I was very much looking forward to Wednesday of last week. Two friends of mine came for a work visit. We met for dinner and you know, friendship has many qualities, bit one of them is that although you haven’t met in a year, you meet and you pick up as if there was separation at all, despite the jet-lag Bryce and Jon were suffering from. On Wednesday I went to bed very happy, because I knew we’d spend more time together. Yesterday we went to the “manly” Chinatown, the Chinatown where there is metal and sweat and welding and heaving greasy stuff; where there are pistons and crankshaft it is something a lot of people might not be able to understand or appreciate, but we all enjoyed it.
NO!, I will not talk about the Brexit. I have friends in England, some of who voted leave. I respect this decision, but I do not understand it. However, in friendships are only as strong as the differences they can overcome – the British exit from the EU is a shame, but it is nothing that will come between us.
Gear Wheel Alley….moving on.Yes the little Fiat 650 is still there, still there. Jon,always a keen observer, notices that the car looks like the day it cam off the factory floor. It is not an inside joke, but if you are not a motor-head, this one likely passes you bay. In the 70s and 80s (as far as I know) Fiats had a pretty bad reputation for reliability. Especially rust was a huge problem – it was so bad that the staples in the car catalog were already rusting while potential customers were still in the research phase.But this little car is simply an icon! Unfortunately, FIAT was not able to recapture the magic with the remake and bloated version of the Fiat 500. “Cutesy-ness” and cheap plastic have replaced soul and character – what a bummer.The ladies are still rebuilding transmissions and my to visitors agreed with me that spending a week to a month in gear wheel alley should be compulsory or any engineering undergraduate student – wrenching, cleaning and getting dirt underneath these computer console spoiled fingernails.
We were actually lucky, because this was the first time that I have seen engine in different states of rebuilding. Here we are looking at the cylinder head of a four cylinder engine with 4-Valves per cylinder. But do not fear, there is plenty more where that engine came from. I am telling you students would learn more is week than in a whole semester by taking engines apart, cleaning everything and putting it back together. Mission is accomplished, when the engine runs properly again.
Go make me happy, stay sharp and enjoy the time you can spend with friends, they are not always around and one day there will not be around anymore at all.
Cheers Markus \m/