Raining again, but I'm not
complaining Growing up...er...being raised here(I still haven't
grown up!), this is the kind of Summer weather I was used to before
global warming (or is it just that I'm getting older?). Anyway,
my yard needs it. Thursday, though, this rainy spell brought
a kind of good news-bad news situation.
Ms Lynn and I had made
plans to go to Fisherman's Corner bike night and I was supposed to
pick her up at 7. Well, as you are probably aware, the typical
rain pattern around here is to have pop-ups in the afternoon, but
by sundown, everything starts fading away. Howsoever, on the
ride over to her place, I kept feeling those cool gusts that tell
me this ISN'T gonna blow over or out. Consequently, when I got
there we discussed it and decided there was a real good chance we
wouldn't enjoy much of an evening if we got soaked, so we'd try again
on Friday evening.
On the way home, I noticed a funny sound from
the rear of the scoot, but when I did the little wig-wag, it didn't
feel like a low tire. I'd just checked it Wednesday and it was
right up to snuff. Friday morning was overcast with a little
breeze, so I decided to give the scoot a good washing. Part
of a GOOD washing is taking the saddlebags off to get a clear
shot at the rear end, which also makes it easier to check the rear
tire pressure. Oops!...down 10# from Wednesday...and there was
a screw head sticking right in the center of the tread. Oh,
well, it was about time for a new one anyway. Okay, air it up
to 35# and take off for the 4 miles to Motorcycle Emporium.
Vic didn't have my size in stock and, with the Labor Day weekend,
couldn't get it 'til next week. I bit the bullet and went to
PMS to get one, figuring $20 or $30 more it would cost me was well
worth almost a week's riding. The trouble now is I need to get
that tire scrubbed in before I feel safe riding in the wet, and it
won't stay dry long enough for me to do it....bummer!
that's the good new-bad news part; it was bad news we didn't get to
Fisherman's Corner, but good news that we weren't sitting on the side
of the road in the rain with a flat. The good news is I have
new rubber on the rear to be safer in the wet, but the bad news I
need the dry to scrub it in...and it's wet! Hey, if that's the
worst thing that happens to me, I'm one lucky man! Y'all take
care and ride safe.
...a bit early, the same week,
even...but what the hell! From the thunder outside, I'm dubious
about tonight's riding but at least I got a ride out to Fisherman's
Corner last night. I may have to alter my earlier enthusiasm
for their bike nights a tad since I found out their Thursday night
music failed to appear the past two weeks, hence my "alleged music"
comment. It's probably a good thing mine was the only scoot
that showed up since the paved parking was pretty limited due
to the cages on the pad. Maybe the lightning scared them off?
Still, it was a nice thought. Maybe once the Summer trade goes
home it will work out. The seafood smelled great, though.
new rear tire is good and scrubbed in. I guess getting it good
and warm on the interstate helped sling off the mold release
at the century mark. Sure glad there weren't any troopers around.
I'm still looking for my new Friday night hangout and haven't really
found it yet. Wonder if I'm just doomed to wander? It
was that way for quite a while after Cack's closed.
looks like rambling is over for now and it's time to get dressed
and run to the library for my week's supply of books. Take care,
ride safely, and don't get wet.
I got a complaint
Wednesday night at Hub Stacy's that I hadn't updated the Ramblings
in a while...but it's all Shelley's fault! At the Sandshaker
last Saturday night, she said she was going to do a write-up on the
Ladies Ride and Slumber Party, and I'd put it in the Ramblings since
she no longer publishes Biker News. Shame, girl! We had
fun, though. By the way, speaking of Hub Stacy's, the local
constabulatory came by and did enforce the "no parking to corner"
ordinances again. Nicely, though.
I don't think I've mentioned
it in earlier Ramblings, but when I installed the Run-Stop system
on the scoot, I attempted to comply with state law by using red silicone
caps on the rear turn signal bulbs, since I couldn't find any red
1156 bulbs, noe red lenses for the VTX. Well, as luck would
have it, sometime last Friday night, I broke one of the rear lenses
and I was surprised to find the cap had lost all coloration.
