Posts by Doc&Ruby

    The Captain and I took our first ride of the spring on Sunday. Nothing special, we did the loop through Huntsville, down the northern section of the Pig Trail, and then back along hwy 16 to Elkins - about 60 miles. The weather was delightful and looking out, seeing and smelling the greenery after this long horrible winter was just amazing!

    Vaccines are made to greatly reduce the chance of you getting an infectious disease, but they aren't the end all be all cure. Especially when fighting something that mutates like the flu or the currently hyped up COVID-19.…erstanding-vacc-work.html

    The great pity is that the political games people are playing are discrediting the entire field of immunology and vaccine therapy. This puts people who are too young to have ever seen a classmate die of a preventable disease or suffer scaring, paralysis or worse in danger. For many younger folks, the idea of dying or crippling from a childhood illness is in the same realm with dragons and King Arthur's knights - that is slightly less believable that the Jedi force or Harry Potter's wand.

    the only other front fenders that I have seen for sale are these - TricFenderz front wheel hugger front fender kit

    they show them installed in addition to the stock fenders which I think is weird - if I were to get these it would be after removing the stock fenders - - also to me these dont look nearly as nice as the Threes Da Life fiberglass units

    Agree. These are rather ugly - can't imagine adding "under-fender" fenders.

    We have a new service dog at our house - his name is Parker and he is a Labradane. Neighbors purchased him as a pup with the brilliant idea that he should be left unsupervised on the porch when everyone was at work or school. Meanwhile over at our place, people talk to and play with their dogs - that looks like lots more fun! Parker became a regular visitor to our front porch - and that was A-okay, he was a very friendly pup. What we didn't know is that this *full size* 70 lb dog was just 6 mo old.. and still in the chewing phase. He chewed on the porch furniture, and then on the house door frame! :(

    Kept taking him back to the neighbors and saying "Please fix this!" Their answer was to chain him to a clothesline and feed him once a day - otherwise, no human contact. He could see our field, would bark, then howl, then cry everytime we saw him. Finally went over to the neighbor and said "You need to sell me your dog." Gave him some cash and took home a treasure! Seems the neighbor had no idea how to train big dogs and Parker was knocking his 3 youngsters about rough housing.

    I've been training Parker for a couple weeks and he goes to work with me at the University 4 days a week now. He is doing really well and has all the kids petting and fussing over him. LoL! We've had him fixed and vaxed, and we're feeding him up a bit. At 11 months, he is now approaching 90 lbs and is over 30 inches at the shoulder - we expect him to keep growing for another 6 months to a year. He's going to be a BIG boy! =O

    Such a lovely dog, friendly to all, just don't mess with mama (The Captain), he doesn't like that at all!

    Hi Folks,

    It's been awhile, but riding to work I clocked 20,000 miles with Ruby and wanted to drop back and check in.

    It was a weird summer, suddenly and unexpectedly successful - but that success came with a cost, much of that is loss of time for riding, family, and friends.

    I'm back at teaching now and everything keeps rolling along, but I'm going to try and do a better job balancing work, family, and friends.

    The Captain and I are planning a fall colors tour, maybe a weekend ride around central Arkansas through the Ozarks... Yellville, Flippin, Bull Shoals, Mountain Home, Norfolk, Fifty Six, spend the night then an alternate route back the next day. We're thinking early to mid October, if anyone wants to come, let me know.


    Captain suggested that we make a doughnut run this morning at 6:30, got to the bottom of the hill and she said, "Turn left - let's go the long way!"

    65 miles through Wesley, and Huntsville on Hwy 74, then south on the Pig Trail (AR-23) through Aurora and St. Paul, then back on AR 16 through curves where trees from both sides arch over the roadway. It was wonderful!

    Have been buried in work this summer (it's a good thing), I guess the Captain knew I needed a break!

    When ever you get caught in the rain you WANT to turn OFF the 'nannies' push and hold 'traction button' until both the traction control light and ABS come on. You want control NOT the computer. Same a do NOT drive a car/truck in cruse control in bad weather.

    Agree entirely with EjFord on this. The nanny computer is designed for dry roads. In wet weather if one front wheel slows in a bit of water, the nanny puts the breaks on the other wheel an sends you into a skid.

    I was very lucky, I was in the outer lane of I-40 and the right front wheel hit a puddle. Nanny slammed brakes on LEFT front tire causing me to skid anti-clockwise and slide left across 3 lanes of interstate.

    I counter steered (turn right INTO the skid), foot off the gas. Wheel speed eventually equalized and I regained control of the vehicle. I was close enough to the concrete divider to literally reach out and touch it. God was with me and my Wisconsin winter driving skills helped save my life.

    Pulled off the interstate, got a hotel to shower, cry a bit, and change my underwear, then headed back home. Still raining much of the way, but with all nannies OFF, Ruby behaved like a real lady & gave no more trouble.

    Remember: one click of the T/C switch turns off Traction Control (REAR wheel only.)

    Holding the switch for 5 seconds or so turns off Stability Control (FRONT wheels only).

    Would LOVE it if I could mod this into two different switches, but as it is ECU software, I don't think this one will happen.

    Just be aware of how your vehicle works and drive appropriately. Y'all be SAFE out there!

    I've been seeing something odd the last few weeks.

    When I'm riding over 25 mph, the left hand mirror starts vibrating rapidly, giving me queasy rear views!

    Right hand mirror stays steady as a rock. Neither mirror has any problems holding position, no need to adjust 'em on any regular basis? Stock mirrors on my 2019 SLR btw, have never removed or worked on either of these mirrors.

    Anybody have an idea what's causing this or how to fix it?

