...and last night, I couldn't
even access my editor! This semi-retirement thing is already
getting old and it hasn't even really begun. I did get the 401(k)
paperwork off, though, and I do have one more paycheck (albeit skinny)
coming from Academy. My dentist was pleased with my last insurance-covered
visit (no cavities, but not that many real teeth, anyway).
One concession to my current status is that you now see ads on this
website. If you want to help the Ol' Coyote get by, I get commissions
from any sales generated by buying through those ads. At least,
they aren't those annoying pop-ups! I suppose I can stand a
couple more weeks of leisure before I start looking for some kind
of sit-down job, but the put-off household jobs are about covered
for the moment. Of course, Lili is probably going to cause some
more work, but I don't see how too much more can come off the trees
in my yard.
Weather permitting, we have a pretty active weekend
coming up. I need to run out and find a stuffed animal for the
"Bears" Run on Sunday, but I think I'll take the truck today.
It'll be a lot safer with all those Louisiana storm refuges in town.
Stay dry, now, y'all...and I HOPE to see you Friday at the Navy Sonic.
As you can probably see by now, I have too much time on my hands.
Of course, the layout of the website does need to change from time
to time, to keep it interesting. My ulterior motive, however,
is to make it easier for me to edit.
Okay, let's have a show
of hands for those who thought this was a great riding weekend!
Now, if the heat will just subside a bit, it'll be magnificent.
What was even better was having THREE days to get together with friends.
The Friday night Navy Sonic seemed a little light, but the Solutia
and ABATE runs on Saturday and Sunday were awesome! Channel
3 even had a positive story, for a change. Maybe we are improving
our image to their satisfaction. Naw, their chief newsperson
probably had the weekend off and didn't have a chance to dis us.
I do want to make one clarification to the last Ramblings, since it
was commented upon: they ARE all my own teeth; I paid good money for
those. For now, then, y'all get yourself ready for work on Monday..since
I don't have to. So there!
Y'know, you'd think that, once I didn't have to set my
alarm, I'd get to sleep late but, NOOOOO! I like to watch Jay
Leno's monologue, but I STILL wake up well before the sun is up. It
ain't fair, folks! The back is feeling much better, without
the lifting and concrete-pounding every day and, now I'm just waiting
for the sun to come up so I can work on the scoot. Yesterday,
I FINALLY changed my levers (the brake lever got a little banged up
when I wrecked in March) but it started to get dark before I could
readjust the clutch.
Looks like a busy weekend so I hope the rain holds
off for everyone. Friday night is the Milton Sonic and Sunday
is Lary's Love Run, but you're gonna have to make some choices on
Saturday, with two benefit runs AND a bike show. Good luck!
I get really frustrated with this website...actually, with the editor
I have to use, since I am HTML-impaired! Folks, here's an announcement:
I'm doing the best I can with what I've got here, and if you catch
the site looking really strange, it might just be in the middle of
an update, and I'm saving as I go. I'm tired of writing brilliant
pieces and then getting bumped off-line just as I'm trying to save.
that's out of the way. The one advantage to my semi-retirement
is being able to make a LOT more of the activities in the area.
Milton Sonic had a good turnout, and the weather was positively delicious.
Not as good as Fair Time, but good. Everybody from around here
knows THAT's when the cool weather starts. I had to make some
choices this morning, though. I wound up going to the HOG bike
show at Seville, and THAT was a disappointment. Where WAS everybody?
after dinner, I took another ride out the Blue Angel and 98 area before
getting to the Malibu before the band started. One good, rocking,
set and I was ready to head to the house to give this website another
shot. Folks, it wasn't supposed to rain tonight! It was
just a light drizzle, but the headlights refracted through the drops
on my glasses were wicked. I really think a good, driving, rain
is easier to see through. At least, it's streaks instead of
nice, round, drops.
Okay, that's it for now, so I can hit the sack
and make Lary's Love Run tomorrow. I've had to miss it the last
couple of years (due to work..ppppppppbbbbbttttt), and I won't this
day, quick impressions: great ride; dragging pegs; dogs winning 50/50's?;
new biker bar on Perdido Key(Hawg's Heaven); REALLY BIG cheeseburger
at TGIF; getting run over by a blonde; good friends; THANKS!
