Thursday, August 27, 2015

Riding all over and how well do you swallow...?

I'm still here, but haven't done much other than the motorcycle ride things every week...  Its always another small town at 60 or more miles away..  Tuesday is the Kansas City group which is centered on the big city here, but the Wednesday ride is centered around Topeka..  Then to make matters even more interesting, we have been going on Friday as well..

Friday is Southeastern Kansas, but often comes North back up here toward KC...  So, if it isn't insanely far we go there too...  Last Friday it was Madison, Kansas which was 125 miles south of here by Emporia..  But it was for a lunch so we met early and rode down...  250 mile day..

This week on Tuesday we went to Butler, Missouri...  Its on the Interstate headed for Joplin about 70 miles South of here...  They had a kind of Shepherd s  pie brunch made with eggs and hash brown potatoes...   Filling...!   Then yesterday, it was decided to go to Westmoreland, Kansas...  That was 125 miles away, North of Manhattan, Ks where Kansas State University is located.....    The special there was Spaghetti with meat sauce...   The sauce was hand made with fresh cut tomatoes from the local garden.   The cook said she started it very early in the morning....   Much better than the jar stuff I dump out....  Two pieces of garlic toast...

Then one of our guys wanted to ride up to his home town of Bailey...   That was within 9 miles of Nebraska...  But the day was sunny and the clouds were puffy, on a deep blue sky....   We ended up riding 310 miles that day....  It was after 5 PM when I got home....  Biscuit was with Ben at his house so I was free all day....

Needless to say the motorcycle stayed home today....  But that didn't mean I was able to...  I had a swallowing test at the hospital..  I wasn't looking forward to that much and my feelings turned out to be warranted...

They put in an NG tube in your nose that has sensors connected to the computer....  Then you swallow 1.5 ounces of saline water and they watch you throat as it pushes the liquid down....    10 times..!  

You have to inhale lidocane jell into your nose before they can put the tube in so you don't gag so much...    That's the same stuff you put on a sunburn...  Tastes rotten in the back of your throat.  Then when she put in the tube, I thought I was going to pass out....    No wonder they usually put that tube in during surgery while you are passed out...  Then when its over, they pull it out all at once while you blow air out your mouth...  It didn't make it feel any better, but I think it gives you something to concentrate on while the tube is coming out...

Needless to say, I have had a rather sore throat tonight...   Ice cream for supper..

So what's left of me is still here and not doing much more than planning to go to Arizona again this year..  But perhaps those plans will make another post...

Retired Rod

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Windows 10 first experiences...

It's July 29th....   And that was the day that Microsoft promised Windows 10...  And as I was using this new tablet that I purchased, a Microsoft Surface, a few minutes after midnight eastern, it came up and asked if I wanted Windows 10...

Not knowing how to get it otherwise, I closed what I was reading and answered it Yeah sure...  The programs must have been downloaded already, because it started right off installing the files...  And in less than an hour I was running W 10..  Well that was easy peasy...  I didn't mess with it for very long as it was well past bed time.

Today was a motorcycle function, but it rained...  So we went in the car..  And of course it was dry when we got to the distant town, so we took loads of BS about being sissies...

That's another story...  But anyway tonight I tried to see if my laptop would also down load the software....  Nope, no go...  Wait your turn, like a nice fellow.....  Then I saw an article about jumping the line up in Yahoo...  And then Rick up in Vancouver Island had a write up with better instructions, on how to jump the line...  So off I went down loading as he instructed...

This time I had to wait while the software down loaded 3 gig...  And then install it..  I think it was already on my computer, but the software didn't recognize its presence and pulled it down again...  This time it took about an hour and a half from start to finish....  And I have an I7 processor, but I think your hard disk speed is more the limiting factor...

So within less than 24 hours, I have both microsoft computers updated to W 10.  So what am I typing this post on..?  The Linux desktop of course...  But I have messed around with the laptop here for a couple of hours, and I couldn't break the software...  W 10 seems intuitive, especially if you are coming from W8.1... All of that jumping back and forth from the W7 desktop and the W8 charms screen is gone!!

They have put back the start button in even a more robust fashion than W 7..   Clicking it brings up a start dialog box that contains the touch screen charms...  But you can run that with the mouse too...

So if your up in arms about going to W 10.....  Go ahead, its much more like W 7, but runs all the Apps that W 8 ran...  And has an App Store and all the stuff that Apple has got us accustomed to..

I didn't do a thing other than sit here and watch it install itself....

Retired Rod

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kansas heat, but not home bound.

Its been hot here...  Not hot by Arizona standards, but the Midwest humidity tends to make the normal mid 90s figures feel so much more hot...

Yesterday as I arrived home from the mornings motor cycle excursion, it was 94 on the dash of the motorcycle. But coming inside to look at the humidity recorded by my weather station, I found the reading to be 80 percent.....   So I looked on the heat index chart and found 129 degrees.... extreme danger, in vivid red color on the chart....

