I am pleased to announce that my automotive ear is finely tuned. The second opinion sought for dear ole' Tach verified my thoughts that there was a clutch rattle as well as an exhaust rattle. That's not really a good thing, as the clutch repair is about quadruple the cost of the exhaust. Phbbt. Luckily, my fabulous mech reassured me that it may never become a real problem, and even if it does, the worst that can happen is a little stranding. No permanent, really expensive damage to the transmission will occur, so I'll just keep riding it till it stops. I am in the middle of a willful stranding; I don't think I'll be devastated if Tach decides he wants a voice in where we stop.
Tomorrow Tach goes in to the doctor; today we went for a ride. Did you know that the Okefenokee Swamp is actually in Georgia? For all the Pogo Papers that I read as a kid, I still somehow had the idea that it was in Florida. Still, it's not far from my present location, and it's one hell of a swamp.
I saw my first gator in the wild! And my second, third, fourth, and all the way down the line to fiftieth or so. We were not an arm's length away from one big old ten footer. Our guide was perfect; he had a good Georgian accent, plenty of jokes about snakes and his own ineptitude, and spat chaw repeatedly off the side of the boat. I think I'm a little in love with him. He knew every plant and animal we saw, and could spot a fisher spider (slightly smaller than my fist) at a 100 feet.
It was sunny, beautiful, and I loved it. My guide told us that you could rent canoes and take a 3 day camping trip across the swamp, seeing more orchids than at a highschool prom, gators, snakes, beautiful sunsets, and wide lakes. A seed has been planted. I am definitely coming back here. You don't even need a guide! They have everything clearly signed, and there are platforms at a day's travel apart so you don't have to sleep balanced in cypress trees. Can't do that alone, though. So who's up for a little wilderness camping?
I managed to feed my quiz addiction, and I went a little hog wild. I am sure no one is surprised by this first one: [insertion by Rachael, webmistress: I'm the one who screwed up the pictures here, not sure how I did that to the code, but I cain't make 'em show....]
Pirates of the Caribbean!
What movie Do you Belong in?(many different outcomes!)
brought to you by Quizilla
You are a fire shadow. The feathery glow of your
source makes you spritely and active. You love
to experience many things and you want to take
in the entire world. You are constantly
flickering, darting from one experience to the
next. You have heat, energy, magic, and
charisma and hold the power of beauty and
destruction. However, the dying of your embers
is a corrupting fear. Learn to accept that you
cannot possess so much raw energy
forever.(please rate my quiz cuz it took me for
freaking ever to create)
Okay, but this is probably the coolest and most apropos one of all:
That's it, I've done it, I am heartily sick of quizzes now. Do you know how many of these suckers are out there? And about half of them have anime themes or pictures. The quizilla ones are really sad, because embedded in the quiz somewhere, or sometimes throughout the entire quiz, there are pleas to vote for the quiz, cause they worked real hard on it. What kind of personal satisfaction do you get out of creating the top-rated quiz on an obscure website? Wow, 2,000 bored teenagers with modems think I'm cool. Rah.