Friday, June 23, 2017
While I was under there, I spied the inline fuel filter. "I'm replacing it" was what I said to myself. Why get gassy more than once? Turns out, it was sort of a trick little thing. After disconnecting it, to my amazement, I saw that it had a glass center section so you can see how the filter is doing. Not very well in this case because I couldn't tell it was glass. It was black. When I pulled it apart I found that it was completely clogged. I don't know how fuel got past this thing. Perhaps that contributed to the fuel pump failure? Now it's clean and clear.
I just had to make a video of this thing running. Normally it takes a little bit for the idle to settle down. Normally it even takes a few cranks for the thing to cough to life. Not now. I started this video just a few seconds after it roared to life. Wow, I'm wondering just what was going on with the fuel system because now it's just so smooth. I'm talking in the background but it's nothing important.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
I love this car.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
I like to mark my Mom and Dad's birthdays whenever they come around. Truth be told, I was really bad about remembering them while they were alive. Maybe I feel like I'm a better offspring by remembering them after they're gone.
Anyway, today she would be 84. We're approaching my Dad's 99th, which will be interesting but not as cool as next year for his 100th.
I've posted this photo before. I love it. It's so rich with 70's goodness. See that green couch? The weird lamp? The lighter and ashtray on the wooden coffee table? How about those fake plants in the background? This is one of the few photos of our home on West Bruno that's pre-paneling. Yes, shortly after this they festooned the entire upstairs with dark fake wood paneling that persisted until I sold the house in 2007. Ah, memories. Anyway, happy birthday, Mom.
Friday, June 09, 2017
Ah, that's a clean deck!
Last October, I presented you with the saga of my rotten deck boards. I took a whole day and replaced all of the horizontal wood. It looked nice.
For the last few weeks, I've been obsessing over the darkening of the wood. I know it's supposed to age, but for some reason I just got weird about it. Deciding to sand it all down and seal it again made me feel better.
Over the last week, I've been sanding the horizontal boards with a belt sander. That's hard work. I would say that it wasn't much harder to replace all the boards. A lot cheaper, as belts are about $5 for a 5 pack, but pretty hard on the back and arms.
I finished sanding the boards this morning and sealed it this afternoon.
When I finished, I came to the realization that just a plain power washing and sealing would have sufficed. The wood is of course, fine. I don't know why I got so bent out of shape. By the time this wood is ready for replacement, the entire deck will be ready for demolition and replacement. It's 13 years old, after all.
Now, the stairs are a different story. I replaced those earlier, and used a urethane to coat them. The urethane has yellowed quite a bit. I might just call time on those and cut some new steps. Much less trouble than sanding them.
But that's for another day.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Behold, The Aventador!
Forget what I said the other day about the rarity of a Lamborghini sighting. Still, it's not every day that you see one in the wild, but I've been lucky enough to catch two in a week. And this one...well, this one is something special, even in the world of Lamborghini.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
I wanted to take more photos, but sometimes it's best to cut and run before someone asks you what the hell you're doing near the Lamborghini.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Where could he be? I started putting laundry away and what did I find? Rex, behind the low hanging clothes in our closet. He is terribly afraid of storms and it was thundering and threatening rain most of the night. I have never seen him hide in this particular spot.
He stayed there until midnight or so when the danger had passed.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
It was a very pleasant way to spend the day.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Sunday, May 07, 2017
I was trying to catch the mix of colors and the photo came out absolutely incredible.
I don't usually ride my mountain bike locally on the weekends. I'm pretty averse to crowds and prefer to open the four-barrel when there are open trails and blue skies. I got my blue skies today but I paid for breaking the weekend rule. I sort of thought Creve Coeur would be sparsely populated today since the lower part of the park is still flooded. Indeed, everyone just migrated upward to the off-road trails.
On one lap, I know I didn't get a full hundred yards without passing another user. On foot, on bike, with dogs, with kids, whatever. It was nuts. I won't say I didn't have fun, because not only was I going strangely well, but the other users were unusually nice today. I even threw in a couple of runs up the gravel service road to up my elevation and encountered a nice lady talking merrily on her cell phone each time I passed. It was quite a sight at the bottom of the gravel road...water, water everywhere. Quite a flood, that.
I was suffering a bit. My aforementioned wrist is still pretty touchy, but my Garmin told me when I got home that I was mostly faster than I've ever been at CCP.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
I have always amazed myself and others with an uncanny ability to hurt myself .
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Really nice details on this one.
There are a few more that I kept but none that have great stories. They are still in fair condition. There were times when they sat in damp basements so they are not perfect. But they still hold together. I cleaned them tonight and tightened the bolts. The killer Indianapolis trophy, as solid as it is, had a little malfunction and one of the little metal eagles snapped off. Part of me wants to fix it but part of me wants to let all of them be. It's fun to remember them and they don't have to be perfect to take that little trip with each of them.