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Thursday, October 3, 2013
I was laying under my bike, battling a skid plate bolt that didn't want to thread. I patiently pulled it out, hand thread it again, and finally succeeded. I laid there for a second thinking about what I was doing. Securing the bolts on the skid plate is the last step in the oil change process. And out of no where a thought occurred to me, my mother would never have changed her own oil. A ridiculous thought, the only reason my mother would be in the basement would be to change out the laundry.
My mother lived by a strict unyielding rules, rules that governed gender norms. In my mother's world, a woman would never wield a wrench. If a woman was seen pumping her gas, she was to be pitied that she did not have a man to do it for her. In addition to the rules, what other people though of her was also a top priority. I distinctly remember the mantra of "what will the neighbors think".
One could assume it was childhood rebellion that led me to be so different than her. And perhaps there is some of that. But the unspoken lesson that I learned from her was the price she paid for her dependence. When my father passed away, 10 years before her, she did not know how to pay bills, or get her car serviced. Growing up I saw how she had to ask for money, and account for its spending. It was that more than any rebellion that became the tenant of my values, my independence and ability to take care of myself trumped all.
As I wiped down my wrenches and put away my tool box, tossed the oily paper towels into the trash, I thought about writing this entry. Why do I write a blog at all? If for no other reason but to encourage that next woman who wants to learn how to change her own oil. Do it! Taking care of your own needs is the essence of self confidence. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
My riding boots are the unsung hero of my riding gear. For 7 plus years, probably 75,000 miles, they've protected my ankles when I've had oopsie drops of the bike, they've keep my feet warm when it's 30 degrees out, dry in miles and miles of downpour, and my toes ride in comfort even as temps hover near 100. My Oxtar boots have served me well.
For a about a year I've been noticing that it's increasingly difficult to get them to stay on the pegs, they are slipping instead of gripping. I briefly considered replacing them, few GS riders wear these Euro style touring boots. But they have never let me down, and aside from the slipping, I had no issue, they could still hold back the rains for 10 hours; really, I just needed them resoled.
I considered some local cobblers and looked at online vendors. I decided to go with Resole America, I was impressed with existing reviews, liked that I could send a picture of my boots ahead of time and that they recognized Euro style boots as a classification of boot. I didn't price shop locally. I felt that Resole's price of $60 (plus $8 each way for shipping) was a fair value for $200 boots. They make the process very easy, giving you a return label to send in your boots.
I had them back in my hand in 2 weeks. They were resoled as well as polished up. That was a pleasant addition, like getting your car washed with an oil change.
As you can see in this close up, the entire sole was not replaced, this part was unexpected. In the arch, you can see the original sole. The heel and toe sections from a Vibram (type) sole have been glued(?) onto the original sole. Only time will tell if this adhesion will endure the abuse and the elements.
Based on ease of use, cost and timely delivery, at this point, I can recommend Resole America for your riding boot needs.