Sunday, March 13, 2011

I actually have free time

If forecasters are correct, gas prices are threatening to reach previously unimaginable highs. I have been getting my old bicycle ready to commute back and forth to work. I had to put new tires on it because while scrubbing the decade of dust off it the inner tube popped out the sidewall. I put slick narrow street tires on it. It got a new seat about a month ago.

I bought a new set of battery powered work tools. I got a set containing a new drill, impact driver, sawzall, and circular saw. My old dewalt set has had battery issues and finally the sawzall broke. For the purchase price of new batteries and repair cost of my sawzall I bought a shiny new set.

Plus

I will keep my old dewalt set at home so I can work on stuff around here. Frequently charging crappy batteries at home is more acceptable than at work.

This works into my bicycling commute plan perfectly since I will no longer have to transport my work tools home every time I need to get something done at home.

I also re-purposed an old bike trailer into a commuter cargo trailer.

I can use this instead of the car for many things.

The kids are loving California. Kassi's art class is wonderful. She is learning single point perspective. I love the art that she brings home. Tristan started archery instruction.

He is so excited about it. Toly loves bicycling around. His passion for his bicycle is wonderful.

In fact, I am going to take them for a bike ride...

4 comments:

edifice rex said...

It's great that you all are doing so well since moving to California. I'm very happy for you and that things have worked out for ya'll.

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cobbnewsandtimes said...

Ive got one of those little hand held inpacts. Most lickly the best tool and most used of them all. I love it and will always have one in my collection. Glad all is well fo you guys.

Walter Jeffries said...

I love our cordless tools. Power cords are just so encumbering when draped across acres of pasture and maple sugar bush... :}

The first battery operated drill I had weighed a mere 56 lbs. The batter was a deep cycle truck battery we mounted on a back pack frame on our back and wired a heavy duty drill for 12v. It was heavy but it was better than drilling 4,000 maple taps by hand. The catch was my wife Holly fell and spilled one of the battery's acid on her work suit. She got out of the suit in time to be fine but the suit was totaled. It was completely eaten away by the acid.

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