September 13th

Well….this hasn’t happened in the 7 months I’ve lived out here…it’s raining…and that makes two days in a row…had a nice little storm come through yesterday afternoon and there is another one coming through right now…my lawn is going to green up pretty well from that…but I think I’ll be down to one ride today since I need to get out and get the materials for fixing the soffit…but I need to be able to put the top down on the car since the siding is 12 feet long…so I’ll have to wait a while and I’m not sure how to do that…have to take a deep breath and just relax about it….I did get started on taking the garden out yesterday but the rest of it has to wait until I get out and get more bags this morning….I had one that is sitting out in the rain and I hope it survives the rain and dragging it out front for pick up tomorrow….I do need to clean this place up some today since I have let it get pretty messy and I don’t like it…but not right now…I’m not sure if there is enough coffee to get me going this morning with feeling this slow….not much to do today…just the errand, cleaning, the garden, and trying to get on the bike…I guess that’s enough for one day…I am going to take wed off…okay, I might take a day off this week….yeah, no….still have lots to do and not enough time to do it…at least I’ll have the outside pretty much done for the winter after tomorrow…then it’s just a wait for the leaves to fall….more later….

It doesn’t only affect them….

Well….one of the stupid arguments that the repubs use to justify not being vaccinated is that it is a “personal choice” that only affects them and they are willing to take that risk for “freedom”…but what they don’t say is that “personal” choice has fallout that they don’t give a damn about…as the unvaccinated fill up every hospital bed across the country, other innocent people are being denied the emergency care they need to save their lives…just the other day the doctors for a man with a heart attack in NC tried 31 hospitals and there was not one bed available…and the man died before he could be saved which would have happened in normal times…and there was a gunshot victim in Kansas that was told to just go home since there was no one to treat him and no room in the hospital…and that man died at home, too….and this is happening across the country as these selfish, unvaccinated assholes practice their “freedom” by filling up hospitals so there are no birthing rooms available for pregnant women who are ready to deliver, either. I think that when an unvaccinated person who has chosen to not get vaccinated for “reasons” shows up at an emergency room, they need to be told that there are other people that need to be treated who aren’t stupid and they will get to them when everyone else who is vaccinated is treated….they want choice, suffer the consequences….geez…

September 12th

Well…5:56…that’s all I’ll say about that….found a new place to get my paper on Sunday and it is much closer to me so that is cool….slept okay last night and had some dreams that I really don’t remember other that I had them…feel okay this morning but I’m a little sore in new places after wrenching on the bike yesterday and I think I’m going to have to let my hands rest at some point since they feel abused and stiff and have for a while now….man, it’s already 71 out here at 7 am and the humidity is off the charts…sweating like crazy just sitting here and will be ready to get on the bike in a half hour or so when it gets light….and it is calm and that very rarely happens so it will be a good ride this morning….need to get out and back here before the F1 race at 9 so I can set up for getting two rides in today….I am going to start taking out the garden today but I only have one bag so the rest of it will have to wait til I go to depot tomorrow to get the soffit repair stuff…can still get it out Monday night for pick up so it won’t have to sit here for a week…not much to do today…do I watch the Lions suck today? Not sure yet but I may watch a bit of it to see the new qb play…have been watching them lose since I was a kid in the 50′s so why stop now? More later…

Got the grey bike torn down…

Well….not sure why I started on the grey bike this afternoon since the parts won’t be here for a couple of weeks but I did….tried and tried to get the pedals out of the crank arms since I have to re-use them and they wouldn’t budge until I remembered that I have a propane torch the kinda works…so I dug that out and heated the arms and since they are made out of aluminum, they expanded and I was able to get them loose with a big rubber hammer on the wrench…but that took almost a half hour and I thought I was done for the day…but, I was curious how hard the crank arms were going to be to remove so I hit them with some wd and got my crank removal tool out…they came off easily so I decided to remove the greasy chain, too, and got that done in about 5 mins…so now I have the bike torn down and waiting for the new parts and it should only take about a half hour to re-assemble it…but I do have to move the front shifter since the big sprocket will hit it if I don’t…it should be easy since I’ve already done it on the black bike and then I’m good for 10,000 more miles….and I hope that going to Shimano cranks and sprockets will mean they last longer…the suntour stuff has always looked cheap….and I really do like the higher gear that this change gave me…I can fly on the black bike over 25 mph and I think I may be able to get to thirty if I have enough coffee….