    Dropped the SS off in Ft Smith this morning. I already ordered the sprocket and had it shipped to them. Cheap Cycle Parts only charged $395 for the sprocket but said it will be 7-15 days to get the part. X/ Oh well. At least the dealer will be checking any issues with the bearings, etc. before the sprocket comes in.
    Tulsa dealer said 3-4 weeks before they could work on it so a 1+ hour drive to Ft Smith seemed better than 2+ hours to Tulsa.
    Jim Farabough hauled it down in his trailer with his new truck. Only problem was the air conditioner quit before we were out of Fayettville. Got a little warm today. Was 91 in Ft Smith. X(

    If you want to go for a ride, just give me a call and I'll come pick you up!

    Doc&Ruby - here you go the current tiered rate schedule for Southern California Edison - the "Baseline Allocation" changes depending on the rate area you are in and if it summer or not - in hotter areas like where I am the baseline is higher and is also higher in Summer - - - back before we went solar we were always well into the third tier every single month - the AC just sucks the power - - Since we went solar our system has consistantly produced more than we use so this Tiers no longer impact us

    We had tiered pricing where we lived near Temecula in Riverside County. We were consistently in tier 3 as well, even though we opened the house at night (cool breezes off the plateau) and only cooled to 80F.

    Our electricity bill in Arkansas for a house 2x as big is about half of what we used to pay. Water bill is about 1/4 or less.

    No not hot at all. So freaking ungrateful and disrespectful not only to just about everyone. But treats her parents like second shit. The last 2 times her older sister came over she got in a fist fight with her and punched her in the face. No as a man your not allowed to look at her no matter what she's wearing. Then your objectifying her and making her a sex object. She actually has gotten in my face a couple of times recently and I just jokingly de-escalated the situation out of respect for 1 her being a women which she wouldn't want and 2 her parents were right there. But her dad told me after the fact hey I appreciate the thought but sometimes people just need there teeth knocked down there throat. He has said repeatedly she needs her ass kicked. He won't do it because he told me if I start my wife will have to pull me off her. I can't describe to you the things I've seen her say and do. I can't imagine what I don't see and hear.

    Time for possessions out to the street with the trash and a new set of locks on the house.

    When she gets mad at being locked out & breaks in (you KNOW she will) call 911 & press the charges.

    There should be video on so that when she assaults her parents (you KNOW she will), the Old Man can prove self defense.

    Y'all remember that the counterattack must stop when the threat ceases... revenge and personal satisfaction aren't acceptable in court.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    Just to let people know what’s going on with my SS right now. A lady ran into my belt sprocket last Thursday. She told the officer taking the report that “In AR it’s legal to turn left on red after stop!” He said “Yes it is, as long as someone isn’t in the intersection.”
    My local dealer no longer sells or works on Slings so I have to take it 90 miles away to a dealer in Ft. Smith for repairs. They have a 4 week wait list. Taking it down Tuesday so I hope to have it back by the end of July. The ins co has rented me a car until the work is done. At least everything will be working right for our Epic Adventure in September.

    Holy cow! Glad you are okay, pal!

    To change the subject, I found this to be extremely interesting…

    Plastic of the future?

    Love this idea... let's save oil for fuel, not plastics!

    I wonder if the relatively slow speed of growing compared to forming products will be limiting.

    Plastic products spend seconds, perhaps a few minutes at the outside in the factory compared to a week or more to grow & heat treat fungi. The amount of product a given factory volume can produce is much less, but then, biodegradable packaging IS a big deal.

    Prolly the Big Government will mandate this product's use, then make it illegal for the individual to compost the stuff in the back yard. (Kinda like making rain barrels illegal.)

    To be fair, these aren't your old-school patriotic liberals like JFK... these are straight up facist sturmtruppen. Blackshirts with face masks.

    the scary part is, we don't know who their Fuerher is yet.

    The lady across the street. Well she's 18 so the young lady across the street is a feminist, bernie loving, by sexual. Her parents have pretty much givin up trying to talk to her. And most of the neighbors and her own family try to avoid her. Well we were over there lastnight and she came into the room we were doing game night. She heard us talking about current events and the topic of the the women who put her back to the flag at qualifying came up and we all were like how disrectfull it was and how she should not represent the USA. Well she starts going off on BLM and how we have no right to talk about 1 a women 2 a women of color 3 that we were all white and have no idea what she was going through. Now mind you she is a pale white red head. And then goes off on how this country is a shithole racists country that impeads and the rights of individuals. So at this point people start getting uncomfortable and leaving her parents are like Rachel shut up go in your room. She gets even more mad yells I'm trying to educate you all. And she yells I hate this country I can't wait to go somewhere else. I just look at her and say. You know why I live this country because even though I disagree with everything you stand for and say. You have the right to say it and I may not like it but I love the fact that you can excercise your right that this shithole country as you call it gives you the right to say it. I tell her please go to another country and riot and protest and March for gay rights. Yea she's bi sexual one day gay the next and then loves men and then hates them. And see what happens you would be sent away and never seen again. She of course has no rebuttal and starts with insults about being a white cis male and I just laugh in her face. Her parents are always so embarrassed by her. I just don't get the mentality. Walks out of the house with barely nothing on. Her parents will be like put some clothes on. She will tell quit slut shaming me. I watched her walk out the house topless 2 weeks ago with her mom chasing her. Later I asked what that was about. And her mom said I asked her to put something a little more appropriate on to which she went off on her and said if I want to walk outside naked it's my right and no one should be looking at me and objectifying my body. Ad she proceeded to take off her shirt and walk out the house to prove a point. Her parents at this point just want her out shes 18 and can go live in everyone gets a trophy land at 1842 everything is equal lane. Rant over sorry so long.

    I'd be happy to chip in $5 for her ticket to the preferred socialist paradise of her choice.

    I here that Venezuela is nice this time of year...