10/15/02 Okay, it can quit
raining, now! What I really want to know, though, is WHO gave
me this cold/virus last weekend? I'm hacking and hurtin' and
it hasn't even turned cold yet. Here, the weather is getting ready
to change for great riding, and I'm feeling miserable. I guess
I'm just gonna have to tough it out, 'cause I'm NOT gonna miss out
Friday is our option day, Foley or Tiger Point, and I think
you know my feelings on wearing a helmet. Sunday is the regular meeting
of the Gulf Coast Chapter, so I have to make that. Beyond that,
who knows. Take care and I'll see y'all this weekend.
Never mind, scratch that! Cold or no cold, I'll
be in Daytona tomorrow night for Biketoberfest. Sorry, I'll
have to miss Sonic and the ABATE meeting but when you've got a motel
room AND a trailer someone else is hauling....what are you gonna do?
Of course, this will be the first time I've had to set the alarm since
I left Academy...but I think I'll manage. Oh yeah...and I deliberately
held back on the riding today so the scoot will turn over 100,000
miles in Daytona. See y'all next week!
back! Kinda tired, but what a trip! Muffy, Cactus and
I pulled out on beautiful Thursday morning after we finally figured
out how to get Roadrunner and Thang on the same trailer AND secured.
The trip to Biketoberfest was totally uneventful except I will NEVER
again offer suggestions on a shortcut...which turned into a longcut.
finally got into Daytona and found the motel. The location was
great but, a small caveat: if you're going to book reservations
over the internet, make sure they have a picture of the outside of
the facility. That MIGHT just give you a clue as to whether
the inside pictures are a product of creative marketing. It was clean,
though, and the staff was friendly and helpful.
After getting everyting
unloaded, we headed for Main Street and the associated cacaphony of
engines. Slowly shuffling down Main Street, we managed to run into
a couple of other Chapter members who weren't going to make the October
meetin. I managed to get escorted out of Boot Hill Saloon and
some other place when I refused to turn my vest around but Main Strret
Station accepted any patch and a bunch of colors. Besides, the beer
honey did a mean shimmy. Unfortunately, with all the traffic
and other visual diversions, I didn't get to see all the 9's roll
over to all 0's. Roadrunner done good!
Friday, daytime, we did
the breakfast thing, and then split up for a while. I went to
visit with a lady I hadn't seen in about ten years. We caught
up on stuff you never think to put in e-mail, and had a quite pleasant
visit. Joining up with Muffy and Cactus back at the motel hole....er...room,
we headed for Ormand Beach. Folks, if you've never been there
before, you have to hit the Iron Horse. Great music, good food,
and MORE Chapter members! From there, we hit Jackson Hole Saloon,
The Hog Pen and somewhere else I can't even remember.
we got up and did the vendor thing...all over the place, and wound
up eating at a place serving all the sirloin steak you could eat....and
we did. After waddling out, we headed back to the cell...er...room
to recover before the evening's activities. Folks, let me warn
you...the Cabbage Patch is a daytime place to be. This was the
only disappointment to an otherwise great trip. Al we got out
of this was a pleasant ride in the country.
Coming back, we rode A1A
from the south end. After seeing a wreck and watching the crazies,
we decided a full-moon Saturday was the time to head back and let
the other idiots risk their lives out there. It was nice to
sit outside our room with a brew and watch all the scooter traffic
up and down US 1.
Sunday morning, we had breakfast at The Ultimate
Omolette, just down the street...and I've NEVER had to leave food
on a plate before. After last minute shopping, we loaded up
and blew our temporary domicile, and hit the road (no shortcuts, this
time). No wrecks, no problems, and no rain until we were back
in the Panhandle. Dang, it was good to sleep in my own bed last
Okay, I've pretty much caught up on
my sleep, AND got some pics from Daytona. You can click here to
see them. It might take a while for them to load as .jpg's are
kinda large files. It can't take as long as it took me to upload
them, though. I get tired of Geocities sometimes, for their
cumbersome edit system and downtime, but it IS free, and I've been
here 3 years now. I'd hate to relocate and start all over again,
since I don't know a drop of html coding.
