One more time, I don't know how long I'll be on here ...or even if
I'll get it uploaded to you guys before I lose power and comm lines.
Okay, I'm back from visiting the other fools across the street who
are riding this out. Their only storm-related problem so far
is that they're running out of beer. When I asked them what
time they went to bed, they didn't know. They just knew that
when the last empty they put on the table pushed another one off,
it was time to hit the sack.
Security-wise, I've got about 25
rounds of .45, 30 of .38, and about 200 of .22, so looting shouldn't
be much of a problem later. Oops, my son just called to check
on us and I told him of Danny's situation across the street and he
said not to tell them about the 6 cases of beer he had on hand, Me,
I'll just have to do with scotch.
It's early, but I think I'll
cut this down and see if I can get it up to y'all. It looks
right now as though we should be near the eye wall and Dennis the
Menace is a full Cat 4, so I don't know when I'll be back. Keep
me in your thoughts!
Okay, enough public grousing
about my apparent inability to ramble on-demand! First of all,
let me tell you that hurricanes are a lot more fun in the light of
day than they are in the dark of night. Of course, it helps,
too, that the eye passed to the east of us instead to the west, as
Ivan's did. We did lose power shortly after I uploaded
that last entry, and had to endure the generator noise for a few days.
The only damage we incurred, though, was a few more limbs down,
some of which had been up there since Ivan.
One result of this,
though, was that Mom decided we should have a generator with a longer
run-time than 2 hours. Our little 3.5KW unit did an adequate
job of keeping the refrigerator and freezer from spoiling, as well
as running the TV and a couple of fans, but I didn't run it between
10PM and whenever I got up in the morning, and I really think she
wants a fan for sleeping at night. Anyhow, I bnit the bullet
and got a nice Troy-Bilt, about the same capacity, but with a tank
that will run it for up to 12 hours.
I got it home, out of the
box and assembled, and discovered the engine didn't look like the
one in the operating manual, mainly for lack of a dipstick!
I called the 1-800 tech line and, after the usual interminable series
of "your call is very important to us, please stay on the line" announcements,
I got a voice that actually sounded American instead of Indian or
Taiwanese. This IS the same engine, but they have eliminated
the dipstick and instead, have an automatic low-oil cutoff switch.
Wonderful! I don't know about you, but I like to know what my
oil status is, not wait for an idiot swith which may or may not operate
properly. Anyway, I did what any self-respecting tinkerer would
do, made a dipstick from some aluminum bar stock in my goody box so
I can have some level of confidence in my machinery. I'll
be damned if I can remember what I got that bar stock for in the first
In the meantime, it's too danged hot for me to
ride in the middle of the day, so you'll probably only see my out
on the scoot in the evenings for a while. Maybe I'll see you
at Fatboys. Ride safe and stay hydrated!
In an amazing display of something-or-other,
you may have noticed me smoking cigars while I was out and about.
You may also have remembered my QUITTING smoking back in January or
February. What I never really publicised was my stupidity in
thinking I could smoke "just one cigar, 'cause I've got this habit
thing beat"! I think the Greeks called this "hubris".
In any case, I became thoroughly addicted...again.
28th, I finally got back into the VA smoking clinic in order to get
my Zyban, which was the only way I was able to quit before.
Well, between the July 4th weekend and Hurricane Dennis, I was prepared
for some delay in getting my Zyban. By last week, though, I began
to suspect a problem and dropped by the VA clinic...and found out
it never got ordered! Cheeeez!
In the meantime, I got an
8AM appointment notice in the mail for 7/28. Thinking this was
for lab work, I just noted it on my calendar...and forgot about it.
Monday evening, the VA called to remind me of the appointment...at
the Mental Health Clinic(where the smoking clinic is held).
Okay, at least I didn't have to fast after midnight. Not that
I enjoy alarm clocks OR highway 29 morning traffic, I got there before
8 and found I had an appointment with a hypnotist.
had any contact with hypnotism other than the show-biz depictions
but I have always had a bit of scepticism. Dr. Shively put me
at ease, though, and we proceeded. To make a long story short
(or at least, less long), I came out of there and threw my cigars
in the truck in the garbage can. I came home and threw
all the cigars I had there in the garbage...and I haven't had a puff
since. There have actually only been a couple of instances when
I've even thought about wanting a smoke since then...and I'm both
amazed and ecstatic! Now, I just wonder if and when the Zyban
is going to arrive in my mailbox.
Rain, rain and more rain....and yeah, the Zyban finally
came in the mail on Monday, the 1st. That was just in time
for my follow-up appointment at the smoking clinic on the 5th.
At least, I had a success to report...just not the one I expected.
had actually started this entry last week, and the above short paragraph
was all I came up with unil now. I don't know if you call that
writer's block, or just not having anything to say. I suspect
it's pretty much the latter. Ms. Lynn and I have taken in the
last two "Blues on the Beach" nights, and got rained upon to
one degree or another. Last night, though, seemed to have broken
the mold. It was a great riding night under a half-moon and
the first starry sky I've seen in a while.
I hope the weather
holds as well for the folks at the ABATE state meeting in Caryville
this weekend. It's a ways back to Papa John's place and it could
get muddy if it rains so, good luck! It's looking like another
good riding morning before the afternoon rains, so I'm outa here for
now. Ride safe!
