Last night was quite busy as Thursday evenings go. I headed straight from work to Boston Beer Garden to meet up with fellow fantasy football team owners for the draft lottery pick. I have had unbelievable bad luck when it comes to draft position. I have picked the last draft spot at least four or five times. This year my luck was a little better as I grabbed the number 7 spot. Normally I would hang around and drink a few beers but Katie and Daniel expressed interest in coming over to try the One Wheel and Meepo so I left the bar shortly after drawing my number.
I had only been home maybe 10 minutes when the kids arrived. I quickly changed and threw the gear in the back of the Prius. We met over at the school. Katie tried the Meepo first. I gave her quick pointers on how the remote control worked and she was off, slowly at first but soon she was doing slow and steady laps. I had the board set to beginner mode where she was speed capped at 10 mph.
I gave Daniel basic One Wheel instructions but because of his pretty extensive skateboarding background riding the board wasn’t tough for him, the hardest part is learning how to stop and dismount safely. Cindy showed up early in the session, coming there straight from teaching class. She always loves when all of us are together.
After awhile on each device Katie and Daniel switched it up. Katie felt very unsure of herself on the One Wheel for awhile but never fell and did a good job circling the lot. When Daniel got on the Meepo it was like love at first sight. After 10 minutes of riding I unlocked him to advanced mode with a 25 mph speed limit. He was ripping back and forth across the parking lot with ease having next to no learning curve at all.
I only rode the One Wheel very briefly. I instead just let the kids have fun trying out the two new forms of electric transportation. By the end of it Daniel was sold on the Meepo. I am pretty sure he will be ordering himself one very soon. Katie loves the Meepo as well as the One Wheel. She commented how she actually felt like she was working her lower body, something she doesn’t really get on EUCs at this point. They both thanked me for letting them try out the new toys. Hopefully they want to start riding with Cindy and I again on the weekends as a result.
I had not had anytime to eat dinner so that only happened around 8:30 when I got home. After dinner I still wasn’t done, working on a custom 3d stand model for a customer and then remoting into the office to get some after hours tasks done. It was a long night that left me feeling groggy this morning.
This weekend is the precursor to what will be a hectic weekend in 7 days when Cindy has her bikini competition next Saturday and then I have to move one of our offices to a temporary location next Sunday, followed by hosting our fantasy football draft party on Monday. That doesn’t mean this weekend will be a laid back, veg out couple days. The tasks just don’t stop coming.
So for the second consecutive week I wound up getting my run in on Friday evening. Not only was the run different because it was on a Friday evening, I also got there in a unique way, on my EUC. I have thought several times in the past about riding my EUC to the track, running and then riding back but I never made it happen. I finally did. I wanted to test out how my 18L was going to act with the battery problem it has been having so I needed to get some miles on the wheel anyway.
Unlike last week where I did the run after 8PM, after eating dinner, this time I did it before eating, around 6 which is a better option. Running on a full stomach just doesn’t feel good. Luckily it was overcast which kept the temperatures down but the run still felt as miserable as always. The video I shot talks a lot about my mostly hate relationship with running and why I continue to do it anyway. The ride also revealed that my batteries in the new wheel are still not acting normal, which sucks.
So the big task I wanted to accomplish was mowing the grass, all of the grass. So on Saturday morning since my run was out of the way and Cindy did the weeding for me on Friday, I was out on the tractor early, around 8:30 AM. The standing water that was on the property during the week had receded so as I have said a million times, during wet season you have to mow when the opportunity arises, not when you feel like it.
With the new drive belt installed the tractor was appreciable faster, letting me mow at a faster clip than I have been accustomed to. After finishing the normal mowing I grabbed some water. Cindy thought I was done but I told her I still needed to mow the back half of the yard as well. A few laps into the task I noticed the clouds were starting to pile up. A few more laps and I saw the clouds turning gray and after several more I could see columns of rain starting to fall from them.
