Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
fancy glass bowls,
wedding dioramas that he knocks off of shelves in order to lie in,
and springform pans (which he fits into quite well).
Friday, December 09, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
"Hey, how ya doin', my name is H. I'm a friend of Laura Murphy, and I'd like to talk to your guy who did the clutch on her Forester. I'll wait outside in the garage."
After a few minutes outside, I went back into the waiting room, and different guy, Dennis was at the counter. I repeated my request, and he said that he was the one working on Laura's clutch. I asked him what he replaced, and what kind of clutch kit he used.
He says, "Wait a second. Dis isn't your car.?"
I say, "I know. I'm her friend, and she asked to come and check to see what's up wit her car."
He responds, "Well, she didn't say anything to me about."
Dennis goes back in to call you, but got your voicemail. When he returns, we talk in the waiting area, which is a good thing because there are other customers there to witness our conversation. He seems much more receptive to talking about the issue.
I ask, "So whadaya think is wrong with dis thing?"
Dennis says, "It needs to break in. I been readin' on some of da forums and I think it could be the slave cylinder."
I asked, "Was da pedal stickin' to the floor?"
He says, "Before we get started, how much do you know about dis car?"
I respond, " Well, Laura told me that the engine was running but da clutch was slippin' so da car wasn't moving. Dis was when she had it towed back here da second time. But if da slave is losing pressure, den da clutch is engaged. So it sounds like she's describing clutch slippage. You replaced the everything in there, right?"
He says, "Yeah, da pressure plate, a new disc, da bearing, and dose two clips..."
I ask, "Ok, and everything's torqued down, right? Did you resurface the flywheel?"
Dennis says, "Na, it was good"
I reply, "Ok, so ya checked the runnout and it was good."
Dennis volunteers, " I've done like 20 of dese Subaru clutches."
I ask, "And da front of da trans. was dry?"
He says, "Yeah. We had dis damn thing on the floor and it didn't leak nothin'."
I nod and say, "Ok, it was completely dry. Dat's good. Now dere's a plate next to rear main and dat sometimes leaks."
He says, "Nope, it was completely dry. Man, I can't stand dese damn Subarus. Gotta reseal dis and dat."
Dennis continues, "Yo man, when we got dis thing, the clutch fork was hangin' off, dere was nothin' left in dere. The lip on the trans was swollen."
I ask, "Swollen? You're talking about da snout at the front of the trans.? It wasn't grooved?"
Dennis says, " Na, it was swollen. I don't know, maybe it overheated. You know, when I gave her a quote, I didn't know what I'd hafta do, so I had to cover myself. I thought we might hafta replace da trans."
I say, " Na, man, dese trannies don't die unless they run dry, and dis thing's not leakin' and it's not makin' any noise so it's fine. But yo man, I understand you gotta business to run, you just gotta make dis thing right for my friend Laura, and you've had dis thing for three weeks."
"He says, "I told her I couldn't fix it unless I could replicate the problem. It wasn't until I had my boy drive dis thing up to da Northeast that it started to act up. I think it might be losing pressure from the slave cylinder."
I ask, "So it happens only after it heats up?"
"Yeah, only after it's been driven awhile."
"Ok, it could be da slave. But that's easy enough to replace. It's right on top of the engine. Sometimes it can be the master. too. I've replaced slaves before and then wound up also having to replace the master."
"I thought dis just had one thing. Where is it? "
"Na, dere's a slave right on top the engine, and den a master up on the firewall next to da brake master. I don't know if her car has two air filters but if it does, den it's under the bigger air box right on top of the engine. Yo, but dis things drives fine until it heats up, right? --the clutch is smooth, right?
Dennis shrugs and says, "Yeah, it drives, but it bucks like when ya let out da clutch too fast. It needs to break in."
I say,"Na, a new clutch shouldn't do dat. I've worked on a lot of Subarus, too, man. If it's judderin' like that, den it's either the flywheel or you need to put a repair sleeve on da snout at the front of the trans. Cause, you know, if dere's a groove on da snout, da thow-out bearing moves around on it when you engage the clutch. Yo, man, I know it's a pain in the ass to split the tranny and engine, but you gotta make dis thing, right for your customer."
"Well, after we make a final determination tomorrow, I'll see if I need to order a slave and master cylinder. And if I need to drop the tranny, it's no big deal. It only takes me an hour, you know to drop the driveshaft and all"
I say, "Alright, Dennis, so you're gonna make dis thing right, right?"
"Yeah, I'll give her a call."
We shake hands, and I leave.
Monday, November 14, 2011
2. A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.
3. A question mark walks into a bar?
4. Two quotation marks “walk into” a bar.
5. A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink.
6. The bar was walked into by the passive voice.
7. Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
The future kid's room (for now, a staging area):
The dining area:
We have a pair of Ikea dining room chairs and an Ikea loveseat that are available (the chairs for free to family, and available now, the loveseat for a small amount and available once we get a real couch). Let me know if you're interested.
Ineptocracy (in-ept-o-cra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Well, at least the professional homeless know what they're doing. Apparently the professional protesters don't. When you are camped out in a park proclaiming the injustice of the gap between the haves and the have-nots and passionately insisting that the rich have a moral obligation to share their wealth with those who have less (meaning you) -- it should not take a whole lot of reasoning ability and self-awareness, not to mention media savvy, to realize that it might not be a great idea to refuse to share the organic chicken and sheep cheese that YOU have with people who don't even have homes.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The cows are really looking forward to the move. They've heard that the farmers in Canada are nicer than the farmers here.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Washington is smart. He sent Holland off to the cheers of the Texas crowd.
In one of those inspired innovations designed to keep American classrooms on the cutting edge of educational excellence, the administration has been sending Joe Biden out to talk to schoolchildren. Last week, it was the fourth grade at Alexander B. Goode Elementary School in York, Pa., that found itself on the receiving end of the vice president’s wisdom:
"Here in this school, your school, you’ve had a lot of teachers who used to work here, but because there’s no money for them in the city, they’re not working. And so what happens is, when that occurs, each of the teachers that stays have more kids to teach. And they don’t get to spend as much time with you as they did when your classes were smaller. We think the federal government in Washington, D.C., should say to the cities and states, look, we’re going to give you some money so that you can hire back all those people. And the way we’re going to do it, we’re going to ask people who have a lot of money to pay just a little bit more in taxes."
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
What think the rest of you? Got any plans for your baseball future?
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
I'll never forget the hoopla the Red Sox created when Ted Kennedy died. They called him a great American Hero.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
"An arrogant elite’s condescension toward the people — treating them as children who have to be jollied along — is one of the poisonous problems of our time. It is at the heart of the nanny state and the promotion of a debilitating dependency that wins votes for politicians while weakening society."
Thursday, September 29, 2011
It is designed to break your heart.
The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.
Today, it stopped, and summer was gone.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti.
2) Stupid assholes.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
"But despite the obvious importance of science, one group of people does everything in pure defiance of scientific methods: politicians.
What do politicians do when they think they have a great idea? They just go and implement it. It’s like someone thinking he’s got a cure for cancer and immediately injecting it into everyone he can. That’s a madman, not a scientist. You always have to at least try out your idea on monkeys to make sure it doesn’t kill them."
"So what we need to do is isolate part of the country to be the control group. They’ll be free from new taxes, won’t take part in government programs and regulations and can have all the guns they want. In the rest of America, politicians can go crazy with every Keynesian idea, ban trans fats and salt and just generally control everything. Then we can compare the results of the two groups and finally have a scientific answer on what works."
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/okay_so_let_try_real_science_wG03sB8eLQPoygAxguOA0K#ixzz1Xll8UFPT