One month and a day smoke-free...but
somehow, it doesn't seem that important right now. Yesterday's
track for Katrina looked like it's coming right into Pensacola, but
that can change a lot between now and Monday or so. In fact,
the various tracking models are all over the place. I suppose
I'm as ready as I can be.
One saving grace of all this activity
up here is that just maybe, the ABATE Annual party will be okay down
in Central Florida over the Labor Day weekend. Last year's was
hurricaned out...but I'm wasn't going anyway. Funny, but I just
don't party like I used to. In fact, last night, I left Fat
Boy's by 9:30, just as the crowd really started arriving. Oh
well, 10PM news and bed; what a life!
Okay, I've been working
on this for the better part of two days and have run dry. I
had a good ride around town after the previous paragraph but it's
just too damned hot! Let's hope New Orleans doesn't drown with
The power just came
back on...thank you, Gulf Power...after only 28 hours. This
is a new hurricane record for us. I really wonder how we did
it back in the days before we had air conditioning here on the Gulf
Coast. I'll reiterate my feelings expressed last month for Hurricane
Dennis: hurricanes are a lot more tolerable in daylight!
morning, I did my last scootering around before the blow, and turned
over the 10k mark before I got home. That's 10k on this odometer,
which I installed when we put the rebuilt engine in last year
(which I just looked up, and was on 7/31/04). By 10AM, the storm
surge was already up to Baublits Drive in Navy Point, Innerarity Point
Road was almost awash, and ESO was stopping folks from going onto
Perdido Key. I got back to the house around noon to finalize
We survived Katrina with no damage and only a little
sweat, but let's send our thoughts and prayers to our brothers
and sisters in Mississippi and Louisiana. Our blessing were
their curse. Ride safe!
Good news: here's the e-mail I got from
Kawasaki Pat this morning, so I'm passing it on:
got time to write and say hi. I got back from Mississippi, yep right
in the middle of it all! We went to grandma’s house to help ride out
the storm. We figured at the time it would hit Orleans and be a tropical
storm by the time it hit us up at Richton. WRONG, we had cat. 1 and
tropical storm winds for about 16 to 18 hours. The pictures say a
lot but real life is more shocking. But enough of the good news, I
am now officially a biker again. I am a proud owner of a v-star 650
dark red on red, came with a windshield[ which I took off] saddle
bags, and bag racks and a backrest. I am looking forward to burning
up a expensive tank of gas, and enjoying time with my brothers and
sisters, it has been such along time!!!
Ride Careful or Bounce Better,
I don't know why I can't change his font)
another e-mail you may be interested in:
My name is Melissa Brizzi
and I am the Art Director for the film "What We Did On Our Holidays"
that is filming up at Adventires Unlimited off of Hwy 87. We
have a scene where a young woman is riding, along with the driver,
on a motorcycle roughly 100ft. We are looking to borrow a motorcycle, We
are also interested in having the owner drive the motorcycle within
the scene. The shooting days will be within the next three weeks.
If you are at all interested or can point us in the direction of someone
who is, please, give us a call, 850-981-2388 or Tiffany at 386-235-5683.
Just in case anyone noticed that the "Happenings"
page didn't get updated over the weekend, on Saturday morning, one
of those tall debris-picker trucks came down my street and ripped
my phone line right off the pole...and didn't even pick up my debris
by the street. When I did call BellSouth (from Ms Lynn's house),
I was told it would be anywhere between a week and ten days before
it could get repaired.
In the meantime, I've run through all
my left-over 92 octane from Dennis and have been using octane
booster to bump up the 89 stuff to run the scoot. Actually,
I think I bumped it over 92 since it's running better than it did
before. Methinks I may run a dab of the booster even when hi-test
become available again. I think thare's a good chance the gas
shortage may be lightening up a tad; in my running around today, there
were much more station with gas, and the lines seemed to be shorter.
Keep your fingers crossed! Happy Labor Day.
Here I am, 8 days after my phone line was so
unceremoniously ripped from the pole, still waiting for BellSouth
to arrive! Now, I realize they have to send crew to Louisiana
and Mississippi, but couldn't they have left more than ONE crewman
to handle the panhandle of Florida? Okay, enough bitching!
up-side to the past week has been the lack of rain and humidity, making
riding a lot more pleasant...when you've got gas to ride. Even
that situation seems to be easing up some as I've seen a bunch more
open stations with shorter(or no)lines.
Beyond that, there's
not much new except I can't wait for cooler weather. C'mon,
Pretty much back to normal, except
picking up some rain from Rita's outer bands. I was really hoping
not to have to mow the lawn this week, but it looks like it's going
to grow, anyway. I was invited over to P.C. on Friday for
the Thunder Roads party at Thunder Beach, but I have a hunch I'm not
going to make it. Between the heat, now possible rain, and the
fact that I'm tired of crowds, drunks and drunk crowds, it just doesn't
seem worth the effort. Vivian, the assistant editor, had dropped
me an e-mail saying how much she used this website and referred folks
to it and would like to meet me. Oh well, maybe she'll get to
my area. I think I'll just enjoy the Seafood Festival right
I had a little pucker factor the other evening, riding
on New Warrington Road/Fairfield. I had just crossed Mobile
Highway on the overpass and was taking the off-ramp west without realizing
the pavement was ground down in preparation for repaving. That's
a hell of a feeling, dropping off the smooth and onto the grooves
in the dark! Okay... maybe I should have been going a little