We had met for a Goldwing club breakfast in the small town of Louisburg, Kansas about 15 miles South of me here in Overland Park...  There might have been 40 or more of us at a long table, with everyone gabbing all at once....  But then we adjourned to the farm of one of our member's brother..

This farm is only an acreage of about 30 acres, with a tree lined lane and big white house...  The yard was green and the sweet corn crop stood beyond picnic tables under the trees...  In the back, rows and rows of vegetables were ripening in the 90 degree sun..  But that wasn't why we came...

Back behind the machine shed were neatly lined rows of Blackberry bushes...  About 5 acres of them..   Folks armed with white plastic ice cream buckets were madly picking the ripe berries for $5 a quart...  Of course the buckets held about a gallon or more..  So I dutifully joined the folks in the hot rows of bushes....

I picked about a quart, and couldn't take the heat any more....  But then I went over and got 6 ears of corn from the fellow on his quad ATV...  The ears were snapped off of the stocks and handed to me....   Would that be fresh?  So now you know why I was so intent to get back inside the air conditioning here at home....

I spent the afternoon making Blackberry freezer jam...  It will keep for a year in the freezer and it won't last anywhere near that long before its gobbled up....  Just for grins, I added some Jalapeno pepper juice buzzed by blender...  So I really have Blackberry Pepper Jam...  Oh and I made it sugar free too....

It has been a busy week of motorcycle events...   Tuesday we traveled to Tonganoxie, Kansas for a cafe on the main street.   This building had a rustic interior with corregated steel sheeting for walls....
Then on Wednesday we met a dozen or more riders at the Gardener, Kansas Mc Donalds for a trip out to Osage City..   That's about 70 miles West of my home here...  Somehow we ended up back in Lawrence for ice cream cones at a local Burger King....  That was almost a 200 mile day...

Then on Friday, I rode by myself down to Parker, Ks about 50 miles South of here...  That was for a 9 AM breakfast, so I left about 7:30.  It was cool that early, but the trip back with several friends was in the 90 s again...   I sat in the Mc Donalds here South of the house for about 2 hours drinking Iced Tea with one of the guys after that one...  It was hot.

Needless to say, the motorcycle has been parked today... The outside temp is 95 and I haven't bothered to look at the humidity or heat index, but the AC hasn't shut off for several hours.....  Life in the Kansas summertime..

Retired Rod

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Checking In

Tom_Kathy_retired, says he hit rock bottom for subjects today..............  Heck I've been on rock bottom for subjects all month....

Its been hot here!!  To hot to enjoy the motorcycle rides...  But I went anyway...   But last week it rained and rained...  We passed on the rides when we were having those good old Kansas green sky storms....  We rode on Tuesday this week and it rained before we could get home...  But it was still 97..  The rain just cooled us off for a few minutes..

Then on Wednesday, it was Green Sky day right off the bat first thing in the morning...  We took the Jeep, and my friend Al didn't even want to ride in the car....  Yup, that's Kansas...  Then once we got out to the restaurant in Eudora, Kansas over by Lawrence where KU is located, it was bright sunshine and folks that came from the other direction wondered what was wrong with us...

We did ride the bikes over to the Goldwing Road Riders monthly meeting at a restaurant in Desoto, KS on Thursday evening.   That is mostly couples, and has a large number of Trikes....  But the club director rides a two wheel Honda Valkyrie bike and had to report that he ran into a dog on the interstate at 65 mph..

It killed the dog and totaled his bike, but it was 15 years old so it didn't take too much money to be a total...   He preaches All the Safety Equipment All the Time, and he had helmet and riding jacket with the pads and back brace and heavy leather pants on..    He was bruised and had a cut on his knee, but overall he came out fairly well.   I was sitting there thinking that the move to the trike was a good thing for me....   Your still out in the open, but it just has to be better....

Oh, and this dog fiasco happened at midnight, as he was coming home from work at one of the local casinos...  They presented him with a skid lid helmet with a large rawhide dog chew bone mounted on top......   He was good natured about it....

On Thursday afternoon, I went to one of the KU Med surgeons, to see about fixing my hiatal hernia at the top of my stomach..  The guy said I can do you!   That was after he poked and prodded around on my abdomen....   I just knew this guy could cut me in half in a heartbeat....  But he was jovial about it......  I have to go thru a bunch of tests first to see if the surgery will do me any good...  And the tests don't sound like much fun..........  Think colonoscopy, only from the top...

Well anyway, that's what is happening around here.....  Oh, and Biscuit had her daddy giving her a buzz cut with the electric shears this week...  Just put the #2 guard on the trimmer and mow her off...  I didn't do the face or tail, but her body is much cooler now...  She looks all weird but I will get her a real cut in another month or so....  She seems happy about loosing the fur as she couldn't hardly go out to do her potty runs with the heat....  Thank goodness for the AC...

Retired Rod