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Karma is a Vengeful Bitch...

So, I'm installing an APR "bipipe" in my Audi S4...(if you don't know, not important; it's an intake part). Sun goes down 7-ish these days, and the garage is packed with Honda Gyro-explosion parts (I'm disassembling one for parts), so I'm time-limited. Hurrying along, removing the headlights, when I accidentally drop the Torx socket somewhere  in the engine compartment. You know, one of those "blump, tap, THUMP, tinckle..." then nothing sounds. Particularly missing is teh subsequent light thud  of it hitting the ground. You look down inside, try to interpret sounds-versus-material observed, attempt to predict where it fell down-through. Grab the flashlight, look around. Nothing. Look on the ground under the car...nothing (not too much optimism there, as you didn't hear the muted thud of metal-on-asphalt...) Grab the magnet-on-a-rod, move around it in there listening for the revealing 'tink' of metal-on-metal...nothing. Remov

Musings from a Connecticut Yankee Car Guy in König Deutschland’s Court

Musings from a Connecticut Yankee Car Guy in König Deutschland’s Court (Transferred from web site to blog) German Trip, 2009 Here's a little ditty I wrote up during our last trip to Germany, January 2009; you know, the one I was working on at the museum cafe while I bored my wife...? As many of you are aware, I just came back from a week+ in Germany. Had a blast. I’m in a writing mood, so you rat bastards get to read my musings, much of which already appeared on Facebook... For a car guy, Germany is Car Heaven, on many levels. I’m not sayin’ I’m ready to move to Germany; there’s just too many ‘other things’ (mostly socio-economic) that makes it “a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t wanna live there.” However, if you’re a car guy, you gotta visit some time in your life. Let’s start with the Nürburgring, shall we? What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Nothing, other than the place flat-ass rocks (and that's been said before). Easily the best race track I'v