24 August 2006

I Might Be A Redneck

Jeff Foxworthy has said, "If your home is mobile, but your car isn't...you just might be a redneck." Well, I live in a trailer and my car's water pump just went out, so I guess I qualify for redneck status. Owning several flannel shirts doesn't help matters much. It's a good thing I can go "over yonder" and borrow my sister's car when I go to work. This car trouble has got me thinking, though. I don't know anything about cars. For example, when the water pump went out, all that I could gather from the situation was that my car got really hot all of a sudden, and then liquid started shooting out the front of the engine. It might be an interesting experience to pick up an old beater Nissan Z-car and spend some time with a shop manual and some tools tearing it up and figuring out how everything works. Or I could start out with something a little simpler and older, but the basic idea is the same, that being that I could gain some knowledge in an area that for me is pretty challenging and somewhat intimidating. My only problem is that our trailer park doesn't want to look like a trailer park, so we can't do any sort of mechanical work here at all. If you so much as lift your hood around here, the old manager dude comes out in his golf cart to tell you, "Better wrap it up. This is a respectable park, and we don't allow any mechanical work here. It says so on the rental agreement." So if I wanted to do anything like that, I'd probably have to take the car out to the farm to mess with it. The farm has advantages, such as a wealth of tools, my dad's mechanical knowhow, and a pleasant scent. We'll see if I actually get around to doing anything with it, but I've been thinking about it a bit lately.

I went to my doctor on a follow-up visit about some back pain I've been having, and he said my back hurts because I have a job. I've been thinking that if I want to be healthy, I'd better stay home for a while and rethink this whole job thing. I'm going to run that thought by the wife and see how she feels about it.

I guess in other big news, my sister (the one who lives over yonder) just had her baby. She's a pretty cute little kid. So now I have two little nieces. That's pretty exciting, although it seems like my wife's never around anymore. She loves to go hold babies, so I guess I'll have to get her one of her own sometime soon. That way she won't always have to go hold other people's babies all the time. My dad got promoted, so that was a pretty big deal. A couple of Generals came to oversee that and we had to shake a bunch of hands. It reminded me a little of when we came home from Iraq and filed by the dignitaries and officers and had to shake all of their hands. It was like, "I have no clue who most of you are and will probably never see you again, but thanks for the kind words." But it's pretty cool that my dad got promoted.

An old friend from high school found my Myspace page and sent me a message to call him. So I did. That was pretty cool, although talking on the phone is awkward for me. I am mostly just putting this paragraph here because he now has the link to this site and I want him to feel extremely important. If I had any embarrassing pictures of him, this is where I would post them. You're safe for now, David.

I have been terribly neglectful of my miniatures lately. In fact, I've been neglectful of pretty much everything lately. I have a picture of my painting queue as it now stands. I didn't even blow all of the dust off, so you can see just how bad I've been at painting lately. On the front left, you can see my life savings.

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