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July 18, 2008 11:09 AM

So I found my Bradley GT II for a miniscule price - $300. It’s non-running but it is complete and within a day or two’s drive for me. It would cost me $160 to rent a trailer for two days and likely another $200 in gas for one of my friends to tow it back because I don’t trust my truck to do it despite the recent repair. And that’s if one of my friends can do it.

Dammit. I really want this thing and I can’t...quite...justify...it. It would come home and sit in the driveway and become a project car. I don’t have a problem with that but I really don’t know if I can justify the expense in having something that I’m going to work on part time and won’t be used for at least a year or more.

The problem is that I’ve looked for this model car for about 15 years. That’s a long time to search and I know that I’ll end up paying more if I wait. So I’m...conflicted.

To make matters more annoying I had to e-mail the seller to find out if there’s a clean title but I had to use Gmail to do it because the listing service in question doesn’t like my mail server because I have a generic reverse DNS that is configured by AT&T and contains the word ADSL in it. I’ve tried to get AT&T to remove that word before and they won’t do it even though I’m paying for a business connection. *sigh*

So if I decide to move any further on this I will likely have to call the seller directly which creates an awkward situation if I can’t swing the deal. The rule of thumb I’ve always followed is don’t call a seller unless you’re seriously considering buying the object.

So I guess I’ll ponder on this one a little longer.

Got the “tobacco tea” all brewed up yesterday (far too strongly I found out later) and sprayed it on the garden. So hopefully when I go home today I won’t find beetles on my roses or my beans or anything. If they have moved on I’ll brew up more “tea”, properly diluted this time, and spray the rest of the yard. That should fix those buggers!

Took the bike for a spin around the block yesterday and it seemed to work fine. Tonight I’ll change the oil in her and swap out the starter relay and take her for a spin provided it’s not raining. If I can get her running properly I’ll be a happier person because it’ll save me buttloads in gas and it’ll be just that much more fun to get to and from work again.

Hopefully we’ll finally be able to get the armoire into the house this weekend. It’s almost completely repaired and I could really use the space outside much less having the storage in the bedroom.

I think once the armoire is out of there I’ll move the other bike in there and get it out from under the covers so I can work on it. But not before I re-arrange all the rolling metro-rack shelves in there so that they are out of the way. In fact after the armoire is out of there that’s a good next step.

I can’t believe I’m still thinking about that Bradley as we speak... :-|

(Edited: And of course the Bradley was sold by the time I got home.)




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