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Settling In

August 22, 2016

As I reported last week we are finally in the house in Hyde Park. It's been a very tumultuous week with workers installing flooring in the Master Bedroom, painting and doing repair work on the back deck. All the work was completed this past Friday and we have residual damage to repair ourselves. Paint spots were left in many obnoxious places including doors, moulding, carpets and furniture. The people themselves were cordial but their work ethic left much to be desired.

Now that they're gone we have begun the lengthy task of unpacking Linda's boxes from Danbury and settling up rooms. We finally got to move into the Master Bedroom, which is quite spacious, and spent our first night in it on Saturday. It has its own bathroom so no more leaving the room to make nightly visits. In the meantime I haven't been back to the Deposit house in over a week and it is still an epic task awaiting more emptying. All my motorcycles are in the garage and I haven't ridden anything since the beginning of the month. I feel like I'm in withdrawal.

In a more joyous note Linda's Daughters-in Law threw her a bridal shower this past Saturday with close friends and family in attendance. My Mom drove up from Long Island to the Olive Garden in Poughkeepsie for the event and everyone had a great time with Linda beaming. She especially beamed when the manager of the restaurant called her “The Bride to be”. My thanks to Deb, Erin and Jen who organized everything. Now comes the last, hectic time leading up to the wedding which is less than three weeks away.

 

We're In!

August 15, 2016
In my last post I listed all the difficulties we were experiencing in moving into our new home in Hyde Park. I can happily say all has been overcome and I am now sitting in Hyde Park pounding out this prose. Linda was able, with a short but firm e-mail, to seemingly move all the impediments aside and make everyone commit to a closing date for the house. In a less than precise meeting, with some people arriving two hours late, papers were signed, checks distributed and all parties paid. The ve...
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House Buying Blues

August 1, 2016
As many of you know Linda and I are eventually moving to Hyde Park, just north of Poughkeepsie. I've bought three houses before this, in my life, but this purchase has been troublesome. We found a house in Poughkeepsie but the hidden problems found during the Home Inspection were too numerous to ignore. Another house was pulled off the market after our offer was accepted and this last house looks like it will happen but the paperwork has been overwhelming. Since the Crash of 2008 banks have t...
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The Epic Voyage of Jimmy

July 22, 2016

I declared the other day that if the scooter gave me any reason to doubt its ability to do a long ride I would drag one of the Japanese motorcycles out of the bull pen to replace it. It happened. The hole in the big scooters muffler would not stay fixed and I needed a reliable ride to make a quick run to Hyde Park last night. That sounds like an easy trip but it was 150 miles each way. A three hundred mile ride is starting to test my physical endurance but the Kawasaki 750 made the trip a li...


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The Dilemma

July 18, 2016

As I have mentioned repeatedly in the last couple of installments I have been riding the big scooter to Linda's in Danbury. It gets excellent fuel mileage, is fairly comfortable and I enjoy the challenge of making a Tour on a small engined scooter. Lately though its Chinese-ness has begun to show through. As noted last time I heard a shrieking noise on the trip home and a squirt of oil in the neighborhood of the speedometer drive seems to be holding that at bay. It rode quite nicely last wee...


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Even More Riding

July 12, 2016
I just finished trip number four to Linda's in Danbury and back and have a couple of conclusions. Conclusion one. Chinese scooters are scary. Conclusion two. Japanese motorcycles are a much better bet for a long ride.
I came to the first conclusion this morning when the big scooter did something unexpected. I was on Route 17 in the very middle of nowhere when a shrieking noise came from the front end. I couldn't feel anything vibrating the handlebars but the noise was there. Not wanting to sto...
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A Lot Of Riding

June 22, 2016
I'm sitting at Linda's in Connecticut concocting this and the 250cc scooter waits outside for another trip home. In the last week I've done this trip to Danbury once and am half way through another run now. It has been an amazing series of events. The scooter has been both reliable and incredibly fuel efficient. I just checked the mileage for this latest trip and it has delivered an amazing 83 mpg. I always laugh to myself when a Toyota Prius passes me and I say, "Gas Guzzler." The trips have...
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The Big Trip Finally Happens

June 3, 2016

Years ago when I bought the big scooter I had ideas in my head that we would do some serious miles together. Events since then have conspired to deter that and it settled into the role of commuter and doctors visit machine. Yesterday it finally got to break out of those roles as we took a three hundred mile trip together to Danbury, Connecticut and back. It was a rousing success. I always knew it was a comfortable scooter but hadn't spent a long time in its saddle since I picked it up on Lon...


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The Latest News

May 26, 2016

Sorry for the delay in communicating but I have been so busy lately that writing here fell on the back burner. I have been searching for a new home in another part of the State so driving to far off places has been occupying much of my time. In the last couple of months my cars have been getting their wheels run off as each trip to Poughkeepsie puts another three hundred miles on the odometer. I'm not up for a three hundred mile ride in six or seven hours so the bikes have lain dormant for m...


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Back At It

May 6, 2016
I know it's been a while but I haven't been idle. In addition to commuting on the big scooter, I've ridden pretty much all of the fleet at one time or another in the past month. On Tuesday I did my first longish ride in less than ideal condition in a long time. The Retreads meet on a weekly basis to have ice cream at various locales in the area and this week it was in Oneonta. As I left the house a light mist was falling, which is what was forecast by the various online weather services. To m...
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Jim Zeiser If you wish to comment my e-mail address is h1500e@hotmail.com. I'd like to hear anything-good or bad-that anyone would like to say. As they said in college, we're all lifelong learners.

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