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Re: The Blog of Blues

#1461 Unread post by pchast » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:58 pm

HI, did you try heat with that foam tape....
A hair drier on low.

That and a putty knife worked for me on
some furniture.
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#1462 Unread post by NorthernPete » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:14 am

My brother just bought a strom. He lives it so far. Had it about 2 months and has I think close to 10k Kms on it. A couple long trips with his wife riding pillon too. He got luggage boxes. Seemed like a good bike, not too heavy but lots of storage.
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#1463 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:18 am

NorthernPete wrote:
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My brother just bought a strom. He lives it so far. Had it about 2 months and has I think close to 10k Kms on it. A couple long trips with his wife riding pillon too. He got luggage boxes. Seemed like a good bike, not too heavy but lots of storage.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm still considering one...but now I have to wait until I find a place to live. I'm looking.
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#1464 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:23 am

pchast wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:58 pm
HI, did you try heat with that foam tape....
A hair drier on low.

That and a putty knife worked for me on
some furniture.
It never occurred to me to try heat. I used a combination of my putty knife and utility knife to get off the big stuff. Then I used sandpaper to get off the sticky residue. (Instead of wax on/wax off) I was sandpaper on and on and on and on....
Then had to cut the loosened section of the layer of paper on the gyprock and cover it with mesh wall repair tape. It's adhesive. Then used poly filla over a couple of days to fill and sand and feather before painting.
If I ever come across that again I will try some heat.
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#1465 Unread post by Gummiente » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:52 am

Blue's Mobile Home Repair/House Sitting Service. You may have just found yourself a niche market, girl. :)
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#1466 Unread post by blues2cruise » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:23 am

Gummiente wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:52 am
Blue's Mobile Home Repair/House Sitting Service. You may have just found yourself a niche market, girl. :)
I'm getting too old for this much daily labour. :(
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#1467 Unread post by roscowgo » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:34 am

Blues is still Cruisin I see :D *waves I've gotta get to reading and catch up to everybody.

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#1468 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:42 am

Yes, I'm still cruising along...just in a Ram truck these days. I'm considering getting another bike...but it will have to wait until Spring.

I have been so busy with this never ending painting project...long long story...and child minding...and next week house sitting...I'll get my own life back in the Spring. I'll be house sitting over winter so there is no point getting a bike now as I will not have a garage.

Oh....almost forgot...I was looking after someone's dog last week also.

I need a vacation from my retirement. :)

I should be able to get some R & R after the 16th. I'm going to house sit for a few weeks and there will be nobody around. The house sits on an acre. I can taste the quietness already. :)
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#1469 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:05 pm

I gave a 110% over 4 days and got the painting job finished. Talk about trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. The place looks good now, but it took a lot of hard work, youtube research, and wall repair tape, polyfilla, sandpaper, and many gallons of paint.
Aside from that, I helped move yet more furniture. The trim around the entry door looked like it had been beaten up. It looks almost new now.
As for the dog I was looking after for 4 days. Although I had to take him with me to get my painting job done...he was easy. The dog owner had said the dog wouldn't travel in a vehicle. I proved him wrong. I needed to go get the painting job done, so I took the dog. He was only anxious for the first few minutes, but then settled down. He just "hung out" on the blanket on the back seat. I took a couple of pictures with my cell and texted the pics to the owner. The dog never barked, whimpered or whined over three days. I took the dog home Saturday evening. I think the owner was happier to see the dog than the dog was to see the owner.
The dog started crying as I walked away. I could hear him crying all the way to the elevator. I think the dog liked my calmness. The owner is a bit neurotic.
Today I am resting and relaxing. I feel almost broken from so much hard work.
I'll get over it quickly and I hope I remember to say no next time someone asks. LOL
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#1470 Unread post by roscowgo » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:18 pm

Painting, drywall work, mudding, sanding.... It's a Lot of work. The overhead stuff killed me back when my shoulder didn't suck so much. I'd need to get creative and put on my McGuyver hat now.

