[01/05/2007 10:00] So this is being written a day late due to things and
stuff. The things and stuff were basically vomiting, back pain and stomach
cramps. Not mine, I hasten to add, but Jenny's. Seems the reason she has
been out of sorts this last week since the cycle ride last weekend has been an
infection which has been slowly taking hold. It finally got around to
manifesting itself properly on Friday when she was at a Hen Party on Friday
night as back pain.
Saturday I popped into town to pick up some books and things before heading to
the station to pick up Jenny who was returning (with an aching back) home.
Trains were a wee bit buggered so I ended up going back into town to buy a
reading book (a Christopher Brookmyre, very very good) and sitting on the
grass until she got in. Once home and ensconced I left for Cormac and Cat's
Murder Mystery Party. That was a most excellent and a wonderful opportunity
to see some people I've not seen in far, far too long. Far too long. I also
had the opportunity to take some photographs for the first time in a while on
the semi-official orders of Cat.
Having left at the ludicrously early time of 01:30 on account of the
windsurfing on the Sunday I quickly realised that Jenny was in no state for
that or even getting out of bed so I spent some time in the morning waiting
for her call to tell me she was back from the doctor and Tesco pharmacy
party photos and generally getting dressed. The remainder of Sunday was
helping her keep a smile on her face and similar. I left some time in the
late evening and went to bed.
This (Monday) morning I woke just in time to get a text from Jenny saying that
she'd not been managing to keep her antibiotics down for more than 30 minutes
without bringing them back up. I booked the day off and cycled over to see if
I could help. For most of the day I was holding hair back, being witty (I
hope) and making smiles appear when the back/stomach/head pain wasn't too bad.
I also took a prolonged trip to the doctor and the pharmacy after some calls
to the doctor to discuss why they antibiotics weren't staying down. Once back
with new - stronger - drugs and some anti-emetics we instituted a regimen of
anti-emetic, wait 20 minutes, paracetamol, wait 10 minutes, antibiotic, hope
that it doesn't come up again before 30 minutes has passed. This is how we
spent Monday, reading and talking in between and generally passing the day. I
kept up to date on email and so forth and tried to get some food into her.
Water wasn't a problem, but regular bringing it back up was. She's a real
trooper that one.
I'll be honest, by 22:00 I was fairly knackered myself and was very grateful
when the landlady of the house suggested that I take Jenny's room seeing as we
had moved her down to the futon in the spare room on the same floor as the
bathroom. I set my phone to loud and headed to bed around 22:30 after Jenny
had dropped off. She called me at 03:00 with horrible pains in her left side
at around kidney level which worried us both. I sat with her for an hour or
so before the pain subsided and she sent me back to my bed.
[16:55] Don't even ask about today. The only good bits have been going for a
flat out run over lunch (from which I came back hot, bothered and in a great
mood), seeing someone online who I always get on with well and doing a bit of
solid and useful work on this on-going SNMP issue. I just with Microsoft and
the company who are at the root of all of this would get on and come to the
same conclusion that I did, which is that the API they're using is shit and
it needs to be completely rewritten. Exhibit A for why: snmpwalk, which
works it bloody works! Can't you see that? Which means
there's obviously something wrong with your stuff!
I'd sigh but I'm all out of frustration at this point. Well, work frustration
anyway. I should go to the gym. The weekend should be... interesting. Still
no point in thinking about it, it'll happen whatever, just have to hope I do
some good here and there. Sunday I may be going windsurfing for the first
time ever which could be really cool. I guess you'll find out on Monday.
[17:35] Today I have mostly been running SNMP scans, watching with a packet
sniffing tool and sending the results back to the company (who're now also
talking to Microsoft about this thing). I am utterly bored out of my gourd.
Last night was pleasant with Jenny popping over after she'd finished all the
OU marking she could stomach without going nuts. It was nice to just relax
for a bit before bed. Jenny has a headache and stomach ache at the moment
which is fairly continual. We're not sure why but it's a bit annoying for her
and leaves her feeling kinda sapped of energy. I've come across that before
now. Oh well, coming up on the weekend soon. I may be going windsurfing!
