Daily Grind

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Daily life has fallen into a semi-regular schedule now.  Maybe without the emphasis on regular. Living in a RV has dictated our morning schedule in a few unique ways.  First, there is no need to wake up before the sun rises, about 7:30 here, as the RV is a whole lot easier to bring up to temperature with a little help from the sun.  Second, on really cold nights my first priority is to get the water running.  This project can take between ten minutes to two hours depending on the temperatures.  I can either place a light bulb by the water pump and hoses and let it keep the works a few degrees warmer during the coldest hours or, if it's a particularly cold night, I can spend the frosty morning hours disassembling all the frozen parts and pieces and spot heating the system with our space heater. Either way the water must flow. Today was an easy day, we had water by 8:30.

Once the water dance is finished we've been catching up and trying to get ahead in Ryan's school work.  Essentially we have only four days each week to finish our work.  We have been taking tests in the morning (Groan) and studying in the afternoon. This complete immersion into the teaching field has left me with a renewed appreciation for Ryan's teachers.  It's also left me with a few bad dreams that remind me of, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" Visions of sums, past predicates, stoma, and Robert Raikes' Sunday school permeate my every move. It'll wear a guy out.

Our lunch break is our chance to work on the car for the next weekend.  This works out well as our garage is the open air of the parking lot and the sun is our only heat.  Ryan says he's looking forward to our gear change tomorrow but wait till he sees all the cold, small parts rolling around. After every race weekend we have to take the car apart and clean, clean, clean. Then we have a list of parts to inspect and adjustments to measure and remeasure.  Finally we make any changes that we think might help in the next race,  We can make changes in the way the car will handle for Ryan or to anticipate the the race day conditions.  This week Ryan is looking for a little more drive off the corners and a little help on the entry to the sweeping right hand turns.  The gear change will give the car the pull that he's looking for off the corners and a pressure change in the right front along with the new tires (Securely attached) should do the trick.

Looks like our lunch break is here so until then...


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