Had I known that there were two classes of 1.25″ hitch receivers I would have ensured that I purchased a compatible bike rack. All of this information is available on the websites for the hitch receiver and bike rack, but is not very accessible for a noob such as myself. Therefore I cannot blame Hidden Hitch, nor eTrailer, nor Yakima, nor REI; the burden of error lays (lies?) strictly on myself. I do regret drilling out the stop knob in the hitch the other night now, that was a decision made with alcohol involved — a poor decision that I take responsibility for as well.
Even with the stop-nob drilled out the rack is not compatible with the M6’s bumper, so it’s time to cut my losses. I will be purchasing a new bike rack, one that is definitely compatible with a Class 1 1.25″ hitch receiver. (I have done the extensive research this time.) There’s a part of me that also thinks I should suck up the $135 and buy a pristine hitch receiver as well, on this I will have to think more.
What of the nearly-brand-new Yakima HoldUp 1.25″ bike rack? I’m willing to sell it to any of the ITP Readership, or friends of the ITP Readership, in the metro Atlanta area (i.e. no shipping) for $300, a 33% discount off of the retail price of $449 that I paid in January. All parts that I received in the box will be included, meaning there will be no flat wrench nor allen wrench, but that should not be a deterrent. Had I not assembled the bike rack, tearing apart most of the box in the process, I’d probably attempt to return it to REI, but that’s not the way I live my life so I shan’t. Please spread the word, because if the rack doesn’t sell by the end of July I will most likely donate it to Goodwill and take the tax write off.
Live and learn.
After a pressure-filled day at the 9-to-7 I had a lovely dinner at El Pollo NorteÃ±o off of Buford Highway (near Lam’s). As I always do I ordered the 1/4 chicken platter. I must have been especially hungry given my morning bike ride and fairly-sensible lunch because I ate the entire plate and nearly two baskets of chips.
Oh, Monday morning weigh-ins start next Monday. I probably should have started weighing myself regularly again to see if my bike riding is helping me lose weight, even if those damn shorts I tried on at Target last week told me otherwise.
Last night I was also able to chat with my mother on the phone for a little while. She was in good spirits in part because I sent her a little money to support her bingo habit.
I must have been pretty pooped from my long day as well because I fell asleep before 10pm as I attempted to study some German while lying in bed.
No German Classes For Another Two Weeks
I decided that I needed some time away from the rigors of German classes so I chose not to sign up for the German A1 review class that will occur Tuesday and Thursday nights for the next two weeks.
Somehow an entire week has passed since the end of my German A1.4 class and I have done little studying. Starting tonight I am going to dedicate the time necessary to review each of the chapters in the A1 text book, as well as return to doing my daily vocabulary tests. If I can be diligent about this then I should be ready for action when German A2.1 starts two weeks from tonight.