Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Other Options - 1969 Bluebird School Bus

Only $875 and it runs!  This bad boy isn't far from my parents house in San Diego and I possibly could've been picked on and generally abused, while riding it as a child!  Too bad there's certain weight "rules" or we could all race this at the same time.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Other Options - Ice Cream truck

George had mentioned a stereo that would play Ice Cream truck music but really if we were to switch cars we probably couldn't get anything together until Buttonwillow in August.  And what do you need in the central valley in August?  Ice Cream Truck!   This ones a bit out of our price range but if we could sell the rims for $4000?....maybe.....or  vans with V8 engines seem to be a dime a dozen, maybe a simple conversion?

Other Options-1967 Vanden Plas Austin Princess

Well, since I'm avoiding the car.  I started thinking of what we'd do if we went with something else. I came accross this on ebay.  Definitely a way bigger headache than an RX7 but we'd have class.  It runs , is in Santa Paula and the bidding is only at $300.

Avoiding the car - What's the deal with the Honda Ridgeline tailgate!?!

Okay, I've been trying not to  think too about the car.  I've actually been trying to get some art done and avoiding the car has inspired my practice.  I've also, been dealing with a little dose of credit card fraud.....fun. so...

What's the deal with the Honda Ridgeline Tailgate?
I've been kind of craving a truck lately.  Although, I still find the 1991 Toyota Previa to be the most perfect vehicle ever but maybe when it hits 250,000 something might go wrong with it? So, I've been looking around.
     I liked the idea of a Ridgeline.  It's just ugly enough and it's a honda.  BUT then I saw the tailgate!  It's like 2" shorter than the sides of the truck.  What in the heck?  It looks like they ordered the wrong part.  Supposedly it's because there's a blind spot behind you  BUT couldn't they have figured it out earlier?  What else did they miss and have to add at the last second?  Just lower the sides two inches (they look goofily high).  It messes with the lines of the whole vehicle.  I wouldn't even expect something like this from an American truck, and it they did do it they would have the decency to at least put a plastic chrome bit on the corners so it would look like they did it on purpose.
 So, based on that the ridgeline is off my list....sorry ridgeline

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

the car's back - Minor Threat

I got the car back yesterday and can't say I'm thrilled to see it.  

This morning, I needed some motivation.  So I put on Minor Threat's complete discography cd to get me moving (actually, I played it on my ipod, but that's a different post).  It did.  This was the first CD I ever purchased way back in 1991(?).  I was a teeny bit of a hold out when it comes to CDs and I can't say I will miss them.  At the time, the complete discography made the conversion worth it, I had all the lps/eps but I was in grad school and as I've learned over and over again, playing vinyl while working in my studio is a horrible idea.  

So, the team is still recovering from our collapse.  People are coming together and sort of enthused but also need a little of a time out.   I think some of us are going to tear apart this engine and look at it.  There's an extremely slight chance we can get it running.  Then again taking it apart is free.

party with me punker,
Surly Captain

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

Cliches I learned to believe in 2008

  • Use the right tool for the right job
  • If it aint broke don't fix it
  • Don't force it
  • Look before you leap
  • don't bring a spoon to a gun fight