Friday, January 07, 2011

Pissing on Porcupines
I made it out for the Bathers Thursday night ride last night.  Conditions have been crap around here recently with a warm up and rain after the foot of snow we got a couple of weeks ago so the trails were were interesting to say the least.  The north end of the Bath trails are seeing unprecedented foot traffic this year so all of the trails were well packed but because of the hard freeze it felt like I was trying to ride a jackhammer all night.  Those stupid, skinny (2.1?  you exaggerating sons a bitches!) studded tires mounted on the rigid El Mariachi had me on the cusp of kidney damage.  If you've ever ridden in the winter, you know that you need some pretty specific clothes to stay warm and it can be difficult to stop to relieve yourself.  So much so that most people will hold it as long as humanly possible to avoid having to disrobe in frigid temps in the woods at night (maybe some people enjoy that???).  Last night my kidneys were rattling around so much that I had to stop two freaking times.  Eck.  On a positive note, on my first stop, I ambled over to a tree, started dropping trow and noticed the bugger above curled up at the base of a tree two feet in front of me.  I have to admit, the 8 year old boy in me really wanted to pee on him but the mature me didn't want quills in my testicles so I thought better of it.

So, what else is happening?  As mentioned in the last post, we're getting our floors refinished which is no easy task when you have concrete floors.  A solid week of 4-5 guys running grinders full time creating mountains of dust and a really sweet looking floor.

This is the typical scene right now:

or some high quality video from my crap flip phone:
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and this is what our electric meter looks like when only half of their machines are running.  Can't wait for next months utility bill...
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They look to be finishing up today (4 days less than their conservative estimate) so this weekend will be fun filled with vacuuming, mopping and dusting galore as we try to rid the house of the mountains of dust that accumulated over the last week.  Having high ceilings (several are over 15' tall) is pretty sweet until it comes time to climb up there and clean that shit...

3 comments:

Trevor Woodford said...

They must have caused a lot of noise as well as increasing your electricity bill.....!!

rick is! said...

yes, noisy and expensive.

and since nobody comments on here now, and only on facebook, I'm copying the comments over:

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Ken Keister No Joke about the 2.1 Nokians. I can't wait until they come out with a 2.3 which will probably resemble a 2.1.
about an hour ago · LikeUnlike
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Steven Kilburn Schwalbe will be the ones to have. Watch.
45 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
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Rick Nelson somebody will make some cash money when they come up with a high volume studded tire.
23 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
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Steven Kilburn Very true. A 2.25 studded Nobby Nic would be amazing.
20 minutes ago · LikeUnlike
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Ken Keister I'd love to have a studded Nobby Nic.
16 minutes ago · LikeUnlike · 1 person

Alby King said...

And then the comment chain went silent :)