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Monday, February 13, 2017

Dynamite Mexicans

Sure, I give LA a hard time, but the place does bring certain advantages to the table. Such as the modern miracle of free one-day Amazon Prime shipping. There's a $35 minimum though, so you find yourself adding some random things to your cart just to qualify...

But it sure is handy when, as a for instance, you accidentally ruin a new pair of speakers in the process of outfitting your spaceship with a decent stereo system. Such are the perils of any home improvement project, and you just hate to stall progress for days when these things happen.

New pair ordered last night at 10:30 PM, arriving in Q's driveway less than 12 hours later. Dynamex is the delivery company, and every time, it's the same Mexican lady who pulls up in a minivan with the goods, so clearly Dynamex must stand for Dynamite Mexicans. Mark my words – this company is going places.

In addition to the new stereo system, a slick 52" LED light bar is now sprawled across the top of my windshield. This baby turns night into day at the flick of a switch, giving me the flexibility to hang out in town until the evening hours whenever the mood strikes, yet safely make it out to the campsite after dark.

Yes, things at the workshop have by now ramped up to full speed. Best of all, draining the transmission and filling it with Red Line MT90 the other day, along with an hour or two spent tweaking the shift linkage, and I no longer think she needs a rebuild. That's around $1500 still in my pocket, and three weeks that I won't be sitting around twiddling my thumbs. A winning combination if ever there was one.