“Rollerblades”

My Roces CDG Paris Skates
My Roces CDG Paris Skates = These are from the 1990s and feature period correct decoration

Nearly a year’s passed since I left my former career in long haul trucking. Life has been turbulent to say the least. I’ve finally had a chance to start going through all sorts of stuff in storage and that was put away while I wasn’t home most of the time and I’ve found some cool stuff. I’ve found my remote weather station, my 35mm and Polaroid cameras, old cellphones, and so much more. To quote Jimmy Buffett, times are tough, I’ve got too much stuff! Can’t explain the likes of me LOL!

These skates aren’t genuine Rollerblade brand, but even if it’s not this way now, Rollerblade was used generically for the type of skate kinda like Xerox is used generically for photocopiers. These are actually pretty special skates from a company called Roces and if you look you’ll see there are five wheels on each skate. These are for speed and endurance and they were my transportation before I got my driver’s license. Yes, they’re from the fabulous 1990s and the decals that decorate them are from that glorious time as well!

I’m probably going to work at losing quite a bit more weight before I get back on these as I don’t want to inadvertently damage them, but I do plan on putting a bunch more miles on them!

I Found My Old Phones!

So, I’d used my old Camelbak backpack for clothing and just about everything else during my years on the road in a semi truck. With that life firmly in my past, I finally got around to going through my old backpack which is when I found these old phones. The iPhone 4 was my first smartphone and the iPhone 6 replaced it a few years later. Both were subsequently succeeded by my iPhone 8+ which is what I’m still using.

The iPhone 4 is a 3G CDMA phone, so it’s never going to get back on a cellular network as 3G is being deactivated across the USA later this year, but it still works on WiFi. The iPhone 6 is still a viable backup device. Both needed new batteries and the iPhone 6 needed a new screen. I purchased all the parts for a total of around $35 on eBay and replaced them with YouTube videos serving as instructions.

Both of these old phones are now back in good working condition and it’s fun to use them and think of how much things have changed in personal tech over the last few years.

My Caribbean Blue Chevy Spark

Growing up in SoCal, cars didn’t just take me from point A to point B. We often spent more time in our cars than we did in our homes. In many ways, our hom had quite a few cars over the years. The first car I ever drove became my first car. That white on blue interior 1983 Buick Regal took me to so many places. After that, I drove a 1993 Regal, a 1988 Chevy IROC Z/28 Camaro (black on black and I dearly miss those T-tops!), a 1988 Ford Ranger, 2001 and 2002 Chevy Cavaliers, a 2008 Chevy HHR, a couple of 1990s vintage Suburbans, and a 2004 Honda Odyssey. Each has their own tale to tell and each has powerful memories from my time with them. Yes, I connect to cars emotionally.

I got sick and tired of dealing with repairs or purchasing a new car when I had a couple of days off the road during my time in trucking and decided to get something with a warranty. This car only has a 1.4L engine, but it also has a clutch pedal and the fuel economy is outstanding! It drives like a little go cart LOL! In keeping with tradition in my automotive adventures, this is another base model with crank windows, manual door locks, etc., but it’s not bereft of tech. No, this little car that was built in Korea has a 7″ touchscreen infotainment system, traction control, Stabilitrak, ABS, OnStar, a backup camera, and TEN AIRBAGS. The only option it has is the Caribbean Blue Metallic paint which I love, but I only paid the extra because it’s all that was available when I needed the car.

So far it’s been a great car and I look forward to teaching Ember to operate a manual transmission and probably passing ownership to her as well.

It’s Time for a Dash Cam

So, during my time in trucking I learned (a bit of the hard way) not only to distrust everyone else on the road, but to run a dash cam to document things. I held onto that dash cam after my exit from trucking, but hadn’t taken the time or expended the effort to install it in my car. It’s a small town, right? Surface streets are slow, right? No need to run a dash cam in my little Chevy Spark, right?

Well, after a couple of close calls from people turning across my path with no signal or body language convinced me otherwise. It’s installed and working. It starts itself up when I start the car. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Songs I’ve Lived – Jimmy Buffett – Changing Channels

So, this is song is a special one for me. It was the encore at my first Jimmy Buffett concert. That was the concert before I moved from the only hometown I’d known in San Diego to Las Vegas.
It’s been appropriate entirely too often lately. It’s still one of my favorite Buffett songs even if it evokes some homesickness and tidal waves of nostalgia.