Monday, 13 October 2014


So, what is happening?

I have spent a good deal of time working on my zombie story again.  All of my rough notes have been typed up and I am dow doing a rewrite before carrying on with the story.  It is all coming together nicely - the character names are now consistent for a start!  Some of them started off as real people with their real names, but switched to new, fictitious names along the way.  This has now been sorted out.  Some other parts have been tightened up, a section moved into a more logical part of the sequence, etc.  I am liking it a lot, to be honest!  More work tonight, as Dungeons and Dragons is cancelled.

Our daughter has got an interview for a job as an office junior at the college she was studying at!  This is great news, at least they are interested enough to want to meet her.  We are hoping that she gets it as it ticks a lot of boxes for her.  Fingers crossed, please everyone!  :-)

I have had a bit of a saga with my bikes lately.  Back in September I realised that my main bike needed work on its gears and chain.  Last time around this cost a lot of money to sort out and I wanted to think through the options.  Fix it?  Get a new one?  Ride my spare bike for a while?

I rode my spare for a couple of weeks (after buying new tyres for it) and all seemed OK for the time being.

Then it all went wrong.

One of the gear cogs snapped.  Yes, it just snapped and fell off!  My first thought was that someone had taken a spanner to my bike and stolen it!  But a guy in the bike shot told me that it does happen, so I accepted his less paranoid explanation.

So, what to do now?  The spare bike was now in the same position as the main bike, so I decided to look around and see what people would charge to do the work.  Mrs RC suggested that I try the big spares shop near where we live.  I have always thought of them as a car spares shop that also sells a few bikes, but sure enough they do bike repairs too.  The guy looked at the bike, listed the new parts it needed (at one point muttering "ooh this is a very posh one, might be expensive") and added on a labour charge. 

I braced myself for the price.


Yep.  About half the price of the last time it was fixed!

I am a happy bunny!


Shammickite said...

80 pounds, that doesn't seem too bad to get the bike back on the road. Hope it won't take too long so you are mobile again ASAP. My bike is sitting in the basement with a flat tire, used to belong to my DIL but I rarely ride it (esp. with a flat tire) so she wants it back.

lotta joy said...

I'm trying to picture a happy bunny riding a bike. Nope. Can't do it.

ShadowRun300 said...

My fingers are crossed!
Looking forward to reading a few blurbs from your zombie book. Sounds like it's coming together nicely!
And I'm thrilled your bike won't cost as much as you thought to get it fixed. I know NOW how important it is to keep your bike in good condition. I still have parts recovering from my fall, and that was 8 weeks ago!

Riot Kitty said...

Hooray for you being a happy bunny! As opposed to the nasty one in The Holy Grail...

Rock Chef said...

Shammickite - Yes, people tend to want their bikes back if they see them unused...

Lotta Joy - really? You disappoint me! I was expecting that to be your next picture! :-)

ShadowRun300 - Really? Did I miss this? Going to trawl back through your posts!

Riot Kitty - Oh, I liked that bunny! He had character!

terri said...

I'm excited that the zombie novel is back in progress!

Definitely crossing my fingers for your daughter's job opportunity.

Get those bikes back in working order! We can't have our Rock Chef out on the road on an unsafe vehicle!

agg79 said...

I love to hear more how the story comes along. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Fingers crossed for your daughter in her job search. I know it can be frustrating at times but persistence and perseverance wins out every time