my baby Breva works.  :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 21, 2015, 10:25:36 PM
Wayne,

Excellent!  Small block Brevas are fab bikes.

Ride on.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on May 21, 2015, 10:38:24 PM
Wayne,

Excellent!  Small block Brevas are fab bikes.

Ride on.


 :+1 on that! ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on May 22, 2015, 04:48:44 AM
It is going to be a great day as I retire in just a few hours! :BEER:
GliderJohn
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on May 22, 2015, 06:31:59 AM
It is going to be a great day as I retire in just a few hours! :BEER:
GliderJohn

Congrats John ;-T  All the best in your new "career". About 7.1/2 months to go for me. :'(
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on May 23, 2015, 06:34:11 AM
Going into our fifth day of rain. We had snow in Telluride, rain at Great Basin National Park, rain and snow in Yosemite, rain and snow over Ebbett's Pass, rain at Grovers Hot Springs State Park, rain at Tahoe, rain in Truckee. Headed for Mill Valley tomorrow, Cambria on Monday. Drought country. Maybe we'll see some sun.

Having fun anyway, visiting old friends.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: gsf12man on May 23, 2015, 09:36:42 AM
(http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y418/gsf12man/hillhead%20by%20guzzi_zpsipt7tpiz.jpg) (http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/gsf12man/media/hillhead%20by%20guzzi_zpsipt7tpiz.jpg.html)

A couple of perfect days between the rainy ones, so I hurried to Hillhead, SD . . . not much going on there.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: gsf12man on May 23, 2015, 09:46:11 AM
Thanks, Dusty!

Tom
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 23, 2015, 09:19:19 PM
Way over top wonderful.  So was yesterday.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 23, 2015, 09:27:53 PM
Connected the battery on the trike today.  I might roll it under its own power tomorrow (yeah, right  ::) ).
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 23, 2015, 09:59:31 PM
Good until...  Finally have a full weekend off, will be back on the road Monday.  Temperature low 70's, wind 2-3 kts, severe clear skies.  After weeks of rain everyday, the weather was perfect. Time to cut and bale the yard, clean the gutters, cut up the maple tree into fire wood, and clean up the property for the summer.  Chain saw shot, and the $250 isn't in the budget for a new Stihl, go rent one for $38 for four hours. I'll cut up the tree first then move on to the other chores of the day.   Tree is already down and sectioned, so now to just cut her up into manageable chunks for splitting later.  An hour and a half into the project, I'm cutting through a log while Lorraine and Gunner ( 4 year old grandson) are watching grandpa do manly things.  While bent over cutting through a log my back suddenly pops out and I damn near fall on the log and chain saw.  Now I can't stand up straight without the my lower back going into spasms. Lorraine helps me onto the porch then strips me out. Not going into the house with those wood cuttings and saw dust covered clothes on. Put me in a hot shower to clean up, then put me on our new Temper-Pedic extreme firm mattress.  Laying on my back it starts to relax.  Four hours later Lorraine is waking me up for supper.  Grilled brats, cheese and shells, and goodies for supper. Time for the hot tub. Gunner, grandma, Ryan and I climb into the hot tub (105 degrees) for an hour.  Back is relaxing but I won't be doing any clean and jerks for a while.  Over all, life is good.  Better than I deserve. I'm grateful.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 23, 2015, 10:13:42 PM
Good until...  Finally have a full weekend off, will be back on the road Monday.  Temperature low 70's, wind 2-3 kts, severe clear skies.  After weeks of rain everyday, the weather was perfect. Time to cut and bale the yard, clean the gutters, cut up the maple tree into fire wood, and clean up the property for the summer.  Chain saw shot, and the $250 isn't in the budget for a new Stihl, go rent one for $38 for four hours. I'll cut up the tree first then move on to the other chores of the day.   Tree is already down and sectioned, so now to just cut her up into manageable chunks for splitting later.  An hour and a half into the project, I'm cutting through a log while Lorraine and Gunner ( 4 year old grandson) are watching grandpa do manly things.  While bent over cutting through a log my back suddenly pops out and I damn near fall on the log and chain saw.  Now I can't stand up straight without the my lower back going into spasms. Lorraine helps me onto the porch then strips me out. Not going into the house with those wood cuttings and saw dust covered clothes on. Put me in a hot shower to clean up, then put me on our new Temper-Pedic extreme firm mattress.  Laying on my back it starts to relax.  Four hours later Lorraine is waking me up for supper.  Grilled brats, cheese and shells, and goodies for supper. Time for the hot tub. Gunner, grandma, Ryan and I climb into the hot tub (105 degrees) for an hour.  Back is relaxing but I won't be doing any clean and jerks for a while.  Over all, life is good.  Better than I deserve. I'm grateful.

I hate it when I'm on a roll and that happens.  Wheelbarrow to wheelchair in a heartbeat. .  . .  It's the weekend, Truck - indulge in some unmanliness for the night.  Tell them I said it's OK.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on May 23, 2015, 10:29:33 PM
Sorry to hear about your back spasms, Stormtruck2. You are lucky to have a good strong spouse to help out in those emergencies!

Weather has been perfect last couple of weeks and I have made good progress on my outdoor landscaping. Lots of rocks and a few boulders have been moved, many by hand, and today I finally got the big boulder blocking my new lane taken care of.

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/boulder2_zpse1ut0bip.jpg)
Too heavy to pick up, I can slide and flip the beast. Where to put it?

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/boulder1_zpszutxvxyr.jpg)
I dug a deep hole in a nearby soft spot.

And ........ and...... and........  :BEER:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on May 27, 2015, 08:48:50 PM
Dusty,

Flying to Savannah tomorrow for youngest daughter's college graduation.  She made a 3.88 GPA, 4.0 in her Motion Media Design Graphics major, and hence is an honor graduate.  Eldest daughter flying down from NYC to make it a full family party.  Should be a memorable, and meaningful event.  She has a paid internship with great company in NYC starting mid-June.  Bet it turns full time before end of summer. Before that is road trip with 3 friends including stops here and a week at our cabin in San Juan, County, CO. 

Heck of a young lady, I am very proud of her.  For us, a huge raise, and my last true goal before my retirement beckons.  That personal, and huge switch will be thrown at the right time...could be fall, could be next spring,  when I am ready and know it is time.  One snark from Mr. Boss would do it though.

Poodles are nervous, they hate to see the suitcases.  Some time out of here will be nice, and hopefully sunshine and no rain.

Grateful.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on May 29, 2015, 03:04:26 AM
And yesterday I got most of the boulders and rocks tossed in the hole. ;-T
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/rock%20in%20hole_zps0pmcxb7m.jpg)

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/rocks%20in%20hole_zpsljjolxid.jpg)

And today I finished topping off the rocks in the hole with even more smaller rocks and then filling will stony soil. 

Next the  ~; stump!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on May 29, 2015, 03:34:43 AM
Do you live on glacial outwash?
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on May 29, 2015, 03:51:55 AM
             Making the most of the perfect 77F day. No rain, hardly any traffic and a great fang up the Obi Obi hill ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on May 29, 2015, 09:01:24 AM
Great! Here's a picture of Mouser when I first rolled her out on the runway on 5-29-82 after a pretty intense 1 1/2 year 1100 hour build.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c294/elwood59/mouser2copy.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/elwood59/media/mouser2copy.jpg.html)
Finished the annual condition inspection this morning, and went for a putt on her birthday, a tradition.
Snuggled down in the cockpit and thought, " Chuckie, are you bringing your A game? Uhh.. no. After all I haven't flown Mouser since July of last year, and have been flying a Piper since. Haven't flown *it* since October." "Oh, yeah, forgot. Maybe your C+ game?"  ;D
Charlie Lindbergh doesn't have anything on me, you can't see forward out of Mouser, either, so you have to look straight ahead and pick up the runway with your peripheral vision. Open the throttle, and think..gentle gentle.. check temps/pressures/rpm normal, put the airspeed on 90 and break the surly bonds of earth. Fly around a bit, do a few coordination exercises.. gentle gentle.. this ain't no Piper..and get in the pattern to land. Put the airspeed on 85..gently.. turn base.. oops 82 relax a little back pressure.... there and turn final. The runway's made, get rid of the rest of the throttle, and slow to 80 over the fence. Look straight forward and pick up the runway on both sides.. 15 feet (roughly) gently flare and let speed bleed off. There's the grass. Keep her going straight until walking speed.
Uh, huh.. cheated death again.. it was good for me.  ;D What fun!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on June 01, 2015, 09:00:11 PM
Dusty,

Really busy past few days.  We all flew into Savannah, GA to see my youngest daughter graduate from SCAD.  She is now a magna cum laude degreed young lady.  Major was motion media, and she has a paid internship in NYC starting mid-June.  Very, very worn out daddy though keeping up with the girls, and the many moving parts, and last dorm move out and clean up, and pack out.  She and friends will be here late tomorrow for a night.  Then commences a long road trip thru TX, NM, CO and AZ. 

(http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y495/lucydad1/finis_SCAD_Vanessa_may30_2015_zpsj6utax0x.jpg) (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/lucydad1/media/finis_SCAD_Vanessa_may30_2015_zpsj6utax0x.jpg.html)

Very pleased, and very ready to slow down...

LD
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on June 01, 2015, 09:56:59 PM
Well Dusty, I got pissed and quit my job today. One of our patients had to be told her bariatric vaginal wedge wouldn't be covered by Missouri medicaid and guess who drew the short straw?

But as luck would have it, there was an opening for a crescent cutter at the local shithouse factory and shazam! I'm back to work.

Life is good ;-T
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rocker59 on June 01, 2015, 11:46:40 PM
Well Dusty, I got pissed and quit my job today. One of our patients had to be told her bariatric vaginal wedge wouldn't be covered by Missouri medicaid and guess who drew the short straw?

But as luck would have it, there was an opening for a crescent cutter at the local shithouse factory and shazam! I'm back to work.

Life is good ;-T

Are they still hiring at the shithouse factory?  Delrod and I might be interesting in relocating for a fine job like that!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 02, 2015, 12:46:08 AM
Well Dusty, not only had a great day, I had a great weekend. Went along on the annual Vintage Car Club run, called the Irishman creek Rally, named after the Irishman Creek Station (a large farm) where they had the initial rally and where they bunked in the woolshed.  Had fantastic weather. These guy's cars (they must be built before 1931) are not trailer queens! Plenty of 4 wheel drive tracks, fords and farm tracks. Got to see the workshop where Hamilton designed the Hamilton Jet unit as used in jet boats. Absolutely amazing scenery.  The De Soto straight 8 I was in never missed a beat. There were two bikes on the rally, a 28 HD with a chair and a 31 Scott TT replica. Both made it to the end! ;-T

Looking forwards to next years one. ;D
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on June 02, 2015, 06:09:57 AM
Are they still hiring at the shithouse factory?  Delrod and I might be interesting in relocating for a fine job like that!

I'll see if I can pull some strings for you guys. It would be great if we could all work together!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: andrewdonald1 on June 02, 2015, 06:53:16 AM
Hmm how was my day yesterday?
Yesterday was a day of surprises at work.
Two early in the morning about future hires coming in, pleasant on that front.
We lost a customer yesterday: can't say I am truly disheartened on that - It all comes down to expectations on both sides of the fence.
Then another surprise after I went back up to the work week room I rent, the land lords son came around after years.. I could recognize the face around the eyes, but so much general difference in appearance (for the good) that I would have walked right by him in the public.

So it was a weird day for me. 
But losing the customer actually I think wasn't that bad.. sometimes when you are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, at some point you realize it isn't working no mater how much force you apply. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 08, 2015, 03:40:50 PM
 Not wonderful . My sister's constant companion long haired Dachshund finally passed due to congestive heart failure . She went peacefully , simply stopped breathing as I was petting her and saying goodbye . No pet ever had a better life .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on June 08, 2015, 03:57:27 PM
Not wonderful . My sister's constant companion long haired Dachshund finally passed due to congestive heart failure . She went peacefully , simply stopped breathing as I was petting her and saying goodbye . No pet ever had a better life .

  Dusty

Poor poor weenie dog. Glad he went peacefully dusty. He's chasing all the short legged squirrels in doggie heaven now.

John in springburg
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on June 08, 2015, 04:03:08 PM
How was my day. Geeze dusty I just don't know what to do with my fat little daughter (aka morbidly obese) we can't take her anywhere, she's eating us out of house and home. The other day we took her out to a Chinese Buffett and all the cooks went on strike.

Yesterday she stepped on the dogs tail, we had to change its name to beaver.

We also have a Persian rug now, she sat on the cat.


Got any ideas? I'm at my wits end here.

John is spring patch.   
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 08, 2015, 04:11:17 PM
Poor poor weenie dog. Glad he went peacefully dusty. He's chasing all the short legged squirrels in doggie heaven now.

John in springburg

 She had some mixed blood , no idea what . Could run like the wind and no critter was a match . That is until the last 10 months or so . What a spirit this 14.1 LB dog had . lived about 9 months longer than the vet predicted , and until the last few days was pretty active . I took her "walkabout" every evening , you had to keep a close eye as even though her wide open speed had slowed to a waddle , she was determined to venture out . Sis is holding up , but damn that call to her was tough .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on June 12, 2015, 08:16:42 PM
Spent the day in the garage and solved a couple of nagging issues.

Pulled the head off the Triumph and figured out why the pushrod tubes were leaking oil: First, I used a double-think head gasket so the tubes weren't snug enough against their O-ring seals; and there was a part missing. Turns out the base of each tube is supposed to sit on a gummy white plastic washer, not mentioned or pictured in either of the shop manuals I have for this bike. I only learned about it at the TriumphRat forum. I annealed the original head gasket, replaced the the tube O-rings, used the white washers and buttoned everything back up.

And I got the Guzzi idling properly after all the jetting and air filter changes.

So.

Last day of skiing tomorrow and we'll test-ride both motorcycles on Sunday.

Whee!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 12, 2015, 08:30:32 PM
 Seth , what Triumph manual do you have ? The Chilton's are probably the best , even the official factory manuals contained mistakes corrected by addendums , W/O which they could be confusing .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on June 12, 2015, 10:34:13 PM
I have Haynes and Glenn's, and downloaded a factory service manual.

I'm not surprised by omissions like this, just frustrated. When I rebuilt my Laverda I went nuts ordering valve-train parts -- no one could figure out the part numbers, and then I realized the exploded parts drawing for the head, in the manual AND the parts book, was flopped right-for-left, then labelled. So half the time when you ordered a part you got the mirror image for the other side.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on June 13, 2015, 05:34:28 AM
            With rain looking set-in for another day, preparation was begun after lunch, on some tricky carpentery in the garage, at my bench. Some progress was made before a brief trip to indoors revealed a break in the clouds, with blue sky peeping through. A hasty look at the weather radar suggested that the showers were becoming few and far between and shortly afterwards, I was on the bike, checking out a ride that hopefully would be less frequented by dangerous drivers, than the usual route of many years standing, which pre dates my Guzzi.
            The hinterland localities of Mooloolah, Hunchy and Dulong came and went, displaying official signs warning of cattle and mounted horsemen, while now and then a playing field would pass by, that was so heavily attended by parked cars, that you could guess neither the name of the game nor those of the teams competing.
             The rain did not hold off, choosing to fall while nearing a challenging uphill section, the real highlight of the route. A brief sanctuary was found in Woombye and on exiting the muddy carpark, I was treated to a most sedate rear wheel slide, in spite of feathering the clutch and using a minimum of throttle. Recovering from this amusing interlude, the glowering state of the sky became apparent. So overcast had it become, that my tinted visor was going to be too dark for me to proceed. Ordinarily, there would have been another hour of daylight but by staying out, I ran the risk of being Stopped by nitpickers :copcar:
              As for the route itself, a few "moments" were experienced but weekends are when the crazies come out, so it could have been a lot worse :grin:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: bpreynolds on June 14, 2015, 08:55:09 AM
Another one step up, 2 back on the Thunderbird Sport.  Finally got the carbs dialed in and bike on the road for the first time since January.  But as per usual, I was quickly thrown back to square 2 when the bike began to massively overhead with hot hot hot light flashing at me and fan not running on radiator.  Made it back to the house before bike quit right before driveway.  Let it cool, topped off antifreeze, it fired right back up and off I went for more testing with same results, only this time bike heated up with burning smell, still no fan, and it quit a half mile away from the house so I pushed it home.  Pushing a bike a half a mile doesn't seem like much but in 95 degree heat it does seem like 3 miles.  Try to figure out how to jump the fan to see if the motor is still good today.  Never done that before so I'm not sure.  Oh well.  Those 4-5 miles sure were fun.  Engine ran smoothly but still a very rough and beastly bike, a '99 model but it feels much older in soul.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on June 15, 2015, 03:38:02 AM
A phone call from 16 yr old grandson yesterday;  was it possible to dig out the 250 4wd quad bike and do some off-roading with 4 of his mates?  It fired straight up even after 5 months of non use, so on to the trailer and off we go with him and his mates in one vehicle, the son and his dog in the Terrano and me and my dearly beloved towing the trailer and bike in the Mistral.  Went to a place they had discovered while fishing, and one where a fair few 4WD exponents go. A great time was had by all. The Honda Big Red probably didn't know what hit it! :grin:. It certainly was given a workout. The sun shone, no one got hurt, the dog found an old sheep's head so he was in heaven and everyone had a great time.

