Poof.

There was a bad car crash near where I live last night. Van crossed the centerline, hit a car head-on, no survivors. Those people were just going about their day, maybe looking forward to some future plans for the evening or weekend, and then…poof. Gone. In the blink of an eye. Senseless. Now, I tempt the Grim Reaper all the time – I’m pretty sure he and Mother Nature have been comparing notes via WhatsApp to see where I am and what I’m doing. Dying doesn’t scare me, if it’s in one of my pursuits – that is, if I get bitten by a rattlesnake, run over by a speedboat in the kayak, fall off a mountain, or take a curve with a little too much gusto on the motorbike, well, at least I’m doing something I enjoy. But just driving along in my car, minding my own business? Nope. In that split-second before impact, I’d wonder who would know? Who would care? The world would just keep on spinning. Point is – and it’s a point I’ve made before – if you have something to say, don’t put it off. If there’s something you want, get it. Or at least try. Life is short and fragile, and there’s no guarantee that there’s a tomorrow for any of us.

You’ll recall I ordered wheel spacers for the Adventure Buggy last week. Well, in a moment of “f*ck it”, I decided to go ahead and order a lift kit for the thing as well. I want better ground clearance, and I want the biggest tires I can get, if I’m gonna buy new ones, anyway. The MFC lift is supposed to be the gold standard, and Jesse at MFC is a great guy. So, why not? I’ve already talked to my mechanic, and he can install it, no prob. I could do it myself in the driveway, but it would be sloooow. Lift one corner, do that corner, lift the next corner, do that corner, blah, blah. With a car lift, my guy can knock it out in no time, and presumably, he can get the tires, so I’ll just do it all at once, and then add the wheel spacers when they (eventually) show up.

The weather has been lousy. If it’s not-sub-freezing temps, it’s raining. One or the other – but never both at the same time. Grr. But it’s got me missing a few things. Missing riding the motorbike. Missing being in the kayak. Missing a hot day on a trail in the middle of nowhere. Other things I’m missing, as well, but you get the idea. I’m so ready for this winter to be over – this has truly been the winter of my discontent. I have things to do, and not much time to do them in. This past year has been…not great, and I’m really hoping 2020 will be better. Yeah, I know hoping isn’t gonna make it happen – but I’m still ever the optimist, despite all appearances. I guess we’ll see what happens. Or what doesn’t happen. Whichever.

My newfangled weather station just sent me an alert that the rain has started. That’s the only upside to this weather – the forecast indicates I’ll get to see some action on the weather station over the next 24 hours. Roomba is puttering around right now, doing it’s thing. The Ring camera network caught a coyote – a coyote! – wandering around in the driveway after I left for the gym this morning. All the gadgets are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, and so far, no Terminator-like uprising. Roomba has been looking at me funny, but I think that’s just because I put googly eyes on it. Seriously.