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Some of us in Australia may remember it reached 50 Celcius ( approx 122 f ) In Sydney, NSW about two-three Summers ago. It was reported on TV that it was the highest temperature in the world at this time.
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Iíve written about my migraines several times but each time I mention one in a Snippet, thereís somebody who has also had the misfortune of having experienced them, as well.

I had them from my early 20ís into my mid 50ís. They did taper off to just bad headaches (no visuals) that would last more than a day unless I took some medication. Most of the meds were too severe so Iíd just use furocet to take the edge off.

After reading your post, I realized that I havenít had any since I became clean and sober. (Fingers crossed)

Iíve seen you post in the sober forum so itís not a suggestion. Maybe yours will stop someday.
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The White Russian Factor

Back in the early 70s, my first wife and I went down to New Jersey with Ron and his first wife for the weekend. Ron had some work to do on his car to get it inspected, and Sue and I got to see some of Rural New Jersey, which turned out to be an order of magnitude prettier than what could be seen from the N.J. Turnpike.

On Saturday night, the four of us, along with Ron’s brother Jim and his wife all went out to a local club to have a few drinks and to do some dancing. While at the club, Sue ordered a White Russian. When it came, I took a taste, since I’d never tasted one. It tasted like an Ice Cream beverage. So, for the next round, I ordered one for myself.

The first taste was good; the second taste was also good, but there was something in the background that wasn’t. The third taste wasn’t that good, at all. By the time I finished the drink, I had to force it down. I never drank another White Russian after that.

There are foods like that, too. David had discovered a bag of Hawaiian flavored Potato Chips. When I tasted them at his shop, one day while I was visiting, they tasted really wonderful; so I went out and bought a bag. The first few were wonderful, but by the end of the bag, they really sucked.

The funny part is that sometimes, one person will get sick of something, while another won’t. David and I often go grocery shopping together. He’s got a car, and that makes it easier to get bulky items home. I can get by on just the bike, but being able to get four 12 packs of Pepsi, two racks of bottled water and a few 8 packs of Gatorade all in one trip is good. It would take multiple trips on the bike to accomplish that.
On one of our trips, David was buying lunch meat, and Boar’s Head Pesto Parmesan Ham was on sale. We both tasted a sample and it was instant love! So we both got some. The Ĺ pound I got was devoured within 24 hours. I had it for dinner and for lunch the next day, and I had picked at it during the evening. I’ve since bought it a couple of times, and I still love it. In fact, I bought a pound of that ham at Jungle Jim’s last week, thinking it would be lunch for a week, but it only lasted four days. David, on the other hand has gotten sick of it. He compares it to those Hawaiian potato Chips.

The principle also applies to motorcycles. The Roadster’s engine let go big time in 2016 and I decided that I should get a “Real” Sport-Touring bike to replace it. So I bought a Kawasaki Concours. At first, I liked it well enough, but as I rode it more, I began to sour on it. After a month or so, I wound up buying an engine from a boneyard and putting it in the Roadster. The Concours was a good bike, but it was the wrong bike for me. I’ve never been able to trust the Engine in the Roadster completely since that first engine ate itself, but it’s still the right bike for me. And a new Roadster will eliminate that fear and restore the trust again.

The part that’s funny is that when I try to explain why I prefer the Roadster to any other bike, the people who believe in the superiority of that other bike get offended. I got a bit of nasty backlash from Gold Wing owners when I stated that I wasn’t a Gold Wing kind of guy, that I very much preferred my Roadster. The same is true from “Faithful” Hardley Ableson owners when I tell them I prefer the Roadster to a Garbage Wagon. I suppose the Roadster is a “Girl’s Bike” if a girl owns and rides one. And I’ve never seen a Sportster as a “Half a Harley”. And when I say I prefer the Roadster to a Dresser, I speak from experience. I had a 1988 FLHS that I bought new and put 125,000 miles on.

I’ve said it before and will repeat it often; I believe the Sportster is the most underrated motorcycle on the market today. I think it should be named Bike of the Century. Of all the bikes available, the only one that I would give up my Roadster for is a new Roadster.

