Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Storms, Storms, Storms

Me and my big mouth!  My "other" problem dropped back by for a visit today.  Now I don't know what to do, I don't want the surgery but I don't want to fight this inconvenient pain for another 3 months either.  I think for now, I am going to ride this out for the next week.  If not better, I will get back in to see my doctor then and look at my options then.  I am scheduled to take my Humira injection tonight.  I would be doing alright but we have just been hammered by storms for the last 6 days.  In the past 6 days, we have had 11 severe thunderstorms, 3 tornadoes within 25 miles of our home, hail, 70 mph straight line wind and just over 10 inches of rain.  We are fine, but a lot of our area is not so lucky.  Here are a couple of photos I shot from my yard of todays storm.  My hands and ankles have hurt a lot over the last 4 days from the up and down barometric pressures and moisture.
I had thought about going for a short ride this morning but there were so many areas flooded, I just stayed home and worked on David's bike.  We are making it more dirt friendly and you wouldn't believe how much it has already changed.  I pulled off the plastic handguards that come on the bike and replaced them with a set of new Bark Busters that I had stuck back in my tool box.  I also had an old aluminum skid plate that I worked with and redrilled holes and have it modified to fit on his KLX.  Next up, the top mounted chain guard had to go.Then we mounted a set of new Dunlop 606 (DOT Approved) knobbies.  I showed him some general maintenance issues and he is picking up on everything quickly.  Next up ... suspension adjustments.  The front end dives on you bad so I will see if I can help this before someone gets seriously hurt!  It has been fun watching someone coming into the sport and enjoying it as much as he does.
I hope everyone had a good Easter and is living large ... pain free!


Anonymous said...

So good that you can pass some of that knowledge on to your new son in law.
The weather here as just driving me crazy with these big storms coming from the west.
I feel your pain.
Hang in there dude

Phil Syracuse

tharr said...

Phil, hate to hear the weather is messing with you too. I am having a good time working with David showing him a few things that I've picked up over the years.

Wren said...

Thinking of you and your family, Terry, as I hear the terrible news about all the tornadoes down your way. And I'm sending all the calm, comfort and quiet I can, hoping to help you deal with your RA pain and that other pain. I love your attitude and optimism regarding your son-in-law and your joy in introducing him to dual sport. He must be delighted to have such a cool father-in-law!

Take care, friend. Hugs to you.

tharr said...

Hey Wren, we're fine here. Lots of people not so lucky though as the storms have caused incredible death and destruction this week.
I've not been called cool in years! lol I think we are both enjoying this adventure.

Lana said...

That is how it works – sometimes we just have to keep quiet. ;-). Be safe with the storms. These storms have really been wreaking havoc all over the place and to our joints as well.

tharr said...

Lana, I knew better than to talk about it but sometimes I slip up. The storms have been terrible this last week. We got lucky here, the storm where I shot the funnel blew in so fast and had so much rotation. There were numerous funnels reported in our area but none dropped to the ground luckily.