Thursday, March 26, 2020

Make It Rain

Got my federal tax return deposited. Aww yea! Now I just need to wait for the state return.

And no, I don't expect I'll be getting a covid-stimulus payment.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

How Not to Prune

I don't know what possesses people to "prune" a tree by just hacking the top off half way through the trunk. And yet, everywhere I look, I see trees butchered this way.

This is not how you grow a healthy tree, at all, ever.

The good news, if you can call it that, is that this tree is in the way of where I want to rebuild the back yard shed, so it doesn't really need to live much longer. All the same, I wanted to make it look a bit better in the mean time, so I got rid of the mangled half-trunks.

Looks a bit nicer now at least.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Holding Back the Flood

Fixed the leaky fuel lines on Orthrus this weekend and edited together a little video of the fun.

All in all the job went pretty smoothly. I wasn't able to get out and test ride it though, partly due to the weather and partly due to the world ending. Ah well, there will be time.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Sweating in my Undies

So with the unsuccessful bike commute behind me, I decided to bite the bullet and get a trainer.

The mechanical kind, that is. It's a smart trainer that pairs with a laptop or tablet and allows you to program in different levels of resistance that changes as you go along, which is really nice, and tracks how much power you're sweating out etc.

I've got it set up in front of the TV so I can keep myself entertained while I spin away going nowhere.

I might rearrange things a bit later, but for now this is pretty good.

Anyway, with a few months of riding this I should be able to build up my long ride endurance to the point where bike commuting will be much more realistic to do with my own legs. I was looking at this model on Amazon since it's a bit older and has dropped in price by quite a bit, but I managed to find a coworker selling one for half price so that was a no-brainer.

I still might get an e-bike but we'll see how I do.

A Measured Risk

The danger with cleaning something on the garage floor is that you risk cleaning the garage floor.

Could be worse.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Base 10 Milestone

Also lots of pollen.

Rabbit Season now only has 989930 miles to go before it hits an interesting milestone.

Scooty-Puff is actually lagging behind a bit, and is about 200 miles short of the 10k mark. I expect that to roll over in the next month or two depending on the weather.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Self-propelling To Work

Biking to work went great. It took some time and a fair bit of energy but I made it ok.

Biking from work went not so great. Despite chowing down at lunch to try to refill my legs, they really gave out on me about 5 miles in, and the ride home was a struggle, to the point where I almost couldn't stand when I got off the bike to take a rest.

So regular bicycle commuting isn't going to be a thing on my own power any time soon. I'm still pondering the e-bike question, but I don't expect to make a decision quickly.