Ah, old faithful.  So faithful I bought a second (blue one) to replace the black one since it rain out of battery and the strap had given up on me. I already replaced the battery on it once or twice. I couldn’t find an OE or aftermarket band so I decided to buy a blue one.

Now the blue one has had at least one battery change ( that I can remember) and I bought a new strap for it today from Sears. The CS person said they probably won’t carry this strap anymore; that leaves me with contacting TIMEX directly when this strap dies in about ~2 years or so.

I bought one of those Ironman velcro nylon straps that fit 18-22mm lugs but I didn’t really like it.  It actually works OK for what it is, kinda convenient but the problem for me was that the velcro tab that the end would eat my shirt cuffs.  They were work shirts so not a huge deal, however, the nylon also soaked up the water and it was irritating/annoying to wait for it to dry when I’m working in wet weather and go in to dry off. So with that being said, back to a rubber strap I go. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to nylon unless it’s for a watch that I won’t be exposing to the elements.

The black one had been in storage for some time. It appears the gasket swelled up or something so I think the watch is gonna be kaput. It’s going to only be good for the module or case if I want to transplant the blue module over. We’ll see. The blue one is my work horse now and the screen will eventually have seen better days.

Gluten free

Well, I’ve narrowed down my allergy to gluten sensitivity. Although I can eat some gluten without adverse effects, it’s better off that I avoid it completely. I haven’t had a biopsy confirmation, but eliminating it from my diet seems to have abolished the symptoms I was suffering.

Anyways, I was feigning for some of Dennys new fluffy buttermilk pancakes and decided to try to make my own.  I bought some gluten free flour from Superstore by “Robin Hood” . I’ve tried gluten free flour (1 for 1 mix) from bulk barn but it wasn’t to my liking. It just didn’t seem to bake up very well (in cookies) and it was kinda expensive at approximately $1/100gm. I don’t think I would have cared about the price as much if it had performed well. Superstore sells the flour at $5.99/907gm or about $0.66/100gm.


So I followed the recipe here.  Turned out pretty decent.  Note that the flour package does say it’s not to be used for “light” cakes such as angel or chiffon.

Look at the rise
Look at the rise

The pancakes turned out pretty good. I didn’t have vinegar so I added some lime juice (LOL) and also added some vanilla extract and cinnamon. You know how it is, adjust the tastes to your own palate.

I’d make these again in a heart beat and they are yummy when cold, too. Looking forward to baking again with this flour and see how it performs. Might try to make a pizza dough out of it but I’m pretty content with my oatmeal flour pizza dough as is.


Did it hit?
Did it work?
Yes it did….

Ah, there’s nothing better sounding than a safety check’s “click-clack-click”. My SRAM also makes that noise much to my ear’s content. Replaced my bar tape finally and went for a ride. I thought I was going to die for sure but everything worked as it should and the bike is smooth. Not CF frame smooth, but smooth enough.

Came back July 16 at 09:00hrs.
Dropped off my gear today.

It’s beginning to feel more official.