As an aside to "work blogging," I have some fun news.
Besides everything that runs on electricity, I do have other hobbies. One of those hobbies, or rather, the primary "other" hobby, is cars. More specifically, Solo II racing otherwise know as AutoCross.
So, last Friday, my car died. At first, it seemed rather simple; the car would not start. First check: battery. But, a quick reading from the voltmeter rendered that hypothesis false. Next check: starter. Changing a starter is rather easy to do, but I had to get to work and had no time (and no inclination) to tinker with the car on a cold Friday morning. There's a mechanic's shop just a few blocks away from my house, so I called up a tow truck (albeit, the world's slowest tow truck, it seems) and had the car towed to the garage. They told me that it would take only an hour to swap in a new starter.
This was perfectly believable. The starter on the 3.1L V6 is located at the front of the engine compartment directly below the block right behind the front fender. Very accessible, and is as easy as three bolts and an electrical connection. I said, "okay, I'll pass on catching a cab to work and do the working from home thing while you guys quickly switch in the new starter."
After some time briefly extending the hour mark, it was discovered that the starter was not the root cause. The problem was much more devious. Somewhere between the ignition, the battery, and the starter; the ciruit was not closing. (And, that was the best case scenario.)
Did I mention Autocross? Yes, when you do that sort of thing, you have to expect a certain decrease in the measure of the reliability of your car. I had already accepted this and would often have to spend weekend time keeping the car in good running condition. But, at this point, that was the last straw. Time for a new car.
So, the next day, I went out and got one. And, as hobbies tend to dictate preferences, it had to be a good Solo II racing car. So, without further ado...