I actually think that the young guys quite enjoyed just having a blast without having to look "cool".
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on June 15, 2015, 11:03:09 AM
Lot of good times on this thread!

We had a wonderful weekend. Drove up to A-Basin Saturday morning and met my Ozzie mate Sven for our last skiing morning of the season. Bluebird day and the snowboarder girls were out in their bikinis. Lovely soft snow.

Sunday was hot so Gail and I saddled up the T for a ride in the mountains. Did one of my favorite loops up to 9,500 feet along the Peak-to-Peak highway, down to Lyons. The old girl still isn't happy, stumbling below 3,500 rpm and above 5,000. Plugs look perfect so I'll put the needle back where it was and troubleshoot the entire ignition system. Maybe it's something as simple as plug caps or advance springs. Would like to get this fixed before we leave for Cripple Creek on Saturday.

Sunday evening I went for a jaunt on the Triumph. Fired on the first kick. Now that the oil leak is fixed it runs like a champ -- pulls far stronger than the Guzzi and I had so much fun I almost forgot to come home for supper. It does run rich so there are new Amal jets in the immediate future. Riding it up to Fort Collins on Tuesday for an early Fathers Day ride with the daughter. Whee!

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 15, 2015, 11:17:35 AM
 Seth ,

 Yes , good times  :thumb: Mixed with some bad , that's OK , we are among friends here . On the Triumph , where is the needle set ?

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on June 15, 2015, 12:53:31 PM
Hi, Dusty --

Triumph is now on whatever was stock for sea level.  I'm going to drop it a notch. Local expert says 105 needle jet (106 is stock), middle clip, 170 main (190 is stock), 3.0 slide. I opened the pilot screw one turn and it idled a bit faster.

Have ordered the 105 and 170 jets and will drop the needle this afternoon when the rain starts.

Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on June 15, 2015, 12:59:53 PM
 Sounds like your local guy knows what he is doing . Keep us apprised . Single carb 650 Triumphs are a joy in the mountains .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on June 15, 2015, 02:45:51 PM
got really, stupid-hot here yesterday.  Some say it broke 70.   :shocked:  I'm not calling them liars, but if true, it's one day in a row -- possibly a record.  It was so hot I took the insulation off of a window and opened it to let the bugs in.  At 1:AM, or "dawn" as we call it, the rocks in my garden were still warm.  Today promises to be more of the same.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: travelingbyguzzi on June 15, 2015, 03:42:06 PM
Long range forecasts (the next decade) call for warmer and drier weather around the Northwest. It sounds great from a riders perspective.
We have had the earliest and warmest summer that I can remember and I came to Seattle 25 years ago.
Summary: weather is good Health is good. Work is plentiful. Life is good.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on June 15, 2015, 06:26:32 PM
Dusty:

The guys at The Bonneville Shop in Broomfield recommended 220 main (down from 230) and 005 needle jet (down from 006). Thus equipped I just made my 12-mile warmup loop and the plugs look great. Everyone is happy.  Mountain loop with my daughter tomorrow.



Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on June 16, 2015, 10:44:04 PM
Another great day in retirement.

Rode the Triumph up to Fort Collins to pick up my daughter for an early Fathers Day outing. The bike didn't feel happy, hesitating and sputtering until, about 10 miles into the trip, the air cleaner shook off and the power came in smooth and strong. The oil leaks are gone and everything works -- and boy is it loud on the unbaffled Burgess "silencers." Next project is to find some reasonably priced mellow mufflers.

(https://skiyoungernow.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/fathersday2015.jpg)

We rode up around the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir to Masonville and south to Carter Lake, in and out of light rain, on a twisty 80-mile loop. The real thunderstorm held off until five minutes after we arrived home in Longmont.

Tuesday is the new Saturday.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on June 17, 2015, 12:45:04 AM
Great summer weather here - getting some great rides in! Whoopee!  :thumb:

This morning, by mistake, I doubled the dose of my blood pressure medicine. Should be ok - the pills are so tiny!

Just a little light headed for a while.

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/balloon%20track_zpsvga7od25.jpg)
Had a great ride later on.  :azn:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 11, 2015, 08:48:40 PM
              Last Thursday morning my right shoulder was subjected to a Barbotage procedure, to flush out a long-term calcium deposit from the supraspinatus tendon. It is this location that has given me shoulder pain for the last 47 years and for the last few weeks it has been unbearable, necessitating my GF's help in showering, dressing and undressing. Even a 15 minute walk to my GP 3 weeks ago for a referral to the specialist was painful; likewise standing from the sitting position in the waiting room. There was no escape from it, although I did manage to sleep on my left side at night.
              The less said about the procedure the better, however the promised post procedure pain did not eventuate for which I am not one bit sorry. A precautionary supply of pain killer meds had been acquired just in case but it seems that pain has had enough of me for now :grin: and my right arm mobility has improved enormously and yesterday I had the confidence to work on charging my car's battery. Hurt myself once and called it quits. The car can wait.
              What won't wait however is my left shoulder, which pretty much locked up, owing to my reaching for something overhead a few days before the procedure :huh: Never happened before in my life. It became obvious right there and then that the right shoulder had to be fixed Quick, before the left went the same way and I was completely disabled. Upon reflection, maybe the left broke down because it was doing the work of both shoulders. For instance, there is a lot of "gymnastics" going on just doing the above, very ordinary things even when you have assistance.
              Since Thursday, I have been promising myself an experimental, 15 minute walk to see if my GP is within reach without my resorting to a cab; speaking of which, I reckon $200 has gone down that hole of late. And so it was that wearing 3 jumpers and with trakky dakks on over my blue jeans, I took off for a walk around the block observed by a young girl dressed in shorts and shirt. Yes, there is definitely something wrong with this this old bloke who does not like the cold :grin: To cut a long story short, Mission Accomplished and I anticipate saving cab fares in future :grin: Just might be a while before the bike gets a workout.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 11, 2015, 09:01:38 PM
 Trakky Dakks ? OK Bill , are we dressing like a combination of Clegg and Compo ? :grin:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on July 11, 2015, 09:15:03 PM
Actually had an enjoyable time changing a new customers oil. Freaking Gold Norge, real beauty.  The guy asked me if I was in the Club, was just nice to hear someone else asking, been awhile. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on July 11, 2015, 10:02:10 PM
Quote from Guzzisteve:
Quote
Freaking Gold Norge, real beauty

Custom paint I take it? Would like a picture.
GliderJohn
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 11, 2015, 10:16:28 PM
Trakky Dakks ? OK Bill , are we dressing like a combination of Clegg and Compo ? :grin:

  Dusty

Trakky Dakks=track suit pants :grin:

OK, now what is Clegg and Compo? :grin:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 11, 2015, 10:20:22 PM
Trakky Dakks=track suit pants :grin:

OK, now what is Clegg and Compo? :grin:

 Obviously you aren't familiar with the English show "Last of the summer wine" . Norman Clegg always wore at least 3 layers of clothing , and William Simonite ( Compo ) always wore Wellies . One wonders if we are all speaking English  :grin:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 11, 2015, 10:26:10 PM
Well there ya go. I'm just not familiar with that "branch" of the culture :huh: :grin:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on July 12, 2015, 04:45:09 AM
A good day (make that weekend) thanks Dusty.

Have picked up a manual bar bender, reasonably chunky 35kgs worth.  Will bend 60x8 flat, 20mm round or 16mm square. Managed to get a stand made out of a chunky bit of channel and a couple of bits of flat plate for nix to go with it.  Have inserted some threaded plugs in to the garage floor to hold it down and drilled an assortment of holes in the top plate which will take the bar bender, my hand operated metal guillotine, and the hydraulic pipe bender. All works well.

Had to give the son a hand on Saturday as he has had a large increase in the work coming in (power steering and wheel alignment). He had needed a transmission support, but with the tax etc. coming due he could not afford to get one. With a couple of bits of pipe, a couple of plastic bushes knocked up on the lathe, an old Holden screw jack I had lying around and the rim off an old wheel we found out the back of beyond I knocked one up.  Painted black it looks the bees knees, and it had its first work out. Goes a treat! :thumb:

Sunday afternoon and it was back in the garage turning the steps off a set of metal bunks in to a folding stand for the sliding mitre saw. things are falling in to place and my bar bender will soon be getting it's first real workout.

A very satisfying weekend all in all. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on July 12, 2015, 07:16:39 AM
Quote from Guzzisteve:
Custom paint I take it? Would like a picture.
GliderJohn

John, was an 09 model & came in factory gold but different from my 93 SP3, no copper color in it.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on July 12, 2015, 11:48:49 AM
I work by the job, so I have no regular paycheck.  Some weeks I have none.  This past week was my most productive of the year so far.  The fun coincidence of the week was two macbooks in for email problems.  I don't see a lot of macs, so two in a week would be very unusual.  The odds of seeing two with the same random problem (and as it turns out the owners are friends with each other) are astronomical.

With all the work though my fishing has suffered.  I need another 2-pair of kings to be flush.  I did manage to coax ashore the largest one I've ever taken from my secret fishing hole (the one everyone knows about).  These are Medevici fish, so they run ~18# - 25#.  This wild joker raised the ante to 35#.  It took about 90min to tire him out and pull him up the beach (nets are for sissies), and he straightened one tine of my treble hook farther than I could rebend it.  To give an idea of the food value of a fish that size -- a standard sockeye (red) salmon gives about 4-7 half-pints of skinned, boneless meat.  This fella yielded 22 half-pints from the side meat.  Approx. 15% of his 'round' weight was in the belly meat, which I smoke instead of can.  So this fish had it in spades.  So ends a gruesome run of bad poker metaphors.

I've also lost hours on the trike, since I'm too freaking tired after chasing money and fish to think or move.  I did get a lot of wiring done on the trike, some special-orders installed (thanks for the bolts, Joe -- they arrived Friday), and the electric trunk popper figured out.  I hoped to be on dashboard and headlight design, but like I said, I've been too tired to think.  So spawns a gruesome run of poker metaphors.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on July 12, 2015, 10:46:21 PM
but that Brit stuff is great .
  Dusty

Ahh yes :grin: Foyles War, Dr Who, Silent Witness
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 12, 2015, 10:55:19 PM
Ahh yes :grin: Foyles War, Dr Who, Silent Witness

 Oh my yes . Doc Martin also , our educational channel in Oklahoma buys the good stuff . 

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 13, 2015, 09:39:39 PM
 Speaking of high quality entertainment , just heard on the radio that my favorite comic strip of all time is back . Yep , Bloom County has returned . Yee Haw  :laugh:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on July 17, 2015, 12:20:27 PM
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Sunday at Shed Restaurant Edom, Texas.  Three White 2013 V7 Stones.  Two Daves and a Sweede.

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on July 17, 2015, 12:29:18 PM
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Sunday at Shed Restaurant Edom, Texas.  Three White 2013 V7 Stones.  Two Daves and a Sweede.

Dave
Galveston

 Happy to say I know the two fine gentleman on the ends , just need the middle guy for the trifecta  :laugh: Glad you guys got out  :thumb:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on July 17, 2015, 01:05:19 PM
Nuovo Falcone: Don't you just love it when you've had the timing side off, fiddling with shift springs, selectors and such, then you put it all back together.

Turn the key, give it a half-hearted kick, and it starts first kick! :thumb:

I had been running with the ignition retarded a tad. After advancing it slightly, it runs like a rocket  :shocked: - good for a steady 55-60 mph (indicated), even into a headwind.  I even have four gears most of the time  :grin:

Simple, robust engineering. It's hard to beat when you have six thumbs like me.

Nick
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on July 19, 2015, 03:47:06 PM
Good on you, Nick. I've just had the opposite experience.

Had the old Triumph running beautifully. Did an 80-mile loop for Father's Day, with the kid riding pillion, and it didn't skip a beat. Next day it wouldn't start -- just backfired through the carb. Everything looked normal: timing, fat spark, valve clearance, cold compression, fueling, clean plugs etc. This is extremely frustrating after all the experimenting I did with the jetting to get it running right.

On the theory that most fuel problems are really ignition problems, I replaced the points with a Boyer ignition and new 6v coils in series -- with unchanged result: kicking it through just yields sharp little bangs out the carb. Having exhausted my own wits, I'll truck it down to The Bonneville Shop and ask Roger to wave his wand over it. Once it's running, I think I'll sell it.

I've decided to consolidate on a single, all-purpose and reliable bike, light enough to ride on the back of the van. I'll be in the market for a V7 Stone. The future of the T is now in doubt -- it has low miles on the rebuild, including the Gilardoni kit, so maybe I'll part it out.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 19, 2015, 04:38:58 PM
Good on you, Nick. I've just had the opposite experience.

Had the old Triumph running beautifully. Did an 80-mile loop for Father's Day, with the kid riding pillion, and it didn't skip a beat. Next day it wouldn't start -- just backfired through the carb. Everything looked normal: timing, fat spark, valve clearance, cold compression, fueling, clean plugs etc. This is extremely frustrating after all the experimenting I did with the jetting to get it running right.

On the theory that most fuel problems are really ignition problems, I replaced the points with a Boyer ignition and new 6v coils in series -- with unchanged result: kicking it through just yields sharp little bangs out the carb. Having exhausted my own wits, I'll truck it down to The Bonneville Shop and ask Roger to wave his wand over it. Once it's running, I think I'll sell it.

I've decided to consolidate on a single, all-purpose and reliable bike, light enough to ride on the back of the van. I'll be in the market for a V7 Stone. The future of the T is now in doubt -- it has low miles on the rebuild, including the Gilardoni kit, so maybe I'll part it out.

Sounds like a good consolidation plan, and the V7 Stone won't overload your 600-pound bike carrier.

I'd be interested in knowing what's wrong with the Triumph.   Your problem sounds like slipped timing, but you say you replaced the whole ignition and no change, so it's unlikely that you set the Boyer to the same wrong timing as the points.

Even if a main jet had fallen out, the bike should still start on the priming fuel - it doesn't even know it HAS a main jet until the throttle is open wide ...

Good Luck!

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: drums4money on July 19, 2015, 06:14:16 PM
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Sunday at Shed Restaurant Edom, Texas.  Three White 2013 V7 Stones.  Two Daves and a Sweede.

Dave
Galveston

That's a handsome group of gees'ers  :grin:

Made it out before 7AM today to have a coffee & enjoy a few back roads before it got too blazing steamy.  We're in our 2-3 weeks of summer right now.

Then my 2-channel amplifier in the living went tits-up.  I'm going to cook a steak, have a beer, and order a new amp. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: cloudbase on July 19, 2015, 06:42:01 PM
Good day today.  Rode the Quota out to the gliderport.  Off tow at 2000 ft, 4 to 6 knot thermals all over the place topping out at 4500 ft.

B.S with the other pilots, trade lies, ride home. 

Yep, a good day.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on July 20, 2015, 08:58:56 AM
Happy to say I know the two fine gentleman on the ends , just need the middle guy for the trifecta  :laugh: Glad you guys got out  :thumb:

  Dusty

Dave Bell in middle newest member of Guzzi Riders in TEXAS  (GRIT).
Invited him to Homer and Talihina. 

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on July 20, 2015, 09:02:39 AM
That's a handsome group of gees'ers  :grin:

Made it out before 7AM today to have a coffee & enjoy a few back roads before it got too blazing steamy.  We're in our 2-3 weeks of summer right now.

Then my 2-channel amplifier in the living went tits-up.  I'm going to cook a steak, have a beer, and order a new amp.

Geesers (Guzzi Riders) or Geesers (Old Guys) I'm proud to represent either.

