Friday, August 10, 2007

Out of Gas

Took the day off from training. The combination of being on the road and working in the heat of the day was too much. The heat index was 103 today - AT 7:40 AM! The heat index maxxed out at 122. It was a hot day. Luckily, we moved our project into the shop building at the end of the day. Tomorrow should be better.

This is a photo of Richard, one of the hands working on my project. This dude is talented with a torch! I've never seen anyone this good. Here, he's cutting 2-inch thick solid steel, almost perfectly straight.

To me it doesn't matter what a person is doing. If they are excelling at what they do with skill and mastery, it's interesting to watch. Or maybe I'm just a nerd!

Surprisingly, I had some bike relevant action in the fab yard today. A broken bike chain can be a real headache. If you think a broken bike chain is bad, how would you like to fix a broken chain on this guy?

The chain tools are just a bit different than what we bikers used to...

An eight pound sledge and a pick! Here's the broken link...

Here is fixed chain derailleur on this one...

Instead of riding tonight, I visited Rouses supermarket. Rouses is a local supermarket chain, that is just in the SE corner of Louisiana. Despite their limited corporate size, they have a really great grocery store. It has more variety than a mega-food-store, but it's smaller so it's easier to find what you're looking for. It's also arranged really well. And there are a lot of speciality items we don't get in Texas. When in season, Rouses also makes awesome King Cakes.

Anyway, I went over to Rouses to get some more Abita Fleur-de-Lis Restoration Ale. Abita is a micro-brewery in... obviously... Abita, LA. They have a great brewpub by the way.

While there, I happened to spot Jack Miller's Bar-b-que sauce! Oh Sweet Mamma! I bought 3 jars! I haven't had Jack Millers in years!! It's a Louisiana original, made in Ville Platte, LA. When cut with vinegar, it makes an awesome basting sauce. I can't wait for the next BBQ!