I was not happy at the sight but had already predetermined that I was finishing mowing, regardless of the conditions. Well that edict was definitely put to the test. About halfway into the task the rain started coming down, lightly for a short while. However the wind was gusting and I had to mow with one hand on the canopy to keep it from blowing backward. Then the torrential rain started, the driving, miserable, wind swept relentless rain that makes wet season here so frustrating. The canopy did little to keep anything on me dry other than perhaps the top third of my head. I didn’t care, I plowed ahead, wiping the rain from my sunglasses as necessary. I did accomplish my goal but I literally finished as the property was flooding once again. I looked like I just jumped into the pool fully clothed.
Thankfully later in the day the rain broke and the sun came back out. I took that opportunity to take my Meepo over to the school for my first real riding session. It didn’t take very long for me to abandon beginner mode which just felt too restrictive after 5-10 minutes. I bumped it up to Eco Mode which has a 15 mph top speed. This felt much faster and really made the riding experience more enjoyable. I had a ton of fun on the board and look forward to Cindy getting more comfortable on it (and the One Wheel) soon.
Saturday night we went to go see the latest Mission Impossible movie, I have always been a fan of the series. The movies have always had Tom Cruise performing unbelievable acts that most super heroes would be hard pressed to emulate. However this sequel seemed to be Mission Most Impossible, some of the stuff that went on was just utterly ridiculous but even so, I found myself utterly entertained the entire time. It is a non-stop roller coaster that has so much action that you don’t have time to focus on how silly it all is. B+
Sunday morning I wanted to do a more extensive test on my KingSong 18L so I decided to duplicate the ride from last week to Dunkin Donuts to see how the battery performed. It did not go well. I actually got significantly worse range than the week before, it was so bad that I had to call Cindy to come and pick me up at DD as I only had 36% battery left after 10 miles. This wheel should be able to go 35 miles on a full charge. I now have to figure out the best course of action to get this fixed with my dealer. As the wheel is now I no longer trust to ride it any appreciable distance.
When Cindy got me she brought the Meepo with. Before it started to rain, again, she got on the board for the first time and did some slow cruising around the back of a shopping center. She said she liked it and needs more time to get used to controlling speed via a hand control. I can’t wait until she gets as comfortable on the Meepo and One Wheel as I am.
So the rest of Sunday was basically a wash out with mostly continuous rain that left our property the worst it has been this year. It’s crazy that I was able to mow everything the day before. I spent the majority of the rest of the day indoors tending to little tasks here and there. With the addition of a new EUC and two skateboards to the fleet I need to think about some alternative storage options for the hobby room to keep everything organized.
It’s an oddball week where I am off Wednesday and have a fantasy football draft order pick Thursday. It will set me up for a very hectic following week. Can’t wait.
On Friday I talked about my problems with FedEx and how I laughed at their theory that the label fell off the box somehow. Well apparently that is what actually happened. In a call back to the trace department Friday morning they said they found the box based on my description. I had the option for them to relabel it and have it delivered Saturday or I could pick it up on Friday. Despite it being a roughly 60 mile round trip I chose the latter option. I used my lunch hour to drive to the FedEx distribution center and get my new wheel.
I was sort of surprised at the security at the facility. It was surround by a 10 foot fence with barbed wire lining the top. I wasn’t allowed to actually go into the building, instead you speak through an intercom and somebody brings the package out to you, outside the fence line, some 30 yards outside the building. This practice seems like it would have serious flaws considering the frequency of downpours in SW Florida as there was absolutely no protective canopy or cover of any kind.
I wasted no time and unboxed the wheel right there in the parking lot. I wanted to make sure all was well after it’s cross ocean and cross country journey. It powered up and I was able to ride a slow loop around the parking lot. I left it unboxed so I could take it into the office and let it charge up during the afternoon.
Friday night I did something odd around 8PM. I told Cindy I wanted to go and get my run out of the way. At first Cindy objected but when I told her how it would be nice to not have a 6AM alarm to deal with Saturday the idea sounded better to her. It was not ideal circumstances as we had already downed our Friday night pizza so I was worried that I could get side stitches but the idea was in my head and had to be executed.
