So probably Saturday! Saturday I hope to find out how fucked my rear end is.

I think there might be something wrong with my rear differential. I rarely go above 70 MPH but there’s no traffic here, and everyone drives hella fast. Like 80+ in the fast lane. My truck is great at 55, I didn’t build it with the intention of going 80. But a few times I’ve been late for work and I’ve gone 75 instead my usual 65-70. And I hear a buzzing from the rear with the windows up and radio off. But only at 75.

I took the top of the back, the tonneau cover, in order to facilitate moving stuff. It’s in storage. I seem to recollect encountering a resonate noise in my bed covering (called bedrug) at certain speeds with the top off from many years past. The only test would be to put the cover back on and see if I can still hear the noise. Simple enough, but it’s really heavy and a huge PITA. Ironically, I want to get rid of it and get a camper shell, which is even heavier and harder to store / move.

But it’s worse, I had 4wheelparts rebuild my front and rear axles with new gear ratios in 2013. My rear end got an electric locker, which after two harness replacements by myself, still works. It also got an LSD – Limited Slip Differential, which never worked right. I should’ve brought it back but I didn’t want to lose my daily driver. The rear diff cover has developed some oil seeps, so I’ve been keeping up on the oil level and it hasn’t lost enough that I need to add any. But it’s possible that the failed LSD clutch components have contaminated the oil and affected the other parts. I was going to take the truck into 4wheelparts today for a diag, but I failed to anticipate the length of the combined auctions.

Last line is title!

so I got through one hour and fifty one minutes of the latest bourne movie before I became too fed up with all the ridiculous bullshit… It just wasn’t funny anymore.


Had our second GSA auction today, following the regular SBAA auction like last time. This time we ran 145 GSA units and it took 3 hours starting at 1 pm. It’s hot today, mid 90’s. I put in some work today, and honestly, it felt good to power through everything (strong and healthy!), but now that I’m home I’m feeling kinda beat. I spend a good chunk of my time putting out fires, thankfully not literally, and auction day isn’t anything different. One guy couldn’t get a car started and figured it was out of gas. But it was parked on a slight incline, and he only put 1/2 a gallon in, it didn’t start, and I was sent in.

Initially I suspected sabotage, as it’s unfortunately pretty common, and a lot of car dealers are unscrupulous. However the more I troubleshot, the more I suspected it was out of fuel, and when I saw the can the guy used, I figured fully checking fuel was in order. I put two gallons in and it started right up.

Same dude, through no fault of his own, stalled another car out; it ran out of gas. But it was parked on a ramp, with a steep incline, and I told the guys to move the cars behind it so we could roll it back and get it started after putting 2 gallons in it.

Then there was this other unit with a messed up ignition that started with a certain trick. But some asshole dealer took it upon himself to take it apart, rendering it inoperable. I was able to put it back together and get it running, but the staff here isn’t as vigilant as Gardena, and dealers cause the outside workers a lot of headaches.

We have signs everywhere saying scanners (and weapons, among other things) are prohibited from the GSA sale. Today I was watching the end of the auction and there was a buyer standing at the podium holding a $25,000 Snap-On scanner in his hand. I pointed it out to my boss, who confronted the guy, and ate the lie he told him. Didn’t kick him out, didn’t make him remove the scanner. That’s some bullshit. I’m going to bring up the dude (not my boss’s handling) at the post-sale meeting; we need to work to prevent people from bringing them in. One of my tasks is to walk around and make sure people are following the rules, answer any general or procedural questions, help start cars for people, etc.

I forgot to mention

I got my truck smogged this past week. The tech did a visual inspection and left a semi-wireless scanner device hooked up to the truck while it was running for 5 minutes or so. That’s it. It passed. No physical emissions measurement, no loaded dynamometer testing. I was blown away. Took 10 minutes tops, start to finish.

rookie mistake

I did laundry this week. I totally fucked it up.

For years I’ve been using one machine at a time with great success. Moving into an apartment complex provides multiple machines to use, but at a cost. I brought two loads of laundry, loaded both, and then went back for my laundry money card. Upon returning and paying for the loads, I managed to select hot for my bright colors and cold for my whites. I unknowingly returned to my apt. and started doing something else. Suddenly I found a missed bright color shirt, so I went back to toss it in and discovered my mistake. Since I’d already paid, my laundry card used up, and the washers were full of water, the only solution was to switch the clothes. I used an empty washer to hold the dirty whites that I hand wrung, hand wrung the colors, put them in the cold water, and then finally put the whites in the hot water. Everything turned out ok in the end, all clean, no run colors. It was fairly intensive to hand wring two loads of wet laundry after a long day of work. Hopefully that’s the last time I do that.


I have a plan, and I’ve been over it backwards and forwards dozens of times and yet I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve moved before. I’ve moved with less certainty about the plan. I just found out today what car I’ll be driving to LA, got a chance to check it out, and it seems like it’ll be ok. No idea if the person who is supposed to help me get a moving truck was successful or not. The company internet went down around lunch time and didn’t come back. No way to check or send email to coworkers.