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Gliderjohn on July 20, 2015, 09:13:05 AM
Quote from Cloudbase:
Quote
Good day today.  Rode the Quota out to the gliderport.  Off tow at 2000 ft, 4 to 6 knot thermals all over the place topping out at 4500 ft.

B.S with the other pilots, trade lies, ride home. 

Yep, a good day.

Always a good day when you can ride and fly the same day.
GliderJohn
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on July 20, 2015, 12:05:47 PM
Actually Lannis , if the main jet has dropped out , or is even really loose , they won't start . Don't ask me how I know  :embarassed:

  Dusty

Actually, I've had a couple of them start with no main jet screwed in.   When it's just sucking in the vapor from the "tickled" primer fuel lying in the manifold, it doesn't care what else is down below.   it'll go "vvvRRROOooomm" and shut right off ...

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on July 20, 2015, 03:45:14 PM
Dropped the float bowl again. All the jets are correctly seated and tight. Float is properly adjusted. Giving up for now and will turn it over to someone who knows what he's doing.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on July 20, 2015, 06:33:24 PM
Dusty,

My good friend Dave lost his job today at Stoney Energy.  Great engineer and overall brilliant guy.
This latest oil crash is deep and wide.  Lots of carnage in Houston and elsewhere.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on July 20, 2015, 08:28:01 PM
Got the air ride plumbed into the trike yesterday.  The one-way valve that keeps the air from backing up into the compressor is leaking.  Otherwise the system is tight.  Today I'm wiring in the pressure control and override.  That's been fun -- looks like I forgot to plumb in a wire.  I hate it when that happens.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on July 24, 2015, 06:26:41 PM
95F in Longmont today so we headed for cooler elevations. Rode over Trail Ridge Road (12,181 feet) to Grand Lake for lunch, then back.
(https://skiyoungernow.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/trailridgeroad.jpg)

Still fussing around with the jetting but the T pulled strong to the top and burbled happily downhill. We're close to having her back to full strength.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on July 24, 2015, 07:11:48 PM
A guy comes into the body shop today while I'm tinkering.  "What's the range on that thing?"
"I dunno -- haven't gotten much gas through it yet."
     "What's the capacity"
"40 liters"
     "Not the bags, the tank."
"40 liters"
    "Do you know how big a liter is?"
"Why yes, I do."
    "Well, if you're gonna be THAT way about it . . . "
 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: PJPR01 on July 25, 2015, 04:21:19 PM
Some folks will stubbornly cling to their stupidity no matter what!  Heaven forbid that they actually learn something more complicated than how to order a Big Mac!  Let me see...a liter, I wonder how many gallons go into a liter!  Doh!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: guzzisteve on July 25, 2015, 09:47:03 PM
Nice day working on older stuff, a V65C. Turned to shit, someone who owned it or worked on it put flywheel on wrong. Made my own TDC marks & timed it off of it. Nice T light w/retard dial on it, set it @ 7* and set the Dyna S.
Must have belonged to a cheap ass cause it has radiator hose for intake rubbers.
All in all still felt good fixing one w/carbs and steel fenders.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on July 28, 2015, 09:12:39 PM
Dusty,

Kind of you to ask, thanks.  Well, pretty good work day, plowing ahead on a project.  Hot as hell though.  Get home, Ms. LD is upstairs.  That happens, then as I am relaxing with poodle pack on floor, she comes down.  She spews for 15 minutes:  leak in AC drain upstairs, damaged sheetrock, still dripping, need to move furniture, a mess.  On top:  tree surgeon said old maple has to go (good).  We got two bids on pressure washing patio and driveway, $400 difference...really?  And on.  So we cleaned up, turned AC off (and feels like heat/humidity is 109F.  AC guy can't come until tomorrow morning.  Same with clean up dryer/dehumidifier crew.  Ms. LD went up into attic to mess with leak, and determined that AC maintenance guy screwed up drain pan, and also the drain line clogged yet again (wasps and or just muck).

Finally she had a shower, we went to get something to eat.  Came back a few minutes ago:  part of ceiling sheetrock collapsed with the snaked insulation.  Said to hell with it and took poodles on walk, now finally sitting down for first time since 5 AM.  It will be a hot night here.
Went thru similar leak with water heater a couple years back.  Gotta love how they build houses in the Houston area.

Ok, the good news.  Youngest daughter talking tomorrow morning with CBS Sports in Manhattan about a freelance paid position.  Motion media graphics, for NFL.  She applied and they like her, and usually these jobs morph into full time with benefits if everyone happy.  And the company she is interning with now is talking to her Thursday morning about same gig:  freelance paid.  She told them she needs tomorrow morning off for CBS interview.  She likes her current job a lot with a company called The Science Project (advanced media advertising high end retail). 

So, my friend Dusty, I do believe my youngest will be off the payroll this summer.  And that is liberating as hell for me. 

Work continues thru the oil crash.  I still think the company will "rightsize" late this year or early next.  I am ready to retire any time though.  All the plans made, all I need to do is throw two switches.

New house build is to the surveyed lot and about to set forms for foundation.  Lost the 4 car garage, they bait and switched us and said last Friday they can't do a 4 car in this particular subdivision.  Sucks all the way around and I am working on some sort of negotiation. Probably hopeless dealing with the huge corporate builder.  Their communication sucks.

No rides last weekend, but I have Friday off.  Saturday morning I am doing a breakfast ride meet with my buddy Mitch.  Wanted to do an evening ride this week, but so far it has not happened. 

Can't wait for fall:  that is about 10 weeks away.  Damn hot July, no rain at all. 

Oh and we had an Alzheimer's care family conference in San Antonio last weekend.  Grandpa Larry is swanning down and away fast.  So we are talking about the what's next game.  I see him in full time care by end of the year, maybe sooner.  But that takes some financial resources, and contributions by all 3 kids, including us.  Reminds me to carpe diem. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on August 12, 2015, 08:59:09 PM
Dusty,

Crap day at work with company and Mr. Boss and Mr. Donut.  More strong prompts to get on with the retirement.  Flipped a couple more small switches in that direction.  I think God is telling me:  it is time.  I had a ten month exit plan.  That is looking more like ten weeks now.

Company analog:  diagnosed with stage III cancer last fall with first oil price crunch, now realization that it has spread, not going away and time to start amputations and such.  The company is going into its death throes in my opinion.  And I don't want to participate any longer.

Apologies to those with the big C, no offense intended.

Think I will go see the Audace and Eldo at MPH on Friday morning and take a sit, maybe a ride for the hell of it.

Took a fast evening bicycle ride to help my emotions calm down.  This job is not worth the stress.

Thanks for letting me vent.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on August 12, 2015, 09:13:45 PM
Quote
The company is going into its death throes in my opinion.  And I don't want to participate any longer.

Ten weeks is a good timescale. Make a clean break. I busted my butt for 18 months to save an organization from itself. The day I handed it off, alive if limping, to my young successor was the start of my own recovery. Within a week I was healthier and happier than I'd been in decades.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: O on August 15, 2015, 01:32:54 PM
The day started off so promising.  A nice early ride this morning to go get a delicious bacon egg and cheese, followed by plans to take a quick flight down to Maryland to see Phish tonight (my wife had won tickets a while back from a charity auction).  Sadly, not to be. The FAA shut down all air traffic in and out of BWI.  I heard rumors of radar outages, but whatever the cause was, we weren't going to make it down in time for the show. After 5 hours spent at PVD, we're back home.

On the bright side, we confirmed that someone else will get to use our tickets, and I was able to cancel the car and hotel reservations without being charged.  On the brighter side, I'll have time for another morning ride tomorrow.  It could be worse.   :bike-037:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on August 15, 2015, 02:24:03 PM
Early start to began reorganization of driveway, porte coche and carport/pergola.  Moved many of the potted plants back to their proper places. Everything displaced due to exterior paint job. Ham-fisted paint crew finally disbanded.  I'll handle the detail work on the porches and some light carpentry work. Mowed the lawn, swept everything up, then washed the wife's car.  Wife finally summoned the courage to drive down the long driveway and park under the carport.  Looking forward to watching her back out later.
In the mist of the cleanup, found the sick feral cat (Big Blanco) and clothed in long pants, armored jacket and riding gloves was able to force him into a carrier to take him to the vet.  Will probably still lose him, but at least he'll be put down humanely.  Wife is a lover of all creatures great and small.  Thankfully that includes me. 
Presently sitting on the front porch smoking an Estaban Carreras "Chuapa Cabra" cigar and watching the thunder heads build to deliver some much needed rain.  Going to clean up, take a disco nap, then head downtown for some dinner and to attend a production of "Urine Town" at local playhouse.
Life is good.
Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on August 15, 2015, 02:25:40 PM
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Went to visit a friend and family for a few days and he caught something just before I left. I caught it immediately and it became a sniffing contest for 3 days.  Oh well. Had lotsa fun anyways and the bike liked the super slab for a high speed run.



Time for new tires!

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Front one on B.O. boo!



Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on August 15, 2015, 06:16:08 PM
Memorable, Dusty.. memorable. That's not always good,  :smiley: but it is what it is.
Flew Mouser
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to an airport about 20 minutes away for a Young Eagles day. Our local Eaa chapter takes kids for rides for free twice a year. We (collectively) flew 93 mostly first timers.  :thumb: :smiley:
Then, flew to a friend's private strip for his 60th birthday/retirement celebration.. chased the cows off his runway,  :evil: :smiley: had a good time.
Then blasted off for home. Decided to skirt a control zone.. I just didn't want to turn on the radio.. when all of a sudden the engine got a lot louder. Hmmm. Checked to make sure the oil pressure/temp/cylinder temp was normal. Yep. turned off the noise cancelling headset to make sure the battery hadn't died. No, it's still working. During this time, I'm climbing as fast as possible in case I have to make an emergency landing. Need to get as big a gliding radius as possible. Looked at the chart, and I have 15 minutes to home. Temps/pressures still normal. I'll bet it is a blown exhaust gasket. Ok, there's an airport about half way there.. I'll keep it as an alternate. Temps/pressures still normal. Made it home. Let's check this out.. nope.. wasn't a blown exhaust gasket, it was an eroded exhaust pipe that came apart at the flange. After all, it's only been 33 years since I made it. (!!) It was blowing 1200 F right at the firewall, and this could have ended badly.
I was lucky. Sometimes a little knowledge can get you in trouble.  :smiley: Excuse me while I get another beer.  :smiley:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 15, 2015, 06:38:25 PM
             That was a bit close, Chuck :shocked:  Make that a Stiff Drink instead :grin: :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Penderic on August 15, 2015, 06:46:41 PM
Yikes! That has to be one of my phobias for sure.

Having any kind of an 'out of plane' experience! Oh yeah.

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Drinks are on you-know who!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: balvenie on August 15, 2015, 06:54:41 PM
               What an extraordinarily apt, pictorial library you have, Penderic :thumb: :grin:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on August 15, 2015, 06:57:14 PM
             That was a bit close, Chuck :shocked:  Make that a Stiff Drink instead :grin: :thumb:

Bourbon seems to be working ok.. :smiley: thanks for the idea. :wink:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on August 15, 2015, 07:01:27 PM
Yikes! That has to be one of my phobias for sure.

Having any kind of an 'out of plane' experience! Oh yeah.

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/out%20of%20plane_zps7dw62fa5.jpg)
Drinks are on you-know who!

Dorcia and I have been in one of those that was throwing a serious amount of oil, but never thought of getting outside and seeing what was going on..  :cool: :boozing:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on August 15, 2015, 07:04:29 PM
That is why it is called a firewall.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on August 15, 2015, 08:40:48 PM
M It was blowing 1200 F right at the firewall, and this could have ended badly.


That's why they call them "firewalls", so that things DON'T end badly in that situation ... Sounds like you did good overall ....

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 15, 2015, 09:27:27 PM
OH MY Chuckie !

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on August 16, 2015, 05:18:09 AM
Just come back from spending nine wonderful days in Brisbane sunshine at the bro-in-laws place. Great holiday. :thumb:  Now back to cold,  drizzly, miserable weather here in Christchurch with work tomorrow. :sad:  Bring on retirement!
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on August 17, 2015, 04:32:58 PM
RIP Big Blanco.
King of the 23rd Street cat colony,  Hurricane Ike survivor, terror to rats and snakes.  Showed up as a young male after Ike. Immediately set to slaughtering all types of vermin that had been displaced by the flooding, including water moccasins. Avoided capture and neutering for over a year. Viglantly guarded the driveway and carport for seven years until today.  Tolerated me, loved my wife.  Died peacefully in her arms.  Not a big cat person myself, BB aka Snowball earned my respect.
Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 17, 2015, 08:07:40 PM
 Sad news Dave , lost a 13 year old Rot/Shepard last week . She had hip problems for a while , think she just thought it was time . Also a terror for rodents , maybe they will meet up .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on August 17, 2015, 09:09:00 PM
Dusty,

Sorry to hear about your puppy..... that is always difficult.  Remember there is a dog heaven...poodles send a tail wag
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on August 17, 2015, 10:28:32 PM
Dusty,

Sorry to hear about your puppy..... that is always difficult.  Remember there is a dog heaven...poodles send a tail wag

Thanks Greg, she was ready , down to one old guy now , 15 years and counting .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on August 18, 2015, 07:07:15 AM
Sorry to hear about the Rottie.  If there is reincarnation, I want to come back as a Guzzista's dog or one of my wife's cats.  On a lighter note specks were biting on the beachfront yesterday.  Shark tried to eat the fish off my stringer as I backstroke in from the third bar.  Speckled trout in a brow butter sauce with rice and a salad washed down with a dry California rose' for dinner.  A little recreation and a good dinner to mitigate a sad morning.
What no condolences for my cat LD.  You heartless poodleer.  :evil:
Best wishes to all for cool weather and longer rides till we all met at that big NAR in the sky.
Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: MGPilot on August 18, 2015, 10:12:57 AM
Memorable, Dusty.. memorable. That's not always good,  :smiley: but it is what it is.
...wasn't a blown exhaust gasket, it was an eroded exhaust pipe that came apart at the flange.

Glad it was something that's relatively easy to fix.

I was flying my (now sold; www.rf5b.com) motorglider from Seattle to Ohio. Part way across Nebraska, the CO meter started chirping. Crack in the exhaust. A crop duster helped me find a welder who could weld stainless. Landed on the grass strip at the airport where the welder was located, only to find they hadn't mown it in a month (no NOTAM; couldn't tell until the earth started to disappear in tall grass)....which brought about a second set of repairs.  Ugh.  Hope yours is a non-event.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Lannis on August 20, 2015, 01:22:22 PM
I learned two very interesting and important facts today.

1) There is ONE actor from the 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" still alive today.   He's the "Lollipop Guild" dude that handed Dorothy a lollipop in Munchkin City.   95 years old and still hanging in there ....

2) The actor that plays "Immortan Joe" in "Mad Max - Fury Road" is the same guy that played "The Toecutter" in the original "Mad Max".   I guarantee you he's had some fun ....

That's all.   

Lannis
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: davedel44 on August 30, 2015, 12:49:13 PM
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My day was SPECTACULAR. 

Speckled Trout

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: gsf12man on September 05, 2015, 05:51:56 PM
Where was the Red Goose today?

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: O on September 12, 2015, 08:52:40 AM
Took the day off yesterday to ride up to Seacoast and get some routine maintenance done, including the new map for the V7.  Rode through some heavy mist and showers on the way up as the weather was moving out of the area, but the sun came out while I was at the dealership.  After 1 1/2 hours of looking at beautiful Italian bikes, trying on different helmets, and shooting the breeze with the great folks at Seacoast, took the long way home and air-dried the gear en route.  Fridays don't bet much better than that.  :bike-037:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on September 12, 2015, 11:05:27 AM
 No they don't  :bike-037:

 Can't make the Canton deal , a few things had to be dealt with . Will go for a ride today , weather is nice , birds are singing  :smiley:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on September 12, 2015, 04:45:39 PM
See the Northern Colorado World Guzzi Day ride report at http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=78352.0
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 04, 2015, 03:53:47 AM
Ya'all been a bit quiet on the Northern Front?

had a great Saturday.  Bike re-registered for the next 7 months.  Guz fired up straight away and settled in to a smooth idle, even with 5 month old gas in it.  A shop was having a big sale so I ambled over on Guz to see what I could score.  Been looking for a cheap 5" side grinder as it really annoys me to have to change from slitting disk to grinding disk and back again all the time.  Not only got one for a good price, also scored a three speed heat gun with variable thermostat for under 1/2 price.  Very happy.  The bike never missed a beat and ran like a Swiss watch. :grin: :grin: :grin:

Weather was warm and I spent the afternoon puddling in my nephew's garden  He is too busy,  does not like gardening and I do.  Gives me a whole heap of garden space to grow stuff I don't have room for, and he can help himself as well.  I love it when a plan comes together. Also wants me to be his gardener next year when I retire.  I like the sound of that.

