Tap, tap….is this thing on?

This seems to be the blog that time forgot, or Jay forgot. I am lightly dusting it off. I have a few projects coming up that I think I want to document and I prefer this format over Facebook or other places where I can’t really control the format.

Since I am like 2 years behind on updates, for those that aren’t connected with me elsewhere. Still working for Sympoz/Craftsy. It’s been a great three years so far. Keeps me very busy, hence the lack of time to be able to sit and write out thoughts. We now have about 200 employees, I think there were about 10 of us when I started.

We’ve had to deal with losses in the family the last few years, while mourning comes in all forms, I didn’t feel compelled to update my blog with it and my usual ringing in the new year posts didn’t feel right. You grow up thinking these people will always be with you, but the reality is that’s not true. So always take the time to spend a few extra moments, or make that phone call to someone you care about.

Most people know I am a car nut. Last year I picked up a 2013 Subaru BRZ. It’s a lot of fun. We drove it to Michigan last year for my cousin Katie’s wedding. I still need to sell my Audi…if you’re interested. 😀

Also, last year we adopted another dog, Bella. We have no idea what she is. Best guess currently is a flat coat retriever mix. She is a sweetheart, she is huge, and she is a little shy. She had a rough time before she met us. Kona is still as awesome as ever, much more mellow than ever too. Getting a little grey here and there, but so am I.

Hopefully I’ll be adding more content soon, mostly project based stuff. Whether it’s cars, house or whatnot. Of course, chances are 2 years from now I’ll be like, huh, I totally haven’t posted anything in two years.

2010

What can you say. Those young enough remember 1999. The 2000’s have been pretty shitty to me.

I keep hoping for a better year but things get worse. I was really hoping 2010 would be the turn of something new, but already I learned it was no different than previous years.

I certainly hope everyone had a great new year. I can always hope for next year.

EDIT: OF course 4 hours into the new years it’s hard to make that call. Thankfully, there are  a lot of good things to stay focused on and there is no way a “year” decides if it is bad or good, it is just time.

A Better Approach:

Ok, after a firm talking to and I think some swatting of my head there was some sense knocked into me. I always felt the 90’s, other than the music (for the most part) and styles were a pretty great time, better than the 2000’s. Graduated high school, went to many colleges, met a lot of great people and things were always pretty much on the up and up.

The 2000’s were a bit of a roller coaster, but I suppose overall more good than bad came out of the decade and I shouldn’t be so negative about the new one. I’ll even make a list.

The Good:

Got engaged to the greatest girl in the world.

Bought a house.

Great job at Janus where I met many wonderful people.

Even greater job with ServiceMagic where I met even more wonderful people.

Went through 5 cars and 3 motorcycles.

Bought a PS2 in 2002 and a PS3 in 2009

Had 7 different mobile phones

Lived at 3 different addresses, one of which was the Pit and I think that was one of the funnest times of my life.

Welcomed in 3 nephews and 2 nieces.

Got a dog..Kona Bob!

Went to Vegas more times than I can count.

Saw many friends get married, some even reproduced!

Found out mostly what was wrong with me

Lost a bunch of weight

The Bad:

Lost family both human and feline

Found out mostly what was wrong with me

Almost croaked

Sold a car I regret selling

Had 5  surgeries

Conclusion:

Ok, so there was more good than bad, and it goes beyond that. Though it was painful to go through the things I did with surgeries and being sick it has allowed me to be healthier than I have ever been in my life. Still probably a long rocky road ahead, but much better than what I was faced with.

Above everything else, I still have family and great friends around to enjoy the new year and hopefully when 2020 rolls around I can look back and see that this new decade was even better than the last.

So much to do, such little time.

I feel like there are a million things to get done in 4 days. I’m still trying to figure out why I am letting myself get overwhelmed. I guess you just want everything in order when you wont be able to do anything about it for awhile.

Even though I have been so busy, I did find some time to head to the auto show last week. It was pretty good. I haven’t been in a few years, and now I know why.

It’s neat to see some of these new cars in person, like the Camaro, G37 and the Genesis Coupe. Getting to sit in the cars and check out how they are put together is a lot of fun.