Thus ensued an extensive search around town AND on the internet. Still,
no one offers red turn signal lenses but I have located a source for
red 1156 bulbs. The cost per bulb is reasonable although shipping
is a $5 minimum, so I bought 6, which should be enough for the life
of the scoot! If you are looking for these, or for that matter
various odd-ball lamps, try http://autolumination.com . At night,
they show a strong red, even through the amber lenses.
what else? Oh yeah...I'm still waiting for whatever this low
pressure system is going to bring us this weekend. I've been
awake since 5:55 this morning and it's one of the prettier mornings
I've seen. And they think this might turn into a hurricane by
tonight? Sure!! Maybe Muff will get back from his Natchez
Trace ride without drowning, after all. I hope so, anyway.
Y'all take care abd ride safe.
can say more than I can. This e-mail exchange is in regard to
Ride for Pride:
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 7:05 AM
I received your ride information via email
from Jimmy Lee. I believe in your cause and have ridden in support
of it before. I did notice that you have dress code restrictions noted
on your flier. Although I don't belong to a club, I feel very strongly
about personal freedoms. I hope that your foundation board considers
that the benefactors of your cause lost their parents fighting
to guarantee our freedoms. Those would be the very same freedoms on
which you intend to infringe.
Thank you for your consideration,
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: Ride
Thank you for your e-mail.
I apologize for my delay
in getting back to you - I wanted to speak to the President of my
Board of Directors in regards to your e-mail. We sincerely understand
your query and agree with you.
It was recommended to us by local
Bike enthusiasts that we encourage our participants to not display
their colors at the event in an effort to minimize any potential conflicts.
Since this is our Inaugural event, we intend to take any necessary
precautions to ensure the event runs smoothly. We do, however, hope
that everyone proudly displays the colors red, white and blue!
Again, we appreciate your e-mail and look forward to your participation
Sent: Monday, October 01,
2007 11:18 AM
Subject: Re: Ride for Pride
Thanks for your
kind response. Best wishes with your event. I am unwilling to support
it, since it discriminates against some bikers. Be mindful that Blue
Knights and many of the military and veterans motorcycle clubs wear
colors. The local ABATE chapter works hard to educate people about
discrimination against bikers.
It is alarming to me that your Board
of Directors voluntarily chose to do this. Perhaps next year you will
...and that's why Ride for Pride
won't be in What's Happening.
I "kinda" apologize for not being totally original
with last week's Ramblings, but not totally. I consider any
e-mail sent to me to be my property and subject to publication, but
that doesn't absolve me of responsibilty. That exchange was
just so much better written than anything I could do. That said,
Looking back, it's hard for me to comprehend that
I'm now in my 8th year of these oft-meaningless meanderings.
I do remember doing the Ramblings for some time before I started archiving
them, but I can't remember exactly when (old age does that to you,
sometimes). It's been less than 2 years since I left Geocities
for my own domain name, but I'm still finding bad links. Please
bear with me although since I haven't had any complaints, I wonder
if anyone really gives a hoot! My server's activity reports
tells me someone is still visiting them, but not whom.
back to biker stuff.... Ms Lynn and I rode to Thunder Beach
a couple of Saturdays ago(duh) but back-roaded it getting over there.
The heat was tolerable at road speeds but there was a bumper crop
of love bugs out there. It was one of those "I wonder where
this road goes" things and, somehow, it took us something like 205
miles to get there. From the look of my windshield, jeans and
helmet, that was something like 5 lovebugs per miles...which doesn't
sound like much but was a bear to wash on Sunday.
This past weekend,
the Santa Rosa Bears for Bears run produced none...at least for me.
It was sunny when I left Myrtle Grove but the Escambia fill brought
heavy cloud cover and the occasional spritzel on my wind shield.
All told though, it was a good turnout on what could have been a real
iffy day. It was real good to see faces I hadn't seen in a while,
and I just wish my memory for names were better. Hell, there's
a BUNCH of things I used to do better, but we won't go into that now.
Y'all ride safe and take care 'til we meet again!
almost 10 inches of rain at the house since this little rain event
started a couple of days ago. Luckily, there was a break yesterday
afternoon when we were setting up the canopy at the fairgrounds for
the ABATE MSA display. Now, what this afternoon and evening
bring is going to be something else! I've lost power already
3 times this morning, so I hope I can finish this and get it posted.
