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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2020 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Melia took this photo and sent it to me with the title, Lunch Time Cat Nap. The title says it all.

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Crusty
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 - 06:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Counting Down Until Sunday


Iím kind of at a loss. There isnít much to write about. Still, hereís the headlines.

We got some rain on Saturday night. It didnít just rain; it freakiní poured for about an hour. Whatís amazing is how fast things got a lot greener. Not everything and not everywhere, but enough to make a noticeable improvement. Thereís more rain in the forecast, but I think the Weather Prognosticators here are even less accurate than the ones at home (if thatís possible). Still, I hope theyíre right for once. This is such a beautiful country when itís green. I also would like to see more fields planted. There are a lot of plowed fields around here that have nothing growing in them. That means that food prices will be a lot higher soon. The Lockyer Valley is nicknamed Australiaís Salad Bowl, or so Iíve been told; itíll be a pretty sparse salad, if things keep going the way they have been.

The Koalas keep coming and going. They had all disappeared for a week or so, but then a couple have been back. Thereís one thatís distinctive; it has tan spots on its grey backside. It was in a tree close to the house the other day. The next day, it was in a tree about 100 yards (meters) away. Thereís a bigger Koala that was way up in a tree, the other day. It also keeps moving around. A smaller Goanna ran across the road in front of the car, last weekend. It was about 18 inches (1/2 a Meter) long or so.

Like I said, there ainít much to write about. Life has pretty much settled down to a routine here.

Iím writing this on Tuesday morning. Itís Monday evening back in Cincinnati. This Sunday, my flight back to the US takes off at 10:15 PM. Iíll arrive in Los Angeles at 5:15 PM Ė five hours before I left Brisbane. Then I hang around the airport until 10:50 PM and arrive in Cincinnati at 05:43 AM on Monday. When I get home, my head will be so jet lagged, I wonít know if Iím coming or going. I was hoping to pick up two monthsí worth of mail on Monday, but itís a holiday and the Postal Orifice will be closed. Iíll just have to do that on Tuesday.

Iím kind of surprised at how much Iíve been missing my little house in Cheviot. Iím really looking forward to getting home. I want to finally get the jungle around the back fence trimmed back, as well as do a couple of other improvements. The improvements will have to be really inexpensive for a while; at least until I get my finances sorted out and get back on track. But I have a few things that I can see coming in the not too distant future. Paint for the bedroom is one. A new mattress thatís comfortable and a recliner that works like it should also figure in. Once Iíve got my debt paid off and have the new Roadster, I want to replace the carpet and padding under it. Then go through the kitchen; that will probably be just a bit of paint. And finally, the bathroom. Iíd like to replace the tub with a walk in shower with glass doors. Iíd put plastic on the shower walls, and replace the tiles in the rest of the room. And Iíd finally get rid of those damned cherubs. Itís a bit of work, and itís going to take a bit of money, but if I just chip away at it, itíll all happen.

One thing I want to do is keep exercising. Iíve lost about 15 pounds since I got here. I fit comfortably into my size 42 jeans. Thatís due to all the swimming and riding the exercise bike. As long as I keep that up, I think Iíll continue to lose weight. Iím sick of being such a lard ball. I used to be thin; I can get back there.

As I said, Iím not feeling very Inspired. Writing this has taken more effort than it normally does and I donít expect to find Inspiration over the next couple of days. So I want to stress that if any of you should come to Queensland, go to the Old Time Bakery in Fernvale and have lunch out in the garden. The Lorikeets are incredibly beautiful and sharing my lunch with them is a memory Iíll treasure. And if you want the best Fries (Chips) Iíve ever had, be sure to hit the RnB on Main in Gatton. And if you are lucky enough to be on a bike, take the route Scrivo posted. Itís a wonderful route, even in a car. And stop and get lunch at the Mount Glorious Cafť.

I ordered a book from the USA that was on fleaBay. I hope it gets here this week, so I have it to read on the plane. Itís supposed to be delivered between Jan. 8 and Jan 16, but I suspect that itíll be delivered on Monday, the 20th. Iím still hoping for the best, though.

Well; itís time to make another coffee.
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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Time's fun until you have flies.
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 11:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Itís Raining!!!


