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John, All is for the better and whatever happens it is for the best.

I agree, everyone here are a bunch of nice people!
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Sorry as well, John, but only means something better is coming along!
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I was afraid something like that would be the case. I saw an online auction company that had lots of bikes in various stages of disrepair or wreckage. I have kind of looking for a 60's or 70's cheap bike, suck as 650 Yamaha, 500 Triple Kawi, 500 VTwin Honda or some sort of classic bike. They had a bunch of that kind of thing. I started the registration process so I could bid. When the $300 dollar registration fee and other costs came up, that was the end of that.

Hang in there, something will come up. You never know. We had a Buell advertised out here recently for a ridiculously low price. Just keep your eyes peeled.
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Mental Constipation

I think the weather is getting to me. We got 9.1 inches of snow here in Cheviot over the weekend. At least, that’s what channel 12 said. The sky is grey and the temps are below freezing. I don’t want to leave the house.

I was out yesterday. I had to mail my property tax and I had to go buy a blind for the window in front of my computer desk, ‘cause the one that was there took a dump. The streets are pretty clear, though you have to keep an eye out for the idiots. I think that snow affects the drivers here the same way that water affects dogs with rabies. They really act wacked out. They speed past me on the right, only to stand on their brakes for the stopped traffic in front of them. One of these times, they’ll be in the snow when they try that crap and they’ll end up hitting a stopped car. I just try to give them lots of room.

Anyhow, it’s cold and raw and there’s salt on the roads. There are little piles of snow at most intersections with traffic lights. It’s the snow that slid off cars because people here don’t clean their cars worth a damn. They just let the wind blow it off into my face as I’m riding behind them. Or it slides off when they accelerate from a stop at a traffic light.

I could go out if I had to. The real reason I was out yesterday was because I was going nuts from boredom. So I went to the Postal Orifice, David’s shop and Home Despot. There was nothing really urgent that had to get done.

A week and a half ago, I was out enjoying 60+ degree weather and I pulled up next to an SUV at a traffic light. The woman behind the wheel had her phone up in front of her face and was texting. When the light changed, she put the phone down and then drove away!

I was amazed. I’ve never seen somebody do that. Imagine that! She was doing the Right Thing! I thought that was against the rules, or somethin’.

I’m in a place where I have all kinds of things to write about running wild in my head, but I can’t seem to figure out how to put them down in writing. It’s weather like this that makes me want to go to Daytona for Bike Week again. I’m not planning to go this year. I need to be a little bit more frugal than I was last year. I really want to get that damned plastic paid down. I feel like I’m in loan shark territory when I see how much they’re milking me for in interest charges each month.

I can watch the TT on my computer, but if the weather is especially nice there, I’ll regret not going. Then again, in 1996, I wasn’t going to go, then I changed my mind at the last minute. I called work and lied about having a family emergency, jumped on my bike and rode down the East Coast. I had a wonderful time and the temperatures were up in the 80s. It was just what I needed. I hope that doesn’t happen again; but if it does, I’ll deal with it.

Either way, Springfield is coming. I hope the weather is flawless and the racing is close. I’m going to be with friends on Friday eating BBQ and Lasagna. Then I’ll be sitting with a group of great people at both the TT and the Mile. And I get to share the experience with them. If I can just focus on that, I’ll get through this crappy weather.
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The snow doesn't last forever unless you believe the ice age alarmist from the 80's and they were wrong so Spring is coming.
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Nurdles, Aglets and Must Be Fitted


I got an e-mail the other day that informed me that the little blob of toothpaste you put on your toothbrush is called a nurdle. I never knew that; so I added it to my list of unusual words like aglet, jot and tittle.

In case you’re wondering, an aglet is that little tubular plastic or metal end on your shoelace, a jot is the cross bar on the letter t and a tittle is the dot on the letter i.

I find information like this fascinating, but it has nothing to do with motorcycles or traveling.

Yesterday was not a kind day to me. I threw my back out early in the morning. I don’t even know how I did it. At first, it was just a moderate ache, but as the morning progressed, I could barely move. It started getting better in the afternoon, but it was still bad enough last night that I opted to sleep in the recliner, instead of my bed. It’s much better this morning, so I think sleeping in the recliner was the right decision; but I’m not completely recovered.

The fender I ordered from Dennis Kirk arrived yesterday afternoon. I opened the box and there it was in all its raw steel glory. There was just one problem; there was only one side brace. So I called Dennis Kirk and the person who answered sent me over to Customer Service. They told me that the part description stated only 1 mounting bracket. I explained that it needed two, one for each side and I got shuffled off to a tech. He took my phone number and went to check out the stock. About ten minutes later, he called back to tell me that all the fenders they had in stock only had one brace, so he was going to send one out to me. That made me feel a little better.

Now, the part description stated that the fender “Must Be Fitted”, so I took the fender and went down to the Roadster. I put four ¼-20 bolts in the tabs and put the bracket on and discovered what Must Be Fitted means. All the tabs needed to be bent a bit; both so that the bracket will fit and so that the fender will fit on the bike. To be completely honest, I don’t know if it will fit, once I get the other bracket. The good news is that Joe isn’t going to be shooting black for another week or two, so maybe I can get it sorted out in time. The bad news is that while I had the stock fender off, I saw that the bubbled paint on it was now cracked and lifting.

By the time I was done screwing around with fenders, my back felt like there was an entire army of trolls camped in it and they were all building campfires. I made it back up to the living room and parked in the recliner and watched a movie on Netflix.

I hope that bracket gets here quickly, and that the fender fits. If it doesn’t, then it’s back to square one. But I do have an idea or two…
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No odd or thought provoking word here, just a suggestion from an old crippled rider. Broke my back, swimming in rapids of Laurel Creek,(down in West “by GOD” Virginia), some near 50 years ago. Currently bone on bone at L4,L5 and S1 but continue to function day to day. I have found that on the bad days, and some longer rides, that use of the stretching, velcroed “lift belts” help a lot. Might be worth trying?
Anyhow, looking forward to Lasagne and ribs at the Mile.
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