by playing around and releasing the rear brake pads just a little bit, i seemed to have fixed the scraping sound. now the front brake pads are making a noise! but overall a better riding experience. i went to the cafe in the late morning to see if i could fix the LCD TV my aunt gave to my sister. it's a sony KLV-S26A10 (26"), manufactured in 2005. unfortunately it doesn't have a built-in digital tuner (only an analog tuner) so can't receive any channels over the airwaves. not even sure if my sister watches broadcast television anyway, but buying a small new HDTV isn't that expensive, around $200 or less. i'd be willing to give her my amazon digital antenna.
i found a 3 drawer plastic sterilite cart (minus the wheels) that a neighbor had tossed out. in excellent condition, with just a bit of a kitchen smell that i'm hoping to treat with some cedar balls. next i went to the nearby rite aid to pick up my 90-day losartan refill. after i revealed my birthday (for identification purpose), the indian pharmacist there told me, "you look remarkably well for your age. i would've guessed maybe you were in your 20's. what's the secret?"
for dinner i cut up half of the romaine lettuce and made myself a big bowl of chicken caesar salad. i'm talking a full 4 quart pyrex bowl of salad, mixed with a grilled chicken that i cooked on the foreman and cut into smaller pieces, freshly grated parmesan cheese, croutons, and a handful of dried cranberries. i feel like going on a salad kick. i never ate salads in china, the chinese think eating raw vegetables is unsanitary and unappetizing. i did make my own salad once or twice with ingredients my parents smuggled into the country when they visited, but nothing like the salads i can make here back at home, where there are endless ingredients.