On an overall happy note, I have finally got in to a physio after over 6 months to sort out the hamstring I damaged.  Turns out the guy used to be the physio for the All Blacks. Got more sorted out and info gathered to two sessions than I ever had in 5.1/2 years of medical professionals. Three sessions and the constant pain in my legs has GONE!!!!! Seriously think I can do the 560 odd kms to get to the Tattley Rappet in one day instead of two days of butt ache. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

11 weeks until I retire.  Life is looking good at this stage. :grin:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 04, 2015, 08:13:07 AM
  That is good news Muzz  :thumb:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Arizona Wayne on October 04, 2015, 03:51:16 PM
Well, this last Thursday, after registering the white `77 Convert. I acquired from
Wes Stephens about a month ago that he won in a raffle @ the MGNOC NM Datil Rally, I installed it's Az. vintage MC plate, added a black fairing, strapped on RevPack gray saddlepacks & black luggage bag on back seat, I test rode it down to Sam's Club to buy some stuff and bring it back for a 102 mi. test ride including a 6% grade.  It did the deed with flying colors and convinced me it has enough power to meet my needs at this point in my life.  I plan to put a faux trike kit on it and hand it to the wife for her rig this winter.   This Convert. has cowboy type(police?) handlebars and fortunately I already had a fairing that pretty much covers your whole upper body/hands w/o being humongous at the same time on it now.  :cool:

The bike came with what looks like a euro large like new tinted windshield that bolts right onto the Tonti forks.  It is too big for our tastes, but is just the ticket for a bigger rider than us if someone likes that look.  If you might be interested in it let me know.  If you were @ the Datil rally you saw what it looks like.

I used to have a `80 Convert. I pulled a hack and tent trailer with at different times, but this Convert. seems to be in better shape than that 1 was.  Sure like those 6+ gallon gas tanks.  :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Randown on October 04, 2015, 04:08:35 PM
Raced - 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile bike & 3 mile run. Drama on the bike today, my chain came off & I had to push my bike up a hill  :angry:

All the evil investment bankers of Newport Beach on their carbon fiber bikes re-passed me & I had to put up with with their snickers & jeers  :embarassed:

Finished somewhere in the upper 1/3 for all age groups.  :thumb:

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: bpreynolds on October 04, 2015, 04:22:52 PM
Pretty good here.  Jogged, worked out, picked up a chain breaker for the T-Bird from the slow boat store, and installed the new V7 Isotta touring screen. 

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 14, 2015, 02:14:53 PM
At the moment, not so good Dusty.  On Monday I was rear ended as I was returning home in my Mitsubishi Lancer works van.  Tuesday I was ok, but then on Wednesday I woke up and the neck and right shoulder were BAD. :cry:  Now Thursday, and after a rough night it is STILL bad. :cry: :cry: Taking Tramadol which takes the edge off for a couple of hours but the ache is incessant.  I have the Tattley Rappet Guzzi rally coming Thursday week,  so I hope it has settled down by then.  Doubt if I could ride 1 km. at the moment,  let alone 600 odd.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 14, 2015, 02:23:01 PM
 Damn Muzz , tramadol can be effective , sorry it isn't lasting . Sending a PM .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 14, 2015, 04:49:17 PM
Worked my buns off, Dusty.. thanks for asking.  :smiley:
Thought about working out and decided to do some real work instead. Organized, swept, vacuumed, and mopped the shop and hanger. Whew.. took most of the day.
(When I was a kid of 60, I wouldn't have even thought about that being work..)   :smiley: :boozing:
Muzz.. sorry to hear your day was much worse than mine.  :sad:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: nick949 on October 14, 2015, 05:07:20 PM
Excellent Dusty.  Work trip. 200 miles. Nice and cool (never above 50F). Pretty trees everywhere. No traffic. Loving this bike!

Nick

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: rodekyll on October 14, 2015, 05:58:34 PM
Thanks for asking.  I'll title this installment "HOW TO ADD $120 AND A WEEK TO A FLAT TIRE REPAIR"

Jimmy van stopped running Friday last week.  Luckily I had a flat tire at the time and wasn't taking it anywhere, and luckily the tire went down in the driveway after a night of chasing northern lights.  Bad news was it was sidewall damage and the tire needs replacing.  So I aired it up, and went to go to the shop for a new tire.  I didn't make it far.  Engine cranked but wouldn't start.

The good news was that the tire held air overnight, though not much longer.  So I could get it to the shop if I could start it.  Bad news was that there's been about 12" of rain since Friday, and the van is outside.  I troubleshot the hell out of it during the lighter periods of rain.  Starter fluid didn't help, so it's not fuel.  Air cleaner is cleaned and dry.  A grounded park plug doesn't spark.  Why?  I've GOT 12.4V at the battery and voltage to the coil and voltage to the hall effect pickup on the dizzy.  Also good voltage to the control module.  However, no modulation at any wire when I crank.  Conclusion:  ignition control module. 

I pulled it on Sat and NAPA confirmed it bad.  Third one, and the only real 'failure' of the van singe '98 when I got it.  Ebay has them starting at $9.00.  NAPA wants $120 with the good guy discount.  I went with NAPA on account of I've tried the cheap ones already, and NAPA has a 5y/5k warranty on theirs.  Part arrived today.  Installed and the engine fires as soon as I think about turning the key.  Now I have to reassemble the 'dog house' engine hatch and continue on to fixing the flat tire.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 14, 2015, 06:25:42 PM
It never rains but it pours is an old Indiana saying.. :smiley:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: vstevens on October 14, 2015, 08:46:54 PM
Excellent Dusty.  Work trip. 200 miles. Nice and cool (never above 50F). Pretty trees everywhere. No traffic. Loving this bike!

Nick

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Gorgeous Quota!  I knew of and met an old guy in San Diego that swore by his Quota... An old timer motorcycle racer in the 1950's that set a record on a Vincent black shadow... Sonny Angel was his name I think.  Interested guy with interesting motorcycles... Loved his Quota
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on October 14, 2015, 08:57:31 PM
Gorgeous Quota!  I knew of and met an old guy in San Diego that swore by his Quota... An old timer motorcycle racer in the 1950's that set a record on a Vincent black shadow... Sonny Angel was his name I think.  Interested guy with interesting motorcycles... Loved his Quota

 Probably was Sonny , long time Guzzi dealer and innovator .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on October 14, 2015, 10:27:27 PM
Dusty,

Back from week in Colorado.  Amazing trip.  Mom is doing so-so.  Aspens incredible, and weather perfect.  Even caught two large cutthroat trout in Lime Creek (anyone interested in pix).  I need to catch up after being gone most of the last 3 week.  Don't have to get up 5 AM to go to miserable work with Mr. Boss:  I am retired.  Hope you are doing great!  Bummed about Astros.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Muzz on October 14, 2015, 11:26:30 PM
Congrats on retirement LD.  About 9 weeks to go for me. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: zedXmick on October 15, 2015, 01:15:07 AM
took advantage of the year end rebates and used the GM card reward points and traded in our 2010 Equinox on a 2015 Equinox. Love that new car smell.   :azn:  Pic of the 1LT FWD  2015

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Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Testarossa on November 07, 2015, 06:04:26 PM
We had two days of nasty rain, with good snow in the mountains, so I'm gearing up for ski season -- I start teaching at Vail on Dec 12 and will make a dry run in the van next weekend.

After the rain it's been dry, clear, and cool -- probably our last good riding weather. I've been riding the F650 daily -- got caught in a snow squall on Friday -- and aside from putting on a new windscreen and inflating the tires, haven't had to do a thing to it. What a change from ride-repair, ride-repair.

After my ride today, I cleared out the back corner of the garage to make room for crabbing the T. Will begin disassembly on the next rainy day -- possibly Wednesday.

Meanwhile, tomorrow will be clear and 60F, so Gail and I will go for what may be our last longish ride of the season.
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 08, 2015, 03:20:05 PM
 My day has been perfect so far .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Arizona Wayne on November 08, 2015, 03:35:35 PM
Yesterday was kind of grueling, but my Bison deluxe air MC lift arrived and we got it installed in the garage after my Chinese MC lift went kaput a few weeks ago. Now I can get back to work servicing my fleet of MC/scooters again.  :thumb:  It's an early Xmas gift to myself.  :grin:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: lucydad on November 08, 2015, 07:53:10 PM
Dusty,

Thanks for asking.  Today, Sunday was excellent:  great church service, then helped my buddy Ed shuttle his Ducati and BMW to his new townhouse in inner Houston.  He bought me a superb breakfast at a little joint 100 feet from his new hacienda. Ed is a great friend and always fun to be with.  Gorgeous day, with sun.  When I got home I played with the poodles, took a quick nap after talking with HQ, and then took the V7R out for a fairly long ride towards the coast. Low sun angle is now an issue in the late afternoon, but the dry air, sun and 73F temperatures were grand.

Friday and Saturday were not so good.  Friday we met with the builder about our new house.  Surprise:  it will be done before end of December.  We thought (erroneously) it would be February to March at earliest.  Our neighbor and real estate agent now calls this builder "superman".  So Friday was sort of a shock: how do we handle selling this house, how do we revise loan terms, now what?  WTF?  HQ had a stress-stomach issue.  Saturday I did some outside yard work, Ms LD did not like how I trimmed a bush and we had some fairly sharp words and her dad (Alzheimer's) got in the middle.  We are now two weeks into the ALZ clinic, and we both have fatigue and miss our privacy.  So yeah not so good.

Right now after talking to our investment gurus, our real estate guy and thinking:  likely we have a loan pathway.  We will talk to builder-lender Monday and hopefully can settle on a final plan and drive towards final loan approval without needing proceeds from current house. 

Getting this house ready to market December 2 will be a real challenge.  But I think we can do it.  But we need to close the ALZ clinic early so we can have this coming weekend free to focus and work and not have our time and energy drained.  One friend real estate lady we know told us she has a very interested buyer for this house, and wants the first showing, or early showing.  Sometimes houses in this area sell full price within hours.  That could happen.  We plan on the actual physical moving to the new house in January, after the holidays. Both daughters will be visiting here both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We decided to go nowhere out of town (yay).

Lots of moving parts.  My "retirement" will mainly go poof for between now and when we put this house on the market. Then will be a lot of closings, and then the actual move, and busy busy busy unpacking, settling, and all the tasks involved. 

Can't wait for that motorcycle only parking though.  Also can't wait to close the Alzheimer's clinic.  Grandpa is tougher and tougher each visit.  What is left of his brain is more and more opaque, unpredictable. and just plain nasty at times. 

Can you say high stress?  Yes you can. 

Thanks for listening.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on November 19, 2015, 10:46:01 PM
Dusty,

Well the house real estate torture continues.  Long story short:  our real estate broker/agent turned out to be unethical.  Complicated, but my wife short-circuited with anger this morning when we figured out what he pulled on us about 24 hours ago.  So, we called sister in law who also is a real estate broker.  She walked us thru the communication to break a signed contract under duress.  Now the ball is in our agent's court.  No telling what will happen here.  We trusted him, and he screwed us.  We also had an admitted lapse of common sense, got in a hurry and made a mistake.  Damn I hope this agent is reasonable.  If not, it is legal time and severe conflict I suppose. 

I am not very good at conflict.  My wife, however, is very good at this stuff.  Today was miserable for both of us trying to figure out what to do.
Now we wait, with a deadline for a response tomorrow afternoon.

Good news is youngest daughter in NYC was told by boss:  hey we are going to make you a full time job offer with benefits, permanent, not a contract position....right after Thanksgiving.  That is fantastic.  Both daughters will be here Thanksgiving and for a fairly lengthy Christmas break.  We will have fun despite all the house shit and stress. 

Why do people have to be such assholes?  We feel violated by someone we trusted.  My best friend told me lawyers and real estate agents are similar:  just greedy bastards.  What was that old lawyer joke? Something about sharks.  I ended a long friendship with a lawyer about a month ago.  She could never act like a friend, she always was into control and argue win/lose games.  Finally I said enough and slammed the door shut.  Huge ego.

Keep us in your thoughts.  Retirement has not been much fun lately.  I will take the Guzzi out for a ride Friday morning.  Friday afternoon some old cohorts and real friends are having a retirement party for me.  It should be fun.  I hope my mood improves.  I have been pretty depressed today. 

Large poodle got bit by spider.  So we have to take care of the wound, and give antibiotics and she has an old t-shirt on covering the wound to help keep it clean and soak drainage.  Not sure what kind of spider, but vet said she sees this once in a while. 

Come on universe, give us a break here.

Thanks for listening.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on November 20, 2015, 12:39:41 AM
Thoughts and prayers with you LD.  You don't need conflict like that in the middle of what is a very stressful time.  Enjoy the time with your daughters and I hope things turn out well so that you can actually enjoy that retirement you have worked so hard for.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: bpreynolds on November 20, 2015, 05:42:13 AM
LD, so sorry.  There's this great and kinda funny/sad Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song called, "People Just Ain't No Good" and sometimes it's easy to see the truth in it or at least be swayed a bit in the song's argument.  I certainly hope you and the wife can manage as best as possible through this trial. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on November 20, 2015, 02:49:57 PM
Thanks for asking Dusty.
As I sit at the 'pooter musilating ( a great word that someone came up with when preaching a sermon, a mix of musing, meditating and contemplating; should be in the English dictionary I feel) I feel that things are on the up.

I have found a really good physio (an ex All Black physio no less) who is downright brilliant. In two sessions he got rid of the pain in my legs that has been a curse for over 5 years, since my first accident. A couple more and he had the neck working again after being rear ended, and since he put me on a conditioning program that I can do on my gym at home the body, once it warms up, feels a lot better.  A simple night splint has got rid of the numb hand that kept on waking me up during the night.  Can't do anything with the numb fingers and toes though. :cry:

Had a great trip to and from the Guzzi rally in Invercargill and the bike just ran superbly. Had a great time and was really good catching up again with johnr.

I have only nine working days to go until retirement; might have to start watering down the wine when that happens though. :cry: :cry:

Supposed to rain today but I will probably spend that in the man cave putting mesh on the strawberry frame I built yesterday and assembling a whole heap of drawers that I have precut to hold the various classes of munt I possess in one place on the shelves.

The bro and sis-in-law are due over from Oz  in just over a weeks time. Having a combined birthday bash since our birthdays are only three days apart. All the outlaws will be there. Will be good fun as the nephews are all lovable rogues and all purpose hangmen are are always good for a lear-up.

I guess what started all this was reading again about LD's trials at about the same stage of our lives (retirement), and how grateful I am to be where I am at this stage.  LD, thinking of you buddy. Hoping for the very best for you.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 20, 2015, 03:15:18 PM
 Greg , hang in , it will get better .

 Muzz , now THERE is some good news , your buddy Johnr is gonna need some help and now that you are feeling better and will have some time ...

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on November 20, 2015, 04:28:08 PM
Remember Dusty, I was there and cruising behind him when "it" happened! :shocked:

Sadly, I don't know just what caused the problem, and john doesn't either.  My mantra would be a pc valve.

As you said though, next year I will have more time to shoot down. I want to do the Haast road in bright sunshine rather than in a weather bomb as per last time I rode it.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on November 21, 2015, 09:01:40 PM
Guys,

Thanks for your encouragement and kind words.  We just cleared up the house sale real estate issue.  Confusion and poor communication were the issues.  All is well and we have a very clear pathway to the new house move.  The only unknown is the final loan approval on the new place. Now that we have a contract to sell this current house, the builder/lender would be idiots to hesitate.  We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but in all the scenario is excellent.

Been a shitty experience though.  Stress has been way high since last Wednesday. 

Daughters fly in Wednesday morning for almost a week.  Fun and loud will be the keywords.  Poodles can't wait.  I miss my daughters.

