There are a few pieces of news I need to add to make future posts make more sense.
Tony bought a new bike a few months ago. He’s always had his eye on the Road King and finally got a really nice one. The handlebars were terrible and were replaced as quickly as possible. It’s black cherry (dark purple); I don’t think there are many colors that could beat that one.
I sold my Celica a couple of months ago. I spend so much time riding that the car generally doesn’t make sense anymore. There are times that having only one car in our house is kind of hard, but we generally manage to schedule around each other, so it’s been a mostly positive thing.
I traded the Super Glide for a 2006 Street Bob. Well, really, I am selling Dad his Super Glide back and bought the Street Bob. I bought it on a Monday last month. By Friday, it was making weird noises and we had to take it back to the dealer. I got it back two weeks later and within a week, it was acting up again (not noises, but the way it was running). It’s still at the dealer. By the time it’s all said and done, it’ll have a new stator and regulator (I couldn’t find a link for that one). It’s all part of the battery charging system, so basically, it wasn’t exactly something I could ignore. Latest news is that I’ll have it back (again) by the end of next week. In the meantime, I’ve been riding Tony’s R6.
I really need to get some good pictures of the bikes. School’s been crushing me, though, so it’ll be a while, I think.
I bought a new computer (one of the new Macbooks) for school. My old computer was being held together with binder clips. I was really excited about having a computer that worked. I got it last night (we went to the FedEx facility because no one was here to sign the slip when it was delivered) and opened it and played with it a little bit. I have to say, it’s really slick. But….
Yeah, unfortunately, there’s a but. It runs great and I don’t have to hold it together with binder clips. That makes me really happy. But the headphone jack on my computer doesn’t seem to work like it’s supposed to. It’s not just mine either. Check this out. Yeah. Not cool. But I’m going to have to wait at least until spring break to send it back to them. I bought the computer for school and if I sent it back, I couldn’t use it. So I’m waiting. And kind of disappointed. And definitely shocked that this is such an issue.
After four and a half months of waiting and a false start, I finally have my car back. There’s a new clutch, a new flywheel, and a new noise. Yesterday, Dad called and said my car was ready, so Tony and I went down there. We got about 10 minutes down the road and were headed back to the school when a hose popped off (with an exciting noise and a bunch of steam). We left it in some person’s driveway until Dad could go and get it. He put the hose back on, made sure there was enough antifreeze in it. This afternoon, Mom got me from work and we went down to get my car. It’s finally here and I’m really happy!
I love my car. Today after work, I went for a drive. There are lots of roads out near the barn that I’ve not gone very far on before. A few months ago, I looked one of them up on an online map and found that it led somewhere I would recognize if I wanted to go in a loop instead of out and back. Today I took that road and it was a lot of fun. On the way out, I was going the speed limit and no one was in front of me or behind me. I got out to the road that was to make part of my loop and decided it was too straight and turned around. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind a truck doing 10 under the speed limit. He slowed me down on a couple of turns before I had a chance to pass him. But I can now say I’ve passed someone on a two lane road (it wasn’t all that exciting). The end came up a lot sooner going back, which was sad, but since I was supposed to be picking Tony up from work, I couldn’t complain too much. And I got out before the storm came, so my tires stuck to the road like they’re supposed to.