Miles and miles

This Friday and Saturday we put almost 600 miles on my wife’s car.

Friday was treacherous. Our day started at 5:25 AM and ended at 1:00 AM the following morning. We made a round trip to Austin for my brother’s graduation ceremony.

Saturday we made another round trip to New Harmony, near Tyler, for a funeral.

We are beat. Bed time can’t come soon enough!

Wright and Shelby Amendments

I sent this letter to my Congressional representatives:

I am writing to ask for the simultaneous repeal of the Wright and Shelby Amendments that restrict air travel from Love Field Airport in Dallas. By arbitrarily restricting the destinations of passenger flights, these amendments dilute the nation’s foremost discount carrier’s ability to compete with other airlines. This effectively increases Dallas-area airfares, causes a major inconvenience to passengers, and pointlessly impedes Dallas’s already-struggling economic vitality.

Aren Cambre
Dallas, TX

Replaced P/S pump

I replaced my P/S pump on Saturday, and I painted pointless parts! Yup, I repainted the P/S pump brackets.

Here are the brackets after I wire brushed and cleaned them with brake cleaner:


Painted black:


I had to install it three times before I got everything fit correctly. The first time was aborted because I installed it with a belt wrapped around its back and without torqueing down the pulley to 55 ft/lbs, the second time was aborted when I realized I left out a spacer that goes between the left bracket and the upper bolt.

I figured out an inventive way to remove the pulley from the old pump with a faucet handle remover. It worked like a charm:

On my trip to and from work on Monday, the new pump performed great.

Myths and hoaxes

A coworker and I were just discussing the direction of water flow in toilets. He didn’t know that the oft-repeated grade school tale of southern hemisphere toilets swirling in the opposite direction is a myth. See is a great resource for other myths. Teeth do not dissolve when soaked in a soft drink. (My 2nd grade reading teacher actually tried that! Now I know why it didn’t work.) Nova does not mean “doesn’t go” in Spanish. Poinsettias are not poisonous.