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Cicadas...

May 22, 2007 11:10 AM

I remember what they sound like but nobody else seems to. I’m not sure if that’s a function of age or urban upbringing.

Either way it’s weird.

I can’t recall NOT hearing them growing up. Especially when we’d visit my grandmother’s ten acres. They have a very distinctive sound.

Not looking forward to riding the bike with those things flying around. Bound to make a big mess on my helmet so I think I’m going to carry a towel inside my jacket just in case.

Took more money out of the credit union account today. It’s not like I don’t have the money there I just hate spending it without good reason. I _like_ being solvent. And conversely I can’t understand how people can live life totally in debt to someone else all the time. In debt to a friend or family because of something they did - yes. In debt temporarily to buy something expensive - yes. Always in debt because “*shrug* That’s the way life is!” - no.

Still haven’t dealt with Equifax. They’ve got the worst and most screwed up system I can imagine. Thankfully as long as I provide good data they will all pan out. Once I get that straightened out it should be smooth sailing credit-wise as long as we don’t screw something else up.

Talked with a good friend last night that I haven’t heard from in a while. (I re-confirmed his e-mail address last night so we shouldn’t be out of touch for so long any more.) Had a lot of things to say but mostly it was pleasant updates and misc cool stuff. It was nice to hear from him. Maybe someday we’ll have enough spare cash to just take a week and stop by out there to visit among other things.

Got to “Step away from the mouse!” where E-Bay is concerned. I bought too many things this week, which is part of why I had to request money, but thankfully most of them are tools or things that I will keep for a number of years. I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything truly disposable via E-Bay. Though there is the occasional urge to buy that bag of “unpolished mine leavings” to try and find a gem amongst the rocks. ;-)

So I’m going to buy my vacuum carb sync tool off E-Bay tomorrow when I get the check and then I’ll be waiting for that to arrive so I can finish tuning my bike. At that point all I’ll need is a screwdriver and an extra length of both fuel and vacuum hoses so I can set the tank off to the side while I’m running the engine. I’ll also have to make sure that I have a good strong fan in front of it to keep the engine cool while I’m running it. The one fan I have should be fine but I’m going to make sure that I don’t overheat her so if she warms up despite the fan I’ll just shut her down and let her cool off.

It occurs to me that I could solve one of my problems right now though. I could go get the vacuum/fuel hoses and adjust the pilot screws out an eighth of a turn or so until the bike runs without the choke. Though I’m probably better off waiting until the carbs are synced to do that...

As far as riding the bike I notice that I’m seriously babying it. That _should_ stop once she’s all tuned up because you can’t really be any sort of passive and ride a bike 60+ miles round-trip to work every day. The road will kill you quicker than you can blink. That’s why it’s so important to get all this taken care of. I can’t fight with Freightliners and gravel trucks so I’ve got to be able to outrun them.

And I think that’s part of what’s dangerous for me about this. It would be very very easy for me to become one of those nasty traffic-weaving asshats who cut people off and travel at close to the speed of sound on any road they ride on. I don’t want to be one of those people. Unfortunately I have yet to find my happy medium...




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