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Sitting here sweating

Our last window unit seems to be dying and not cooling and I’m suffering in an 86°F(30°C) office. I’m pretty much covered in sweat and somewhat smelly or maybe more than just somewhat smelly. I am seriously lacking energy from all the heat, but there is an up side to this: my back is not hurting much while the muscle is nice and warm. I was able to get to sleep without using pain relievers last night. I made the mistake of also not taking the diphenhydramine I use to shut the brain down so I can sleep, so I basically didn’t get to sleep for anything more than a catnap and woke up again around noon. I’m bobbing and weaving in my chair so I think I will be able to get to sleep early.

And I think I will take that trip to bed shortly.

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There are no words

There are no words to describe how bad I feel right now. First of all I spent about 2.5 miles on my feet today running around and generally getting nothing done. I was supposed to get my kidneys imaged for the surgery next week, but when I got there none of the paperwork had been sent. I found out that over the weekend the study had been defunded, and I would have to go back on daily meds to control my hypertension. The few people who got their operations done are doing great with normal blood pressure.

All that running around has given me a headache and also aggravated my back. I’m thinking the headache is from the problems with the study, my cell getting shut off because I didn’t pay the bill on time, and Mrs the Poet injuring her face and knee tripping over stuff in the dark after deciding to not come to bed when I told her I was turning off the lights and she would probably be more comfortable in bed than on the couch. She took a big hit to the knee in the fall but her face looks worse than her knee. She says the looks are deceiving, her knee is the worse hit. Anyway, we are both in some degree of pain tonight.

I have to go get my new anti-depressants tomorrow. The big problem was finding one that had a low incidence of sexual side effects but was available as a discounted generic and wasn’t too similar to the one that had just quit working on my depression. I don’t know what I’m getting yet, but I was asked about how that Zoloft trial went several years back when they were looking for interactions between anti-depressants and a certain BP med.

I have been checking and my 3.8l engine was one that had a 10 cc dish in the piston and roughly a 9.8:1 compression ratio. That means I have a stock combustion chamber of roughly 55 ccs and don’t need to take too much off the heads to get the ~45 cc combustion chamber I need for the 14:1 ratio for running E85 at best efficiency. I have been repeating the mantra for getting best efficiency out of E85: high compression but remove all possible sources of preignition by removing sharp edges and polishing the combustion chamber.

And I feel like cold excrement (fancy words to slip by censors) so I’m taking more pain pills and going to bed now.

No post tomorrow, guess why?

Something happened 16 years ago at 0119 so I’m not doing a post tomorrow. Yep tomorrow is my Death Day. I’m celebrating all day long, not because I died, but because I’m too stubborn to stay dead. I have a flipping frequent customer card for the ferry to Hades with 3 check marks on it already. It makes me wonder if other people have cards like that and can we see each other’s cards? Anywho, it’s going to be as much of a party as I can stand at Casa de El Poeta tomorrow. I’m out of anti-depressants so I can drink as much as I want (not that I’m a big drinker). Probably no more than 2 beers tops.

I’m not going to kid you that the last 16 years were a walk in the park. Between the loss of income and the ongoing medical costs it has been a struggle even with the lab rat gig. And when Mrs. the Poet retired it got even worse, because she kicked out all the people renting rooms so we lost about $400 a month from the rental and another $300 from going from her paycheck to her pension. That was a serious financial hit. And besides the poverty there were also medical issues not covered by the lab rat gig. Like the fact that the injured leg is shorter than the other leg, like the brain damage, like the depression, like the back pain from the short leg, like… The list is endless but the brain damage keeps me from being able to remember everything at the moment.

So after beating the odds big time I’m taking the day off to do something not related to bicycle safety or anything else related to what put me in this situation. Maybe I’m going to work on the front axle of the TGS2, maybe I’m going to make a pie. I don’t know yet. I’m going to read web comics first, maybe pop a beer.

