Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I was testing some ecliipse glasses yesterday. My sister-in-law Joanne said “They’re neat; the sun looks like an orange dot.” So I went out in my mom’s apartment parking lot and, glasses on, I looked straight west, at the last blazing part of the day, around five thirty p.m. Sure enough, the sun looked like an orange dot.
“That’s amazing,” I thought, and then, as if to compare and contrast, or prove I hadn’t been tricked, I took the glasses off. The resultant streaks of retinal scorching lasted a good half-hour.
Goldie’s radiator cracked on the highway while I was driving to Chattanooga yesterday. I was going 70 mph and I saw the temperature gauge was all the way up. I remembered that a sign said NEXT EXIT 6 MILES but I didn’t remember when I saw it, or if it was a good exit, or one of those that’s a turn off for two towns you wouldn’t want to go to.
But I lucked out and I got it into the parking lot of a Chevron in Poplarville, Mississippi. I have good roadside assistance from my insurance, but the tow truck came from Picayune (25 miles away) to take me up the road to Culpepper’s Automotive Services (maybe a quarter mile up the road. I possibly could have driven that far but you see how porely Goldie was feeling at that time).
Anyway, I’m happy to say that other than my radiator blowing up, I was blessed with repeated good fortune that day. The mechanic at Culpepper’s said if O’Reilly had a 1999 Ford Ranger radiator he could put it in in an hour. They did and he did. This shop was so good I feel like I should just take my truck to Poplarville whenever I need something.
We took it for a half-hour test drive in the country. The mechanic kept pointing out fallen trees where less lucky drivers had left the road. So I thought it was fine. It did overheat again an hour down the road. The thing is, he fixed what was broken but it is still not running right. Mostly, somehow turning the AC on made the motor overheat fast. So I had to pull over, turn off the AC, and rev the motor. You can watch it cool down when you do this. (It’s just blowing air through.) But worse, there’s a transmission problem because I think the transmission fluid is overheating. Did you know the transmission fluid is routed by the radiator? I didn’t.
Anyway, I spent $900 on this and another shop visit on Tuesday so I just wanted to stop hemorrhaging money and get home to Chattanooga. So with the windows down (until my hair started to hurt) and no radio, I drove the remaining 5 hours to my childhood hometown, where I missed my exit and got lost in a truck that won’t shift properly and finally arrived at Mom’s thirteen hours after I started.
I’m still pleased with the work. I really liked this shop, it was very clean and nice inside, with a case of arrowheads and fossils to look at and characters to talk to.Also four beautiful small goats grazing in the junkyard.
OK. one little work drawing, from when I was waiting for a site to build.
I’ve stopped drawing at work, mostly. My boss told me she was tired of my little people.
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