I know, I know, it’s been a hot second since my last update, but I was hoping to have something more impressive to talk about… but I think my tittle for this post says it all.
As you may recall, one of the many ways I am keeping my unemployed self busy is working on my house. Well the door into my sunroom/current kitchen had seen better days. The door it’s self was starting to rot away, and the door casing wasn’t in any better shape… And since we are planning an replacing all of the siding on the house, I might as well go ahead and rip it all out and start from the studs. While doing this I found the above, a 2.5 foot hornets nest. No clue how long it’s been there, but thank god it was abandoned. I found it on day one of this project. The siding is still off on day 8 of the project, but in my defense, it’s been cold and rainy.
I have however replaced the custom door and added a screen door. I have a new rule for houses though, no more weird angles on doors.
Speaking of frustrating projects that are taking way longer than they should… I have been working on Jeff (the jeep). He has the worlds most frustrating vibration. He does fine at low speeds, but when he gets up to about 43 miles an hour, he vibrates uncontrollably. At first I thought it might be as simple as needing my tires rotated and balance. I mean he sat on his tires for 2 years (I’d like it to be noted that they never went flat). So I got the tires rotated and balance. No dice.
So the universal joints are next on the hit list. I have had 7 trips to town for parts. We have done the universal joints on the rear drive shaft. Once again, no dice.
We pulled the front drive shaft off 3 days ago, it has a CV joint that according to all 4 auto part stores in town it shouldn’t have. Trying to get new universal joints into the CV joint has been a challenge. That being said I also now know (after driving it around without a front drive shaft) that the vibration is not coming from the front drive shaft. So once I get that put back on, we’ll be doing the universal joints on the front wheels.
Side note, I have also fixed the transmission leak. It was just a bad gasket on the pan. So I pulled it off, replaced the filter and put a new gasket on it. Unfortunately I forgot to put the magnets back in the pan… I blame YouTube for leaving that step out of the instructions…. And no I am not opening it back up just to put the magnets back in… it’ll be fine… right? Maybe I’ll go back eventually if I need to deal with it.
Speaking of things that needed to be dealt with, we did not have chalk for the dart scoreboard. I did however have a box of 1 inch chalk for marking floors while rigging at work. So I did what any logical individual would do, I used a Japanese saw to cut the chalk into quarters. I want it to be noted that no alcohol was involved in this process and no blood was spilled.
Speaking of processes that shouldn’t involve alcohol, I have also been devoting a few hours a day to harassing my elected officials. I saw a meme a few weeks back that I am taking to heart. of course I can’t find it now, but it read, “Don’t let the current world break you, let it radicalize you.”
I don’t think believing we should have a better social safety net is all that radical of a concept, but as long as I am unemployed I am going to be loud about how broken the system is. I can tell you that my senator and representative at the federal level have wonderful form letters that they use to respond when you email and they don’t answer their phones. That being said I am still calling and emailing them everyday. I’m going to end up on a list somewhere, but hopefully it’s a list of “annoyingly persistent constituents who won’t shut up until we appease them”.
I’m not going to preach my politics at you all, but if you are fed up with the system, and find yourself with some spare time, feel free to use the below link to track down the individuals who represent you.
Speaking of fed up, I believe the tiny terrorist is over my shit. Or at least a few days ago he haphazardly packed his suitcase, dragged it out of his room and started demanding to go to his grandmothers. Luckily she was interested in a visit and that’s how Pretty Lady and I got a childless evening… How did we spend it you ask? simple, we went grocery shopping, took the long way home (like an extra hour of driving long way), and then she watched me fail at cooking something new… I have also been doing a lot of that recently…
Well friends, That’s it for my adventures as of late!
Days Unemployed: 28
Unemployed adventure points earned on this update: 13 points for Tiny Terrorist going to time out (1 each), 2 points for completing notable steps on the house (1 for each door on the sun room), 2 points for getting exiled to the garage by the pretty lady (face licking to wake someone up is cute when a dog does it, not when I do it), 1 point for YouTube lying about how to change the filter in my transmission.
To see the full list of how I can earn points, check out: http://amanajeepnorealplan.com/tylers-coronavirus-unemployment-adventure-point-system/
This Update’s total points: 18
Total to date: 57
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