Don’t try this at home… Texas

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Someone asked me if "I had heard some Angels" when I took this photo. I heard and felt it all. It was taken October 13th, one of the rare "moon" pictures I have attempted to capture. It was the end of a Day, the beginning of a night to reflect upon all the support I have received and as the next day I plunged into having the solar system rewired, properly this time… followed by a major dismantling of "Old Faithful", not finding the time to thank everyone individually, I will express it here "Thank You, you are changing the course of my own time"


Back to back I am and have been spending time with two individuals that inspire so much confidence in their doings that I have had to step back and ponder about it. I am always leery, uneasy, uncomfortable when it comes to "trusting" others in mechanical fields with which I am so ignorant and incompetent about. I was never one dismantling engines when I was 16, never one to even understand how a combustion chamber operates or the flow of electricity running through their wires. I have cooked all my Life, I remember, probably only because I was told of it, baking cakes since the early age of 5. Sailing, riding… but just cooking when it came to the mainstream of my own activities and profession.

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My solar had stopped functioning properly these past days. Ryan, 250 miles away, appearing as a reader on an RV Forum as I was trying to find answers, stepped forward and landed a hand a couple days ago as we met halfway on a Walmart parking lot. I don’t have any other words but to use the term "genius" as it would be appropriate. A mind that breathes and feels electricity in the same fashion as I feel food in its different stages. Confidence was my first impression, doubts went away and the flow throughout the day toward resolving it all was never interrupted. All is now well, almost wondering how could this be and so disappointed toward the first installer as not only the wiring was wrong but also some safety issues were disregarded.

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Yesterday was the start of yet another such positive experience. Spirit does not think so, he is upset about his car now sitting alone and I am only hoping that he understands about it all… It was the day we, and I say "we" generously, as yes, I am helping but truly only following Paul’s guidance as again right away their was this calm feeling emanating from it all. Am I worried? Not at all… as all day he kept telling me "Ara… it is only a bunch of bolts and nuts"!

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I have already learned a lot, I call it the "Zen" approach to it all. Things come apart and then they get back together… generally, must be… the same way. It is so simple! But you have to know the steps as Paul does so well. This is major… very major to me! As time was going by and going through the motions of taking "things" apart I kept going "Oh! no… this too?". I finally in my mind gave up as there were more bike parts on the floor than on the lift itself.

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I use a torch for "creme brulee", Paul uses a torch to heat bolts so they can come apart… just a slight variation!

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Paul even has the special BMW tool that holds the rear of the bike up to allow us (him!) to remove the clutch. Part # R3A54K8E. His approach is so comfortable, logical and I do believe that if I did this a few times I could master it eventually. It is all about the steps. We reached the clutch, the "bologna sandwich" as he calls it, it was the only way he could explain me what a clutch is and did. I understood.

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Clutch, right throttle body, throttle cable, brake pads, all fluid changes, valves, rocker arms, external fuel filter, spline lube… just part of what is ahead of us. All is well… I am short on time here as I better get back while I try to appease Spirit!

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Two years of Photography is finally in order on SmugMug… In "Your Favorites", in "States", some labeled "first year" and second year", now also "Texas the third year". Feel free to browse, you can even use the slide show mode and have fun.

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Be well, always. Ara & Spirit

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7 Responses to “Don’t try this at home… Texas”

  1. Colorado Kid Says:

    A most beautiful photo, your moon shot. And followed by other beautiful photos of getting Old Faithful repaired. Two different kinds of beauty, but both so necessary to happiness.

    Glad to hear progress is being made on the solar, also. These more mundane things are necessary to free your soul to wander and capture the beauty surrounding you. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Colorado Kid Says:

    And I might add, the look of love and security and contentment on Spirit’s face is also beautiful.

  3. Ginny Says:

    WOW! Thems some pretty complicated looking nuts and bolts! I’m with you Ara, I’ll stick to using my torch for Creme Brulee! You are very fortunate to have such generous people in your life. I know you know that already, but it really restores faith in fellow man and woman, doesn’t it?

  4. Allen Says:

    WOW! The clutch on your bike looks very similar to the one my 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle dirt track race car used to use. So THAT is what a disassembled shaftdrive looks like. Interesting. The wiring harness does look a bit daunting I have to admit.


  5. Tjaard Says:

    Wowwww! You mean to strip a bike you mean to STRIP a bike! Interesting, hope there’s no spares remianing after it’s put together as happened to me in my youth fixing a carburator…ha..ha.

    Love your moon photo!

  6. Debbie Says:

    I couldn’t believe you had to take that bike down to that level for a clutch. Hope you are replacing everything you can while it is apart. Tried your latest meal thoroughly enjoyed the little tartness of the lemon and lime and the sweetness of the sugar and then just a little bit of bite with the chili powder. A great one pot meal.

  7. CUTT- frm Says:

    Great Wrk, I have been following you posts on the all lovely Keep up the good wrk and GOD bless. Ara and Spirit forever..

    take care, from a friend in TX.

    Keep doggin


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