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Wheel Bearing Replacement

I found that only the driver side bearing was making noise, so last Sunday I began the job of changing.  I may have only needed to adjust the bearings, but since they were making noise, I decided to change them.  Everything was going well until I didn’t un-fold the bottom of the locking washer off the nut and tried ro remove the outter nut.  My the locking plate rest in piece . . .  DAMN.  I thought about buying 2 when I bought the bearings, but no sense of wasting an additional $0.80 on new locking plates.  So almost a week later (Friday), I’m hoping the part arrives. I so hope to get the bearings adjusted today and drive it next week.  We want to take to the Bean Blossom Blue, Brew, and BBQ festival next weekend in Nashville Indiana.  The part did in fact come (Saturday Now) and I got the wheel bearings on, but the wheel was still making noise, so I took it to my mechanic at Windy City Muffler.  He looked and said that that theonly issue was that I didn’t have them tight enough.  He tightened them up and I was happy and was on my way.  So when I got home I loaded up Marilyn and the boys and we were on our way to football.  The bus started running real rough and before long the temp light came on.  I pulled over and discovered that three of the four plug wires were loose.  Won’t go to B&G again. I have an appointment at a real VW mechanic on Wednesday. I really don’t think there is anything too wrong, I did notice that all of a sudden it was hard to shift.  Il try to understand that this weekend.

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Posted by on August 30, 2008 in Uncategorized


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25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

This wasn’t a bus trip, but it is an annual outing for us.  Thursday was the best day in my opinion to attend the festival.  It started off rainy, so I didn’t take my camera, but by the time we got there is was 85 and humid!  So much for Spring.  The first band we went to see is what we thought was John Primer.  He is my personal favorite Chicago Bluesman, but he didn’t play.  the band we saw was very good Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted.

The second band was very inspirational to me.  We had the honor to stay in a room he stayed and was named after him at the Shack Up Inn located in Clarksdale, MS.  For those who don’t know….. this is where the the crossroads are located that Robert Johnson sold his soul to be a great guitar player.  anyway . . . .  this man is a legend Pinetop Perkins.  He is 95 years old and still playing.  He only played 2 songs but it was a real treat to see him.  I did catch a photo with my phone, which is suppose is better than nothing.

Also playing in the band was harp player Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and on the bass was Bob Stroger And on Guitar was Bob Margolin, who co-wrote music and played with the late great Muddy Waters. was lucky enough to capture a photo of him.

By then it was dinner time and as we walked to the resturant, we walked by the Gibson Guitar bus, which Taylor imediatley had to check out.  He did get us a tour of the inside of the bus.  Very nice.  Many guitar’s, amps and keyboards.  I would not mind taking a road trip in that!  Of course he had to check out the guitars.  Here is a picture of him playing an Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul.

After dinner, Marilyn and the boyz went home, and  stayed for the head act.  Johnny Winter and James Cotton as usual he was phenomenal.  I think the last time I saw him is when I lived in Dallas.  He played inside the Petrillo Music Shell.  I got lucky and was able to get inside the shell, but never got a chair.  I just stayed one step of security and stood as close as I could.  All in all a great night of blues.

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Posted by on June 6, 2008 in Fun Stuff


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End of the Semester!

Mad Moon StampingWell, while Timmy is in the throes of the “End of the Semester Blues” I thought I might pen a post for you:) We are still holding our breath for the bus delivery schedule, it is so exciting! We can’t wait to just step inside and feel it. My idea was we could eat dinner in it the first nite it came home. Wouldn’t it be so cool to light some candles, have a bottle of wine and a groovy pasta gorgonzola?

I am just itching to take a trip in that bus! Anywhear! The Jewel would be fine, I just want to drive it, how does it shift, stop, accelerate? What does the horn sound like? Will we ever have windsheild wipers, or will we just keep a can of RainX on the dash?

We went home to visit Timmy’s folks & see my adorable niece Emmalee this weekend. On our way home, I was driving, and I conducted an experiment in the Vibe. What does it feel like to have your top speed be only 60mph? So, I tried that out on the toll road, much to all my fellow passenger’s dismay, haha! It felt weird! Like I was going in slow motion, that was when everyone in the car fell asleep, so there’s something…

As wrap this post up, the Carly Simon song for Heinz ketchup comes to mind: Anticipation! Remember that song?

So, while I patiently wait with fervent anticipation, I will practice “Be Here Now” to the nth degree:)

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Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Uncategorized


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