Wednesday, December 17, 2008


An update, of sorts

My back: much better but not perfect. I had some x-rays done and there was nothing that showed a real problem there. There's really no reason to do a MRI. Even if it were a herniated disc, many of those fix themselves within a few months (but I really don't have those symptoms). I've been seeing a physical therapist and the things she was able to do have helped out.

My PhD program: much better, but not perfect. Apparently, telling my adviser that I agreed when she said that maybe she shouldn't be my adviser any more was a real wake up call. But I think it was a wake up call for the both of us. We've both changed a number of things, including the way we interact. She is going to remain my adviser through the rest of the program (or so it would appear for now). And I FINALLY have a dissertation proposal idea approved! I can finally start working for reals on a dissertation.

My cars: um yeah. Still waiting on a rim for the Daytona. But in driving the truck, I've noticed some issues. I really need to get the transmission mount fixed and the engine pushed back into the correct position. I "fixed" the oil pan gasket once already but I'm going to have fix it again. One of these days I'll have a vehicle that doesn't need work all the time and I will enjoy it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Some nice things

Apple video adapter

Oil Pan Gasket for the truck

Kit to rebuild both doors in the truck - DEK 3110 61

Baffled Oil Pan

Rebuilt Turbo

Ported Exhaust Manifold


It's Back!

I have a difficult time sleeping in winter. I really wish I knew why. Tonight seems like it is going to be an especially bad night. Yay.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Simple Man

You know how to keep me happy?

A generous supply of gas money and car parts.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


I hate Atlanta

I did something today that was my own fault. I'm going to blame it on Atlanta.

I hate Atlanta. I like our house. I like the people I work with (the people that are in the PhD program with me). But I can't stand this place. The thing I hate the most are the drivers.

I only have to drive 12 miles to work and 12 miles back home. But it doesn't matter what day of the week or time of day, you are going to see someone doing something really stupid with a car. I promise. Usually, the biggest issue is people who won't go. They won't go when they have right-of-way, the ywon't drive the speed limit, they stop then turn ... the list could go on and on.

Today I was following someone in a small foreign pickup who was driving just under the speed limit (on a road where most people go about 10 over) and they slowed down at a green light. Of course, because they slow down, the light turns red before we get there and neither of us make it through. The driver is turning left and I want to turn right. And instead of sitting in the left of the lane so someone can squeek by on the right (as most people turn right at this particular light), they sit in the middle of the lane. I decided to try to go by anyway. I hit the curb with the rim of my car, busted the rim, and flattened the tire.

It is my fault, but .... I just hate this place.

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