Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How I'm Paying for Christmas

One of the best gifts EVER is my pal's help fixing up my minivan. The deal was that I would do the work myself and pay a modest fee for his supervision and use of tools plus parts. The way I figure is I saved $700, but the the experience was invaluable.

Problemo uno:
My passenger side window fell down and went boom. But Todd-o, the Hubster, the mechanic, and I all propped it up each time it fell because what are friends for if not that? Guess what we used. WAIT! I'll show you.
See that? Sure you do. That white thing. Yup, just one of the many uses the wife of an archaeologist has for the many horse, cow, bob cat, deer, coyote, and random and sundry other bones junking up the place. That there bone held the winder up all week. It kep out de scoundrels who udderwise would pilfer the fortune in snack foods ground into the carpet and seeping into the seat stitching.

Problemo dos: The rear break pads needed replacing. This was the main event because it required the use of power tools. My son was giggly with excitement and my pal was uber patient. He probably gets giddy with power tools too. I mean, really, what's not to love? After the zip zip to the lug nuts, it was a bit of a let down when the boy had to rough things up. Even so, he did a right fine job listening to how greater surface area means greater friction means better braking.
That's the boy in his white soccer uniform. I just laugh at those laundry commercials in which mom bothers to think about grass stains and what not on jerseys. I tell my kids those stains are a badge of honor. I don't believe it, but that's what I tell my kids anyway.

I think it is cool that the boy and I rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty. At least I did until, well, check out what my buddy in the background did with his hands and his clothes.
Smarty britches. That's why he gets the big bucks.

Lessons Learned:
* Proper mechanic attire is a jumpsuit with latex glove accessories.
* Things won't be perfect. Things will get scratched. Seat heaters will go out.
* That orange mechanic soap hurts. Owie!
* Bones have use beyond yard litter.
* Yes we can, and we did.

Thanks Kurt!

2 comments:

  1. I have this squeak in the front of my car, darlin'. Could you take a look at it while you're in town?

    Everybody loves a girl in a jumpsuit.

    What a wonderful daughter! You didn't get that from me. You simply amaze me on a regular basis. I think you are so darn cool, I'm embarassed about it -- almost.

    Dad

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  2. Rock on, girlie! Remember the 69 chevelle I had in high school? Guess who did all the work? Yep. Me. I learned most parts come with instructions, a screwdriver is actually a multi-purpose tool, and when in doubt, tighten the battery cables. And sometimes it is more important to be cool than to look cool. Screw the coveralls, they chafe. Orange soap is better than Ajax....

    ~Tracy

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