...and I watched all three movies, extended/expanded/director's cut versions, at one sitting. I just finished Return of the King about 10 minutes ago, tops. (As of 6:18 AM, that is.)
"In for a penny, in for a pound," I figured.
Mom did this once; I don't remember exactly when, but she wanted to watch them and I put them at her disposal. To my surprise, she watched all three at one sitting--and there I was, out-nerded by my 80-something mother. Well, it's about time I took back the crown, damn it.
I don't even remember the last time I watched these movies. I know I watched RotK when I bought the extended/expanded/director's cut version, but I don't remember when that was--nor do I have the mental faculty remaining to find out.
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I put the motorcycle seat on the bike yesterday evening; and as I was working on it I figured out a way to adjust the rear shock absorbers without having the right spanner on hand.
I took 'em off (one at a time) and clamped them in the vise, and then lifted up on the spring while turning the adjusters--and pop they went one notch softer, just as I'd wanted.
After everything was back together, I had to take her for a ride to see how it felt--and it's much better.
Og weighs a bit more than me; he had these shocks adjusted for maximum load, so the thing had a harsh ride. When I first rolled out of the driveway after adjusting them it felt like the rear tire had gone flat, but after only a few blocks I got used to it--and the ride is much smoother now.
By the time I got home I was fain to freezing. Still, it was a nice ride.
...I didn't polish so much as one thing on the bike, though. I left that for later. Well, Ajax doesn't go bad, so what the hell.
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That's another thing: when I went shopping on Saturday, I was greatly surprised to see that Ajax sells for $0.69 per can. Comet sells for about $1.19, and the other similar cleansers were even more expensive than that.
But Ajax isn't a scouring powder like other cleansers are; it's pure surfactant with no abrasive. That's why it's safe for use on chrome and other polished metals. Yet I have used it on rusty chrome--bicycle rims--and found it to be an excellent cleaner for such; they came out clean and shiny. Granted, it can't have pitted the metal and it can't be severe rust; but it takes surface rust off chrome pretty handily. I expect this to be perfect for cleaning everything on the bike that's dirty. And for $0.69 per can!
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Right now, though, I'm going to feed my cats, brush my teeth, wash my face, take my pills, and go to bed.
Further bulletins as events warrant.