July 1st, 2014

Macbeth the Usurper

Camp Part 2

Well, my daughter, Miss Dash loves her Chinese camp and I am very happy. We feared the worst.

Writing is going into the bucket these days. Miss Dash is now waking up very early and getting into bed, which makes writing hard. My strategy for years had been, "Wake up early and avoid everyone." That's not working so well these days. I'll try and fill in some in the evenings, but we tend to have family things in the evening. I have pushed into weekends, where I hadn't been writing before, and that's helped pick up some time.

I've sent my car off to the shop to get the muffler replaced. I look forward to a quieter car. With a broken muffler, you get all the cool loudness of a high-powered sports car without any of the advantages. So yeah, I sound cool, but I don't get anything out of it.

After my car gets fixed, Jenny's car needs maintenance and an emissions inspection.

We've had friends helping. Everything would be so much tougher without friends. Yay for Jenny being able to make friends far better than I do.
Macbeth the Usurper

Mr. Almost Classic Car

My almost-classic-car needs a bit of work. I knew about the muffler. I knew about the bad tired. I had forgotten about the leaking front axle. I don't want to hear anything said about the timing belt.

The muffler and the tires had to get done. Sold.

I'm putting off the leaking axle until it starts complaining. It's just a few hundred bucks. My car is mostly a beater these days, so the chances of catastrophe are small.

Both wheel wells are now rusting. I have a hold in one passenger side door. Two locks don't work. The remaining lock hates to work in the winter. The wheel lock sometimes goes crazy.

The timing belt + all the stuff that ought to go with it can go to hell. The belt will cost a pretty penny, but if you'r doing the belt, there's a bunch of others things to do while you're at it. That's a huge percentage of a car payment.

But aha, you say, if my timing belt goes out, my engine dies. Well, sorta. I have a non-interference engine, which means losing the timing belt doesn't kill the engine. That means that replacing the timing belt later isn't really more expensive than replacing it now. Gotta love those Subaru 2.2L boxers.