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Whiskoppositelock?  Alcohoppositelock? I BOUGHT A BROWN THING! Whiskoppositelock?  Alcohoppositelock? I BOUGHT A BROWN THING!

Alright Oppo, I bought an expensive brown thing. I hear we like that here? I don’t get to take it for a test drive until Saturday, but I am eager to see how it goes! (And sorry, no, I didn’t buy a brown VW Type 181... I apologize.)

So close... so far... [updated 2x] So close... so far... [updated 2x]

Made some progress on the Civic, but not as much as I’d like. Got one of the rear brake lines on, but the other has a stubborn flare nut. I’m going to let that one soak in PB Blaster before I try anything more advanced tomorrow. Still 3 4(!) out of 4 done!

I kinda miss driving the Civic I kinda miss driving the Civic

And that is... good? Also I think I like the way it smells, which as best as I can tell is 80s plastic and fake strawberry. Maybe I should see a doctor.

Good news and bad news Good news and bad news

The good news is I already had the parts. The bad news is changing the front brake flex hoses on the Civic was a pain. I’d say they needed to be done though. I’ll do the rears sometime this week.

Civic wheels and tires are ready to go on the car (finally) Civic wheels and tires are ready to go on the car (finally)

Finally pulled the trigger and bought some General Grabber LT tires in 185/60R15. Not quite what I wanted, but they have decent looking tread and sidewalls. Had them shipped to the Pep Boys near work so I could get that sweet TireBuyer free shipping. I should have known...

Just about gave someone a Darwin Award Just about gave someone a Darwin Award

Seriously my commute home was effed. First there was this guy, who doesn’t seem to understand that merging is easier if you’re moving.... 

Shout out to the Transit Connect Shout out to the Transit Connect

Finally pulled the trigger on larger tires for the Civic today. While doing so, the tire shop filled me in on why I was able to find a good variety of heavy duty tires in the minuscule 185/60/R15 size: The Transit Connect.

My quest to "paint" the Wagovan has turned into An Ordeal My quest to "paint" the Wagovan has turned into An Ordeal

Yes. Capital letters for that one. This shit is getting out of hand. I posed Saturday that I was thinking about plastidipping my Civic wagon before our overland trip. The subsequent days have been spent fretting over color, finish, sheen, flake, and all the other myriad of options. It has been exhausting.

Horrible, awesome idea? Horrible, awesome idea?

So my coworkers and I were talking about plastidipping the Civic at lunch. I was expressing to them my conflict of wanting to do something sedate but not serious, such as a color shift matte white. They... had other ideas.

Overland Trip Wagovan Planning and Prep Overland Trip Wagovan Planning and Prep

With the postponement of our next cheap car adventure it was decided that we’re doing an overland adventure in April, this time with two twists: I’m taking my 1986 Honda Civic 4WD Wagon and I am also taking my model-year 2010 doggo, Dog A. This will be... interesting.

8.5 out of 10 this is one of the spiciest things I've ever eaten 8.5 out of 10 this is one of the spiciest things I've ever eaten

And I am a spice addict. I used to grow Caribbean Habaneros, Trinidad Scorpions, and Carolina Reapers. I usually order maximum spicy at the local Thai and Vietnamese places and am often disappointed. (Though I know they tone it down for the white guy.) Today. No. It burns so bad good.

Daily Wagovan Daily Wagovan

Slow day at work, so let’s talk about the 1986 Civic Wagon! I’ve been driving and errand running in the Wagovan* today, putting the most dynamic** number of miles on it since I bought it, and I am prepared to offer some observations.

Shop Quest - Best and Final [updated] Shop Quest - Best and Final [updated]

Another property down. The seller declined the final offer this morning. Original post continues below.

Making Trip Maps! Making Trip Maps!

I wanted to get some trip maps framed with photos as a conversation piece and memorial to the road trips. I still haven’t found a great way to make these maps, but I have found an acceptable way.

10 year challenge - Late to the party 10 year challenge - Late to the party

In 2009 I transitioned from my 2001 Accord EX V6 with a dying automatic transmission, but the best automatic climate control ever, to a 2009 Civic Si. These are the two cars that taught me to dislike modern Honda and appreciate the weird, and I thank them for that.

Did some work on the motorized bikes today Did some work on the motorized bikes today

It did not go well. I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t think I was going to make a post about it, but this level of fail deserves its own post.

Shop Quest - The Seller Countered, which is... good? Shop Quest - The Seller Countered, which is... good?

Got word back from my realtor that the seller countered my offer for the land. Here are the relevant figures:

Doing some science Doing some science

Or... Whatever. I thought the Mansinthe was good but the Kubler is on another level. Not a bad end to a crap day/ week.

I bought a my friend A PRESENT! I bought a my friend A PRESENT!

I was at the hobby store for a car project when i ran across this little guy! The color and year are wrong, but for $4 I couldn’t pass up a present for our resident XTerra enthusiast Taylor.

Today's Kinja Today's Kinja

It’s OK.  I didn’t want to make this post today anyway...

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