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The cops called pretty much 24 hours after I initially called them to let me know she's been found. She's currently hanging out in Everett until I can get her towed to Funhondas. I don't know what sort of damage she's sustained other than a hack to make her starter screwdriver-operated.
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
The cops called pretty much 24 hours after I initially called them to let me know she's been found. She's currently hanging out in Everett until I can get her towed to Funhondas. I don't know what sort of damage she's sustained other than a hack to make her starter screwdriver-operated.
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BTW, if local folks could keep an eye out for Nekokaburi, I'd appreciate it. She's a a black Honda Civic hatchback (the one in my icon, with those stickers removed) with a banged-up diver's side front side panel and black-duct-taped-on side light, a "New England School of Acupuncture" sticker in the rear window, and bumper stickers including a silver EFF sticker, a Motorcycles are Everywhere sticker, and one that says "Acupuncture Works!".

ETA: She's been found!
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
BTW, if local folks could keep an eye out for Nekokaburi, I'd appreciate it. She's a a black Honda Civic hatchback (the one in my icon, with those stickers removed) with a banged-up diver's side front side panel and black-duct-taped-on side light, a "New England School of Acupuncture" sticker in the rear window, and bumper stickers including a silver EFF sticker, a Motorcycles are Everywhere sticker, and one that says "Acupuncture Works!".

ETA: She's been found!

She gone!

May. 25th, 2010 11:57 am
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
My car is not in the driveway where I parked her. Who the fuck takes a '91 Honda Civic out of a driveway?!?

ETA: no broken glass, FWIW.

ETA2: Called everyone who would like to be called (police, insurance, parents, in that order ;P). Fairly certain the theft occurred between 1 AM and 7:30 AM. Best guesses for what happened: 1. kids wanting a joyride (possibly chosen for obvious higher-throughput exhaust and dragon-emblazoned seat covers implying street-racing mods combined with ease of entry due to being old-school) 2. someone wanting parts (old enough that getting new parts is a PITA, plus previously mentioned street-racing mods).

ETA3: My companion presents a third possibility that is too good not to share:
Perhaps it has Ascended to it's final form, and is currently battling the forces of mediocrity for domination of the hearts and minds of humanity. It will doubtlessly win this fight after an extended struggle, due to it's surprisingly good gas mileage.

She gone!

May. 25th, 2010 11:57 am
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
My car is not in the driveway where I parked her. Who the fuck takes a '91 Honda Civic out of a driveway?!?

ETA: no broken glass, FWIW.

ETA2: Called everyone who would like to be called (police, insurance, parents, in that order ;P). Fairly certain the theft occurred between 1 AM and 7:30 AM. Best guesses for what happened: 1. kids wanting a joyride (possibly chosen for obvious higher-throughput exhaust and dragon-emblazoned seat covers implying street-racing mods combined with ease of entry due to being old-school) 2. someone wanting parts (old enough that getting new parts is a PITA, plus previously mentioned street-racing mods).

ETA3: My companion presents a third possibility that is too good not to share:
Perhaps it has Ascended to it's final form, and is currently battling the forces of mediocrity for domination of the hearts and minds of humanity. It will doubtlessly win this fight after an extended struggle, due to it's surprisingly good gas mileage.
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(yes, this time I *am* asking for advice ;P)

One of the rear tires on my car managed to pick up a screw. It's right in the middle of the tread, buried to the head at a ~80-degree angle; it currently slowly loses air, slow enough that I could get it home from Watertown Square without a problem once I refilled it but it will be flat again by morning. I want to try to patch it, which gives me two options: DIY or take it to a shop. Right now I'm rather low on cash, so cheaper is better; OTOH, my time is very precious as well and getting it done right the first time is rather a high priority. If you've got suggestions for either a patch kit or a tire shop, I'm all ears.
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(yes, this time I *am* asking for advice ;P)

One of the rear tires on my car managed to pick up a screw. It's right in the middle of the tread, buried to the head at a ~80-degree angle; it currently slowly loses air, slow enough that I could get it home from Watertown Square without a problem once I refilled it but it will be flat again by morning. I want to try to patch it, which gives me two options: DIY or take it to a shop. Right now I'm rather low on cash, so cheaper is better; OTOH, my time is very precious as well and getting it done right the first time is rather a high priority. If you've got suggestions for either a patch kit or a tire shop, I'm all ears.
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My car would not start this morning. Didn't bother trying to solve it since I was on a schedule, just hopped on the bike and went. This evening I get home and give it another go (since I couldn't do the errands that were the reason I was taking the car in the first place) and it started up with no problems.

