Monthly Archives: October 2011

I know this may surprise some, but not surprise others, but I like this song.

For those of you that know me; can you believe that? I like a rave song. WHAAAAAT. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I like lots of music. From Metallica, to Luther Vandross and Robert Rich to Anthrax and Public Enemy, my taste in music runs the gamut and then some.

I first heard this song on a Go Pro commercial for a waterproof sports camera. I thought it was pretty cool, so I thought I would Google it and find out if there was any information on it. Just as I’d hoped, there was plenty and I found out the artist (Skrillex) and some information about that piece and others by him.

Take a listen. You never know you may like it too. 😉

Star Date: 12 October in the year 2011

I had to step back and reassess my situation. It looked like I was making more of a mess than I thought. I had to remind myself that as with most things it was going to get worse before it gets better.

Maybe you’ve been in a situation similar to this. You take on a project and for you to do it, you have to demolish the old to bring in the new. Well for a minute while I’m in this step the old looks like I’ve made a BIG mistake. It looks like I’ve bitten of more than I can chew. That’s where I was on Sunday. Even though I was taking notes, tagging wires and taking lots of pictures; it just felt, for a split second, that I was going to blow it. I kept thinking that I had this mess of wires and cables and wouldn’t be able to figure it out. Remember what I said in my other post about patience. Lesson number 1.

I spent much of Sunday, too much of Sunday, just looking at the engine bay. Too afraid to go any farther and unsure if I could return everything to the way it was before. As I always try to espouse to others, never quit. I have to remind myself of that at times as well. It can be difficult even for the person that came up with the mantra. This has been as much of a mental exercise as one of skill and technique. I lack some of the know how, but the information that I have gleaned from various parts of the internet have made the task seem less daunting.

This makes me wonder, what types of projects have you taken the plunge with and have had similar experiences. I would love to hear some of your stories. Perhaps we can learn from each other.

Always Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

Star Date: 11 October in the year 2011.

The other day I spent a few hours doing what appeared would only take a few minutes. I had to drain the radiator on the truck. All the information I could find, just said open the petcock and drain the coolant. Event two main post that I’m following had this in generalities.

I had to look up where the petcock would be, what it would look like, etc. Finally found it and I had to move 3 pipes, a canister, a fan shroud and a few other things just to get to it. For anyone that may come across this post in conjunction with some other great ones, the petcock is at the lower corner of the radiator on the drivers side of the car. It is off white in color and needs about half a turn to allow the coolant to flow. This year truck doesn’t have a drain hose, so have a couple buckets or pans handy as it will drain from a couple different spots right in front of the tire.

It took a while but I got it done. Actually it took more time to get everything that I took loose to get to the petcock. In the end, I learned a few things. One thing I did learn is that this is definitely going to be a true test of patience. I plan to enjoy the process and when I get frustrated to stop and step back and take my time. I have to remember I’m not in a big rush. The most important thing is that the repair be done, and I have the benefit of the truck working more like it is supposed to, or at least as close as possible to that.

I’m not sure if I will be adding a new entry on the blog about the truck, everyday, but we will see how that goes.

Always Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

Today after getting off of work, I went by the Harbor Freight Tools store to get a couple tools that I needed to work on the pickup truck. No big deal just a few deep sockets, that I didn’t have. Well after picking up the items and looking around a bit more, I made my way to the front registers. There were two open, one by a lady that seemed like she didn’t want to be there. She was grumbling and complaining. The other was by a lady that at least appeared pleasant. You could even here a smile in here voice. I chose her line.

As I laid my items on the counter, she begins to ring them up. While she is doing that, I tell her that I’m going to take the little hand cart that I used while shopping and put it back by the front door. She immediately turns around and watches and says that I’m the only person she has seen put the carrier back. Now the counters are real small in this type of store so I ask her where do people usually leave them. She says they leave them right on the counter and she has to put them away. She said she realizes it is part of her job, but it is a hassle. She even told me about a customer, who came to her line, had a bunch of items she rang up and bagged, then tried to use a coupon that expired a day before. Now if you know Harbor Freight and their sales, you know that everything in these stores is on sale most of the time. If the coupon is expired, give it a few days, or weeks and it will be on sale again. Or just go to the store while the coupon is still GOOD.

She said this customer, just left everything on the counter and was mad at her and stormed out of the store, leaving all of their sacks. She commented that she often gets customers like that and sometimes she gets ones like me that make the process easier. I told her I appreciated the compliment, but I have worked at retail jobs and have wished the customers would be more courteous. I know the saying about the customer is always right, but what the heck, I’m not in retail anymore so I don’t have to follow the party line. Whatever happened to genuine courtesy from one to another. Just because someone is working at a business, doesn’t mean they deserve to be treated badly. They are human, just as I and deserve my respect as long as I receive theirs.

As I said this made me think that we need to treat each other better. Now I’m not speaking about going around with a perpetual stupid looking smile on your face and getting used and screwed by everyone around. I’m speaking of kindness. Kindness as a customer, kindness as a worker, kindness, as a citizen, kindness as a…human. I’m confident that if you give it and make yourself available to receive it, it will return to you in more ways than one. Be good to each other.

Always remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

My brother, Kevin Washington, was selected by his peers at Diplomat Pharmacy in Flint, MI, to participate in a pie making contest. He told us a few weeks ago about doing this, but initially he wasn’t going to do it. At the last minute, as my younger bro is prone to do, he decided to enter the contest. He entered a caramel apple pie. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Now Kevin has long been know to be a great baker, so we hoped he would do well. He told us what time they were having the judging at the Flint Farmer’s Market and my wife Amy and I decided to go and support him.

Once we got there, we saw a panel of three judges and seven entered pies by the contestants. Just like on those shows on the Food Network, I was trying to gauge how the judges liked it by there reactions and if they cleaned their plates or not. That didn’t really seem to help a lot. One of the judges was almost licking the plates and one was taking the smallest of bites from each pie. The other judge fell in the middle somewhere with her style of judging. The audience could test out a few of the pies and make our vote but not all the pies. My brothers pie was only on the judges table so we had no first handle knowledge of how it would taste or if we needed to start mean muggin some of the judges. After a few tense moments (tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock) and teeth grinding the results were in.

Third place went to a pretty lattice topped apple pie, CRAP. Maybe they won’t want anymore apple pie. Second place…wait for it, the apple pie presented by, drum roll please, KEVIN WASHINGTON. First place went to a nice lady with a pumpkin pie, but I will be honest I was barely listening at this point. I was so happy for him. They had it set up that after the judging, members of the audience would be able to try out the pies. By now I can’t wait.

I didn’t try all of them, but I tried Kevin’s. It was GOOOOOOOOOOOD. It had a nice flaky, buttery crust, and a nicely sweet filling and wouldn’t you know it it was still warm. The temperature made it feel like you were eating pie at home and not at the local Farmer’s Market. I asked him how did he keep it warm but I won’t give out his trade secret. For me that made a big difference. All the other pies were cool in terms of temperature. Kevin’s pie just needed some ice cream. ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Oh, had to catch myself there. My eyes were rolling to the back of my head for a minute just thinking about it. Whew.

Well enough of me talking about it, Congratulations Kevin. You did yourself proud. Just remember us little people when you make it to the big time and are on Food Network, or getting one of those giant checks.

Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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