Wednesday, October 29, 2008

1984 Yamaha Venture XVZ12

Update Pulled her out ... put the battery charger on her and she started right up. Wow Great old engine. Will need a tune up but is ready to ride.

I just hate this, but having to sell one of my baby’s. She is a 1984 Yamaha Venture XVZ12.
She has 48,661 miles on the odometer, 4 cylinder (monster engine, like straddling a Volkswagen bug engine), 1200cc (pure power), full dresser, water cooled, shaft driven. For these reasons (and more) I have to let her go. First off she is much too big and powerful for me. I have ridden motorcycles for over 20 years now .. mostly dirt bikes out in the ruff. But this was something I just had to have back in 2005. I rode her for a couple of years during the nice parts of the year here in Colorado. But after hearing of some folks that have lost their lives, limbs, and memories. I just could not bring myself to continue to ride this beast. When you put the gas on she will try to throw you off (doesn’t help I don’t amount to much over 150lbs.)

Here she is befor moving her or washing her off.

Put her out their on Craigs list Denver. Had a ton (over 300) of hits in just an aternoon. Will be updating this blog as I pull her out and do some more things to get her ready for her new owner. (this really bites don’t want to let her go)

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I received her in less than current condition. I rode it for 2 years and then put it in storage a year ago and have not ridden it since. (did now and she started right up and took her around the block) I have not even had the chance to knock the dust off but I did get her to startup the battery is dead and currently on the charger but with a jump she came up right to life. She was running great when she went in to storage. There are a few things I can tell you she needs. First off a bath would help, front tire should be looked at soon, the air shock seals will eventually need replacing. 2 lens covers up front for the turn signals. Some body work the plastic in some areas are cracked and need attention. There is an exaust leak on one side .. (makes it louder) and it will need either a battery or a new stator because it will not take a charge when running. At least one side of the stator is good because the bike runs great off of it I just will not stay charged. None of these items stoped me from using it daily for 2 summers.

Here is a review I found .. unfortunately I lost the link last night when my laptop decided it wanted to shut down by itself.

Yamaha's entry into the full-dress luxury touring market was the first motorcycle to be conceived from the beginning for the touring crowd. Rather than just adding a fairing to an existing machine, Yamaha engineers designed a total package. They succeeded very well. The Venture was extremely smooth and quiet, and was very comfortable. Yamaha claimed the seat was orthopedically designed for maximum comfort. The machine was also adjustable... the bars could be moved, the passenger pegs had three positions etc. This was a supreme attempt by Yamaha to oust the Goldwings from their perch as the most popular touring machine. Wet weight in 1984 was 771.5lb's.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Darius Rucker Live Up Close and Personal. This guy has an amazing voice.

Darius Rucker hosted by KYGO at the Soiled Dove Underground on the 23 of October 2008.

This is way off topic for what I normally write about, (normal what’s normal in my life?) But this guy is amazing just truly amazing. (stealing a phrase from my daughter OMG). Had the opportunity to go to the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver last night thanks to a family member that won tickets and could not attend. Now mind you I don’t get out much so take this for what it is, and was not so keen on taking the night off of work to go see someone who sings country.

*** Tangent: I’m not much of a country guy, more of a Dave Matthews type. But my wife loves George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Martina, Faith and Tim, Reba, etc. and she has this habit of dragging me to these concerts and I have to put a smile on my face and act like I am having fun. Usually do have a good time but I won’t let her know that. End of Tangent. ***

First thoughts of the Soiled Dove Underground, The seating is cozy (bit cramped if you ask me) we have been to places like this a few times where you are up-close and personal with the performer (oh and the couple sitting next to you on both sides as well) The food was pretty good, we had the chicken fingers and what they call the dip duo, and a couple of cervezas. All in all it was relatively inexpensive for a night out on the town. We were very lucky to be seated next to a couple that we hit it off with, and were able to enjoy the evening with them as well.

The first act was a lady that is apparently a local performer. I give her credit as she is a singer/song writer that is trying, it was probably just me but I really could not connect with her music.

Second act came around a band of 4 gentlemen. (guys) they are locals from here in Colorado the Railbenders (not rail road related??)

