A very busy summer is underway. There’s no grass growing under my feet, or any other part of my body, for that matter…
Time for the second quarterly report regarding my on-going quest to un-fuck myself (my battle cry from January). In April, i reported my progress after the first quarter of the year, and am dutifully reporting the latest update as the second quarter comes to a close.
The good news? i’ve stayed with the fitness quest. As of today, i’ve lost a total of 25 pounds since January. Had hoped to see 30 pounds vaporized, but i’m good with what i’ve done so far. Would like to double that for the year-end report… Many happy miles on the bicycle, regular gym habits, and an accountability buddy have been critical.
Not such a good report on the ‘de-cluttering’. Wanted to see another three or four trips to the thrift store, and a few more full-dumpsters during the quarter, but that was not to be…. Many hours on the bicycle, when i should have been excavating, perhaps….
During the month of June, the mechanical shit in my world was breaking as fast as i could fix it — and i was fixing it like a motherfucking ninja! Mostly, the category of “things with wheels” was vexing — having an abundance of ‘wheeled’ things, it goes with the turf, but damned if it wasn’t aggravating.
Jeep was stonecolddead, and i couldn’t get it to hold charge, so it went sailing away on a flatbed at the beginning of the month. The day it returned? The Jag overheated when i got to work the next day. i poked around and identified that problem as a slow leak in the coolant resovoir, and topped it off during my lunch hour.
Glorious weather on the next day got me on the motorcycle – which led me to the next headache: Weirdness and overheating as i got the bike home that night.
Decided that rather than put myself at the mercy of the Motorcycle Repair Mafia, i was going to dig in myself — and i did. Drained, flushed and filled coolant, replaced a thermostat, and did an oil change. The service manual and a bunch of crazy old coots who post repair videos on youtube were my best friends for a few days. For extra support, i joined an online forum – and promptly realized that i had, in fact, repaired something that wasn’t broken*. But it did it myself, damn it… and the bike is operational.
Not so much the Jeep… Two weeks of joy, and then the transmission took a massive, and noisy shit, the following Friday night. Executed a nationwide search, and within two days i was able to buy a rebuilt transmission, have it shipped to my repair shop, and have them perform the transplant. As of today, it is back in my stable.
To be sure, i know that these are truly first world problems. Problems i bring upon myself through the choice to operate a fleet of aging vehicles. i could be rational and functional, and sell the entire lot, buy myself a nice, dependable new sedan, and avoid the headaches.
Not gonna happen.
The upside? My mechanical confidence is strong. i’m ready for what lies ahead. Rolling into the third quarter of the year, i will press on with the fitness goals – always easier to keep moving in the summer. The de-cluttering will get an assist, as The Girl will be coming to visit, and i’m going to put her to work going through her abandoned belongings! She’s been living abroad for 3 years. If she doesn’t want it, she is going to give it away.
Plenty of other adventures ahead… and a project or two that shall be revisited. Life is good. It can all turn in a heartbeat, so i’m going to enjoy the ride while it lasts. Onward! Speed ball to the finish line!
*Suzuki VX800 is a weird beast. Combination of air and water cooling, there is an on-board fan that kicks on in slow traffic, or long idle. i did not know that. When the fan kicked on for the first time, i assumed overheating. The coolant needed a flush anyway…