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By georgeha (Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 07:42:32 AM EST) kettle corn, hexity goodness, broken flowers-arrow-bike (all tags)
Yeap, the bike is still not reliable.

Plus, one hundred and fifty four reasons to love American cars, Broken Flowers, Pippi Longstocking, Napoleon at Waterloo, Tekno and less in this quickly composed diary.

Poll: Favorite part of an Arts/Crafts festival?



There's not a lot to diarize about, I'm still trying to get my bike running and drip free (it's nearly an XOR). I think my starter clutch springs are old, which makes getting the starter clutch working right hard.

I had hoped for some wrenching time last night, but Mrs. Ha's brother and sister-in-law came over with pressies for the girls. Pressies and cupcakes, I think they each had four.

A running bike would have been real handy yesterday, as the Windstar was back in the shop, for the aforementioned fuse problem. The mechanics are suspecting a brake pressure switch, we should know in a few days. All told, only $154, which is a welcome price compared to Volvo Hell.

We watched Broken Flowers a few nights ago, it didn't do a lot for me, and though it had a few humorous moments, I didn't find it very LOLLERIFIC. The kids have been watching The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, which doesn't do much for me either, it seems a stereotypical kids movie. I recall watching something Pippi related as a kid, where she had red striped stockings, I suppose it was probably the dubbed west German film.

Sunday I hunted around one of the boxes containing my old wargames, and sorted a bunch of counters. It was an interesting trip to my old self, and as a bonus I found I had two copies of Napoleon at Waterloo, a game SPI handed out free to entice newcomers to the wargaming hobby. I'm finding that I really enjoy it, it's quick with enough variety to be interesting. And it's free! ( I also completed Tank! and Wolfpack and Artifact).

I think I'm going to make a copy for work, and back the counters with magnets so I can play on a file cabinet.

I have decided I do not like Tekno/rave music. If I'm stuck with thousands of sweaty people on massively illegal hallucinogens, I prefer a melody and harmony.

This weekend should be fun, my parents are taking the girls camping, and the Par Ave Fest is happening. I'm not sure what we'll be doing, maybe going for long walks, though I would like to brew a batch of beer, and do some wrenching.

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Ah yes by barooo (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 09:50:24 AM EST
the drip.

The left side of my garage floor is pretty grody.  I have a very minor leak near the driveshaft/tranny interface.  usually about 3 big drops every time I park it.  I'm not gonna worry about it, at this juncture, since I've put about 1200 miles on it and the oil level hasn't moved a millimeter.  Everything else is working well and if I don't mind a close friction point the clutch isn't slipping any more since I adjusted the cable.  This winter I'll do a clutch & brake job and replace the cables, and replace the tyres next spring and do the carbs and I should have a pretty decent machine for about $1800 invested.  The carbs is strictly optional, I think I'm running slightly lean but other than that probably good enough.


man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
I could live with three big drops by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 10:20:48 AM EST
I typically see a puddle the size of a few tablespooons worth of oil when I park, each time. Plus, it drips down on the exhaust pipe when I'm stopped, making for icky fumes.


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Yeah by barooo (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 11:14:56 AM EST
I can live with mine.  It gets the kickstand spring and the kickstand all goopy, but avoids anything hot.

man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
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Do you have, or would you be by Arbeit Macht Pie (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 01:52:20 PM EST
interested in reading this book?

It looks interesting by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 02:53:51 PM EST
I should check it out at the library, I doubt it's as scandalous as Rock Scully's.


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I found a dirt-cheap copy. by Arbeit Macht Pie (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 12:00:37 AM EST
PM me if you want it.

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Broken Flowers... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 10:49:50 PM EST
I watched it on a long plane journey. It wasn't lollerific and in some places it rather made me cringe. But, I still kind of liked it, it had this air of a nicely constructed thing, amusing at times and reflective of the long road we all seem to walk on.

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