Location: Gold Hill, Oregon
status: cursing the matrix
What’s up, y’all!
This past weekend brought us both good and bad adventures.
We’ve had one of our Sienna vans for sale and it finally went away this week. Yay! So now we’re down from 5 vehicles to 4. This is an important countdown, because we can leave town when we get to 1.😂
We felt good on Saturday when the UFC prelims started out with some crazy knockouts, but we didn’t watch the main card. Instead, we headed out for the annual Beers Around the World competition.
A tradition for more than half a decade, the contestants each show up with a six-pack of beer from a different country around the world. They add their name and their beer to the board, and when the official says “Start drinking!”, they plow their way through as many different beers as they can, trying to capture the horn.
Since there are only six beers from each country, and many more than six participants, there comes a bit of strategy and conspiracy to the game. This includes a particular player who takes his delight not from winning, but in blocking other people from winning.
It’s a good time, even though gnob and I quit drinking nearly three years ago. There are also corn hole and dart tournaments, and in recent years, a pinball competition has been added. In a move that reflects his awesomeness, our host had prizes that weren’t solely liquor this year, just for us. Didn’t win any, but that sure made my heart melt.❤️
Feeling even better about the world than the day before, we woke up early Sunday morning and watched the UFC main card from the previous night. Yes, we like UFC that much!
Afterwards, we decided we should knock out some maintenance that the other Sienna needed. It’s gnob’s daily driver, and now with the other van gone, it’ll be mine, too, so it needed some love. (and a shop vac 😝)
I got my simple sh*t done with a quickness, but gnob’s job turned into a disaster. You know, the kind of job where you’re only doing an easy bit of maintenance, but when you put the whole thing back together, it suddenly won’t work anymore-for no obvious reason-and now your daily driver is down for the unseeable future.🤬😤😡
That kind of job.
The kind that happens promptly when you’ve sold your other daily driver.
That’s the Matrix, always looking for a way to mess with us, but we roll with it.
Silver lining: look for that video later this week. Or at least part one of that video. He has to get the van fixed soon, because he can’t be driving the Snale to work every day. Not with these gas prices.
Since you’re reading about it here, though, I won’t leave you waiting in suspense until the video series is done. One of the perks of reading the weekly post is that you’ll know about stuff before the videos drop.👍
Here’s your insider knowledge: he fixes it, because of course he does. He fixes everything.😁 Sorry, did you not see that coming? lol - love ya!😘
Video of the Week
Ep. 10 Snale Racing Restores and Installs a Rear Winch on the '89 4Runner
For some reason, when we mention to people that we have a rear winch, they don’t quite seem to understand. Here’s what we mean: there is literally a winch on the rear of the truck.
My favorite part isn’t the winch, though. It’s the in-cab winch controls that operate both the front and rear winches. I’ll show you that video next week. In the meantime, check out gnob’s installation vid above and see how to do it to your own truck.
What We’ve Been Into
Trying to pack up the stuff in your house leads to reminiscing.
One of the first road trips we took together back in 2015 was to the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. gnob flew out to Louisiana for a visit, and we drove up for the weekend. It was one of my favorite places as a child, and I was looking forward to seeing it as an adult.
It did not disappoint.
Even though it was a cold and rainy March, the weather held off long enough for us to explore the park completely. There is way more to the 1800-acre park than what you see here, and you should go see it for yourself.
After visiting the park, we returned to our room, where the view was so spectacular, we turned the couch around from the television and faced it outward. It was chilly, but as we sat and watched the barges rolling, rolling, rolling on the river (sorry, I couldn’t resist), I think the fog added to the ambience.
We didn’t stay in our room all night, though. We took a night-time walking tour of downtown Vicksburg with the nice people at Haunted Vicksburg. Highly recommend signing up for it if you’re in town. See if you can spot the ghost in this photo.
It was a fun trip, and watching that Oregon hippie, gnob, get introduced to the full Southern experience was hilarious. I’ll never forget having to explain to him that some stores just don’t carry Pepsi products, and they never will.🤯
That wraps up another week with Snale Racing! We’ll leave you with the quote that was most powerful for us this week. Don’t waste your time, you don’t have much of it. Peace!
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