Friday, July 16, 2010

Remodel Progress

Over the past several years, since I've been riding, virtually every free weekend was spent traveling on 2 wheels. While some might consider this an example of being overly passionate about riding, my weekend getaway rides tended to be therapeutic.

This year, the weekends over the past 4 months have be filled with anguish because they were spent indoors with a remodeling project in our home. More than once I would catch myself looking outside at the beautiful weather and listening to more fortunate riders and their steel steeds in route to somewhere.

But, the end of the project is in sight and only a day or two more of labor remain. Here are some photos of the progress...

There was no subfloor and the existing hardwood had more hills and valleys than eastern Tennessee.

A new level subfloor that doesn't creak.

The new solid hardwood flooring for the living room.

...and the dining room.

After the plumbing and logs installed.

Still a work in progress - tile, paint, and stain.

Cost for the project was about $3,000 and by doing the work myself, I figure we saved about the same amount.

The time that it took to complete seemed endless. Working several hours each free night and weekend has taken its toll. Next time I'll take a week or two vacation time and knock it out all at once.

Next weekend... I'm riding.

Ride Safe!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I almost missed this sad story about a motorcycle crash. It wasn't until later in the holiday weekend that I caught up on my newspaper reading.

It seems the driver of a riding lawn mower decided to cross a state highway and was struck by a motorcycle with sidecar. On the bike was dad and his 7 year old daughter. In the sidecar was mom and their 4 year old son.

Dad was killed. Mom and kids were injured but are expected to recover.

The complete story is below.

Updated: Thursday, July 1, 2010 11:49 PM
By Jim Woods


ZANESVILLE, Ohio— A man died, and his wife and children were injured, in a bizarre crash this afternoon in northern Muskingum County.

A motorcycle with a sidecar struck a riding lawn mower that was being driven on busy Rt. 16 in the small village of Adams Mills, less than a mile southwest of the Coshocton County line, according to the Zanesville post of the State Highway Patrol.

The lawn tractor was traveling north, crossing Rt. 16 from Rt. 481 to Rt. 296, when it was struck by the westbound motorcycle at 2 p.m., Trooper Stephen Williams said.

Russell Hammond, 48, of Coshocton, the motorcycle's driver, was killed.

Audra Hammond, 34, and their 4-year-old son, who were both in the sidecar, were treated at Genesis HealthCare System's Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville and released. Their 7-year-old daughter, who was on the motorcycle behind her father, also was treated at the hospital. The patrol would not release the children's names.

George Holland, 73, of Conesville in Coschocton County, was driving the mower. He was taken by helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he was in fair condition tonight.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This clip has been around for some time but I never tire of watching it. And, since it is just a few days before the Independence Day weekend and all of the parades, cookouts and picnics, it a great time to re-post it.

Below is the text that accompanied the video. I cannot attest to the accuracy of the story, but I can tell you the girls can sing!

This was at a Texas Tech Basketball game, February 9th. The NationalAnthem is sung by five young ladies (ages 6-8).You have never heard it performed better than this! An entire arena remains completely silent throughout the song. You could hear a pin drop. The two young ladies on the right are six years old. The two in the middle are seven and the one on the left is eight. It doesn't get any better than this.

Go ride. Ride Safe!