Thursday evening beckons though and I'm walking home with Cormac, which is
always a good way to lighten the mood a bit. It was his birthday yesterday
so I should work out what I'm going to get him at some point. Anyway, better
go, he's on the phone now.
[18:50] A late one today. This is because I've been at a Sun Microsystems
"ZFS Internals" course and my brain now hurts. I know all about
uberblocks and zilogs and DMUs and MRUs and if I concentrate I can keep it all
in my head. As soon as I think about something else - like trying to get this
load testing software working and why the company are asking for the version
of snmpwalk I'm using because their version of MySNMP for Windows isn't
actually finding all of the OIDs snmpwalk does - everything else about the
subtle and impressive intricacies of ZFS just leaks gently from my ears and I
find myself almost as mystified as I was at the beginning of the day. Luckily
my team leader was also on the course too so he's got ideas for turning our
old V120 with a D1000 attached into a play box. Hopefully that'll keep our
minds fresh with regard to what we can do with the Mighty Power Of ZFS!
In other news I failed again at something for the third time last night. I
don't know what it is I'm doing wrong but I really better get a handle on it
soon or I get the feeling there's going to be trouble. Or at least general
Turns out Jenny's coming to the Murder Mystery on the weekend as the Hen
Weekend she was going to go to was probably going to be crap. This is going
to make the party interesting I think. I guess we'll see how things go.
Life, it's all a bit strange when you get down to the nitty-gritty I think.
I should go shopping.
[17:05] More work with the load testing software guys, more seeing someone
online do something nice and more eating of highly sugary things in an effort
to bumpstart my brain. Seems to be working. Still time for the gym I think.
Sorry there's not much to say today but frankly not much has happened.
[17:30] Erk, what a weekend! Friday night was nice, ended up getting some
films from Blockbuster and eating lots of sausages, chips and beans. On
Saturday, well, we took a train down to London and cycled 65 or so miles to
Cambridge via highways and byways and tow paths and river beds. I'm a little
peeved with the instructions we had as they told us to go via a route which
ended up in a river bed/track in which I (with my heavy panniers) fell over
in and discovered just how waterproof they really are (very). I'm also peeved
with the National Cycle Network route No.1 which just stopped at one point
rather than being signposted in a sensible direction which we would have taken
if we hadn't been religiously trying to stick to it. Stupid thing. Other
than getting lost once, having to push up a very very steep ploughed field and
negotiate some very overgrown paths we had one shaken-loose bolt (for which I
happened to have a replacement) and no punctures... At least until we got
a rest and had showered and eaten. At which point we found one in a front
tyre caused by a bramble. Not that we'd been over a bramble for a good dozen
miles or so. Odd. Luckily I was able to fix it and get us back on the road
to the train station in time to get the next train home. All in all a damned
excellent ride with only a few dips due to bad signage, bad choices in going
through mud and a sugar low which was so obvious it was almost textbook. It
was nice to be part of a threesome rather than just a pair for once, too.
Oddly, even though I think we drank enough on Saturday, Sunday morning wasn't
a particularly happy experience moodwise. I'm unsure as to why, as always,
but there wasn't a particularly good mood in the air despite not being
particularly enfeebled physically. And it's not like there wasn't fun being
had. Jenny headed off to do other things and I got stuck into some housework
which I made myself do before settling down to have some food and watch
television. Did I mention I managed to get a few pounds off my NTL^WVirgin
Media bill while at the same time upping my broadband again to 4Mb/sec and my
television to the previous amount of channels I had before (minus Sky One and
Mix of course). Anyway, Sunday afternoon was very relaxed and the only time I
touched a bike was to use the old one to go and return the films to
I woke up after a normal bedtime feeling really, really bad. Probably only
dehydrated again, but I'm not sure. By the time I arrived at work I was
feeling far better and things have been progressing a little more quickly with
the load testing company I'm doing bugfixing for too. I think we might
actually get this thing licked yet. Eventually.
I also got my ISA statement for the last financial year and was surprised to
see that with the addition of the 3K I just put into it I'm actually far
better off than I thought I was. Which means I have even less reason to wait
around to get my kitchen redone.
