Saturday, July 24, 2010

Work and Duc updates

Work has been, well, work!  I'm getting a lot of over-time which means I'm getting more tasks than time (and more challenging).  My position really needs another me -- there needs to be two people in my current position or else someone to do the maintenance and stomp out the little fires that plague my days.  I'm waiting for the day when my manager has a meeting with me and our HR gal and tell me that I'm going to be salaried...with no change in pay...

Last week (or maybe it was the week before?) I got a flat rear tire on my Duc.  Got both of the original stock tires replaced with Michelin Power Pure and --BAM!-- the grip is nice!  Also removed the questionable stock RR (voltage regulator/rectifier) with a MOSFET unit so I'll never have to worry about cooking my butt, having my bike burst into flames a la X-Wing Fighter, or worrying about her dying mid-ride due to the crappy OEM RR failing.  Ooh, ooh, I also got a rear hugger which is basically a shorty rear fender.  Having tested it in a section of muddy road I can attest that it keeps the everything clean from the bottom of the battery lid and down  LOL!  Well, at least the engine will remain cleaner heheh.

I'm so happy that the weather is FINALLY cooperating, allowing me lots of ride time.  It's such a different riding experience 'tween the two (my Ducati vs. my Honda).  I'm much more comfortable on my Duc and am practicing my launches, to get moving from a stop quickly while keeping the front tire on the ground...well, for the most part ;-)

Well, off to PGE Park for some kids event Intel is doing.  God I'm glad I don't work there any more!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Not enough time

Well, trying to keep up on a blog takes a good chunk of time.  I learned this during the Invasion but it's been reinforced here at home.  If I'm not busy with home stuff or dealing with work then I get a few minutes to rest before bed.  During the Invasion it was really just me; at home I have three other people to share my time with (and we just adopted a black cat named Eris, bringing us to two cats now).  With my priorities this blog falls near the bottom, which is kind of a bummer since I want to be able to use it to document some of the stuff I do to my vehicles.  I'm guessing that people who do good blogs must have a talent for writing, so it comes out quickly without much revision, and/or it's a priority for them so they have the time.

It's Sunday morning before everybody is up.  I've already spent over 15 minutes on this little bit of text and now I need to work on finishing a work task as it's due tomorrow.  Ugh...almost everybody who requests information from me has their task at #1, top priority.  It can get annoying.  I like the job, it just reminds me of Intel sometimes with the rush rush rush.  It also means my work is important and the position I'm in needs a second person because I'm just not enough to get everyone's tasks completed in the time they want.

I just found a Sponge Bob Squarepants sticker on the floor next to my computer desk.  That means one of the kids was where they shouldn't have been.

I checked the mileage of mi ragazza and I've gotten a low of 35mpg and a high of 38mpg.  Not bad for a heavy throttle hand :-D