I swear, my car and my bike conspire together while I sleep.

(don't try to fix the problem, just enjoy the story)
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My car would not start this morning. Didn't bother trying to solve it since I was on a schedule, just hopped on the bike and went. This evening I get home and give it another go (since I couldn't do the errands that were the reason I was taking the car in the first place) and it started up with no problems.

I swear, my car and my bike conspire together while I sleep.

(don't try to fix the problem, just enjoy the story)
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My car has died. The starter motor does its thing quite well, but the engine won't turn over (well, one attempt it almost caught at the very end, but died practically before I noticed it catching). My not-quite-educated guess is it's a fuel issue, meaning it's a problem with the pump (failure), a problem with the injectors (crud or failure), a problem with the fuel line (vacuum leak), or a problem with the tank (crud in tank blocking intake). None of these problems are within my capacity to test for, much less repair, so off to Funhondas goes Nekokaburi. However, Chang is out until the 14th.

This would make me a very sad panda, but for my beloved Ankai (and the lovely [livejournal.com profile] wsmith, who gave me a ride to grab Ankai). For the next while, I will have my bike as my sole means of transportation. This is new and interesting to me; we'll see how it works. I'm guessing, unless we get some *really* nasty rainstorms, it will work very well indeed.
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My car has died. The starter motor does its thing quite well, but the engine won't turn over (well, one attempt it almost caught at the very end, but died practically before I noticed it catching). My not-quite-educated guess is it's a fuel issue, meaning it's a problem with the pump (failure), a problem with the injectors (crud or failure), a problem with the fuel line (vacuum leak), or a problem with the tank (crud in tank blocking intake). None of these problems are within my capacity to test for, much less repair, so off to Funhondas goes Nekokaburi. However, Chang is out until the 14th.

This would make me a very sad panda, but for my beloved Ankai (and the lovely [livejournal.com profile] wsmith, who gave me a ride to grab Ankai). For the next while, I will have my bike as my sole means of transportation. This is new and interesting to me; we'll see how it works. I'm guessing, unless we get some *really* nasty rainstorms, it will work very well indeed.
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Look, Mother Nature, it's not reasonable that you falling asleep at the wheel and needing to rush to meet your spring rain quota should mean that *we* suffer. Yeesh.

Especially when I did the stupid and left my lights on overnight on Saturday. It's surprisingly difficult to recharge a car battery while running lights, wipers, and defogger when you're going on streets with tons of stoplights (idling is not much good for recharging). Hopefully the nigh-hour-long drive from Allston to Waltham via 20 -> 117 -> 126 -> 2 with my lights off most of the time (I felt very vulnerable, a feeling not helped by the fact that I was cut off by a Volvo (there were cones in its lane, which I couldn't see through the Volvo, and he didn't bother to signal) I was trying to pass earlier even when I had my lights on, resulting in screeching brakes and a nigh-rear-ending, stupid fucking Volvo) let it charge back up. Part of the problem might be the positive wire-end (not the lead) is really loose, despite the bolt being on as tight as it gets. I might have to swap out the wire-end, but that's going to have to wait for the rain to let up.
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Look, Mother Nature, it's not reasonable that you falling asleep at the wheel and needing to rush to meet your spring rain quota should mean that *we* suffer. Yeesh.