So I quickly threw on my running clothes and headed over to the track. I also had my new 18L in the trunk to try out for some night riding after the run. So I have not run at night in a very long time. I have done a couple night time 5k’s but I don’t think I ever did a training run at that time of day. During the first half lap I felt pretty strong, I recall thinking “Maybe I will feel less miserable running at this time of day”. That thought was very fleeting. It did not take long until the heat and humidity felt oppressive, despite the sun being down. It was once again a run of survival, not speed. Lap 13 felt like it would never come.
I was a sweaty, panting mess afterward but I still wanted to try out the wheel some more. My legs were pretty spent so I felt a little unsure of myself as I got rolling. I made sure to do slow, big arcing turns, doing nothing that was tough on the legs. I was impressed by how good the headlight is on the wheel, making riding in the dark not a big deal at all. The King Song wheel felt smooth and powerful, as I expected.
It felt nice to not have to set the alarm as we laid down in bed that night. It was going to be a treat to have two days in a row where we can wake up whenever we want. Well that fantasy was shattered about 2AM in the morning. Cindy awoke first which woke me up. I was greeted by the overwhelming stench of dog fart. It was really bad. I tried my normal tactic of just covering my face with a pillow until it dissipated. When that didn’t work I told Alexa to turn on the ceiling fan. It was strange, nothing was making the smell lessen.
Cindy was almost retching from the stench. Elsa does fart sometimes but not often, it was odd that this was so bad and so persistent. Cindy got up to go into the bathroom, when she flipped the light on the true nature of the disaster was revealed. Cindy had a look on her face like she just witnessed a murder, Elsa had covered the bed in diarrhea, oh my…
So Cindy was freaking out and immediately launched herself into massive sterilization procedures, stripping the bed and anything related. I took Elsa outside immediately where she had more episodes of the shits. I felt bad for her. It took awhile until she was able to stop crouching in poop position. When we came in Cindy had stuff in the washing machine and bleach in hand where she was sanitizing left and right. The entire house stunk, we had fans on, windows open, candles burning, and the AC cranked down, all in an effort to remediate the stench. It took awhile but eventually it aired out. By the time we remade the bed and got back to sleep I bet a couple hours had transpired. It was so gross it was almost comical. Needless to say we did not awaken Saturday morning feeling rested.
Despite the rough night I once again had a sizeable plate of things I wanted to get done Saturday. Originally I hoped with the aid of Cindy I could get it all done in the morning. That got sidetracked because she needed to take Elsa to the vet to see what was up as she still had similar diarrhea once we woke up, thankfully outside this time. So I tackled coop duty, weeding, weed whacking, pool maintenance, tractor tie rod replacement and the mowing solo, consuming the day until close to 4PM.
Despite being wiped out I wanted to get a DD ride in on my new wheel. I had it on the charger overnight to give me a full charge, or so I thought. When I turned it on I noticed the app said I only had 76% charge which made little sense. I wrote it off as a glitch and headed out. The ride went well. The 18L feels fast and smooth, a very comfortable wheel to cover long distances on. The only negative was the battery level being lower than it should be, causing some unexpected and rather jarring tilt back on the way home.
Saturday night we watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie by JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame. This movie is set in the same world and general timeframe of Harry Potter. I was a big fan of the HP movies and I read three of the books. I did not feel this new effort matched up although there were a lot of the same cool things going on. I guess I just did not like the main characters in the story line nearly as much. I’d only give it a B.
So Saturday night I once again put the wheel on the charger, expecting it to fully charge overnight. When I woke up Sunday I had a green light on the charger but once again when I checked the battery level it showed only 76% full. Great, I officially have a problem. Despite the issue I took the 18L, the One Wheel and Cindy’s skateboard out in the morning. We did a short ride near Dunkin Donuts were Cindy showed her returning board skills. It was fun but hot.
