Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"Wonderful tonight........"

7:08 am - Tuesday - June 4th - Ramona, CA - 58° F, 92% humidity (heavy dew last night), wind - CALM.......marine layer this morning with a forecast high of 82° F.....the view last night........↴

We were sitting in the salon of our Newell Monday evening reading, and listening to XM Radio's Classic Vinyl when one of the most beautiful love songs ever written began to play.....Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight".....

This is probably my favorite version of  "Wonderful tonight" by Eric Clapton

....every time I hear this song I think of my lovely Elaine....a mist falls across my eyes, because I know how blessed and fortunate I am to have had her in my life for the last 51 years.  When we met in December of 1967 we were both just barely 18 years old.  She had long blonde hair.....she had then, and still has today this amazing smile that just begs to be memorialized in photo after photo.....

 First date

Married 2 months.....Lake Tahoe, of course!

 TLE and Jeannie (my brother Philip's wife)

 Ft. Meyers, FL

 Left to right: Jill (sister), Phil (brother), Virginia (mother), moi, TLE

 At her brother, Creig's wedding back in the 80's (TLE left, 
Phyllis [sister] right)

With Roscoe and Geni in Georgia

 Florida Keys

......I said "Yes....you look wonderful tonight...".

I spent a couple of hours at the trailer (powered by my Honda 2000) working on my mountain bike.  I haven't ridden it since June of last summer, and here it is June of 2019.  It is a crime to let this bike sit unused.  I wiped a year's worth of dust off her, sprayed some silicon spray on her full suspension pivot points, cleaned and lubed her chain, checked the air pressure in her shocks, added air to her tubeless tires, and brake fluid to her rear hydraulic brake......

With my beloved Intense 5.5 at Cape Blanco, OR a few years ago

.....I built my Intense 5.5 (5" of travel front and rear) from scratch.  The frame was acquired through eBay for $800, and then I gradually over the course of a month purchased all the parts and put her together.   If I had bought it new, completely assembled, directly from Intense in Temecula, CA it would have cost me over $5,000.  I built it myself for around $2,500.....it is the best mountain bike I have ever owned.....I have had it for over 12 years, and she still rides like she is brand new.  After tuning her up I took her for a ride around the park.  It's the first time I've ridden a bike since we were in Fontana back in early April.  I rode up to the water tower, down to the office, and back to the trailer for a grand total of 1 mile.  She runs great!  I hope to increase my distance over the next month to a few miles each time I ride.

We sat outside on the 'Lido deck' for a few hours enjoying the afternoon sun, and breezes whilst reading and listening to Classic Vinyl on XM Radio....a perfect afternoon capped off with a bowl of TLE's amazing chili con carne.  I finished reading a book, and then installed another string of red LED lights .......perfect!

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