Itís raining! Weíre getting scattered showers all over the area. Finally! Anyhow, weíve been hearing the Green Tree Frogs singing all morning. They like to hang out in the drain pipes of the house and when they sing, it sounds like someone using a hacksaw in a metal tunnel. When it rains, it washes them down the pipes like a waterslide and they come out on the screen over the top of the water tank, I just got a picture of them. There were six frogs there, but the camera only caught three. In any event, hereís what they look like.



I donít think weíll he going to the pool today, but I donít mind a bit. Iím really enjoying watching the rain and listening to the frogs.

Now; if only my book would get hereÖ
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 02:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Actually; if you look close, you can see all six frogs
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020 - 06:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Last Day Here


Itís Saturday morning. It rained most of last night and though the sky is grey, a lot of the brown dead grass in the paddock has turned green. Thereís a huge puddle in the driveway and the humidity is at 90% and the temperature is 22 C (71.6 F) according to weather.com.au. It feels cold, but I have the fan on because high humidity makes me sweat, even when Iím cold.

Iím going through some very turbulent mixed feelings. Iím feeling sad that Iím leaving, but Iím happy that Iím going home. Iím going to be happy to be alone in my little home, but Iím going to miss being in a house with other people. Iíll really hate the cold temperatures, but itíll be so nice to ride my bike again. There are a lot of things like that.

One thing I wonít miss are the freakiní chickens. Theyíre loud, stupid, and annoying. It will be so nice to not be wake up at 2:30 in the morning because the roosters have all started crowing. They crow at all hours of the day and night. The chickens may be free range, but they would look better in a frying pan on a kitchen range.

Other things I wonít miss are speed cameras and automatic tolls. Not paying a toll within three days is an offence! Probably punished by a bigger toll plus penalties. I wonít stay up on my soapbox, but I really hate tolls.

However; I really like Australia a lot. Iím going to miss so many things about this place. The beauty of the landscape, the varied animals and the friendly people here. Australians seem to like American accents the same way Americans like Australian accents back home. Iím going to miss being in a T-shirt on Christmas Day. Iím really going to miss the Lorikeets that hang out in the garden of the Bakery in Fernvale. Iíll miss seeing the Koalas in the trees, here on the farm. And Iíll miss all the beautiful flowers and plants. Bougainvilleas, Poincianas, Bronze Bromeliads and all the ones whose names I donít know that are so lovely to look at. Iíll especially miss eating dinner on the veranda and watching the kangaroos hopping through the paddocks or watching the horses out in those same paddocks. Or watching the gekkos come out of nowhere to sit high on the wall and eat bugs.

Itís very different here; but thatís a good thing. I really like the differences. Well; most of them. I already mentioned a couple of things I donít like. Iím sure that if I stayed here longer, Iíd find other things I donít care for; but thatís true of anywhere Iíve lived. There are things I donít like about Cincinnati, or Massachusetts, or Colorado. But there are some really good things about all those places, as well.

Iím going to really miss Melia, Tylana, Kala, Kristyn and Roni Ann (who I didnít get to see). Iím hoping to see some of them in Cincinnati, though.

And Iím going to miss Ron. He and I were best friends for many years. To know that Iíll never see him again in this life is depressing. There were so many good times that we shared. There were also some not so good times; his alcoholism caused a lot of rough times for the people closest to him. Still, he was Ron; for all his flaws, he was my Brother from a different mother.

Thereís a lot of reasons to be sad that Iím leaving, but I have a lot of great memories and Iím already making plans for when I return. I really want to ride that loop over Mount Mee, and I have a strong urge to ride up to Cairns again. And I still would like to ride across the Nullabor Plain and see what Perth looks like. And, if I time it right, I could see a Moto GP or World Superbike race at Phillips Island.

So long, Australia. For the time being.
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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020 - 06:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crusty's coming home.....


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86129squids
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Safe travels, Crusticle!
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Tootal
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 01:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I hope you brought your warm coat buddy! Tomorrow Cincy has a high of 23 F!!
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 02:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My brother is bringing my warm jacket when he comes to pick me up at the airport.
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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 02:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yalp, He is gonna freeze. I wonder if the moon will look upside down to the Crusty.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020 - 06:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Are you home yet?
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 05:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm home. Got home yesterday morning, but didn't get Internet back up until a few minutes ago.

