Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Light Bulbs and Brake Pads

Some manly men might consider me insufficiently manly because I don’t change my own brake pads on the cars I drive. Pfft! I say that I know myself, and mechanical aptitude isn’t my strong point. I understand how things are supposed to work, but when I take up a saw and hammer, even though I measure four times before I cut, I still end up cutting to the wrong length. I’m not about to trust something as important as the brakes on my automobile to my very fallible fingers.

I can manage the simple repairs, but even those seem to be much more difficult for me than they should be. Just last night, I replaced the headlamp bulb in my sedan. I had no problem getting access to the old bulb, and I knew that the only thing holding it in place was a wire retainer that was supposed to rotate out of the way. But I stuck my fat finger down into the recess, and I poked and prodded and pushed the end of the wire every which way, but it refused to rotate, and I worried that I was going to break something. Then, suddenly, it was loose. I have no idea what I did to release it, and I know that the next time I have to replace a bulb, I’ll struggle with the retaining wire again.

If I have that much trouble with a light bulb, don’t even talk to me about brake pads!


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Anonymous said...

Yeah, wish your dad would have taught you just the basics about carpentry! Maybe one of our kids will pick it up and eventually change our brake pads for us....one day.


BestJamaica said...

I find your post very funny..I can imagine. I don't change my brake pads either, not everything is for everyone. We cannot do everything it is impossible, so don't feel sad.


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thank you

George C. Markos said...

My dad taught me the basics and I raised four boys, so financially speaking, it behooved me to learn the rest and do a lot of things for myself.

My wife has different talents. So, I trust her with the checkbook. If both of us were good at it, one of us would be non-essential.

You obviously have a talent to write. That probably means you can relate to others and help them.

I am thankful that Jesus did something for me that I could not do. The moment that I placed my trust in Him, He gave me a peace just like you have when driving your car, because someone who knew what he was doing did what you could not do.

That's what faith, trust and belief is in the bible. Trusting in a person, Jesus or a mechanic, and what He did for me. Nothing blind about that at all.

Thanks for letting me read your blog.