I'm hanging around this evening in the hopes I can get a bit more done with
the people in Detroit before I go home. Of course if they don't get back to
me in a sensible amount of time I may just go home anyway and stare at the
fridge until I work out what to eat. They've just this minute emailed me with
a not completely great update so I think I'm going to head off nowish and see
about relaxing for the evening. I'd be climbing but fixing Jenny's dynamo
caused me to get some horrible blood blisters on my fingers (don't ask) so
climbing is out for the next few days. That and I'm pissed off with the
firefox installation I have here on RHEL 5 which refused to acknowledge that
I have installed a fairly full compliment of plugins.
[16:10] More fiddling with the load testing software today. Still seems to be
me doing homework for other people. I'm worried I'm missing something at this
end which is why things aren't working when the company sends me updates. I
do hope there isn't something fundamental I'm forgetting. I wish I knew more
Have finally managed to get a 64 and 32 bit version of RHEL 5 installed on two
different marque boxen and dual monitored them both. Just wish I had
another TFT so I can make sure a Dell GX280'll do 1600x1200 in a dual display.
Otherwise I've been out for lunch to celebrate(commiserate) someone's 10 years
here, done some political wrangling with regard to who does what job on
another project and eaten my lunch almost during my lunch hour.
Am doing some major cycling this weekend, but tonight is about relaxing and
stuff so with that in mind I'm heading off right now. More on what happens
and stuff on Monday.
[18:00] "Please do my homework for me." is basically what the one company I'm
still dealing with is saying. "We're too bloody slack to do the things we
need to do to get the product we said could do something to do what we said
(Everyone got that? Good) so we're asking you to find the information out for
us so we can supply it back to you in the manner in which you need it, and
then wait for the plaudits to roll in" is what they meant to say, I think.
So I've been having an excellent day otherwise. Last night was, aside from a
moment's minor indecision, an unqualifed success, which was bettered only by
this morning. Climbing last night was pretty good although Jenny still isn't
sure whether she actually likes climbing. Weird, but then, that's girls for
The weather today has be fab-tastic. Completely and utterly. I had
to get out of the building for lunch so went into town to share some Boots
Meal Deal scoffing with Jenny who was in getting food for a meal she's making
this evening. Other than that I've dropped some old Cisco switches off at
another building in the institution, watched a few installs of RHEL 5 Desktop
go by (trashing my USB boot stick in the process, thanks RedHat) and seen
them fail to boot, citing issues with "firstboot". This is something I'm
going to look into more tomorrow. Friday is almost always my 'fiddling with
Right now my stomach thinks my throat's been cut so I'm off for pizza and to
do an imperial badgerload of washing up. It never ends.
[16:45] So I tested the new file the people in Detroit sent me through
yesterday and nothing doing. It didn't work. This is probably something to
do with the fact that one of the OID counters they asked us to supply is most
likely a BSD-centric one so was never going to work under A System-V setup. I
only hope that the other two ones that're causing everything else not to work
aren't going to have to be pulled too as that'll mean we don't have much left
to monitor. Anyway, it's nice to know someone's working on things other than
Had a late lunch with Cormac after getting tied up with someone online.
Sometimes it would be excellent to have a teleportation machine and a few
spare hours. Suffice it to say it's nice that time doesn't stand still and
things come to pass. Cormac was in bellicose mood owing to the stuff that's
happening in his neck of the woods but some time out (and a timeout) on the
grass around his workplace seemed to calm him down somewhat.
Off climbing this evening. In fact I think I'm going to leave now. Have a
lovely evening. Tomorrow will be more fighting with one company rather than
two and getting back on track with other things.
[16:15] It's been a day. Started off great with a lovely morning wakeup.
After that I was able to get into work in time to dual-path the NetApp and
shift the last of the linux servers out of the old rack and into the new.
Now I can start consolidating the U-space in the old rack and getting
the wiring tidied up. Following that I wrote an email to company No.1 telling
them we really didn't want to have a conference call with them about why they
couldn't do what we wanted, and that from now on we'd rely on downloading the
source for the thing we wanted instead and asking for suggestions from the
denizens of the Internet instead of them. That was most satisfying.
