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Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:01 pm
by noodlenoggin
Okay, I've calmed down now -- following denial, anger, etc, etc... No, the bike is not going on the road this year and it's by my choice, nobody else's.

Here's the deal. My oldest girl needs $2k worth of orthodontics, and if we get on it now we avoid paying triple that much later. It's structured in a couple of installments, with one in August and a larger one later. Okay... I could get the bike legalized for about $70, plus about $50 in maintenance, and that would have it insured until August. Then, I could insure the bike for the next entire year, ride until it's too cold, cancel the insurance and be refunded the remainder.

Sharp eyes would notice the recurrence of August. It would appear that a year's insurance policy is roughly equal to the installment on my daughter's teeth. My wife adamantly insisted that she was not going to tell me "no bike" and that she would "find some way" to pay for the orthodonture -- meaning she'd work more hours at the job she kind of detests.

Well...I'm not that selfish. I can't go spend $$ on something that only benefits me when the money needs to go for something that benefits the family. That's just the way I work. Also knowing the way I work, getting the bike on the road for the next eight weeks -- one of which I'll be out of town for school and another of which we'll be on vacation -- and then having to stop in the middle of summer would hurt me more than just looking at it in the garage. My wife really can't understand that one.

I toyed with selling the bike, but logically I know that it'll be cheaper to get this one going in the future, than to go spend thousands on a bike AND pay for all of the legalities. So, the XS will sit in the garage.

And no, I'm not quitting the forum. I'm sure that those of you who were biting your fingernails over this are relieved. :roll: Quite frankly, I enjoy reading what the rest of you have to say. I just don't really have anything to contribute.

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:24 am
by roscowgo
Hey noodle. A year off isn't a huge deal. It just turns you back into a n00b when you do climb back aboard. I had to sit off for a year due to some vertigo stuff.

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:39 am
by noodlenoggin
Hey, Roscow. A year off would be nice. It's four years off now for me.

After reading Wrider's latest post, I feel I can share my latest achievement(?) in transportation. Namely, our Volvo turned over 200,000 miles. I pulled over to the side of the expressway and took pictures. (I'm such a nerd.)

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Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:15 pm
by roscowgo
I was kinda afraid I was going on a permanent off with the vertigo stuff.

I think...I'm around 14k on that thing. Maybe. I dunno Once every few months I peek under the tankbag.

Good lookin youngun there. And grats on the 200k. I'm about 20 behind you in my just barely alive truck :laughing:
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Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:16 pm
by noodlenoggin
Nothing Motorcycle Related

But I do have an interview on Wednesday with the Ford Motor Company. I'm hoping to get into their IT Leadership Development Program when I graduate in March. Downside...I'd have to move to Detroit. Upside...more $$ and possibly cheap new cars. I'll take a Supercab Raptor, please.

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:31 pm
by Wrider
Congrats and good luck! I'm usually a Ford hater, but I'd rock the Raptor in a heartbeat!

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:38 am
by BuzZz
You wanna good cry, Wrider.

My 68 yr old father showed up a week ago driving a new Raptor SVT. He bought it so his gold diggin' wife could drive it. She wanted it because she thinks she looks good in it (the is no vehicle in the world that can make her look good). So now I have to look at this truck and know it will always be driven by a useless snag and driven like a pusssy. It just kills me.

I told them that that truck was wasted on them and that I should have it instead. Dad said, 'yeah, I know it's wasted on me'.... but I ain't getting from him. I can drive it occasionally, but I'm forbidden to take it offroad. It really just f'n kills me...... :frusty:

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:48 am
by Wrider
That's why you take it offroad and wash it off... :)

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:58 pm
by BuzZz
If I ever take that thing offroad, washing it ain't agonna hide the evidence...... :twisted:

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:15 pm
by noodlenoggin
That sucks, but look at it this way...when she gets tired of climbing up into it, or parking it, or whatever in a year or so, it'll have depreciated a lot, be in AWESOME shape, and be on the market.

Then, there was the time we rented a Ford Expedition to carry some stuff (a shed) back to Home Depot. When I returned it to Budget, it had mud *on the roof.* :twisted:

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:47 am
by noodlenoggin
Tampa?

Hey, does anyone around here live in/near Tampa, Fla? I've got a lead on a job there, and we're looking at the possibility of moving us and our 4 elementary school age children from Michigan to Tampa. Before that, though, does anyone have any impressions / advice / opinions about the Tampa area?

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:17 pm
by noodlenoggin
Snow, Ice, Michigan, Whatever...

Winter's back in Michigan -- not that it's ever really that far away. On Nov. 30, I was walking out to the car after work, marveling at the still-green grass on the bare ground, and I remember thinking "this isn't so bad. If the snow holds off until December, I really can't complain about it snowing in December, in Michigan."

