I took my work van in for service on Friday and it turned into an all day thing. Turns out that the reason my AC wasn’t particularly cool is because the compressor clutch has gone bad and needs to be replaced. So, that weird farting noise I heard every so often was simply the pressure relief releasing. That needs to be repaired. The stabilitrak warning light is due to a bad sensor. Also a thing that needs to be replaced. The problems with the radio… you guessed it, bad radio. That one didn’t get approved. I guess if I want a radio that’ll be on me. Then there was the oil change and tire rotation. Easy enough. And lastly, a thing I didn’t even realize was happening, one of the rear brake calipers is seized. That’ll need to be fixed as well.

I was at the dealership until about 2-2:30 before they finally got the approval to do the work from the fleet company. Needless to say, it didn’t get finished. They’re thinking Monday around 2. I’m thinking that taking Monday off might be the best way to deal with this. Clouds and silver linings and what not.

I woke up very early this morning and yet I still haven’t gotten the lawn mowed. Crazy. I was going to get some writing done before I did that. The writing is going pretty well. I’m not quite keeping up with the 1000 words a day, but I’m less than a thousand words behind at the 11th day. So that’s not to shabby and far better than I’ve been doing, you know, since a very long while back. But that didn’t happen this morning either. Nope. Instead I spent my morning and the early part of the afternoon coming up with book covers for my various projects that do not use artwork that I don’t have the rights to use. Which basically means, book covers without any art. This is what I came up with.

I based the template on the shield logo and while they ain’t great, I think they’ll work for what I’ve got in mind. However, now that I’ve said that, I’m going to have to look at those fonts. I’m betting most of them are not free to use. Because nothing is. I’d like to polish up some of these and offer them as ebooks, here on the site if nowhere else.

Sirens Cove is the thing I’m working on right now. I don’t know if it’ll actually make it to a novel length story. It started as an experiment to see if I could take the Crazy, Deadly, Cool story and genre swap it from crime fic to fantasy. So far so good, I’m enjoying the challenges that it’s providing. I don’t have a lot invested in it, but it is interesting to see the story evolving away from the initial kernel and become its own thing.

I guess I’ll go mow the lawn. The neighbor asked if his tree crew can use my backyard again tomorrow. Apparently, they’ll be taking down the remaining five pine trees in his backyard and want to drop them into my yard. I’m fine with that. They did a really good job cleaning up last time they did the same thing. I just need to do my stuff, because it doesn’t sound like I’ll be able to tomorrow. Later.

I came home to a surprise on Thursday. For all the years I’ve lived in my house there has been a broken pipe for the water shutoff in my front yard. It was kind of a jagged thing that I was pretty sure the neighbor kids, or myself, would fall on it and become grievously injured. Seems the city has been out and put a nice little cap on it… oh, and they dug up my neighbors yard and moved his. So, probably, mine was just something they noticed while they were here. But it’s a win. I’ll take that.

I had to crop that picture down to avoid you seeing the swath of yellow straw that is my lawn.

I’ve been thinking about wrapping my van with one of those vinyl wraps. Yes, I know, I’m doing that thing again. I can’t help myself.

I don’t have all my ducks in a row, and this is certainly premature. But it’s a thing I spent some time on this morning. Too much time. I couldn’t find any good templates online, so I had to build my own in Corel PaintShop Pro. It’s not perfect, but I think I could certainly use it to get the idea across to a designer.

It’s not quite what I imagined. I like the extreme/racing style patterns and there are a ton of them on shutterstock, but I don’t have an account to  access their catalog of graphic patterns, templates, and what not. So, I came up with my own. What do you think? 

My final grade for that electronics class has posted, and as expected, I earned a grade of C. Good enough. Not great, but really, just glad to be done with that one. School’s out for me until the end of August when the winter semester stats and I’m very happy for the break.
I still haven’t finished the bathroom repair, from that leak a couple weeks back. But I am hoping to get it done this weekend while Lady Ronn is on the other side of the state at her sister’s baby shower. It should be an easy repair, so I think it’s doable.
In other news, I let the Spirit go today. It was a great car and did everything I asked of it. Most notably, getting me back and forth to GRCC for the last two years. Thanks again to my buddy Ted for hooking me up. But today I expanded my options.
I’m a car guy. I like cars and I buy cars, but the future is calling and I want to be able to go in a few different directions. I want to have my options open. So, I found a deal on a 2015 RAM ProMaster City with less than 15,000 miles on the odometer. It’s not as cool as a pick-up truck, but for the price I couldn’t get a decent pick-up. So this will get me around, with the option of doing side work if I so choose.

2015 RAM ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo SLT

As I said, this gives me options. My list, in no particular order, might look something like this. I still need to finish school. I need to get my mechanical license. I need to look into putting a business together. And I need to figure out scheduling for all of the above.  This thing will haul 1700 lbs, tow 2000 lbs, has 131³ feet of cargo space, has more than 48″ between the wheel wells, and gets better than 20 mpg in the city. Options.

I think this’ll work for me.
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