Black, white and red

Sure, the thermometer shows a temp in the upper 50s. You gonna believe me or your lyin' eyes?

Sure, the thermometer shows a temp in the upper 50s. You gonna believe me or your lyin’ eyes?

As the dark days of winter loom I’ve been tormenting people on Facebook and Twitter with photos of a sunny, warm Albuquerque, so it’s only fair that last night Herself and I both felt a tad chilly under just a sheet and lightweight bedspread, and this morning it was sprinkling as I backed the Forester out of the garage for its date with the Subaru wizards at Reincarnation.

Cycling home from the shop in a chilly breeze I had to stop to beef up my kit, pulling on a light jacket, long-fingered gloves and tuque. Happily, the rain cut me some slack and I got home without a soaking. Also without photos. I’m not good enough with Photoshop to turn today’s gray skies blue.

There’s a bit of red in the old fiscal picture, though. Subie wants a new driveshaft. Owie. I guess I’m lucky to have avoided a long walk home from this last trip to Bibleburg, the only one in recent memory in which a bicycle didn’t come along for the ride.

Meanwhile, how refreshing to find out that a Bush really doesn’t want the job before we give it to him: “Contributors detected little urgency in his voice, and some were taken aback when Mr. Bush announced that he had an hour free on his schedule and was going to go work out.”

Remember, this is the smart one.

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16 Responses to “Black, white and red”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Driveshaft? Holy High Mileage, Batman. How many miles you got on that beast?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Y’know, K, not that many. The beast is still in the shop, but I think about 115K is all. Herself’s Outback still had a functional driveshaft (but not much else) when we donated it to KUNM. What the hell causes a driveshaft to fail so soon?

      Hm. It occurs to me that our mechanic may have heard the driveshaft going a while back. He mentioned during the last oil change that he thought he heard a wheel bearing inching toward giving up the ghost, but couldn’t quite ID which one, and we agreed to deal with it down the road but somebody (ahem) never quite got around to it. Whaddya wanna bet it was the DS spazzing out in the tunnel? I’d heard some minor heat-shield rattle for a while, but anyone who’s driven an old Toyota truck gets used to that.

      • khal spencer Says:

        We don’t drive the Subies enough to pile up a 100k of miles, so I’m surprised at the failure but don’t have a database.

        The Tacoma has 325k on it and still runs well. My Porsche 951, now owned by my buddies Harvey and Diane up here, has 160k on it with the original drive shaft. They should not blow up so soon.

      • Herb Clevenger Says:

        What year is the Subie? It seems that up until 2011 they were infamous for expensive drivetrain and head gasket repairs. Of which I paid with gritted teeth. No longer. Even in Michigan winters front wheel drive with a set of fresh Blizzak snow tires will get you through all but the worst of weather. I like a lot of things about Subaru vehicles but being trouble free isn’t one of their draws for us anymore.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Facebook? WTFO? Thought you gave it up for lent, or something?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aw, I got sucked back in for one of my part-time jobs. I try to keep my participation to a minimum, but I have plenty colleagues, friends and in-laws hanging around there, so it still remains something of a time-suck. I may have to give it the heave-ho again.

  3. Libby Says:

    Do driveshafts fail more often in an AWD vehicle? In a Subaru?

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Driveshafts (or really half-shafts, as they usually drive just one wheel of FWD cars) usually last a long time unless the rubber boot over the joint gets damaged or just rots, letting grease out and contaminants in. You get plenty of warning as the clicks or clunks are more pronounced the farther the front wheels are turned, but eventually you hear it all the time as the joint continues to fail. Anyone who ignores the racket and just keeps driving might find themselves pulling a bike out of the back or walking, but most get ’em replaced long before that. I hope your 2nd car’s convenience factor will outweigh the $9K a year in average cost of ownership?
    JEB! can’t believe how hard this prez deal is, after all his idiot brother won the big prize twi….well, once. The guy who scares me is Rubio – looks like a nice enough guy and the way he delivers the standard Rethug line-of-crap makes it sound sort of reasonable. Our only hope if he gets the Rethug nod is that Latinos’ traditional dislike of Cubans prevails?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Funny thing was that I got next to no racket out of mine. An occasional vaudevillian “badaboom” in first gear when letting out the clutch from a dead stop. No rimshot, though (kisssh).

      I was hoping for something with a little less drama in it. As the saying goes, “Hope in one hand, shit in the other, and see which one fills up faster.”

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Speaking of cold, we have 58 degrees, rain, and sleet. It’s a dark, cold and cloudy day.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Some great comments on the Republican debate on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me today.

  7. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Meanwhile, Bro Pierce http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a39306/osama-bin-laden-times/ goes off the cliff? In this case the Obama administration antics were no better than the previous tenant of the White House. I wonder what ol’ Charlie would have said had Osama been murdered by Bush/Cheney? And now “Mr. End-the-Wars” has boots on the ground in Syria? Can you say “mission creep”? Proves the old saying about power corrupting I guess?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I think it is more about a lawyer in charge. Lots of thinking and deliberations, point, counterpoint, briefs, and then arguments. Then he does what they wanted him to do in the first place. I like the guy. He is a real human being in the oval office, instead of that stiff talking puppet we had before him. But, I believe he left his cojones at the door. My advice? First thing he needs to do is fire Ash Carter. Then close Gitmo simply by emptying it.

  8. Miss A. Says:

    Loved my Subaru Forester, then at about 62,000 mi. needed a new transmission! WTF! No kids or dogs so it was immaculate, got rid of it asap, and bought an old person’s car, Toyota Camry in silver. Even got an automatic. Great car. But will never buy that color car again. Have a hard time finding it in a parking lot, and with no antenna to put a flower on it, it’s challenge, LOL…….

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