And the Roadster is nothing like a White Russian. In fact; it's the antithesis; it just keeps getting better with time.

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I'm with you, John. A Sportster is one of the most versatile bikes available. It may not be the best at anything (except making it's rider grin like an idiot), but you can make it into whatever you fancy a motorbike for. Dirt bike? sure. Sport bike? sure. Sport-touring? sure. Highway tourer? sure. With the right parts it can be whatever you want it to be. As long as you don't expect GoldWing/AfricaTwin/KL1600/CBR1000RR performance, you'll find a Sportster to be a very competent piece of machinery.
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January Weather


Itís cold. The current temperature is 17 F (-8 C). My driveway has a partial coating of ice and snow on it. Itís supposed to be windy all day and tonight, itís supposed to drop to 14 F (-10 C). Eight days from now, Iíll be on my way to highs in the 95 F range. Today, however; I think Iím just going to hole up and enjoy the output of this nice furnace that Iím still paying off.

A thought that hit me when I was pouring my first cup of coffee was that Iím going to be returning in two months. It will be late January; the dead of winter. If itís this cold in November, how bad will it be in January? And if Iím returning after having spent two months in hot temperatures, how hard will the cold hit me?

Well; I guess Iíll find out. I came back from my last trip to Australia in early February, and while it was cold, I was able to handle it. Maybe the weather pattern here will shift and weíll have a warmer than average winter. Iíve heard predictions of such, but Iíve found long term predictions to be on a par with advice from the Psychic Hot Line.

Yesterday, when I went out at noontime, it was 60 degrees F (15.5 C). I had been watching the hourly forecast and it looked like I had a couple of hours before the rain would start. I went to the noon meeting, then set out for Wally World to buy a couple of items. The Walmart I went to was 20 minutes away and it supposedly had the items I was looking for (Wrangler jeans in my size and the capsules (not tablets) of omeprazole that I prefer. I found the store and they did have what I was looking for in stock, so I bought them.

When I walked outside, it was raining. Not sprinkling, not drizzling, but raining. I got on the Roadster and headed out to come back home. Iíve been pretty cautious in the rain since my accident last spring, and I noticed that the street outside the shopping center was covered with a thin, watery coating of grey mud. That had me on full alert until I was back on the Interstate; then I was on full alert for different reasons. Slow trucks in the right lane and everybody slowed down when passing them. The good news was that the rain was only a passing shower, and within a few miles, the rain eased up and the water on the pavement decreased. I made it home without incident, but the poor Roadster is filthy. I really need to get it to the quarter car wash. I wonít go today and probably wonít go tomorrow. But the weather is supposed to gradually warm up, so Iíll get her clean before I head out next week. I was hoping to put a nice wax job on it before I left, but I donít think itíll be warm enough in time. Well; a good bath and wipe down will have to suffice.

I packed my first article of clothing for my trip. My swimsuit is in my bag. I really want to swim in the South Pacific again and if I donít have it with me, Iíll have to buy a new suit.

The sun just came out! Itís still below freezing, but Iíll take that as a Good Sign. Maybe the weather wonít be as bad as the predictions say!
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Hey Crusty, how do you handle your phone service when you are in australia ? I am trying to find the cheapest way to be able to text and call from New Zealand and Australia.
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I've got Consumer Cellular for my phone and it doesn't work in Australia. I have internet at the house in Spring Creek, so I can see what's happening on the forums and check my e-mail and write Snippets. But for a phone, I use the land line if I really need to make a call.

I'll be calling my Cardiologist's office to report my blood test results, but I think that's about it.

I saw an ad from Google that caught my eye, a couple of days ago. They have a plan that works almost everywhere, and it's reasonably cheap. But it only works with "Smart" phones, and I really prefer a flip phone. However, if you're not a Luddite like I am, you might want to check it out.
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I just changed from a slider phone to a smart phone a few months ago. It took a little wile to get used to it but it was well worth the change. I got a Motorola for less than half of the cost of the more popular brands. It does almost everything that the others do and the battery lasts a long time. It also charges from almost dead to a full charge in about 20 minutes.
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