Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I'm detecting a theme here.

Dudes, I totally scored today! It was one perfectly timed moment after another. Once again I have two of the same car a la the two Quantums. The events as they unfolded.

1. Trolling Craigslist and eBay for months for parts for my CRX.
2. Find an ad on CL for 1991 CRX Si with $3-4K in suspension damage for $300.
3. Email the guy, turns out the car is .5mi from where Maree is getting a massage the next day.
4. Drive out there, car is in great shape inside and out, just busted up wheels, steering/suspension components. Still runs! I buy it.
5. Uhaul has the hard to find tow dolly, but informs me that Maree's Geo Tracker is not heavy enough to pull the dolly with car.
6. My friend Jesse just happened to leave me his Ford F-250 while out of town for a week, so Maree and I head back into town and I pick up the truck and dolly and head back to Tualatin.
7. As I'm finishing up getting the car on the dolly, a guy shows up who wanted to buy the seats out of the car from the original owner, offers me $100 for the seats plus $25 for the slightly damaged front bumper.
8. He follows me home, turns out he is a veteran mechanic and gives me all sorts of tips and help on dissembling the car. We trade email address and he is very willing to help me out if I have questions about the car.

So now, not only do I have all the parts that I needed for my CRX, I have another CRX that I can take apart and sell the parts on eBay and Craigslist (of which there is a strong market). I've pretty much broken even at this point between the parts I sold to the mechanic and the value of the parts I'm harvesting for my car, with much more to sell. Add to that the value of making a contact with someone with major mechanical/bodywork experience and I'd call it a perfect day. oOt!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Portland Peace March

Sunday marked the four-year anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, and thousands of Portlanders met on the south Park Blocks in support of a peaceful and speedy resolution to a conflict gone awry. Maree and I rode our bikes downtown, met up with friends there, and enjoyed good conversation while speakers fired up the crowd and musicians sang songs of peace. The start of the march was delayed for a half-hour, but a couple guys kept everyone entertained with their portable PA system, beatboxing and getting the crowd involved with a freestyle version of "What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!" Finally, at 2:45pm the bells of the church on the corner began to peal in a never-ending aural beacon to the city that the march had begun. It was an incredible pre-Spring day, with the sun peeking in and out of the clouds, bathing those who made their way downtown with warm sunlight. The march was a disappointingly short loop through the heart of downtown, while news helicopters hovered overhead and the police were out in every shape and form to keep the crown in line. The march was peaceful with the usual slogans chanted, a bevy of signs, the local anarchist brigade, and people from all walks of life united in the cause.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

New Growth

The feeling that spring is just around the corner has me inspired and excited. I spent a good part of the day hand weeding our beds and digging up blackberry vines. Currently pushing their way up and out are chives, lilac, irises, buddlea, jonquils, flame grass, and a variety of unknown plants from the previous tenants. The bulbs were a pleasant surprise, and I plan on putting in many more this year. The edgeworthia is near its peak, with several buds that are brimming with flowers. Again, the smell is divine.