Well, enough for now; I've
got my stuff together to get back in the VA Clinic system tomorrow,
and stop by my credit union to set up an account to roll my Academy
401(k) into. This retirement thing is tougher than I thought<grin>.
has everyone had enough rain yet? I know I have! What
I really missed with all the rain was the chance to get together with
everyone this weekend. At least, THIS week should be clear,
if cold. Heck, that's what leather is for, isn't it?
called the folks who are supposed to be sending me a check to find
out why I haven't gotten it yet. After an interminable wait
through the phone menu and listening to some really insipid music
on hold before I could talk to a real, live person, I got my answer:...'cause
they never got my paperwork!!! %$@*&@% Okay, let's
start this process all over again. The other one FINALLY got
my separation notice from Academy and are sending me the distribution
paperwork on that fund. Maybe, just maybe...I can get some money
coming in again...soon.
11/2/02 You can tell the rain
has stopped...by the lack of entries! I've been blasting the
highways, even enduring a helmet (pppttt!), to ride in Alabama.
Last night's turnout was a tad light at the Navy Blvd Sonic, but I'm
sure a bunch have gone to NoLa for the Steel Pony. I hope they're
having a blast!
After Sonic, some of us wound up at the Malibu for
some malt beverages and found out Blind Driver, my favorite band,
had gotten the last minute gig, so we rocked the night away.
I hadn't realized how much better I was feeling since I retired until
one of my many dance partners told me I looked better than she had
seen me in a couple of years (Not looked as in "attractive", but as
in moving and dancing) and I didn't even realize until then that she
was right. I felt great! Of course, I prudently took 400mg
of Ibuprofen before I hit the sack, but I feel great this morning,
Well, there are lots of activities filling the schedule, so I
hope to see y'all at one or another of them. Oh, one last thing:
I just got an e-mail from a lady who wants to learn to ride.
She doesn't own a scoot (yet) and took the Rider's Course, but doesn't
feel comfortable yet. She asked me if there was someone out
there who could give her one-on-one training. She said to give
her phone number out, but I've been on the internet long enough to
know that isn't very prudent. If anyone's interested, e-mail
me and I'll pass it on (If I know you). Ciao for now.
I missed the I Ride 2 guys (and gals) at Hooters last night (if anyone
showed up in the foul weather), but I'm scooterless at the moment.
I do most of my own routine maintenance...but I don't synch carbs,
and I don't adjust valves. I don't know why they looked funny
at me when I told them the mileage of 100,400 miles while filling
out the work order<G>. Hey, she's just getting broken
We've got all kind of holiday rides coming up in the next
few weeks, so start planning your schedule and getting your new toys
stockpiled. On the personal side, both my 401(k)'s came through
with the paperwork so maybe (just maybe) I can get some money in the
credit union soon. After the holidays, I might just start looking
for a part-time job..as long as I can sit a lot and not lift a lot.
The back is better than it has been in years, and I want to keep it
that way. Wish me luck on getting the scooter back REAL soon.
The sun is shining and I want to ride!
...and a glorious
couple of riding days it's been! We had a real nice turn-out
in Milton last night, too. I got a nice surprise Wednesday when
I found out the maintenance on the scoot was done in 24 hours.
Heck, I was expecting to be grounded all week.
I hope you're planning
on participating in one or more of the Veteran's Day activities this
weekend (including Monday). Being the middle of three generations
of veterans does, perhaps, give me a different viewpoint from some
of you. I might not be politically correct on this (big deal),
but I still believe mandatory military service is good for the country...
as well as for those serving. Although Dad, myself, and all
three of my sons were volunteers (or, perhaps, because), it gave us
a different sense of citizenship than I've seen in some of the younger
generation. I'm lucky in getting to know some of our young military
men and women here in Pensacola, but some others really make me worry
about our future as a nation. Let's all keep our fingers crossed...
Talk about some wusses! I went up to
the Nine Mile Sonic tonight to BS with some other "old guys"...and
only THREE of us showed up. Granted, it is a little cool tonight,
but not THAT cold, and it was a beautiful night. I waited 'til
8 and then split Night is a great time to drop ride flyers at
You know how I've been kidding for some time that
I've been hanging with Harleys for so long that I'm starting to mark
my spot, too? Well, that drop or two I've been experiencing
for some time now turned into a drip today. I've figured that,
with over 100,000 miles, I probably had a worn shifter or output seal.
The shifter seal was no big deal since that's just a push-in but,
if it were the output seal I was in trouble since I'd have to split
the case to replace it. It was some trepidation, then, that
I took the cover off to clean it up and find out exactly where the
oil was coming from.