Lunch was taken at my desk while I waited for company No.2 to ring me for a
conference call and Webex session to work out why their load testing software
wasn't doing the things we wanted. After some back and forth I was through
to a group of sensible-sounding people in America who used their dime to work
through the system with me, acknowledge that I was right and then request I
email them an XML configuration file so they could hand-edit it and send it
back to me. I have it back but I can't try it out yet as the person
who does the load testing has set the PC off doing its thing for the night.
So, first thing in the morning I get to try it out!
Off now for a haircut, then the gym, then some proper hard-core chilling out.
Weather's not too bad either!
[16:30] Busy weekend! Friday evening started off really, really well,
although for the life of me I can't tell you what happened. I don't think I
went to the gym so I must have done something else. What the hell was it...?
... oh I know, I watched Ghostbusters and ate fish and chips! At least, I
think that's what was for dinner. This is terrible, I really can't remember.
Oh! Yes, I remember now. I had a pork chop while I waited for Jenny to come
over. That was lovely.
Saturday morning Jenny was teaching Open University so I set about trying to
work with some of the servers James and I rescued from somewhere. Dual PIII
1.266GHz, two 18GB SCA disks and 2GB of RAM (if you sacrifice the disk and RAM
from another server) makes a reasonably respectable 1U box. For a laugh I
installed Windows XP Professional on one (they're IBM xseries 330 models) and
it worked flawlessly. Plugged and Played everything too. I was most
Sunbathing (and sun breaks) was the order of the rest of the day until such
time as we toddled into town to meet some friends by the river. After chat
and stuff we went to a Pizza Express where semi-shouted conversation was had
over good pizza and dessert.
Sunday lived up to its name around 11:00 so I stopped trying to update Jenny's
laptop with patches and working antivirus software owing to a lack of power
supply and we cycled out of the city and west. Stopping now and again for
drinks and such we made it to a nearby hall and farm where we had a smashing
picnic in a field under the warm sun. Following an icecream and a drink we
took a long and rambling route home again to Jenny's where a shower and a
relax left us ready for an evening meal. There's a Turkish place in town I've
never been to but it does "big lumps of meat". With this recommendation I
could hardly say no. Especially not after already having had two glasses of
wine. We ate, had more alcohol and then I made sure Jenny got home OK.
Cycling home myself was something of a feat but I wasn't that drunk
really. I don't actually remember going to bed.
This morning I participated in another one of those psychology experiments,
which made me some pocket money, before coming to work to fight with vendors
who don't understand that their software doesn't do what it's supposed to. I
guess it's not the guy I've been speaking to on the phone's fault, he doesn't
know any better, but he really should be cracking heads at his end. I've
sent him an email explaining why the most recent thing he wants me to do is
useless and I've yet to get a reply. Maybe that's caused something to happen.
I'm loathe to deal with the other company for the moment. They want a
conference call at some point which is far more involved than I wanted this
thing to be. I've passed it on to my line managers for them to take a look
at. Anyway, now I'm off to a talk on the "evil that lurks in men's hearts"
by a guy who was an expert witness for some of the people at Abu-Ghraib.
[16:30] I had my yearly appraisal this morning. This wasn't helped by the
fact that I was taken to my surprise birthday party by Cormac last night. Of
course we were the first people there but that's beside the point. It was
great to have a barbeque in the garden at Keith's house and see everyone who
came for the evening. Unfortunately I had to leave at 23:30 to get home in
time to sleep such that I could perform adequately in my appraisal and do a
day's work with the remainder of this stupid cold.
The appraisal went fairly OK to be honest. "Good solid progress, keep it up,
no post advancement just yet; try doing a bit more proactive project
ownership and it shouldn't be too long." That's almost exactly what I thought
would be the case so I'm pretty pleased on the whole. They like me, I'm not
going to be fired and the chances are good that if I prove I'm ready I'll get
the payjump I'm after with no real hassle. Now I just have to find something
to do aside from the masses of standard stuff that clogs my whiteboards.