So I reported my battery issues to my reseller. He asked if I’d be willing to rip apart my wheel to do some further testing. Of course I wasn’t keen on the idea of opening up my brand new wheel but it was better than trying to ship the wheel out and wait for a repair/exchange. He wanted me to remove both sides of the wheel and disconnect one of the two batteries and try to charge. In my two prior charging sessions the batteries never showed voltage over 78 volts which was another symptom. The batteries should be reading 84V after a full charge.
So I did as instructed. I felt pain as I pulled apart my pristine wheel. Doing so at least gave me an appreciation of the build quality of the unit compared the Gotway wheels I have owned for a couple years. King Song is at another level in QC. After disconnecting one of the batteries I attached the charger to see what would happen.
When I checked on it a couple hours later the light was green I fired up the wheel and saw the battery was reading 100% and 84.2 volts, just like it should. Wow, ok so I guess the other battery pack was bad, pulling down the overall voltage. I reported the result to my dealer, thinking we definitively found the problem. However a little later I thought to myself, just to be sure I should do the same test with the other pack. Imagine my surprise when the other pack, when charged by itself was also fine, reaching full 84.2 volts. The behavior was baffling but my plan now is to put it back together, ride it, recharge it and see if the batteries recharge as they should. Of course it isn’t fun being a guinea pig but it’s better than being without the wheel for an extended period of time.
Sunday night we went out to dinner with Cindy’s family for her mom’s birthday. In total there were something like 15-16 people that congregated at Longhorn’s Steakhouse for the celebration. Of course I opted for one of the handful of non-steak dinner options. I took the edge off the social anxiety by downing almost three full 20 ounce Miller Lite drafts during the dinner. It worked like a charm.
I wrapped up my weekend with yet another EUC live streaming event. I was sort of tired as we started the show an hour later than normal but it worked out ok, I think.
Despite having two One Wheel injuries on my right toe/ankle I drug myself out of bed to run on Saturday morning. It’s no point reiterating how warm, muggy and uncomfortable it is running this time of year. That situation likely won’t change until October at the earliest. I plugged away, completing the 3.4 mile distance at a very mundane pace, similar to recent efforts.
When I got home Cindy, who had pulled her back badly, had done the chicken chores, despite me prodding her not to. Since I got all the grass mowed on the 4th I didn’t have to dedicate three hours plus of my morning to it. Instead I just knocked out the weeding. Once I was done we jumped in the truck to go help our friend Deb move a couple pieces of furniture she was given into her condo. In the process we also picked up a ton of Deb’s old fitness materials that she was giving to Cindy. Deb is a lifelong fitness trainer but no longer does it as a primary career.
So once we got back it was nice, I didn’t have a big list of things I felt that needed to be done at the moment. So I turned my attention to the OneWheel. I already reached into my 3D hobby to support my new wheel, designing a stand for it. I wasn’t quite sure if a 3d printed piece would be strong enough for the job but I designed the part with a lot of infill for strength. So far it seems great.
So anyway I wanted to build on my mostly successful riding in the driveway by taking a drive over to the school, the place I did the majority of my early EUC training at. Outside of about 30 seconds of the ride, I did great, able to ride around doing basic maneuvers pretty comfortably. So back to those 30 seconds….
In total I had three different falls during the ride that sent me to the ground. The first one stripped large chunks of skin off my shin when I tried to stop and disengage the board unsuccessfully.. However it was the second fall that was most concerning.
I had just driven by the camera that I had stationed on the ground. I was trying to do a relatively tight 180 degree turn to come back. As I did so I got too much lean forward on my toes. In a split second my body reacted and I lurched back to catch myself. My motions were amplified by the board and it rocked back and forth rapidly. The motion was enough to send me falling but not forward as all of my EUC falls had been. Instead I fell directly back like slipping on ice as the board shot out from under me. The back of my head hit the parking lot hard, very hard. If I was not wearing a helmet who knows what sort of damage would have been done.
