national cycle makes quick-release windshields; unfortunately that's not the one that i have. reattaching the windshield was a little difficult, it's really a two-person job: one person to hold the windshield, the other person to screw in the bolts and spacers. it took a while but i finally got it mounted (using two similar sized combination wrenches, one metric, one english), leaving my t-shirt completely sweat-soaked afterwards from the heat.
next i went to work on the char broil barbecue grill. i wanted to remove the burners so i can check if they can be cleaned or need to be replaced. i thought it'd be easy but like the windshield, it turned out to be very difficult; in fact it was impossible because i couldn't remove any of the screws, all of them baked stuck. i sprayed with WD-40 but they still wouldn't budge and i didn't want to risk stripping the screws so i didn't try to force it, letting the lubricating oil soak in longer.
after watering the garden, i returned to cambridge. i had a yogurt for lunch. in the afternoon i watered the back and front yard. i also cut the old rubbermaid trash can in half so the garbage truck can take it tomorrow. i then went to market basket to pick up some groceries, including a rotisserie chicken, half of which i ate when i returned home.
i measured my motorcycle windshield. i thought it was the N2210 wide frame touring windshield, but it's actually the N2220 narrow frame custom windshield. the retail price for a new N2220 is $210, not including the mounting brackets (which i already have, but those cost an additional $105). but national cycle also sells replacement windshield screens, which costs about half the price of a full screen. i can get the same screen, or go with the low boy variant N2221 ($115), which is about 5" lower but means i don't have to look through the shield but rather over it, which is the preferred configuration. i knew national cycle windshields were top of the line (polycarbonate instead of cheaper acrylic), therefore they're the most expensive. but i didn't realize just how good they were until i saw a youtube video comparing national cycle windshields with generic acrylic ones. they're virtually indestructible, at one point in the demo they shoot the windshield with a handgun and a shotgun, while the acrylic shattered on impact, the national cycle polycarbonate withstood the damage.
in the evening i took the other half of the rotisserie chicken and made chicken stock out of it. i then used the broth and made myself some rice noodles for dinner.
while fiddling with an ESP8266 board, i accidentally dropped it onto my computer, where it nicked the screen, leaving a small but noticeable mark. fortunately it's at the bottom of the screen and not very noticeable, but i notice it. it kind of looks like a dead pixel. it's just something i'll have to live with, i think most people wouldn't even see it.