Just a Guy Thing

Marriage, music and more

Lost Time

I've been in a long distance relationship for some time now... Since January 2nd actually... Naturally that isn't fun... I mean the relationship is great, but the distance sucks... After a while you get somewhat used to it, but its never what you want it to be... One of the things that makes it far more livable is the phone naturally... There have been very few nights when we haven't spoken to each other... Its not always a long, deep conversation, but it still lets me connect with her... Currently, she is in Ireland... She flew out Saturday, and will be back Sunday... I haven't spoken to her since she left as that kind of long distance really adds up, and neither one of us is rolling in cash currently... I expect we'll talk tomorrow as its the half way point...

The nights before and after that call are awfully long, and lonely.

Smoking Checkbook

I finally got my truck looked at... Oh how I wish it was something so simple as a leaking injector or six... Hell give me bad high pressure piping and bad injectors... Noooo... I have to have a blown injection pump... That's basically the heart beat of a diesel engine... I'm looking at a few grand out the door now... A brand new one from Cummins is $5400... Rebuilt units are going for around $2600 for my year... While I found one site on the web that lists them at $1000, I've always been against the lowest bidder concept... I know what it take to be the lowest bidder, and that tends toward cut corners...

There is going to be a black smoking hole where the balance was in my checkbook.

Standards

Imagine if you will, that you are a manufacturer... Lets say of valves for example... (imagine that, a plumbing reference) Lets say that you have those valves manufactured in multiple plants, some in europe, some in asia, some in north america... Wouldn't you have them made all absolutly identical when you're talking about one type and size of valve?... Wouldn't that make sence?...

Apparently not... I have no less than three different flavors of the 1/2" sweat connection ball valve... I mean they all fit 1/2" tube, and they all sut off with a quarter turn, but the packing nut is a different size based on where they are made...

Aren't standards a lovely thing.