Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Jeep Saga continues...

Day 2:
I picked up the starter from the parts store. Hurried past the dead Jeep, eyes averted. Went inside to write, instead of fighting with rounded-off bolt holding starter to Jeep.

Day 3:
Pretended Jeep was fine. Worked on ms. Thinking I'm onto something--writing as avoidance activity...

The trick is to be avoiding something so assiduously that even writing is preferable.

Day 4 and 5:
Investigated more ways to remove bolt, once bolt head is useless. Hung out at autoparts store, picking over twitchy CarQuest guy's brains. Bought more tricksy bolt-extraction tools. Wrote some more.

Day 6:
Called Pater and whined.
Got one bolt out. One down, one to go. Victory!
Now it's only a matter of time.

I hate this. I hate working on cars. I loathe being cold and greasy.


Anonymous said...

I'm recalling a scene in M*A*S*H w/ Klinger sitting on a nice picnic blanket, the jeep behind him. He's cross-legged and has a bowl of nuts and bolts in front of him.

He begins to gulp them, one at a time. He does this out of desperation, of course.

But it just brought up an interesting/funny visual of you, Mac :)

Anonymous said...

Um, Mac, did you remember to pick up WD-40? Bolts go better with WD-40. Bird of Prey

Anonymous said...

You hate wrenching your JEEP?!?!?! That's what Jeeps are all about. Come on!!!!! :)

Tiny Terror - Jeep Junkie

Lori A. Basiewicz said...


Anonymous said...

Um, can't you just bring it to Home Depot?


Anonymous said...

You mean, Mac's supposed to bring the jeep to Home Depot? Whatcha talkin' about *G*

They take care of that kind of stuff in the appliance aisle? What a great idea...a time saver, Mac, hop on over...I didn't really mean it that way...