Of course the auto show is just a big dealer lot, as the idea is to show off what’s available with a glimpse to what the future holds. They want you buying cars now that you’ve seen them. If I had about $40K I would consider the Passat CC, though for that price, you could also get a MB C300, so that would be a tough call. However, that 3.6VR6 4Motion CC is pretty nice. I was disappointed that they used the same center console as the regular Passat. The car is so different overall than the Passat sedan, why keep this one section the same?

I wish we were in LA or Detroit (crazy huh) just to see the REAL auto show. the Denver one is so slimmed down we don’t get all the good stuff.

All in all it was a good time, for $10 it was a good 3 hours of my time.

Cars, cars, cars….breathe….cars, cars, cars

CARS! Why is that all I can think about, cars. I love cars, trucks, motorcycles, busses, campers, vans, mopeds…I am an addict.

Unfortunately, this addiction costs a pretty penny. I will admit, in the last couple years I have settled down. I bought a car that truly puts a grin on my face every time I drive it. It does garner some attention, not that I want it, but it gets it from people who know what it is. In that case it doesn’t bother me because I love talking about cars.

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The drawback, is that this is a 1992 Audi UrS4. Which translates into a) being old and 2) being costly to repair. I think the hardest part, which is true with just about anything, is diagnosing the problem.

I know it is sometimes a simple problem with a complex solution, in this case, I have a more complex problem, which I hope does not have an equally complex solution.

There is more than one way to skin a cat they say. I could just start replacing parts, then if the problem goes away, woot, nice work. Or, I can take the time to properly troubleshoot the issue then replace what needs replacing and move on.

Pros and cons to each. If I just start replacing stuff I might replace something that doesn’t need replacing, costing me extra money. Of course, the longer it takes to diagnose the issue the higher risk I run of something going wrong.

My current issues, which I hope is all one big interrelated issue, is this rhythmic squeak from the engine bay. it is clear that it comes from the serpentine belt (accessories) and appears to be the sound of a sad pulley, but it could be a sad power steering pump as well. It feels like there is plenty of tension in the belt, so I don’t believe it is the tensioner. Plus I believe I just replaced the belt in December 2007.

However, I am also having problems with my Air Conditioning. I have no idea if they are related, they might be, they might not be. Either way i need to resolve both of these items.

I did change the oil this weekend on the car, it was pretty painless. At the last oil change I had an oil drain valve installed. It really helped speed the process up and I don’t need to worry about the pain in the ass drain plug bolt be frozen to the pan. Frozen? Yeah, aluminum pan and a steel bolt. Different expansion/contraction temps.

Now the car sits in the garage while I figure out the next step in my troubleshooting process. Fortunately I can ride the motorcycle again, though it too needs some maintenance. I also still have the Scout, which I just got back a few weeks ago. It too needs a little TLC and a lot of paint.

A little spring…er…summer cleaning

For those that visit frequently you’ll see a new look to the site. I figured it was time for a change. Hopefully everything works okay. I also finally installed a spam blocker so now I wont need to spend so much time reviewing every comment posting and deleting 99.9% of them.

I recently uploaded all the pictures I took from the last Vegas trip. I have some videos I posted on You Tube as well.

Some other things to note, we picked up a new car, not unlike my old…um…current car. Okay, so if you aren’t aware I have way too many cars. One of which is a 2006 VW Passat. I leased it, the lease is coming up and we wanted to get Renee a car. After shopping around we actually though about buying out the Passat, but the residual is too high compared to market value. However, we stumbled upon a great deal and a great sales experience with Emich VW. We ended up getting a 2008 VW Passat, same exterior color of Deep Black but this time the interior color is classic grey. It has resulted in great confusion for the dog, but he’ll get over it.

The Scout will be done soon. I dropped it off in Penrose, CO back in early December 2007 to have some work done on it. When I get it back I will do a more formal post with what has been going on, but I got some more pictures today and it looks great. Once I get it back we well be heading to Rocky Mountain International Harvester Rendezvous. After that I need to finish up a couple items then get it into paint. I am still deciding on color(s) but I think I have it figured out. I think.

Lastly, well, I can’t think of a whole lot. We went to a party for a little bit on the 4th then met up with my parents to go watch fireworks. It was a great show, we sat really close to where they were being launched so it was really exciting.

I hope everyone is having a good summer and as I always say, lets get together soon!