May 6th, 2005

The gentleman is always properly dressed

Pimp my ride, I dare you

I was thinking that while I'm here in the provinces, I would take advantage of the opportunity to have my beat up well loved ride gone over. The verdict was not encouraging. While I can now properly latch my hood and surprise my fellow Massachusettsians with [*gasp*] turn signals, most of the more tragic mechanical problems remain untended. I need not one, but two new mufflers, my shocks and struts are shot or going, and there's a very real possibility that my clutch will go within the year. Not even taking into account the rust that's making it look a lot like a Russian tramp steamer, I'm probably looking at $1600.00 in repairs.

Incidentally, rust and corrosion are related to most of my problems. The car has seen a few too many New England winters and the parts are wearing down in response. Now, I've got the unenviable choice of spending money I don't have to keep this car going until it inevitably fails again, or spending money I don't have to buy a brand new ride.

In other news, this was my contribution to 7shots this week. Enjoy.
Killing Buddha

Membah this?

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in an attempt to cripple the US in the Pacific. The US was united in common cause and mobilized for war.

In May, 1945, Germany surrendered. In August of that same year, Japan capitulated as well. A little under four years into the US involvement in the conflict, the war was over.

~*~

On November 11, 2001, Al-Quaeda terrorists targetted the World Trade Center in an attack that has been oft compared to Pearl Harbor. The US was united in common cause and mobilized for war.

In May, 2005, we have succeeded in toppling two governments, one of which was attacked solely on the presumption that it might have the means and intent to eventually do us harm, have not brought the individuals responsible for the 9/11 attack to justice, and our specialist troops are now tied up in shit garrison duty.

I am by no means a pacifist, but I really, really dislike when our armed forces are used poorly.

Ok, I'm done.