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Subaru Coolant Leak

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 - Comments (0) in Cars, Life

This morning when I arrived at work, I backed into my usual spot and turned the car off. Then I saw some white smoke coming from under the hood! I checked the temperature gauge and it was reading normal, so at least I wasn't overheating. When I got out to check under the hood I saw antifreeze on the ground, always a bad sign.

antifreeze puddle

I got the hood open and followed the green to the upper radiator hose. When I'd squeeze it I could hear air going in and out, it definitely had a hole. It's not really surprising since who ever put the hose on the first time tightened the clamps way too tight. They also used some really stupidly designed hose clamp with a very small surface area. That plus being over tightened meant it cut really deep into the hose. The hole was right along one of these grooves.

abused hose

hole in radiator hose

I borrowed a friend's car (a new Jeep!) and got a replacement hose, a new clamp and gallon of 50/50 coolant mix. The new hose wasn't an exact replacement, it was much longer and the bends were at slightly the wrong angle, but when cut down to size I could muscle it into position without it kinking, so it all worked out.

New radiator hose

I was really nervous about this because for this car overheating is basically a death sentence as far as head gaskets go. I've accepted that I'll eventually need to replace the head gaskets but I'd like to put some miles on it first; I've only had it for couple of months! I know what I'm looking for as far as symptoms leading up to head gasket problems, but allowing it to overheat would exacerbate the problem immensely.

The last thing I need to do make sure I get the air out of the system. I've read online that basically you can burp the system by nosing up a hill or a ramp and allowing the air to work its way forward to the radiator. Some say you should take the heater hose off and fill the engine that way then the radiator and then the reservoir bottle. I've already filled the radiator and bottle so that might not work. I didn't lose too much coolant since this hose was on the very top of the system, so hopefully there isn't too much air in there.

School Pictures

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 - Comments (4) in Life, Work

We got a new company to take our student and faculty portraits this year at school. They were remarkably efficient at taking the pictures, at least from what I heard. They took mine pretty quickly, but I was by myself, not with a group of 20 little kids. However, the ID card I received a few weeks later left me a bit underwhelmed.

harley ID card

Maybe it's that white line across the center of the card. Maybe it's that the green part doesn't extend all the way the edge on the right side. Maybe it's that the acorn and leaf look like a first-grader drew them. Or maybe it's that they spelled faculty wrong...


Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 - Comments (0) in Life

Ugh, I feel old. Early this month I turned 31 years old! I've been meaning to write about it for weeks, but there really just isn't much to say.

Work has been really busy ever since school started and it's just wearing me down. Usually it's busy for a couple weeks and then everything calms down. Here we are almost 7 weeks in and it seems like there is still tons of stuff to do and more every day.

Just having Claire around also makes me feel old, but I'm perfectly fine with that; it's the good kind of old. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

We recently bought a bedroom set, replacing the mishmash of bunged-up dressers and nightstands. The bed frame is slight taller than the frame we had before, which I didn't think would be a big deal until the first morning I got out of bed. I'm not sure how, but I managed to pull a muscle in my back getting out of bed! How pathetic is that?

The other reason I know I'm old is that I just finished my birthday cake yesterday! Yes, ice cream cake survived in our freezer for more than 2 weeks. In my younger and digestively sounder days I would have housed that cake in 2 days.


Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 - Comments (0) in Life

For a few weeks I've seen a small family of black cats running around, a mom and two kittens. I've seen them frolicking around across the street, so I assumed they were the neighbor's cats. This morning I saw one of the kittens laying out in the sun in front of my shed. He was also going under the shed like it was his new home. I really hope they are the neighbor's cats because I don't know if the space under the shed is an appropriate shelter for a Rochester winter.

kitten in the yard

When I was 5 we found a couple kittens in our wood pile next to the house. They were only a few weeks old at the time so we ended up taking them inside and keeping them. I'd like to have a cat now, but Rachelle is allergic and Claire probably is too. I probably wouldn't like one when it came time to clean the litter box though.

My First 3D Movie

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 - Comments (1) in Life, Movies

A few weeks ago I saw my first 3D movie — Resident Evil: Afterlife. I wasn't totally sold on the idea of 3D movies, in fact I really didn't care if it was 3D or not, I was just wanted to see the new Resident Evil movie. My buddy Jason, who lives in Albany, drove up for a mini-visit and to see the movie. His wife flat out refused to see it and I knew Rachelle wasn't going anywhere near that one, so the only way we could see it is if we got together.

reald 3d glasses

The glasses were very stylish (not), but at least they were comfortable. The 3D-ness was cool, but a little distracting to me. It just didn't feel right because everything was in focus. When you look at something in the foreground everything behind that should be out of focus, at least according to my brain. Obviously it has to all be in focus because everyone doesn't look at the same thing at the same time. When Alice points a gun at the camera, some people will look at the gun, some at her face and some at the wall paper behind her.

I thought it was best used for shots without a huge depth of field. There were some scenes in the movie where they made things stick out so far it actually hurt my eyes and after a while gave me a slight headache.

I liked the movie. It wasn't as good as the first one but better than the third one, definitely worth a second look on dvd. The coolest part was the Axeman, but he was only in it for like 10 minutes. He totally reminded me of Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill franchise. I was disappointed that they didn't offer any kind of background on him.

The axeman

Final verdict on the 3D: meh, I would have enjoyed the movie just as much in 2D. They actually expected you to give the glasses back at the end! They had "recycle" bins in the theaters for you to "dispose" of your glasses. I'm pretty sure I paid for those glasses (I think the tickets were more expensive because of the 3D) so I wasn't going to give them back and allow the theater to resell them to some else.