What Better Time to Learn?

I feel like I do a pretty go job with having manly hobbies.  Whittling? Check.  Camping?  Check.  Football?  Check.  Bear wrestling?  Double Check.  The one area I feel my manly skills are lacking is with cars.  I don’t really know anything about cars.  Well, I didn’t.  But, I decided to do something about it!  Roni and I are both in the last year of our academic programs, and we no longer have the ability to schedule around each other’s classes.  This created a bit of a problem.  I needed the car for work, and Roni needed the car to get to class.  If we lived somewhere without snow, I would just ride by bike to work and school.  However, I have little interest in riding my bike to work and school when the roads are slick with ice.  It looked like we were about to become a two-car family.

Well, as students (as I am sure you can remember), we didn’t have a lot of money to put towards a car.  We did a little bit of number crunching, and determined that we could spend no more than $1,000 on a car.  We figured that it really only needed to run until April, at which point we would graduate and move on to better things.

Not surprisingly, you can’t really get much for $1,000.  But in the midst ads like “Im seln mai 2004 kia.  It rnz RL Gr8, butt needz wrk bc I took out teh enjin and tranny and it dunt werk”  I would see a glimmer of hope.  I saw several ads for older Nissan/Datsun cars.  Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Datsuns because my very first car was a ’83 Datsun Sentra that had something like 250,000 miles on it.  I figured that older cars were mechanically simpler to work on, and that an older car would be a great chance for me to learn the ins and outs of how cars work.

After a few weeks, I found the car.  It was an old 1981 Datsun 280zx.  The seller assured me that the car ran great, except that it needed a new fuel pump.  I drove down to Nephi and took the car for a test drive.  The car only had 90,000 miles on it thanks to sitting in somebody’s yard for 15 years.  During the test drive, the car ran pretty well.  I wanted it.  I convinced myself I needed it.  I made a partial payment, with the rest due once they delivered the car.  The next day when I came home from work, I was greeted by this:

This makes me happy.

To be continued . . .



This week for my inequality class we read some writings by Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. I’d just like to say that sometimes classics are more interesting when you have CliffsNotes, and less interesting when you have to read the classics themselves.

Sorry, world.

P.S. I also have a lot of trouble following the plot in black & white movies. Think there’s a connection?

Cookie jar

Row 1: journal / book covers / print
Row 2: print / brooch / book
Row 3: illustration / bowl / rug
Row 4: bag / shoes / shawl
Row 5: diamond / print / necklace
Row 6: shirt / necklace / print