I've been watching the Channel 3 coverage of the tornado (when I have
electricity and cable) but the funny thing is I've had my internet
connection even when the TV wasn't coming through. Hmmmm.
until this stuff started, it's been some good riding. Friday
evenings have been at Not Bleachers on Blue Angel, as long as the
deck is available, since the band is WAY TOO LOUD! Inside is
unbearable. As far as the Ol' Coyote hisself is concerned, the
VA did an EKG (which was good) but the Doc didn't like my heart rate,
so he put me on some blood pressure meds to lower it. I haven't
done any riding while I was waiting to see if I was gonna get any
of the adverse side effects but, by now, it seems okay, so I'm going
to ride as soon as it stops raining...if ever.
Oh well, kwitchrbitchin'
and get this uploaded while you can. Maybe I'll seeya at
the Fair tonight, or at the ABATE meeting on Sunday. Ride safe
and stay dry!
Okay, quit your belly-aching...I'm writing
something! By the way, it DID stop raining, and I've been riding
all over the place...so much so that I've got a new front tire on
order. This weekend has been full of stuff, too. From
the Arts Festival downtown to a couple of car and bike shows, over
to Foley for a Heritage Festival with some really nice wooden boats
in the show, to just putting a bunch of miles on the scoot in this
Earlier though, it hasn't been quite so pleasant.
Last week, I finally had to admit to myself that I'll be turning 65
in just a few months, so it was time to start researching what I was
gonna have to do to sign up for Medicare. Now, I have to admit
that the VA has done pretty good for me (although I still don't have
that appointment for the endocrinologist in VANOLA), but it would
be nice to have some choices for a change. In search of answers,
I went to Medicare.gov. Cool, sometime between 1/1 and 3/31/08,
I need to make an appointment with Social Security downtown to get
it set up but...I have to make a choice between over 20 medical programs
and something like 50 drug programs!
I spent hours on-line looking
at some of these options and, frankly, I'm bumfuzzled. I spent
over 17 years working in healthcare finance, went to PJC, UWF, UAB
and UofL and I can't make heads nor tails of it. I'd really hate to
be poor, barely-literate, Joe Blow and have to make a decision.
Luckily, I do have a few months to study it and try to make an informed
Okay, I quit for now and maybe, just maybe,
I'll come back a little earlier next time and have something you'd
be interested in. In the meantime, ride safe!
I'm not ignoring the
fact that today is Veterans' Day; I'm just somewhat at a loss for
words to express my feelings about it. I volunteered to serve
in the Army over 46 years ago, when I could still remember the fear
and anguish in my family for an uncle reported missing
in action in Korea. My father, an old China Marine, told me
stories of his 20 years in The Corps; from being under fire in China
when it was first invaded, to island-hopping in the Pacific.
In 1961, The Red Menace was the enemy du jour, so I signed on the
dotted line for three years service. I could have waited for
the draft and a two-year obligation, but it seemed the thing to do
at the time.
Well, The Red Menace came through all right; first,
the Berlin Wall went up and, later, the Cuban Missle Crisis had us
all looking at Armageddon. The only combat I saw, though, was
hand-to-hand within my own ranks, usually with alcohol involved. By
the time my enlistment ended in 1964, I was ready to rejoin the
civilian world. It was a part of my life, for the rest of my
life, and I'd never give up one minute of it. Well, there
were a FEW moments I'd have passed up but, what the hell! Anyway,
hail to all my brothers-in-arms, past and present. I won't say
"happy" Veterans' Day but, like being a biker, if I have to explain,
you wouldn't understand anyway.
By the way, Uncle Paul wandered
around that frozen hell a few days before he hooked up with a skedaddling
Ausie outfit and was finally accounted for a month later. Maybe
that's part of why he finished his days skippering in the Keys?
Ride safe, y'all.
I guess I was the only one who didn't get the memo.... On this
beautiful, clear, moon-lit, albeit cool, fourth-Friday evening, I
was apparently the only person who showed up at the Nine Mile Sonic.
