Tuesday Torture

OK, what I am going to describe does not rise to the level of torture, but you know how I like alliterative post titles and alliteration, in general. What I am going to describe, though, is yet another example of how it can be hell to live in my brain.

For the past few days I have had a recurring dream. This dream starts out well; my colleagues and I are informed that we are going to receive a substantial raise. The realization that I don’t work at this place and then, that I am not working at all begins to creep into the dream. These realizations don’t hit suddenly and powerfully; they slowly permeate my thinking. By the end of the dream when I wake up I am completely deflated.

Any amateur or professional psychologists out there care to interpret that dream? Maybe by writing about it I will no longer have the dream.

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In an odd but not too significant coincidence, both my wonderful wife and I received small checks (<$10) yesterday from previous vendors. The one addressed to me was from the utility company we used in the mid-Atlantic; the one addressed to my wife was from DirecTV.

My wife’s check came with an explanation: the damn virus had so affected sports programming that rights holders had received rebates that they were passing on to customers. My check had no explanation. I guess I am grateful that these companies felt obligated to send us money they think we “deserved,” but how do we know how often we are owed money that we never receive?

It was a small blessing that we could deposit these checks from the comfort of our home. Of course, that ability means that brick and mortar bank branches, and the people that work in them, will become less relevant and, therefore, less numerous. Everything is a trade-off.

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I guess I am going to void the powertrain warranty on my Z06, after all. I have been scheduled a little sooner than I thought for the next round of modifications and, if nothing intervenes, the car will be ready a few days before the warranty is supposed to expire.

I don’t know why I am compelled to do this (OCD?), but I will bring the car to the dealer for an oil change before the mods are done by the “speed” shop. It has been about six months since the last oil change, but the car “tells” me that I still have 50% of the oil life remaining. Modern Corvettes use synthetic motor oil, which means oil changes are much less frequent, but more expensive. Again, a trade-off. For the fourth or fifth time, the “sunshade” photo of my car; yep, it’s time for a new pic:

 

 

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Sunrise Drive

As I write this at about 4:45 AM local time, a little bit of light appears in the eastern sky. It’s too dark, though, for me to get a good photo. “Sunrise” today is 5:33 AM here.

I don’t know why I have become so enamored of the early morning. When I was younger, say a teenager, I suspect I was like most in my age group in that, if left to my own devices like in the summer, I would stay up late–e.g. 3 AM–and sleep late, e.g. noon.

I do know that sometime in the very near future I will get in the Z06 and drive to one of my favorite spots to get an early morning view of the mountains east of here. On one of the major east-west roads there is a crest about 600 feet higher in elevation than where we live from which one has an amazing mountain view, including a view of Four Peaks, which is well known in this area. I hope I will be able to pull off to the side of the road, safely, and take some pictures.

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I am closer to getting my Z06 “upgraded.” The shop owner has agreed (graciously, in my opinion; others might say he simply doesn’t want to refuse any job) to do whatever work he can given my budget instead of saying, “This is what it costs. Take it or leave it.”

I will almost certainly wait until after the expiration of the powertrain warranty in late July. Better safe than sorry and, besides, if the shop is booked 8-10 weeks out, ten weeks from today is July 15 (my marvelous mom’s birthday). What’s another two weeks after that? (Famous last words…)

Although I am a bit anxious about this, I am also excited. I hope to learn just how much HP/Torque was added by the work done by the shop in the mid-Atlantic before we moved. I am also excited about the HP and torque for my car to begin with an “8.”

 

 

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