The trip home did a number on me.

here's a Snippet I wrote last night:

Jet Lag

Iím all balled up. I donít know when I should be awake or asleep. I woke up at 5:00 AM on Sunday morning in Queensland. I intentionally stayed busy. We went to the pool and gym where I pushed my limits on the exercise bike and then swam for over an hour. I figured that if I was tired, Iíd sleep better on the plane. I was wrong.

The plane left Brisbane at 10:15 PM on Sunday evening and after a 12 Ĺ hour flight, arrived in Los Angeles at 4:45 PM on Sunday. I think that if I totaled up the time I spent sleeping, I might have slept for 2 Ĺ hours. My connecting flight to Cincinnati didnít depart until 10:50 PM. I spent the majority of that time sitting in the waiting area at Gate 27. Thatís when I got sleepy. I didnít dare to fall asleep because I knew that I was so tired, Iíd probably sleep through my flight leaving, so I did things like get a coffee from Starbucks to help me stay awake.

I finally got on the plane, thinking that Iís sleep all the way to CVG, but once I was in my seat, I woke up again. I did sleep for a little while; maybe a half hour or so, but even though I was awake, my brain was on strike. I tried reading my book, but it made no sense to me. I was in that special Purgatory that I imagine the anteroom for Hell would be like. I couldnít sleep, but I wasnít awake.

David and Jack gave me a new recliner for Christmas. It was sitting in my living room and was a complete surprise. When David dropped me off around 8:00 AM, I decided to see how it felt, so I sat in it and reclined and instantly fell asleep and slept until almost noon. I had been looking forward to going to the Noon Meeting, but when I woke up, I was in that place where I really needed a cup of coffee and a shower, so I started a pot of coffee and went and got clean and put on clean clothes. I still felt like my brain was made of cotton candy.


David came by and took me to the supermarket where I bought a few items so I would have food to eat for a few days. When I got home from that, I slept for a little bit, then fixed dinner. Then I slept for about another half hour. Then I woke up. Wide awake again. Itís 10:30 PM and I would love to go to bed, but Iím not sleepy. I think Iíll go to bed anyway and hopefully, fall asleep.

Tomorrow, Iím going to get the Roadster up and running. Itís cold here, but Iíve ridden in much colder weather. I really miss the bike. Itíll be good to feel it under my butt again. I have to head over to the YMCA and make sure that I can exercise there on the Silver Sneakers program. I weighed myself, and Iím 15 pounds lighter than when I weighed myself just before I went to Australia. Thatís a trend I want to continue.

My Internet will be back up tomorrow, so Iíll send this out then. For now, Iím going to try to get some more sleep and get my body used to being back in this time zone.

I hope I can think a bit more clearly tomorrow.
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 06:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Great to see you made it back! Enjoy the ride!
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Buellish
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 06:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Good to have you back,welcome home John!
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Pwnzor
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 06:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Safely home after a grand adventure.

Glad you're back, sir. Looking forward to seeing you in the spring.
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 07:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Whew, He made it.
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 07:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well; Itís Time


I was going to write about how I canít sleep worth a damn since I got home, or the Migraine I had on Tuesday that was the worst Iíve had in years, but a realization came to me at about 2:30 this morning that itís time to pretty much end the threads on the different forums about me traveling.

My travels for the next year or so are going to be pretty much local rides. Iíve decided to buckle down and do my best at getting my debt paid off and save up enough to buy and modify my next Roadster. I also want to funnel some money (and a bit of work) into transforming Chez Crusty (as Brad calls it) into what Iíd like it to be. Itís hard to write about Crustyís travels when the only places Iím traveling to are the Home Depot or the supermarket.

The thing is; I still enjoy writing and I plan to keep doing it. It may or may not include the topic of motorcycles, though and thatís why Iím going to let the threads fade away on both Badweb and the XL Forum. Iíll still continue to be active on the forums when I have something to say about motorcycles, but Iím not into doing a blow by blow description of This Old House there.

Now, I know that there are a few folks who enjoy my writing, though Iím not sure why and I realize that I love to hack these Snippets out, so Iím going to continue writing. The Snippets will only go out as E-mail, though; unless thereís something pertinent to a discussion on a forum thread. So hereís what Iím thinking.

I have a Snippets e-mail list that Iíve been sending these out to. Iím going to make up a new list. If you want to be on the new list, just let me know. Uh, make sure Iíve got your e-mail address. Iíll only sent to people who want to be on the list. If youíve been getting them and have had enough, do nothing. I wonít send them. If you get on the list and get tired of them, just let me know and Iíll remove you name immediately.