Now, the game plan was to clean up the accumulated
mess and then run the engine on the centerstand so it would be obvious
where it was coming from. I used an entire can of brake cleaner
knocking the crud off and was going to remove the countersprocket
to get a good view when....DANG....the countersprocket bolt tuned
by hand. I had put a new O-ring on it when I replaced the sprockets
last Spring but, with my ribs still hurting from the wreck, I'll bet
I forgot to torque the bolt down Anyway, I took the sprocket
off, replaced the bolt and O-ring (tightly), and then ran the engine
for a while. NOT A DROP!
Let me tell you, this is a real mixed
bag of feelings: utter relief that it wasn't any more than it was,
and: a real feeling of stupidity for having not torqued that bolt
properly in the first place. I know better than that.
Anyway, thus ends another minor saga of the Ol' Coyote, who survives
another of his misadventures. Here's hoping to see you again,
soon. Sonic on Friday, Turkey Trot Swap Meet on Saturday, and
ABATE meeting on Sunday. Y'all take care
Awww, did you
miss me? Hmph, I didn't think so. You were probably like
me, enjoying that delicious riding weather on Sunday. Once we
got that rain out of the way, it was great. My apologies for
not showing up at Sonic on Friday night, though. It's one thing
to be riding and get caught in the rain; I've done it enough...and
will again. It's another thing to LEAVE in the rain when you
don't have to, particularly after dark! I have yet to find something
to apply to my glasses that would avoid the droplets becoming little
lenses, flaring every on-coming headlight and blindng me....not to
mention slick roads and less-than-effective brakes. Hey, THEY
can't see us in perfect weather, let alone in the rain.
You may have
noticed some changes around here. Those click ads are gone:
I didn't really like the look of them on the pages and, after six
weeks, no one had bought anything, so they're gone! In their
place, I've taken a reader's advice and started a classified page
for individuals (not businesses).
I hope everyone is starting
to collect their toys for the various toy runs coming up. We
have a busy few weekends in front of us and there are a lot of kids
out there who aren't as fortunate as most of us are. Besides,
the runs are a lot of fun. Enough of this..the sun is shining
and I gotta ride!
I hate rainy weather, particularly when
it promises to rain and doesn't. Of course, if I HAD gone riding,
it would have rained on me...fer shure! On the other hand, it
makes me take care of chores around the house that I'd been putting
off to go riding.
It looks like we're going to have a few days of clear
weather ahead, so don't expect an update for a while. Oh, and
in response to some of you who have mentioned that you've seen me
out riding and I ignored you when you waved at me; I'm not being a
snob but, if I'm in traffic, all I am looking for is hazards and escape
routes...not friends. Two inter-vehicular altercations in a
riding career is plenty for me! ...as the recent cool weather
keeps reminding me...
Speaking of cool, it's looking like Friday night's
Nine Mile Sonic is going to be leather-weather. If you haven't gotten
any yet, NOW is the time! I don't want to see as pitiful a turn-out
as last week's Retreads get-together. Geez! Start getting
those toys together, too: IT'S TOY RUN SEASON!
I warned you it might be a while before
I was back! I've put a few hundred miles on the scoot since
our last visit...and I haven't even been anywhere in particular.
The cold was back on Friday, as promised, but it wasn't THAT bad for
this early in the season. I'd estimate the Nine Mile Sonic only had
about 1/3 the usual turn-out, and it was DRY! Boy, what a bunch
of wusses that didn't show up.
On the other hand, I don't expect much
of a turn-out for the fifth Friday Tiger Point Sonic this Friday,
since it is Thanksgiving weekend and lots of folks will be out of
town or have out of town visitors. In MY case, it might just
be that I'm still too full to saddle up, comfortably. We'll
In the meantime, I'll continue to bug you to get those toys gathered
for the upcoming Toy Runs. For a bunch of kids, this will be
the only Christmas they have and we don't want to disappoint them.
Times are tough for a lot of families, so let's share what we're lucky
enough to have.
Okay, last chance! Get those toys for
the ABATE Toy Run tomorrow. No rain, lots of sun, and NO EXCUSES!
Since FWB has decided to cooperate instead of compete this year, I
hope to see a thousand bikes at Cordova Mall in the morning.
I've done minimal decorating to the scoot, since there's no way I
can compete with R2D2 hooking an inverter to the battery on his Trumpet
and running household Christmas tree lights. I did finally paint
the repaired spot on my fairing from last Spring's little mishap,
though. All that's left is the new pipes when a little debt
Short one today, as I can smell the lasagna in the kitchen.
See y'all tomorrow!