Is it just me?

Or has it gone very quiet?
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T i m wrote:

Been very quiet in the shop the last few days and there isn't anywhere near the usual road or pedestrian traffic outside.
Must be a moon phase thing. :)
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On Fri, 09 May 2008 16:16:30 +0100, "Pet - www.GymRatZ.co.uk"

Funny you should say that ...
I try to avoid going into London (so that's anywhere within the M25 these days) and would normally rather ride / drive 20 miles North than 2 miles south. Not only the traffic density but the general 'London driving' .. nothing moving very fast or in a predictable direction etc. Also simple stuff like being able to park ..
However, riding my recently semi-restored CB250 over to Watford with my Daughter on her 125cc scooter to meet Geoff today I noticed the often choked roads were fairly free moving. In fact apart from a few road works and the many traffic lights we rarely stopped at all (even for the rain <grrrr>)
We went in staying Nth of the M25 and came back just South of it and the return journey was much 'busier' but still reasonable (especially for a Friday).

Could be Pet! ;-)
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T i m
p.s. That's another 66 'interesting' miles she's got under her learner belt. I just hope she hasn't picked up too many bad habits following me? The motorcycle test isn't what it was when I took it 35 years ago!
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T i m wrote:

260-odd messages (or 260 odd messages) today.
Owain
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On Fri, 09 May 2008 19:46:06 +0100, Owain

Ah, seems it might have been VirginMedia pulling the plug on the old NTL news servers.
After the change of settings Agent seemed to have problems with *some* n/gs .. like this one for example?
Looks ok now though .. ;-)
All the best ..
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Dunno - The NTL news server was closed down yesterday and replaced by the virgimnmedia one
so confusion prolly reigns
BTW - I didn't show you my sandblaster, did I
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;-)
No .. we seemed to get distracted with boiler controllers and motorbikes! ;-)

Cheers and thanks again for getting me the ally cleaner.
I'm going to be collecting 5 wheels for the Ranger tomorrow and delivering some gear I picked up at Stoneliegh kit car show last Monday at the same time.
If we get back in time I'll give that cleaner a try on a spare alternator casing I have here.
All the best and thanks again ..
T i m
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Is the poor daughter going to be carrying them back too ? ...

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Now look, those scooters have a great big cavern under the saddle that (as you saw) can easily take 5l of ally cleaner and her h/duty padlock and chain. It also puts it with a nice low cog .. not quite the same had I put it in my top box! ;-)
I was considering going round to Guildford on 'her' XV750 [1] as I could have taken the trailer and that would easily take the soft top and brake spares to him and brought the 5 x 6J 14" rims back .. but it's easier in the Rover and the same mpg as the Virago ...
All the best ..
T i m
[1] Or my R100RT when I get THAT back together again .. :-(
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T i m wrote:

No Tim, its you :-)
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On Fri, 09 May 2008 21:54:08 GMT, "The Medway Handyman"

No handy-jobs to do Dave? ;-)
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T i m wrote:

Far too many jobs actually Tim. My head is spinning at the moment trying to book everything in :-)
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On Fri, 09 May 2008 23:31:25 GMT, "The Medway Handyman"

That's good then.

So your real problem is finding time to spend all that money? ;-)
I quite like doing 'little jobs' for people though .. rewarding (as in thanks or a beer in my case or just knowing you have helped someone) and to can do them in short time (rather than prolonged projects).
Mum (75) has just broken her wrist (fell over when going to a Jazz gig <shrug>) and Dad isn't much use to her (another story).
So she phoned me saying she had a 'little list' and 'when I get a moment' (which officially will be in 2015 with all the stuff I have to do here) so daughter and I decided to walk round and see what we could do.
I got the mower out and daughter mowed the front a back lawns.
While she was doing that I fitted a new reversing light switch in their Mariva (I'd diagnosed the fault and got the switch a couple of days earlier).
I got the sun umbrella out of the garage and put it in the garden (heavy cast iron base).
I 'fixed' the i/r security light (by turning it back on in the garage) ;-)
Daughter removed the foam eaves fillers from the lean-to (Granny grows lots of plants and the lean-to is her greenhouse).
I reset the Home Hub router (so her VoIP phone works again).
I (then) checked her PC worked on the net and updated a few things.
I emptied the mower into the compost, cleaned it and put it away.
They were happy, daughter get's a fiver to 'treat herself to something nice' (she tried to resist but resistance is futile, probably going spend it on clothes in a charity shop) and I get a nice cuppa and some cake. ;-)
All the best ..
T i m
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T i m wrote:

SWMBO manages that department :-)

It is a nice feeling, some people are just overjoyed at getting simple things sorted.

FOOSH injury.

How do you get a teenage daughter to work?
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On Sat, 10 May 2008 17:51:57 GMT, "The Medway Handyman"

;-)
Yeah, but I guess simple to us but not them. Sfunny isn't it, I rarely call anyone in to do anything and have never put a vehicle in to be serviced .. it's just not something that crosses my mind. But as you say, even hanging a picture can be inconceivable for some people (luckily for you) ;-)

Probably. I don't ask or want to hear the details .. :-(

Dunno, I just ask this one .. or more typically:
1) Offer her jobs I know she's likely to enjoy because they are:
a)Different (like bricking up the flue hole the other day)
b) In her interest (working on the Honda 250 with me as she may well be riding it herself soon).
c) Getting her to make it 'her project' (like we are about to hit next doors back garden that's running wild and he said we can make use of it. I give her some ideas and then we do whatever she comes up with).
2) Explain to her that I need her help to be able to do <whatever> and it is in all our interests we get <whatever> done.
3) She is happy to do it because she enjoys it .. like cleaning the cooker!
To help her sort her room out we have bought and I'm going to get her to fit a new clothes rail in a poorly used cupboard in her room. ;-)
All the best ..
T i m
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T i m wrote:

I'm the same, never occurred to me to ever get anyone in. No good with vehicles though.

Ambulance speak. They have their own language. Falling Onto Outstretched Hands. Typical of a 'Grey Lady Down' call according to No:1 daughter.
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On Sun, 11 May 2008 08:01:31 GMT, "The Medway Handyman"

Well I guess it all depends on how young you are Dave, today's vehicles can be very difficult to 'repair', if the fault is in the ever increasingly complex electronics systems.
When we (wife n I) built the kitcar 18 years ago I'd never built one before but had no thoughts that I wouldn't be able to do it. Like many people my age at that time, I had changed / worked on engines, gearboxes, brakes, suspension, fuel and electrical components on cars and motorbikes. Many said suggested they wouldn't be able to do the same (build a kitcar) but I question if that was more a limitation of their mind than their abilities?
In most cases I only know something can't be done (by me) when I try and fail. As with this recent exercise with the 1 year old 'un repairable' Zanussi washing machine I was given (failed bearings in a 'sealed tub') which is now doing sterling service with little cost and just an open mind. ;-)

Ah. In this instance I believe she backed up against a kerb and fell backwards (but put her hands out to save her self all the same but backwards).
She's had her second cast done now so I assume things are progressing well.
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On 2008-05-11 09:01:31 +0100, "The Medway Handyman"

What's that? Old dear fallen over?
Oh wait a minute....... Old dear lonely so arranges attention from her local ambulance crew?
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