I just realized that if you want to get in touch with me, youíll need my e-mail. Itís: nmwprime*at*gmail*dot*com.

Thanks for reading.

John (Crusty)
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Buellish
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 08:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John,I always look forward your writing.I've never received your snippets via email,but have thoroughly enjoyed them on the Badweb.
I'd like to be included on your mailing list,you have my address.
Thanks,

Mike
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 09:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mike; You're on it.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 09:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mailing list for me too, please.

Also, don't forget you camp for free at TWoS, so all you need is gas and lunch money.
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04buell
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey John, sign me up Please!
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 08:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I got a small package in the mail today.

Thanks John!
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 08:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

OK; Just one more:

Riding The Range


Last night around 10:30, a bike came down Saint Martins Pl. and turned onto Mayfair St. It was a Harley Big Twin; he rides by here on a regular basis; but it hit me that Iím not the Die Hard rider that I used to be. I still can ride in less than ideal conditions, but I now tend to avoid them. Iíve gotten soft as Iíve aged and Iím not sure if thatís a good thing or not. I donít need to prove to the world that Iím a serious rider, but sometimes, I think I need to prove it to myself.

Itís pretty obvious to me where the resistance to riding in uncomfortable weather comes from. My accident last year, the 400 mile ride from Suches, GA in a very cold downpour a couple of years ago and my increasing tendency to not go out at night all contribute to it. The interesting part is that difficult rides used to just be fodder for great stories. Now, they tend to make me not want to ride when the weather sucks.

And I do have some stories. The night in 1994 when Ron, Melia and I rode down the Burringbar Range during a Cyclone. That remains one of the most difficult and scary rides of my life.

The Burringbar Range was a very twisty pass that was a major route back then. It was two lanes in each direction separated by an Armco barrier and it was notoriously slippery in dry daylight due to all the trucks hauling livestock that used it. All the waste products of the animals would drain and fall off the trucks as they went up or down the range, and the engines of the trucks would drop a good bit of oil and other liquids on the road as they strained to pull their loads up the Range or had the liquids just drop to the pavement as they went down the incline. It was a very twisty route and the pavement wasnít marked very well.

For those of you who donít know; a Cyclone is not a tornado in the South Pacific. Itís a Hurricane. Very high winds and very heavy rain. We started down the Range somewhere around 2:00 AM. It was pitch black and we couldnít see anything. We couldnít see the road, lane markings, the Armco barrier of the divider (there was no median lane; just two feet after the outside of the lane, then Armco). We couldnít see the cliff face on the other side of the road, either. There was a breakdown lane, I think, then a sheer rock wall. And the road twisted like a snake with a broken back. Our headlights were useless and the sky was pitch black. I never got above 20 MPH (30 KPH), and I was terrified that I would hit either the Armco or the rock wall the whole time. Except when a car passed us. Then, we could follow the tail lights of the car for a few seconds until it pulled away from us. I think two cars passed us the whole time. The pavement was very slick; I felt both of my tires break loose a number of times. I would have stopped, but that was inviting getting rear ended by a car coming down the Range. I had no choice but to ride it out. Strong winds, pitch dark and hellaciously heavy rain, poor lane markings and slick pavement with hard things to hit if we got it wrong all combined to make the ride Hell on earth.

However, we made it without crashing and without hitting anything. And we still talk about it 26 years later.

The next time I go to Australia, Iím bringing enough money to buy a bike. The Burringbar Range has been bypassed by a new limited access highway and the trucks donít use it anymore, but I want to ride down the Range one more time on a sunny day and see how it feels.

As far as riding in crappy weather nowadays; I can and will, if I have to; but sometimes Iíd rather just stay inside where itís warm and dry and read a good book.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 09:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Since I retired the funds aren't there to just go pick out a new bike. I got Lil Red just before retirement and because it would be the bike I rode into retirement and I lived in the land of salted roads I pretty much stopped riding in the winter. I knew what 42,000 miles of year round did to the Uly. Trying to save wear on Lil Red made me soft. I've always wanted to park for the day after 400 miles. The 500 to Two's makes me push it on a bike that is not built for long trips. When I sit in the house on snowy days I miss riding the most.
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