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It must be Spring Break. Today all I did was:
. Spray the garage and house perimeters with anti-spider poison. I am sick of Brown Recluse bites.
. Tidy and organize the garage a bit. It's a bit tight in there now.
. Start and wipe down the 1951 Chevy. Golly, but does it start right up!
. Remove the bodywork on the Aprilia (a must for doing anything to it) so I could change its oil and get ready for the scientific experiments involving souping it up. Also cleaned and adjusted the chain among other things.
. Change the oil on the Honda (everything's now full of fresh oil for the fresh season!).
. And other non-work stuff.

Was planning on going into the office, but I really wanted to get this stuff done. Next I need to run to some auto-parts stores in the hopes that I can find canister oil-filters for the pickup and Chevy; they use old-style insert filters rather than the modern spin-on types, and I bet I'll have to order 'em. Tomorrow I endeavor to see if Douglas County folks can figure out how to register a Vespa from overseas....

Oh, and good news about the new Saab: It is waterproof! It underwent a heckuva test this morning with the massive thunderstorm that passed through Lawrence, and when I checked inside, it was absolutely dry. Hooray good convertible top seals! On the other hand, I don't want to test the top with a hailstorm, so I've decided that I really do need to start selling excess vehicles, at least one, anyhow. First up for offer are the 1951 Chevy and the 1962 Ford pickup; I have a couple of interested folks, and if you're one of them, let me know! I will list them for sale elsewhere soon.

Best,
Chris

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woadwarrior
Mar. 23rd, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
busy, busy! they make conversion kits to replace the old canister filter with a new spin on filter. that would be easier to find I think.

I bet my dad would like the Chevy. of course the shipping would be a little much!

S
mckitterick
Mar. 23rd, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
That's good to know. I did find BOTH canister filters at the Advance Auto Parts - wow, really didn't expect that kind of luck (the other places didn't have either).

Hey, if I don't sell it to my friend Harold, I could split the shipping for you....
geekmom
Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
You're getting spider bites? Wow, they must really love you. Or hate you. Or something like that.
mckitterick
Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
Except for last year (when I started spraying!), I've gotten a bite every year I've lived in Kansas. Thank goodness I'm not very allergic.
geekmom
Mar. 23rd, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Dang. I don't think I've ever had a brown recluse bite.
mckitterick
Mar. 23rd, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I hardly even noticed, except that on me it looks like a regular spider bite with a little hole in the middle that doesn't heal up without regular applications of hydrogen peroxide and other stuff.
weaselmom
Mar. 23rd, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Spray the garage and house perimeters with anti-spider poison. I am sick of Brown Recluse bites.

::Cancels refundable round-trip ticket to visit Chris::

Oh, dude.
mckitterick
Mar. 23rd, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Notice that I haven't had any for years! That spraying has made the place safe. No more eight-leggers 'round these parts no more.
weaselmom
Mar. 24th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Pure hyperbole, and I *know* hyperbole. You just started spraying last year, so you cannot say you haven't had any for years yet. So where do they hang out now - the neighbors?
mckitterick
Mar. 25th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Hey, that makes the end of 2005, all of 2006, and the start of 2007... that's three - count 'em! - three years since I've gotten a bite! That's yearS indeed. I think they all just up and died, on account of all the anti-spider poison. No more spiders within a few hundred miles, I think. Safe, safe, safe!
weaselmom
Mar. 26th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm thinking about wearing Shawn's chainmail tunic for protection, except what if a spider got INSIDE it WITH me?
mckitterick
Mar. 26th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Hmm... chainmail might get a bit warm in the Kansas summer. Today, for instance, it was about 80 degrees while I was raking and bagging leaves. Perhaps a CDC environment suit with air-conditioned fresh-air supply. Heh. Actually, you'll never encounter a spider unless you crawl around where they live, like in piles of firewood or bushes. So if you don't do geocaching in the woods here, you'll be perfectly safe.
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