Where’s the beef?

Yesterday I wrote about having more meat in my posts. Now, no, there isn’t meat in this post but there is a meat cooker in it!

This is an Old Country offset smoker for smoking briskets. Well, you can smoke all kinds of meat but for me, it’s strictly a brisket machine.

I was given this smoker by a friend and it wasn’t in the best of shape but I have been restoring her.

All that’s left is to make a new grill for it and I can start trying to make a a decent brisket. Stay tuned!

6 Days In

So far so good with blogging every day in January of 2019. I hate that I am waiting for the end of the night to blog. I end up blogging really quickly just to make the deadline. I hope that this week I can blog earlier in the day so that my post has more meat to it. I do have lots of hobbies and side projects to that shouldn’t be a problem.

So stay tuned this week for some meatier posts.

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: