Ol’ Fezzik is gonna have a drink

Money has changed hands.

Plans have been hatched and finalized.

Fezzik is getting a freshly rebuilt engine—valve covers to oil pan—and a complete drivetrain service.

He’s about 2,000 miles shy of 200k. This is perfect timing.

And I think ol’ Fezzik is gonna have a drink with us.

(If it’s good enough for WRC…)

Some questions answer themselves

To schedule, or not to schedule, that was the question.

Whether t’was nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of only publishing when there was something to say, or to take on more work that matters in search of more worth saying and publishing on a consistent schedule.

To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub. For a long overdue encounter surfaced what dreams may come, when we have have shuffled off the mask of fear, finding ourselves feeling peers of those whom we look up to.

Thus all becomes clear. We can call ourselves what we like, but we are only that which we do. Can the poems, it’s scheduling time.

Wherever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.

That’s the first thing they teach you.

3 things 3 years with a $3,000 truck has taught me

1. Your skills are an asset—not a shortcut.

There’s nothing wrong with buying a $3000 vehicle when you can put another two grand into it to make it perfectly reliable—you’ve just got to follow through and commit to making it reliable right away.

2. You get out of your network what you put into it.

The more you help people solve their problems, the more people you’ll find willing to help you solve your problems. Fezzik is essentially sponsored by my friends. Thank you.

3. You can’t always get what you want. (You get what you need.)

Okay, so I learned this one from The Rolling Stones. But Fezzik’s really driven the lesson home.

Nice as it would be if Fezzik was a bespoke, overland rig like Linhbergh Nguyen’s—or pristinely gorgeous like Kevin Roy’s—I really just my Montero to be reasonably reliable and capable of going when the going gets tough.

. . .

I haven’t had a completely reliable Mitsubishi since Daisy, the 97 Talon I bought new in 1996. That’s going to change here in next couple months. (See #1, #2, and #3, above.)