Bakery Quest - a year hacking the US with our kid and dogs.

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  1. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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  2. szurszewski

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    Sweet - we will check that out!
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    After an unanswered email (from the service writer who said email was better for him than phones) from last week and a call he did answer yesterday, only to tell me he'd call me back by end of day because Max himself was coming by and was going to weigh in on the issue, I got to call back today to see what was going on. I got his voicemail. :(

    He did call back a couple/few hours later and laid out some agreeable terms, and I'm going to take the bike back down there tomorrow morning so they can get to work and figure out what's leaking and then fix it. And then maybe change me a pile of money depending on from where the oil is escaping. Honestly at this point I'd rather just take it part myself except that I already spent a thousand plus dollars on their labor and I think there's a good chance the rear main they replaced is leaking.

    Hey - remember the XR they were kind enough to loan me to ride back and forth? I can't recall if I said and I'm too lazy to look, but the reason they had it sitting around was that it had needed a top end rebuild. Anyway, the service writer said I'd be welcome to ride that back and forth again, but it he'd need a day or two to get it ready .... because .... wait for it ... it has an oil leak.

    Ba- dum!
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  4. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    An oil leak...?!?! :imaposer
    You should write comedy
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  5. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    There's a drip in the works, I fear. :scratch Maybe Max likes old Harleys and Brit bikes? :D
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  6. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Heading for the shop now - been nearly Or more than 90 here the last few days - this morning is a cool 60 and beautiful, so at least I've got that going for me.

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  7. szurszewski

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    Bike is at the shop. They said they're going to try to have it done before the weekend, and also offered to send me pics along the way. We'll see how that goes.

    I had a pleasant ride down yesterday and even took what might be some good pictures with the Sena/cam thinger...which I then left with the bike forgetting I had new pics on it. Sigh.

    Laura was nice enough to come pick me up - brought her mom and Jeremiah along for the ride and we extended the trip another hour south so we could go to Ikea (note to Albany - you don't have an Ikea or a Costco.... I get the Ikea thing, and it's a good excuse to go to Montreal, but no Costco?)...where we stuffed Pat's tiny car full of furniture for her new place. Made for tight quarters for some of us (I offered to drive, so I got a full seat and legroom ;) ) but the really good news is I get to assemble furniture for a bit to keep myself occupied while waiting on the bike.

    Maybe while we're waiting we'll even figure out what we're doing for the next part of the rest of our lives. Maybe.
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  8. Old fool

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    Not that one needs an excuse to go to Montreal . . .
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    ...well, shit - so much for that: 11am and I'm out things to put together. ...

    I knew we should have brought Hungry Hungry Hippos.
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    you need one of those adult coloring books you see on TV.
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  11. Blader54

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    It took a grassroots community effort to get a Trader Joe's in Colonie. Maybe someday a COSTCO. There's one in West Springfield, MA about a hour and fifteen minutes from Albany on I-90 and I-91. Best we can do for now. There's also one just off I-87 north of Yonkers (IIRC) at the Stew Leonard's exit. A visit to Stew's is entertaining too, and sometimes the deals are quite good on fresh food, and wine.

    Makes me mad to read about a shop that's unable to carefully reassemble a customer's bike! Just shove the bolt in their blindly and put an electric driver on it! I don't know if it's stupidity or simply not giving a damn. I have seen professional cabinet installers put a driver on tiny screws that secure cabinet hinges and then express amazement later when the homeowner calls and reports that the doors fell off......because the screws sheared off inside the framing. There seems to be an aversion these days to doing anything "by hand" -- an almost obsessive need to use power tools -- even in situations where their use stands a good chance of doing damage.
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    Hmmm....I tried googling this and it wasn't as interesting as I'd expected (except one offering from Walmart of all places - but the lone review said it was terrible)...

    ...maybe I need to turn safe-search off...
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  13. Old fool

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    iPad jigsaw puzzles . . .
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    Macramé! That's the ticket! :nod

    You're just like a sailor on a long voyage. You need to keep your hands busy. And just think of all the cool things you can make for the dog's trailer! Hanging water bags!

    Hanging plants! And you can do this all over the country, selling your brightly tie-died macramé items along the side of the road as the dogs run free from the trailer.

    Oh wait, ya'll aren't quite hippy enough for that. :kumbaya


    Never mind. :umph
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    A little bit of Macrame and they will be . . .
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    This is amusing because, about a year before we left Portland, there was a grassroots community effort that kept a new Trader Joe's OUT of Portland (there is at least one in Portland on the east side near where we lived - not sure if there are others...)

    Having read this post just after carefully assembling a bunch of stuff from Ikea, I'm reminded of multiple conversations had with my dad while I was putting together other bits of furniture for him or for us -
    My dad: I've got a cordless driver you know.
    Me: Thanks, but I'd rather not break this shiny new piece of pressboard by applying more than two pounds of torque. Besides, there's not that much to do.
    My dad: Well, if you want to keep living in the stone age...
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    I specifically left my "company" iPad behind with my company so I wouldn't fall into things like that. (Though I like jigsaw puzzles, I've never spent much time with the digital ones - I HAVE spent way too many hours of my life playing Angry Birds though...)

    I think my business partners were more surprised to hear that I wasn't taking a tablet than they were to hear we were planning to spend a year living out of our sidecar.

    Since I killed my 128gb phone and switched to Laura's old 16gb model I've limited myself to two pages of apps, and only one game, which has helped my not waste time there...but Jeremiah still has a bunch of games on his iPad...so.... yeah... way too much screen time the last couple of weeks.

    I appreciate the suggestion but macrame and wicker are just not looks I was ever into. On the other hand, I do know how to make a monkey's fist, so I guess I could start turning out key fobs and selling them on the street or something...and I do have some tie-dye experience...

    Zing!
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    Shop just called - bike is getting put back together - should be able to pick it up today, pending their test ride to make sure it's not leaking :)

    Sounds like they were correct and it was the bell/intermediate housing. As a customer of mechanics, I will marvel at how a thing that hadn't leaked in 100,000 miles started leaking after just being in sight of a tech...but, and I know there are some of you professional mechanic folks following this, I will also accept that sometimes there are coincidences, and, further, sometimes through no fault of the one doing the work, fixing one thing can impact other things.

    All in all, I'll be happy if it's not leaking oil and has a working clutch - and I'll hope it doesn't cost us too much $$

    ...honestly, as I said before, I thought the overall for the clutch job was reasonable all things considered so....yeah. Anyway, I'll let y'all know.
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    Picked the rig up - about to head out.

    Checked the hack mounts a little more closely this time. Probably looked just like this when I picked it up last time.

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  20. noshoes

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    Boooo, hisssss.....