Sunday, June 20

Posted by spacegrrl at 11:51 PM - "Sunday highlights"

One of the best parts of the day Sunday was caravaning to Carlsbad with a huge line of bugs. Steph started to lose a running board and a bunch of us pulled over with her to tape it back on. It was nice to pull together like that and take care of each other. As our cars age, more and more have problems along the trip, and we are learning to manage caravans more skillfully to make sure everyone is taken care of.

The road rally was frustrating in some places, and I was glad that Steph and I (in spacepod) teamed up with Dan and John (in Cleo). But mostly it was all fun and of course it was great fun to win a trophy! I've never won anything at Roswell before-- not even a raffle!

The drive-in, as always, was the best part of the day. Even if the movies kind of suck, it's totally fun. We had great fun yelling out at "Herbie Goes Bananas"... as Steve C. said, it's like Rocky Horror for bug owners. We could hear Jacob from across the parking lot and as usual, he had everyone in stitches.

After the movies were over, everyone was sort of standing around trying to say goodbye and pretty much failing, because it would mean that Roswell was over. we managed to work up some kind of a goodbye and walked back to our cars, but didn't quite leave.

Then someone came up and asked if anyone had jumper cables. I started to grab one of the chargers out of the car, then we got word that the problem was more serious than the battery.

One bug, with heavy customizations under the hood, wouldn't start. Russ, John, and the owner Chris did some troubleshooting... John finally pulled out the dipstick to find that it was completely dry. Steph, who never goes anywhere without oil (since Phoebe tends to burn a little) pulled four quarts out of her hatch. Russ added all four and it wasn't until the fourth was added that it reached the dipstick-- the engine had run completely dry.

Chris decided to try cranking it. When it finally turned over one time, we saw smoke come out of the engine compartment-- an oil leak. They finally determined that the turbo was blowing air and oil into the engine. The engine is most likely dead.

We got their stuff loaded into BJ's trailer, then a bunch of folks pushed the car out to where the tow truck could get to it. We waited with them until 2am when the tow truck arrived, then piled Chris and his wife into the only two available seats and took them to their hotel. It was hard to stay up late after such a hard weekend, but nice to know that we were, again, making sure folks were taken care of.

I got some fantastic photos of the car being pushed; I'm not going to try and catch up on photos tonight, but soon. Really :)

Posted by at 10:55 PM - "Booyah!"

Who won a 2nd place trophy in the road rally today? Why, that would be me!!

OK, so lisa and stephanie might have had something to do with it, but really, i did all the actual work. It's my trophy.

Now we're at the drive-in watching some appalling cat movie, then after that they're showing "Herbie Goes Bananas" just for us!

Posted by spacegrrl at 02:15 AM - "The first three beetle people i ever met"

The first beetle person i ever met was Russ Anthony. He took me to a DCNB meet, and in the lobby of a science museum in Baltimore, I met Steve Meister and John Steele.

I wish I could have had Russ in that final cam picture. We couldn't raise him on the radio in time. That would have been perfect, since Steve and John were there too.

But tonight at the party they were all three there. That was good, that we were all still coming to Roswell, four of the people to make the whole thing happen that first year, to travel on the caravan together, to lead the caravan and run the crazy web cams.

Posted by at 12:26 AM - "um."

You left me behind.

You people suck.

I'm _THE ALIEN DUDE._

Photos and Video from this day

06/20/04: pushing

category: impromptu repairs
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06/20/04: pushing

category: impromptu repairs
pushing

06/20/04: pushing

category: impromptu repairs
pushing

06/20/04: pushing

category: impromptu repairs
pushing

06/20/04: pushing

category: impromptu repairs
pushing
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