Saturday, July 28, 2012

Even A Caveman Can Do It

In the current world of all you computer savvy bloggers and overachievers, I have a confession to make ... I'm a technological moron.  I am just getting a new computer up and running and then ...I drop my cell phone at work this week.  Not a normal drop, oh no, done that a hundred times.  This time the face of my Samsung Infuse hit a sharp corner of the stairway I was descending as it fell out of my stupid RA ridden fingers.  After fighting with AT&T over how much I should pay with their insurance, I finally got my new phone.  I go to transfer my photos and contacts from my old phone last night, after getting in from work at midnight, and realize that since the screen is black ... I can not see how to turn on the USB connectivity to dump stuff to my computer.  Okay, I will just get up and run to AT&T and have them get my contacts for me.  Wrong again ... they need to be able to get to the same damn thing.  So, here I sit typing in contacts by hand - one by one.  My mind isn't what it used to be but I don't worry about it ... I keep stuff in my cell phone.  Until I drop it and can't retrieve it.  I have seen many changes in my life, like B&W tv, rotary dial phones, typewriters, metal ice trays ... haha, lets see kids  today try to get ice out of those.  Somedays I think I would be better off with a stone and chisel. 
Too hot to ride right now, have another good ride laid out for when it starts cooling down this fall.  It will be a one day ride approximately 140 miles, passing in the edge of the Ozark National Forest and will include 7 bridges to shoot. 
Today it is above 100 (again), with the next 8 days forecast for the same thing.  Going to listen to our son in laws band play tonight.  Life is still good, even if my RA is dogging me and the heat is preventing me from riding right now.  It depends a lot on your attitude and I refuse to let it beat me. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thank You


Thank you to everyone who voted on the new name for my blog.  RA Adventure Rider resoundingly kicked butt ... so I have been playing around with some new designs for the header.  What you currently see may not stay, I am still working on it.  I will try to get my links (to the right) cleaned up this next week so bear with me.
It's been too hot to do anything.  We have already had 15 days over 100, setting a new high temperature last week (only by 1 degree).  We have had two 106 days and one 107 already and it's not even to the normal hot part of summer here.  Needless to say, I have not been riding, with the exception of a few short early morning rides.  I did a quick 65 mile ride last Sunday which saw me bringing the sun up as I was out on the road.  Stopped by downtown Fort Smith and just shot a few pictures around town.  Then headed out south of town and was back home by 9:00am.  I have had the back end of my bike apart doing some maintenance on it, replacing rear wheel bearings, rear brake pads, checking and greasing swingarm and shock linkage bearings.  I got my care package in from Rocky Mountain last Wednesday so I thought I would work on my bike after I got home from work at midnight.  After getting a quick snack, I grabbed my box of parts and headed to the shop.  After about 20 minutes, I gave it up and went back inside the house.  At 1:15 in the morning, it was still 92 degrees!  
My ra has been acceptable.  Thats all I am going to say about it.  I have got back to walking 30 minutes every day and I'm doing a light workout with weights 3 days a week.  I feel ok, it's not easy, I am having to push myself to even go walk, but I feel better once I get out there.  The weights are a different story though, I have lost muscle over the last few years and am having to workout with much lighter weight.  Doesn't do much for ones self esteem, but hey ... I'm fat, old and crippled ... I'm still doing alright I guess.
I hope someone, somewhere is enjoying cooler temps along with some rain this summer.