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I just realized that we never set a time for the meet 'n' eat at the Thurman Cafe this Sunday. How does 1:00 or 1:30 sound?
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Motorcycles!


I love them. I really enjoy riding them. I like customizing them to suit my ideas of what a particular machine ought to look, feel and act like. I have my likes and there are some bikes that I really wouldn't enjoy as much as the bikes I favor, but they are all good. I worked in several different motorcycle shops, over the years. When I worked for Don's Honda in Colorado Springs, my boss once said, "I like motorcycles. If Harley Davidson was the only motorcycle manufacturer, then I would be riding a Harley." I've used that line a few times in my life, but the brand mentioned wasn't Harley.

If I could have my own version of Jay Leno's Garage, it would hold a very eclectic mix of bikes, but they would all have some exceptional quality that surpassed other bikes.

Motorcycles are my life. When I see that bank ad about the Dream Rangers in Taiwan, I feel inspired. In the movie, The World's Fastest Indian, when Burt Munro had a heart attack and is in the hospital, the doctor tells him that she's afraid his motorcycling days are over. He responds, "Like hell they are!" I can fully relate to that sentiment.

I once heard a Biker tell Jay Springsteen that he was really happy to live during this time period when there are motorcycles to ride. Think about it; a hundred and twenty years ago, they really werenít around, and in another fifty years or so, theyíll be an outmoded form of transportation. Kind of like chariots.

However; motorcycles are present now and we get to enjoy them. We really are fortunate.
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Iím feeling restless, but I can't think of a good topic to write about.

I suppose I could write about cleaning my kitchen floor. It took me two days and my knees are going to be sore for a while, but the entire floor is clean. The cleanest itís been in many years.

It started the other day. I looked at the kitchen floor and decided that I should wash it. The sponge mop wasnít quite cutting it, though. Even though I washed it, it didnít look clean, so I got down on my knees to clean the offending area with a Scotchbrite pad. Then, thought back to the time 25 years ago I cleaned the floor in my apartment in Medford with Brillo pads. It really made a difference. So I grabbed a cleaning sponge and the can of Comet cleanser, filled a small bucket halfway with water and got started.

My kitchen isnít very big, but it took a sizeable amount of work to get the floor clean. At one point, I went downstairs and got a putty knife to clean things that were really stuck to the floor. I pulled the register for the heat/AC and scrubbed it in the sink. Then, I cleaned out the sheet metal box under the register, it had stuff stuck to it from probably decades and getting it clean was a lot of work. I actually had to pour a bit of water into it and let it soak in before I could get all the accumulated funk out. When I was done , though, I could see the galvanized metal and not a coating of brownish black petrified mung.

The stove is on rollers, so it got moved aside and the floor under it scrubbed; as did the Refrigerator. My knees hurt after a few hours on Monday, so I quit after getting the worst of it then continued on Tuesday. I got a little smarter on Tuesday and brought up one of the dense foam kneeling pads that I use for working on the bike. Even so, my knees were pretty sore by the time I finished. I went over the floor a couple of times with the sponge mop to get up all the remaining traces of cleanser up and it really looks pretty nice. When my knees stop hurting, I think Iíll give the bathroom floor the same treatment. That will take less than a day, Iím sure. But Iíll have to clean the toilet and sink and outside of the bathtub/shower, first. I try to keep the bathroom clean, but itíll be pretty much antiseptic and spotless if I get into it.

It's kind of like the way I wound up replacing the sink in my house in Leominster.

The faucet in the kitchen was dripping. So I went to the hardware store and bought a new set of guts for the valve and installed it. That didnít stop the drip. When I looked closer, I saw that the cast housing was pitted and cracked, so I was going to have to replace the whole faucet. When I pulled the faucet off the sink, I saw that the metal under the faucet assembly was rotted and the whole sink needed to be replaced. While getting a new sink and faucet, I wound up getting a tubing cutter and installing shut off valves in the pipes because Iíd had to shut off the water for the house to fix the sinkÖ

Eventually, the original 15 minute drip repair became a 10 hour major project.

Originally, I was just going to mop the kitchen floor. It turned into a two day project that is now threatening to become an extended project that will encompass a few days, but will have the kitchen and bathroom as clean as I can possible get them.

Well; it isnít costing me any money, which is good, Ďcause, once again Iím broke and it gives me a little more pride and satisfaction in my home, which is also good. Itís kind of like the way I feel when I put a serious cleaning and polishing on the Roadster.

And speaking of the Roadster, sheís looking pretty nice, but the wheels could use a bit of attention. Maybe I should go down to the garage, put on the Classical music station and spend a couple of hours with a few rags, some metal polish and some wax. And while Iím at it, a little Armor All for the plastic and rubber; and whenís the last time I cleaned under the seat? AndÖ
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Being a one man crew myself. O'keefe & Merritt stove from the 50's in the kitchen is also on wheels.

Learned heat flattens plastic caster wheels on heavy gear over time.
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Those two guys look dumbfounded.
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No, just dumb, but would you expect anything different? Some of the set ups on those racing bikes were pretty sanitary. Funny though the racing 750's don't sound anything like the Streets!
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Blueberry Pie


I made a Blueberry Pie for my birthday. Itís in the oven right now, and will be for another 30 minutes or so. I'm fixing it for a couple of reasons; First, Blueberry is my favorite pie and Second, I canít bake a cake worth a damn. Until this past year, I couldnít make a pie, either; but the pie I got last year from the Supermarket for Thanksgiving sucked so bad, I figured Iíd try to make my own for Christmas. It turned out pretty good. A lot better than the store bought pie.

Now, when I tell people that Iím making a pie, they all expect me to make the filling from scratch. I donít. I buy two cans of filling and a package of pre made pie crusts and put them together. It takes me about half an hour, and it takes 45 minutes for the pie to bake, so that means it uses up an hour and a half of my time when you figure in clean up time.

Some folks are obsessed with doing it from scratch. I donít care. Itís my birthday and my pie and my mouth. Iím obsessive about spaghetti sauce. I have a friend who heats up some Ragu sauce and boils some pasta and likes it. I make my own. I have tasted Ragu and a couple of other brands and they just donít cut it for me. But my friend is happy eating that sh*t, so thatís all that really counts.

The same thing applies to motorcycles. There are people who wouldnít be caught dead on a Sportster. They donít make enough power, they donít have overhead cams, they donít rev fast enough, they donít handle good enough, etc, etc, etcÖ

For me, however, itís a great bike. Maintenance is easy and minimal. It makes enough horsepower and torque for my wants. And, the way Iíve got it set up, it looks and feels like a motorcycle should look and feelĖ to me. There are a lot of things that it doesnít do as well as other bikes, but it does them well enough to suit me and it feels better doing it than those other bikes ever will.

So, tomorrow, Iím going to ride my enjoyable motorcycle up to Columbus to meet up with friends and enjoy a (hopefully) good burger. After that, Iíll ride home and for my Birthday, Iíll have some tasty Blueberry Pie a la Mode (with a single candle in it). That sound like a recipe for a really Good Day.

Gotta go; the pie is done.
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