Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wanda's Wild Weekend

... of abandon!  Haw. Well, no.

We went to Aldi, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Goodwill -- y'know, all the trendiest places in Smyrna. Also to Gregory Mill Damn Park so's I could walk (exercise!) and take some photos. Here she is in the park(ing lot):

I got some great VR panoramic shots, but not sure how to share them with ya, other than to link to one -- the embed code doesn't wanna cooperate with me. And yes, I know how to edit HTML.  ;)

One of the thangs I picked up at Dollar Tree made a good bandage for Wanda's old boo-boo from back in the West Nashville days:


Yes. Wanda is a dirty girl.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scootin' Saturday

Laundry day!  I have an over-the-shoulder canvas duffel bag which serves me well.

Got the G-POP Bluetooth speaker paired with the PC!  Still had to go to Big Lots and get a cable, but that was for the external HDDs I have.

Pissed off kid with flattop. Seen at any Shell station.

Safety shirts!

Monday, July 7, 2014

PCX Rear Wheel Removal Video

Dang, what an upload time.

Anyway, here's how I spent my day off. Well, some of it, anyway.

Back in early June, Ross and others assisted in getting Wanda's front tire changed. That was such a bitch -- dismounting the old tire, and mounting the new one -- I decided on a completely different course for the rear tire.

Tire World in La Vergne said they could do a 14" tubeless tire. no problemo, and for just $20, while I waited. SOLD! They were good to their word. Tire World have been awesome  to me in working on my work truck, always getting me back on the road quickly, and without hassle. It was only natural that I asked them about the scooter tire last time I was there on business. Good people, honest work!

While I waited for Tire World to do their magic, a city alderman stopped in with a minor tire issue. No one was available to assist her (TW stays quite busy, and has a tiny parking lot), so I told her I'd be happy to check her tires, and air them up two doors down at a convenience store, and she gratefully accepted. Since the alderman told the mayor about this, and I got pulled aside by the mayor afterward for embarrassing praise, I have to think we had us a win-win-win situation, in the end.  :)

NOTES

What's the screwdriver for?  To remove the old exhaust gasket ("crush washer"). Mine was stuck in the exhaust port of the head pretty good.

5mm Allen wrench:  To loosen the mudguard/rear fender, but not strictly needed. Like the plastic heat shield, you can skip this part if you are good at working around tight places. I found it easier to remove the heat shield (2 x 10mm bolts) and to take the left side of the mudguard loose removing this one Allen bolt rather than fighting it.

I did leave the bottom splash pan on throughout, but only because it looked like the left side body panels were involved in its removal. It was flexible enough for me to get the ratchet and 3" extension in there for the rear header bolt, but only barely. There were curse words.  :)

Clarification: Re-assembly order is large spacer, wheel, swingarm, small spacer, axle nut. Important!  :)

Also, during re-assembly, please re-torque all bolts to their OEM specs. You don't wanna lose anything riding down the road like a Harley rider.  ;)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independent Lens

I got out for a perfect ride, today. Given the rear tire situation (to be remedied Monday!), it needed to be close to home. I had to get out and enjoy this 84°F day without humidity  and bright sun, though. Gregory Mill Park, 2.4 miles away (and on the way back from the ATM) was perfect.
Three parks within a 3-mile radius! Time to explore one of them.

Just a few feet from the walking path, is what I assume Google Maps calls "the dam." A peaceful pool of water formed by Stewart's Creek and these rocks. A nice day to visit, as most people are at the shelters, grilling out, or at the splash pad at the northern end of the park. One woman was there, and saw me whip out the LG, and said, "I was just leaving!  I know you'd like some good photos without people in them." Okay, sure, but I don't mind, either way.

The spillway. NOICE.

It's like something out of a movie. Breathtakingly beautiful, IMO.

Here's some panoramic views of the park:



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Things You See

Alas, I was in the truck at work when I took this today, but this is a beautiful view in Nolensville, TN (although the residents of this high-priced subdivision are served by the La Vergne Water System). Nice views, and half-million dollar homes. It must be nice.

A tune.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fat Guy On A Scooter

Not a fat gal and  a moped. Ivy snapped this after work.

Before long, this should be a notably more svelte angle. I'm hoping before cold weather sets in, but I gave myself a year. 6/21/2015. Target: 167lbs.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Next Year, Bring Beer, Watch For Free!

Smyrna has an air show every June -- a political sop to the 1971 closing of Sewart Air Force Base. I have a prime viewing location at the farmhouse, being less than a mile from the airfield where the show is held, and an unobstructed view to the west from the backyard, looking towards the airfield.

Ed & Michele pull in -- my first visitors from Nashville to the farmhouse!

U.S. Navy Blue Angels in their F/A-18 Hornets, doing what they are paid to do.


Tight, tight, tight!  One has to admire this skills involved to fly 18" off the next wing.


Blue Angels' C-130.



An amazing stunt. Should have gotten video, as this is preceded by mock dogfighting with insanely close head-on passes between the fighters, mainly flying sideways and upside down.

Beautiful day for a cookout in the yard!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

ALWAYS Watch Your Six!

I don't even wanna look for a flickr photo for this... it's fresh, and the blood is pounding in my head.

I'm coming back from a late dinner, and I live on a stretch of 5-lane (2 each, center turn) that's a 45MPH limit. A block past my house is a traffic signal, so traffic tends to speed and slow right in front of the house in a constant wave; lots of traffic, almost all the time.

So, I'm in the right lane, ready to turn right into my driveway. I have plenty of time between me and the car following to do this without impeding traffic in any way. Suddenly, the asshole in the left  lane beside me decides that lane's not moving fast enough (many left turns both before and at the aforementioned light), and guns it to get inches off my rear tire JUST as I'm about to turn.

I punched the throttle wide open, straight ahead, and started quickly pulsing my brakes to let the asshole know I was at least planning on slowing down. I got a block up the street, and pulled into the first safe spot to my right that I could find, which was a driveway apron to a condemned building. "Yes, motherfucker, you almost killed me!" I screamed as they whizzed by, and I sat waiting for my heart to go back down in my chest, and for traffic to subside so I could do a u-turn back to the house.

PLEASE, keep an eye on your mirrors EVERY TIME you have to slow down, no matter the reason. It could be a life or death decision.