Teh Squeaky Wheel
Good morning, GN -tomorrow morning we grab back the hour that the govt stole from us months ago. Small victories, but take what you can.
If Trump loses, I’m very curious as to what he will do as a lame duck for three months. I doubt it will be conventional.
In more mundane news, I think our rat problem making its home in Mrs Sven’s engine compartment is over. Caught a few more rats in traps under the vehicle, but then started feeling bad if they were just woodland creatures out for an evening stroll with no ill intent and SNAP! So removed the traps and put some scent repellent packets inside the engine compartment -- so far, either that or the death of the bad rats solved the problem. For now.
On a related note, the hood release cable from the external hood release latch to the lock on the left side of the engine compartment either broke or became detached and I wasn’t able to open the hood fully. I managed to grab the cable on the other side of the latch with a pair of pliers and pull, but it just came loose. Peering into the compartment with a flashlight through the 1.5-inch gap, I couldn’t clearly see the lock or figure out how it operates, so took to youtube.
To my amazement, neither youtube nor any of the forums had any information that helped. Most advice was “take it to the dealer” as a special tool is needed. Even more amazing was the number of videos, like the one below, showing people how to open the hood under normal circumstances:
Really? 31,000 views of this one video alone? That many people can’t figure out from either common sense or the manual how to open a hood?
Anyhow, went over to a friend’s yesterday that has the same model and it took us about 5 minutes to figure out how to pop the lock using a thin wooden paint stirrer. Really poor cable design that can easily detach from the locking mechanism and that’s what happened. Put it back together and put the paint stirrer under the seat in case it happens again.
Are you sure the rats were not trying to lock you out? Is it going to be like The Nutcracker Suite on the Mountain Redoubt this Christmas.
(Maybe better lay in a supply of slippers?)
I’ve never seen The Nutcracker Suite, so can’t respond to that, but it is possible that the rats did disable the cable assembly…must think on this. As if I didn’t have enough to worry about -- thanks, Mac!
A young girl, Clara, is given a toy nutcracker shaped like a soldier, by her magic uncle at a Christmas party. In the night she comes down to see her nutcracker but finds the mouse king leading an army of mice. The nutcracker leads the toy soldiers in battle against them. Clara saves her beloved nutcracker with a well thrown, though unsporting, slipper.
Google translates that into English as “Chankla”.
Google also translates La chancla into English as “The chancla”.
Google translate needs to be hit with la chancla.
The music was one of the early classical pieces to grab me as a child.
Ah. I now see the rodent connection -- thanks!
Fat Caturday Halloween (aka Night of the Wandering Urchins) salutations, Wheelizens!
Heya, Sven! Glad you were able to sort out your hood latch and get the bad rats who’ve been nibbling on Mrs. Sven’s vehicle. 👿
Harper!!1! Nice to “see” you; cheers for the Sarah Hoyt link. (I don’t click over to her site very often. Hell…I’ve never even read one of her SF novels, either.)
I did not know Fatwa was a bird!
I do -- on occasion -- Tweet. 👿
Two words, mullet feathers.
I remind you again, sir, that I’ve not had a haircut since our wedding more than ten years ago. Harrumph!
I do wish we lived close by all y’all.
OTOH, we’ve not seen K8-E or PMK in far too long, despite the fact they’re so nearby.
Shamelessly stolen from AoSHQ:
“Trueninnernashionovadepressure” sounds like it might be some sort of horrid ethnic pastry.
Trump ought to come out at his next rally as fully against Biden’s position on trueninnernashionovadepressure. That it will kill millions of jobs and destroy America as we know it.
I’m a little surprised that Obama is appearing with Biden at the same rallies. The huge difference in oratorical skills between the two ought to be jarring. Not that that will matter to the MSM or even noticed by them or the dozens of supporters attending their events.
Because it never gets old…
Sweet, sweet, sweet!
Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven, Fatwa, and Mac!
Sven -- “my hood opens? Why was I not told this by the dealer? I wonder what’s under there?” I’m seriously not surprised. People just assume that all machinery will run forever and toss it out when it stops.
I stole this from a friend on Facebook. To good not to take.
I went out on my back patio this afternoon and found a problem. About one-third of the aluminum patio cover (present when we moved in 29 years ago) has pulled away from the house. It dropped down onto the trim above the sliding glass door, which kept it from crashing to the ground and potentially destroying the entire patio cover. I built a temporary support “wall” to take the load off and got out the ladder to see what happened. The patio cover is not attached to a ledger board, but instead is attached directly to the stucco. I assumed the attachment points went into the studs behind the stucco, but no. They drilled holes into the stucco, inserted some type of expanding anchor that didn’t expand, and screwed it all together. I’m surprised it lasted this long.
Now I’ve got to lay down on the roof, reach under the eaves, and remove all of the screws and “anchors” that have pulled out. Then I can work on getting things back into proper position, find the studs, drill into the stucco and install screws that will adhere to both the stucco and the studs. At least it will be cool next weekend.
Now there’s a job ahead of you. Good luck.
Thanks. The right way to do it would be to take it completely apart, but I’m afraid if I try that, I’ll end up buying a new one.
What a terrible example of nazi cancel culture: