Found a donor…and a deer

What a weekend…I expected it to be relatively quiet. Ended up finding a potential donor in NJ Saturday morning. I’ve been looking for a donor for months without much luck. Any time I’ve come close it’s been ripped from me at the last moment. I didn’t want to let that happen this time. I called up Jeremy to see if he could go along with me. I ended up screwing up his day…sorry man. The car is rough on the body…real rough…but the engine and transmission seemed to be in good order. It looks like it’s a done deal. I should be hearing from the owner tomorrow to verify there’s no lien, then he’s delivering it to me! Hopefully I’ll have a donor by the end of the week! What I thought would be a two hour trip each way ended up being 3 hours. The whole day was basically shot.

I got home to find out the Jacob had been a real pill and Ang was worn out. So we decided to go for a drive. Partly to get Ang out of the house and partly to get Jacob to finally sleep. We decided to go take a drive through one of the expensive neighborhoods nearby. On our way there I hit a deer with the Blazer. The whole thing is a blur. I remember cresting a small rise and seeing the deer. I hit the brakes hoping it would stay or head the other direction. Of course it had to decide to run right in front of me and that was it. I found the deer in the ditch on the side of the road later. After a bit I went back to look and it was gone, run off into the woods I suppose. The Blazer looks kind of brutalized. We’re going to need a new hood, headlights, radiator and front grill. Probably the right quarter panel too. I couldn’t get the hood up so I’m not sure if there’s more damage in the engine bay. You can see pics here. If that’s all we’ll be pretty lucky. I’m just glad I didn’t catch it on a leap and have it come through the windshield.

9/11 and Jacob

Haven’t updated in quite a while.  We had a baby!  Jacob Paul Brooke was born July 22nd.  Check the main page for all of the details.  The fact of the matter is that I have done virtually nothing with the kit in the last couple of months.  I have spent quite a bit of time looking for a donor but that’s about it.  Sometimes it’s difficult walking past it in the garage but I know it’ll get done when it gets done.  There have been more important things keeping me busy! )

Last Tuesday, Sept 11th, terrorists crashed airliners into the World Trade Center buildings in NY and the Pentagon in DC.  I’m sure anyone who is reading this knows the details, the excruciating details, of what happened.  I won’t rehash that here.  Suffice it to say, the incident has weighed heavily on me.  Sometimes feeling helpless to do anything, other times being proud to be an American.  As with most everyone I was riveted to the news.  After a couple of days I’ve found myself having to find other things to do in order to get my mind off of it.  I can’t imagine what it must be like for the people who are directly involved either through loss of a family member or in the ongoing rescue efforts. They don’t have the luxury of turning it off.  I truly hope that the citizens of the US will remember that as they get back to their lives.  For those of us that were not directly affected it will be easy to lose focus on what happened.  As good citizens we cannot allow that to happen.  I’ll be doing everything I can to keep the memory alive.  I hope everyone else can do the same.

On a happier note, the Capital Area Cobra Club is really starting to get active.  We’ve got quite a few people who are showing up at events and being active in the email list.  We had a gathering scheduled for today at Lee and Fritzi Tilton’s house down on the bay.  It was briefly considered that it be cancelled.  I think everyone agrees that it was a good idea to move forward with it.  I took a number of pictures and you can find them under the “Pictures” button on the left.  We started by spending some time at Lee and Fritzi’s house.  We then went to a local seafood joint, where the Tilton’s know the chef, for some delicious Chesapeake Bay crabs.  While we were there a kid, might have been the son of the owner, sang the Star Spangled Banner.  Nearly brought tears to my eyes.

If you are actually bothering to read this stuff, thanks!  Take a moment tonight and tell your family how much you love them.  Then consider doing something to support the real heroes of this country, the firefighters, police and EMS.  Remember that they were the ones that rushed into dangerous buildings and rubble to try to save people while other “heroes” were scared to get on airplanes.  I know I’ve been negligent in that regard.  I will be no longer.