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I’ve been on the run and other things

I still haven’t installed the new window AC unit yet because I had to be out of the house most of the day cleaning up errands. Add two days of temperatures above 95°F including yesterday’s trip to the Lab Rat Keeper. Today was just a trip to pick up a registered letter (nothing bad, communication from one of my gigs just making sure I get instructions or paid) and get my comic pulls.

Also I still haven’t recovered from injuring my back on Saturday, so standing around waiting on the bus was not fun, but walking to and from the bus wasn’t as bad as it was Sunday. Sunday was so bad I had to summon help telephonically so I could attend RPG group.

Other good news, I had to set up a checking account so I could get paid for what looks like it could be a recurring gig. This gig wants to pay by direct deposit or Pay Pal, but to spend Pay Pal payments anyplace but another Pay Pal account I need to link it to a checking account. I think I mentioned this in another post. Well today I linked my debit card to an app on my phone that lets me buy bus passes and just show the app on my phone to the driver when I get on the bus. It’s great but I have to keep a positive balance in my account and also remember to keep my phone charged and with me at all times when I leave the house. Bonus is that the app lets me pay for more than one person at a time so I can buy Mrs. the Poet’s bus pass while I buy mine. This means no more scrounging quarters for bus fare as long as we go together. She still needs the quarters when she’s by herself, because there’s literally no way she’s going to figure out my Android phone to use the app, and her phone is barely capable of taking pictures and sending texts.

I really need to get to bed now, but I have several hundred unread e-mails I at least have to read the headers of before I delete them. So signing off.

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Too hot to work

I’m dealing with two problems today. One is my sleep schedule is all bolluxed. The other related is it only cools off in here around Midnight. And by “cool off” I mean near 80°F. As I type this it’s 0130 and 84° in my office. I have a fan blowing on me so it’s not too bad as long as I remember to hydrate and drink cool liquids, no coffee. Another thing I can do is take my sleep medicine so that I can get to sleep by 0300 and be up by 1100.

I knew the junk mail would eventually send me another card I could use for the TGS2. It came (what is now) yesterday. I should be able to take a picture of the finished floor by Saturday since I already know how to do the front cutouts, and have a very good idea of how I want to do the rear cutouts. I still don’t know how I want to do the rear fenders, but I do know that if I get them right I will get less drag and more downforce especially compared to running no fenders. I guess I can make temp fenders out of HDPE and do A-B-A testing until I settle on a final design and make that one out of more durable materials.

The bushings are still not installed in the spindles. I spent hours beating on them to try to get them in the spindles, but there is one that doesn’t want to go into the spindle, and all but one will need to be drilled for grease holes where the zerks go in the spindles because the factory grease hole didn’t line up because I installed the bushing wrong or because I’m discovering why these spindles were in the Garage Sale section of the web site. Take your pick. I can tell you that 2 bushings would never line up because they were too short or the hole in the spindle too long, but they would line up if they were installed from the side where there is no room to install them. And that says to me that there was a machining step left out somewhere. Ah well, it is what it is and I have to find a way around that.

OK I have been sitting here sweating like pigs don’t (that’s why they roll in the mud) and I need to take my sleeping pills and go to bed.

Too hot to be walking around

But I did anyway. Bills had to be paid and there wasn’t enough time to get payment there in the mail. So I walked 3 miles in the heat, sweating profusely.

I’m getting frustrated trying to get the handling balanced on the TGS2. How frustrated you ask? Frustrated enough to look up RWD transmissions that bolt up to the 3.3/3.8l V6 that is in the free donor vehicle. Frustrated enough to look at tire combinations that look like they go on 2 different cars. I need enough tire to work with the 12.19″ front brake on my build list, and enough rear tire to keep the back following the front. And it has to be cheap and Not Ugly. Not demanding beauty just Cheap, Works, and Not Ugly. And until I get enough money to actually start building this car all these ideas are going to have the life expectancy of a drummer in Spinal Tap.

I gotta go, y’all keep cool.