I am bummed about MPH dropping MG.  But I get Mike's situation.  MG really blew that relationship. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on November 21, 2015, 10:24:34 PM
Good, had an early Thanksgiving. My apple smoked turkey turned out PERFECT as usual. Our friend Deacon brought his little girl Olivia over for dinner, she's a good kid and cute as a button. We all had a great dinner and a relaxing evening and I have LEFTOVERS!!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on November 22, 2015, 07:32:09 AM
LD, when Dorcia and I were building Castle Pretentious (tm) the guy at the lumber yard asked if we had "the fight" yet.  :smiley: He said, "Just yesterday, a guy and his wife were duking it out right over there.."
Uh, yeah.. it's kind of stressful.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on November 22, 2015, 12:42:43 PM
Chuck,

You pretty much nailed it.  A house sell/move/build is very high stress.  We have been in this house 15 years.  My wife has a lot of attachments and memories.  She is much more emotional than I.  Go figure on this one:  men and women are different.  She emotionally spun out while all I saw was a business deal.  Anyway, we survived once again.  I guess that is how a couple stays married almost 3 decades now.  This has been one of the most stressful few days in years. 

So, we go on now, and let the emotional crap go, and move ahead.  Next time:  slow down on real estate contract signings, do not use a friend for a real estate broker, and also anticipate how difficult the change is. 

Beautiful day here, but chilly for the Gulf Coast.  Not sure what I will do the rest of the day. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: blackcat on November 22, 2015, 12:47:54 PM


Beautiful day here, but chilly for the Gulf Coast. 

Yeah, Chilly ride this morning but pleasant.
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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Gino on November 22, 2015, 01:49:14 PM
Started the day with a dull head following a family birthday last night but eventually got myself sorted and made something of the sun, damned cold here today in Scotland but great to get out
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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on November 22, 2015, 02:26:18 PM
Blackcat and Gino:

Man those are some gorgeous bikes!!  I will get the V7R out tomorrow.  Mondays are favorite riding days for us retirees you see...we don't have to get up and work...heheheh
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Gino on November 22, 2015, 04:37:11 PM
Thanks, I tried retiring but got bored, it's a balance, keep working enjoy the office banter and have extra cash to squander but no time, or retire and have still no time and no banter, I'll figure it out someday! Enjoy your ride tomorrow, I'll be in the office wondering why I'm there  :angry:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on November 22, 2015, 05:12:18 PM
Blackcat and Gino:

Man those are some gorgeous bikes!!  I will get the V7R out tomorrow.  Mondays are favorite riding days for us retirees you see...we don't have to get up and work...heheheh

I'll agree on the pictures all right, but we had our first blast of Winter yesterday. 9F when I woke up this morning, everything snow covered. Fortunately, I rode both bikes last week, filled the tanks, and added Stabil. It'll be a while.  :smiley:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldmxdog61u on November 22, 2015, 07:14:51 PM
Sweet day. Long ride in perfect weather, only 6 months to go of perfect ridibg weather... new sport 1100 is running spot on. I love this bike!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Randown on November 22, 2015, 10:08:13 PM
Another triathlon, 2nd place in my age group on the bike, 46mph top speed, that's like 105 on the mc. Need more practice for the swim & run.  :thumb:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIXmqUZ-BQ
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: SED on November 22, 2015, 10:40:17 PM
Blackcat and Gino:

Man those are some gorgeous bikes!!  I will get the V7R out tomorrow.  Mondays are favorite riding days for us retirees you see...we don't have to get up and work...heheheh

Agreed! 

Started the day with a dull head following a family birthday last night but eventually got myself sorted and made something of the sun, damned cold here today in Scotland but great to get out
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Cool bike and cool bridge!  Gino, I met you in Wyoming - You're a world traveler!
http://ginoontour.blogspot.com/
 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: SED on November 22, 2015, 11:25:02 PM
Another triathlon, 2nd place in my age group on the bike, 46mph top speed, that's like 105 on the mc. Need more practice for the swim & run.  :thumb:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIXmqUZ-BQ

Watched that video and thought you were on a motorcycle with all the people you passed!  Nice work!

Also had a shadow:
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A great day!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Gino on November 23, 2015, 11:58:19 AM
Cool bike and cool bridge!  Gino, I met you in Wyoming - You're a world traveler!
http://ginoontour.blogspot.com/

Yes you were on the Red Hunter, impressed with you guys doing serious mileages on very old bikes, never realised you had Guzzi's as well! Small world, back working saving for the next adventure just now
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: O on November 23, 2015, 01:12:20 PM
Another triathlon, 2nd place in my age group on the bike, 46mph top speed, that's like 105 on the mc. Need more practice for the swim & run.  :thumb:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIXmqUZ-BQ

Nice video, and good soundtrack!  It's a great feeling when no one has the legs to pass you.  Sadly, my outdoor bicycling season is done for the year.  It's all gym miles until March or April.  Still riding the MG though!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Randown on November 23, 2015, 07:35:38 PM
Thanks guys & thanks to the board & Triple Jim helping me get started.  :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on November 23, 2015, 10:20:50 PM
 Really nice morning , followed by a nice 100 mile ride , followed by a couple hours of pleasant work , followed by a pleasant evening hanging out with my buddy Jay  :smiley:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: tonUPRacer on November 24, 2015, 08:48:33 AM
Nice video, and good soundtrack!  It's a great feeling when no one has the legs to pass you.  Sadly, my outdoor bicycling season is done for the year.  It's all gym miles until March or April.  Still riding the MG though!

Uncontrollable urge, my second fav Devo song next to Mongoloid. Hope to get back to some competitive riding once our babies are out of diapers.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on December 05, 2015, 02:26:26 PM
The 4th was my birthday, have made it to 67.  on holiday with only 5 working days until retirement.  Bro and sis-in-law are over from Oz and we are having a great time. Very pleasant day with me cooking the world famous MUZZABURGER for tea with the family over. The grandsons requested the world famous MUZZABURGER as it is about their favourite meal.  Later on one of the nephews and family came over, which resulted in considerable consumption of red wine. Had to leave my bike ride until the 5th. Beautiful warm day, bike running like a Swiss watch and even saw a nice Norge with a couple in full gear going for a ride.

Today Sunday I am contemplating two days back at work putting my proposed replacement through the hoops to see if he wants to take on my job, then only THREE days until retirement.

Having lots of part-time job offers coming in :rolleyes: to fill in all that free time I will have! Yeah, right. I want to do a bit more  :bike-037: touring. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on December 23, 2015, 03:15:18 AM
Hang it Dusty, no one else having a good time?

I am now RETIRED!!!!!

Final day went well and was given a nice send off with a cash gift that has given my tool fund a big boost. Lots to do, in fact, so much I don't know what to do first, perhaps a  :bike-037:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 23, 2015, 08:20:37 AM
Hang it Dusty, no one else having a good time?

I am now RETIRED!!!!!

Final day went well and was given a nice send off with a cash gift that has given my tool fund a big boost. Lots to do, in fact, so much I don't know what to do first, perhaps a  :bike-037:

 Gotta agree , ride first , and maybe second , then think for a bit , ride some more , check in at home , pet the dog , and ride just a little more  :bike-037: Good job mate  :bow:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on December 23, 2015, 09:28:22 AM
Dusty,

Nice of you to ask.  First of all, I want a MUZZ BURGER.

Both daughters are here.  I have no words for how much I love, admire and respect their mutual accomplishments in life.  Youngest snagged a full time, with benefits job offer a few weeks ago in NYC.  Wonder why I can contemplate stuff like a new car?  These young ladies have shown the maturity, drive and worth ethic to become financially independent.  Wow. 

We have had family puzzle and game nights with Negronis. Fun and loud.  Girls are planning a roast beef for Christmas dinner, can't wait on that meal including garlic mashed potatoes and a fine wine. It is wonderful they both came home.  I suspect the visits will become more rare as the years go by. 

I am one grateful dad and spouse.  New house, well it is almost done.  What a circus though.  Still jumping hoops to get final loan approval.  Should close early January though.  My outdoor full kitchen is finished, need to ride down to check out the future Tiki Bar.

Called my older brother.  His anxiety/depression is getting worse.  He has been trying to get the nerve up to get out of his house in Billings, MT and see his dentist.  Caught him about a half hour before having to drive there, and he was a wreck.  Agoraphobia is one of his diagnoses. He fell in the shower a few weeks ago.  Makes me sad to hear his agony, his voice is rough and raspy and forced.  Mom, by contrast at 94 and in assisted living is doing great.  Many friends have lost jobs in oil industry this year.  Tough road I think this cycle is extreme.  Grandpa Larry's Alzheimer's progresses, we will take our time with a month or more of care in the Spring, after we are moved into the new house.

Anyway, as Tiny Tim said:  God bless us all.   
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on December 23, 2015, 01:59:47 PM
Dusty,

Nice of you to ask.  First of all, I want a MUZZ BURGER.


Get down here to the backside of the planet LD and your wish shall be granted. :thumb:

Good to hear the good gnus LD, our daughter was much the same as yours were.  The son, weeeeell, not so much. However, in the last few years he has really come in to his own and is making a really good go in his business. Funny, came back from holiday to a help call, the ramp for his wheel alignments had gone somewhat awry. Spent two days with the hammer drill, welder and grinders and got a fantastic text from him with thanks and saying it had never gone so well. :thumb: Always nice.

All the best with the building plans and the rest of the family problems, and here's to a great festive season to you and yours.

Muzz (maker of the world famous "Muzzaburger) :food:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Penderic on December 23, 2015, 04:20:03 PM
I think the Christmas Spirit is getting to me, and a song coming on .....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6c8C6nixF0

(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/Penderic047/santa%20bike_zpska1o1cht.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: tazio on December 29, 2015, 09:55:34 PM
How was my day? SWEET !
I am on a 5 day Stelvio trip into Florida. 400 miles first day.
Maintaining approx 70~75mph and ave an indicated 48mpg ! Up around H-D territory,lol.
Stock seat that I cut foam to level, alternate between beads and Airhawk. Not bad..
Tomorrow, will spend time w/ wonderful ex~inlaws (Tampa area, 86 degrees)
 New Years Eve day, visit ghosts of my past in Venice,Fl.
Nice to get away from Atl. Rain,rain,rain.
Went for a dip this evening in the outdoor hotel pool in Ocala.
Maybe post a road trip pictorial ?....
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on December 29, 2015, 09:57:43 PM
 Good job Michael  :bike-037:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Penderic on December 30, 2015, 05:24:16 AM
Hi Dusty - visiting a few friends that have been busy cooking up lots of the food they bought for the festivities. I am going to gain a few pounds this week for sure! Burp.


And a big B-B-Q on New Years Day at another good friends place! All right! Lets Eat!



(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/Penderic047/Virtual-Party_zpsfglbvvfn.jpg)
But first .....we dance!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on December 30, 2015, 09:33:36 AM
Penderic, all:

Thanks for the grin!  Wow what a busy Christmas with my daughters here.  They drink me under the table though.  I have been fighting the winter blahs (not enough sun, very wet--radical changes from heat/cold).  Spring will come.  Need to get on two wheels.

And I admit, after 3 months retired:  getting a bit bored.  The pace should pick up after we close on the new house January 7th though.
The adjustment, as I know, is a process.  I will get there. 

Having lunch with my buddy Ed today, that is good.  Chinese place is right by "toy store" so I will check out the acres of pretty motorcycles.  Triumph sales manager always says hello, he thinks I need a new Bonnieville...(of course).

Mom is struggling, had stomach flu:  serious stuff for a fragile 94 year old.  Brother's mental health issues continue to deteriorate:  brain scan is up next as nothing is helping him (after nearly 5 years).  Grandpa Larry's Alzheimer's has a new "indication"-- he is throwing all his personal treasures away saying "I don't need these"--things like his Eagle Scout medal from when he was a kid.  Sad.

Oh well, poodle walk time.  I will work on learning GoPro editing. 

Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: LowRyter on December 30, 2015, 09:42:42 AM
yesterday morning I was awakened by a 4.3 earthquake at 5:30.  Couldn't go back to sleep after a couple of aftershocks. 

Frozen sleet on the ground.  Bleah

Now I am just stuck in the house watching the hype for tomorrow's big game.  NY's Eve is shot: either I'll watch more football, if we lose, I'll head to the movies. 

 :whip2: :whip2: :whip2: :whip2: :whip2: :whip2:

And it looks too cold for NY's Day ride to Seaba Station.    :blank: :blank: :blank:


Dusty, you can bet your sister took a good thumpin'.  She was a couple of miles from the epicenter. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: nick949 on December 30, 2015, 10:26:34 AM
Freezing rain on top of a bit of snow, so no riding for Nick today! :sad: :angry:

Switching back and forth between writing a chapter on hiking in the Welsh border country, and compiling another 'year end' video to bore you all with.  I've also discovered that trying to do either of these things while drinking Quebec's 'Maudite' (8% alcohol) or La Fin du Monde (9%) doesn't really work.

Happy New Year (in advance)

Nick
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Testarossa on January 02, 2016, 07:15:51 PM
Skied a couple of days with my kid over Christmas break. We were fooling around with a GoPro clamped to the end of a ski pole, so we shot a run for her grandparents, who have never seen her ski. Five inches of new snow.
https://youtu.be/Y3AuXbilWBY (https://youtu.be/Y3AuXbilWBY)
I've been teaching out of the Vail Village ski school over the holidays and the snow has been tremendous. A lot of time showing good skiers around the back bowls and tree runs.

Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Nic in Western NYS on January 02, 2016, 07:21:19 PM
Spirited ride in the Western NC mountains.  45F, sunny, with the heated grips and Gerbings heated gloves, it was fantastic. HNY everyone!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: tazio on January 02, 2016, 07:31:45 PM
Left 5 days ago for Venice.           
Florida, that is.
 1,400 miles on Herkimer the Stelvio.
Left a miserably cold and wet "Hotlanta" for a trip down the Fl. coast and 86 degree weather.
Caught up with outlaws and friends from 25yrs.ago.
I LOVE MOTORCYCLES !!!!!!!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 02, 2016, 07:50:18 PM
Left 5 days ago for Venice.           
Florida, that is.
 1,400 miles on Herkimer the Stelvio.
Left a miserably cold and wet "Hotlanta" for a trip down the Fl. coast and 86 degree weather.
Caught up with outlaws and friends from 25yrs.ago.
I LOVE MOTORCYCLES !!!!!!!

 Yep , me too Michael  :bike-037:

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on January 04, 2016, 03:48:36 PM
Dusty,

First Guzzi ride of 2016 today!  Weather is cool, clear, sunny and just beautiful after about ten dreary ones.  V7R fired right up.  Only rode about 35 miles, tomorrow I hope to get more in.  Had to wait for floor tile cleaners to finish today.  Ms. LD has a bad cold with terrible cough. She goes back to work tomorrow.  I did NOT have a back to work, post holiday Monday.  Whee!

Eating half a ham sandwich.  House walk thru is now scheduled end of this week and closing 1/15.  We will see if these dates are real.  Current snag is waiting for utilities to hook up power meter so we have electricity other than generator. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on January 04, 2016, 04:52:46 PM
Smokin ribs.
Nursing a cold from all this stupid cold weather we've had here in SoCal. (!) I've been freezin my buns off.. they aren't prepared for cold. No insulation in the house, etc.  :smiley:
Today's the first warm day (mid 60s) since we've been here, so I filled the Mighty Scura's tank, added Stabil, and put it on the work stand with a prop under the engine to keep both wheels off the floor.
9 year old granddaughter Iris loves ribs and always wants me to smoke some while we're here. I was putting the mustard and dry rub on them last night, and she said, "Those look delicious.."  :smiley:
All they have is a grill, and it's a challenge. Naturally, I can't let her down.  :smiley: Grandpa should have bought Her KId a smoker for xmas..
Rain tomorrow, and we're headed home Wednesday..
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Dean Rose on January 04, 2016, 05:30:05 PM
Left 5 days ago for Venice.           
Florida, that is.
 1,400 miles on Herkimer the Stelvio.
Left a miserably cold and wet "Hotlanta" for a trip down the Fl. coast and 86 degree weather.
Caught up with outlaws and friends from 25yrs.ago.
I LOVE MOTORCYCLES !!!!!!!

Had a house on Golden Beach on the Island. Nice place except for the Snowbirds.

Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: bpreynolds on January 05, 2016, 06:02:22 AM
Birthday was yesterday (the 4th), cracked the 45 mark.  It was a good day overall but punctuated by my usual follies in the garage.  I have a graduate degree and have been a library manager now for some 12 years or so but put a wrench in my hand and call me a monkey when it comes to the garage and mechanic work; it never goes easy for me in there.  About a year ago I bought a '99 Triumph Thunderbird Sport project bike so that I could learn some wrenching aside from the standard oil changes and such that I had always done prior to then.  Why oh why I did not buy a simple CB or something as this is a carbed, overbuilt triple that has many engineering conundrums.  But that's another thread.  Yesterday I replaced both sprockets and went to replace the chain but could not find a master link anywhere in the new chain box.  Looked all over and then spent an hour and a half googling on the web to make sure there wasn't something somehow, someway I was not understanding as per the chain, eventually deciding that I had received a chain without a master.  Went out to the local bike shop and got one, returning some 3 hours later to the garage only to walk in and almost illuminated on the floor in front of me was the master link that had fallen out of the chain box earlier  :boozing:  Always the same with me in the garage  :grin:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on January 05, 2016, 08:42:43 AM
BP,

Glad you found the Master Link!  Sounds a lot like my follies in life. 

My best friend has an interview today.  He was laid-off my CVX last fall, so I am happy he is getting some well deserved chances to get back into his engineering career. 

I am waiting for temps to warm up to go for some sort of two wheeled ride.  Ms. LD goes back to work today.  I will enjoy the life of a retired gentleman wonk.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Dean Rose on January 05, 2016, 09:27:13 AM
Birthday was yesterday (the 4th), cracked the 45 mark.  It was a good day overall but punctuated by my usual follies in the garage.  I have a graduate degree and have been a library manager now for some 12 years or so but put a wrench in my hand and call me a monkey when it comes to the garage and mechanic work; it never goes easy for me in there.  About a year ago I bought a '99 Triumph Thunderbird Sport project bike so that I could learn some wrenching aside from the standard oil changes and such that I had always done prior to then.  Why oh why I did not buy a simple CB or something as this is a carbed, overbuilt triple that has many engineering conundrums.  But that's another thread.  Yesterday I replaced both sprockets and went to replace the chain but could not find a master link anywhere in the new chain box.  Looked all over and then spent an hour and a half googling on the web to make sure there wasn't something somehow, someway I was not understanding as per the chain, eventually deciding that I had received a chain without a master.  Went out to the local bike shop and got one, returning some 3 hours later to the garage only to walk in and almost illuminated on the floor in front of me was the master link that had fallen out of the chain box earlier  :boozing:  Always the same with me in the garage  :grin:

Sounds like me in the garage.

Dean
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on January 05, 2016, 12:16:29 PM
Sounds like me in the garage.

Dean

I've never done anything like that.. :cool: :smiley:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: rocker59 on January 05, 2016, 12:30:52 PM
Birthday was yesterday (the 4th), cracked the 45 mark.  It was a good day overall but punctuated by my usual follies in the garage.  I have a graduate degree and have been a library manager now for some 12 years or so but put a wrench in my hand and call me a monkey when it comes to the garage and mechanic work; it never goes easy for me in there.  About a year ago I bought a '99 Triumph Thunderbird Sport project bike so that I could learn some wrenching aside from the standard oil changes and such that I had always done prior to then.  Why oh why I did not buy a simple CB or something as this is a carbed, overbuilt triple that has many engineering conundrums.  But that's another thread.  Yesterday I replaced both sprockets and went to replace the chain but could not find a master link anywhere in the new chain box.  Looked all over and then spent an hour and a half googling on the web to make sure there wasn't something somehow, someway I was not understanding as per the chain, eventually deciding that I had received a chain without a master.  Went out to the local bike shop and got one, returning some 3 hours later to the garage only to walk in and almost illuminated on the floor in front of me was the master link that had fallen out of the chain box earlier  :boozing:  Always the same with me in the garage  :grin:

Carrying a spare in the tank bag is always a good idea.  So, you're set.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: trippah on January 05, 2016, 12:42:08 PM
Well, single digits here in leatherstocking land.  Checked the kitchen mousetrap and viola, 1 each KIA.  Checked the basement trap, gone is the cheese.  Off to the hardware store for more disposable traps, the olde folks in front of me had some also.  So far, said one, we've gotten twenty.  Wow, I'm one my second.  The man chuckes, well I've already gotten one in a trap I set behind the engine of my motorcycle.  Neat, says I.  That was some good motorcycle engineering to leave space for the traps. :grin:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: bpreynolds on January 05, 2016, 03:47:42 PM
I've never done anything like that.. :cool: :smiley:

Stories like those, I've got a plenty.  Moe, Larry, and Curly come to me for inspiration.  Did I ever tell ya about that time I forgot to let the pressure out of the radiator before pulling the side drain screw out while sitting directly in front of it?   :thumb: Talk about trying to stick your finger in the dyke.   :thumb: :boozing:  Glad I didn't try to make a mechanic nor anything on the engineering front.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 05, 2016, 04:08:25 PM
 Bipper , it simply isn't necessary to have an advanced degree so one may embark on mechanical misadventures , even us mere graduates of grammar school are more than capable of losing the occasional tool . In fact , this poor denizen of Oklahoma once misplaced an entire tool box  :rolleyes:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on January 09, 2016, 09:16:28 PM
Dusty,

This:

Ok, so I called my brother this afternoon, he was not up to a call, and said he would call back.  We did food store, came back and he actually left a message on our phone.  That has not happened in maybe 4 years?  Ate dinner, and he just called after dinner.  Something new:  he has gone to new doctors as his old one moved out of town.  This doctor group did a major exam and review.  Their tentative diagnosis:  parkinson's disease.  They said his speech, imbalance, depression, tongue and eye movements and other symptoms are classic parkinson's.  They are doing a brain MRI on Thursday and hope to get a definite diagnosis from the local neurologist.

Ms. LD commented:  wow, now I get your comments on your brother's vocal rhythms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson%27s_disease

That would explain a lot.  His speech has really changed in the past 3-4 months.  To me, at least with a diagnosis maybe they could refine treatment instead of the random drug attempts (all failed).  Or maybe, they just taper off all the drugs? A symptom is digestive issues, and he has had hell there too.  He fits the profile.  Perhaps his original issues over four years ago were parkinson's onset, but no doctor figured that out.  Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox have parkinson's. 

Anyway, there you go.  Maybe the years long puzzle is about to be answered. 

Heck of a deal.  Say a prayer for him.

2016 is starting off with a bang.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: bpreynolds on January 10, 2016, 06:50:34 AM
Ugh.  So sorry, LD. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Testarossa on January 10, 2016, 11:05:45 AM
Quote
Checked the kitchen mousetrap and viola, 1 each KIA.

You need one of these.

(http://s9.postimg.org/6fwaa6vvi/guzzipanda3.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 30, 2016, 09:49:51 PM
 I have very few bad days , life is good and all of that . However , in the last 30 minutes two carefully prepared meals have have gone on the floor . DAMNIT  !

 OK , no more whining about my first world problems , there are folks facing REAL issues . Sorry for complaining  :embarrassed:
 
  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Penderic on January 30, 2016, 10:05:10 PM
Dusty, when the little things get you down, just remember:

It can always get worse!
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/Penderic001/youngfrankenstein8_zpsgltenacd.jpg)
It could be raining.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 30, 2016, 10:13:07 PM
Dusty, when the little things get you down, just remember:

It can always get worse!
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/Penderic001/youngfrankenstein8_zpsgltenacd.jpg)
It could be raining.

 One of these days I need to watch that movie ...

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on January 30, 2016, 10:39:58 PM
One of these days I need to watch that movie ...

  Dusty


FRAU BLUHER!! :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on January 30, 2016, 10:55:59 PM

FRAU BLUHER!! :thumb:

 Once again my lack of pop culture knowledge forces me to use Google .

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: balvenie on January 30, 2016, 11:24:34 PM
             My 70th birthday began with a surprise visit by the little GKs, the day before the due date. Their dad brought them round with a card they made themselves and before they left I was presented with a bouquet of frangipanis, gathered from under a neighbour's tree. In the meantime, while here, they did a tour of inspection of my life's trophies which led to a great deal of reminiscing and I really can't say who got the most out of the afternoon, me or them, such was the rapport encouraged by their enquiring little minds. Their dad asked some good questions too :grin:
            On the Official day, my GF took me out to dinner that night, something we had not done for months owing to disability on my part but all went well and even the weather cooperated.
            Friends had invited us to a birthday dinner last year and we drove down for the Third Celebration to Northern NSW, last Friday night. Festivities commenced with nibbles and a very light Rose, after which I was toasted with Moet, a mouth watering little beverage of which my hosts insisted that the guest of honour also partake. It was not all that formal an occasion :wink: Soon, followed an entree of prawns flambeed in Cognac, calling for my partner's New Zealand Sav Blanc.
           Meanwhile, lurking at my right hand, a decanted 8 y o Cabernet-Merlot awaited the serving of the main course, that being in my case, Filet Mignon. What a way to eat, what a way to drink :grin: My host who had planned everything, cooked everything and who knows what else (paid for everything) took a fancy to my ignominious Shiraz and somehow or other, both it and the to-die-for, Cab-Merlot, disappeared quite rapidly. This, in spite of his forays in to several boutique beers, garnered from the custom brewers of the Northern Rivers.
            By this time gentle reader, you will have surmised that my host is a man endowed not only with generosity but of a sturdy, almost reckless indifference to the stupefying effects of alcohol and so it will come as no surprise that the night's denouement was supported by the sampling of some J W Blue, making six different kinds of drink in one night. We cabbed it home, calling it a night at 1am. It was probably just as well that I did not drive that day. If my breath had been tested the :copcar: would have locked me up but my friend did his usual run and swim the next morning.
           It had been not just a good birthday but an exceedingly good week and Saturday was spent being driven around the Northern Rivers, taking in and reacquainting myself with, the great roads all of which reminded me of my motorcycle and what I have been missing.

But don't feel too sorry for me.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on January 31, 2016, 12:25:05 AM
             My 70th birthday began ..........But don't feel too sorry for me.

All right then, I won't. :grin:

Congrats on your 70th. :thumb:

I have had J.W. Green which was pretty good, the Blue I'm afraid, will probably never pass my lips. :cry: :cry:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on January 31, 2016, 06:16:29 AM
Got up with the chickens, ran out to the aerodrome, and met the Kid (on right) and his friend Jon, who I took on his first airplane ride many years ago. Brad had just bought his first antique airplane..cheap..(Guzzi content) and this was the first day with decent weather to get it to Wisconsin.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1696/24415733650_fe50c0ec7f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dcx1Z1)1-006 (https://flic.kr/p/Dcx1Z1) by Charles Stottlemyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/107188298@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: blackbuell on January 31, 2016, 07:13:53 AM
We try to get in a few rides per month in the winter; usually must really bundle up. However, the crazy winter weather continues here in Northern Kentucky: we took a nice long ride on the Norge, wearing just light weight clothing/gear. As we often do, we ended our ride with a beer at the Rabbit Hash general store (a local MC gathering place). Generally when we ride there in January we are one of only 2-3 MC's there. No so yesterday; the place was very busy; must have been 30-40 MC's there. Looking forward to another ride today,

Jon
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Bradkap on January 31, 2016, 07:21:31 AM
Left Cincinnati at 930 am temps were approx. 36F.  Rode to Columbus IN then on to Madison IN for lunch. Temps reached 65F. Great winter day !
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Unkept on January 31, 2016, 08:57:36 AM
Got up with the chickens, ran out to the aerodrome, and met the Kid (on right) and his friend Jon, who I took on his first airplane ride many years ago. Brad had just bought his first antique airplane..cheap..(Guzzi content) and this was the first day with decent weather to get it to Wisconsin.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1696/24415733650_fe50c0ec7f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dcx1Z1)1-006 (https://flic.kr/p/Dcx1Z1) by Charles Stottlemyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/107188298@N06/), on Flickr


Awesome!

Well it looks like we might sell the Breva... so I'm back into the "let's get that Lemon running" game! ;) Looking at parts and getting my cylinder heads finished.

Helping my brother Jeff move out to his own place today. He got a new job in Grand Rapids and is getting married in May.

Weather looks to be near 50 degrees for today, not bad for January.  :cool:

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on January 31, 2016, 09:28:05 AM
Good for you, Joe..  :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Texas Turnip on February 02, 2016, 04:44:22 PM
My back is killing me as I planted onions most of the afternoon. When I was a kid I said I'd never put my hands on a hoe or wear bib overalls again. Now I own 4 hoes and 6 pairs of Roundhouse bibs.

Tell your kids to stay in school so they don't end up like me.

Tex
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on February 03, 2016, 03:16:22 AM
Tex, years ago I had a boss who recounted a little gem to him when he was gathering potatoes,  "in your job, if your ar*e is higher than your nose the jobs not worth having!"

Wise words I feel. :grin:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 03, 2016, 06:38:30 AM
Quote
Now I own 4 hoes

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 :smiley: :boozing:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on February 13, 2016, 01:19:42 AM
Had a good day today. During the week just been was in helping out the son at his work as he was having a rather stressful time. We had a good day Friday so today Sat. he took time out to try out his Harley on a longer ride. Grandson brought the pooch in so The Princess could doggie sit, and I went out to where he lives on the outskirts of Christchurch. We did the inland Kaikoura route, 240 miles around. After some rather straight roads on the Canterbury Plains it dives off and follows the line of the Alps. Has a lot of twisties etc., nice and quiet with hardly any traffic. Had a blast. I let him lead as I did not want to pressure him. The Harley is a 2003 1200 Sporty (he only likes the 1200 Sporty) which did fine, although it was noticeable that as the twisties tightened, he struggled whereas the Breva just went around no trouble at all.

Got to Kaikoura, had a nice lunch and then came back via the coast road. Still has a few hills but also the triffid ratio is a lot higher. Managed to get past them and had a nice run home. The Breva did the round trip without needing a top-up, he had to top up twice. Why oh why do Harley D. insist on putting small tanks on what is supposed to be a hiway bike? :rolleyes:

Came back home where I cooked up the world famous MUZZABURGER for tea. Had a wine (or two) and now mellowing out as the sun sets. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: bpreynolds on February 14, 2016, 09:38:01 AM
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My Sunday morning pretty darn good so far.  Made these gluten free berry scones for me and the wifey.  With a tall cup of dark coffee made for a big smile.   :thumb:

Snow and Winter outside but on to work in the garage.  Install Vario pegs on the new Griso, charge new Motobatt replacement for leaky stock Yuasa, install new shield, reassemble Thunderbird's carbs and attempt to reinstall, take a break, attempt to reinstall again, consider torching the bike, then attempt to reinstall again while thinking of how alcohol (no longer drink) used to make the process so much easier. 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 23, 2016, 08:00:00 AM
Good day, Dusty.. thanks for asking.  :smiley:
Decided it was time to bring the Lambert out of storage. These straps are what Guzzi uses to tie down bikes for shipment. I have two, and was thinking about making suspenders out of them. (Guzzi content) Rated at 1000 kg. so should pick up a measly 250 lb. engine.
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Yeah, baby! :smiley:
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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: guzzisteve on February 23, 2016, 08:41:02 AM
What you making now Chuck?
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 23, 2016, 08:51:12 AM
It's a '30 Monocoupe with original non pressurized top end Lambert 90 hp engine. With any luck at all, one of these days it'll be happily chugging along throwing grease all over the airplane.  :smiley:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 23, 2016, 09:20:11 AM
 That's cool Chuckie  :bow:

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: MGPilot on February 23, 2016, 09:39:08 AM
You'll have it back in the air, practicing your short-field technique by the weekend!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 23, 2016, 10:48:40 AM
You'll have it back in the air, practicing your short-field technique by the weekend!

Yeah.  :smiley: Some assembly (and fabrication) required.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: guzzisteve on February 23, 2016, 10:54:17 AM
Got a lot to cover(fabric) before it'll fly. Should go along pretty good w/90hp.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: John A on February 23, 2016, 10:59:35 AM
It's one that you have to work to keep it from flying when it's on the ground !
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 23, 2016, 11:12:08 AM
Got a lot to cover(fabric) before it'll fly. Should go along pretty good w/90hp.

It does. Monocoupes won many air races back in the day, and held the transcontinental speed record for a while. (!)
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on February 27, 2016, 10:46:01 PM
Had a beauty thanks Dusty.

A nice big espresso to start the day, then a bit of quiet puddling until lunchtime. After lunch I took a ride to the son's place and then we went to Ruapuna race track for the Bears meeting. Met up with John Colleary (who is currently winging his way back to L.A. after a fortnights motorcycle tour of N.Z.) and watched some pretty good racing. Three Guzzis were racing, and in the first race they came in first, 3rd and 4th. Not so good in later ones but the 850 round barrel went like stink and gave a good account of itself in all its races.

