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    I STILL miss East Hill :) Rollfast's Avatar
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    More of life's sidetracks...sorry it's going slow.

    Nothing much has happened all summer as I've had to repair Tempest and Germaine a few times to keep moving, a lot of stressful but necessary things to do about the house, the money isn't going far enough and i had to catch up after the repairs, also an uncle passed away (from leukemia).

    Fall has definitely set in and the windy, rainy days make it tough to go out and work on the bikes. I'm concentrating on getting the living room in shape so I can work on them indoors and it kind of puts a kink in trying to strip and repaint a Higgins I want to give to somebody.

    So I continue to work on the house and putting things in order again while finishing audiotaping projects and selling or trading audio gear. Germaine is still at the LBS a month later awaiting a pedal stub the sheared at the crank arm thread to be removed...it apparently broke a bit and now I wonder if I have to wait another month or find a used crank. When one bike is down and the other is as well it gets to be a pain doing much, as I don't always walk so well and finiding a ride for larger tasks is hard.

    If you're reading, I still miss you, East Hill. I hope you are doing fine. I have always appreciated your guidance and encouragement.
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    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

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    I STILL miss East Hill :) Rollfast's Avatar
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    A quarter-year?

    Fear not, I'm not done yet...the weather is clearing and it's about time to go back to work, Rollfast, Schwinn and Higgins...that's a ladies' and a gift. The Ross is gone, given to a friend who can finish it for his girlfriend, it's formerly rusty sister the J.C. Higgins Jetflow(?) is a surprise for a person I just decided to give it to when done ut of the blue a year back. In the meantime I've put a tank and fenders on Germaine, new rims (black) and pedals and am waiting to be able to afford a police style windshield to add to her with a big Ford fender headlamp bezel (and mount the Honda saddlebags)...then I should be done with Germaine...

    I'll get a couple-three pictures up later today, the sun is just rising right now.
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    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

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    I STILL miss East Hill :) Rollfast's Avatar
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    This isn't the thread that never ends...

    but nothing is really happening.

    I replace tires and tubes, sell a spare part I'll never get around to using on anything now and then...so is it a spat of DOLDRUMS or is the world simply falling apart faster than me, hobbywise, and for all the things I like and which keep me feeling creative and foolishly young that are seemingly slipping away from me locally?

    I had to figure out if I would be able to change my Windows and use what I have...now the lone printer cartridge refill guy I have near me has had a heart attack and is planning on retiring soon...

    I wonder if I'll have sources for parts for my old cassette and reel to reel recorders or even close access to electronics parts...

    I've had three family members (dad, grandma and an uncle) pass away in the last 2 and a half years and mother had back surgery for placing rods to fix her bad discs, my brother in law (of the sister that lives near mom) almost lost an eye and is finally back at his old job...even my other sister's youngest tried to commit suicide (fortunately I think intervention was successful)...

    Each spring the entire internet seems to go on an insane campaign to mess up what we are comfortable with and aggravate people to no end.

    I'd love to finally get the fairings on my bikes and finish wiring them and even with the scratches call them done...they are me and I am no different.

    It's hard dealing with 15 different things at once and just moving forward. I can't do it and it's certainly only a temporary celebration to accomplish one thing or another lately.

    I still assert that I'm neither suicidal nor homicidal, so the SOBs are lucky and will just have to put up with me a while...

    I've been a late bloomer, a late re-adopter and low on resources if long on innovations.

    So I could wrap it up for this thread, but I won't for now. Just remember what I wrote here and forgive my slow pace, if you will.

    This is still for East Hill. Margaret, you are an inspiration. Thank you always, Steven
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

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    Do you know what ever happened to East Hill? I know she's not around anymore. Did she leave or was there more?
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I STILL miss East Hill :) Rollfast's Avatar
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    I'll try and explain in a PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
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    Another goodie arrived and this one brings me even closer to finishing Tempest, in a BIG way...

    It's a Cycle Sound stereo fairing!

    From Lee and food (7).JPG From Lee and food (3).JPG From Lee and food (2).JPG

    Now I can install the Pioneer!
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

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    I STILL miss East Hill :) Rollfast's Avatar
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    Things are kind of slow here on the bike front...I've had to make a lot more repairs than progress on both bikes yet while things are a bit 'pedestrian' here and there are no spectacular fairings and lights or fanciful flights of late, there is life, wear and tear, the passing of time and people.

    My remaining grandparent (paternal grandmother) passed away over the summer and was placed next to het beloved first husband, who has waited for her since 1987. I had strong and caring grandparents and the finality of it all is a sad but treasured milestone.

    Life, and bicycling have been all over the place in the last few months. I won't hide that my A1C is up over 12 now and I'm not the spry pup I once was...I met a friend the other day who almost died without even know he HAD diabetes, and his initial blood glucose reading was OVER 900 with an A1C of over 18! The karaoke jockey at the bar I like to sing at told me that his blood pressure got up to 191/121 when he was recently on vacation and he was almost certain to have a stroke had it been worse...

    YIKES!

    A lot to work on, and more than just having a tire bubble the Schwinn and the Rollfast got a cut tire and then the used replacement found a carpet nail...and sealed somehow.

    An expensive month, and it continues as I broke four spokes on the rear wheel of the Schwinn and it needs trueing...

    And a lot of things to do in all aspect of housework and getting the 2014 Christmas cards and CDs for one of my audio forums readied...

    I'll post more very soon although it's mostly anecdotal.
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

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    I'm hoping to finish building the new bike stand I made in a makeshift fashion with two pallets and several bits of scrap wood and the long rubber strip I had at the front of the house to free the bikes from the antenna mast and weeds and allow safer entry from the back of the yard plus allow netter visibility from my bedroom.

    Hmmm...time to charge all three of my camera batteries!
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

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