The rain washed out the last leg of Aiken’s Triple Crown. Today’s harness races were called of until next Saturday because they just can’t pull a sulky on a muddy track. And because today was supposed to be cloudy with a good chance of additional rain, there was no way the track would be dry enough by tomorrow. We’ve got a rail side parking spot and 6 tickets, but next weekend it will be just the two of us as the company we were going to go with will be long gone.
Company was in town to go see the harness races this weekend, but this morning started with a horrendous rain storm. Put the top up and drove over to see if the races were still on before schlepping everyone over, nope called off until next Saturday. What are we going to do now. Around lunch the sun came out so we piled into my sister’s car and drove to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia. Nice time. We managed to get out and back to the car before it started to rain again.
This evening we needed a trip to the store for some last minute items for Easter dinner tomorrow, so Donna and I dropped the top back down and made the 15 mile drive to the Publix that is 3 miles away.
Started down, went up, back down, still down.
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As befitting a government policy, Georgia’s Tax Holiday this weekend is thing of wonder.
You can purchase gym suits tax free, but you must pay tax on martial arts attire.
You can purchase bow ties tax free, but you must pay tax on head bands.
You can purchase lingerie tax free, but you must pay tax on athletic supporters.
The cockpit cover Does not need waterproofing, I think. It is made of Technalon and it is supposedly fairly water resistant already. No straps to adjust, just elastic with rubber coated hooks. When I first put it on it appeared too small, but after futzing with it, it seems OK. Got to put the front on first, roll it out and put the tabs under the trunk last. Right now it is rolled up and tucked under the boot to preserve the trunk space.
Made a trip to Augusta to drop off Bike Club newsletters at the three big bike stores over there. The 2 in downtown were a cinch, but getting to the one in Martinez proved problematic. Friday and Saturday are what they call a tax holiday in Georgia. In order to boost sales or cut parents a break, school type items are tax free. Traffic was such a mess around the shopping centers that after trying a couple of ways to get around it, I bailed and came home. We will be out that way next Thursday and will drop the stuff off then.
Started down, still down.
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Got an email addressed to the Master’s Miata Club from someone offering us a discount on a group buy of roll/style bars. Minimum order of 20. We have 37 cars in the club, I know of 4 that already have a bar, that means we need 61% of the remaining cars to buy one to qualify for the discount. That’ll happen. Maybe they should have taken the time to look at our website. I passed it along to everyone in the Club, just in case mass hysteria takes place.
Not only that I just checked his web site, Frenzy, and the group buy price is $10 off for the chrome style bar. WOW, what a deal. 😉
Top up for the ride to work, top down for the ride home. Big news is my cockpit cover from Rspeed came in today. Going to spray it with some Scotchgard waterproofing tomorrow for insurance (supposed to already be weather resistant.) Then, put it on so I can get the straps adjusted. We’ll see if using this thing turns into a hassle, I hope not. I hope that using it in combination with the boot I can slow the climb of the number at the bottom each post, thereby increasing the life of the top.
Started down, went up, went down, still down.
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Didn’t put the top down until the trip home. So in honor of an absolute perfect spring day we took the 25 mile long cut home. After, I ran right back out to go to Mailboxes, Etc. to make copies of the Aiken Bicycle Club’s newsletter for distribution. On the short 3 mile trip there I saw 3 newish Chrysler Sebrings with their tops down (I told you it was a perfect spring day) I also saw a 3-series BMW with their top down. Also a red M1 & silver M2 Miatas with their top up and a silver M1 with it down.
Started up, went down, still down.
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