Today I've spectacularly failed to install the new wireless cycle computer
transmitter and stuff on my bike over lunch. I'll do it this evening as I'm
not going to the gym until this cold has gone. In other news I've been
informed that this weekend may be rather nice in terms of play, so we'll see
how that goes too. I should probably go, there's a ton of washing up to do at
home before I have fun covering my bike in dowdying tape.
[17:40] Another day of frustration with the two companies I'm deal with. The
SNMP stuff I was fiddling with didn't work so I've punted it back to the
company for their actual technical people to take a look at. RedHat on the
other hand are still bouncing me from Customer Service to Sales repeatedly in
an effort to work out why my plain and simple requests are too difficult for
them to get their collective head around. This has left me feeling frustrated
and (if it wasn't for the fact that I find all this terribly amusing and right
now there's no real deadline for the stuff I'm trying to get sorted) not a
little worried what might happen if we truly need something sorted quickly.
Otherwise I'm a bit frustrated generally by things at the moment. Not really
worth going into them, but having a cold doesn't help right now either. I
can only hope that things improve in the next few days or it's going to be a
I should head off really, got Cormac to walk home with and washing up to do
before the evening's guests. Bit of a useless entry this one. Oh well.
[18:15] RedHat continue to frustrate me utterly. Their inability to give me
a straight answer, give me any useful answer or even return any of my
phone calls has left me... perturbed. Luckily, with some fiendish
investigation work by myself and my line manager I've been able to get to the
bottom of why SNMP monitoring has been failing with another product. Turns
out the product we're being asked to use is trying to monitor deprecated SNMP
counters which are updated in Solaris 9 but not in Solaris 10 (even though
they still exist).
Joy of joys it appears we're going to be rewriting their XML file and doing
the bugfixing for them. Still, I had a fantastic day yesterday from the
moment I left work. Pedaled on over to grab some flowers and then to the
station to meet Jenny. Headed home and then out on the bikes to the Orchard
for a spot of lunch before cycling about 25 miles or so around the area south
of the city. The weather was lovely and I've seen even more of the area I've
lived in for close on eight years now and not explored so much until this last
few months. Dinner was had in town at a lovely place before heading home for
home-made scones, clotted cream and home-made jam. In fact the clotted cream
was probably 'home' made too, at least on a farm.
My stupid stinking cold meant bed was fairly early, even given it was my
birthday. Still, it did mean I woke this morning feeling really quite lovely
and didn't want to get up at all. Ah well, maybe tonight'll be just as nice,
if not nicer. That would be nice.
As I said I've spent most of the day working on getting companies to play
ball. However I've also take the opportunity to rackmount a Sun V120 (retro!)
which we've had sitting on top of a D1000 for the last year. The server room
remains even more tidy than before, we just need to get rid of some of the
older servers which a) aren't rack mounted but stand on the floor and, b) are
being obsoleted anyway.
Right now I should head off on my new shiny bike (I still love it to death)
and get to Tesco so there's some dinner to eat this evening.
[10:50] I have a cold. This is annoying for a number of reasons. But let me
go back to Friday, or ever Thursday of last week. Thursday night I had a ton
of people over. We managed to squeeze three films into the evening somehow,
don't ask me how. I will admit that I dropped off a few times here and there
but given we weren't going to work the next day it seemed like a good idea.
On Friday I decided to go for a cycle on my new bike. Having fitted my
excellent new pannier rack
I was eager to try it under load so off I went towards afternoon. Little did
I know that it would be 46.4 miles before I'd arrive home again. I think I
went a little overboard. Still, it was a fabulous ride and I felt not a bit
of fatigue on the Saturday morning. Even after just under four hours in the
Saturday I popped along to Rachel's son's 6 month party/barbeque thing where
I'm pretty sure I picked up someone's cold. I also watched the Oxford and
Cambridge boat race for the first time in about a decade. It's far more
interesting to watch from a position of more authority than obtained
previously. After I left that (feeling a little people/claustrophobic I went
for another cycle. Ostensibly to stretch my legs after Friday, but mainly
because there was no way I was going to be indoors on a day like that. This
time it was only a short cycle, maybe 20km or so.
