So, did anyone pay attention yesterday to see whether the groundhog saw his shadow, or whatever? I’m totally clueless, but looking out the window i’m thinking 6 more weeks of winter is pretty likely. The one thing i did hear about, current-events-wise, is the loss of the shuttle Columbia on re-entry early saturday morning. A terrible loss for our country and for the families of the astronauts aboard. I know they assume those kinds of risks when taking the job, and it’s only the second shuttle losts in 204 shuttle missions to date, and it’s the first American craft ever lost during re-entry, but statistics don’t make the shock any easier to digest. I just hope this doesn’t discourage our country from continuing our efforts in space exploration, or provide the politicians with an excuse to screw up the program. Cause we know the reason NASA is working is because the politicians have pretty much left it alone… Unlike the conflict in Iraq, which is a whole other story…
Felt like a really short weekend, as i spent the better part of saturday in Ian’s basement garage. I changed my oil myself (sweet) with his help, and helped Patrick troubleshoot his sub. Then Ian and i dove into his suspension system, swapping out his Sprint springs for some stiffer (and a little taller) B&Gs. The Sprints were just riding too low, and combined with the supercharger his front axles were taking too much stress and warping pretty regularly. Also, he was getting tired of making everyone get out of the car just to clear the parking garage ramp. 😉 It’s still lowered quite a bit, the new springs look good – it looks a lot more sleek than my off-road-edition Maxima. The shocks are a bit bouncy after being compressed so far on the old springs, but after 12 hours in the garage before we had it all back together, i think it will be awhile before we even consider replacing any more suspension parts. The garage has no windows, and i usually don’t wear a watch or anything when i’m working on a car (obviously – there’s a reason why Grampa is missing a finger, i’m not looking to make that a family tradition. 😉 So by the time we finished up and were ready for a test drive, it was almost midnight, and i’d been in that garage since before noon. We had no idea that much time had passed, and i basically went home when we were done and crawled thru the shower into bed. I’m still sore today. 😮 But as Mr. Silver Lining, i’d have to point out that i learned a ton about the suspension system and feel more comfortable tearing into my car. And i discovered a few more tools i need to buy… which may not be totally a good thing. 🙂
My tax return came thru friday afternoon (yeeesss!) so i’m good to go $-wise for awhile, i have a nice buffer in my account so i can be less scared of paying bills. I blew a bit of it on a new alarm clock that actually works (finally) and a couple sets of Mariners tickets, for my birthday weekend and for the last series of the regular season, as tickets went on sale saturday and i wanted to get those two sets before they sold out. I hope to hit quite a few games this season, but i’ll just be doing the $6-get-in-the-door tickets whenever i can. I bought two for the 26th of april, so whoever’s my best friend between now and then gets to join me for the birthday game. 😉 And the bidding starts…. now
Aren’t Moms the best? Mine sure is… Long story short, she’s a magician and has helped me figure out a way to pay off the set of tires that’s been on layaway for two months now. And she’s crazy generous… My old tires have been getting scarily bald, but it was going to be a few months yet before i could afford to take the new ones home, without her help. Thanx, Mom, you rock!
Otherwise this week, i’ve basically been concentrating on moving. Which means, i’ve been thinking about it alot while i procrastinate and do other things. I have a few things packed… but i have until thursday, right? 😉 Spent sunday in Ian’s garage, helping him (okay, watching him) change out his front axle. Also, EB showed me which belt was making noise in my car and helped me figure how what i need to change it. Now i just need to buy a new belt, but that’s only $20, i can afford that kind of repair. Patrick is the bomb and brought us lunch, and we all took a few test rides in Ian’s supercharged Max – for which one really needs a helmet. It’s FAST.
It’s cold today! Not sure how cold it really is out there, but enough that i really want to stay inside until at least mid april. Spent the day in puyallup with Jason, Patrick and Forrest – always a wild time. Our official mission was automotive in nature, as usual – some small repairs and things we’d been meaning to finish – and, as usual, we spent more time hanging than working. In the end, it’s all good, we always have some good laughs and leave with some new ideas. Between Jason’s true tales of tacoma, Forrest’s rediscovery of reverse gear, and Patrick’s creative use of his horn, we had a lot to laugh about… Meeting again next saturday to install a tranny cooler in my car (yeees! John rocks!) and do some other random junk. Hopefully it won’t be so hideously cold next weekend! Okay, so i just looked it up, and it’s only 39 degrees out there. Granted, the humidity is 93%, and there’s a fog coating the area that would make Count Dracula feel at home, but still, 39’s a balmy, shorts-wearing spring day in Montana. Obviously i’ve adjusted to Seattle’s climate, as i was wearing 2 shirts, a sweater and a fleece jacket, and wool socks, and not even running around working on my car kept me warm at 4 in the afternoon.
It’s actually december 8th now, the clock just rolled over to midnight. Well, it’s digital, so it doesn’t really do that, but… anyway. I’m not gonna change the date, i’m too lazy. C89.5 is playing a techno remix of the Beatles’ strawberry fields. It’s really interesting. This post is not. At least since i started talking about the date… I’ll stop making you read it now.
I’m surprised i can actually still type today, although it is getting better since yesterday. What with all the bruises and scratches, and several bandaids, i keep missing keys or hitting two, which can be pretty difficult in my profession. Thankfully, most of my coworkers are one-finger typers, so i’m still doing ok at work, even with my battered digits. What exactly have i been doing? Well, although it feels like i slammed my hands in a car door, i actually spent wednesday night helping Patrick finish his leather seat install. He had the rear bench done; i helped with the front seats and the headrests. It involved a great deal of hogrings, pliers, and sharp edges. Those seats were wicked! They look super cool, tho, and for the extra cost of a pro install… well, i’m not sure if either of us would do it ourselves again, now that we know how much work it was! Someday i might do that myself, when i have the $$, but there’s a lot of other things i’d like to do more (like get a recalibration of the transmission valve body – man, oh, man, do i wanna do that!).
I’m sitting up late watching blind date. I can’t decide if it’s encouraging, because of the really pitiful people that still manage to find someone… or wait, if they can do it, but i’m single… or is it depressing, that the people on blind date are doing better than me… on the other hand, on my current budget a dinner date would have to involve maruchan noodles… so not sure if it matters that i have no social life, cause i can’t really afford to have one. Just another thing on the list of stuff i can’t afford. Ugh. Only like 40 days until Christmas. Tomorrow’s payday, but i spent it last month, so i guess i’m not going to start shopping just yet. And by shopping, i mean collecting condiment packets from fast food restaurants. 🙂 Hope that was on your Christmas list…
In site news, you might notice the news page loads a bit faster. that’s cause it’s not loading a whole year at a time anymore. 🙂 I’ve moved the news into the mysql database with the quotes and the music list (databases are neat!), so now i can filter it to just the most recent few. Don’t worry, it’s all still there, and you can browse away to your little heart’s content with the navigation links at the bottom. Hope that works better for ya.