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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

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  1. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Aside from commuting I've really not been riding. My Piaggio since delegated to commuting duties has been a real gem. It's without a doubt the nicest scooter from a functional standpoint I've owned to date. Good headlight, faster than my previous 250's and surprisingly good weather protection. I took it to work this morning in the rain and after peeling off my rain suit I was bone dry.
    We've had Heather home for the holidays and it's been nice having her around. She heads back Friday for her final semester. Time flies. She's been a little bummed because the electric motorcycle she's been working on ate the motor when the team took it to the dyno. It's the second straight year the team has fallen short of a functioning bike. Seems the motor wasn't designed to handle a radial load. Regardless, it's been a valuable experience both socially and from a technical standpoint.
    I have one of those do it yourself wireless alarms installed in my home. No camera, just an annoyingly loud alarm once triggered. I don't own much of monetary value but I'd hate to lose items of sentimental value to support someone's drug habit. Our town since losing most of the industry has really tanked over the last 20 years and burglary is definitely a concern.
    I'm no expert but it looks like your renovation is top notch!
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  2. rkover1

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    Couldn't find a "before", but this is from last weekend. Roofing and shingles are on now. Roughly 13' x 30' under cover.

    doc
    Lanai framing pre roof.JPG
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  3. Fast Ferris

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    Beautiful! Looks like a great place to kick back and relax. :)
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  4. BigOleSingle

    BigOleSingle 2 > 4, your math teacher didn't ride!

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    Sounds like a plan. There is no doubt that I will be back up your way by mid-spring.
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  5. mattoid1

    mattoid1 Been here awhile

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    Ferris, congrats on the new addition, very nice. And I've said this before but it bears repeating, that is the nicest Heritage I have ever seen!
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  6. Fast Ferris

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    Thanks. We're pretty amped by it all, as you can imagine.

    Gracias, amigo! She's been a good motor. I'm looking forward to healing up some more and getting back in the wind.

    Here's a look at a nearly-stock '04 Heritage in the same color (Lava Red Sunglo):

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    ^ The handlebars on this bike aren't stock, nor is the leather bag residing behind the windshield, and the oil filler cap appears non-stock, but this is pretty much how my bike looked when I rode it home from the dealership in late 2015 (saggy bags and all):


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    I like the current version better. :)
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  7. RedUly

    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    It looks great!
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  8. Bartimus

    Bartimus Been here awhile

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    Looking good!
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  9. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    She's going to enjoy going to work
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  10. longslowdistance

    longslowdistance Long timer Supporter

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    Been away from this always fun thread for a while. Just dropped in and found HGTV and the Travel Channel, did not expect that!
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  11. Fast Ferris

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    Wayle, I wouldn't go that far.......

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  12. Fast Ferris

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    Yeah, between ongoing construction, winter weather and healing up from surgeries, this thread is temporarily devoid of much ADV, unfortunately. :(

    Monday it was sunny and low 70's up here on the mountain (very unusual for February), and I heard many Harleys rumbling by on the Parkway throughout the day. One of these days I'll drag mine out of hibernation and get back in the wind (I hope I remember how to operate the darn thing) -- I'm looking forward to steering this thread away from HGTV and the Travel Channel, and back to ADV where it belongs. :)
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  13. Dnutz

    Dnutz Adventurer

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    Well, actually I do like the company I'm working for - never hear from them! That said, won't be long till semi-retirement. Ferris has been semi-retired for a few years but has this full-time job running our mini-estate. Soon though, we will get past the construction chaos and get back to living. See you around the bend! :nod
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    Dnutz Adventurer

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    Me too! :nomystery
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  16. tastroman

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    I plan on following you all into the land of part time in 6 years and 10 months (if I live that long) but who's counting. Healthcare has changed drastically since I have been working in the field. The hospital where I work is the equivalent of a Wal-Mart with 2 lines open. In a nutshell, quality is overshadowed by productivity and striking a balance between those 2 is left to the front lines. We are demonized by our community as the negative experiences pile up and for someone like myself who's 27 years in and essentially powerless to effect anything outside of my immediate area I'm looking forward to disassociating myself from what healthcare has become.
    Here's an example of something I experienced just this week. I was walking around a corner and came upon 2 people laying in the hall, a man on top of a women. It was an obvious fall. What happened was the 80 year old couple had come in for an outpatient procedure and had exhausted themselves on the way in from the long walk from the parking lot. The women started to give out and her husband of 60 years tried to hold her but in the end ended up getting pulled down on top of her. That's around the time I walked up. Both were embarrassed, neither could get up, and both had to be lifted into wheelchairs and taken to the ER to be evaluated.
    Now here's the part that pisses me off. Our parking lot is around 200 yards long so if you are parked in the back like this couple it's a long haul. Of course we could offer a shuttle service but we opt instead to operate a doctor's lounge where administration and physicians get company provided meals and snacks 24/7, 365 days a year. It's nice in that lounge, plush couches, hard wood floors, a 65 inch flat screen and a 40 foot long outdoor deck, composite of course. This couple fell about 10 feet from the opening of that locked lounge door.
    Another example from last week actually happened to a man I kind of knew. He was a cashier at the grocery store I've shopped at for a number of years. Our familiarity with one another is the product of multiple 3 minute segments spread out over a number of years. From what I can gather he had lived a tough life in his younger days, the tattoos and scars on his arms pretty much told his story. At some point he quit drinking and took this job at our local Save a Lot. He's in his late 50's. About 6 months ago he had a stroke which left him paralyzed on his left side. It wasn't until I saw him in the hospital this week that I noticed his absence. Funny how that works.
    I had to bring him for a CT scan as he had fallen in his hospital room and hit his head. He actually cracked the shower stall when he fell so he took a pretty good hit. What happened was he was in bed and had to have an urgent bowel movement so he hit his call bell. After about 20 minutes of waiting he was left with the option of messing himself or trying to get to the bathroom alone. He almost made it. He ended up with a pretty good contusion to his head, he still messed himself (just on the floor and not in his bed) and now gets to pay for a $4000 head CT on top of the $700 a day bed we were ignoring. And his reaction? He was apologetic and embarrassed for making such mess. Yeah, I'm ready to disassociate.
  17. rkover1

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    I understand. I just retired from 40 years in healthcare. One thing I noticed was that the Physician parking was right next to the entrance, and the handicapped spaces were on the far side. Handicapped patients had to make their way past the Physicians; who more often than not could have used the extra exercise.

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  18. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Congratulations on your retirement!
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    Still makes me want a Road King. I’ve noticed you remove the windscreen on your bikes. I’ve ridden a few of my friends Harley’s, including a Street Glide, love having the music, but, hate the turbulent air and feeling disconnected from the road ahead of me.
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