Bullet Points

What do you do when you’re going to have dinner with friends you chat with all week long? What are you going to talk about? That was the dilemma my friend Hector and I had. Our solution? Don’t chat the day you’re going to have dinner. Instead, make bullet points with topics to discuss.

All about Hector

So yeah, Hector did all the talking tonight. Maybe next week it will be about me.

My Books of 2018

I had set a goal of 25 books to read (or listen) in 2018 but I was only able to do 18. I would say 90% of the books are audio. I listen to books while I drive, bbq, work in the garage, etc etc.

My favorite book of the year would have to be Where The Crawdad’s Sing. I took a solo road trip to Lockhart, TX and I listened to it nonstop on the way there and back. It was that gripping. Highly recommend.

I set a goal of another 25 books this year. So, if you have a recommendation leave a comment below. Follow my progress on Goodreads here:
https://www.goodreads.com/digiSal

1 Ride, 2 Wheels

As 2018 winded down, I decided to sell my truck to a friend who needed it more. Now that I ride the Grom daily, the truck sat at home a lot while a friend needed a car.

The first thing I did after selling it was order myself a rain suit. Usually if it’s raining I’d just take the truck. Ever since I got the Grom, I’ve always wanted to be a daily driver but never rode in rainy weather. Now, I have no choice. (Well, I do but that’s another story.) My rain suit arrived last week and wore it today for the first time. It was drizzly and foggy after lunch so it helped tons.

Riding With The Fly Rain Suit

It still takes me a good while to get in and out of the suit so that means getting up earlier for work!

Also, since I have daily blogging on the brain, I’m wondering how long I can ride the Grom every day. Should be able to now with the rain suit. Will follow up on that with this blog.

Can’t believe I’m saying this but I hope it rains tomorrow!

Let’s Go

Nine years ago this year I and some friends blogged everyday in January. That year was 2009! So long ago but I can remember it clearly. (Mostly because I can read it again whenever I want.) A few months ago I wrote a post here that said that Social Media Killed My Blog.

It is hard not to post on Social! I post pics or videos every now and then but I always wish I had just blogged it. Well, here is my attempt to revive this blog and my writing with another go at Blogging EVERY DAY in January.

It is going to be tough. Do you know how I know? Because I almost didn’t make the midnight deadline for today! Why? Because I was on other social media platforms! I even signed up for a new social media platform today! Ugh!!

So join me. Let’s Go!

New Shoes for the Grom

First it was the chain, then it was the screw in the tire. Lastly, it was a crack.

Crack Kills

As I was putting on my disc lock, I noticed a crack on my rear tire. It was a tad bigger then the picture lets on. These are the tires that come stock on the Grom and I have read some bad reviews on them. Since I already have over 5,000 miles on these tires, I decided to replace these right of way. 

I couldn’t decide between two styles of Michelin’s. One style called Power Pure were targeted more to sport riding, while the other called City Grips were more for every day use with better grip in the rain. I decided to go with the City Grips since I ride every day and have been caught in the rain a few times.  

Looking Cute and Grippy
Getting the Wheels off was Fun.
Three Tire Shops Later

I learned that changing the tires on my tiny 12″ wheels requires the right machinery. Third time’s a charm when I finally found a tire shop that can do it. 

We had a few moments of confusion with the direction of the tires. You can’t just mount tires any way you like nowadays. They are directional. Both tires had arrows pointing towards the forward direction. Piece of cake right? Welp, the tires guy were very confused. If they mounted them per the directions on the tires, according to them, the front one would be backwards. 

I trust these guys. They work with tires nonstop. All day long. But, they were wrong. The front tire is indeed supposed to mount in the opposite direction of the rear. 

And they look pretty freaking good:

Nailed

One of the things that is recommended to carry with you on a motorcycle is a tire plug kit. I’ve been carrying one in my bag for over a year with hopes of never having to use it. The kit comes with plugs, tools to insert the plug into the hole caused by a nail or screw, and a mini air compressor. After church on Sunday, I found a nail in my rear tire of the Grom. I was bummed because it meant having to take the wheel off and deal with my chain again. I purchased a new chain recently after an incident. See here: Riding Loose On The Grom.