Been through some life myself since I was last on. Still riding, currently a burgman 650 that I absolutely love. Just clicked over 10k for the year last weekend. And out in the parking lot there is an 87 goldwing interstate. Picked it up a week ago for 1600. Saturday and sunday it's getting new tires (spooned on by yours truly), new timing belts, clutch and brake fluid replacements and bleeds, new fork seals (progressive springs to come sometime soonish), about 300 lbs of rusty pitted chrome tossed in the trash. About that much random really badly done wiring for a million little lights it seems like. New coolant, oil change. Control cables lubed (either new cables or whole new masters and slaves, that stuff is eld as far as bikes go).

https://roscowgo1.smugmug.com/Goldwing/i-pSh3g9N that's the wing. She's been whispering Rusty Rita to me. Get it road worthy, ride around next week then it's a 500 mile trip to md.

https://roscowgo1.smugmug.com/Burgman and this is frannie the burgman. Frannie because she makes a lovely farting noise :D Commutes, cruises, tours, carves. <3

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#1471 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:20 pm

roscow....your Goldwing is in excellent condition for being from 1987. Good find.
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#1472 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:29 pm

So...the continuing saga of being retired and being a house sitter. I am currently in Chilliwack BC looking after an empty house. The empty house part is not a problem because I have been carting around my life in my truck. I have enough dishes etc., to have a functional kitchen. I have a 6 inch foamy for a bed and a chair. :)
The owner pays heat and electricity and internet. So..with my 17 inch screen laptop and my phone I stay connected. I watch movies on Netflix and listen to music with the new portable speaker I have.
Those little speakers are quite impressive. I can stream the radio station via Bluetooth on the speaker. Or..I plug in the speaker to the laptop and I can nice solid sound.

The funny thing about being retired from work is suddenly how needy so many people seem to be. This past month I have been so busy it's crazy.
Anyway..back to this house in Chilliwack.

I will be back to continue...I'm getting a low battery warning. Must go find charger.
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#1473 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:51 pm

This is too good to pass up. I have been sick for a week so with time on my hands I have been going through photo files and deleting a lot of old and new bad pictures.
I came across this from 2003. drbar had taken me for a ride to Whistler BC. This was before I had learned to ride.
You can tell by my smile I was loving it.
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#1474 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:30 pm

The person who owns this house I'm looking after now lives in Osoyoos BC. He moved there over a year ago and rented out the house. Then he did a stupid thing...He decided to try to sell the house and got a realtor. Of course the tenant got nervous about suddenly finding himself with no place to live, so he gave notice and moved out... The tenant was a single Dad with 2 young kids.
So...homeowner asks me if I would be able to house sit until the end of October. I was in between things so why not..
He drove down to Chilliwack to assess the house and give me the rundown of the property etc.
The tenant left the house dirty. He was supposed to come back and clean up but something in the background between the homeowner and the tenant went bad. The tenant wanted his security deposit. The owner said no because the house got left dirty.
I met the tenant a few times...he was fine with me. He and the owner had words though. The owner phoned me in a quite frantic phone call about the tenant. The tenant basically made threats to him and said if he didn't get his money, he would go re-arrange his face for him and his house might just burn down.
I'm thinking...how did this suddenly become my problem? I told him to go to the police. He didn't want to, but I convinced him to make a report in case things escalated. The tenant also wanted extra money for some supposed repairs he had done.
I happened to have enough cash on me because I had just got paid from my painting job. I phoned the owner back and told him I could cover the money for now and to phone the tenant and tell him. He said he wasn't talking to him again. I said ok...I can do it and you can pay me back. (He did an email money transfer the same day to pay me back)
I texted the tenant and told him...he came over and I got him to sign a hand made receipt for the cash. He asked me if I knew what was said. I said I didn't know and I don't want to know. I told him if I get caught in the middle of something I'm out of here.
Friendship can go only so far. Anyway...I said to the tenant...I guess this means you're not coming back to clean? He said no. He said the owner was "dicking" him around so he didn't care to come and do it.
The homeowner seemed to think the tenant was a member of some criminal bike organization so was quite scared.
Tenant gone. House dirty. Yes..yours truly got to clean the house. It was for my benefit though. If I was to stay in the house for six weeks, I wanted it to be clean.
I scrubbed three bathrooms. They looked like they had not been cleaned for a very long time. I cleaned the fridge, the microwave, washed down surfaces, vacuumed the whole house, cleaned mirrors and windows, washed dirt off walls. The dishwasher does not work. The dryer does not work. The oven does not work. One of the garage door openers does not work so I put a bike lock on it for my own security.
The house still stank of old ashes from the fireplace. I took a look inside. Holy cow. I think the tenant used it for the year he was here and never cleaned it out. I got a big sheet of plastic and shoveled out the ashes. I'll find the picture to show you.
I did some work outside on the grounds pulling weeds and giving the house a better "curbside" appeal.

