Richmond Va chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Thanks Brenda.. for this and your PM too.

    While I'm not beyond kicking the beejesus out of something (customers excluded), I find that the physical stuff I do out here is not physical enough.... even tho' I am on my feet 10-12 hours a day Kinda like the ACE commercial about the purple, not being purple enough. The flip side of that was when I had a real job. While not being terribly physical, there was a lot of daily stress and mental activity that had me drained at the end of the day. Oddly enough, I never worried about any of that once I got home and it never kept me from getting a good, sound sleep.... even tho' there were schedules that were running behind and I knew I had to chew ass the next day to get things moving.

    Regardless thank you. We'll figure it out.

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  2. Guy Young

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    Thanks Jeremy.

    And that's why I am afraid of using meds to fight this thing. I never needed any of that stuff before (I'm not on any meds for anything to date), and I really hesitate to get on something that might become "addictive" in combating this present problem.

    Guy

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  3. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    I did manage to ride in circles around my cul-de-sac with the XR.....its been leaking oil....I was the last one to
    work on it so it had to be something I did...turns out I had used one of those 'rolled/folded' sealing washers on
    the oil drain plug...it was some sort of crush washer Honda House palmed off on me when they didn't have the
    correct one...:bluduh

    Here is what gave it away...
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    And this is how you remove the drain plug and not lose any oil, throw it down :lol3
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    Time for beer now that I'm convinced its fix proper like :1drink
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    New Belgium Trippel
  4. DirtDoctor

    DirtDoctor Been here awhile

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    Guy, I run or workout five out of seven days a week (M-F, 5:45-6:45 am) and sometimes run on Saturday as well. It is a proven fact that regular exercise and a balanced diet (meals eaten at regular intervals-the 3 squares or better yet 5 smaller portioned meals a day) lead to better body rhythms and usually result in better rest. When my head hits the pillow I'm told I'm usually out within 30 seconds.

    The YMCA is right up the street...Just sayin. My .02 worth. Hope you solve it soon.
  5. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    The Doc in Motorcycle Consumer New had an article about this last month. The beer does not help. Alcohol is a stimulant at first then a depressant. Anyway MCN was touting melatonin. I just read. Of if there is not enough stress send half your monthly check to charity.
  6. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    It is a substance your body already produces.

    Actually it causes your liver to release another chemical that makes you sleepy. If you take too much for too many days, you use up everything your liver has stored and get to have trouble sleeping until your liver makes more. My father told me about it. And he took like 3 doses at once for a couple days. He slept very good until the third day. A quarter of a 5 mg tablet is enough to make me sleep a full 8 hours but then my wife says I am a lightweight. Alcohol and medications usually have larger than average affect on me. I might take one once every 3 weeks. I also have been an insomniac since I was a child. Now I am just a night owl.
  7. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    I have had insomnia since I was 4 years old.
    If you've read my ride reports, you know it's not completely uncommon for me to go a few days without sleeping.
    I have a high resistance to most sleeping pills, and can build up a resistance to stronger meds pretty quickly. I just started taking Ambien 3 days ago, but as far as I can tell it doesn't do much at all--I'm still awake 3 hours after I take it, and it's supposed to work in about 15 minutes. Before that I was just taking Xanax. That didn't put me to sleep, but I didn't care about it. Before that was Trazodone, but I'd need to double the dosage every week for it to work, and it gave me weird nightmares and made me dizzy for an hour before I'd fall asleep. I got a sample pack of 300mg Seroquel pills from my doctor, and those worked, but they were way too expensive to buy a prescription ($20 a pill or so). For very occasional use, gabapentin and nortriptyline have worked, but more than a couple days and they loose the sedative effects.
    My issue is with falling asleep, so the drugs I take for insomnia are quick-acting with a short half-life. Once I'm asleep, I'll usually stay asleep (for up to 20 hours, depending on how long it's been since I slept.)
    Interestingly, some of the best results for sleeping well have been stimulants. Taking amphetamines or methylphenidate in the morning and at lunch will help to put me to sleep when they wear off. They also prevent morning grogginess from whatever I took the night before.