Really good to catch up with another Guzzista from the other side of the world. A warm day, good company and good bike racing. What's not to like. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on February 27, 2016, 10:49:27 PM
 Dang Muzz , that is a beauty  :bow:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Testarossa on February 28, 2016, 03:20:34 AM
Was up at Whistler last week for some dandy skiing with about 30 old friends.
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Back home, we had a windy 70F Saturday so Gail and I rode the F650 across the high plains, 100 miles northeast, on dead-straight county roads to Pawnee Buttes. With the tailwind you could roll eastward downhill all the way to the Mississippi River.
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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: kirby1923 on February 28, 2016, 10:35:37 AM
Hey Seth, beautiful!
I sure wanted to get to Austria this year but couldn't swing it not even going back and forth from Paris. (so close)

Please tell Gail I think she looks pretty sharp in her outfit!!!!
mike
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Testarossa on March 02, 2016, 10:01:40 AM
Hi, Mike --

Forget Austria. The West Coast is having a fabulous snow year. And we're at 120% of normal snowfall in Colorado, with more coming this week.

Gail says hi!

Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Guzzistajohn on March 02, 2016, 10:40:05 AM
Hey Seth! Good to hear from you! Tell Gail we said hello!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on March 19, 2016, 07:19:33 PM
On Thursday & Friday it "all came together on the night" as they say. My mate has a K1200 BMW that he bought after advice from the owners on this site. He has ridden around Canterbury here, often with his wife on the back, but those who have been here know it is pretty flat. We did go for a squirt to Akaroa, which has a few hills in it, when he first got it but we have been trying to fit in a longer ride.

Thursday we left his place, temps around 55F but they quickly settled on 50F. Headed North over the Lewis Pass, which has a mix of twisties with a few sharp corners thrown in, and then hung a left at Springs Junction to go to the West Coast through the Rahu Saddle. This piece of road is motorcycle heaven, twisties carving through native bush until you burst out at Reefton, where we stooped for a nice lunch and coffee. Temp also went up to 60F :thumb: On to Greymouth which I find hard to get excited about, and then on to Hokitika which is a much more attractive place. I had wanted Al to lead to set the pace but he preferred to follow and I just kept an eye in the rear view mirror. Beautiful warm weather on the Coast, and not raining! :thumb: Al was beginning to get used to the Beemer in the tighter corners at this stage, and was thoroughly enjoying the ride.

Stayed in a backpackers on Thursday night, then back to Christchurch on the Friday via the Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass. This road tends to be a lot tighter in places, but Al at this stage was dialled in and all went well. The road from when you leave the coast through to Otira is the most fantastic piece of road, good surface with constant twisties and tight corners.

Both bikes never missed a beat, clocked in over 400 miles, and we both had a whale of a time. Even when Al dropped back he said he could still hear the V twin bark as I wicked it coming out of the corners. It still has the standard La Franconis on it which I thought were pretty mellow but he assured me you could most certainly tell when the power went on. :thumb: :grin:

He is currently trying to settle a deal on a 2007 Breva, which johnr has looked at and pronounced to be "a minter". Here's hoping. It would be a fitting end to a mighty fine couple of days.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on March 19, 2016, 07:37:27 PM
 Thanks Muzz , ask John to check in please  :thumb:

  Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: beetle on March 19, 2016, 08:24:46 PM
Yesterday was shite. I did a wee high side. Buggered the rear brake lever and scuffed my valve cover and oil cooler cover. Bruised my leg and hurt my shoulder. Very annoyed, as I dropped my head on the pavement and stuffed my brand new Shark Evoline Carbon Pro. Used all of 6 times. Curse!

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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Triple Jim on March 19, 2016, 08:56:09 PM
Sorry.  When something like that happens to me, about all I can think about is the big, non-fun project of repairing the damage.  I hope it goes smoothly for you.  Repairing the damage to your bike and your body, that is.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on March 19, 2016, 09:12:50 PM
 Not a drama mate .

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on March 19, 2016, 09:16:10 PM
The helmet may be bu**ered but it sounds as though your heads survived. Same as the bike heads by the looks of things, scratched but no holes.

What caused the high side Beetle?
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: balvenie on March 19, 2016, 10:03:43 PM
What a bitch :cry:
Try not to be too angry for too long. Hope you feel better soon :smiley:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: beetle on March 19, 2016, 11:35:22 PM

What caused the high side Beetle?


Some loose gravel on bitumen as I was pulling over. The front wheel starting sliding and then the bars went 'whack' to the right. The bike bucked and I went over the bars. Hit the deck with my right shoulder then my noggin decided it wanted in on the action and hit the deck too.

I felt like a right pillock as I was only doing about 25km/h as I started sliding. There's gouges in the helmet, so can't be saved.

I had a spare rear brake lever in my spare bits from a previous get-off, which I had straightened. The rest is just cosmetic. Shoulder is just a bit sore today.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on March 20, 2016, 03:12:35 AM

Some loose gravel on bitumen as I was pulling over. The front wheel starting sliding and then the bars went 'whack' to the right. The bike bucked and I went over the bars. Hit the deck with my right shoulder then my noggin decided it wanted in on the action and hit the deck too.

I felt like a right pillock as I was only doing about 25km/h as I started sliding. There's gouges in the helmet, so can't be saved.

I had a spare rear brake lever in my spare bits from a previous get-off, which I had straightened. The rest is just cosmetic. Shoulder is just a bit sore today.

Not good, but good that you survived ok. That loose gravel is real nasty to come across; pea metal (also known as ball bearings :rolleyes:) is absolutely dangerous, no matter how fast you are going.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: beetle on March 20, 2016, 03:29:22 AM
Ball bearings; yes, that's exactly how it felt.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on March 20, 2016, 07:49:15 AM
Beetle,

Worst road surface ever?  Or close?  Saw my brother in 1968 low side his Honda Super 90 right in front of our house trying to turn into garage on the same stuff.  Slick as goose snot on a warm day.

One more week of Alzheimer's clinic here.  Grandpa Larry had an epic emotional meltdown on Friday.  His brain sometimes connects and out comes a volcano of negative emotion?  Strange stuff.  It is sad watching him get lost, over and over and over, in our living room looking for the bathroom.  Stressful.

New house unpacking continues, but we are past the insane stage.  Still lots of labor and expense. 

Looking forward to a break in NYC to see daughters mid-April.  I need one.  What happened to retirement?  Planning trips for summer to MT and CO, maybe AK also? 

No lucking finding a retirement car yet.  No rush though....
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on March 21, 2016, 02:36:02 AM
New house unpacking continues, but we are past the insane stage.  Still lots of labor and expense. 

Looking forward to a break in NYC to see daughters mid-April.  I need one.  What happened to retirement?  Planning trips for summer to MT and CO, maybe AK also? 

No lucking finding a retirement car yet.  No rush though....

LD, I am finding that I am busier now that I am retired than I was before. :rolleyes: I have concluded that I am doing more of the stuff I LIKE to do rather than HAVE to do. There is a difference.  In your case with shifting house etc. you are still doing things you have to do. Houses don't shift themselves and it seems to take a long time to get them to the stage you are happy with.

Our retirement  vehicle is a Suzuki Swift manual. 1500cc. With the manual you can get that motor hitting those variable cams, and then it goes like stink. Handles well too. Not as refined as some other (more expensive) marques but it suits us fine.

All the best with the house and family dealings.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Penderic on March 21, 2016, 04:32:25 AM
Meanwhile, back on the wet west British Columbia coast.....

A little bit of sunshine in the last few days and some outside chores can continue......

Got the PTO chipper attachment mounted on my little 25hp  tractor.


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Just waiting now for new grade 8 bolts for these new blades I already have. I reused the old bolts when I flipped the old blades to use the second cutting edge but one bolt had not seated correctly (the thread was badly galled when the bolt was removed and inspected), and the blade cracked at that spot after a few days of heavy use. I have a new set of blades but still waiting for the new bolts - should be here this week.
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3 of the 4 new chipper blades and the stationary anvil shown. Double edge blades can be flipped over ... good simple design.

Tuning up a "free" lawnmower given to me 3 years ago, found beside the road with a free sign on it. Not a good sign. It had a broken starter, bent blade, gummed up carb, self propelled drive didnt work, etc. Fixed it up and used it for a year on the farm.
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Havent used it for a while and someone I know wants it, so it gets a tune up before being passed on. Carb gummed up again and had to be rebuilt, then the spark disappeared ... arrrrrrgh. Took a while finding a spare spark plug that worked right.

Next sunny day project to be continued: Old Honda Generator. (cue the musical crescendo!)
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 :coffee:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on March 23, 2016, 10:38:03 AM
Dusty,

Thanks for asking....talked with Mr. CPA--long story short we got killed on 2015 taxes due to a perfect storm of retirement income, need to pull IRA funds due to new house fake-out closing dates by builder, and other events.  So bye-bye to new car concept:  burned up by tax.  Bracket creep hit us, and very chaotic, inability to plan anything in 2015.  Good news is we have cash to pay.  But bummed.

Oh well.

Mosquitoes hatched and chased me in clouds around neighborhood while on poodle walk.  Fortunately I sprayed the green OFF and had on long pants, long shirt and hat.  As bad as Alaska, no kidding...due to construction everywhere and perfect higher spring temperatures.  City does not spray here--so it is going to be a long buggy summer, hope ZIKA does not appear.

Grandpa Larry had a bad day yesterday.  Ms. LD takes him home, maybe this weekend.  His Alzheimer's anger flares are the most difficult to deal with:  unpredictable as hell.  He only gets worse, there is no better with big A.

Might take my Social Security in May.  Might use it to buy a car on time. 

Time to run more financial errands, seem endless.  Wind kicking up, rain soon.  Could use a ride, but not sure if it will happen. 

Cooling off and sweat soaked...but poodles happy. 
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: atavar on April 05, 2016, 06:34:04 PM

... I'm not sure. I hope it fell off.  ;D

I think the bolts vibrated loose on a quick "sprint" I made on the freeway.  :-X

Yep, this is the time of year when stolen plates are rampant.  Guys forget to renew or don't have the money and just snag a set of plates when you are stopped and not looking.  I have had that happen to me before.  Get home and find no plate or my fresh tag missing and expired ones on the bike.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on April 07, 2016, 03:39:32 AM
A really great day thanks Dusty. it was the Princess's 66th birthday today.Nice start to the day with agood strong espresso while reading the paper in bed. (aint retirement grand.) An enjoyable morning just doing stuff together, then in the afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the nephews place doing the grounds and trying out a couple of new toys, which worked just great. Back home for a rather nice French bubbly, and then the family arrived to celebrate. I cooked the world famous MUZZABURGER, which just so happens to be a family favourite. A quiet evening catching up and generally relaxing.

Finished putting the finishing touches on a ride my son and I will do on Sat/Sun, about 400 miles over some rather nice country on our West Coast. Should be nice weather and am really looking forward to it.

A great day all in all. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 07, 2016, 05:43:40 AM
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a ride my son and I will do on Sat/Sun,

Good on you! Rides with the Kid are some of my most treasured memories. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 07, 2016, 08:41:48 AM
 Thanks Muzz , sounds like a wonderful day in Paradise  :bow:

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on April 07, 2016, 12:14:48 PM
Dusty,

Gorgeous day out.  Finally worked through some major retirement investment decisions with my advisors and CPA.  Youngest daughter gave me some fits on her taxes, even though CPA did them.  Basically she has low understanding of the whole paying taxes if you are making income game.  She will get there.  Ms. LD is guiding her through final filing steps, she is better at that stuff than I am.

Geared up and about to take the V7R out for a romp. 

Investigating the yellow Cayman S.  We will see. 

Sad about Merle.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: O on April 07, 2016, 05:17:35 PM
LD, to cheer you up, here is a bizarre and funny commercial where (I think) a Triumph triple makes a cameo. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOpsnNf9Wj0

Jason Statham cracks me up.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Huzo on April 07, 2016, 07:08:54 PM
Terrible and thanks for asking, ' just got a metaphorical clip under the ear by the Kirbmeister, best thing for me. Cocky Aussie smartie pants.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 07, 2016, 07:19:14 PM
Terrible and thanks for asking, ' just got a metaphorical clip under the ear by the Kirbmeister, best thing for me. Cocky Aussie smartie pants.

 Uh , I don't think it was meant that way Huzo . The Kirbster is a pretty modest guy who just happens to know stuff about airplanes , having flown Phantoms AND 1946 Cubs , along with pretty much everything in between .

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Huzo on April 07, 2016, 07:36:44 PM
No you misread me Oldie, he's clearly knowledgable and articulate as well. What's that old saying "'Tis better to be corrected by a wise man than agreed with by a fool" at least when he pulls you up,at least on this topic,you'll be better for it. My post was supposed to be mildly humorous, at least I'm grinning. Happy that he took the time.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Huzo on April 07, 2016, 07:39:52 PM
Oh and BTW in my opinion, if you've flown ANYTHING that smells like a kero heater, you should be listened to, you have to do a LOT of stuff before you close the canopy on a jet. That's my last comment,'bye on this one. Huzo.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: balvenie on April 08, 2016, 06:01:50 AM
Just for a change, my GF invited me out to dinner tonight. We went to a seafood restaurant where our entree was oysters in crusted parmesan, with goat curd and pumpkin jam. As good as it was, it went even better with a few drops of juice from a freshly cut lime :grin: and the "Impromptu" pinot noir from Central Otago, that I had chosen for my steak,  was a surprisingly smooth compliment to a scrumptious mouthful of culinary imagination.
You're only young once :grin:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Unkept on April 09, 2016, 07:35:23 PM
Pretty Good!

Lindsey and I bought some cool little things at the Porter country garage sale thingy, big swap meet deal.

I finally recorded my cover of Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" https://soundcloud.com/unkept/today-i-started-loving-you-again-merle-haggard-cover (https://soundcloud.com/unkept/today-i-started-loving-you-again-merle-haggard-cover)

Charged my camera, soon I'll be back at my Guzzi restoration... !!! Waiting on parts for my machinist to get the cylinder head done.

-Joe
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: giusto on April 09, 2016, 07:46:24 PM
Every day on the right side of the turf is a great day!
It would be nice if it stopped snowing...but then again a day in the cave with the Convert (not Covert) and the heat turned up is a good one.

Still looking for a blue/silver tail light cover :)

Thanks for askin Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: HardAspie on April 09, 2016, 10:12:53 PM
Pretty good day:
quiet recovery
had a nice lunch
and chocolate
listened to a stirring lecture
visited a friend
made some arrangements
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Huzo on April 09, 2016, 11:01:30 PM
Hmmmm... Made some arrangements you say, anything to do with motorbikes Hardie? Glad to hear of your quiet recovery.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: HardAspie on April 09, 2016, 11:28:31 PM
Hmmmm... Made some arrangements you say, anything to do with motorbikes Hardie? Glad to hear of your quiet recovery.

Ja! Tuesday the friend who rode it back to hometown will take it to the house of another friend, nearer by and involved with an anti human trafficing group. Wolfie has been donated! I will recover as well as I do, quiet time for a while, and start from a clean slate.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Penderic on April 10, 2016, 01:19:13 AM
Today was great! I managed to do the work of three men: Moe, Larry, and Curly.

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 :wink:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on April 10, 2016, 04:32:31 AM
and the "Impromptu" pinot noir from Central Otago, that I had chosen for my steak,  was a surprisingly smooth compliment to a scrumptious mouthful of culinary imagination.
You're only young once :grin:

Their Pinot Gris from down there is from a very unique microclimate in limestone country and produced by, as I understand, a slow fermentation process conducted in caverns hewn in to the hillside, to protect it from the rather extreme winter climate down there. I have not tried it, being a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc man myself, but from what I hear it is being very well received internationally.

