atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5654: Oh, wow--NO.

Went to the "job fair" today; after standing in line for 20 minutes, was told to go home and apply online. WTF, why have the job fair??

I suppose it was because they had rather more turnout than they expected, but who knows? What I do know is I'll go ahead and submit my application on-line and probably never hear from them again, as is the case with 95% of the apps I submit. *sigh*

Anyway, stopped at the store for a couple sundries, then came home. Today is the Fungal Vale's "garage sale weekend", and as I was driving into my neighborhood I saw someone was selling a moped, among other things.

Oh, wow! No, thought I, I don't need more junk. And if I'm that damned eager to work on something and get it running and usable again, I've got a dirt bike that I can do that with. FFS.

My problem is that I watch YouTube videos about guys who find nonworking vehicles and fix them up. In one such, the guy paid $50 for a complete go-kart that needed minor repairs to be fully functional. Mostly it had just been used hard and banged around; he spent 20 minutes with his MIG welder and a hammer to fix the issues and it worked fine. Other times this same guy gets motorcycles and makes them run using only effort--if he can make it run, he'll spend money on parts to fine-tune it.

That series of videos about the guys who bought the '73 VW camper bus and fixed it up is another example of what I'm talking about.

As for me, I didn't even circle around and have another look at that moped. Good for me! I don't need more junk.

* * *

Well, all I can say is, if you live in Denver, watch out for human excrement on the sidewalks.
Here’s a fun list of things Denver will no longer consider to be a serious crime:
* Sitting or lying in the public right-of-way
* Unauthorized camping on public or private property prohibited
* Urinating or defecating in public
* Panhandling
* Curfews and closures
* Storage and loading
* Prohibitions
* Solicitation on or near street or highway
So Denver will be both homeless- and illegal-alien-friendly. (Not sure what "prohibitions" are, but damn it, we're not going to let any illegal aliens be deported over them!)

ACLU approved, too. What a load.

* * *

"You and I are merely passing through history. This is history." The C.S.S. Hunley continues to undergo restoration, and that's damned cool.

* * *

Yes, Illinois is boned. It's been boned for a long time, and it will continue to be boned as long as Mike Madigan specifically and Democrats in general are in charge.

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Yesterday was pleasant enough; mainly I spent the day doing laundry as neither Mrs. Fungus nor I had done any in a couple of weeks. After that I hit the store, then made the repairs to various articles as mentioned in a prior post.

It's warm outside today, but I don't know if I'll manage to get much done. I slept very poorly last night, having bizarre dreams and waking frequently.

Something I'll need to fix the dirt bike: there's a tool you can clamp over the end of a control cable which will let you plug the straw from a can of aerosol lubricant into it, and then the pressure in the can will force lube into the cable jacket. It's a $9 tool. I ordered one late Thursday night, that and a set of wheel bearings and seals for the road bike--I've only wanted to replace the bearings for a few years--and it all should arrive Monday.

There's nothing actually wrong with the wheel bearings in the bike. Which is to say, I didn't feel unsafe riding the thing, even on the highway. But when I had the rear wheel off to patch the tire, I noticed that the rear bearings felt a little...loose. I don't know how to define it exactly, but while the bearings were not bad I just felt like they ought to be replaced. They weren't noisy but I could hear the balls rolling in their races. Sealed bearings are usually dead silent, and they won't spin freely; this set kind of did.

Only reason I didn't was because they're not actually bad and I had other fish to fry. Truth be told I've used the bike so seldom it didn't seem like a priority, and with the bearings and seals typically costing $20 a set I figured it was something I could safely defer. But the other day, while I was ordering the cable lube tool, I happened to see that bearing sets from that supplier were $10 apiece--that's bearings and seals--so I ordered two sets, for front and rear, along with the tool. And I'll spend an hour or so replacing the bearings and seals and not have to worry about them any longer.

Still need the stator, of course, but once that's done, too, I'll be in good shape I do believe.

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