My friends gave me their not-so-new 1989 Honda Accord SEi a few months back. It appeared to be in great condition for its age, and even compared to a car 10 years newer. I decided to invest time, effort and money into getting it into tip top condition.
I started with the engine. I think I’m pretty much done with that now, with a few exceptions. The air conditioning simply doesn’t run cold after the conversion from R12. I think there’s a leak.
I had the steering rack replaced, and I’m sure the mechanic messed it up. The steering’s really “loose” now, and there’s a vibration when a turn is attempted at just about anything more than a dead stop. A friend looked at it for me, and says that a bushing is missing. He said he can replace that fairly easily.
Once those things are fixed, I believe the car, with proper maintenance, will be good for a few more hundred thousand miles.
- Fuel injectors (all 4)
- Tires (4)
- Steering rack
We started to work on the exterior. It’s in very good condition. There are no major dings, and no paint peeling or oxidation. The exception is the side view mirrors, which Matt repainted. He showed me how to do everything, so I can work on the other plastic parts when I have time.
The interior is in good condition, aside from the leather upholstery, which is quite worn and has several tears. I’ve found a local person who can either patch or replace the upholstery. I’m considering just having the tears patched. I tried a DIY kit, but they were just too large to cover. As a temporary measure, I applied Liquid Stitch to the tears to keep them from further ripping. That stuff gets brittle and eventually gives way, so it’s not a permanent solution.
I’ll post my progress.
Check out my nephew, James, on GMA Live. As his aunt, I think I bear some of the credit for his coolness.
James and Kai on GMA Live
I got these results last week. Pretty much the only difference between these results and the last ones is that the IgA is about 200 mg/dL higher. Last time, it was 663. The m-spikes are the same. This time, the kappa/lambda free light chain ratio is just inside the normal range. IgM and IgG are suppressed, and at about the same levels they were in October. Why the increase in IgA? My doctor suggested that it may simply be a normal immune response to something.
The serum free light chains weren’t back yet when I got this. I don’t think about this stuff as much as I used to, so I probably won’t even call in to ask about it. I’ll wait for my next appointment in a couple of months to find out.
I had been seeing the doc every 4 months, but now it’s going to be every 3 months, due to a small increase in m-spike. The doc asked me if I want to start maintenance, but I said no. The m-spike was somewhere about 0.3 five years ago after I had my auto SCT.
This was forwarded to me on the AAMC mailing list.
This is a picture of a puppy currently residing in a puppy mill in North Carolina. Under present state law, because she has “food, water and shelter” she cannot be rescued. Only when she is dead will she probably get out of this cage.
We are hoping (probably against hope) that the legislature might take some time away from passing a fracking bill, to consider legislation that would define the requirements of “food, shelter and water” a bit better than is pictured here, as well as require exercise and veterinary care.
If you agree that this is cruel and inhumane treatment, please let your legislators know. In Moore County, your state representative is Jamie Boles ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and your state senator is Harris Blake ( Harris.Blake@ncleg.net ). You might also address comments to the Senator Pro Tem Phil Berger ( Phil.Berger@ncleg.net ) and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis ( Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net ).
There are a lot of animals in North Carolina that would appreciate your speaking up for them.
Wow. Hospitals have sure changed! A family member was recently hospitalized, and the staff actually encouraged us to stay the night and help with care. It’s a good thing to be able to do, if you have the ability. Sometimes responsibilities at home might get in the way, but being there as much as possible helped my loved one get through the rough patch.
I remember one time when I was really sick and in the hospital, though. I didn’t even want calls or visitors. I just wanted to be left alone. I bet most people prefer the company!
The dog and I went out for a walk this afternoon, and stopped for a bit to talk to these friendly neighbors.
By the way, if you have a horse farm, and you’re looking for the best equine fence builder in Southern Pines, get in touch with my friend, Brad Charles.