    I'm not sure what my point is here--I suppose I'm just saying that I know what it's like...and that even if you do get medicine, it might not solve your problem.
    As far as advice - lying sleepless in bed is the worst thing you can do. Your brain will start to associate lying in bed with sleeplessness. My doctors have always recommended getting back out of bed no later than 20 minutes if you're not asleep yet. It's not bad to be active when you can't sleep - I'll get up and go shopping at the 24 hour walmart, or sometimes do mechanical stuff on the bike.
    Also, be aware that somewhere around age 60, many people start go to doctors about insomnia. Around that age your body starts needing less sleep than when you're younger, so you don't sleep as much. Obviously, not sleeping at all is a more serious issue.

    My first recommendation would be to get a professional massage. They help some people sleep better than any medicine. Doesn't work for everyone, but it works quite often. Just get the Swedish massage - neuromuscular or trigger point is not relaxing and will not help you sleep.
  8. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    That is a great brew! Bird Song brewery in Charlotte makes a coriander heavy brew as well. Refreshing beer.
  9. Michhub

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    At first the coriander scared me...I tend not to like beer with additional "stuff" in it like fruit and what not...last 3 beer runs have been the NB Trippel.

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  10. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    Going to see what kegged selections we can get from New Belgium . I am partial to Sierra Nevada IPAs but might switch it up with Ranger.

    Good luck with the Richmond logo. Y'all are gonna be the "Poe Riders" :clap


    Just in case y'all are looking for something to do in oct.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=764987
  11. tg4360

    tg4360 Misfit Toy

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    How about something simple?

    Stylized text that goes:

    Richmond
    adVenture Riders
    A


    Different/bold Cap text for the RVA set so that it is in a diagonal and perhaps a raven in the corner.

    Could be done several styles such as the European ovals or just text etc.

    (Damn forum software will not let me format the text with the caps in a diagonal, but I'm sure you get the idea.)
  12. Guy Young

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    If we keep hitting these lunch spots on a regular basis, that may become a reality; SS checks only come once a month. :lol3

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  13. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    Y'all have the great eateries in your area. It is as much as a work to eat as it is a ride to eat.
  14. Guy Young

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    Heard that. :lol3

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  15. jgiacobbe

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    I can see Guy's KLR with a "will work (on your bike) for food" sign at some of these RTE lunches. I'm sure he will soon be giving his pricing in lunch equivalencies. Yes I'll fix your bike, that will be 3 RTEs and price of parts.:rofl
  16. Guy Young

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    Too funny, but tempting. :lol3

    There'd still be the problem of enough bux to keep the lights on out here - but - I could always whip up a treadmill driven cogen plant. Kill two birds with one stone..... develop enough electricity to light the building AND get more exercise than I'm getting now.

    :rofl

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  17. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    Just kidding! But I had to share this quality piece of motorcycling craftsmanship. A 2006 QINGQI 200 GY! As far as I can tell, this is a Suzuki DR200 knockoff with a whopping 11hp! Woo hoo!

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    And I'll bet parts are super-easy to come by.

    http://richmond.craigslist.org/mcy/3248094098.html

    Think I'll keep looking. :-)

    Actually, I found a couple of decent Honda XL600Rs, one here in Richmond and one in Frederickburg. Only issue is I can't get anyone to call me back. I've actually tried to look at half a dozen bikes from both CL and here on ADV. No one seems to care enough to follow up. Lazy %$&ing %^&$ers. :-)
  18. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Rick - If you need to test fit/ride an XR650L let me know...essentially the same as the XR600R....
  19. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    Holy crap! I've been internet-less for a long weekend and come here to find a months worth posts since Friday? Seriously, it was like 8 pages of catching up :huh

    Looks like we need to call ourselves the Richmond keyboard jockeys. :D
  20. ddlewis

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    Hey that's great news. I've got a few spare DR bits/pieces, but no extra tank. I might know of one if you want me to ask. what else ya need?

    there was another DR650 stolen in RVa in the past week or so detailed over on DRRiders.. he recovered too but it had been raped and pillaged to the extent his insurance comp coverage called it totaled.
    :cry