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Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
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Summer continues. I'm going to talk about my car for a while, and then a few other random things.

After I got the new front tires installed on Friday--right after, I mean in the parking lot--I got a new interesting problem. I couldn't shift into first gear to leave the parking lot, and the clutch felt wrong, too soft. Eventually, it worked, I left, the clutch returned to almost normal, and I didn't think anything else of it.

Monday. I live on a hill, which I drive down to go to work. Get in the car, clutch is feeling weird, but I have no problem shifting into reverse and then first, to get out of the driveway. Get to the bottom of the hill. Stop.

And it's just like it's back in the parking lot. It took me 10 minutes sitting at the bottom of the hill before I managed to get it into *second* to drive back up the hill, and take my dad's car to work.

I started reading about it at work, and it was looking like I'd need at least a new clutch master cylinder. When I got home, I asked my brother about it. He has an Integra, which is pretty simliar to my Prelude. And he knew exactly what the problem was, since it happened to him. The problem *was* with the master cylinder; specifically the fluid for it was leaking. All you need to do is pour in some DOT 3 brake fluid, pump the clutch for a while... and it's good as new.

I'm learning a lot about cars. It's good because I like learning about anything, but on the other hand, I'm blasting paycheck after paycheck on this :/

I drove my car, my actually working car, to work and to meet my family at Valley Forge Pizza today (segue). Haven't been there since last year, and I remain convinced that it's the best pizza you can get in PA.

Several months ago, I stumbled across group hug, liked the idea, and then forgot about it. Now I'm reading it compulsively at work; it's replaced friendsfriends because it's so incredibly lowbrow. It's like reality television for the internet.

I'm sorta assimilating the Getting Things Done workflow into my life. This is a kind of planning system where you only consider real actions. Even if the actions are looking at a project and determining what action comes next. It's already pretty good because of that, but what I like about it is the idea that you have written down everything that you plan to do, even if it's not work-related. I like this a lot, because I'm always stressing about upcoming projects, and particularly appointments. Breaking these things down into actions really eases my mind.

If, like me, you don't trust these "self-help" scams, then you can always just search for Getting Things Done on your favorite p2p service, and get a reasonably OCR'd copy. I mean, uh, so I hear.
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[User Picture]From: dr_dos
2004-07-20 05:48 pm (UTC)
Grouphug to me is like crack to a junkie :(
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-07-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
OH my god and I have class in like 10 minutes too @_@

Damn you Vance! *keeps reading*
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
I figured you'd get a kick out of this.
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[User Picture]From: pyrop
2004-07-20 06:28 pm (UTC)
I dunno, my friendsfriends is pretty damn lowbrow.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-20 08:29 pm (UTC)
...but for the whole internet!
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