atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4223: Waking up with a headache.

That's something I don't normally do these days, and haven't had happen for a while. Ordinarily the alarm clock wakes me up before that can happen, and even on days when the alarm clock is not set I still wake up to hit the can thanks to having plumbing that's almost 47 years old, and I'll normally nibble on something to shut my stomach up, before I go back to bed.

Not so today. I did have to hit the can, but had absolutely no interest in food...and so now I sit here with a headache. Yet more proof as if I needed it) that my hunger reflex is all screwed up. Argh etc.

Making things even more entertaining? I had to run the heat this morning. Woke up and it was balls cold in the bunker, so I cranked up the thermostat. Cripes.

(Actually, because I had to run the AC over the weekend, technically I cranked down the thermostat and switched modes, but you know what I mean.)

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Last night I made a delicious banana cake with cream cheese frosting. They came from a box and can, respectively, but it's still good.

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One of the issues I have with my wife's motorcycle is how notchy the gearshift gets when it's thoroughly warmed up. When I start the thing up and take it over to #PROVING_GROUNDS, the shift lever is beautifully smooth. When it's time to come home after a couple hours of practice, though, it's incredibly stiff.

Now, part of that might be that Mrs. Fungus has not yet progressed to the "shift to 2nd gear" stage of things. The past few times has been mainly getting her used to the bike and learning how to make smooth starts and stops, and learning how to make the bike go where she wants it to go, including making decently tight turns rather than broad sweeping ones. Much of this involved her not having to look at the controls, which--again--is something she could only get with practice, hence "getting used to the bike".

She's doing very well. Every time we go out, she gets better; it's just that she's starting out with zero experience. She never rode a mini-bike or anything, and never drove a manual transmission vehicle before. She's ridden bicycles, of course, but when you ride a bike you don't have to split your attention between throttle and clutch and brake and gearshift and turn signal and--

(No I am not making her use turn signals yet. That will come much later.)

So she can start and stop the bike, using throttle and clutch and brake correctly, and she can make nice tight turns. She's learned how to find neutral, too. But because she's not shifting gears yet, she's riding around in first gear, and I think that's why it's so stiff after a training session. At least, I hope it is, because it's going to be a little while before I can buy a service manual for the bike and double-check the adjustments. (I would hope that the guy who sold it to us had checked all that stuff, but I certainly don't assume he did.)

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Anyway, today the projected high is 57, though at 1:35 it's barely 55. In the latter half of May. Yeah.

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