Friday, November 21, 2008

Sort of surprising, seeing that I'm still a bit overweight. But I think I'm in pretty decent condition...
34.5 miles per gallon

Created by The Car Connection

h/t Expert Witness

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pictures of the house

Back during the summer Andrew, Neil and I spent a day repairing a pretty nasty place in my house. I promised pictures, so here they are.
Starting off, rotted studs and sill.
More of the same. Where the corrugated pipe ends is where the sill should be. The siding in this area was being held together by the paint for the most part.
The corner, another shot of the rot.
Wider view. Not pretty.
Me up on the roof doing a bit of demolition, Neil and Andrew on the ground repairing a floor joist.
We've pretty much gotten the rot ripped out at this point. 
Getting ready to sister the wall studs, floor joists have been repaired already.
Me doing more demo.
Neil again, working on the floor joists.
Siding repair is made, just waiting to be painted.
Finished the siding, just have to paint.

Monday, November 10, 2008

More on the BMW

1978 BMW R80/7 "Airhead" pictures.

So, ignore that I don't have a helmet on. I was just tooling around the driveway a bit the day I got it started. I always wear a helmet when riding (hell, even wear a helmet when riding my bicycle).

The BMW rides GREAT! I'm having a lot of fun with it so far. Haven't gotten to ride a lot, and I am just getting comfortable on it. Got insurance and tag last week as well as my Motorcycle learners permit. I think I'm really going to have fun with this!

Fun stuff

A lot has been going on. We went out to Cartersville this weekend for the annual CHASE Veteran's day trials. For the first time since 2001, I was not FTS or FTC for a CHASE trial. I had a great time being an exhibitor and a judge!

We only ran the whippets this weekend. Carmela did well on Saturday and placed 3rd after we forfeited a 1-2-3 tie. Everett and Lobo were the only FCh Whippets on Saturday (btw, where the hell are all the Whippets????), Everett placed 1st and Lobo 2nd. We ran Lobo and Everett only on Sunday with an entry of four. Everett took 1st and BOB and Lobo finished 3rd. Great results!

Not only did we run all breed trials both Saturday and Sunday, we ran a Rhodesian Ridgeback Specialty on Saturday after the all breed trial. This was successful with an entry of 14. Even tunning the two trials, we were finished by 2:00 in the afternoon!! Sunday we finished about 1:30!!! Something to be said for having a smaller trial! Congratulations to Woody and Jennifer for doing such a great job!

My friend John is going under the knife tomorrow for a heart valve replacement and triple bypass. We wish him the best!

Karen's stuff finally arrived about a week and a half ago. The moving company that she used is a rip-off. First, they exceeded the estimate by a factor of 6, secondly they arrived five hours late to load the truck, thirdly, taking over a week to get her stuff to her and not giving her a status on where her stuff was (there was a genuine fear that her stuff had "disappeared), finally they broke a lot of her stuff. They dropped the fridge and damaged one door so badly it will have to be replaced (this is a $1700 stainless steel fridge), her toaster oven was crushed, one of her recliners is destroyed, the speedo housing on the bike is broken, and many things are just plain missing. For all her trouble, the moving company is offering her $.60 per pound of damaged goods. The nerve... I hope she is able to sue this company and recover every bit of money she has lost.

More about the bike... I have it now and it is great! Thought I was going to need to get a battery for it, but a long slow charge has brought the battery back to life for now. I got the bike running last week, got it insured and registered and even went and got my motorcycle learners permit! Went for my first ride Friday afternoon and had a blast! Didn't ride very far, really, but it was a lot of fun. Can't wait til the weather warms up!

Friday, November 07, 2008


Brian Nichols is guilty. It took 3 years to get to this point. Maybe now his victims families can have some peace.