These guys are really very good, most of the songs they played have a very up beat tempo to them. The lead singer/guitar Jim has a deep crisp voice that reverberates what he sings. Tyson playing the upright Bass reminds me of clips of the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? Made in 2000 thinking of the Soggy Bottom Boys. Tony on the Guitar in my opinion could keep up with the likes of Joe Satriani, he will just keep your feet moving. Grahm on the drums has a great voice too .. and where would the band be with out his percussion?? All in all they were great they played I-70 Westbound, Whiskey Rain, and another very colorful song I don’t recall the name of but had something to do with staying home getting hammered, and the wife.. well we will just leave it at that.

Finally, it was Darius Rucker’s turn on stage and Kelly Ford brought him out and the crowd went wild. Now I know I’ve heard that voice some where before. Like I said I don’t spend much time listening to country music (except for when with my wife in the car on a road trip somewhere).

Hey this guy was a part of Hootie & the Blowfish (I liked those guys)! This guy's voice is just phenomenal, amazing, more expletives than I can think of, his "wing man" of the evening, Glenn added to almost every part of the experience with his backup vocals, and sweet guitar playing.

As interlude to playing Darius would take a Q and A break after every 2 or 3 songs. He answered questions without a hitch or hick up just like if he had it all planned our. Darius is a very smooth laid back personable gentleman from his performance to his Q & A sessions. This is someone I can relate to and listen to his music. During one of the breaks someone asked to hear Darius jam for about 20 seconds. (now I’m sure the guy was wanting to hear Darius play the Guitar but what we got was far better than any expectation) Darius broke out in a vocal solo with no back up, no guitar, no music, or tempo to back him up…. Wow this actually gave me goose bumps clear crisp the actual rich baritone voice of Darius was out there for all to hear.

The evening turned out great would have been good with just listening to the Railbenders but to listen to Darius Rucker .. It made it a memorable evening.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WOW you can make money off the Internet

This just blew me away, I now can make cash money off the internet. Ok so let me preface this with its less than $20 bucks, and it did take a month and a half to make it. But hey it’s more than I have ever made from all the surfing online that I do.

If you have read any of my other blogs you know I’m cheap (dirty word .. uum lets say frugal), and that I have not posted in a while. I am working on a couple of projects right now that I will hopefully be posting in the coming days, (I’ve just been slammed, overworked, inundated with other stuff for a few months.)

Ok so back to this whole making cash off the internet or making money online how ever you want to put it. Gomez, sounds funny huh.. yeah this guy Gomez he pays you. Well ok not so sure that there ever was a Gomez (person) but this company will pay you for using your internet bandwidth when you are using it and when your not. Like I said it’s not much and the maximum they will pay out in any one month is currently only $45. And yes with everything else in the world there is a catch, you never get anything for free there is a cost to everything.

First off … click the link. This will take you to their site. (WHOOOAA don’t click it just yet read the rest of this post first .. I haven’t started using pop ups or redirects to or any other stuff that will keep you here)

Gomez link

Once your there you will need to create an account, and then download the software. (WARNING … I don’t know what their software does, or how it does it. I use different virus software Norton, McAfee, and AVG none of these show it as a virus and none of my Adware products identify this as a threat either. So use at your own risk. I do *** End WARNING)

Once the software is installed (it utilizes java) it will ask you to put your user name in and what kind of connection you use. Their site is informative if you use a phone line to hook up to the internet but if you do I’m not sure you want you phone to be consumed by this all the time. When it starts it will say the next update will be in 15 min. They use increments of 15 min’s. So far pretty easy right .. here comes the catch,

First off to make $$ your account status must be active, not pending. I don’t have any clue how the algorithm in the program works or who makes this decision. But from what I read else where it could be tricky to be selected.

Second I am in a unique position to have a few computers (ok more than a few) at my disposal and am already paying for the electricity and the internet bandwidth. The current program pays:
Online Time Payments (per day) $0.10
Processing Time Payments (per min.) $0.0005
Referral Bonus (per Active Referral) $1.00
Min. Monthly Payment $5.00
Max. Earnings per month $45.00

So the more computers the more potential, still not that much though.

The referral is only paid out for people you send over that are selected for active too. So don’t think SPAM emails out to 3 million and you will get rich quick .. remember the max in any one month is $45.

Third if you are active. And showing earnings you need to have a PayPal account and it must have the same email address that you used for Gomez. Now at the end of the month it will show your earnings for the month on the web site.. Don’t expect to have the money deposited on the very next day. It was not until the 22nd of the next month till I saw the deposit in to the PayPal account.

You will not get rich off of this and make millions of dollars. But hey from someone who has made $$ it works .. Now I hope they don’t deactivate me for writing this article, because it will offset at least one bill I have per month lol.

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