it may be apparent I've taken a little adventure.
A new gig in the Portland area opened,
and it seemed too good to pass up.
Let's say I'm living three TV shows,
parks and recreation, portlandia and monster garage...
so it's a solo mission for the first few months,
the perfect time to get to know the area
make sure it's right for the family.
The first few weeks were interesting,
long stretches of van camping,
punctuated by weekend hotel stays.
I've never been so rested!
Once it's dark it's bed time.
It reminded me of the VW bus days.
the van would blend in perfectly.
They say PDX is a bike city,
but there are plenty of beat up cars and trucks.
About 3 weeks in I found a safe place to room.
That nomadic excitement was over for now,
in many ways I would miss that spur of the moment life.
with the housing situation,
being able to cook at any time,
and being able to pinch a loaf at any time.
It is surprising how life revolves around that
when it doesn't come easily!
With a fridge shopping has a new meaning,
especially since my wife's taken over this part.
I went to the store only needing clothes hangers!
Wi-Fi meant searching craigslist!!
(and writing blog posts!)
I had brought up the bottom speakers and receiver,
and found the others in a CL hunt.
Portland craigslist is not San Diego.
Stuff doesn't disappear in 15 minutes,
there's a lax sense of urgency.
There are a lot of great deals that linger
and the prices are steals.
Thankfully I came here with a job lined up,
as its like shark feeding time having a steady income!
The hot rod doesn't do that,
and the van with the CA plates screams noob.
A quick Craigslist scan and voila,
Like a chameleon...
$400 for a registered running truck!?
The pics and words cracked me up,
leaving no bad surprises for condition.
The ad was listed for a whole week!
I probably thought it was cold that morning.
and did some SD tire kicking.
$300 for a long bed stick shift minitruck!
Ok there were over 200K miles
and it needed some love,
tires were funky,
there was a growling sound,
and the engine leaked oil like a fountain.
This was the only original picture,
and it's hard to tell,
but the front tires were bigger than the rears.
I knew something was off,
however it took the tire guy to notice
there were 15" rims in front and 14" in back.
The next thing was bad planning.
I played it smart and ordered a bunch of engine parts online,
only to find out the engine was upgraded years before.
is actually a 1989+- b2200,
a little more refined engine.
New timing belt and crank seal,
no more leaks.
Amazingly with all the quick fixes,
including a replacement corner light,
the total is under $500.
Between the 8x2 mile work commute,
and a lot of craigslist scrounging,
I'm almost to $1/ mile less gas.
in comparison to the van anyway.
I thought the van would be the better snow ride.
going up this hill the rear slid out!
Not bad but on such a heavy sled there's a momentum.
but left them in San Diego!
The wife and kids sent them up after the storm...
It is amazing how fast the roads ice over,
at 130 it went from dusty snow...
And at 3:45 it looked like this.
just for some reason it gets very slick.
to go 8 miles!
The truck was not fun to drive.
With no weight in the rear,
the tires would just spin.
In bumper to bumper stop and go,
every take-off would be sketchy,
a half dozen times I got 45 degrees sideways!
The treads were hard with ice,
I could get into 3rd gear and not move!
Every truck like me was dancing the same.
I scored half price chains on good ole CL.
Of course now it's been dry for weeks...
the skinny rear tires would cut through quicker.
Anyway more later!