Note to self: if the starter goes "*click* *click* *click*," it's working
Turns out, the starter seems to be just fine. The battery bit the dust (evidently so much so that last night's jump didn't help it).
Thank HEAVENS. I couldn't even FIND the starter. I also thank heavens that it was a balmy 47F outside!
Everyone I spoke to today expressed shock that I might attempt to fix my own car. I found this highly entertaining and somewhat baffling.
I mean, I guess I just don't expect other people to fix my problems for me. I feel I ought to at least try
to troubleshoot and solve the problem myself-- not only might I learn a thing or two, but I'll be more informed and more appreciative should I require help.
Anywho, Laura from rehearsal gave me a lift to my car. What a nice lady : ) She also stuck around and tried to do Helpful Things, and gave me a ride to NAPA and back. She wouldn't even accept my offer for lunch as partial restitution for her time. I'll have to try to think of something nice to do for her in future.
NAPA was fun. Decided on the 75-month battery, simply because it has more Cold Cranking Amps. What a fun term to say: "Cold Crankin' Amps." Say it. Feels good, doesn't it? Also picked up a stainless steel wire brush and some spark pluggies.
My car was parked next door to an auto repair shop, so Helpful Men occasionally stepped out to see how I was doing. One even installed the new battery for me (thanks, Gary!). I think they were just getting off work, because I stepped inside once we were done to grab a business card, and let's just say that their choice of incense is, well, kind
. As I was leaving, I saw another guy walking in with a suitcase of beer.
I felt so good about having a working car, that I stopped at another
auto-parts place on my way home, and picked up a new air filter. A most helpful employee, John, offered to help me install it. He also helped me find the cool doohickey I needed to change my sparkplugs. He also speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Bosnian, will be opening a store in Puerto Rico in a couple months, and seems to want to date me pretty badly :P
Why do men always hit on me when I'm sans
makeup, my hair's a mess, and I'm wearing old clothes and doing something silly, like working on my car?
Ah, well. It was flattering, anyway. I installed the filter and pluggies, and now my car sounds happier (read: quieter).
Evidently, my DNA is hiding a y chromosome somewhere which would not be denied! So I went to Home Depot and picked up a new female aerator for my sink (the old one was dead, and spraying water everywhere-- I have a leaky faucet, and need to clean my kitchen so that Mr. Landlord can take care of it, but this will help in the meantime), and big fat roll o' duct tape. Nothing says manly like duct tape, y'know.(Nearly a Month of) Belateded Birthamadays:December
- Sparky the Butcher
- Not Your Girly
- Missing InactionJanuary
- Duchess Webb
I can't believe I'd gotten so far behind!Warm Welcomes:allynchrishaaslandocalrissianjudasmissjustine
Pleased tameetcha!Linkies of the week-o:http://www.mvm.com/mvmhome/jsp/home.jsp
Make your own model! Mine's not perfect (my actual arms and thighs are fatter, my waist is smaller, and my skintone is lighter), but I'm amazed at how close they can get in ten easy steps. Damned creepy, really.http://www.orisinal.com/games/stars.htm lizvang
Oh, how sweet. Possibly the most beautiful and endearing flash game I've ever seen.http://www.orisinal.com/games/snowbowling.htm lizvang
Another flash game from the same folks-- lotsa fun : )http://www.student.city.ac.uk/~es119/imac.html my-friend-who-doesn't-have-an-lj
imac bashing at its best!http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/02/Jan/lotr.html rhiannonstone
Lord of the Rings, in under two hours. Perfect : )http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?itemid=19791840 tarpo
An entry that shows some of the possible costs of valuing security over freedom. Info-packed, and while a bit biased, still chilling.http://yugop.com/ver3/stuff/03/fla.html zztzed
I've seen quite a few of these real-time time-keepers of late, but this is the niftiest!http://www.poblano.com/ tiggertattoo
No it's not a broken link ; ) This is a hoot!
Well, it's time for me to get ready for the show. I'll throw the many tests in after an lj-cut tag so they don't litter up your friends page.
Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who know the value of Cold Crankin' Amps.( Collapse )