Took three tries to get out on the bike today…

Well….got out on the bike around 8 this morning but it took me three tries to get out for the ride….when I got on the bike for the first time, I notices a rhythmic thump coming up through the handlebars so I stopped to take a look at the front tire and found that it had separated the cords and the tire had an S shape…it was the original front tire on this bike and that makes it 6 years old so I guess it was time for it to fail….so, I came back here and got the wheel from the grey bike since it is identical, and put that on the black bike and took off again….when I got to the bottom of the hill, I noticed that the computer was not registering any speed and then remembered I hadn’t switched the button magnet trigger to the new wheel so I had to come back here and do that…finally, I got out and got the first ride in but the front shifter was not adjusted right and wouldn’t shift down just one sprocket…so I made a tiny alignment adjustment and now it works perfectly so that is cool….and I got the second ride in with no drama…after I got back here I took a look at the missing soffit siding and there are 3 pieces missing…I have two of them so I am going to have to buy 12 feet of siding to get a 17 inch piece but I guess that will just make spares if any other of them blow out…these won’t since I am going to put caulk under the ends to glue them in…was going to use adhesive but that stuff costs about 10 bucks a tube and I can get exterior caulk for about 4 bucks and I can use that for other things…going to have to cut the siding in half in the parking lot with my tinsnips to fit it in my car but that is okay, too….makes it easier to store the leftover stuff in the garage….

September 11th

Well…6:24….that’s all I have to say about that….think I slept okay but I’m still tired and I still have paint on my hands from painting the inside of the door frame on the back door…but that’s done now and I have three more to do….but two of them are on the inside so they could wait til winter if I want….there are lots of sports on today so it could end up being the second day in a row with only one ride but I may be able to get the second one in after Man U plays at 10…and that will put me out around noon but that’s okay…I really do need to get as many rides in as I can before fall comes and the temp keeps me off until the afternoon….but, it’s still dark out there right now so I’ll have to wait til around 8 to get out today….didn’t get much done but the painting yesterday but I do need to start taking the sunflowers and the garden out today so I can put the stuff out Monday….and I need to water the lawn today since it’s not going to rain until Tuesday when Tom is coming out with his equipment and I am going to get the rest of the stuff done outside and the house will be ready for winter….think I’m not going to buy a snowblower this year….need a winter out here to see if I really need one so it will be shoveling all winter…I did it last winter with a long driveway in GR and all I have here is sidewalks so it may not be too bad….we’ll see….not much to do today…just lots more coffee until I get out on the bike around 8 and then some cleaning…maybe…not sure yet….I would like to take a day off sometime and it may be Wed of next week….more later….

Never seen this Joe Biden before…

Well…I think any of us who have followed Joe Biden at all in his career would have expected more of the same style of centrist incremental politics that he has practiced his whole life…til now. His 8 months in office have shown us a bold Biden, one who has ended the war in Afghanistan without listening to the people who got and kept us there for 20 years….an now he is pushing for 45% of all of our energy to come from solar in the next 10 years…and the one thing we aren’t seeing is him apologizing for any of his actions or trying to cajole people to understand…just yesterday, he gave a speech saying: “we’re going to protect our vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers” as he announce a vaccine mandate for all companies with more than 100 workers…and he wasn’t done there…he went after the stupid repubs who are trying to get people killed with their laws against mask mandates and vaccine mandates for schools and bluntly called out the repubs who are trying to take money from schools for protecting children and promised he had their backs…and he made it abundantly clear that he is done with the bullshit repubs who whine and whine and do nothing but make things worse…and the refreshing thing to me is that there seems to be little political calculation in any of this…it’s just Joe doing the right thing for the right reasons and that is the kind of politician I can get behind…you go Joe!