I got up slowly, a bit in shock. My initial physical assessment was my neck was instantly sore but otherwise I felt intact. I took a few minutes to collect myself. The fall was legitimately scary but I reminded myself that is why I am wearing the gear to help mitigate that damage. After a few more deep breaths I was back on the board and rolling around.
My third fall which came at the very end of the ride was another unsuccessful dismount. This again resulted in me falling backwards with head impact with the ground albeit significantly less than the last time. The video I shot tells the story. Still, even with those bad moments, overall I am really enjoying the challenge of riding the board and think I am making solid progress.
Of course when I told Cindy about my incidents she was concerned. I totally expected to wake up with a locked up neck on Sunday but it was just sore. The muscles in the front of my neck are the most painful as they must have contracted strongly as I went down to try to minimize the speed of impact with the ground. We had plans to go see Ant Man Saturday night but because of Cindy’s back pain and my neck pain we decided to push it off until next weekend.
Sunday morning started out fine. When I went out to the chicken area to clean I heard gurgling. It was the sound of the pump I set back up in the chicken yard sucking air. In less than 24 hours, combined with a day without rain, the water level behind the coop had dropped significantly. After paying my bills Cindy and I headed out, again with Elsa in tow.
Cindy’s back was still too tweaked to ride a PEV but she brought along some work to do. The plan was for me to park at North Collier and ride around there for awhile while she hung out with Elsa. Elsa LOVES rides where she is not required to leave the vehicle.
Despite my falls on Saturday I was eager to get back at it and see how well I could handle the varied paths and terrain at the park. I had a great time on the 6.5 mile ride with no falls. I had several unsuccessful dismounts but none of them resulted in my hitting the ground. I’m really enjoying the process of learning another physical skill and being rewarded with slow but definitive progress as I keep working.
Sunday afternoon I was involved with various things. Once of those was getting Cindy set up out in her RV. It was hot as hell so she needed the AC. After popping the house circuit breaker twice trying to do it I instead just pulled out the big generator that could run the RV with ease.
Later in the afternoon I told Cindy I was going to do something I never do, hang in the pool. I can’t tell you exactly the last time was that I floated around in the pool for a period of more than 5 minutes. Cindy joined me along with a few “noodles” for flotation. I’m not sure how long we were in but it was long enough that my fingertips started to shrivel.
Oh I neglected to mention the very first project of the weekend that happened on Friday evening. I stopped at Home Depot and loaded up on another $100 worth of dirt and sod. I wanted to extend “Chicken Island” behind the coop to give the birds more dry land to hang as wet season continually submerges their surroundings. I almost doubled the size of the the grassy retreat. It’s high enough to outlast pretty much any high water situation.
Sunday night I had my second EUC live stream with Marty. We pushed the starting time back to 8 EST to work out better with Marty’s west coast geography. The stream lasted almost two hours. I think it went pretty well although there are times I struggle with what to say. We also had some technical difficulties on both sides at times that we worked through. We had 30+ people tuned in almost the entire broadcast and the feedback we have received thus far has been pretty positive.
I awoke this morning sleepy, sore, and ready to tackle a new work reality where the HUGE application conersion project is now something behind us instead of hanging over us. So far, so good.
So as I mentioned before I have been very interested in dipping my toe into the world of One Wheel for a couple weeks. I have been reading, watching videos, and gathering information from all over the place. My desire to get one was held in check by the fact that the model I want, the XR, is back ordered and takes at least a month, if not two to receive when ordered.
Well yesterday for some reason I found myself on the dealer locator page of the One Wheel web site. After punching in my zip code I surprisingly discovered the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Fort Myers was actually a One Wheel retailer. I knew it was pointless but just for the hell of it I called them up to see if they had any boards in stock. I was in disbelief when they said, YES. They had JUST received two of the XR units, wow.
