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Wounded but not defeated, and Happy Samhain

OK full accounting of the injuries comes to 5 cuts of various sizes on the left hand, strained or sprained neck, bruising on the top of my head, and a major headache in places not actually bruised from the impact. And also we need to buy a new door as the old one is warped beyond use and won’t close, and also the window is “not there”. I didn’t lose as much blood as it first looked like, it just went everywhere and made a mess.

Now for the other half of today’s headline. The word “samhain” is Gaelic and pronounced SOW-wehn not Sam Hane and AFAIK is simply the name of the holiday transliterated from written Gaelic based on the shape of the runes. This is traditionally one of two times when the veils between the world of the living (us, well most of us) and the world of the dead (everyone else not visible to us). This is obviously a massive over-simplification that gets 90% of the truth across without requiring a book-length explanation to cover the minutia involved in the last 10%. If you so desire and have the skills you may connect with the recently-departed between sundown and local midnight, or you may feel their presence around you if they were extremely close emotionally.

One thing you can do to invite them in is set a place at your table for them. Our current tradition of giving candy away is descended from this practice by a long and convoluted path, so if you’re generous with handing out the goodies you might see someone you recognize, but not really, among the trick-or-treaters.

That’s all I have to say tonight, so have a happy Halloween, and remember to hug your friends and family including your fur-family tonight, and remind them you love them.

Still among the living for the nonce

Several things have happened since the last post, not the least of which is I managed to get back to the barber shop while they were still open. I present photographic proof that this happened.
The top is flat again
I have eliminated the fin that had been on top of my head in preference to the flight deck of a (very small) aircraft carrier.

Earlier I managed to get to a massage, on Wednesday. I discovered I had many small cuts I didn’t know about before the massage lotion got into them, literally dozens of cuts from the hail and the debris in the wind and the flood waters. Since I took a shower after I got home after the flood I’m going to assume the brand of body wash I use is very non-irritating, because I know I washed my legs at least two more times before I went for the massage and never felt anything that would lead me to believe I had so many cuts on my legs. Fortunately I did not get any infections from the nasty flood waters.

After my massage I tried the Korean tofu place next door as it was coming up on dinner time and I had skipped lunch after a very light breakfast. I had a veggie tofu stew that was moderately spicy (although the kimchi had a definite bite) and very good and filling. And as I was in the neighborhood I stopped at the Harbor Freight to pick up some more basic tools I needed for the brake kit I got, SAE and 12-point sockets. I have been working on bikes for so long all my sockets were metric, and even then there weren’t any 12-point sockets. All the hardware in the kit was SAE except the Torx, and the SAE was a mix of hex and 12-point. Anywho, now I have sockets that fit the hardware so I can assemble the rest of the kit to the front axle.

And speaking of axles and whatnot I have another weight estimate on the Sprint-T based on actual parts I have in my possession instead of the catalog weight, which turned out to be about 10% optimistic. So, drumroll please, the new estimated weight with the race fuel tank full is 1800-1850 pounds. Some weights didn’t change, the weight of the transmission went up a lot because it is a different type of transmission (4l80 instead of the lighter but weaker 4l60/70) and I added that extra 10% to weight at the catalog or website for the rear axle, to the “110” pound rear axle assembly I figured at 121 instead, ditto for the fuel tank(s) and all other fuel system parts. When I figured the frame weight I just used the full length center-to-center for all the tubes because the material removed for the fish-mouth weighed more than the welding wire to weld the tubes together, so that weight is probably a bit over by maybe a pound or two for the entire frame. So this is probably a much more accurate estimate, with the 50 pound confidence window because there were a lot of things I couldn’t find a weight for and had to just guess because the product changed since the last posted weight.

And after the grocery shopping today the only kid still in town took me to Whataburger for Father’s Day and I had my favorite Bacon Cheese Whataburger with fries and what they laughingly call a “medium” sized drink (almost a full liter at 32 fl. oz.) and we had one of those Dr. Pepper shakes as a dessert. So today has been a good day.