See y’all in two days.

Lots of road course racing this weekend

There are two road courses today on the tube and one yesterday. And there was an Indycar race from a short (by Indycar standards) oval. And for those wondering we are way north (about 250 miles) of the hurricane down on the coast so all we have gotten was a few showers and some slightly damp kitties. I’m worried about my Houston friends as H is getting drowned with feet (not inches) of rain. Last report they are expecting 5 feet of rain total. I have some friends living less than ¼ mile from the Brazos river which is way out of its banks last report. I’m especially worried for them and their dogs.

I have been thinking about the Mini Sprint-T and the scale mockup for the TGS2 as they both need a body. What I have been thinking about is making a mold off of the AMT kit body then casting a plug from Bondo to use making a vacuformed body after making the desired body modifications to the plug. The plug would then be split in half to draw the body material over to a form with no undercuts so the body can be removed easily from the mold. The TGS2 mold would have the rear hatch molded separately so it can be hinged to work on the engine and I can test side versus top hinges for access to the rear suspension and engine.

Still thinking about making the little V6 run on E85 only. There is a hypereutectic piston I can use that is flat topped and can be zero-decked for the minimum clearance between the head and the piston, and then the heads will have to be angle-milled to shrink the combustion chamber in the head without taking too much material off the bottom of the head. And I realize that the preceding sentence read like technobabble to about 90% of my readers who were not brought up hard-core gearheads, but every word was a valid technical term or connecting word between. IOW it was all English, just not a common dialect of English. Translation: There is a cast piston made with a low expansion rate high-strength aluminum alloy that is flat across the top and can be fitted flush with the top of the cylinder. Then the heads will have to be milled on an angle with more taken off on the big side of the combustion chamber to get the chamber as small as required with the least amount of material removed. Hypereutectic pistons can support about 375 HP on gas for this engine, and I’m only hunting 225 to 250 HP with cooler-burning E85 so well within estimated stress limits, plus they are inexpensive especially compared to forged pistons. In this case that is especially true because forged pistons would have to be custom made, they aren’t available as regular production items.

The last sentence of the previous paragraph pretty much sums up my biggest frustration with this build, almost everything is $pecial order or cu$tom made, especially in the engine. Some of that is because there were no performance applications for this engine aside from the 1991 Shelby Can Am series which only made 150 engines putting out about 225 HP. The other reason is the last one left the production line in 2011, 6 years ago. Compare this to the ubiquitous SBC that was in production as a factory-installed engine from 1955-2001 and is still in production as a replacement engine for emission controlled vehicles of that era, and as a crate engine for new cars that are not required to meet emissions controls like the Sprint-T. There were literally tens of millions of SBC made in dozens of different sizes from 265 to 455 cubic inches when you include the hybrids made from mixing different blocks and cranks. One of those hybrids actually made production status as the Z28 302 in3, which was a hybrid of the 283 crank in a 327/350 block. One of the most popular hybrids is the 400 crank in a 350 block bored 4.030″ to produce 383 in3. How popular is it? There are now twice as many 400 cranks as there were 400 SBC engines made, the aftermarket is producing brand new cranks with the 3.750″ stroke of the 400 crank with the smaller main journals of the 350 block. It’s even easier to get parts for the LS/LT engine families than it is the 3.3/3.8l Mopar V6.

And that’s enough kvetching about the free engine I was given, at least stock replacement parts are cheap and easy to find because of the millions of them on the road. And some of those factory parts are suitable for use in a high-performance engine with a little preparation, like balancing or grinding off flash and light polishing to remove stress risers.

And I have to go now because my friends on the Gulf are finally starting to check in and I don’t want to miss any. Also my back is starting to hurt again. I did pretty well for several hours today but the pains are back.