After asking the price and confirming they sell them for the same amount as the web site I felt like this was almost divine intervention. Nobody has these boards right now yet I just happened to stumble across a local source for one. I told Cindy about my find and told her I’d like to go up there right after work to snag one of the two boards before they were gone. Cindy was not enthusiastic about the plan but relented. I assured her I would get home asap.
The ride up there went through some absolutely torrential rain that slowed down my arrival by quite a bit. The arrival was further delayed by the GPS taking me to the wrong section of Gulf Coast Town Center. After a second phone call to Ron Jon I got my directions straight. I fast walked into the store and told them I wanted an XR, they sales guy said, “cooooool” as he walked to the back to grab it. I completed the transaction and put my new life experience challenge in the back of the Prius.
When I got home I just placed the box against the wall and didn’t even open it. I knew Cindy was still skeptical of my decision so I didn’t want to make a big deal about it. We ate dinner and watched some X1 content before I even turned my attention to the One Wheel. When I got the board out I could immediately get a sense of the tank-like construction everyone talks about. It feels like it is ready to do battle. I was also surprised it came with a fully charged battery, every EUC I ever bought came with the battery at 20% or less out of the box.
So while Cindy was in the bedroom I decided I would just do something real simple, get on the board. Although I have seen many instructions for how to do this the first time, tips like wear proper gear, do it outside, and hold onto something, I ignored pretty much all of it. In my bare feet, in the middle of the great room, with nothing to hold onto, I tried bringing the board up into balancing position. As soon as the electronics activated I developed a front back wobble that sent the front of the board down. With a One Wheel, dropping the nose means accelerate. So that is what the wheel did, sending me hopping off in the process.
The board immediately shut off as soon as I came off but made a hell of a racket which sent Cindy running into the room, worried that a major crash happened. I told her I was fine and the board was fine. I immediately got back up on the board, this time while holding onto Cindy’s shoulders. After a few seconds I was able to release from her and get a sense of how the balance feels with this type of set up. When I successfully dismounted I looked down and noticed drops of blood on the floor that lead to a pool of blood on the board that lead to the side of my right big toe. Evidently when I came off the very abrasive grip tape took a sizeable chunk of toe skin with it.
The bleeding was pretty substantial so we had to stop and get it under control. I held a paper towel on the wound until Cindy arrived with a band aid. The band aid very quickly became saturated with blood so I applied a second one on top of it to tide me over until going to bed.
So while I was on the sidelines Cindy got up on the board. Despite her initial reaction to my purchase, she was very curious and sort of excited by the One Wheel. You see Cindy has a skateboarding background as a kid, something I only toyed with. When I started getting into EUCs Cindy expressed interest in the One Wheel. I wasn’t all that interested at the time because spec-wise it was far inferior to many EUCs in terms of speed and range. Well with the new XR model those specs have improved drastically.
So anyway Cindy got up and balancing on the board pretty easily and before long was slowly making her way around the great room/kitchen with minimal balance assist. She said she really liked it and that THIS was something she could really be excited about riding, something she never really felt with electric unicycles. I got on afterward and did some more slow movements as well as getting off and on. I’m not 100% positive but I think I am a “goofy” foot rider, meaning I ride with my left foot back instead of my right. I need to do some more testing. Because of the cross wired way my body is as far as side dominance goes, I’m just not sure which style will work best for me for control. I am technically right footed but I think my left leg is actually stronger and I mount and dismount an EUC as a left footed person would.
I can tell immediately that riding a One Wheel will involve more total body engagement than an EUC does once I become at least basically capable of riding it. I think it will be very interesting contrasting and comparing my learning experience on the electric unicycle to what goes down on the One Wheel. Right now I feel very stiff and unsure of myself, just like I did with EUCs, however my past experience makes me confident that with some determination and practice (and shoes), I can conquer this physical challenge, despite Father Time pulling at my feet.
So when I was first exploring the world of electric personal transport vehicles one of the things I checked out was the One Wheel. In some ways it reminds you of an EUC with it’s single, albeit huge single tire. Like an EUC you control speed and direction with your body but in a different orientation. The One Wheel mimics snowboarding/skateboarding where as an EUC is more like a pair of skis.
