Get the fuck out of there

One of the biggest drawbacks of not having a partner anymore is that there’s no-one to plan your birthday parties for you. It’s left up to you to plan your own celebration, and when you’re someone like me… well, celebrating myself has never been one of my strengths.

So, as the day approaches I watch it get closer and … do nothing. And then the day arrives and I have no party organized, no friends coming over, not even a pub night out planned.

And it upsets me. Isn’t that stupid? It’s my own fault I don’t have anything planned and it upsets me that there’s nothing planned for my birthday. And then I beat myself up for being upset, and beat myself up further for not having done anything.

It’s a stupid spiral and one I need to break.

I’m going out to the pub tonight. Specifically I’m going to Limericks pub on MacLeod Trail at about 6 for pub food. Then I’m going to the 7:50 pm showing of The World’s End at Scotiabank Chinook theater. People are welcome to join me for either.

Getting all fired up

Ronya and I fired up our motorbikes today.

Not that we actually went out riding, mind you, but we did start them up. It’s our way of trying to keep the batteries from wearing down and checking the bikes themselves out for any major maintenance issues.

Much to my delight we were able to get the Yamaha XJ1100 started up all on it’s own. The Suzuki 550 was a little more stubborn and took a quick boost from the Yamaha to get going. Shane and Dianne’s Suzuki 750, unfortunately, would not catch, and unlike the batteries on the other two bikes it’s battery is pretty much innaccessible without tools. We didn’t feel like struggling with tools and bike parts this afternoon so we left it alone. It turns over just fine, it just didn’t catch. We will try again when it’s warmer.

Ammo Box being sized as a saddle bag

Ammo Box being sized as a saddle bag

While we were letting the bikes run and their batteries charge we took some time to photograph the XJ1100 with the ammo boxes I bought last summer. Ideally I’d like to be able to turn the boxes into saddlebags for the bike. In checking it out we reasoned that in order to keep them from riding so high as to overbalance the bike I’d need to move the signal lights. Even if we did mount the boxes above the signal lights they’d be mounted so far underneath the boxes that they’d effectively be useless.

Luckily for me the mounting bolts for the lights look remarkably simple to work with and there’s only two wires to worry about. I should be able to either move them further back towards the brake light or perhaps higher up on the rear of the seat and above the boxes. Higher up makes sense, now that I think about it, as that would make them even more visible to other motorists.

Ronya planning her garden

Ronya planning her garden

Ronya and I also spent a couple of hours at a coffee shop this afternoon doing some reading, writing, and garden design. Ronya received her first Calgary Horticulturist magazine in the mail today and it’s given her no end of ideas for this summer. Mix that in with our thoughts of touring on our bikes and it makes for a very long, long winter to have to wait through.

In other news Coraline is opening this weekend. There aren’t any showtimes listed yet but I thought I might throw it out there to see if anyone wants to go see it on opening weekend. Lately I’ve all but given up on opening night viewings because I’m getting old enough to really dislike crowds, but such films as Coraline and the upcoming Star Trek movie may entice me if there are enough people going along.

Pub Night this Friday

We’re doing another pub night this Friday, and this time Ronya will be able to attend. She wants to go somewhere with darts so we’re thinking of going to Friar’s pub at Glenmore Landing. Anybody else wanna come?

Coffee anyone?

I’m up for doing something with other people for once tonight. Anybody up for coffee? A movie perhaps? (I’d like to see “Resident Evil: Extinction” before it leaves the theaters) Or even just come on over and play Halo 3 on my brand new Xbox 360?

I should probably write a huge update, letting everyone know what’s been going on in my life, but there’s just too much and I just don’t have the focus or attention to do it in one big shot.

But, in an ever cryptic way, I will state that if things go right this week I may wind up having oodles of time for writing in the future. Keep fingers crossed.

Edit: If you’re interested in going out you can either phone me or use this lj utility to text my phone.

Long story short…

The weekend before last I rode out to visit Ronya in Kananaskis and bring her some lunch. On the way back I got caught in torrential rain storm… twice. Why twice? Because I missed the turn in Turner Valley, drove through the storm, wound up back in Kananaskis country and had to drive back through the storm to get back to Calgary.

Throughout all this my weather “resistant” pocket on the left side of my jacket wasn’t quite sealed properly and my phone was in it. By the time I got home the pocket was a swimming pool. My former cell phone is now a tiny little fish bowl with it’s screen half filled with water. You can turn it over and watch the water slosh around if you like. That’s about the only thing it’s good for these days.

So I went out and bought myself a new cell phone… yet again. This time I bought a Blackberry.

It sucks. It sucks horribly. It sucks so horribly I immediately went out and bought a different phone again. This one, however, works wonderfully, even if it does run on Windows. I try to overlook that as best I can.

The gist of this whole entry is… I no longer have anyone’s phone numbers. Well, I do have Ronya and Diannes’, but that’s it.

So, if you want me to have your phone number please leave me a reply here. All comments are screened so I’ll be the only one to see them.

Hopefully I won’t be doing this again for at least another year or two. *crosses fingers*