Monday, March 3, 2014

Poor People and Their Poor Ways

Set out last Thursday to visit the grandkids, and, of course, youngest son (the Medic) and FDIL (favorite daughter in law). Made it 13 miles when the spark plug blew out of #1 cylinder. Should have known, bought the truck from an automotive school student. The good part was not having it happen in the middle of Wyoming along Interstate 80.

All fixed now, fresh oil change, new plugs, new distributor cap, and new rotor. The truck is running strong. Good tires, backed up with snow chains, and my winter survival gear is aboard. Plan to leave Thursday for a few days.

(Note to all burglars; the premise is still occupied by three adults and a mean dog. The two cats are not friendly, either)

Winter survival gear: Sleeping bag, foam pads, extra boots, extra clothes, the year around well stocked B.O.B., and food and water.

I’ve been accused of over thinking winter travel in Wyoming. Guilty as charged. I’ve been snowed on every month of the year in that state. My superstition is you will never need what you have with you, but you will need what you don’t have with you.

As my late maternal Grandfather was fond of saying, “I don’t care if you go naked, but take ALL your possibles.”

Lovely scenery.


http://www.wyoroad.info/highway/webcameras/I80Wamsutter/I80WamsutterAll.html



Light blogging and commenting after Wednesday unless I borrow a computer.

7 comments:

  1. Have a safe journey. My hubby is one of those very well prepared guys. He takes a pack with him even on a short day hike. We have blankets and water and other things we might need in the car at all times. He makes me feel safe. :)

    Drive carefully. Don't flash the traffic. :-D

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  2. Thanks you for the kind thoughts, but I need something to flash, to be a flasher.

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  3. Have a safe trip, and glad it broke EARLY rather than later...

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    1. Thank you. Been an expensive past few days with three vehicles needing work.

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  4. One thing you know for sure....it wasn't high compression that blew the spark plug out!! ;-)

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    1. SNORT! It was the failure of a good, tight cross thread. The solution was to rethread the spark plug hole. Done by a retired service manager with the best equipped shop this side of Jay Leno's garage. Didn't cost me much in money, but a very high price in verbal bashing. He was getting even for a past remark on my part. He, and his top mechanic, were trying to solve some complex problem, and having a difficult time. Being helpful, I asked, "Have you thought about sending it out to a real mechanic?"

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