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Toys in the attic
Zoë was in the shop today for some routine maintenance and the not-so-routine replacement of a part of my rear wiper assembly that makes the washer fluid spray on the rear window as opposed to straight back from the car. (Funny story - after I discovered this "feature," I started using it to keep people from tailgating me.) I also sprang for some new tires, which has vastly improved my already impressive (to me) handling. The cost of this great adventure was approximately $550. I'm ok with this because I knew I needed new rubber, and I am still in the realm of maintaining the car as opposed to scrambling to replace one failing system after another. Let's just say that I'm happy with the newer car experience.

I also took my bike out of storage and prepped it for a tune at Ace Wheelworks. I prepped it because I was a trifle (ok, a lot) embarassed by the amount of dust that had accumulated on the frame and works. My front wheel is a little off true, but I took a spin around the block just for to see. A couple of things were readily apparent. First, the muscles are still there, and still familiar with the the motion and the work. They've been neglected, though. Second, and this should come as no surprise, I'm horribly out of shape. I'll pick it up from the shop tomorrow and will hopefully be able to motivate sufficiently to get on it daily. In contrast to the car, the cost of this service is going to run in the realm of $55.

It'll be a while until I have the same kind of utility from it. It'll come.

Sputnik got to burnin' tonight. Just a simple rub on some chicken legs brought to a slight char... something to kick off the season. There will be more happening, likely regularly. If you want in on any given Monday, speak up and I'll see what I can do. I can even be convinced to have less carnivorous fare if you ask nicely.
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komos From: komos Date: April 11th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Only if you promise you'll let me put playing cards in my spokes.
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komos From: komos Date: April 11th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Dammit! I'm SO BAD at this game.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: April 11th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
My bike has been sitting outside in the weather for a few years but once I finally get a tune-up, bring on the riding! I also have to remember how to ride the damn thing because you really can forget how to ride a bike. Seriously.
komos From: komos Date: April 11th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm fortunate enough to have space to get it out of the rain, but it's still suffered. The chain is gunked up and there were cobwebs (!) in my toe locks. Neglect is unhealthy.

...and you're on.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: April 11th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I had the space to take it inside but just never bothered. LAZY!!!!

Now it's inside with two flat tires and a whole lotta rust.
komos From: komos Date: April 11th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bring it to these good folks and see what they can do. If you make an appointment, they can usually turn it around same day.

Something completely different - I'll need to rack the porter sometime this weekend. It's a really short and easy process, but if you're interested you folks are welcome to drop in.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: April 11th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Joe will be out of town but I should be around. I'll let you know how the schedule is shaping up once I hear about a fwe other things (too many april birthdays!).
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: April 11th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

komos From: komos Date: April 11th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a ways off of the Bedford trek, but I'll get there. I might be willing to try Lexington in a few weeks, though.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: April 11th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know I'm down for that. I loves me the bike rides!

Monday BBQ sounds pretty sweet. I'd love to do some giant, sweet brined pork chops. Or maybe some sweetbreads. Mmmm, glandular.
komos From: komos Date: April 12th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can definitely get behind these ideas, even if I'm entirely unsure of the best approach for sweetbreads over charcoal. I just like making fire.

...And rubs. Mmmmmm, rubs.
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