You never go “Full Pajero.”

But that’s what we did this past weekend.

I left work Friday, drove straight to Josh’s place in Mesa, and had dinner. And then we began removing Fezzik’s tired, leaky, smokey engine.

As usual, Fezzik drug his feet. We broke the last of the bellhousing bolts loose a little after 3AM Saturday morning. After a quick strategy sesh, we called it a night.

By 10AM, we were caffeinated and back at it in the shop. The engine came out soon after.

We pressure washed this. We painted that.

Due to a slightly confused part supplier, the heads weren’t ready, so we had to make a run up to Keith’s shop of Mitsubishi wonders to finish and clean them up for final assembly.

I thought we’d have the new engine stabbed by sundown Saturday. It was mostly assembled on the stand by 3AM Sunday morning when we decided to hold another strategy sesh and get Sunday scheduled.

I’d planned on being done by Sunday morning, allowing for some much needed sleep, breakfast, maybe even a brief trail run before getting home to V&P sometime between noon and 3PM.

You know, because it was Mother’s Day (and V is a Badass Mother).

Josh and I got Fezzik running again around 11PM. After the test drive and cleanup, I hit the road for home. Only took about an hour.

I finally crawled into my own bed at 1:39AM Monday morning.

My alarm went off at 5, 6, 6:30.

We went “Full Pajero.”

Leveraging the urgency of escapism

Last week was rough.

It’s like we clenched our fists so long that, the minute we relaxed, the levee broke.

I wrote this one Friday night, thinking about how much I empathize with Chris Farley’s Black Sheep character falling down that mountain.

“What in the hell was THAT all about?”

Stress and sleep deprivation will mess up your perspective. One frustrated customer turns into two, into three, into does anyone actually think about why they’re buying tech before signing contracts?

Get in a bad mood. You’ll start seeing bad news.

If there’s a positive to this—beyond the ability to recognize when it’s happening—it’s that it drives a sense of urgency. Clean out the garage. Get that crap on Ebay and sell it. Pay off those debts.

Life has its ups and downs. Always has. Always will.

The trick is knowing how to leverage the fight or flight response to get yourself closer to the end game.

If you think life sucks, it will suck, but if you take action, it WILL get better.

And sooner than you think.

At least, that’s the story I keep telling myself.