I then realized this was the perfect opportunity to test out and practice with the tire plug kit. I am so glad I did because I was having a hard time understanding the instructions. Call it a blonde, or senior moment! I filmed the entire thing with my Yi Camera and did not edit any time out of the video so you could see how long it took me.

Here you go:

 

Second time’s a charm! If you have a motorcycle, or know someone that rides, I highly recommend this little kit. I am glad I purchased it and even happier I know how to use it.

Get one here:

 

Riding Loose On The Grom

Chains. They need to be cleaned, lubed, and tightened. I am learning now that is has to be in that order. I have owned the Grom now for over a year and the one thing I have not been able to do very well is maintain the chain. What happens when you don’t do it right and often? See this video to find out:


It was a hot, but a cloudy Sunday, and I had ridden into town after church to do some work for Ronald McDonald House. While there, the clouds broke and we got some much needed rain. It lasted only a few minutes but it was enough to cool the air and lower the temperature a few degrees. This made for a nice ride home. I took the long way home and enjoyed the breeze. As I got closer and closer home the wind picked up and the skies began to darken. I was glad to beat the rain.

Then it happened. The chain fell. The camera was rolling but it died right as the chain was being seated. It was a super short ride the rest of the way home but I was so nervous. Nervous that it would fall again and cause some damage. As soon as I made it home, the rain began.

It wasn’t until Tuesday evening that I was able to work on the Grom and see if I could get the chain tightened so that it wouldn’t fall off again. I was able to get it tight up to specification but the wheel was as far back at it could go. I rode it to work the following morning, and I could have sworn that at one point the chain skipped. I arrived at work safely and looked up chain replacements for the Grom. I read that the factory chain is not that great and that it usually lasts about 3,000 miles. I am at just over 5,000 miles. I read the manual and it said to replace the chain when the wheel is as far back as possible. So, I was a tad relieved that I hadn’t messed up the chain, but that it was normal wear and tear. I ordered a new chain and it should be arriving soon. Until then, I am not riding it. To Be Continued…

Book: Don’t Let Go

I am not really sure how to do book reviews, but I do want to share books that I have recently finished. I just finished Harlan Coben’s Don’t Let Go book and I really enjoyed it. I personally don’t like to read previews so I really don’t want to say too much but I guess you have to when doing reviews?

don't let go - haran coben - book cover

The book is about the death of a cop’s twin brother and girlfriend when they were almost out of high school. It is now almost 15 or so years later and things are happening that are shedding new light to their deaths, and lives. Was it accidental? Murder? Suicide? A cover up?

All these questions are brought up and the story is gripping. I found myself listening to the audio book while having lunch and dinner. Usually I only listen while driving or working in the garage but I couldn’t stop. I highly recommend this book. I prefer audio books and this one is narrated perfectly.

Buy a copy on Amazon

GromNom – Pit Stop Smokehouse – Harlingen, TX

I am on a mission to eat at all the Food Trailers in my surrounding area for lunch. This mission is part of the all new GromNom food series.

Pit Stop Smokehouse was one of the first true food trucks my hometown of Harlingen, TX. Sure, we have had food trailers but they were all stationery. Pit Stop Smokehouse was mobile. Like many food truck operators, the owner dreamed of a bigger place and that is exactly what he did. He sold the food truck and built a more permanent, somewhat bigger place.

Somewhat bigger because it is not very big inside. There is maybe three or four small tables inside. I usually sit outside and eat with the Grom.

Pit Stop Smokehouse has all the usual suspects: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Sausage, Turkey. People love the Jumbo Stuffed Potatoes. Stuffed with Brisket that is. I’m not that into potatoes so I stick with the Lean Brisket. Usually, when you order Lean Brisket it is very dry, but not at Pit Stop. And some times you just have to have Brisket in a taco so that’s one of my favorites.

Lately though, its been a Brisket and Sausage sandwich for me.

Highly recommend this BBQ joint. It is one of the best in my area.

Bonus pic of wood delivery:

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