Sunday, January 20, 2008

1st day trip of the year/ SNOW??!!

We planned to attend the International Motorcycle Show every since we left it last year. It is a huge show with every manufacturer represented (even some I'd never heard of) and all kinds of aftermarket vendors as well. Sort of a nice way to kick off the '08 riding season.

Speaking of riding season, when I got up yesterday morning Weatherbug was raising hell about a "snow storm warning". Well, that wasn't going to stop me, and before we left it had been cancelled anyway. So off we went.

At first it was just a nasty day...cold and rainy. But before we even got 20 miles from home the snow started. The pictures tell the story, but it snowed pretty hard in Georgia yesterday. Of course, it's all gone now, and pretty much was when we headed back south last night. It is pretty cold out there, but sunny as can be.

We made it to the Georgia World Congress center just fine. For my kin it is pretty much like a large Bartle Hall. It's right in downtown Atlanta beside the Georgia Dome and CNN Center. We ate at CNN which is a very cool place to check out.

All in all, a fun day. I will go on Sunday next year many damn people there on Saturday.

Oh, and I heard Ron Paul placed second in the Nevada primaries. I'm sure this won't stop the media from ignoring him, but at least some folks get it.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Weekly update.

I suppose I'm due to type an update since it has been a week. My excitement for the week was getting a new work van! We've been told for the passed six months that we were getting new laptops and for good reason. The one I had was over 3 years old and SLOW. We were also told that the supervisors were getting the first four new vans that came in. When I left Montgomery on Wednesday I was informed that I should be there Thursday morning because the IT guys were showing up with the new laptops. While enroute I found out that we were also going to pick up our new vans! Hell, I've been living in that thing for over 3 years, I've got a lot of stuff to transfer. The laptops are quite nice, Dell widescreen with a wireless card....not networking, but wireless internet! Now that part is great, because the way I've always done it when I needed to email was cruise around a development until I came across someone's unsecured wireless connection. NO MORE. I can be on the net wherever, whenever. I got the important stuff setup at the office, and threw the rest in the back of the new van....then spent Friday and Saturday getting things right. I'm actually happy with everything about the new one, other than the DirecTV billboard on the side. That was one thing I didn't have to deal with in the old van. Now I can't stop anywhere without someone wanting to ask a question. SO, I got it waxed up, installed my XM, center console, and several other non-approved accessories that make my life easier. Now tomorrow I shall go to work in the thing. I'll get some pictures also.

I did get a ride in this afternoon, but had to cut it short to get back and head to the gym with Deb. We joined the YMCA before Christmas, and have been hitting it pretty regular. I notice she's cut off my food supply a bit as well....hmmmm, I think it's a conspiracy of some sort.

For now this is the only picture you get, from my Sunday ride


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Summer stopped by today.

What a nice day we had here today. Weatherbug says the high was 70, I'd have guessed higher. It was above 60 in Missouri, but yet one of my guys who transfered to north Georgia sent me a picture this afternoon of a frozen waterfall and then called to tell me how cold it was up there. Weird.

We started the day by cleaning vehicles. After that I was put to work picking up leaves and cleaning up the yard. Of course, it wasn't that bad of a chore....the Walker just sucks up anything in it's path. It was my Sunday on call, so I couldn't really hit the road on the bike because I've got to answer the phone when it rings. Deb was passing through the living room when something was mentioned about geocaching on some show on Discovery channel. The next thing I know, Celeste was picking up Morgan and off we went. Lyndsay spent the night with her Aunt Angie last night, and they tracked us down in the park to drop her off, so she got in on the action as well. It was a good walk, but we only found one cache. Two straight days of treasure hunting are catching up with my feet right now, that's for sure.


Oh, the phone never did ring.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

1st Saturday of the Month.

Well, Lyndsay and I had a pretty full day of it. Since it was the first Saturday of the month, we started at Home Depot for the Kids workshop. After that is was time for some more geocaching, or treasure hunting as she calls it. We hit another Columbus Park, Cooper Creek. There weren't as many caches as Flat Rock, but we still got a good walk out of it, 2.99 miles total.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcome 2008!

2007 wasn't all bad. I sold some toys, bought some toys. Got some things accomplished, left some things undone. And, it is another year gone that I can't get back. But overall, I'm not sad to see it go. Not that I really look at today as being much more than yesterdays tomorrow, but the new year is a "reset" of sorts, right?

While talking to Dad on Friday I told him I was going to catch a bike ride while it was warm. The cold front was headed this way fast, and it's done nothing but rain lately, so I was going to strike while the iron was hot, so to speak. Well, as our conversation was in progress, I noticed that son-in-law #2 was trying to call me. Son-in-law #2 is also my employee, so I figured it was work related. After I hung up with dad I called him back...he had been given a "scooter" by one of his customers, and had already dropped it off at son-in-law #1's house. Well, I figured I'd better go check it out, right? Well, I did end up getting a bike ride in....just not on my bike.

It's a Honda Ruckus. It's got 49cc's and 3.9 screaming horsepower. I figured I'd better ride it now because those two will probably jump it off a house or something and trash it pretty quick.

We were supposed to head to Montgomery last night for the new year celebration, but due to unforseen circumstances that didn't happen. We did stay up, Lyndsay through some "poppers" in the driveway at midnight and my neighbor unloaded a pistol in his backyard. It was very "Georgia". We all slept most of the morning away. The cold front made it, and it was windy as hell, but not real cold, so I did get my new years day ride in. I road over to son-in-law #2's house in time to catch him filming son-in-law #1 sliding the poor scooter in circles until he wrecked several times. I knew I'd better ride it while I could.

Mom, I could use a few pictures of the upgrades that dad has added to his bike please.

Happy New Year to everyone. See ya when I see ya.