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Aug 08

Another New Baby

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1992 Chevy Silverado Pickup

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Everyone needs a new baby. Here’s mine.

You are seeing a 1992 Chevy Silverado with 18,305 miles on it. Don’t believe it? Well neither could I. But what the hell, we called the owner who turned out to be the original owner, and went off to the wilds to see it.

There was nothing to be skeptical about. This pickup and everything on it is like new. It has lived it’s entire life garaged, and mostly not driven. It passed the Smog test so low that you would think it was not running.

It does have the usual Chevy quirks: the low gas mileage 350 engine, and a big turning radius; both of which I can live with.

Since I bought it (how could I not? Actually, Fujie made the deal; I just stood around and drooled), last Saturday, I have added an alarm1 and new tires2. On Friday the 10th I added a spray-on bed liner3, and Monday an iPod connection4.

And, finally, the pickup had been purchased from a Dinuba dealer and lived on the outskirts5 of Reedley. About 3/4 of a mile from where Fujie grew up.

Reedley never goes away, does it? There is no escape; it’s sort of like the Hotel California. “You can check in, but you can never leave.”


1 The alarm was added because everyone who saw the pickup said it would be stolen within 2 weeks and could be broken into and started in 2 minutes or less. Graham sort of demoed the break-in procedure. I wouldn’t want that now would I? Nope!

2 I changed the tires because the originals were on the pickup and after 15 years were cracked and not a pleasant ride. The new tires have made the ride much smoother; though with a lowered vehicle how smooth can it be?

3 I am going to be hauling stuff; lumber, cabinets, beer, whatever. The original bed would be a mess in a month, so the sacrifice must be was made.

4 I was going to replace the stereo system with a new, modern one, but decided I didn’t want to modify/trash the dashboard. The FM modulator, that is part of the iPod kit, hissed when playing “normal” FM stations though it worked great for the iPod. (“Normal” FM in Fresno consists of bad rock/rap, Christian Bull Shit, and 400,000 Mexican/Hispanic/Latino stations.) Anyway, the kit is going back and being replaced by a new AM/FM CD/mp3 player with an iPod connection. I have to thank Audio Innovations here in Fresno for putting up with this, and for taking the kit back. If you need a new audio system for your car/truck/penis-enlarging Hummer, they are the place to go. Ask for Ryan. Accept no substitutes.

5 Does Reedley actually have outskirts? Or is Reedley itself an outskirt? Just what the hell is an “outskirt” anyway?

Outskirt

Apparently, Reedley could be an outskirt of Fresno, and Fresno could be an outskirt of L.A. or S.F, or both, or somewhere else, and they could be an outskirt of… this will never end. Also, you can get an outskirt at Target. Are we clear now?


The cat has too much spirit to have no heart. - Ernest Menaul

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