As a kid I dabbled in skateboards but I never could do anything beyond riding it conventionally with only mild control at best. The fact that EUC’s offered more range and speed were the reason I decided to go down that path, a path which I thoroughly love.
However lately I have found myself getting more and more interested in revisiting the One Wheel. Over the past few years they have really improved the guts of the hybrid skateboard/snowboard. The initial version had very limited speed and range of only 5-7 miles. Their latest offering, the XR+ can go up to 18-19 miles on a charge and can reach speeds of almost 20 mph, way better specs than my first EUC.
I find myself feeling like I want to once again challenge my half century old mind and body to take on a new challenge of learning how to ride it. I think my EUC progress will help in this challenge but the different stance and balance position will surely open a very large can of worms that will take time to adjust to.
One thing I also absolutely love about the prospect of owning a One Wheel is, brace yourself, it is made in the USA. Yep, pretty much every single electric personal transport has it’s origin in China. The One Wheel was designed, built and sold out of California. It’s a feel good story that I want to be a part of. I’m not sure exactly when this adventure will begin, but it will….
So Cindy didn’t get the chance to mow during the day yesterday as there was a brief downpour as she was getting ready to do it. Despite her objections, I told her I was going to get on the tractor and knock it out, despite the skies still looking foreboding. I jumped on the tractor and got busy. Mowing wet grass is never fun but I wanted to have the task complete, no matter what. (thanks Dad). It took me a little more than 90 minutes on the tractor to finish. I limped off the tractor (a normal reaction nowadays) and headed inside, glad to have accomplished my goal. Mowing on Monday evenings will not become the new norm.
So as I mentioned yesterday, Cindy took the Minipro to our local bike shop to see if they could get the incredibly stiff tires onto the unit. I was happy when Cindy messaged me, saying the mission was accomplished. I asked if it was easy for them to install the tires. She said definitely not. It took two beefy guys manhandling the tires at the same time with a third lending a hand in addition. Some large prying tools were involved as well. Hearing the depiction of events made me feel a little less like a failure from not being able to install the new tires by myself with lesser tools.
Tonight I have to finish putting the Minipro back together and clean up the mess in the hobby room. At some point I want to do a comprehensive test of the monster tired Minipro versus our other one with stock tires. It will be interesting to see how handling and top speed is affected.
Despite my best efforts to make it slow down, this weekend once again flew by in the blink of an eye. I was planning to mow the grass but Cindy offered to do it today to help keep the weekend slate clear. I appreciated her effort but just found myself other things that needed to be done. It’s a viscous cycle. I spent a good portion of the afternoon cleaning the floor surfaces of the house, first with shampooing all the carpeted areas and then hitting all the hard surfaces with the steam cleaner. It’s unfun work.
Oh I did start off with a run again on Saturday. A hot and miserable run through thick humidity and temps already pushing 80 degrees. I am still waiting for it to get easier.
On Saturday night we went out to see the new Jurassic Park movie. I really liked it, it had a lot of the feel of the original. The only thing that annoyed was the inconsistency of action of the little girl in the movie (you’ll understand when you see it). But all in all it was a good, scare the s out of you at times dino movie. I’d give it an A and so did Cindy.
Sunday morning I went for a longish ride on the Monster, riding all the way from the house to North Collier Regional Park. Even with a 15-16 mile ride, it flies by pretty quickly on the big wheel. I was cruising right around 25 mph for most of the trip. I actually hit the speed warning a couple times at 28mph.
Sunday afternoon I decided to take on tire replacement on Cindy’s Minipro. I got the bigger tires from James, the guy that drove four hours to test the Z10. These tires are much bigger than the originals and offer more speed and off road capability. James forgot to tell me about one more feature, they frustrate the f out of you trying to get them installed. In total I spent close to two hours trying to get the new tires on, unsuccessfully. I either needed better tools, better technique, or a second set of strong hands. I eventually said F it and have Cindy taking it to a bike shop to get the tires mounted today. I’ll trade $20 to save me two hours of frustration at this point in life.
