Friday, November 11, 2011
Note: I edited yesterday's entry a little based on recollection. Then I read today's, and realized that my memory of something that happened nearly 18 years ago wasn't quite correct, so I have put back the exact words I wrote back then. Sorry. Today and from now on, it's verbatim.
12/3/93 – Friday – The second tire on the left side went with a bang. I never heard or felt anything with the first one – just some trucker on the CB saying "That little camper has a flat". Then, “That little camper pulled by a van” – as it started to dawn on me, it was – “Indiana plates.” There was nothing left but the bead and a little bit of sidewall rubber when I stopped with the first flat. The second one was intact up to the tread that touched the road. The center of the tire was gone, and there was a big hole in the carcass. The trouble with this flat was that I could not get the lug bolts loose. That particular wheel had left hand threads, and the Mark’s guy (Wayne) had put the wheels back on with an impact wrench. If they have any torque limits for right hand rotation the certainly don’t for left hand. It was totally impossible for me to break them loose with a lug wrench, so I got out a socket, extension, and torque wrench. The handle of the torque wrench broke, and cut my palm deeply in two places. The wounds are gaping open now (12/7) so I suppose I should have had stitches. Meanwhile, the lug bolt specified torque of 85 to 85 foot-pounds was obviously grossly exceeded since the torque wrench is calibrated to 200 foot-pounds.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
12/2/93 Thursday – Day 4 – We were at Sears by 8 AM. After a lot of bull from Vincent, they agreed to sell me four new tires around 10 AM. At 11:15 they decided that they could not get the new tires on (too wide). I got the trailer back at 12:00 – but they had insisted that only they could tow the trailer into the workplace. The driver tore a bunch of holes in the awning because it rubbed against their door.
By 12:30 I was at the Firestone store, and I got the only 7.00-15LT 8 ply rating in Abilene. Western Auto had 9 tires the right size, but they were al six ply rated tires. Firestone had only one, and Goodyear was totally out of business.
Meanwhile, the CB developed a high VSWR and the oven quit working. We left Abilene at 2 PM and got as far as Monahans on Thursday.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
12/1/93 Wednesday – Day 3. No makeup, no bra for the BW – I still shave. With the sun shining and halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene, we blew a tire on the left side. I got it changed, and we went on to Abilene. If anything, I would have expected to have trouble on the right side, which is somewhat more heavily loaded. Since the tread was practically all there and the casing wasn’t checked, I was somewhat surprised. I mounted the 8 plyl spare (Ted replaced the original 8 ply tires with four 6 ply, which were loaded at their rated weight). We went on to Abilene. I talked to Sears, and they would r replace the 7:00-15LT’s with 235/75R-15 for $63 each. I liked the idea of the radial tires on the trailer.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Yesterday I washed two cars and cleaned and waxed all but one side of the first car. I worked for 100 minutes, then decided that that was enough for today and stopped for a late lunch. Then I felt better, and went back to start waxing again. It took me a second 100 minutes to finish all but the left side of the first car.
I was totally beat, and was barely able to walk. I rested a couple of hours, and managed to have a shower and put on all clean clothes, but still was having trouble walking. I couldn't stay awake, and woke up in the recliner and went to bed at 8:00. I slept for 10 hours, and started today fairly well recovered.
Today I finished the first car, including taking off the wheel covers and cleaning and waxing them, cleaned the windows, both inside and outside, of both cars, cleaned the solid interior finishes, and vacuumed both cars. Then I waxed the roof, hood, and trunk lid of the second car. After that I took the BW to Brenda's for lunch, and I don't feel too bad now. I can't understand why I was so beat yesterday, but I think old age is starting to catch up to me.
I intended for this to be a two day job, but it's going to take me three days to finish them both.
I had sort of the same experience last year when I walked three miles by myself, took the dogs for another mile, and then spent two hours cutting the grass. I couldn't get out of the recliner for several hours, and after that I either go for a good walk or cut the grass - never both in one day.
PS - I used the first car to take the BW to lunch, and it really does drive better when it's clean. I only do this a couple of times a year.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Last evening I ran into a little trouble again. My sister-in-law (the BW’s youngest sister of three) sent us two e-mails with no message but for a link. The first one sounded like a dating site, and I assumed she was looking for a possible husband #4, and after a little consideration I clicked on the link. I immediately got a message from MSE that there was a problem – and I sat and stared at it for a little while before I decided that the only thing to do was start a complete system scan, using MSE since it had given the first warning.
The result of that scan was three viruses – Trojan: JS/Redirector.HQ caught at 7:44, 7:58, and 9:33. I don’t know where the one at 9:33 was, but maybe the first two detections were the same problem.
Anyhow, I had disconnected the external hard drive before starting, and after MSE finished and I deleted the three detections, I ran another complete system scan with AVG. It didn’t find anything. I feel a little irked that MSE was faster than AVG, but maybe it just depends where each antimalware program was at the time. Because AVG is supposed to be watching every step I take, I had assumed it would be faster on the draw than MSE, but I still am glad that I’m running two antivirus programs.
Today I plugged the Toshiba hard drive in again and scanned it with both programs, but there was nothing that they could find.
I think the moral of this story is that if you get a message without any written note in it, you better be careful about clicking on any links, not just opening attachments. AVG had a little note at the bottom of both messages that there were no detected viruses, but the link took me to a place where I could get one.
Did I say that I deleted both messages? It was after I replied to all addresses and told them what had happened to me, so maybe I did warn someone else off.
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