201209011121 scdt thursday was hard because the supervisor was nearly begging me to put in one more day (friday) of courier work. he then referred me to the owner. i was at the owner's office and i heard him begging drivers that already quit to please come back and help friday. from a monetary point of view, there was no sense at all to work friday. if work put me late, i was at that time facing a series of craigslist rides that would be both costly and unreliable. but more important than money, i wanted to spend friday with a friend. he flat out wouldn't give me friday off. i could feel him and his business needing my help friday. thursday night was spent making a lot of communications to arrange for CL rides. then... yesterday. i started extra early to try and get off work as soon as possible. i ended up riding about 12 hours straight. at one point i was at lb bmw and when i finally arrived with yeow, i slid down the side of the outside wall. i was a bit worried the chp officer there would question me about my exhaustion (because he might think it was drugs). everyone at lb bmw was nice to me. one noticed i looked really tired - which felt good, actually, to have a friend notice that. and another one let me borrow an article about sport bikes - i'm trying to study up on sport bikes and the s1000rr. (but if i'm not going to do courier work, i'm not really sure why i'd need it). throughout last night, my knuckles hurt so much i woke up from it. this morning, they were in so much pain. last night, i told myself that i'd never ride the motorcycle again. the hours as a courier burned me out - physically, emotionally, psychologically. it took incredible focus towards the last courier hours to pay attention to all the different kinds of traffic. i must have been so tired. i looked at the time on my laptop and couldn't believe how late i'd slept. remember i mentioned there were a variety of reasons i wanted to keep the thread lean? lb bmw was shocked that i put info about lojack on the internet. the installer said, "now, clif, don't tell anyone lojack's on your motorcycle." "I... i put it on the internet." "you what???!!" anyway, i registered bg's lojack this morning and it was pretty easy. i thought i'd get error messages etc., but actually, the registration went really smooth. i'm going to ride out now... i enjoyed the freedom to have time to pack, time to get ready, and the freedom to choose when i rode. i had time to finally clean my helmet. i had time to think, to contemplate where i wanted to go. this freedom feels really good. i met a bmw enthusiast in beverly hills. his name was something like michael or nathan netzel. anyway, he said he had some really bad experiences at hollywood. he bought two motorcycles from them. the second one had a flat tire and the dealership refused to give him a new tire. so he paid for the new tire and installation. he said since then, he'll only deal with lb bmw. there's a bmw dealership in SF downtown i like a lot. and then i went to one around SJ? -- i'll have to double check... but the service there was really bad. i wanted them to fix the key pairing problem to bg, and the service guy said, "you're only supposed to have one key, right?" he was implying that i had somehow "taken" a second set and that they didn't have to help me pair it. that was before the tour started. i'm going to go now. i'll try to upload some pics from my friend's house. yesterday, there was an incredible accident and a bmw car ended up in front of me sitting on top of a flower bed... or a raised brick platform. how did it get up there? i offered to help the driver, but he said he was ok.