Still hurting, and the Feed

I mentioned yesterday that all the standing I did on Saturday was painful, but what I didn’t mention was the lingering discomfort from that episode, mainly because it always hurts the day after I do something stupid like that. It is particularly noticeable in my foot, because the nerve damage was most noticeable there after the wreck because the nerves that were most damaged served my foot. Normally it takes a day to completely recover after spending too much time standing around but this time was much worse, I’m still getting twinges if I step down too hard, or get up too fast, or rest my foot in the wrong position. That last one is the real bother because what is a “good” position for my foot is a bad position for my hip, and vice-versa. About the only thing that doesn’t hurt either one is laying on my side, and do you know how hard it is to type in that position? 😉

Opening up the links today, cargo bike news from America’s Copenhagen. Portland cargo bike celeb Emily Finch gets a new bike Stolen cargo bike replaced, yay!

Bike wreck in Upstate NY. Bicycle versus car sends cyclist to the hospital The narrative reads like a textbook SWSS wreck at this time. Since this was an intersection wreck and there is a tiny chance the cyclist did come off the sidewalk from the intersecting street, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Moving closer to NYC is this LI wreck. Cops: Drunken driver critically injures Wyandanch cyclist Wow! will you look at the deleted comments on this link? Hit-from-behind wreck with a drunk driver, but there doesn’t seem to be much damage to the bike and the cyclist survived, it’s possible the drunk was driving slow to compensate for his known lack of reaction time. So protocols, yadda yadda yadda, Infrastructure, yadda yadda yadda. I think I need another vacation.

Another SWSS wreck report from another of my old stomping grounds. Cyclist injured in collision with car may face DUI charge I’ll withhold judgement on the DUI charge until after the tox screen, but the damage to the weapon vehicle is too far over to the left to support the driver’s claim of the cyclist pulling in front of the weapon vehicle. As for the rest, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Not sure if this OH wreck was a tandem bike, two up on a single bike, or pedestrian collateral damages in a bike wreck. Car-bicycle accident on Northeast Side kills 1, injures 1 Seriously with the narrative as it exists as of this writing, any of those hypothesis are equally valid. There was nothing on the direction of travel for the bike, just the car, and the only thing connecting the killed and injured to the wreck is their proximity to the wrecked bicycle. I have nothing I can say about avoiding this for whoever was riding the bike, and only getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” for preventing it.

A totally unavoidable wreck for the cyclist involved in the Great White North. Another bicyclist injured Yet another driver crosses the centerline to hit a cyclist and nobody is thinking “attempted murder”? Gigi seems to think it was questionable since she left a comment on the link from before I got there. The only thing I can say for this wreck is get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a repeat performance.

Another wreck in the GWN with little to no usable information. Cyclist killed after colliding with car There was a car and someone riding a bicycle and the cyclist died enroute to the hospital. The driver of the weapon vehicle did not leave the scene. Yay! and that is pretty much the entire story as I have it now. So get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” and crush the weapon vehicle to prevent another wreck in the future? IDK.

A whole bunch of the post today is coming from a small area in the Great White North. Teen killed while cycling in Scarborough This one is seriously borked. Both vehicles were heading in the same direction, but the damage was to the side of the weapon vehicle, the driver’s side to be precise. This speaks of deliberate action on the part of the 16 YO driver, to me at any rate. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that idiot drivers are kept away from squishy and easily-broken people riding bicycles.

This one is strange, one of The Doctor’s companions is a suspect in a cyclist’s injuries… Billie Piper questioned by police after car involved in crash with cyclist behind Kings Cross station Not sure of what happened here because of the UK’s stringent media laws.

Our Daily Ted is highly informative as usual. Morning Links: Cyclist in critical condition after Koreatown shooting; was Marco Pantini murdered? And why don’t the criminal set understand that when you shoot someone there is a high danger of prosecution, but when you run someone over with your car you get trauma counselling?

