Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Thank You for...

... a Home that is warmed with love and passion, for one another and for life,

... a Job that helps to provide choices in life for what must be consider luxuries by some,

... Possessions that make living life easier and more enjoyable,

... People in my life with which to share my love and that share their love with me,

... the Understanding that for all that I am grateful, people are the most precious.


Let's Ride, er, I mean eat.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Life is what happens to you

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans…” I remember watching Johnny Carson speak those words after the death of his son many years ago. Turns out they're lyrics for a John Lennon song, one that I don't remember.

“Life” is what happened to my dear friends, Chris and Vicki Gargus this past Sunday. They were making plans and preparing for the upcoming holidays when they got the news that their son Tyler was killed in a shooting accident.

Tyler, a senior in high school, was killed with what was thought to be an unloaded shotgun inside the home of his 16 year old friend, Zach.

I do not possess the words to express my sorrow for Chris and Vicki. My mind bounces from thoughts about their loss and grief, to the all-to-real void now present in their lives and the lives of everyone who knew and loved Tyler, myself included, to required gun safety education.

Many will say that this is the reason we need to ban all firearms. I refuse to enter that debate. This was a stupid accident by foolish teenagers doing something they knew they had no business doing: playing with a weapon.

The same thing can be said for a lot of activities by children and teenagers. As adults we tell them, “Don’t cross the street without looking both ways.” “Always keep both hands on the wheel.” “Buckle your seat belt.”

Adults said these things to me and I’ve said them to youngsters. But there were still times when I disregarded what I knew was a smart thing. You have, too.

Now, Chris and Vicki have to pick up the pieces of their lives and continue on. They live modestly and did not have a life insurance policy for Tyler. How many parents actually do?

I learned today that an account has been created at a local bank to help the family defer some of the funeral costs. I dropped off my check this morning. If you want to send a gift, the bank information is below.

The bank representative I spoke with said that a list of donor names and addresses will be provided to Chris and Vicki so they can send their thanks.

Also below, are some links to both news stories and tribute websites that have sprung up over the past few days.

Life is, indeed, what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

County mourns tragic loss of Tyler Gargus (

Investigators Probing Teen's Shooting Death

Tyler Gargus Tribute Site

Facebook Tribute Page

The Park National Bank - Main Office
50 North Third Street
Post Office Box 3500
Newark, OH 43058-3500
740.349.8451 or 888.545.4PNB

Monday, November 9, 2009

Much like this past summer, autumn in central Ohio has been very cool and too wet for my preference. In years past, it seems like I have ridden almost non-stop up until December. But my memory may be playing tricks on me and choosing to only remember the great riding days and forgetting the rest.

At any rate, riding has been sporadic at best lately. Those few days where the weather gods have blessed us with sunshine and temps above 50ºs or so, have also been preceded with clear nights and morning lows in the mid twenties. And, while I have ridden many times in 20ish degree temps, my hour long morning commute in those temps leaves me chilled until at least noon. And quite frankly, I'm growing weary of being cold.

The long and short of it is, lately, there hasn't been a whole lot of riding.

So, instead of spending time on the bike, I have focused my attention on several items found on my To Do List.

One item on the list is to troubleshoot a plumbing issue that has plagued our kitchen faucet with poor water pressure. Our home is over 70 years old and while the many would say that being an old home, it has character. Well, it also has old galvanized water pipes.

I've done my share of plumbing before working with CPVC, black pipe and copper and every time I tackle a project, what should be a twenty dollar, 30 minute job escalates to 3 hours and costing much more. This job was no different, sorta. However, this time I found a product that made the task a lot easier.

Galvanized pipe corrodes from the inside out and what looks like good pipe will disappoint faster than comic book X-Ray glasses.

After finding a place where there was still good pipe, I plumbed both supply lines to the sink with copper and used SharkBite compression fittings. No sweating, no glue, and more importantly, no leaks.

The job was actually done sooner than I had planned and for just a little more than I estimated. The water ran so fast from the kitchen faucet, the missus decided we needed a new one. $250


I'm about half scared to start the front door lock project; by the time I'm done replacing it, we'll prob'ly end up with a new door!


Ride Safe