Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I went to work last night with a moderate case of fatigue. Pain was on the low end of the scale, but it just took everything I had to put one foot in front of the other. This is not a good way to start a 12 hour shift. I made it through the night alright but my pain level has risen to about a 4. I am finishing a quick breakfast, 20 minutes of weights, a shower and then crawling in bed.
I have to get up early this afternoon and go to the funeral of a good friend I worked with. She was 44 and from preliminary indications, had a heart attack in her sleep. Work has not been the same this week without her. She was always calling me crip, old fart, old man, on and on. Of course I always had a comeback for everything she called me. I miss her.
I replaced front wheel bearings, spacers, front tire and tube, front brake pads, flushed the front brake line out and replaced brake fluid and bled the line out, cleaned the air filter and changed oil and filters on my KTM last week. Yes, it hurt my hands and they were swollen for three days, but had I taken my bike to a shop for all of this, the labor alone would have been over $300.
I have the rear wheel, tire, shock and swingarm to finish this week and I will be ready for fall and winter riding.
I talked with a good friend from high school that I am becoming reacquainted with on Facebook. We had lost contact with each other after our second year of college. He has a BMW 1200 GS dual sport bike and is coming down around the end of September and we are going on a 150 mile dual sport ride. I have the maps out and am laying a loop out consisting mainly of dirt and old fire roads with a little bit of asphalt. I am excited to be doing something like this with Chip after not seeing him for 28 years.