Sunday saw myself, Cormac and Steph driving a ways to Thetford Forest where
we'd hoped to a) go on Go Ape (full), b) hire mountainbikes (all out), or
otherwise c) go for a walk. We must have walked close on 25km by the time
we'd made it back to the carpark again. Throughout the entire day I'd had the
beginnings of a sore throat and just knew what was coming. It didn't
stop me from cursing whoever had visited this bug on me.
Having arranged a good few days ago to go climbing in London with Keith and
co. on Monday I was reluctant to cancel but, considering I wanted to retain
some energy for the Tuesday (today) and knowing Keith's ability to stay up
very late (and hence a very late train home) I opted to try and stay at home
and relax. This I managed to do quite well except for a few fun online
conversations and popping out to see Gareth and 'Nessa to debrief on the cat
situation over the last week. Armed with a bottle of wine, some smashing
fudge and some fresh clotted cream I'm sure tonight is going to be at least
I say this because on the down side I have a stinking cold now and my sense of
taste and my appearance isn't smashing. Which is annoying as on the up side
Jenny comes back into town today and we're probably going to meet up. I've
decided to take the afternoon off as I'm not feeling so hot and I think being
active will probably help. Maybe a cycle ride will help.
The network is down today as of early this morning so we're not getting much
done right now. Hopefully this will continue until just before I get to go so
I can slack this morning and then head on out of here. Still, it being my
birthday today means I got some post this morning, which was nice.
[17:45] Hurrah for Easter and two short weeks in a row. Not only that but
it means there's no Monday next week. We don't like Mondays, do we. Not
unless the Monday morning has been especially fine (which it has been, before
now) or we're not actually at work (I intend to be in London, climbing). So,
yes, today I have done very little actually. I cycled in on my new bike after
replacing two of the three quick release mechanisms with the security ones I
rushed over to the bike shop last night to get. I can't replace the seat post
one as yet owing to the bit that grips the post itself not really being the
right shape for the replacement skewer. Going to have to think about that
one a bit...
Morning and afternoon work had a highlight of a call to RedHat which may or
may not result in something positive on Tuesday morning next week and another
positive in that the service pack we downloaded for another bit of software
appears to have fixed the SNMP monitoring issue we were having.
Whether it does in practice remains to be seen. More on that on Tuesday.
The Networks guy and I went for something approaching a 20km cycle ride over
lunch following some rather frisky tracks in places. I got to have a go on a
bike kitted out with Fox forks and Whyte hydraulic brakes and I have to say,
"Yes, I'm impressed but I like mine too".
Other than that the weather's been pretty decent today, I've had some contact
with the people I wanted to talk to, even if I think some things are fading,
again, and now I get to see if my new pannier rack which arrived from Belfast
this morning actually fits my bike.
Happy Easter everyone and I'll see you on Tuesday.
[17:15] Quick entry (fnaar) as I have to get to the cycle shop before it
closes. Better day. Some resolution on both niggles from yesterday, a
productive meeting, some good running done and a chat to Jenny online in
Boston. Doesn't look like there's any climbing this evening so I'm off home
for some relaxation of an evening for once, then maybe read a book.
[17:15] Argh, bloody software companies who are bloody useless. I'm really
rather angry now. Really, really rather angry. I can't be arsed to go into
it on here (amazingly), I'm just pissed off. And I'd had a reasonably day
up until just now.
Actually, no I hadn't. It's been crap all day work-wise. I got in this
morning to deal with the stupid load testing software which refuses to work
over SNMP (now that we've got the company to admit that their software doesn't
actually work under Solaris) and throws exceptions about the XML it's
generating. This went on so long that I couldn't be bothered to go for a run.
That annoyed me. Luckily I'd been for a 15km cycle ride last night on the
new bike so I wasn't that annoyed. To try and calm down after firing
off and responding to idiotic emails from the company who wrote the software
I decided to blitz the server room from end to end. After about twenty
minutes the place was looking a lot better, but I'd missed a chance to talk to
Jenny, which was annoying.