Well Dusty, the weekend turned out even better than I had hoped. My son and I had a later start than was planned, so the ride of some 250 miles to Westport was shall we say, "spirited'. :grin: :thumb: Not too many triffids on the road, and what there were were quickly devoured by the mighty Breva with the Sporty thundering along behind. Once out of Canterbury (say 60 miles) it is twistys all the way through to Westport. Both bikes were running beautifully. The backpackers we stayed in, (the TripInn) was still being run by the same owner who was so good to me when I went through about eight years previously with a gearbox that sounded like a cop siren. I had wanted to go to the far North of the South Island at the time but did not think it would make it. He encouraged me to go, saying that I would regret it if I didn't, and that if it blew he would bring his FWD up and trailer it back. He remembered that. A top guy. :thumb:

Today Sunday, we left Westport, on through Greymouth and then back through the Otira Gorge that I had done with my mate about a month ago. A lot of maggots (campervans driven by idiots) on the road but they did not (bar one) hold us up for long. The road is motorcycle heaven, I am sure that John Colleary and Daniel Kalal will attest to that. Did a bit of tiki touring to Carter's Beach and Cape Foulwind along the way. The son is getting the hang of the Sporty and although he may drop back a bit in the tight stuff he is holding his own and then some in the sweepers. The one Triffid that held us up in Porter's Pass had the effect of having about 6 motorcycles held up by this one idiot. When we finally :rolleyes: got to pass it meant that a 750 smallblock was leading a pack of Harleys! One of the bigblock Harleys finally went past me on a straight and then I found I was having to brake in every tight corner as he grounded out.

By the time we got to my son's place we had done 470 miles and had a whale of a good time, both in riding great roads and just spending time together.

To cap it all off, I was able to return a call from my nephew while we were still in Greymouth gassing up that I thought that we would be home by 4-30 to attend a BBQ at his place. Made it on time and found that his two brothers (they are all likeable rogues) and their families were there as well. Much laughter with wine and food to end an absolutely perfect weekend. :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 10, 2016, 06:03:01 AM
Great report, Muzz..  :thumb:
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By the time we got to my son's place we had done 470 miles and had a whale of a good time, both in riding great roads and just spending time together.

Unbeatable experience, as far as I'm concerned. Some of my most memorable experiences have been trips with the Kid..
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 10, 2016, 09:46:06 AM
 Thanks fellas  :thumb:

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: MGPilot on April 10, 2016, 11:06:59 AM
Have been trying to be proactive on Spring weeding in the gardens.  Problem is, our 4 y/o Welsh Terrier figures if I get to dig (i.e., use an old screwdriver to pop out small weeds--but fresh dirt, nonetheless), then she should be digging too.

So part of my yard work is going around and filling in a number of small divots where she looked at me, then started her own dig.  Like having a toddler around.
 
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 10, 2016, 02:27:33 PM
Better every day, Dusty..thanks for asking.  :smiley:
Played with the new to me Monza a bit this morning, and started a hardware to order list for the Monocoupe project this afternoon.
Suddenly, it's 1930...
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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: ScepticalScotty on April 10, 2016, 03:20:38 PM
Great ride report Muzz, and took me back to when I drove my granny all around the South Island visiting relatives in 1995. So many of the roads I went on in that little Citroen would be brilliant on the bike. One day.....


Today - -washed the Breva, took it for a ride, bacon sandwich, and then home. Cold temps and threats of rain seemed to keep many off the roads today, I was the only customer at Dream Machine.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: ScepticalScotty on April 11, 2016, 11:43:11 AM
You are not from the beachside paradise north of Sydney called "The Central Coast" are ya?

I grew :grin: up in Point Clare.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: ScepticalScotty on April 11, 2016, 03:43:53 PM
For all the changes that have happened since I left the Central Coast in 1993, its still a place of great beauty. And I miss it. Used to surf MacMasters, Copa, North Avoca all the time on my kneeboard.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: HardAspie on April 11, 2016, 07:03:05 PM
For all the changes that have happened since I left the Central Coast in 1993, its still a place of great beauty. And I miss it. Used to surf MacMasters, Copa, North Avoca all the time on my kneeboard.

Hey, didn't the guys in "Endless Summer" surf MacMasters?
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: balvenie on April 11, 2016, 07:26:33 PM
What a beautiful pic, Les.
Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: balvenie on April 24, 2016, 06:18:22 PM
An island home? I hope it's big enough to ride a motorcycle.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: atavar on April 24, 2016, 06:44:51 PM
Wonderful evening..  Saw the weather report early enough to clean the garage and get the bike and the car under cover.  Sitting under the deck outside watching the storm with four fingers of Woodford Reserve bourbon smiling at the rain and the hail..  Life is good when you take care of things so you can relax and enjoy instead of stressing about circumstances. 
It is amazing how nice a good bourbon is when it is raining and hailing and I am sitting dry and warm and my stuff is safe. 

Alas! against the storm I did bellow,
you bloweth upon the wrong fellow
My soul you have now so sorely tried
fear, your gift has now so surely died!
Nature feeds your evil blowing wrath,
I curse your daring this upon my path
Heaven's powers ignore your wicked deeds
you the rot that eats away joy's seeds!
Hark! all the destruction you have wrought,
fruits of sins that man surely has bought
Yet, I defy your right to so hammer me
I, the strongest root of my family tree!
Rage on , tear out the withered and the old
This man defies you with a heart very bold!

Robert J. Lindley, 08-27-2014
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on April 29, 2016, 04:26:17 PM
Good, Dusty.  :smiley: Like I mentioned on the phone, Monday, I'd finally decided that I'd worked long enough. This little bout with the cutter may have had something to do with it but still.. my parents worked me like a borrowed mule on the farm starting when I was 8 until I got away at 18. Worked for GM for 30 years. Just realized that I was on my 30th year of working for Ed the Rocket Scientist. Hmmm, I'm 72, and have been working for 70. Time to take a break. Told Ed to send TJ down, and I'd train him.
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He's doing really well, as I knew he would. It'll take a while, but he *will* be able to take over. He went to a steel mill with Ed today, so I got a break.  :smiley: Dusty said whether I rode or flew to take pix. 
Decided to give Mouser a go. Last week, I sat on her longeron, decided I might not be strong enough yet to get *out* once I worked my way in.  :smiley: You sort of put Mouser on. I'm getting stronger every day, though..so..
Pushed her out and did a *very* thorough pre flight. We hadn't flown since last fall.
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She started on the first blade, naturally.. gotta love carb and magnetos. (Beetle content)  :grin:
Getting in wasn't bad.. view from the driver's seat.
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 Mouser is fairly demanding of pilot skills. "Are you bringing your A game, boy?" "Uhhh.. not really. We haven't flown since last fall, you know.." "Ok, just be very gentle..."  :smiley:
Castle Pretentious (tm) and part of the runway just off the wing tip.
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It was good for me..thanks for asking, Dusty.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 29, 2016, 06:01:11 PM
 Thanks for telling Chuckie . Great pics  :bow:

 Dusty
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: twowings on April 29, 2016, 07:36:41 PM
OUTstanding, Chuck!  What a thrill for you after all that time re-learning to pee!   :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: toaster404 on April 29, 2016, 07:39:33 PM
I don't know Chuck, but that looks like an amazing thing to do. 

I've ridden both my 1400 and my DL1000 this week, sold a motorcycle. Mostly working on restoring my house.  I want to be able to have visitors.  Only 50 miles from Deals Gap over the Dragon, so was thinking of AirBNB with a bike emphasis at some point.  Need to get my violin workshop out of the living room for that!!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on April 30, 2016, 06:52:14 AM
It's all good Chuck. :thumb:

Keep on keeping on
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Mr Revhead on April 30, 2016, 04:19:28 PM
Some good stories in here.....

I've had a good weekend. Rode 5 hours to another city to see Iron Maiden :bow:  minimal traffic  and good weather, just a tad chilly in parts. Love my EVs heated grips!
Rode back yesterday in sunshine all day. Even spotted Ed Force One in flight heading to the Auckland gig  :bow:

Today I'm off on a classic club ride on my CX500. Life's good  :thumb:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Huzo on April 30, 2016, 06:40:47 PM
Even work can't hold me down. I am able to go home for lunch almost every day. If the weather is good I usually take a bike for a spin. Today it was the Lemans!
Hunter
http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q708/2hhjones/CX100/IMG_0829768x1024_zpsb8784841.jpg
Do you know what that lovely orange color is on the fairing ?
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on April 30, 2016, 07:40:02 PM
My bike was due to go off the road for 5 months for it's winter hiatus. However, we have had a real Indian summer here. On the last day of registration I went for a 250 mile squirt up the inland road to Kaikoura, and enjoyed myself so much that when I got home I went down and put two more months on.

Yesterday, (Saturday morning) after helping my son out at his work, he and I went for a quick ride (about 70 miles) up to Oxford via Ashley Gorge for a coffee, and we enjoyed the ride so much we came back the same way. The new tire on the back of his Harley has made a HUGE difference. He is a lot more confident as it does not skitter around like it used to, and feels really planted. He is finding that having a bike to ride again really helps him to relax after a full on week working.

Since I have retired I am finding that I am using the bike a lot more around town as it is much easier all round than using the car, so I am sure I will get a fair bit of use out of those two extra months.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: twowings on April 30, 2016, 07:46:40 PM
My 16-year-old son and I just completed Day 1 of the Basic Rider Course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation...he did very well for his first time ever on a bike (Honda Rebel)...his old man, on the other hand, had to unlearn about 50+ years of bad habits...LOL

Beautiful day for being on a bike, even if it is for a class...looking forward to tomorrow!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: oldbike54 on April 30, 2016, 07:50:07 PM
 Muzz , it is interesting that the term "Indian Summer" has traveled to New Zealand . Of course we use phrases from down under up here , so maybe not all that surprising . In fact , in the OKC area the locals are picking up Kiwi slang from commercials done by Stephen  :laugh:

 Dusty

 ps , my favorite is "No porky pies"  :grin:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: lucydad on April 30, 2016, 09:57:12 PM
Celebrating 29th wedding anniversary with Ms. LD...dinner tonight was grand.  Pix is from NYC last week.
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Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Mr Revhead on May 01, 2016, 12:14:44 AM
My bike was due to go off the road for 5 months for it's winter hiatus.

 :shocked: But our winters are not too bad! Keep riding! Just wait until the frost clears!
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on May 01, 2016, 12:20:52 AM

 In fact , in the OKC area the locals are picking up Kiwi slang from commercials done by Stephen  :laugh:

 Dusty

 ps , my favorite is "No porky pies"  :grin:

You'll be claiming him as one of your own soon! :grin:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on May 01, 2016, 12:24:01 AM
:shocked: But our winters are not too bad! Keep riding! Just wait until the frost clears!

As much financial Rev. You don't get rich on the superannuation! It will come back on stream for the Tattley Rappet. Supposed to be in Wellington this year.

Which part of NZ do you hail from?

Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Mr Revhead on May 01, 2016, 12:53:10 AM
Tell me about it, 2 bikes and one car is a lot of rego a year  :embarrassed:
I'm in Nelson, lots of sun  :cool:
Title: Re: How was your' day
Post by: Huzo on May 01, 2016, 01:13:45 AM
Even work can't hold me down. I am able to go home for lunch almost every day. If the weather is good I usually take a bike for a spin. Today it was the Lemans!
Hunter
http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q708/2hhjones/CX100/IMG_0829768x1024_zpsb8784841.jpg
Ya got any more shots of the Le Mans ? It looks like a nice one ! What is the color of that orange day glo ? I'm currently restoring a Mk 2.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on May 01, 2016, 04:06:13 AM

I'm in Nelson, lots of sun  :cool:

I was born and bred in Golden Bay. Also did 2 years in Nelson.

Have you caught up with Cali (on this site) up there?
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Mr Revhead on May 01, 2016, 05:08:27 AM
No, I haven't. Quite keen to make contact with more local Guzzi owners.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Penderic on May 01, 2016, 05:31:35 AM
Its Laundry Day!


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 :tongue: I hate doing laundry.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: SED on May 01, 2016, 09:49:53 AM
Mouser is fairly demanding of pilot skills. "Are you bringing your A game, boy?" "Uhhh.. not really. We haven't flown since last fall, you know.." "Ok, just be very gentle..."  :smiley:
Castle Pretentious (tm) and part of the runway just off the wing tip.
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It was good for me..thanks for asking, Dusty.

Chuck, absolutely great to see you recovering so well.  Fun story to read.
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: SED on May 01, 2016, 09:50:51 AM
Its Laundry Day!


(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/Penderic001/extreme_ironing4_zpsp7yrmd3i.jpg)
 :tongue: I hate doing laundry.

I'd hate doing laundry too!   :tongue:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on May 01, 2016, 05:16:15 PM
Quote
Chuck, absolutely great to see you recovering so well.  Fun story to read.

Thanks. The recovery *is* going very well, indeed. I was fortunate enough to be in pretty good shape and healthy except for that cancer thing. I'm pushing myself a little.. if you don't use it, you *do* lose it. Rode the Monza to Guzzi lunch and broke in the new tires today. A little over a hundred miles, and that was enough. It's officially time for a beer.  :smiley: :boozing:
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: davedel44 on May 02, 2016, 05:38:07 PM
Root canal day :sad:
Three gnarly curved roots.  Almost three hours in the chair. :cry: Still drooling :drool:  Have a hellava headache :violent1:  Taking some meds and retiring earlier than usual tonight.  Whaaaaaa!

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: davedel44 on May 02, 2016, 05:40:17 PM
Thanks. The recovery *is* going very well, indeed. I was fortunate enough to be in pretty good shape and healthy except for that cancer thing. I'm pushing myself a little.. if you don't use it, you *do* lose it. Rode the Monza to Guzzi lunch and broke in the new tires today. A little over a hundred miles, and that was enough. It's officially time for a beer.  :smiley: :boozing:

Good for you Chuck.  Hang in there!

Dave
Galveston
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Muzz on May 03, 2016, 12:22:12 AM
Root canal day :sad:
Three gnarly curved roots.  Almost three hours in the chair. :cry: Still drooling :drool:  Have a hellava headache :violent1:  Taking some meds and retiring earlier than usual tonight.  Whaaaaaa!

Dave
Galveston

My (now retired) dentist mate used to be absolutely emphatic that when patients had an extraction or major dental work they should treat it as a full blown medical procedure and give the body a chance to recover without the immune system becoming stressed. "You have a gob full of bacteria waiting to pounce" were his profound words.

Don't envy you Dave,
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Huzo on May 03, 2016, 02:21:44 AM
Good, Dusty.  :smiley: Like I mentioned on the phone, Monday, I'd finally decided that I'd worked long enough. This little bout with the cutter may have had something to do with it but still.. my parents worked me like a borrowed mule on the farm starting when I was 8 until I got away at 18. Worked for GM for 30 years. Just realized that I was on my 30th year of working for Ed the Rocket Scientist. Hmmm, I'm 72, and have been working for 70. Time to take a break. Told Ed to send TJ down, and I'd train him.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1511/26651537351_24bb71d8eb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GB76wF)2016-04-29_04-54-31 (https://flic.kr/p/GB76wF) by Charles Stottlemyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/107188298@N06/), on Flickr
He's doing really well, as I knew he would. It'll take a while, but he *will* be able to take over. He went to a steel mill with Ed today, so I got a break.  :smiley: Dusty said whether I rode or flew to take pix. 
Decided to give Mouser a go. Last week, I sat on her longeron, decided I might not be strong enough yet to get *out* once I worked my way in.  :smiley: You sort of put Mouser on. I'm getting stronger every day, though..so..
Pushed her out and did a *very* thorough pre flight. We hadn't flown since last fall.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1471/26445080560_7366d7a030_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GhRX7Q)2016-04-29_04-52-28 (https://flic.kr/p/GhRX7Q) by Charles Stottlemyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/107188298@N06/), on Flickr
She started on the first blade, naturally.. gotta love carb and magnetos. (Beetle content)  :grin:
Getting in wasn't bad.. view from the driver's seat.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1481/26651507401_7605164df4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GB6WCi)2016-04-29_04-53-44 (https://flic.kr/p/GB6WCi) by Charles Stottlemyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/107188298@N06/), on Flickr
 Mouser is fairly demanding of pilot skills. "Are you bringing your A game, boy?" "Uhhh.. not really. We haven't flown since last fall, you know.." "Ok, just be very gentle..."  :smiley:
Castle Pretentious (tm) and part of the runway just off the wing tip.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1535/26111364574_207e3bf4c8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FMnyYW)2016-04-29_04-53-01 (https://flic.kr/p/FMnyYW) by Charles Stottlemyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/107188298@N06/), on Flickr

It was good for me..thanks for asking, Dusty.
The yellow arc on the ASI extends to 160 kts. !!! Is that that correct for your a/c, she must be a robust girl, what aerobatics is it rated for ?
Title: Re: How was your day
Post by: Huzo on May 03, 2016, 02:26:31 AM
Hang on, 180 kts. , I just looked at it on my I pad so I could see better, must by an unbelievable craft to fly, what is the rated hp of the en