A sort of Infrastructure! article from Gothamist. A Beginner’s Guide To Biking The Bloodthirsty Streets Of NYC

A little lifestyle from Canuckistan> Temporary parklet being proposed in memory of cyclist killed on Whyte Avenue

And WHEW! those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Typical for a Monday there were way more fits than giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

In a rush rush rush, the Feed

Well in a rush and in pain. I had to mow the lawn this morning, and my hip muscles decided to go on strike, the ones that had been bothering me most of the winter. I thought they had finally healed up, because it had been a couple of weeks since I last had any trouble with them, but I was wrong. About halfway through when I couldn’t walk any more I had to stop and sit down for a while, which was a whole ‘nother story in pain. After that subsided a bit I had lunch and completed mowing the lawn, whereupon I retired to my bed with a massager to force the muscles into compliance with my desires and followed that up with a couple of ibuprofen and now I can sit at the computer and wince a bit when I move… what would normally be a 2 hour job turned into more than 4 hours, between having to wait until the mower decided it wanted to start (it runs fine when the temperature is above 75°F but refuses to even putt-putt once the temperature drops below 74) and having to stop and regain use of my hip. So now I’m typing like a house afire trying to get all the links read and posted.

Up first is an update on the cyclist who was hit riding salmon in Brownsville near the US-Mexico border. Boy, 14, identified as victim of weekend accident OK now we know the destination, and I was wrong, it would have been more than 5 miles out of his way to ride with traffic rather than salmon. The takeaway from this is bicycle infrastructure needs to be installed at the border because there appears to be a significant amount of bike travel through there anyway, they might as well do something to accommodate it.

A cyclist is killed by an Amtrack train, on an article I left a comment on that raised quite a ruckuss. Man struck and killed by train in Antioch As I said in my comment, trains are easy to see, easy to hear, and only found on train tracks making them easy to avoid. I apologize (again) for emotional discomfort this may have caused the survivors of the deceased cyclists, but momentary or permanent you have to do something stupid to get hit by a train.

More on the driver actually getting a ticket for breaking the new PA passing law after hitting a cyclist. Driver cited under new bicycle law after striking cyclist on Fahy Bridge The comments on this article are just hilarious (not). Seriously, do some people not know that calling someone gay as an epithet is a hate crime? Another Cyclist Hit by Car on Fahy Bridge

In the Great White North a cyclist’s killer is sentenced. Man sentenced for drunk driving that killed cyclist in Long Plain The perp has just passed 2 years in jail and will have to spend another 2 years for a total of 4 years behind bars, plus 2 more years of supervised probation (no drinking allowed) then another 12 years of no driving (but they still didn’t make driving itself a crime for the perp).

More on Levi’s Spanish wreck. US cyclist Levi Leipheimer breaks leg after being hit by car in Basque training I think they meant “when”, or “by”, rather than “after”. US cyclist breaks leg in accident with car

In Enn Zed, a man is arrested and charged for leaning out of a car to assault a cyclist. Man faces court for pushing rider off bike I have an idea, set up a gantlet (that is how it is supposed to be spelled) of cyclists with frame pumps and U-locks 100m long with a cyclist on both sides every meter (so that everybody has room to swing) and if the perp wants he can walk down that and go home, or he can go to jail until his trial. If he breaks into a run he has to go back to jail. If he dies, then no big loss. Don’t have to pay for the trial or putting his worthless hide in jail.

LifeStyle from San Diego. Bike rally honors cyclist killed during commute This is for the cyclist who was killed riding salmon that wasn’t riding salmon by at least one driver that left the scene. this whole wreck was just so confusing what with the rider riding the wrong way then the right way and all the drivers stayed at the scene and then one driver didn’t even though news and crime scene pictures show the impact on what was supposed to be the first car in the wreck (which now they are saying wasn’t the actual first car in the wreck, just the same model as the first car in the wreck). If I hadn’t just shaved my head I would be pulling out my hair…

Now I have to jump in the shower and go to a board (bored) meeting and decide how the church should spend money. yuck!

Billed @$0.02, Opus