Especially when I did the stupid and left my lights on overnight on Saturday. It's surprisingly difficult to recharge a car battery while running lights, wipers, and defogger when you're going on streets with tons of stoplights (idling is not much good for recharging). Hopefully the nigh-hour-long drive from Allston to Waltham via 20 -> 117 -> 126 -> 2 with my lights off most of the time (I felt very vulnerable, a feeling not helped by the fact that I was cut off by a Volvo (there were cones in its lane, which I couldn't see through the Volvo, and he didn't bother to signal) I was trying to pass earlier even when I had my lights on, resulting in screeching brakes and a nigh-rear-ending, stupid fucking Volvo) let it charge back up. Part of the problem might be the positive wire-end (not the lead) is really loose, despite the bolt being on as tight as it gets. I might have to swap out the wire-end, but that's going to have to wait for the rain to let up.
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Yesterday I finally got around to putting summer tires on my car (so if it snows this week, it's my fault ;P). [livejournal.com profile] metahacker helped me out and it took a little less than 2 hours from getting into the driveway to leaving for work (yes, I had to go to work this weekend, oh the agony of biology ;P). For the record, two of the tires lost 2-3 studs, one tire lost no studs, and the front passenger-side tire lost 9 studs. I blame Lexington St and the damn depressed grates for losing so many studs on that tire. Also, even though I'm getting stronger tires are still hard to handle.

Getting stronger? Well, I've been working out. The kind of working out that requires a massive protein intake lest you spend the couple of days after working out having those muscles be entirely useless. For me, that's ~100g/day of protein. That doesn't sound like much, but I'm not as large as most folks who set out to get stronger the hard way and it's a hell of a lot more than I normally get. My plan is to have 5 meals a day with ~20g of protein each meal. Trouble is, I'm having difficulty figuring out how much protein I'm actually eating. They had this nifty keychain-accessory thing at the GNC, but it only tells you carb content, not protein content, and I couldn't care less about carbs. this page seems to have a decent summary of protein in various foods and less of an agenda than other pages on the subject. In general, 3 oz of meat is about right for a meal for me, as is 3 eggs or half a cup of peanuts. I'm going to start using our kitchen scale to measure out these things so I get an idea how much food that is.
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Yesterday I finally got around to putting summer tires on my car (so if it snows this week, it's my fault ;P). [livejournal.com profile] metahacker helped me out and it took a little less than 2 hours from getting into the driveway to leaving for work (yes, I had to go to work this weekend, oh the agony of biology ;P). For the record, two of the tires lost 2-3 studs, one tire lost no studs, and the front passenger-side tire lost 9 studs. I blame Lexington St and the damn depressed grates for losing so many studs on that tire. Also, even though I'm getting stronger tires are still hard to handle.

Getting stronger? Well, I've been working out. The kind of working out that requires a massive protein intake lest you spend the couple of days after working out having those muscles be entirely useless. For me, that's ~100g/day of protein. That doesn't sound like much, but I'm not as large as most folks who set out to get stronger the hard way and it's a hell of a lot more than I normally get. My plan is to have 5 meals a day with ~20g of protein each meal. Trouble is, I'm having difficulty figuring out how much protein I'm actually eating. They had this nifty keychain-accessory thing at the GNC, but it only tells you carb content, not protein content, and I couldn't care less about carbs. this page seems to have a decent summary of protein in various foods and less of an agenda than other pages on the subject. In general, 3 oz of meat is about right for a meal for me, as is 3 eggs or half a cup of peanuts. I'm going to start using our kitchen scale to measure out these things so I get an idea how much food that is.
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Yesterday was gorgeous and work was so slow as to be not moving, so I went home at 4 and decided it was time to replace the broken brake and night-light bulbs and tail-light gasket in my beloved Nekokaburi. Open up the rear hatch, take out the 4 nuts that releases the tail-light assembly, take off the old gasket, take out the bulb holders, take out the bulbs. A confetti-trail of white comes out of the bulb socket (unsurprisingly, since I was replacing the gasket due to its inability to keep water out of the tail-light assembly). A little steel wool and vinegar cleans up the worst of the corrosion and I put the new bulbs in. There are two types of bulbs (one type for the reserve light and turn signal, the other a combo break and night-light), but they're easy to tell apart - if the double-filament in the combo bulb doesn't give it away, the double-connector on the bottom will. Put all the new bulbs in and while the combo bulbs work like a charm the turn-signal and the backup lights no longer function. *sigh* Ain't nothing easy. Mine housemate [livejournal.com profile] metahacker grabs his voltmeter and we make sure there's no connectivity or voltage issues, which there seems to be none. We conclude the bulbs are likely busted from having bounced around the back of my car for months and head down to our FLAPS for new ones. Put the new ones in. . . same result as before. It's starting to hint at getting dark and we're out of ideas, so I button it back up to deal with another day.

