20100227 – Clint’s car – tie rod broke – Clint’s tires point in different directions – 0 – success edit

20100227 – Clint’s car – tie rod broke – Clint’s tires point in different directions – 0 – success edit
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This is the success edit — it gives the proper impression of just how f’ed up my tires were. Much of the middle is created from thin air using the healing brush.

Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, car, tires.
FAIL. diptych.

Alexandria, Virginia.

February 27, 2010.
Pic by Carolyn.

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BACKSTORY: Clint’s car was *finally* fixed after many months of being totaled by hitting a deer — but he never got to drive it, because the major snowstorms came through and buried the car. Carolyn made the mistake of saying "Maybe we should take it for a spin. You know, to make sure it runs." When shesaid "take it for a spin", she didn’t mean literally! We pulled out of the driveway, and it was like skidding on snow. Only problem was, there wasn’t any snow.

Clint got out and looked at the tires, but they seemed fine. (He didn’t look at the front one, which was the problem.) Once Clint finished pulling out of the driveway, we managed to get some speed, and then BAM, it just spontaneously started skidding for no damned reason. It was scary.

We attempted to make a U-turn so we can go back into our driveway. Not wanting to go up the wrong side of the street, we’d have to go down the block. We didn’t get far at ALL. Turns out the tie rod broke, and so the front wheels were pointing the complete opposite directions of each other.

We hit the left curb right in front of the telephone pole that got broken in 2 by drunk drivers (twice in 2010). Cars started almost hitting us, because people who drive on this road are idiots. There was literally an SUV [biggest assholes on the road] that squeezed between our car and the car in the lane next to us! Scary shit, we almost died!

Clint was just about to yell "abandon ship", when a cop pulled up and turned his lights on so that cars wouldn’t continue to almost hit us. The cops set up some flares for us, and they spent a long time trying to figure out if our car can be fixed enough to get it into our driveway. They saved our asses, and it’s the first time a cop’s ever been there when you need one.

Eventually we realized it was impossible to drive at all, and so the cops called a tow truck for us. Once again, screw Henry’s Wrecker Service — they were already on our personal blacklist for when we arrange for towing through our insurance company. But because Clint’s car was paid out in full after being totaled (mmm…,000), no more free towing. So Henry’s Wrecker Service charged 5 to tow it one mile to Pep Boys. Turns out Pep Boys has towing all along. We should know better than to go with the flow with anything; it never pays off.

0 and 24 hours later, Clint’s car is back. Still ,100 ahead on the totaling. Still winning.

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So as I reflect on 2008 sitting out here on the porch (it’s 72F btw), obviously a lot has changed. I look back at my photos from January 2008 and it’s pretty obvious. For those just tuning in, I started this year as a senior at RIT (Rochester, NY.. a big cold slum) studying Information Technology. Some time around February or March I decided I wanted to escape the cold misery of snow once and for all. My initial thoughts focused on Australia, specifically the city of Perth. I researched how to get a visa, how much living expenses were, the culture of the country, etc. At that point I realized that I couldn’t just up and move to Australia by myself, at least not right after graduating college. I just couldn’t finance it.

Further research narrowed it down to southern California or Arizona –really Los Angeles and Phoenix, as I liked the idea of living in a top 5 major U.S. City once and for all.

Los Angeles is ok I guess but the more I read about Phoenix the more I liked it. Not only was it a large city in a warm climate, it was in a very warm climate, and on top of that it had a huge active Mazda community. Unlike older cities, Phoenix lacked a true decent mass transport system like NYC’s Metro, Boston’s T, and San Francisco’s BART. As I was reading, I discovered that Phoenix would soon have this distinction as well, with Valley Metro Light Rail, opening December 2008.

As I talked about my endeavor with my friends on themazdaforum.com, I don’t think people really thought I was serious. I started compiling a list in a discussion thread on there of all the reasons Arizona/Phoenix seemed like a great place to live. As the talk of moving became more serious, one of my friends from the forum decided he’d be up for it as well. We decided we’d drive cross-country to Phoenix in September, soon after my expected graduation date.

I started a blog to document the planning phases of the trip, found at transamericanzoom.wordpress.com. We planned out a pretty indirect route to Phoenix, stopping and hanging out with Mazda people most nights of the trip.

The summer quarter at RIT, I took 7 classes (anything more than 4 is considered an overload) to ensure that I could graduate in August with my B.S. in Information Technology, minor in Psychology, and concentrations in Networking and Systems Administration. Starting at the end of July, I started really looking at careers in IT in Phoenix. I began with the obvious major players in Phoenix, places like GoDaddy and other large companies. I looked at a national Best Places to Work list, and found a company in Phoenix called McMurry, a publishing, advertising, and web design company. Reading up on the company, it seemed like a utopian dream world, and better yet they had an open position in their IT department so I gave it a shot. I only got about 1/5 of the way through the interview process by the time Rob and I had planned to leave for Phoenix, so I embarked on the cross country trip without any guarantee of a job.

We made the drive, and boy was that a long journey (see the "Trans-American Zoom" photo set for details). We arrived September 6th. A few days after arriving in Phoenix I spent the day at McMurry going through a long series of interviews, and later that day (September 11th) I was offered the position 🙂

September 24th I started my career, and since then time has gone by at a crazy pace. My lifestyle has changed substantially, as I’m finally able to go hiking and cycling every weekend –something I could never do in Rochester as there’s no mountains at all near that region. Plus, the lack of winter is pretty friggin awesome. I’ve never been so happy.

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Historic Print (L): [Construction of Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. by African American laborers:

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