September 10th, 2003


It's Late, and I Need to go the Sleep

Another glorious day. I need to take the A/C out of the window. I picked up the wheels for my bike tonight. The guy made a mistake on the estimate, and forgot to include the price of the two new tires ($25 each). I didn't have a problem with it, because when I thought about it later last night, I knew the estimate had to be low. I just thought he'd forgotten one tire. So, it was $144 total, bringing the grand total for the bike this year to about $310, or $10 more than I paid for the frelling thing in the first place.

Still, I can't really complain about the tires. The old ones had about 1500 miles on them, and were starting to split. The new ones are shiny with a cool red logo. Just neat. They're also narrower than the old ones, and are rated at 100 psi, instead of 75 psi, which means they can be pumped up harder, and will therefore be faster. Woo hoo!

(I also have a set of wider tires for those rare occasions when I expect to be riding on dirt instead of pavement. I'll install those before I head up to Maine.)

Didn't get home til sunset, so I had no chance to try them out. I will tomorrow. It was such a nice night that I went for a walk after dinner. It's a habit I need to get into for the winter months, so I figured I may as well start now. It's just that the problem with walking is I get too much time to think about stuff. I started out in a pissy mood, and by the time I was done, I'd overthought myself into a blue funk of anger and depression. Fortunately, though, I got home to find a nice email waiting for me from a friend, someone I was glad to hear from, and it cheered me immensely. It's amazing how little it takes sometimes to push my emotions one way or the other. I guess that should be worrisome to me, but I think I prefer being able to be easily cheered without having to resort to chemicals when so many of my friends don't have that option. It makes up for those periods of blue funk.
  • Current Music
    "Dreaming" - Blondie

Breaking Brakes

Mother Nature continues to give us the best weather of the year. Tried out the new tires tonight, doing 16 miles on the bike path. It was well into dusk when I finished. There won't be many more evenings when I can take a ride after work. I did get a late start because the new rear rim is about 1/4" wider then the old one, and since the brake pads were set with only about a 1/16" gap from the old rim, it obviously wasn't going to work without readjusting the pads. I say obviously, even though it took me close to fifteen minutes of trying to reconnect the brake cable after installing the wheel, all the while saying "What the fuck?" to myself in the parking lot of Kingston Station, to figure all that out. D'oh.

The ride was nice, not many people on the path. My time was lousy, though, and I can't really explain it, because I was pushing hard the whole ride. Although now it occurs to me that I need to recalibrate the bike computer because of the new tire, so it's possible I did have a good time, but the mileage is just reading low, so it looks bad. We'll see.

Finished Cold Copper Tears today. It kind of ends with a whimper, but that more due to the true nature of the villain of the story, and the fact that there couldn't possibly be a quick resolution. The Garrett books are a quirky lot. Take Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe, and plop them down in the middle of TunFaire, a city populated by humans, sorcerers, elves, ogres, trolls, pixies, etc., and let them start solving mysteries. Technologically, the world is similar to the late eighteenth century, except that neither gunpowder nor the steam engine have been invented. Sociologically, they're in 1940's New York. It's an interesting mix, and it all hangs together pretty well.

It's been a week since I ordered my keyboard, and I'm getting antsy. Want it to be here now. Stoopid UPS ground from Montana...
  • Current Music
    "Classical Gas" - Mason Williams