On Monday, I took the Good Deal Bus out of the stable for a 30-mile trek to meet my friend, Debra, for lunch. Within a 20-minute period, I experienced 3 mishaps. I scraped the ground effects on a severely inclined roadway entrance.
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Imagine the sound of the iceberg ripping the Titanic open along its steel hull Fortunately, the only damage was cosmetic and not a mangled battery compartment as I had feared.
Next this warning light came on.
I had done my usual pre-flight check before leaving home and the tire pressures were good. Now the read-out on the left rear tire is not operational. It took me a minute to figure out it was an instrumentation problem and not a blow-out waiting to happen.
Then I got lost.
An eventful 20-minutes, but still waaay better than a good Monday at the office!
After lunch I found a nearby Chevy dealer that got the poor GDB right into the exam room.
The diagnosis: the tire sensor battery was dead. The dealer had a replacement in stock and an hour and $157 later, the GDB was rolling again. With a passenger car, I wouldn’t have bothered replacing the sensor but the GDB weighs 9,000 pounds so tire pressure is much more critical.
I woke up one morning last week and couldn’t walk due to intense pain with weight-bearing in the ball of the right foot. It feels like trodding barefoot over rocks. Ouch. Right there.
A visit to a specialist revealed a diagnosis of a neuroma – an benign enlargement of the nerve, something that occurs with age. Unfortunately, it’s a chronic condition but can be alleviated by cushions and anesthetic cream. Does anyone else have this? Any advice?
My biggest fear is that my ability to hike may be affected. The MD reassured me that with the right cushioning and a little luck, hiking shouldn’t be a problem. I haven’t tried walking in my hiking boots yet, but am choosing to be optimistic that I can still scale some mountains this summer.
We are continuing with our string of new recipe successes! John found this one for Ribs with BlackVinegar Sauce.
The ribs turned out sticky and luscious – similar to what you hope for with Korean BBQ. I developed a special love for Korean BBQ in NYC – a love that remained unrequited, until now.
I knew we were meant to be together!