I’ve been trying to move along with the storyline (and trust me, there is a storyline) but I just keep getting distracted with stuff like this!
So remember I told you all that my car had broken down the very day I got home from my trip to Connecticon? Well I finally got the mechanic to come take a look at it yesterday, and he says that the car battery’s dead – which is a problem even I could’ve figured out if not for the fact that I didn’t even consider the possibility bacause I bought the battery just a week or so before!
So after the mechanic gave me a “I can’t believe you made me come all the way out here for a dead battery” look, he took it away and I stayed there looking at the car’s engine for a while. Just a few cars over in my garage another car had its hood open and I got the opportunity to compare both engines. Mine; a 55-year old jeep engine and his; a two or three year-old economy car engine. In comparison, the other car’s engine looked like a living organism, I couldn’t even start to figure out what did what and where it went. My car’s engine – on the other hand – is simple and kind of classic in a mechanical sense. It’s still a complete riddle to me anyway – but perhaps a less puzzling riddle.
It occurred to me that I can either learn a bit of mechanics and keep the car or sell it to somebody that knows what they’re doing, because as it is the car is just draining my wallet and patience (and comic strip jokes about my car breaking down have wandered from the realm of the funny into the barren wastelands of the pathetic). Either way, I’m hoping today’s joke is the very last I ever draw about my car, for better or worse.
Anyway, sitting there and thinking about all this and how little I understand of it, today’s comic came to mind. On their way out of the restaurant O was supposed to meet somebody very important and continue the storyline – but the engine gnomes just required to be drawn.
I guess that’s the way it goes, lazy engine gnomes like mine.