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I'm Back

July 3, 2018
Right after I posted my last entry Linda and I got tremor causing news. My ninety plus year old parents had been dancing their customory Lindy (a dance from the Dark Ages) for their Senior Group at a Long Island restaurant. In short, they tangled feet and Mom went crashing to the floor, breaking her hip. We rushed down the next morning for the surgery to repair her joint and arrived right after its completion. She survived the surgery and was sent to a rehab facility three days later.
Of course that wasn't the end of the drama. After finally arriving home from rehab a heating pipe burst in the Parental house. Levitt houses are built on concrete slabs with their heat pipes embedded in the foundation. Time, settling and corrosion eat at the pipes causing leaks. Knowing that the pipes would only continue to deteriorate they opted for a conversion to baseboard heat. We spent last Saturday moving furniture away from the walls, packing items off the shelves into boxes and moving other things off the path of the impending construction.
All this and our ongoing trips back to Deposit, NY to check on the house I'm trying to divest myself of. We mowed the lawn, clipped weeds and removed the last of household items. These trips have put numerous miles on the cars and us. Five hundred mile weekends have been the norm and when we're not doing that tasks around the house have kept us busy.
Hopefully things will settle down and we get a chance to just sit. Of course if last night was any indication we may yet have things to do. Poor Linda went into the dish cabinet seeking cups for ice cream when a plastic shelf bracket broke. An avalanche of cups, dishes and bowls tumbled around her with some exploding dramatically on the counter and floors. To add to the confusion, the dogs rushed in to see what the noise was risking stepping on broken shards of glass. We herded them away and cleaned up the mess. A repair is forthcoming that will prevent such calamities in the future.
I will make efforts to be more regular here unless further adventures ensue. See you soon.
 

A Really Busy time

May 25, 2018
I finally finished getting the Honda Nighthawk inspected and legal. Now comes the fun part, riding it. The bike has led a challenging life and many parts of it show. The engine runs with gusto and is a tribute to Honda's engineering staff. I've already had one offer to buy it. It looks and sounds quite sporty.
Now to the busy part. Linda and I have been wearing a track in the road from here to Deposit and back.The house has lost its last occupant and we have been working our geriactic fingers ...
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Almost Done

April 24, 2018
I bought the 250 Honda Nighthawk over two years ago and nursed it back to health. This past Sunday I installed a new front brake switch and now the brake light glows when I pull the lever. The last step is finally upon me, getting it inspected. Everything is now up to snuff and it should breeze through easily. Of all the bikes in the fleet the Honda is the one that may stay the longest. It fits me well, it's not heavy and gets good gas mileage. I love the big Kawasaki and its horsepower but m...
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Spring Is Almost Here

April 5, 2018
After several snowstorms warmer weather is finally coming. I still may not be riding again soon since April Showers are on the horizon but better days are coming. I still only have been visiting the bikes in the garage but they will be venturing forth soon. My driveway is finally clear of snow so when the temperature and conditions allow I'll be off and riding.
Easter weekend was beautiful though and we enjoyed family gatherings both here and on Long Island. On Saturday Linda's son and family ...
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Tired Of Winter

March 20, 2018
I'm sitting here waiting for tomorrow's latest Nor'easter and wondering how hard my snowblower will have to work clearing the driveway. The worst one of the three we've had in the past three weeks left thirteen inches of white stuff on my walk and driveway. While I usually have a good time watching the machine hurl snow it's getting a little tedious removing it with such regularity.
What really has made all of this so annoying is that I got one good day to ride a bike before all these storms s...
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The Weather

March 5, 2018
The weather here is having fun with us but it certainly isn't funny. A week ago it became suddenly warm and had us thinking Spring was at hand. I even took the Honda Rebel to work one day. Of course the next day Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the region. High winds knocked out power and the roads were coated with wet, heavy and slippery snow. Trees fell, whole towns lost power and many schools have been closed for days. When Linda and I finally went out to clear the snow from the walk an...
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The Long Wait

February 20, 2018
Winter here in the Northeast is the biggest hindrance to riding anything on two wheels. If it isn't too cold or snowing there is a heavy coating of road salt waiting to eat up the bike. I haven't even bothered to start any of the bikes that are the crankiest and will hook up a battery charger later in March or early April that should coax them to life. The best bikes are the three Hondas out there. No matter how long I let them sit they usually crank and fire up in a matter of seconds. 
We hav...
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Welcome To 2018

January 10, 2018
While it may look lovely in pictures, nothing is more depressing to a rider than a blanket of white covering the world outside. Not only is my lawn white with snow but the streets are coated with road salt waiting to rust anything that dares cross it. Having just come through twelve days of sub freezing temperatures it's hard to think about riding at this time.
The only two wheeled, motor driven object I've used in the last two weeks is my two stage snow blower. It has had a couple of workouts...
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A Final Touch

November 17, 2017
Two years ago I bought a 1991 Honda motorcycle to bring back to life as a project. Mechanically it was/is fine but needed pieces fixed or replaced to return it to running order. Just to get it to run it needed a new starter motor and a carburetor. The mufflers had their pieces removed and made an ungodly racket. I improvised a repair to decrease the noise. It was either that or replace the over six hundred dollar exhaust system, which wasn't happening.
After that and a few other details I had ...
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The Season Winds Down

October 29, 2017
As riding seasons go this one has been fairly quiet. No runs to Danbury, no bike night in Sherburne and only one tire change. My fleet has been getting improvements though. The 1991 Nighthawk is in the shop right now having its directional signals fixed and the 2009 Honda Rebel had its rear tire replaced. The great thing about motorcycle parts these days is that most everything is available on the web. I don't even bother going to individual dealer websites for tires anymore. Most of them sel...
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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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