Friday, July 03, 2015

What a relief!

charging the gt

I haven’t ridden the K1200GT for several days, so I decided to ride it down to Dollar General yesterday to keep the battery up.

Unfortunately, I waited too long. The starter groaned and quit, telling me the battery was close to flat.

That’s a worrisome thing for a BMW K-bike owner because a low battery can cause the points to fuse on the starter relay, necessitating major surgery to replace the relay, best done at a BMW dealership.

It happened to my K75S five years ago and we had to trailer it 150 miles up to Grass Roots BMW Motorcycles in Cape Girardeau to fix it.

I plugged the charger into the side accessory outlet, said a prayer in the hope that the starter relay was not fried, and let it charge overnight.

It fired right up on the first attempt this morning, to my great relief.


Thursday, July 02, 2015

Loving the big pedestal fan

porch fan

When I requested this honking big 30” commercial pedestal fan from the Amazon Vine Program earlier this year, I had no idea what a cool move I’d made.

But the advent of hot weather and its attendant smothering high humidity made its value very clear.

I felt sorry for our Aussies last week because they spent many hours a day lying on the concrete floor of the screened back porch, panting in the 100º+ heat index temperatures. The ceiling fan is on its last legs and barely rotates, but it was never very efficient at cooling the porch anyway. I brought the dogs in for a few hours a day, but had to confine them to their kennels because I couldn’t let them have the run of the house.

When the big fan arrived a few months ago, I assembled it in the foyer just inside the front door, not wanting to lug the 80-pound monster around the house. That’s were it stood for a few weeks until I used one of our hand trucks to cart it off to the garage where it took up an awkward amount of space.

Taking pity on the dogs – by last week we also had Morgan’s bulldog and red heeler – I wheeled the fan onto the porch and set it up at the west end near the electrical outlet. I fired it up and was astounded at how it overcame a heat index of 101º and transform the porch into an island of pleasant coolness.

I had worried about dogs gnawing on the power cord, so I supervised its use for the first few days, but none of the dogs seemed interested in being electrocuted. So now they face the prospect of a summer of comfort and we get to use our porch in weather that would have previously kept us indoors.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July 1 report

library waiting

Here’s our view from the Lexus at 2:22 a.m. today while we waited for Morgan and her coworkers to arrive at the library, returning from a conference in San Francisco.

They showed up about 2:35 a.m. and we were back in bed by 3:30 a.m., getting up for the day about 9 a.m.

I got a call from one of our commercial building tenants yesterday reporting that an air conditioning unit was running constantly and icing up and that a pothole in the parking lot has reached hazardous dimensions.

I called out fixit guy and he acknowledged receipt of the message, but he apparently couldn’t get an HVAC technician there yesterday. They called again this morning to say the AC was still wonky and they now have a problem with one of the toilets.

And when I logged into my Amazon Vine Program account this morning, I was required to submit an IRS Form W-9 so the evil federal government can tax the value of free items I receive for review purposes.

Never a dull moment.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Throwback Tuesday

first park trip jan72006

Jan. 7, 2006 – Pete the pup’s first trip to the park across the street from our Thorntown house.

Notice Ruthie being a cranky old lady dog glaring from the window and judging. Judging. Judging.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Guilty dog



We returned from our morning workout at the fitness center to discover Samantha finished off the bag of trail mix that had been sitting on one of the end tables in the living room for the past week.

She also amused herself by shredding the piece of paper towel she found there.

I can’t tell from her look if she is remorseful. I kinda doubt it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Morgan in Wonderland

morgan san fran
Morgan is attending a library conference in San Francisco.
The town is apparently bursting with gay pride in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage and there is probably no more flamboyantly gay city in the world than San Francisco.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

6:30 a.m.

I think Tucker sleeps with his eyes open.