Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Charlie's bringing sexy back

This arrived in the mail yesterday. As soon as I repair the Triumph I'll be wiring the 750 and installing this bad mama in.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Last Hurrah... for a bit

I took the Trump for a ride to Byron via March Creek Rd for a last ride before tearing some motor bits off. I need to pull the gearbox and fix the leaks, same for the primary side. I bought some older gearbox gaskets that are thicker than the new ones and got new bushings for the outer cover, which I didn't replace.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Little Maniac

It's all been a blur

The last few months, actually the last year, have been insanity. Prepping a house for sale, packing (so much packing), storage, open houses, money exchanges, trying to find a new house, moving in, repairs... each stage has been long and difficult and stressful. But we made it. We got the hell out of Oakland for Max. No more hopping over needles, or dealing with bum shit in our driveway, or having to listen to all the wonderful sounds of the inner city like screaming, donks and baggers, and gun shots. That may be what some want, but not us. We got out and we moved to a amazing, almost rural-feeling part of Walnut Creek, something we never imagined would happen. Max now has a safe street to play on, a safe neighborhood, walking distance to a great park, good schools. We have an amazing mid-century house on 1/3 acre. We could not have asked for better. We love everything about our house and our street and our neighbors and neighborhood. Lori sacrificed and now has an over-hour long commute, but she comes home to peace and a beautiful home. I had to downgrade to a standard-size garage, but I got an automatic garage door, a lot of property (for a city), and the fact that literally no one comes down this street that doesn't live here.

This blog has been spotty at best. In the last few months my gallery broke, my domain expired, and I lost a lot of organization. All that is fixed and I'm hoping to get back into documenting my life with my family and my motorcycles. I've had a blog since 1995, and I don't want to stop now. Other than 6 hours of sleep a night, my life is 95% devoted to Max (we got the pick of the litter), and all my other free time is spent on improving our house and home. But I still try to sneak in some 2-wheel fun. Here's to a new life!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Still Alive And Kicking

I haven't updated in a while. Life is very busy. We sold our house and now are trying to find a new place in this insane Bay Area market. What we have to pay for a house compared to most other places in the country is just insane. Looking forward to life going back to normal... and having a functional workshop again.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Headin' up and movin' out

I've spent near 40 hours in the last week packing the basement up to get ready to sell our house. It is unbelieveable how much stuff we have. It was very very overwhelming. All my motorcycle and tool stuff, which I need. Tons of action figures I can't get rid of. Tons of books I don't read but can't part with (in hopes Max will take interest some day.) Loads and loads of baby stuff we need to hang on to (no, nothing to report). Art supplies, guitars, sewing supplies, furniture, keepsakes, toys and toys and toys... Tonnage. I haven't even packed the actual house yet.

For a while I had to bikes in the back so I could move around easier. All lined up.

We've been looking at open houses every Sunday for a month. Everything is dependent on what's a tolerable commute, safety, the schools (they are bad everywhere), and what we can afford. We stand to make a good amount on our house, which is the only reason we can pull this off. We bought low, and now the market in our nieghborhood is insane. So we will be selling high. But also buying high. It boggles my mind that we will be paying 3/4 million dollars on a house that costs $250,000 just about anywhere else in the country... and it's competitive. All for Max and our sanity. Here's to better things!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Max's Big 2!

Max's real birthday is Monday the 10th but we had his birthday party yesterday. The weather was beautiful and Max had a blast.

New hat! Daddy got a matching patch too!


Plex cake!

Dad Rock Happy Birthday