Thursday, April 16, 2009

132 miles

I fell.
I was trying to take this short cut where you duck down into the LA river bank to avoid crossing a street of busy cars. I was too occupied with the slope (about 30 degrees or so) that I failed to think that the little run off stream would be slick (like years of crazy sludge slick). So I rode into it and my front tire went away from me down the slope and my knee bashed into the side, and then the back tire hit and the entire bike flattened... I am not exactly clear what happened by it seems I landed on my chin and then rolled up and smashed my forehead area into the ground whilst skidding to a stop, some where in there I hit my shoulder. Luckily I was wearing my helmet and it took the blow instead of my forehead; you can see the mark the inside foam made on my head in the picture. Bought a new helmet today and it is on it's way.

List of the damage:
-Forehead, slight bruise like.
-Chin, road rash on the front, mostly black bruise underneath, swollen.
-Right arm, skinned the forearm and the sharp part of the elbow under the forearm.
-Right shoulder has a road rash and bruise. Not really sure how it hit though...
-Both palms are bruised but not really any road rash.
-Left knee has heavy rash and swollen. I will also assume a bruise.
-I found a huge bruise in my pelvis area. Also not clear on that one, I think I might have rammed the steering stem with it.
-Laptop got a nice dent on the right bottom of the case. Still works, nothing wrong with it.

Nothing broken! When the new helmet gets here I will be back on the road. Can I call myself a biker now, or do I have to get hit by a car too?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

129 miles

I have started to bike to work, the way we will swing this is 3 bike miles = 1 running mile = 1 chumby mile. My ride is about 10 miles twice, so 6 miles per day. Woot.

Most of my time has been filled with new job and working on the new loft. Since I can't share the work stories yet, let me tell you about building a wall.

Lessons in building a wall, from Scott.



My loft has two levels, the first level is about 20 feet by 50 feet. The floor is concrete. It had no walls. And 20 by 25 feet of the concrete was painted tan.

Rachel and I plan to share the downstairs but for me to do what I want to do and her her's, there had to be a wall to contain me. I make dust and other bits from the wood lathe, also there is no place to store anything if there are not walls to hide things behind.

It first looked like this:



When we moved in those walls-on-wheels were taken out (they were made really really badly). So the plan was to make a wall with a door along the back side making about a 10 foot by 20 foot room. So I got to work:



I choose to use metal studs appose to wooden ones because 1 - they are lighter, 2 - they fit in my car, 3 - they are about the same price as wooden studs, 4 - I heard they are were easier to frame, and 5 - I had never used them before.

The small 5 foot long wall went well. I am putting a stud every 16 inches like the internets tell me to, but I was making a mistake: I was doing 16 inch on center relative to the previous stud. Later I had to unscrew and move a few studs to be better aligned with the dry wall. The good thing was I had used the metal studs and it was easy to move them, took about 5 minutes!



Notice That I did use a 3"x2" to reinforce the door way, I am not sure if we will install a real door, but I wanted the option.

So I started to work on the second wall, this one will be about 12 feet long.



Just about done:



And then I went out and bought dry wall:



All patched up.



Now, my comment about metal studs with self tapping drywall screws is the following:

I hate them.

The problem is the studs are made of pretty thin metal and when you stick your screw though the drywall THEY FLEX. I ended up taping each hole with a really small drill bit and then used it as a pilot for the tapping screw.

Later I was talking to my ex-contractor friend at work and found out there is such a thing as a "drywall driver" which is a screw driver with a flat nose to allow you to drive the screws in only 1/8" below the drywall. AND, metal studs tend to be a two man job; one guy screws, one guy holds it. oh well.

Finished wall:






I have also been scraping all that damn tan paint off the floor. HUGE PAIN, here is me 70% done:



And the floor about 95% done:



You can also seem my bike that I got ride-shared here from oregon up there. Well I am tired and my butt hurts from my ride, peace.