To add insult to injury...the neighbour who lives up the hill from this house wanted to better his view. So, while the owner was living out of town, he took it upon himself to top some trees and cut a couple of trees down...and left the whole unsightly mess. I cleared what I could, but most of it was too heavy to lift. Some of the round cuts, I rolled down the hill.
Last night I sent an email to the owner to remind him that this time next week I will be gone. He had forgotten. He said, "I thought you were there until end of November." I said, "You asked me to come until the end of October."
I have been available to meet with the realtors and have facilitated getting them keys and giving them access. I have shown them around the property explaining things. It's 1-1/3 acres, but not flat.
Prior to me coming here I already had a commitment to be in Vancouver for winter starting mid November. The owner knew that. Because he told me end of October, I made arrangements to go visit my mother up the coast. She is pushing 89. I'll be packing up my stuff and leaving on the 31st.
I think the owner though the house would sell quicker. It's nice enough, but outdated. It's also not walking distance to anything and there is no bus service in this area. The property is mostly on a hill. So a lot of the property is just bush and trees with a view. There is very little flat areas on the property. He lived here 15 years so he is thinking with his emotions rather than being pragmatic about it.
That is the short version. LOL
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#1475 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:41 pm

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The pile of ashes....it was about three feet in diameter and almost 2 feet high. After I scooped all this out, I used the shop vac to finish. Then sprayed a liberal amount of Febreeze a few times.
It doesn't smell now. :D
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#1476 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:26 pm

What an amazing adventure, crazy stories too. Rubia and I don't intend to stay in the house we bought very long and once in a while I tinker with the idea of maybe renting it out instead of selling it -- your story absolutely makes me rethink that, LoL.

Can't believe that pile of ash! Good work, I thought you said you were retired though? You work harder than I ever do and I'm still full time. :)

Keep posting, hope to see you back on two wheels someday.

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#1477 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:20 pm

I have been absent for a while due to a lot of factors. One of them being winter.

I have been house sitting in Vancouver and was busy with snow removal, constant rain, visiting an aging parent, child minding, vehicle trade-in, house hunting and house buying. And I just couldn't be bothered being on my computer very much.
I struggled through reading Game of Thrones book 1 and gave up halfway through book 2.
I have been helping a friend (who I consider to be a bit of a hoarder) to de-clutter her place. It was so bad there was no place to sit and no table at which to eat. I think living like that finally took its toll, so she asked me if I could help her. Phew. Big job.

I will be finished my house sitting here in Vancouver at the end of the month. I bought a little house in Merritt, BC. It is 3 hours from Vancouver....although I know other people who make it quicker. :)
I took possession of the house March 14 and put all my belongings from storage into the house. I'll head there with the rest of my things on the long weekend.


I traded in my truck and got a Dodge Journey. So far I like it. I still don't have another motorcycle because I didn't have my own place. Once I get moved and organized, I will start looking to see what is available. I won't be able to afford a new one this time. I count my blessings though. My two bikes I had were both new. The city of Kamloops is only an hour away from Merritt, and that is possibly where I will be able to find a bike. Not likely in Merritt. It's a small town of about 7500 people.

Some people question my sanity about moving away from Vancouver. I was born and raised here and lived and worked here. But now that I am on pensions, I cannot afford to stay here. The housing prices are ridiculously high and the rental situation is just as bad. Most rents now cost more than my income. A lot of people are moving to the Fraser Valley and commuting in. It is a bit more affordable than Vancouver, but it is slowly catching up. If anybody ever sees news reports about the housing crisis in Vancouver...it is true. About the only people who are happy are the real estate agents, the wealthy and folks who already own. Therefore....I'm moving. Merritt is still affordable. As lower mainland people start to retire, they are selling their very expensive houses and moving. They have money left over.
I will look for a part time job once I move. That way I can save for a bike. :mrgreen:
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#1478 Unread post by ceemes » Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:21 am

Good to hear you are still alive and kicking. Have you heard from DrBar at all?
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#1479 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:48 pm

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Good to hear you are still alive and kicking. Have you heard from DrBar at all?
Yes. He is living in Hope in his RV. He still has his motorcycle, but waiting for better weather to put it on the road.
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#1480 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue May 22, 2018 10:04 am

The saga...continued....

I will get to the ongoing saga..but first....true story.

The local Yamaha Power Sports dealer here had a red BMW 650 show up from a trade. I asked about it, but the person at the counter did not know anything about it. It had just come in the day before. So, I said I'll come in tomorrow.
I went back the next day to ask again. The other person who works there got the key and was able to tell me the year and mileage....but not the price. He called the manager and left a voice message. He took my name and number.
They did not call.
A couple of days later I went in again to ask again.
Their response....Oh, sorry...it got sold.
He knew I was not impressed. I told him I had inquired first and shook my head and walked out.
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