The last part of the weekend was consumed by my first official live stream with Marty, building off our test version from last week. I think all in all it went well. We had the largest viewing crowd by far for me, topping out at 45 simultaneous viewers at one point. There were some challenges with having so many people in there, namely trying to pay attention to the chat which had some questions we didn’t get to address. Marty jumped out after about an hour but I stayed in there, trying to answer some of what was missed. It was a good time but also a bit draining. Marty was talking about doing this once a week but I think bi-weekly may work out better for me, we’ll see.
Balance in life is important, too much of anything is generally not a great idea, even if it is a fun thing like riding electric unicycles. Since Monday evening my life has been consumed with nothing but EUC. I was planning, riding, commenting, filming, driving and editing pretty much non-stop right up until last night. To be honest, I just can’t find the energy to type out everything about the experience. Don’t get me wrong, it was a bunch of fun and I was very honored to be chosen as one of the influencers in the US worthy of giving my opinion on the Ninebot Z-10. However I would prefer if you just watched the video series as time allows, to tell the story.
So I was supposed to be off today for the gutter install on the house. However I got an email around 3:30 yesterday saying the work was being postponed to Thursday. I thought the notice was rather late but at least they let me know instead of just no showing without notice which is how so many service businesses in SWFL operate. Luckily I was able to move my day off to Thursday to accommodate the change.
So as I mentioned a couple days ago, this past weekend I tried to do an alternative power run to the RV so we could hopefully run the AC unit to keep temps/humidity down. For almost a month we have had the blower fan in the RV running 24/7 to try to provide some temperature moderation but it didn’t seem to do much of anything besides blow hot outside air into the RV at a rapid pace. Well to add insult to injury, I got the electric bill yesterday and it had jumped something like $45 from the round the clock ineffective use of the AC fan out there. If I didn’t have the RV fan draw, I was hoping I would be able to see the first tangible benefits of having a reflective, heat repelling, metal roof on the house.
So anyway, after realizing having the AC running out there with my current electrical circuit configuration was a no go and that the having the fan on accomplishes nothing, we came up with a simpler plan. We ordered a small dehumidifier which will pull a fraction of the power but keep moisture from accumulating inside the structure. Cindy is also going to be trying to get out there more regularly to open up the RV so it can air out daily if possible.
I took the truck to work yesterday because I needed to pick up supplies afterward, dirty supplies. Over the winter I have been dumping bags of top soil in the area directly behind the chicken coop. My hope has been to create some additional high ground that the chickens can utilize when the unavoidable high standing water of Florida wet season returns. I have probably dumped 60-70 bags of top soil back there in total.
Well the last part of this plan was to put sod on top to stabilize the dirt. I had been waiting to do this part until consistent rain had returned. I hoped to get the sod at the Home Depot 5 minutes from the office but they had none. Luckily the bigger location 5 miles away still had a good amount of sod available. I loaded up the truck with 10 more bags of top soil with a chaser of 30 pieces of St Augustine sod.
I was outside working straight up until Cindy got home close to 7:30PM. It was tedious and dirty work but I like the end result. The deck of grass sits a good 6-8 inches higher than the low spots back there so I hope it can be the chickens island of tranquility during the stormy days of summer.
I just got a ship notice for an EUC being sent my way. For the first time ever it isn’t one I bought. Instead I have been lucky enough, thanks to my YouTube EUC presence, to be selected as one of a handful of people in the United States to get to test a new electric unicycle called the Ninebot Z10. This wheel was just up in NYC where it was tested by a BUNCH of local riders. In my case the testing will be isolated to me, unless Cindy, Daniel or Katie want to try it out. I am looking forward to getting the wheel to see if it lives up to the hype. I am actually burning two vacation days next week to dedicate to testing the wheel before I have to ship it to it’s next location.