Last night onLJ-f Chris and I went to Arigato for sushi. It was excellent as always. From there we went to Home Despot because he needed some supplies to help somebody move today. While we were walking around I found a Black and Decker electric mulching mower that seemed like just what I was looking for, so I bought it. We came back to my house to hang with the dogs for awhile, then he went home and I turned in early.
This morning I got up at a reasonable time but faffed about for an hour or two before actually doing anything. Eventually I found a couple books I wanted to loan to Stephanie that we'd talked about at dinner on Wednesday and rode down there on the LT. Traffic was surprisingly good and I got to Morton's with no dramas. Stephanie had hoped to go to lunch with me, but they were way too busy for her to leave. I discovered a hole in one of my favorite gloves on Thursday (I was wearing them during my accident. They were scuffed in a few places, but they are the only things that weren't cut off of me), so I tried on a bunch of pairs and finally bought a pair of the "GS" gloves. I mentioned the tear to Stephanie, and she offered to sew the torn one for me. Cool.
The other cool thing about my visit was that a guy was taking delivery of the first low-frame R1200GS they got in. Stephanie introduced us and we chatted for a bit and he let me sit on it. With its narrower seat, it is about the same reach as the LT. I thoroughly enjoyed a couple test rides of the regular frame, but ultimately decided against it both for the cost and the fact that I really wasn't comfortable with the seat height. I really don't need to spend that kind of money, but it's awfully tempting to think about a low frame for next year.
From there I went to Allman's BBQ for lunch before taking the back roads home. It was beautiful weather for a ride. When I got home I "assembled" the lawnmower in about five minutes and cut the backyard. I should explain that I have never owned a lawnmower before. Originally I had a service cut the grass, but my neighbors started doing my front and side yard when they did theres, so the service only cut the back for a season before I cancelled it altogether. Last year I cut the back about three times with a weed whacker and it looked like that's exactly what I had done. By the time I worked on it today, the grass was knee high or better in places. This doesn't bother me at all, and I'm willing to let it be a small meadow, but the dogs don't like it when the grass gets wet and there is an increased chance of them getting ticks or fleas when the grass is that long. Hence the reason I sucked it up. It looks OK on the first pass. I'm sure it will look more even when I cut it again in a couple weeks.
I'm planning to go to bed very soon. I might ride out to see my friend Beth if I get a chance in the morning. I have had a present for her for months. Penny gets back from a visit to help her mom tomorrow around 1100. She's going to come over later in the day so we can catch up. We might also try riding two up, which is something I've never done before. The LT is practically designed to ride with a passenger, but for whatever reason I' haven't done it. Penny is a past rider herself, which should make it easier.