September 10th

Well…that was a normal night of sleep so I won’t talk about it this morning…I’ll bet that makes you happy…so now what do I talk about? I put the shades down for the first time all summer last night and it is kind of weird what that does to the light in here…feel kind of cocooned and cut off from the outside and I think I like that a bit….kind of like how it feels during a snowstorm….and I shut every window last night, too, for the first time since around April and I can feel the fall coming and that’s okay…fall has always been my favorite season and the coolness of the air is welcome after this long, hot, and dry summer…..and it’s another fleece morning and only 55 out there so the first ride is going to be a cool one….need to pay my credit card bill today since it takes almost a week for the payment to get there with how screwed up the post office is…I am going to start taking the garden out today and getting it cleaned up…it will probably take two big bags to put it all out and I think I only have one so some of it will wait till next week…..the peppers were not too successful along with the cukes but I had many more tomatoes than I needed and I’m glad my neighbors took a bunch of them but I’ll still be throwing some of them away…..I may run out Monday to get more bags since I did have branches come down in the storm and they need to go out, too…..not much to do today….just the rides and some painting along with the garden and I really do need to clean my bathroom and kitchen so that will happen over the weekend….more later…

The black bike is working…

Well….got two rides in on the black bike this morning and it is working okay….the front shifter needs some adjustment but overall…it’s rideable and it looks like I’ll be using it for at least the next month when the parts for the grey bike get here…after sitting for three years, the front forks are froze up and that makes for a little bit of a harsh ride but I’m hoping that they will free up after I ride it a while…I do like the new gearing and I added almost 5 mph to my top speed cruise with the new crankset and it has also spread the use across more rear sprockets instead of just 7 and 8 with the other set… I’m now using 5 through 8 for the ride and it feels okay…the new rear shifter seems to be working fine but I still need to replace the cable with one that I ordered today…spent 91 bucks for all of the parts today and put it on my Capital One card so I can cover it with the cash I have in my cashback account….I did forget to buy the brake pads but I really don’t need them….the brakes are getting better with use on the black bike so I can live with it…I may move the front pads to the rear since they have much more bite than the back…so, with the new rear tire I put on the black bike today, I have a hundred bucks into the restoration, but with the cost of these bikes up to over 500 bucks, to get a usable one for a hundred seems like a good deal…and I should be able to use it for years without any more work…I will probably go back to the grey bike after I get the parts and fix it since those front forks still work fine and that makes for an easier ride on this old body….I do feel good I was able to do the work to fix the black one…and in a month, the grey one will be fixed, too….

Biden has done nothing to help people?

Well…I guess Americans are just stupid or ignorant or both…according to a poll that came out in the past few days, over 50% of Americans believe that Joe Biden has done nothing to help their lives get better…cripes, do these 50% have amnesia? Do they not remember the 1400 dollar check they got earlier in the year? I wonder if many of these folks have kids? Do they not recognize the 300 dollar monthly credit they get for each kid? Or how about getting vaccines into the arms of almost 200 million Americans? Or the billions of dollars to fix up schools and help local school districts deal with the pandemic? Or the expansion of the SNAP program that made many more people eligible for food aid? I could go on and on about all of the things this administration has done to make life better but I wonder why no one else knows these things? There are many other things that are in the pipeline that will continue to make life better for working people and we retirees…how about expansion of Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing care? I thing the dems have a messaging problem and need to get over it…they need to make sure that people know what they are doing for them and be proud of it….they are making this country better for the little guy and that is a good thing…geez…

What you never want to be….