This week was a bit of a roller-coaster….
Last weekend ended with our home’s 23-year old A/C systems — yes, plural… there are two of them — both going on the fritz during the hottest weekend of the year. The upstairs system was having a hard time keeping up for the last two seasons and was on it’s last leg: it was supposed to be a 3.0 ton system and only a 2.5 ton was installed. Amazing that it lasted as long as it did given how hard it was working! The downstairs was a 2.0 ton system that has been very reliable… until a baby Copperhead snake got into the electric box and bridged a circuit last Friday. Yup, that’s what killed the system. After getting a local HVAC company out to diagnose the dead snake failure on Monday morning, I asked them for a new quote on both the upstairs and downstairs. The numbers were “good enough” so a five-man crew came out on Tuesday morning at 8:00am and didn’t leave until 5:00pm after installing two new compressors, two new cooling coils and two new furnaces. Yeah, pretty sobering in the wallet but at least the house has been cool ever since!
I worked from home on Monday morning, all day Tuesday and Wednesday as there were some “issues” with the initial installation that the super-tech had to solve on Wednesday. Thankfully, I’m able to do 90% of my job virtually so there was no real loss of productivity on the work front and I got to work in shorts and a T-shirt for two days instead of a suit! Pretty sweet!
I was also able to “knock off” from work early on Wednesday and headed over to the local off-road mountain bike trails for a nice 10-mile loop. Man, if I could get back to an 8-hour or 9-hour day and get in an every evening off-road every day of the week I’d be one very happy camper! Love the off-road riding: no motorists… actually, no anything. Even the trails seem empty as it’s rare to encounter another rider on the loops! What could be better.
The week ended with Finally a Friday at Loco Willy’s, per normal. Our partners in crime were reduced to just one: David. Deb was not feeling up to par and passed on the evening. However, what made the evening a bit unusual was three co-workers sitting at the bar, which was quite unexpected. I had a nice time visiting with them as I shuttled back and forth to Debbie & David. We ended the evening at home with a movie… very nice.
Saturday’s highlight was a tandem ride with Miss Debbie. Sure, there were quite a few chores around the house that had to be attended to and we had to drop Debbie’s little red sports car by Costco for the other 1/2 of it’s new set of Bridgestone tires, but the tandem ride defined Saturday afternoon! Yes, I didn’t wear a helmet as it was in the back of the truck with the mountain bike and I didn’t feel like digging it out. Quite frankly, I miss all of those years of cycling without helmets before the helmet lobby / nanny state convinced the world that we were doomed if we rode a bicycle without one. Yeah, well… it felt pretty darn nice having the wind blowing across my scalp on Saturday, so there! And, I didn’t die! Shocking….
Saturday night became somewhat epic. We went to Loco Willy’s (yeah, there’s a surprise, we go there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and had a repeat of last week’s dinner: I had a 1/2 dozen raw oysters and a 1/2 dozen baked with bacon, cheese, garlic and butter. Debbie did the Salmon… OMG! Great stuff!
After diner we headed over to Brewsters Bar & Grille because I mis-read a Facebook promo that cause me to believe a great local band — 3 Left Standing — would be playing. Yeah, well, that will be on Saturday 22 Aug… I forgot it was only 8 August! But, imagine our surprise when we found the back table was filled with a bunch of our friends from Panama City Beach Bike Week. Needless to say, we had an amazing night with a great group of dear friends. We simply and without hesitation Love our motorcycling friends: they’re the best. They are all good souls without agendas who wear their hearts on their sleeves and always have their friend’s backs. We were also celebrating our friend Missy’s birthday so it was an extra special time.
Sunday began early for me, but not for Miss Debbie who caught up on some much-needed rest. Since we weren’t able to get in a tandem ride, I grabbed the Ventana Marble Peak and headed back to the Allatoona Creek mountain bike trails for a quick loop. I finally made a point of stopping and grabbing a selfie with one of the two baby Triceratops who watch over the trails.
We ended the weekend with a motorcycle ride over to Loco Willy’s for hot wings around 3:30pm, sat out a short rain shower and got to know Corky a bit better: Corky is another Harley owner who frequents Loco’s on Sunday afternoons. After our wings, we headed over to the Semper Fi Bar & Grille in Woodstock, a place that was just opened by our good friend Ralph with support from his awesome wife, Carrie. They’re both retired U.S. Marines and owning a bar was on Ralph’s bucket list… a bar with a Marine Corps theme that will hopefully become a meeting place for service members who are looking for an alternative or supplement to the Legion Hall scene.
So, there you have it. Sure, there was a lot other stuff that went on during the weekend. I was able to keep our 23-year old refrigerator alive by replacing the ice maker’s water supply pump with a new unit, did a bunch of yard work, household chores, overhauled the tandem and my Ventana Marble Peak, deep cleaned the Honda S2000 after the tire change and also cleaned and ‘polished’ Blue and the black Dyna Wide Glide with some Zaino products: they’re the best… really. Amazing stuff developed by chemists for car enthusiasts sold only over the internet. No marketing BS here; just darn good chemistry and fantastic results for over a decade since I started using it on Debbie’s little S2000.
I’ve got to hop on a plane Tuesday for a business trip that will delay putting Blue on a Dyno at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta to try and richen up the air fuel ration and bring down the engine temps, and obviously keep me off the trails. Sure makes the argument for sticking with Plan A and retiring on 31 Jan ’16. If it wasn’t for the skyrocketing cost of healthcare, this would be a no-brainer.
That’s it for now… Here’s hoping your roads are smooth, your temps mild and your time of the tandem plentiful.