The coffee was excellent although the company was nonexistant, at
least between 6:40 and 7:20. Maybe everybody was worn out from
Black Friday shopping?
The evening wasn't lost, however.
I had gotten an email earlier in the week that Deana was now bartending
at The Keg, on Old Corry Road next to the Warrington post office,
so I took a nice long ride around the city to make a short ride long.
I think I may have found my new home bar! Although the side
parking lot is gravel, it's well packed, well lighted, and well camera'ed,
with a monitor right behind the bar so you can watch your
scoot without going outside. There were already a couple there,
so I felt right at home.
By way of a review, my beer was good
and cold, as well as relatively inexpensive. They do serve the
hard stuff if you're so inclined. They do have a couple of pool
tables which were of better quality than the pool I saw being played.
All in all, I'm pretty satisfied and I think you're going to find
me there on more than just this Friday night. The owner, George,
told me he's starting a bike night on Tuesdays, with 50 cents off
regular dring prices after 6PM...if you're on a bike. That's
almost like happy hour all evening, which is a waste for me.
If you do decide to try it out, please drink responsibly and ride
safely. That's it for now, y'all!
ol' Coyote crawled out of his den one more time and, whoa, it's Spring?
If you wonder why I haven't been writin', it's 'cause I've been ridin'.
As soon as I finish this, I'll be doing some more.
The Toy Run
on the 2d finally fulfilled my expectations, running over the one
thousand bike mark for the first time in the 12 years we've had it.
Unfortunately, by the time we got to the Shrine Temple, my clutch
hand felt like we'd been down Main Street in Daytona a couple of times...but
part of that is just my getting old.
Speaking of getting old,
yesterday's mail brought the ultimate reminder: my Medicare card.
It isn't effective until 4/1/08 but, sitting next to my AARP card,
it sure weighs heavy in the wallet. It'll be nice to have an
alternative to the VA, though. The latest scheduling combobulation
from them concerns my alleged hyperthyroidism. VA Biloxi finally
scheduled a thyroid uptake test for me and I got the letter last Wednesday.
Now, this involves my swallowing a couple of pills of radioactive
iodine, having one nuclear medicine scan a couple of hours
later, and then another the next morning. In order to measure
only the amount in the pills, you are instructed to abstain from injesting
dairy, fish, salt and a whole list of other stuff I subsist on for
1 to 2 weeks prior to the test. I got the letter 5 DAYS before
the appointment! It took 3 days of leaving messages on their
telephone menu system to get the appointment cancelled, and a promise
(Hmph!) that when they rescheduled after the first of the year, they'd
get me the letter in time to comply. We'll see.
it for now. Y'all ride safe, and be good to one another.
Surprise! Bet you didn't think I'd make it back this
year, didya? The lead-up to Christmas and all, combined with
this infinately variable weather, has put me kinda behind and there's
no promise that nex year will be much better. With the New Year
approaching, I started looking into that thyroid uptake thing, particularly
the no NSAID's requirement. Because of this cold dampness we've
been having, the only thing that's been keeping my arthritis mobile
(and that's a relative thing) has been my naproxen. For you
folks out there who buy brand names, that's Aleve. I've asked
two different RN's what non-nsaid I can take and both referred me
to ask a pharmacist. Smart thinking, but I'm not gonna sue if
you're wrong, gals! Anywho, I finally got around to stopping
in and asking one, and she said Tylenol was probably the only option
I had....except I had already gone on-line and found that Tylenol
IS an nsaid, as is anything else effective for arthritis. Anybody
out there got any suggestions?
Another thing that's been on my
mind has been the headlamp aim on the scoot. I've piddled around
with the adjustment screws in the headlamp housing according to the
instructions in my Genuine Honda Service Manual ($69.95, thank you)
and just have never quite seem to get it right. Well, folks,
in a fit of disgust, I dissassembled the whole damned thing and, lo
and behold, the service manual has the vertical and horizontal adjustment
screws mislabelled and reversed. Well, gosh and gee-willikers,
NO WONDER I kept making it worse! I guess tomorrow night will
be my first chance to find out if I got it right. In the meantime,
ride safe and have a happy and prosperous New Year.