Monday, 1 October 2012

Page 31... The return of a biker!

Wow, it's been absolutely ages since I've been on my blog! It's been a VERY quiet winter (blog-wise), unfortunately, but lots has changed in my situation, I have been feeling guilty about not sharing it with the world! Well, here goes...!

Firstly, I am four months into my new job, working in a factory on Auckland's North Shore, working at the tail end of a printing press, packing envelopes into boxes for delivery around the country and Australia. It's not exactly glamorous work, but it pays the bills... which is pretty good to be honest, it was a fair while in between jobs before I found this one. Huge thanks to the good friend that helped me get the position, you're a real legend mate! Without making excuses, the workload is part of the reason I haven't been online much at all lately, I'm doing 12 hour days, 4 days a week, and the weekends have been pretty busy lately too...

Two weeks into the job, I asked a pretty young lady (that I work with) out on a date, we've since moved in together, things are going exceptionally well and I couldn't be happier! I won't babble on about the subject, but we 'click' really really well, we've bought a car together, been off on road-trips for a few weekends... she's been instrumental in my getting back on my feet again. I feel so lucky to have found her!

On the 'bike' front, I recently decided that I want to turn it into a track-bike, which is the current project underway. A couple of weeks ago I started stripping the whole thing back to bare frame, and have been ordering parts left, right, and centre, to get everything back to 100% perfect. New race fairings, tires, fork service kit, electrics, etc etc the list goes on and on! We're getting the frame powder-coated this weekend, then reassembly will begin! I can't wait to get back to the track, I've been waiting for so long for summer to arrive again! The bike's been off the road for a little while now, the battery died shortly after I started my new job, and I discovered the left fork has developed a small leak, but luckily it was decided that a car would help out with things a lot so that was the route we (my girlfriend and I) took. It's actually made things a lot easier to be honest, going away for trips and still feeling like a part of the 'biker group' that have become my family in recent times.

I still can't believe how quickly the last four months have flown by, and the next few months before Christmas are guaranteed to go even faster! My calendar is quickly being filled with 'garage time', then track-days (when the bike is finished), weekend trips away, holiday plans with my family (Lol my real 'family', that is!) and all sorts of other things that are bound to come up between now and then...! All I can say is, bring it on!!! :-)

Till next time, hopefully it doesn't take me as long to write again as it did this time!

Keep smiling! :-)

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