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  1. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Must be southern part, when I looked at the weather map earlier, Atlanta and at least northern Florida were pretty cold. Enjoy it, man!
  2. JCool

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    Just north west of Tampa Bay. The water keeps it warmer when it's cold and cooler when it's warm , verses inland.
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  3. 06motorradman

    06motorradman Been here awhile

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    Did that hurricane affect you there? We had to cancel a beach trip to Captiva that was scheduled for a week after the hurricane.
  4. JCool

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    I just had a lot of tree branches come down and saw a lot of wood fences down around town. Saw a few big trees on houses. My power was out for nine days , I felt like I was in a third world country.
  5. 06motorradman

    06motorradman Been here awhile

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    We kept reading reports of no power, water, and sewer on the island. Places throwing away and disposing of food, etc. We had just been through the hurricane in Texas and seen fuel shortages so we cancelled our trip. The leasing company from CA wouldn't refund our rental; complete scum. When my wife said to the lady that many rental companies were actually making their properties available to first responders to assist with the hurricane relief and you people refuse to even refund our rental, there was silence on the line. Thankfully we had trip insurance on our credit card so we recovered our costs.
  6. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    We had an ice storm in October '97 and I lost power for 10 days, along with most of the city. It was brutal. We take electricity so much for granted. Even after 10 days I would walk into the bathroom, flip the switch, and say "fuck!!"

    I borrowed a generator after a few days to run my furnace and fridge, but by then all my expensive tropical fish were dead. Not a fun time. I feel for you.

    I could power the furnace, fridge, a 100w trouble light, and a tiny TV. After 3-4 hours the generator would run out of gas. Woke up cold every day, and got ready for work with a candle. Ironically I was working as an electrician back then.

    We got a LOT of ice, and the leaves were still on the trees. Then snow. You couldn't drive anywhere. What a mess that was!

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  7. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Happy new year mr sparkingdogg.

    Was a nice 75* day driving the bottom half (ish) of CA today, though when I woke up it was 36*, and we were in an uninsulated van. Plenty warm, just don’t touch the walls.

    Spent the day in flip flops. Haha.

    Hope that shit let’s up, and remember, whiskey warms from the inside.
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  8. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Happy New Year, to you and to all!
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  9. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Officially 2018 here in Nebraska. Happy New Year!

    Pretty simple night, we watched the ball drop in NYC an hour ago, just sat together and chilled and watched a little TV (just because we have no cable doesn't mean we have no TV, we do... just not the big bill!)

    CNN put on a pretty decent New Year show, but Mr. Biggs fell asleep on the couch anyways. I put him to bed, left the room, he got back up and passed out. I carried him to bed. Fuck... next time I am throwing a blanket on him where he lays, he weighs half as much as I do now! Like carrying a lead fire plug across the house. Last time for that! :D

    Had a couple of vodkas neat, going to have a bottle of beer and get off to bed too. I have no interest in going out on this night, these days. Just safe at home. Between the cold and the drunks, you couldn't pay me to drive tonight!

    Here's a lovely quote for the new year...


    I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

    ETIENNE DE GRELLET

    Quaker missionary

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  10. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    We had a brief outage here last week. I spoke with the lineman and asked him about the cause, and he says the line has two fuses on it near the transformer that can be weakened by lightning strikes or tree damage but not let go at that moment, but that in the weakened state they can let go later and that may be what occurred here because there was no obvious cause. He also said that's why they routinely replace both the fuses at the same time, so they don't have to make a second visit when the other weakened fuse lets go a few days after the first one. I tipped him some beer money for getting us back up rapidly.

    We're lucky. We have two wood stoves and a fireplace so we can survive an outage in the cold, but in our old house we lost power for a week after a hurricane. It was a hot Virginia summer and I was in a wheelchair with both legs in casts from a fall, living in a two story house with the tub and shower upstairs. Great fun and extremely convenient, I assure you.

    We have a decent portable generator now but we're the slackers of the neighborhood. This subdivision evidently had outage problems for years until they got the circuits sorted out and in the meantime most of the households invested in whole house generators. We get a big outage here and it sounds like a race track with all the engines starting up.
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  11. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Sounds dreadful, being in a wheelchair with no power!

    We have had a lot of power outages over the years that last 6-12 hours, old trees and overhead lines, any windstorm can knock us out. Tree trimming crews have been out the last couple years so it's better, the main high voltage line was really overgrown at a few places where it goes through the woods.

    High of 18* F later today around 9 pm. I may open the windows and wear sandals. :lol2

    I think it was last Friday, me and the kids stopped at the store for some food and stuff... it was -5* F... some guy about my age was wearing shorts and a t shirt. :confused
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  12. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    I stopped at the Honda shop today just to look around (about 25F midafternoon) and the sales guy was dressed like that. Said he was working on generating spring.
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  13. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Even chickens are smart enough to come in out of the cold. :lol3

    One time, years ago, I ran to the store for like just a gallon of milk, wearing paper thin pajama pants. Got a flat tire. It was around 0*. About as cold as I have ever been, changing that tire out.

    Learned a valuable life lesson. :deal

    Two years ago, I was surfing through Flea Market, and someone was selling some pants for $20 shipped. They just happened to be my size. Didn't really even know what I was buying. They turned out to be brand new $200 Mountain Hard Wear snowboarding pants, they are the warmest pants I have ever owned! No shorts for me, for a while. I love these pants, it's kind of like wearing 5 pairs of sweat pants. But much nicer. :nod
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  14. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    ...always a good idea...be prepared to walk out, to home, or to safety from wherever you may be, no matter what you are driving.
    (and for the more survival conscious among us: pack like you have to live where you drive/walk/hike/ride to, for a week)
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  15. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    15* F and sunny.... feels like a heat wave!

    I have just been busy picturing and listing the CB350F parts. Hauled all the clean chassis parts to the warehouse today, and brought my snow blower back to the shop/house. Mr. Kamikaze found a title for a CB350F, I sent him the VIN, sure enough it's actually a titled bike. Oh well, it's broken down now. And it still would have been cost prohibitive to bring it back. A real money pit. The chrome was worse than I thought.

    I get a kick out of sellers that say "Surface rust, will polish up nicely".

    :topes

    Pitting like this can only be sanded and replated. I guess you could polish it... but the chrome would be gone and you would have bare steel. All the chrome was pitted like this. The warehouse owner's plumber buddy just restored a Norton, the chrome was better than this, it cost him something like $1500 to get the chrome replated, and that was not including the rims.

    Even with a title, this old bugger was just too far gone. It was also robbed of a considerable amount of parts.

    The tank was one of the best pieces taken from it, pretty nice. Although not particularly high in value. Think I have it listed at $240. Profits on this will be less than projected, a lot was just too far gone. The rims and forks were really bad. Scrap. Saved the hubs. Even the gas cap has pitting.

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  16. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Engines R Us.

    Time to tear some down.

    2 on the bottom shelf.

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    3 on the middle shelf.

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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    CB350F up top.

    Will start later today, maybe tomorrow. Have to ship stuff first. Busy day.

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  19. 06motorradman

    06motorradman Been here awhile

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    That one is pretty clean.
  20. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    With all the exterior rust, I am curious to see how the cylinder walls and cam lobes held up. The oil looked okay when I drained it. Nothing unusual.

    It's nice to tear down an engine that's not caked with grease, for sure.

    Curious motor, such little pistons, and a lot of them. I haven't ridden a CB350F (I have ridden a CB350 twin) but I bet it's like the old Chevy 283 V-8, revs fast but not much torque.