THANKSGIVING WEEK

THANKSGIVING WEEK


THANKSGIVING WEEK


Like the Trojans you are probably thinking whats this all about ?

Monday 19 Nov and a week off from driving the bus and aggrivating the Silver Jubilee Pre 65 shoulder
injury. As always with Thanksgiving week a ton of things to do and catch up on. However this year I
seem to be a lot better prepared and ready for the tasks at hand.

The wood flooring continues today so I can escape the noise and have a full day clearing up outside
over in my personal woodpile……. and although its only 22F it will give me a good excuse to come in
for Hot Chocolate.

The hard wood is nearly done

Tomorrow I should get into the workshop and finish dismantling the 1/2 Cub and get the frame off to
Ray for the final Pre 2013 season mods. Now while on the subject of mods a couple of Ebay items
caught my eye, and maybe Mercury has gone Retrograde again or perhaps there are another bunch of “Shadetrees” out there ? Whatever the reason these two made me chuckle even though its not the
first time I’ve seen this screw up!

Exhibit 1 is a fairly nice TY250A which has been improved and although overpriced isn’t that bad. This
one has the front fender on backwards! Now the mudguard, if you look at it has a curved front end and
a squarish back end…… and not forgetting on the underside there is a bloody great arrow pointing
forwards !!

The square edge goes at the back!!

The curved edge goes at the front !

Like this

Exhibit 2 is very pertinent as we are considering putting in a “Early Monos Class” so here is another
classic ebayer with a “short wheelbase” version of the ever popular TY350 Mono !!!!   Yes indeedeee
friends, put the fork legs in the wrong sides and fit the wheel arse backwards and you too can have a “shortie” !!! No doubt handles like a Harley!!!

Legs in the wrong sides, wheel in backwards,  3″ shorter on wheelbase!

While on the arse backwards rant it never ceases to amaze me how many people fit the Yam TY
stays from Sammy Miller the WRONG way round. Well I suppose it is a 50/50 choice but they are made
such that the FORWARD section has sufficient room for the brake cable to fit smoothly in its run. Next
time you go to a trial where there are TY 175/250’s just see how many are fitted incorrectly !!!

SM stay set for a Yam front wheel on the “No Excuse” Cub, and you can
see the design is longer at the front to allow the brake cable a direct line

Some changes to plans while the flooring was being finished. Another look at the Cottonwood pile
and Shadetree decides it might be a good idea to build a Horse! Well no, not a Trojan Horse but a
sawing horse just like my dear old Grandad had. A walk round the boondocks of the area behind the
park and some suitable lumber is found and a plan from the memory banks is hatched and the horse
is built in no time.

The Horse is under construction

Somewhat appropriate m’thinks

A new chisel chain on the saw and the work begins. One pile of dead branches is burnt in the
redneck sawmill area and big logs are no match for the new blade.

Burn, burn , burn

By 1700 team “redneck logging” takes liquid refreshments while enjoying the warmth from the never
ending brush pile furnace. Another day of this and both logs and brush will all be done.

The Red Neck Log Club

Upstairs the hard wood floors are finished…… nice job! ….. but now the next problem is relevelling
the pool table which was precision levelled but on the previous carpet. With the pool table weighing a
ton I will be bringing the Craftsman jack in from the workshop to save any more damage and strains
to old muscles and other parts

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MORE WOOD

MORE WOOD


MORE WOOD

Seems I’m not alone in my 2012 obsession for wood ! Brenda and the dogs have been having a love
hate affair with the carpet and as dog lovers everywhere know once a dog “pees” on said object it will
never stop and then others join in as they think its OK.

Thursday this week and wood laminate flooring starts… not cheap!….. anyhoooo, by the time I’m back
from the morning run the team are hard at it and have moved loads of furniture and are ripping out
tons of carpet and underlay.

The noise is too much so I depart once more and manage to get two more Cadi loads of firewood to
add to the Great Wall of Dolores. The flooring is going to take about 3 days to complete so Friday
another Cadi load and the Wall is finished and I think we now have enough to get through the winter
no matter how cold it is.

The Great Wall is finished……. well for now

Camping out in the house is not much fun with constant dust over everything as more and more
planks are cut to size and laid in sequence. Saturday and half the room can be put back as it was and
demi normal living begins again after much dusting, but this is by no means final as they will be back
again on Monday and hopefully complete the task.

Half a room complete

With School out for Thanksgiving Week it gives me a chance to do some of the things I’ve been
wanting to do but haven’t had the time to do between school runs so I’m looking forward to some uninterrupted days on my schedule until Thursday. Then on Friday……. and its back up in the loft to
start the Christmas sequence and no doubt add yet more lights to our mega display.

TONY DOWN

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THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT


THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

Cleo and I had just returned from the Halloween bash at the Brew Pub and all was well in the world
with no demons, hobgoblins, witches or trick or treaters. The fire is lit, TV on and disrobing of fancy
dress is complete. Fancy dress is very popular at the Brew Pub and is a “must” at Halloween and the
annual Brewery’s birthday party sometime in February.

Some people from “Mad Men”

This year Brenda’s flavor of the month had changed from pirates to something out of Egypt. To that
end she was Cleopatra and as Mark Anthony didn’t feature I was the Pharaoh Trump who had been commisioned to build some high rise Pyramids just outside Cairo.

Cleo and the Pharaoh

The Pharaoh Trump Hi-Rise Pyramid Builder

Cleo with Mark …… “now you see me……..”

“now you don’t …….”

Manager Megan in full cry

?

Courtney as the “Busted Penyata”

………now the fun starts !! …… from outside there is much reving of an engine, although it sounded
rough, and was clearly going nowhere in a hurry…… I looked out of the window and in total amazement
there is a car at about 45 degrees nose down in my front garden having come over a 3′ brick
landscaping wall……. much more reving and as I rush downstairs to confront this buffoon he or she
drives through the debris, regains the road, and sets off down Central Ave albeit with a very rough
sounding engine or in 3rd when it should have been in 1st.

The mind boggles !!!

The Police are duly called and about 30 mins later a car pulls in and in dressing gown and slippers I
show him the extent of the damage and go over the story one more time. He tells me they have got a
suspect already and he drives me round the block to another venue where two more Sherrif cars are
parked. Sure enough its light colored, and they start it up and its as rough as hell and is a manual !
The running board also has what looks like a new dent in it from resting on top of the wall before being
driven over the top…. just need to see if there is any fresh red brick dust on the underside.

The Sherrifs are pretty sure they have their “man” and some time later I see all 3 cars outside my
place with headlights and roof lights blazing looking at the debris field. I can only guess the culprit is
facing at least 3 charges ?

DUI or plain stupidity!

Driving (somesay) without due care and attention

Leaving the scene of an accident

Causing 3rd party damage

Perhaps the clown was mesmerised by my growing woodpile…… I think I’ve been watching too much
of the TV series “Yukon Men” but they do say its going to be a hard winter. The front of the house store
is full and the building of the Great Wall of Dolores begins by the Shade Garden

The Cadi brings home another $5 worth

The Great Wall is growing

TONY DOWN

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