Friday December 29, 2006 was one of
the last days of 2006 and Pete and I have been off work all week for the
holiday. Neither one of us went out of town, so we have been hanging out
working on the Jubilee pinball machine and doing the occasional bike ride
when we get a chance. And, this happened to be one of those days where we
did a short bike ride just to get out and stretch our legs a little.
The temperature was in the low 40s,
which is very nice for this time of year. It appears our very mild winter
is going to continue into the New Year. We are bound to get some snow
sooner or later, but not any time soon with temperatures in the 40s.
I had taken the liberty of doing
some cabinet touch up painting on the Jubilee and Pete was curious to see
how it came out. Plan was for Pete to ride over to my house, check out
the pinball machine, and then we would ride to Buddy’s for lunch. I had
some time to kill the past couple days, especially in the mornings.
Everyone in my family likes to waste half the day by sleeping in until
10:00 or 11:00 am in the morning. By this time I am ready for lunch. A
day or two ago in the morning I got out Diane’s craft paint and mixed a
few colors together to match the cabinet paint and I fixed all the really
bad areas on the Jubilee. It turned out quite well if I do say so
myself. Not perfect, but a whole lot better than it was and if you step
back a few feet and look at it from the right angle it actually looks
really good. Plenty good for who it’s for. This is an expression Pete
and I like to use when we joke about the quality of a repair. On a game
that we are not keeping ourselves we joke that it really doesn’t matter
how good the repair is because it is going to end up with a stranger
anyhow. Well, this is really a joke, because even though we always say
“Plenty good for who it’s for” we really do take a lot of pride in making
the game look and play great. I would say the few games that I have sold
look and play better than most of my games after they get the full tune
up. I just never seem to take the time to give my keeper games the full
tune up. I always tell myself no hurry on keeper games, I can tune those
up anytime, and in reality I never do get around to them.
Pete was late coming over to my
house so finally I called him to see what was holding him up. Pete likes
to sleep in as well I thought maybe he forgot we planned to ride this
day. When I got Pete on the phone he was upset. Apparently when he took
his bike out of his garage for the ride to my house he noticed he had
another flat tire. His streak of bad luck with flat tires continues.
After he got done cussing out his tire he told me he would be over as soon
as he got it fixed. I think he repaired his last couple flats by patching
instead of replacing the tube. This time he was planning to replace the
tube and really give the tire a good check to make sure there isn’t
something stuck in the tire causing the reoccurring problem.
About 45 minutes later Pete showed
up in a better mood, he had gotten his flat tire repaired and the short
ride to my house refreshed his attitude. He came inside to check out the
paint job and gave it his approval. Then we rode the short distance to
Buddy’s on the north east corner of Walton and Squirrel. We ordered our
usual lunch that we seem to always get when at this place. We split a
small antipasto salad while we waited for our small pizza show up.
Neither one of us were in a hurry this day so we just took our time. The
restaurant wasn’t busy and we watched sports center on TV as we ate our
I joked with Pete during lunch that
he would probably have another flat tire when we went outside for our ride
home. Pete knew I was joking, but when you have a rash of flat tires you
start to assume the worst. Luckily both his tires were fine after we
finished our lunch. I actually breathed a sigh of relief as well when I
saw my tires were fine. I thought I might jinx myself by joking about
Pete’s tires so much. The ride back to my house is short and fast. We
were back in short order.
Pete did do some updates to his web
site recently and he added some pictures of the Jubilee game that I have
been writing about the past few weeks. Click on the following link to get
to the pictures
of Jubilee on Pete’s site.
Following are the statistics from this ride, 10.2 miles
total, 22.0 max, 58 minutes of ride time with an average speed of 10.8