I believe it was Lana ( Living Life As I See Fit ) that once described RA as a two year old who acts out at the most inopportune times. I have missed numerous plans with the family and some big rides with best friends due to RA. At times I feel like it is turning me into a social recluse. And then there are the times that I push myself to go out to eat or to see a movie that I really don't feel up to it (but I go on any way for fear of being labeled a loner or worse) and cannot enjoy myself due to either excessive pain or fatigue. Last Sunday I got off of work at 7 am, came home and slept 4 hours, then did a short 80 mile solo ride (can't waste a 68 degree day in February). After getting cleaned up, we went to the kids house for a Super Bowl party. It would have been easier to stay at home and watch the game but I wanted to go. Our daughter and son in law are well grounded and I haven't met any of their friends yet that I don't like. Plus, I always enjoy playing with Lizzy, their Alaskan Husky. She knows that she has me wrapped around her paw and takes full advantage of this fact every time I am over. I had a great time despite hurting and was glad I made myself go afterwards.
|Meet Miss Lizzy|
|She is captivated by phones, she can also open the gate by herself.|
While it's not fair that we have to weigh pain/fatigue versus fun for almost everything we do, we have little choice in the matter. Had I chosen to stay home to watch the game, I would have missed a good time with some good people and still been hurting at home anyway. While healthy people might choose to "wait till they feel better", we do not have that option.
I have a new project for the KLR that I have been considering for a while. After getting caught out after dark with the roads wet recently, I decided it was time to add some auxiliary lights. I just received the brackets yesterday so I am going to wire them up today. I am using two halogen driving lights (may convert to H3 LED later) that should help light the road better at night plus make me more visible in the daytime. I will post pictures later on the lights, just did a quick test with the wiring and switch and everything works just like it was put together by someone who actually knows what they are doing. Since I am electrically challenged, I was delighted that my diagram I drew out in Photoshop worked. I did have a flashback of the Coyote drawing out a diagram to catch the Roadrunner and considered doing an arrogant little snicker that the Wile E. used to do. Figured I had better not tempt fate. Fortunately there was no ill fated electrocution on my part while testing ... everything worked fine.
|My latest project|
|Drilling the hole in the auxiliary light brackets|