To All Mechanics Out There

Bravo! I don’t understand how you can enjoy, or at the very least endure the mind numbing tasks of working on any type of motorized vehicle. It seems every single vehicle I have in my possession is full of problems.  Currently I own a 1985 Honda Shadow VT700. It’s pretty great, runs good and what not. Awesome considering I got it for free. Lately I’ve been suffering a cooling issue, well more or less an over heating problem.

Anyways, fixed a leak in the coolant line (just a bad O-Ring), and then another leak pops up. Then it disappears. And then suddenly it starts boiling over after short rides. Unsure why. So I switched out the coolant, same problem. Then I noticed the fan never turns on. So I take apart the thermostat housing and test the thermostat. It works, of course. So I try hooking direct power up to the fan, and that works. So somewhere in the wiring, my fan is not turning on when it’s supposed to. Not sure why. In the mean time I wired a manual switch to the fan so that I can turn it on at any point I desire. Put everything back together, add my coolant, and now that one leak that disappeared is back. I think I see where it’s coming from, but boy does that look like a difficult spot to access. So in the mean time I’m just going to test out everything, ride it, and hope that it doesn’t boil over anymore.

 

We’ll see.

 

Side rant. My phone broke, and it’s incredibly difficult to live in today’s world without a phone. I have friends coming into town today and no way to communicate with them, or know when they get into town. I don’t have a house phone for the to call either. My only means of communication at this point is through my Facebook account, which is normally at my fingers tips thanks to my phone.

 

And randomness. I’m putting in my two weeks notice tomorrow at work. I can’t really deal with all the bullshit anymore. I’m gonna head up to Cali, and hopefully find some work, if not oh well. I’ll be flying out to Germany around December or January I think, and scheduling some more tattoo work at Little Swastika’s Gallery.

 

A day in the life of Lucas.

Burn Victim

Two weeks ago I experimented with a new type of branding, which I didn’t really know much about, just the general idea. It’s been two weeks, and it is very obvious that more research needs to be done. The initial brand was not all that large, and it expanded to a size of a quarter, and it is very deep. I had a minor infection at one point, but thankfully I got that to calm down and it’s doing better now. It just still looks all gross and what not. I’m ready for round two though.

I was browsing Craigslist the last couple days looking for potential room mates. So far no real good luck. I didn’t have to much hope to begin with though to be honest. I’m still going to meet up a couple of people who say they are interested, but I don’t have a lot of hope for anything to work out.

Lately I have had a few pictures sent to my inbox from my travels this summer. The pictures are nice to see, but only make me long to be on the road even more.

Finally got my vacation time worked out. I will be going to Boston from April 17th – 24th. Looking forward to this very much!!

 

That’s all. I need to take my keyboard off my computer, the backspace key isn’t working right for some reason. I think there is something under it.

Time To Pay It Off

Just a short update today. Finally I got a reply back from Freak Mike at the Swastika Freak Shop in Radolfzell, Germany about paying my tattoo. I’m gonna be able to pay it off via Paypal which is very nice and convenient as I can easily send Euros and it does all the conversion for me. I’m already considering how and when I will be able to go back for more tattoos by those guys.

Right now I am backing up all the data on my phone so that I can do a quick restore on it and set my new e-mail address as the default, beacuse my old one is just to cluttered with junk and spam. The new one is just for personal use which is nice, and less junk gets sent to it, although I am sure in time It will accumulate the same amount of  junk.

Today at work I am going to go and talk to my General Manager about getting a promotion. I know I can do the job properly, and I know that I will be good at the job, the only thing that bothers me is the fact that I am planning on moving to Santa Cruz in January. The plus of everything is that I will be getting a small pay raise, and I will get some more job experience under my belt. The down sides are if I take the job and follow through with moving to Santa Cruz in January, I will more than likely piss off the management here, and will have a much lower chance of getting a transfer to a store in Santa Cruz, and if I do get a transfer, I will probably have to take a lower paying position because lead positions just don’t open up all the time. Although I feel as if even if I don’t take the position and I move to Santa Cruz in January I will not get a transfer, that’s just the vibe I get from this store and the management. So we will see, I am going to talk to him about it today, and hopefully everything goes good. I don’t plan on mentioning my plan to move to Santa Cruz until the very End of November.

In other news I finally had the chance to do some laundry yesterday, and it feels so good to wear clean clothes! I love it. But It upsetting because I know that in a few weeks time I will have to wash my clothes again, :/ Oh well, that is life I suppose.

For my travels, as I have mentioned before, I now have three options on the table for me, and three very good options. The first one, which I would like to do the most is saving as much money as possible so that I can go back to Germany and spend a year there trying to learn the language by immersing myself in it totally, and doing a little bit of travelling on the side as well. I also feel confident I will be able to find some kind of odd job there so I can make a little bit of money. While there I would like to get tattooed by the guys at the Freakshop again. We will see though, I have a year to save and plan for that. The second option would be just starting out on The USA for a huge cross country hitch hiking trip to see as much as possible and live a happy life like a hobo, and working odd jobs here and there to get money to fund further travels of the world.  And the third option would be starting my travels in Austrailia with a guy I met while I was in Berlin this summer. He already put the offer out there for me for this year, but given my current financial situation and such, I would not be able to do that. So everything I am planning is going to start next year! I’m going to shoot for leaving everything in July, which gives me 10 months to save and plan. Sacrifices have to made to get what I want, and right now that sacrifice might be just staying in Grass Valley until the summer. But I’m gonna try and avoid that.

That’s all for now though.

-Noodles Out!

11:45am

I have re-written this entry about 5 times differently each and every time. So I’m just going to make it short and sweet. I have around 30 euros left for 11 days. I have no idea where I’m going to end up after I leave Hamburg as I have no places lined up to stay. But I’m not worried and I only see the adventure of it all and not the negative of what is bad about it, in fact I really don’t think there is anything wrong with my current situation. I am very excited for what the future is going to bring me, I just wish that I had a camera to document some things. I do have my Flip Video though, maybe there will be a video of Exhausted me in the next few days.

I the place I plan to stay at tonight does not work out, then I am going hitch hike through out the night and get to a new city. Only after a quick visit to the Penny Markt to buy some cheap food to take along!

-Noodles Out