Drive down and hope the best? That’s crazy!! I reserved a truck through u-haul on Monday as a back up plan. I’m not approved for re-reimbursement at that cost level, but I can’t bear the thought of getting down there and then not having a truck to pack. Especially since I’m out of options. I have to be out by 6/1.

Really I think the thing I’m most worried about is packing the truck. That’s not something I have a lot of experience with. Usually I move a short distance and make many trips. Ideally I could pack in a way so that everything I’m putting in storage is grouped together, and everything I’m bringing to work is together, and all the apt. stuff is together.. but since everything is weird shapes, boxes, furniture, exercise equipment, tools, etc. I fear everything is going to be mixed. I fear unpacking is going to be more difficult than packing. I might have to park the rental truck at work and make trips with my truck to storage (about a mile away, I figured it made more sense to get storage close to work rather than the apt since I hope to move ((EEK!!)) but not change jobs in the future) since storage can’t accommodate a truck longer than 20′.

I want to challenge myself

I’d like to try to post every day, but I don’t know how long it’s practical for, especially since I won’t be home for this four day weekend moving extravaganza. I spent several hours yesterday, after updating the blog part of my site, installing some open source inventory tracking software called Partkeepr. It turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated, and I only got it sort of working. My plan was to try using it for work, and if I like it, maybe I can sell the owners / IT on it and actually officially implement it. Right now everything takes several attempts to go through and I’m returning a ton of errors, so I need to get all that figured out first. Potentially it’s really cool software, and there’s a demo version running on the source’s site if you’d like to check out the functionality.

I finished watching Iron Fist on Netflix yesterday. If you like Stan Lee / Marvel Universe based TV shows, Netflix has several. Iron Fist just came out this year, and there’s only one season, but it looks like there will be more.

Outside of also washing my hair yesterday, it wasn’t all that productive. I need to actually leave my apt. today and get some shelving for my storage unit.. once I finish doing some cleaning, for which I’m going to put on some music.

I have a couple plants I bought at Trader Joes, you could probably guess what they are. Both herbs.

I’ve been procrastinating updating the site backend

not sure why. I’ve been thinking it’d be nice to get back in touch with expressing myself. Just completed the site update. I never notice any major glaring bug fixes because I’m under utilizing, but it’s still important to keep up to date for security purposes. This place really needs a face lift but I don’t know what I want.

It’s nice to have the weekend off but I wish I could be doing more to prepare for my final LA trip in just a few days.

trouble sleeping last night

After work I went to Bevmo to get more beer. Once home, I turned on the AC and drank a beer.. and then fell asleep around 6:45 pm. Woke up around 11 and watched a couple episodes of Orphan Black while I had a light dinner. Last ep I saw was the BMT / Tony one. Went back to bed around 1 AM, expecting my computer to shut down after 30 minutes of idle.. Kept trying to go to sleep and clear my mind, thoughts kept wandering. Ended up remembering a time I went with Mom, on my only trip ever to Hackettstown Highschool. I couldn’t remember what school it was, just what it looked like, and that it was adjacent to the public pools. So I gave up on trying to sleep, looked at my clock finally, and it’s 2 AM. No idea why my computer is still on, I got up again and started looking at google maps. I seem to recall I went with Mom to HHS to support someone Mom knew in getting recognized or an award or something. I remember we encountered someone else she knew outside, and they brought their kid along too and I chatted with this kid around my age outside HHS in the parking lot. Memory is a strange thing.

So then I’m looking at google maps, seeing how Hackettstown and Schooley’s Mountain has changed in 20 years. I knew the mega store complex went in between allen and airport on rte 57, but I was surprised that only the east side of airport road was developed. The west side looks the same. The tiny airport is still there. The house in the woods looks like it’s still there, surrounded by woods. I spent about 20 minutes flipping between satellite and map tracing the morris canal, looking for signs of where it used to be. It’s pretty much completely grown over, not even a faint clear space remains except where the pond used to be at rockport rd and hazen rd by the game farm. There are still fields near 33 kings hwy. I thought it’d all be paved over by now. According to zillow, the house hasn’t been sold since Feb. 1996.

Next I looked at 1863 on zillow, and there were two things that struck me.

First, I’m not sure framing the house as a farm is a good idea – I think that’s going to set up an expectation that won’t be met upon visiting. Maybe I’m alone in this, but when I think of a farm, I think of Art Meade’s or Hazendale; a business that produces a product. Don’t get me wrong, I think Fox Meadow Farm is a great moniker, but I don’t think I’d position the property as if it is a farm.

Second, zillow displays the location of the house incorrectly. On the map, it shows 1863 as being fairly close to the ball field, well before Cook Hill Rd.

Around 3 AM I did get back to sleep.