Then on Dec. 1 it snowed, and it really hasn't quit yet. This past weekend we got a 2-day snowstorm and now we have about 14" of it in our yard. So yeah, it waited until December, but it's sure not wasting any of the month, either.

Looking back, none of those monetary reasons to not ride the bike ever came to pass. :rant: A 2nd opinion on my daughter's teeth came back as a "WTF, why would the other dentist want to do all that!?" I think this happened last year, too. Money-sucks loomed on the horizon...I "volunteered" to keep the bike off the road...the money-sucks vanished.

Well, I'll see what things look like this spring. Right now, I still have that lead on a job in Tampa. It's a project management gig at the hospital, and the director is a guy that I used to work with who's moved up. It sounds like he wants me on his team -- I sent him my resume directly, and he's talking Skype interview followed by in-person interview. I know, it's not a job offer yet, but it really sounds promising...enough so that I'm daring to let myself hope a little bit.

AAaaand, if we're moving to Florida, there's no reason in the world to NOT ride a bike, see? Year-round riding would be totally possible, and I could honestly argue the gas savings and stuff. Besides if this works out, I should be bringing in a bunch more $$ than I am now. Maybe enough to treat myself to that ZX-14 I've been drooling after?

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:44 pm
by totalmotorcycle
noodlenoggin wrote:Snow, Ice, Michigan, Whatever.......Winter's back in Michigan -- not that it's ever really that far away....This past weekend we got a 2-day snowstorm and now we have about 14" of it in our yard....AAaaand, if we're moving to Florida, there's no reason in the world to NOT ride a bike, see? Year-round riding would be totally possible, and I could honestly argue the gas savings and stuff. Besides if this works out, I should be bringing in a bunch more $$ than I am now. Maybe enough to treat myself to that ZX-14 I've been drooling after?
Humm... warm weather, a better job, all year round riding and you might get a ZX-14 vs staying in Michigan? Is there really a debate here? :D

Mike

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:30 am
by noodlenoggin
Things are Progressing

So, I had a phone interview yesterday with two IT directors and the Chief Medical Information Office (CMIO) of Tampa General. It went well. They're flying me down to Tampa this weekend for a site visit and a day of interviews with people on the team I'd be working with.

And, I only have five more class sessions before I'm done with my MBA. My family's been done with that for a while now. It'll be great to finally finish.

Carry on...

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:32 am
by Wrider
Yay!!! Congratulations buddy! And if you end up moving to Florida you can convince the wife that you NEED to save money by riding a motorcycle back and forth. Only problem will be finding the three roads that have a curve in the state.

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:55 am
by totalmotorcycle
New bike in the future for noodlenoggin? YAY!!

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:17 pm
by noodlenoggin
This is where I live right now. 'Nuff said.

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Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:30 pm
by noodlenoggin
48 Hours
Today is Tuesday. On Thursday I fly down to Tampa, and on Friday I have my 2nd interview for a project management job at Tampa General Hospital. It was supposed to be last month, but turns out they can't fly me down for 2nd interviews before they officially post the job. :? The hiring manager is a guy I used to work with at my current employer, and it sounds pretty sure that there's a job offer at the end of this interview -- he's saying things like "okay, after you nail the interview and I make the offer, when can you start?" I've been pursuing this since November, and if the job's offered, I could very well be starting in mid-March.

And, I now only have TWO (2) class periods left in my MBA program. I'm done on March 19, and I walk in my graduation ceremony on March 26...and then this two-year struggle will be OVER! My family has been done with it since Christmas, when I got a bit of time off and could spend it with them...they evidently liked seeing me, because they're less and less tolerant of Dad going downstairs to study every night.

Just sayin. There's some light at the end of my tunnel.

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:21 pm
by Wrider
Awesome! That would be perfect! Plus hey not only can you get out of the cold, but you can get a bike and use it as a legitimate year-round transportation vehicle!

Re: Wretched XS

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:45 pm
by noodlenoggin
Times They Are A'changin

So...I got the job. I'm working on my counter-offer to their initial low-ball job offer. Then...I'll be a Project Manager at Tampa General, getting physician practices to adopt EPIC for their EMR software -- required by 2014.

Tampa was 82 and sunny and gorgeous. I rented a Toyota Prius (of all things) and put about 200 miles on the thing on Saturday. It's not a bad transportation pod, actually. I drove out onto Anna Maria Island to Bradenton Beach, and got a Diet Coke bottle full of sand, shells and water. I discovered Five Guys Burgers'n Fries -- OMG, the goodness! Then, my flight out of Tampa was delayed 2.5 hours because of a broken leather strap on an emergency door, and I missed my connector in Chicago. And I spent the night in a Holiday Inn in Chicago. Blech.

Now I'm back at work this morning, and having a hard time focusing on anything but salary negotiations and relocation packages.