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Monthly Archives: October 2007
As part of my regular Thursday nights I went up to FLL in Andover. I didn’t get back home until around 9:30pm. On my way home its was raining like woah. It was coming down so fast that I had to do about 35mph on route 84. So, I get back home and go to take off my nice clothes off since I was at John Wallace Middle School.
As I walked toward my closet I notice that the floor was a little squishy. I looked down ay my feet to see water squeezing out the side of my shoes. About half of the carpet in my room was soaking wet. Luckily it was on the opposite side of the room from my computer and everything else that’s plugged in.
With the floor soaking wet, I needed to figure out a way to suck up and dry things out. About a week and a half ago we had shampooed the carpet, so I figured I rent the shampooer again but just use it to suck up the water. We take a trip over to Stop and Shop to find out that the rental thing is closed. Now, its right about 10pm so most all stores are closing down. I spent the next half hour or so running around looking for a place to rent some sort of equipment to suck up water. Needless to say, I didn’t find anyone open and ended up driving back to Vernon to get my parents shop vac.
And now I’m distracted from typing so ask questions or something if you care.
I had a bunch of bands sitting on my desk with notes written on them. I had to get them out of the way.
Yesterday I bought a new bike. ‘But you already have one!’ you might say. Let me a splain you one more time.
When I got home from work on Friday the house was empty. I thought it was a little weird so I checked Sean’s away message to see if it could provide any insight to where everyone was. Low and behold I had forgot about the TECA meeting that I was missing. I ran outside hopped on my bike and got there in about 45 seconds.
In my mad rush to get there I jumped off a curb or two. Normally this doesn’t sound so bad, but I have a road bike. It’s an old one at that. As I go to leave the meeting I see that I have a flat rear tire.
Now I have a dilemma. I can replace my old tire for around $7 (70% of the price I paid for the bike) or I can look into getting a new one. My old bike also had horribly placed shifters, a slightly bent rear wheel, and terrible brakes.
As I drive to work everyday there is a house that has used bikes out front for sale. They don’t look like pieces of crap, so I figured I stop and see what he had.
The guy selling the bikes is a retired trucker who fixes bikes for fun and to make a little money. Anyway, he had a nice looking road bike that I ended up buying. It’s a black Giant. It’s in really nice shape. It’s very clean, shifts well, and stops on a dime. The frame is a little lower but it’s no big deal.
The small things like a clean chain, straight wheels, straight cranks and brakes that work make it so muck nicer. The only slight catch is that it’s a 10 speed. That’s two lees than my old one. I noticed right away that the lowest gear isn’t as low as the old one, but whatever. One day I might think about changing the cartridge on the bikes to make it a 12 speed, but I don’t know what that would do to the shifting since the shifter clicks into gear.
So that’s my bike.