The fixtures get installed

05.26.2008 | 7:31 pm | Bathroom Renovation

We got the shower walls sealed and put the shower heads and controls in.


We also got the floor tile all laid and the grouting done. Now, we can start on the final installs, like the vanities, lights, baseboard and trim.

Christopher’s Ride

05.25.2008 | 9:43 am | Goldwing

A friend of mine from the HondaShadow.Net forum has put this event together. You can see the original post and any replies here:

To My Fellow HSN Members.

I have been wanting to do something for people who are suffering from a debilitating disease such as cancer, leukemia, diabetes, etc. Our biker community currently has so many organized rides for charities that setting up one more I felt would be just one more ride to raise money. I wanted to hit the emotional end of things – to lend emotional support to someone who is fighting a courageous battle. I wanted a ride that was personal, that was done for one individual who is close to the bikers heart.

I know first hand just what it means to fight a disease while having friends who are there thinking of you and supporting you emotionally. It makes a HUGE difference in maintaining your will to fight on. This forum group is a perfect example.

With this in mind I have been kicking an idea around for a very long time and felt ” it is time ” to launch this idea, this year. And why not start the ball rolling with the HSN gang. So here it is.

Christopher’s Ride:

On Sunday, July 20th 2008 the Nationwide Christopher’s Ride will take place. Unlike other rides motorcyclists participate in, the benefactor in the Christopher’s Ride will be the person the BIKER selects. It can be a family member, friend, co-worker or anyone you know and want to select who is battling a debilitating disease. You can ride 10 miles or 500 miles. It is up to you, the Biker. It can be performed solo or in a group with other members of your ride party all riding for someone close to them.

If you do not have anyone close to you that has a debilitating disease then consider riding for a child who is in a hospital pediatrics unit in your home town. Maybe buy a teddy bear, strap it onto your pillion and take it on the ride with you and then later present it to the child explaining just where that bear rode with you to.

If you want to make a donation to a charity after your ride, select the charity that you want to support and send them a check with a note. If you want this to be a non monetary ride, then ride for them to provide emotional support only. Consider taking a picture during or after your ride and send it to them with a note letting them know this ride was for them.

There are no guidelines in regards to Christopher’s Ride except that it is in support of an individual and not a charity. We also ask that if your riding solo, put down the rear pegs and take them with you ( in spirit ).

The whole purpose and intent of the Christopher’s Ride is to share your love of biking with someone who is fighting a horrible disease. It is a way to give an individual a moment of freedom that we all experience while riding.

Fire up your bikes and Take a Christopher’s Ride on July 20th.

Thank you,


Tiling is almost done!!

05.24.2008 | 10:34 am | Bathroom Renovation

We got all the tile on the walls and floor of the shower stall. The remaining floor area should be done soon. We grouted all the shower tile and put the sealer on. Once it is dry, we can install the faucets and shower heads. We will order the glass next week, and once that is installed, we can use the shower!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

We started this project on January 24th. We save a lot of money, but it has been a long time to have the bathroom ripped up. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Working on the floor next.

05.11.2008 | 10:00 am | Bathroom Renovation

I got the final bottom row of wall tiles put up, and we are now getting the floor tiles down. We are using the small tiles that are 2×2 and mounted on a one foot square piece of mesh. We cut a few of them into strips that are 2 tiles wide and made a border around the shower floor area, and are putting the full size pieces down in a diamond pattern. Ricardo is getting the initial ones lined up correctly for me.


Here is what it should look like when it is all finished.

Next, I need to seal the natural tile floor and wall pieces so the grout does not sink into the tiles when we apply it. Once that is done, we can start the grouting.