If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten!
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
I work at iFixit, the online repair manual creator and parts/tool retailer in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s a pretty sweet gig; the people are cool, the atmosphere is relaxed, and we get a lot of flexibility in our lives. One of the projects we’re working on is building a race car for the 24 Hours of LeMons competition in March at Infineon Raceway.
It’s pretty exciting for someone who doesn’t really have much hands-on experience with the mechanics of cars. I’ve installed a few car stereos, speakers, and subwoofers myself, but never had the confidence to touch any of the engine components.
A couple of Saturdays ago, I replaced the clutch on the 1992 Volvo 240 wagon. Well, the team did it as a group, but I still took all the bolts off of the engine connecting the transmission, separated them, and hooked it all back up when we were finished servicing the clutch.
Typically, I wouldn’t have known how to do it, but the racing team captain, Scott Dingle, has done repairs on quite a few Volvos before, so I had a good mentor.
We’ve been filming around the repairs, and are going to be featuring episodes of each of the repairs on iFixit.org as we make a push to introduce automotive repair into the iFixit realm of possibility. I wrote the first blog post which will come out around the same time as our first episode. Basically, I touch on the concept of how similar cars and computers are. Look for it coming out in a week or two.
Tonight was good. We had a somewhat productive night at the Acting Troupe rehearsal even though David was in LA for the Rufus Wainwright concert. Which I knew all about, even before I texted him about how he wasn’t at rehearsal.
Anyway, just finished the latest Privates In Public sketch comedy. I am the main editor with help from the others in the group. But basically there is a need for someone to sit there all day in front of the computer cutting and editing this and that before the finished product we can all be proud of. So far, so good. There have been a few disagreements on how the entire thing should be run and operated, but on the whole we agree and have come up with some funny concepts. Nothing to be ashamed of, for sure. I am done today.