I ask "How fast does it go?" and he said "Fast enough". On further questioning I found that it went 6 knots. "One hundred and forty four nautical miles in a day" he said "during which time I sleep, read and eat. I also do repairs and keep watch. In 21 days I can be more than 3000 N miles from here". I had never thought of it that way. Breathing in and out, sleeping, reading and just living and letting the wind take me away. I fell for it and went sailing. -Tom Swaim-

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Old Fools Journal: A Warm Day and A Nice Ride

Yesterday was the first day I've been able to get the Schwinn out since I tuned it up last. I know I'm a wimp but I just don't seem to be able to face the elements like I used to. The temperature was in the 70's and the wind was light from the west. The excuse for the ride was of course errands but the real reason was to get out there and ride.
The first thing I saw as I was taking random streets out of Trollville was this:
What an unlikely sight in this low wealth area. A 1930 Model A Ford Town Car I believe. Even though the model T was the real innovation I think this auto doomed us all. It was an unnecessary upgrade due to business competition pressure. It made automobiling attractive to sissies. All enclosed, electric start and able to go fast enough to kill everyone in a crash. You could even get an after market add on heater. I wanted one when I was 16 and I still want one.

These automobiles were quite common when I was a child and would be my auto of choice if I were moneyed. Add the heater, an air-conditioner, an optional trunk, bicycle rack and what else would you need? My grandfather use to hide an Easter egg on the radiator cap at Easter. In plan sight so I could never find it.
I put this new chinaland bell on my scratched up handle bars to replace the old chinaland bell that has pretty much given up the ghost. The compass is for decoration as it indicates where the steel handle bar is. I knew that when I bought it and since I know how to swing a compass I could fix that but I like it because it looks cool in a Pee Wee Herman sort of way. Hong Kong $1.99 with compass an .99 without, free shipping. It's like shopping at Kresses 5 and 10 cent store when I was a kid.
New extended length stem waiting for the coming of the rust. I've had this 1975 Schwinn for about six years and I don't know why I took so long to do this. It makes the bike so much more comfortable for me. It was already great now it's better.
My faithful side kick Kodak died yesterday. It was a sudden death. It's an easyshare C813 and I can not recommend it. It took 1452 photos so I guess I got my moneys worth. I liked it because it was pocket size but big enough for my hand, used a regular or high capacity SD card and used regular AA batteries. It was less than 100 American dollars. Everything I want in a camera. The reason I can't recommend it is apparently a lot of these die a sudden death after the guarantee has run out. It's video output is in MOV which I didn't like but with You Tubes video editor that converts to AVI it wasn't a problem. Like most all modern electronics it's made to self-destruct.

The Fuji F650 I am currently using has longer zoom, makes videos in AVI, plays back with sound while in camera and has a slightly better quality lens. The display screen is bigger as well. It has taken 2351 photos and videos. I bought it used for $23.00.

The things I don't like is the battery is special and expensive and so is the memory card. The largest memory card I could get was 2 gigs. The old camera I put an 8 gig in. With a cheap Hong Kong battery and new memory I've got another $20.00 in it. With two batteries and 2.5+ gigs of memory it's OK around here but I wouldn't go off into the wild with it.

Yesterdays ride was warm and I rode in knee socks and shorts with a long sleeve cotton shirt. With a light warm wind I could tell I have been off the bike. Being the holiday season I found vast areas of broken glass on the road. There's always lots when the good God fearing rabble are celebrating a religious holiday by throwing beer and whiskey bottles (Crown Royal seems the preference here) into the street.

I was honked at once and very nearly run down only once so it was good. I got my adrenaline fix. The honk was in fun by a truck driver with a big toothy grin when I took the lane but the "run down" was by a dumb ass in a parking lot full of pedestrians. He missed but only because he had quick reflexes. Brushed my leg but I just kept going otherwise I was likely to work over his windshield with my walking stick. That would have probably put me in jail besides I was in a hurry to get home and make sure SWMBO (she who must be obeyed), Mrs Old Fool herself, got herself inside and warm. She has been doing poorly lately with a really bad cold and she can't seem to get warm but she keeps trying to go to work. I try not to tell her what to do but I guess I'm going to have to brave the feedback and make some demands. I can only get away with that if she's sick and weak.

One last thing. UPS just came but I haven't ordered anything. I found this inside.
At first I thought that Santa sent it but upon further investigation I found that my darling daughter must be reading these post. I haven't told you about her and the happiness she has brought her mother and I. I will though. She is in my thoughts daily. My mother used to tell me she thought of me everyday and I thought "yeah sure". Now that I am a old geaser and do it myself I believe she did.

Thanks sweetheart, darling daughter of mine. You know what I'll be doing for the rest of the day.

---For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.---
- H. L. Mencken-


Steve A said...

eBay sells extra batteries for that Fuji for about $5. Two batteries is just right for these "special battery" cameras because then you just swap out whenever it goes dead.

Oldfool said...

That's where I got my spare from and it seems like it was about $5.00. These batteries give little warning when going dead.Between low and dead is a real short time. I'm really disappointed in the Chinese kodak. The Fuji is indonesian and a little better quality but I don't know how old it is.

Steven Cain said...

And here I thought it was angels who sent new books unprovoked. You blessed child.

So, where is the hiding under your mattress post? Did I miss it?

You two kids have a wonderful Christmas down there... if I don't talk to you before then. Keep that gal warm boss!

limom said...

What an awesome gift!
There IS a Santa!

rlove2bike said...

You got the book you wished for from your loving daughter and she has done her part...Now if someone else out here in blog land will step up to plate with a 1930 Model A Ford Town Car. :-) I would, and I know this sounds like an excuse, but I have all I can do to keep my car with 253,000 miles running. I guess that tells you where I'm at.

Big Oak said...

I can think of one other thing to make the Model A complete: a cup holder!

Good luck nursing the Mrs. back to health.

Cheers to your daughter and to your good fortune to receive a great book!

Ed said...

The Model A and all other cars through the '60s had a cup holder. It sat in the passenger seat - remember when you would say, Here hold this?

Wartime Housewife said...

Merry Christmas Old Fool!

In The Wind Adventures of William and Mary Ann said...

Merry Christmas friend, to you and yours!
- Mary Ann and William

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

What a beautiful car! I would love to have one if I got rich :-)

My old camera is a Sony Cyber-shot and it is really great and fairly cheap too. It has a special battery but it lasts forever. There´s one disadvantage with it though, dust gets in to it to easy and that´s why I don´t recommend it to others.

Have a Merry Christmas or as we say over here a Good Yule!

Lord Wellbourne said...

I am in great hopes that you are successful at convincing SWMBO to rest and recover. I also have the greatest hopes that you don't become a hood ornament! Unlike the Easter egg on the radiator--I believe YOU would be very noticeable!