Apr 11

How My $280 alignment/brake adjustment turned into a $1407 New Tire Odyssey

But, maybe, you don’t want to know. Ah well.

Yesterday I dropped by Les Schwab to get my brakes checked; since I’d previously gotten a box on my dash display saying “Check Your Brake Rotor.” That’ll be $140 please.

The guy working on my brakes came to me and said “You need to see this.” The inside edge of both my front tires were worn right down to mid-2nd ply. (2nd ply? Inner ply? Whatever is just before blowout.) So, damn.

Alignment: $140 just so happens. Which should be done or any tires put on the front of my truck will wear the same.

So, today: $1407 for 4 brand new all terrain tires.

And I had just paid the new fridge off.


Otherwise it’s still mostly SSDD around here. Leg is slowly getting better. Trying to get outside stuff started.

Did pull my garden towers out of the FILA and up to the garden area behind the house. Got “stuff” planted in it. The Wx is keeping it watered. For now.

Oh, my blood test the other day showed I was low on Potassium so the new Doc has me taking ‘extra’ potassium. Fasting blood test slated for tomorrow to see if that’s helped any.

BUT, my blood pressure has been right around 110/76 for the past couple of weeks, today it was 106/68, so I’m thinking that maybe I’m getting away from needing the bp meds.

Man, that would be nice.

And in case y’all were wondering: SWMBO is as beautiful as ever.

Apr 06

Was Gonna Post But I’m SO Tired!

I’ve walked a couple of miles today on top of everything I ‘usually’ do and am bushed! It’s only 2010 but I’m hitting the rack.

Saw my new (to me) Doc today. He seems stand-off-ish and doesn’t make eye contact often or for long. But he seems to know what he’s talking about. We’ll see. I’m sick of training a new Doc every couple of years.


Apr 04

Graduated PT! Cool!

So I successfully survived the many tortures and unpleasantness inflicted on me. The sweat. The strain. The pain. The doubting the validity of my tech’s parents marriage. Done.

Actually, they said they were really impressed by the quickness of my recovery and ability to walk and do things. Apparently I’m ahead of the curve. So that’s good. Just gotta dedicate myself to doing all these exercises at home. Which I mostly do anyway.

I got Canyon lands and The Grand Canyon and way too many other places to see to be stuck in a truck.

In other news: A couple of “the guys” from the Ham club came over and stripped everything off my tower then put up a new 144/440 antenna. Even helped clean up the mess before they left. I did what I could; which was mostly stay out of the way as much as possible. My tower climbing days are over. No way to tell those guys how much I appreciate their doing that for me.

Now, at least on 2m/70cm I can hit pretty much every repeater in a 50 mile radius. I know; I tried.

The second coax I bought will go to the 6-btv antenna for talking around the world. Next project will be getting the radio in my truck fixed up and working better.

Mar 29

Basically, Knee Surgeon Is Very Satisfied With My Progress

Got to my appointment just a bit early; but I’m retired Navy and if you aren’t there 15 minutes early, you’re late. Lots of sitting around in the waiting room. Got called back to the exam room and checked in there and waited about 15 minutes for the Doc to show up.

I tried not to fart. Really. Those exam rooms are really small and some of my farts are, well, a bit overpowering at times even in the largest of rooms. I didn’t want this to be one of those times. So I tried holding the thing.

But, exactly 3 seconds before he walked in, Brrrrrtttttt. When he walked in I warned him with “It Figures!” What figures? “Three seconds ago I farted the fart I’ve been trying to hold so we all don’t get too grossed out.” He told me not to worry about it; that he’s treated OLD GUYS before.

He’s going to get high ratings from me on the survey he asked me to take.

So, doing well. He’s impressed with the range of motion and all. Outside is healed pretty good and not looking too bad. Told me to come back in a year.

You Bet!

Home Depot guy came over this afternoon to measure the door leading out to the deck for replacement. All he does is take measurements though. Now we have to go back to the Home Depot and they’ll design the actual door/sidelights there and figure out how much. The other window guy came in at $20K. Let’s see how Home Depot does.

And, yes, $20k for a door to go out on the deck. A door. A glass door, for sure, but, a dang door. $20k. The only thing I didn’t like about the Anderson guy was the “This price is only good for 48 hours and then it goes to this price.” which seems kind of like ‘pressure sales’ tactics to me. I don’t like that. Anywhere. So, IF we go with Anderson I’m thinking they can do the ‘sale’ price anyway if they want my business. Or I can call and make an appointment for them to come out and measure the door and submit their bid again.

Restocking my thumb drives since I’ve managed to give all mine away or lose them. Surprising how many of those things I still use. Truck music is the big one but SWMBO’s Dad and I sent files back and forth too. Raspberry Pi’s use up a lot. Ah, well.

Think I’ll let SWMBO take me to El Sombrero’s tomorrow for date day.

Watching the original GOJIRA with subtitles.