Still, we now have a vacuumed server room for the first time in about five
years, everything is squared away and I've even found a cable with which to
complete the dual-pathing of the NetApp, which is rather spiffy. This is all
nought compared to the bloody frustratingness of the company I've just been
emailing and phoning in the last ten minutes. Tomorrow is either going to be
very, very frustrating or only mildly so. I can't see it being anything less
negative than that. Not even the delivery of my new seatpost pannier rack is
going to raise it up much. Especially not if it's inappropriate/isn't any
Gym now, then omlette. Hopefully endorphins plus food will stop me being so
[17:30] Settle down little ones and let me tell you about my weekend. It's
not particularly interesting, but it's better than whatever else you were
doing a few seconds ago. Guaranteed.
After Friday's gym session which wasn't so bad actually, although I could do
with getting there a little more regularly at the moment, I went to bed kind
of late, being mainly into watching DivXen of NCIS at the moment. Saturday
was going to be bike buying day. And it was, but not in the way that I had
planned. I didn't actually get out of the house until gone midday and the
walk to the bike shop took a little time. Once there I announced that I'd be
buying a Scott Reflex 30, please. They prepared one and I took it out for a
spin. I really don't know whether it's riding that Tampico for so long and
the differences in frame stiffness, etc. but the Reflex 30 was a terrible ride
for me. Not only that but I felt high and odd in the saddle. Completely the
wrong position. I think the top tube is too short. Anyway, as soon as I
wheeled the thing back into the shop the guy working with me took one look at
my face and said "The boss and I had a chat and we were pretty sure you'd not
like that, so we found this..."
The Scott Scale 60 (2006 edition). A fantastically beautiful bike with forks
and groupset far above in quality what I've ever had on a bike before. I took
it for a ride. It has flappy paddle gearshifts! It rides like a dream over
everything and it goes like stink on the road. It's completely disc-ready
but doesn't have them fitted (for that 'fade into the bikerack' look that
stops it getting stripped for parts when locked up). I wanted it. I desired
It doesn't have pannier rack hardpoints. Damn.
Long story short. I bought it, a seatpost pannier rack, new bar grips, a
different set of pedals and rode away quite a bit lighter of wallet. Of
course I didn't go home. No, I made my way to a railway cutting and after
sliding through the temporary fencing proceeded to thrash the wheels off a
thirty minute old bike as I made my way out of town on the ballast and
bramble as far as a village about five miles away. Amazingly, the only thing
to get punctured for the majority of the journey was me... (bloody brambles)
until the final road part of the slog, where whatever thorns were sticking
into the tyre were pushed into the rubber and punctured the rear. Happily I
was visiting a friend for a drink and some soup so was able to use their
repair kit to get back on the road again. Tooling back along the road allowed
me to test out just how fast the thing'll go. I can report: "Whoooooosh".
The rest of the day I spent doing washing and popping out to look at at my new
purchase every so often. Given how much money I'd just spent I figured I was
due a delivery Chinese to soften the blow. I don't think I'll have any more
of those for the next month. In fact I think I may try to ring Powergen and
get them to refund some of my overpayment amount for gas and electricity.
So anyway, Sunday I decided to go to Tesco on my new bike (even though I don't
have the security skewers to replace all of my quick-release stuff yet) only
to find that the panniers didn't fit on my rack. Bums. I slipped back onto
the trusty older bike and did the duty in time to come home home and do some
more washing, have a very late lunch and settle down to some more NCIS
watching before Sam popped over. We chatted, watched the end of Stargate
(the movie, classic) and then went down t' pub for a meal. Coming back we
watched some more telly (something I'm actually doing very little of these
days, really) and then she toddled off and left me to go to bed.
Just like Saturday and Sunday the weather has been fabulous this morning,
though happily a little less windy. I've still had no joy with RedHat
although the promise that there'll be some resolution tomorrow. I remain to
be convinced. Still, Ben and I did a great new run this lunchtime and I was
reminded how hard it can be to run in hot weather and the importance of
keeping hydrated. Not that I did, but I'll try to remember for next time.
Right, I think now's the time I head on home and go and have some more fun on
my new bike. I'd climb, but the weather's too fabulous to be indoors.