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Truck all fixed...

May 21, 2007 11:11 AM

Got the rear “spider” gears installed in my truck’s differential yesterday and it works fine.

Of course the first thing out of my wife’s mouth was “So when are you going to start taking her down again?” or something functionally equivalent to that.

I reminded her that a lot of the things she’s been able to just up and buy lately are due to the amount of money we’re saving on gas. Let’s see....$30/week (max) for the bike versus $70/week for the truck. Yeah I think I’ll continue riding the bike. ^_^

It was funny test-driving the truck yesterday. I didn’t feel comfortable driving it. It felt too old and stale and I think I know why. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable on four wheels ever again. It sounds kinda cliche’ but it’s true. Now that I’m riding the bike I want to ride it all sorts of places. It feels strange to me to be so “inactive” when I drive a four wheeled vehicle. Even having a manual transmission on the truck didn’t seem all that active.

And honestly I prefer it that way on some level.

I watched the first 13 episodes of the anime “Please teacher!” last night. (Spoilers follow) In it the main character, and another, have what are called “standstills” where their bodies shut down and they go into a state of complete suspended animation - sometimes for years at a time. One of the things that the main character told himself over and over was that he had to keep moving forward, that he couldn’t stop, otherwise he’d go into a “standstill” again.

And that struck me because it’s exactly how I feel on a regular basis. Like if I don’t keep moving forward I’ll stop cold and just be stuck in the same place. And I don’t want that. It might have been something I wanted years ago but I know that in the end it’s not a good thing so I need to make sure it doesn’t happen.

So...I keep learning and wishing and planning and dreaming and loving and...well...living. That also sounds very cliche’ but it’s also true regardless of how it sounds. The hard part is which direction to go or to try and expand on all fronts...

Stalled on the webcomic script again. I think it’s partly because I haven’t found somebody to draw it yet. If somebody knows an artist who can use the files from the Mac program CopyWrite and is looking to maybe partner with someone else please let me know.

Something that’s been happening less and less if me cringing at my bad memories. It’s almost like as I get stronger they get weaker. I still have moments where I stop and have the physical urge to curl up into a little ball but they don’t happen near as often as they used to and I usually don’t let people see them. I don’t know why I’m even talking about them here...

Waiting for my new soldering station to arrive. I got a Hakko 936 model station and ordered a couple of kits off of Ramsey Electronics to get my hand back in. One standard soldering kit and one surface mount kit. So we’ll see how well I do with those. I’ve got a fair amount of circuits that I want to try out but that’s down the road.




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