This morning I drove her to work. I braced myself for the fast-flicker you get from turn signals when one is busted. . . but it clicked away at the normal speed. I get to work and check it out and both the reverse light and the turn signal are now fully functional. This is all the more confusing, but at least I don't have to track it down anymore. Maybe their ground wire wasn't grounded properly when the tail-light assembly wasn't in place? But we checked the ground wires and they seemed fine. Any ideas?
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Yesterday was gorgeous and work was so slow as to be not moving, so I went home at 4 and decided it was time to replace the broken brake and night-light bulbs and tail-light gasket in my beloved Nekokaburi. Open up the rear hatch, take out the 4 nuts that releases the tail-light assembly, take off the old gasket, take out the bulb holders, take out the bulbs. A confetti-trail of white comes out of the bulb socket (unsurprisingly, since I was replacing the gasket due to its inability to keep water out of the tail-light assembly). A little steel wool and vinegar cleans up the worst of the corrosion and I put the new bulbs in. There are two types of bulbs (one type for the reserve light and turn signal, the other a combo break and night-light), but they're easy to tell apart - if the double-filament in the combo bulb doesn't give it away, the double-connector on the bottom will. Put all the new bulbs in and while the combo bulbs work like a charm the turn-signal and the backup lights no longer function. *sigh* Ain't nothing easy. Mine housemate [livejournal.com profile] metahacker grabs his voltmeter and we make sure there's no connectivity or voltage issues, which there seems to be none. We conclude the bulbs are likely busted from having bounced around the back of my car for months and head down to our FLAPS for new ones. Put the new ones in. . . same result as before. It's starting to hint at getting dark and we're out of ideas, so I button it back up to deal with another day.

This morning I drove her to work. I braced myself for the fast-flicker you get from turn signals when one is busted. . . but it clicked away at the normal speed. I get to work and check it out and both the reverse light and the turn signal are now fully functional. This is all the more confusing, but at least I don't have to track it down anymore. Maybe their ground wire wasn't grounded properly when the tail-light assembly wasn't in place? But we checked the ground wires and they seemed fine. Any ideas?
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A new note was added to the squeaky, squealy chorus yesterday: the screech of metal against metal. This was the clue necessary to determine that it was a bearing issue. Thanks goes out to [livejournal.com profile] metahacker for the diagnostic assistance, otherwise I might've resorted to Click and Clack's Guide to Funny Car Sounds. I'm afraid [livejournal.com profile] yulecat is going to win the "what's wrong with Brynn's car" game with "maybe it's the alternator" - I'm guessing the alternator belt is slipping over a very sticky bearing. Considering the alternator just got replaced, I'm going to be really pissed off if that's the problem. Especially if it's because they overtightened the alternator belt or improperly packed the bearings with grease or otherwise fucked with it/were incompetent.
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A new note was added to the squeaky, squealy chorus yesterday: the screech of metal against metal. This was the clue necessary to determine that it was a bearing issue. Thanks goes out to [livejournal.com profile] metahacker for the diagnostic assistance, otherwise I might've resorted to Click and Clack's Guide to Funny Car Sounds. I'm afraid [livejournal.com profile] yulecat is going to win the "what's wrong with Brynn's car" game with "maybe it's the alternator" - I'm guessing the alternator belt is slipping over a very sticky bearing. Considering the alternator just got replaced, I'm going to be really pissed off if that's the problem. Especially if it's because they overtightened the alternator belt or improperly packed the bearings with grease or otherwise fucked with it/were incompetent.

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