Friday, April 11, 2014
Noticed that I needed a new hose reel. The old one sprang a leak at the end of last year. So, off to get a new one. Figured I would get the hose in operation and get the dust off the bike and go for a ride.
Got neat metal one from Costco. But, it is a wall mounted one. The mounting hardware looks like it was meant to attach a full battle tank to the wall. Well, the afternoon was moving on, so I decided to do the ride.
Nice day, dry and sunny and relatively warm for a slow speed ride. Off to Home Depot for a metric bolt ( I had bought one before when I should have bought two) and then over to the nearby GO station. For those who don't know, GO Transit runs trains and buses for commuters in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
This station has an empty parking lot on Sunday mornings. I go there a lot to practice slow speed U-turns. I did pretty well today, considering it was the first day riding this season. Seems to me I did better than last year. That pneumonia really did a job on me last year.
On the way home, I took the long way... .
Now, I cheated a bit. The BMW 1200RT has a tank bag, rear paniers, and a top box when fully set up for travelling. Today, it was bare. Not even the GPS, which I never leave home without, almost. That might have made it easier to U-turn, but I think it was the refresh reading I did the other day that reminded me to really turn my head around.
I'm looking forward to a great season.
Off to get ready for a steak dinner with some old friends. I'll try to do regular blogs in the next while.
I was fretting last night, thinking I had lost the 2nd extra key that BMW provides with their bikes that have immobolizer alarms. Two regular keys with alarm fobs plus this little flat plastic key that is a miniature key comparatively but is still electronic and will start the bike! They intend you to keep it in a wallet I suppose, but I put it on a string and hang it around my neck when traveling. Almost lost a key camping once, spotted it on the grass near the table I had just sat down on. And, had no spare with me... .
At the end of the season last year, I thought I would keep it somewhere in the garage ... then I forgot where I put it. Looked for it last night. Looked for it today before the ride. No dice. Now I was getting bothered with myself. After the ride, I re-checked a place I had looked before and there it was! Don't know how I could have missed it last night it was so obvious. I do this too often! Do you suffer from this sort of thing too?
Really must go now.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Was waiting for warmth and rain. Today was 16C! Late in the day, sprinkles of rain and likely more overnight.
Renovation of the "main" bathroom at the top of the stairs is basically complete, but awaiting some final items to install. So, the half of the garage that was used for tool storage by the installer became clear after noon.
1) sweep & take cardboard boxes to the recycle centre.
2) use the Park n' Move trolley (great item) to turn the bike around.
3) pump out the old fuel in the tank, put it in the minivan with lots of other fuel to dilute it.
4) get new, fresh fuel from the local gas station and pour it in, and ...
5) start the engine.
Every year, the first start of the engine is a concern. Never had a complete failure, but the fear is there. This time:
1) the battery delivered a fine high amperage current to the starter motor, thanks to the battery tender that has always done me good service,
2) the big twin gave a sideways shake and one cough, likely of old November fuel, stale as could be,
3) sucked down some fresh 94 octane fuel and ... just ran. Ran fine.
Funny how fast fear flees. [Sorry about the alliteration, just could not resist.]
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I'm tired. Tired of the cold, overcast, and the white stuff.
Yesterday, it snowed all day. By noon, I had shoveled the steps and walk three times. Because we have a workman here, I had to use an ice scraper to loosen the the packed snow before using the shovel. I had also done the driveway twice. That required moving my minivan and the workman's truck and using the scraper, then the shovel. On the third attempt, I realized the stil-falling snow was gaining on me, and that was it for the day.
This morning, I did it again from 0830 to 1015 and then cranked up the small Honda blower to put the snow I had put onto to road onto the lawn.
Then, down to a neighbor's to do hers. That was much easier, it turned out.
So, while Bobscoot enjoys Spring, it's not here yet. But, the sun's rays are warm, and yes, Bob, we are on DST again too!
About the workman. I know Bob will be asking "What are they doing now?". Well Bob, remember that small bathroom at the top of the stairs, with a bathtub? Soon, it will be very similar to the ensuite we just renovated. I'll post the results soon.
That will leave the main ensuite to do over - next year.
So, to forget my aching muscles, I did some web surfing on things bike related. BMW MOA forum, some local accessory shops, camping topics...
Will the weather be good by the end of next week? Will the bike start? I'm not sure about the weather, but pretty sure about the bike - I always use a Battery Tender and get great life from my bike batteries. And, I usually replace the fuel with fresh fuel. A few cranks and away we go!
Can you tell I'm ready for it?
Saturday, February 15, 2014
After much wine and discussion, he asked if I had reset the TV to factory settings. I had been offered this by the technician, but rejected it for no good reason. So, I thought I would try it.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Dianne loved the coffee it made, so we ordered one a few months later, in early April.
But, Dianne did not like the foamed milk ours made. It was large bubbles rather than the nice foam from Suzanne's machine. So, I obtained a certificate for repair and took it to a depot. They found a problem and fixed it. Alas, it did not fully fix the machine.
I tried all the programming options but Dianne was not satisfied and did not want coffee from it from about last October.
She was right, the foam was not very good, and reviews on the web show that we were not alone in our judgement. Fortunately, we too had bought the machine from Costco, so a few days ago I returned it for a full refund. And, no hassles about it either.
So, I looked into getting a better machine and came across the Jura ENA 9 One-Touch. My friend Peter had told me about the I Drink Coffee store in Milton, just to the West. So, since they have a showroom, off we went for a demo. We both agreed this was the machine for us. Pavel did a great job of demonstrating the machine, and did a price match with a web site. Great store. www.idrinkcoffee.com
So, here it is on our counter:
See that black item on the left? That is the milk cooler. It was included as part of the price match. It uses Pelletier effect cooling to keep the milk at 39 degrees F - which is the optimum temperature for milk frothing. Who knew? Works great and the micro foam is superb.
See the glass on the right? Yes, the one with the Latte Machiatto in it. Looks nice and tastes great. And, the glass is high tech too! It's made by Bodum, borosilicate glass, mouth-blown, double walled too!
I don't know how many coffees we have had in the last 24 hours, but it sure exceeds the recommended daily dose. Or, maybe even the recommended weekly dose...
Dianne really likes the micro foam frothed milk made by this machine.
So, a good return, a good purchase.