One day = lazy, F’in Flat, Mystery Vehicle

Before I forget, Cindy and I went to see Creed 2 on Saturday night.  The second movie in the Creed series had a big draw, as Ivan Drago, Rocky’s nemesis from Rocky IV returned, bringing his huge son that says about 8 words the entire film, into the scene.  Of course I expected the movie to loosely follow the story of the original from over 30 years ago.  I didn’t expect it to be almost a carbon copy which in many ways it was.

It was cool to see Dolph and Brigette Neilsen come back to give the film an authentic 1985 feel.  Despite the campiness at times,  I still enjoyed the movie overall. It was odd having an entire Rocky movie where you didn’t see Stallone’s physique, which is still pretty incredible for a 70 year old.  I found parts of the movie really touching and emotional.  The most ironic thing is the what got me most wasn’t a Rocky/Creed moment, it was something between Drago and his son.  So despite the flaws I still found myself liking the movie.  Any movie that invokes real emotion in me has to get an A- at least.

Monday was my first day where I was officially off the to do list, which I completed on Sunday after four days of hard labor.  I had little chores to tend to but for the most part I just enjoyed the day off, even getting to play WoW for a few hours.  It was the first play time I had during the six day staycation.  I even spent some time during the day reading a comic book.  No, I’m not kidding.  Of course despite all of the work over the prior four days, just one day of no major labor made me feel pangs of guilt.

I was excited when I got an email saying that my mystery vehicle delivery date had been moved up by a day, meaning it would arrive today.  I wanted to ride my EUC in the morning but I needed to make sure I was home to sign for the box. I left pretty early for what was supposed to be a quick Dunkin Donuts ride on my Gotway Monster.  I wound up getting my first ever flat during the ride.

At first I was worried how I was going to handle the problem since Cindy was leaving for work soon.  It turned out to not be as big of a deal once I thought about it.  I just had her throw my 18L in the trunk of her car and drop it off to me.  I tossed my Monster in the trunk to fix later and I was back rolling again.  The video is pretty entertaining.

I made it back to the house by 10:30, Fed Ex showed up at 11:45 with my new toy, the huge Dualtron EX scooter, which was almost entirely paid for with funds from the sale of the Segway I2.   I wasted little time before I did the minor assembly and then took my first cautious rides on it.  I never rode a kick scooter before and this thing is like a kick scooter on steroids.  The throttle response when you have both the front and rear motor engaged is pretty amazing.  It’a a good thing the Dualtron has handlebars to hang on to.

I actually purchased this primarily for Cindy to use both to commute if she wants and to ride on my longer EUC rides.  The scooter is a comfortable cruiser since you can alternate between standing and seated riding.  When Cindy got home I got her out on the Dualtron for a little test run.  After some initial trepidation she got the hang of it very quickly.  I left it on the conservative, less scary setting for her.

Later, Katie and Daniel showed up to try it out.  Of course Daniel was ready for full power/speed mode very quickly.  He zipped up and down our street at the same speed most cars travel, he topped out at 40 mph. ( I hit 37)  I think the Dualtron will be a great addition to our PEV line up, I just now need to figure out how I can reasonably store it in the hobby room.

So my six day break from work is quickly coming to an end.  I feel good about the days off, accomplishing a lot of time consuming tasks that would have been rough to jam into normal two day weekends.  Now that I am out of the what was a two year crunch period at my job I am hoping to be able to once again enjoy more vacation time without having to worry about work related hassles and commitments.

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