Friday, March 18, 2011

The mechanic's daughter

I am a mechanic's daughter. I have survived more breakdowns on vacation than you've eaten at McDonalds. Engine fires are no mystery to me. And yes black smoke coming out of your tailpipe is a very bad sign...I know that by experience. Can you replace a waterpump hose with a gardenhose with clamps? Yes, but that's where the black smoke and engine fire came into my life. I know the in between places in the Arizona desert better than toilet paper. Air conditioning is still such a thrill for me to have in my car that even today when I push it and it doesn't make the car stall, I get giddy. Yes I have helped tow cars before I could comprehend full sentences. Adding towing to my insurance felt like such a luxury. I still sometimes feel guilty about it. I think that I learned that the 2 most important things that you need to fix a car are bailing wire and electrical tape(we couldn't afford duct tape) Yes even though I have tried to mentally block those great fun times in my childhood of the insecurity of exploding or caputting at any moment, they are still there and have left their mark. It's who I am, a mechanic's daughter.


  1. thank you Carla, I knew you could truly appreciate that one.

  2. Wow, this brings back such great memories!



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