I still have 3 or 4 estimates to write, but I’m blowing them off (for now) because it’s been too long since I’ve updated my blog. We’ve been extremely busy so far this year. Granted, not even close to last year when all those rock chip claims were starting to take off. We still get some of them, but only a few a week now. I haven’t looked at anything really spectacular. But I have noticed I’ve seen a lot more Acura’s this month than I have in a long time.
But first, I had to go to North Fork during the first week of January. And of course, North Fork is about 30 minutes North of Salmon. So it was 6 hours each way. + sick as a dog x multiple pull overs to nap + horrible road conditions = about 7.5 hours each way. I wanted to die when I got home. But it sure is pretty out there… I must have beat the Plow Trucks out of bed. They were nowhere to be seen that morning.It was pretty slow going the first half of the drive out. I only averaged about 35-40 mph. The TSX actually handles very well in the snow & ice with some new all season tires on her.Then of course there’s the standard issue herd of Elk cows on the back side of a blind hairpin turn. Nothing like it to make sure you’re awake and paying attention. About 6 of them broke right to head off the road when I layed on the horn. The rest of them broke left up the hill instead. Apparently I broke up quite the party…I haven’t seen this many in quite some time. Each one is about the size of a small horse. The males are much bigger!
North Fork was a lot like Salmon. Lots of beautiful mountains & lazy windy roads. I did like something about this mountainside. Up around the bend was a small turn out with a covered info placard and monocular pointed at the mountain. I was real close to stopping to check it out, but it was about 8 degrees and I was sick as a dog and just couldn’t make myself stop to see what it was all about. Next time I guess. Oh, the reason I had to drive all the way out here was to look at an old 91 Chevy pick ups camper shell. The owner had left some food in the back and locked it up and the neighborhood Black Bear found it & ripped the camper shell rear door off and stole the food. No joke. Nothing to really show, otherwise I’d post some pics. Just a twisted up rear door. You have to be careful up in the mountains out here!
So now on to the Acura’s. The first one I saw this month was a 2006 RL. The driver was playing with her phone and didn’t stop in time. Oops…Then I was at copart last week and saw this nice little S2000. They had taken really good care of it. Until they wrecked it. I love the unibody on the S2000’s. They remind me of how race cars are built. But the real gut wrencher was this 2003 TL. The previous owner left it for dead in a river. There wasn’t a straight panel on it. I owned a 2002 TL Type S back in the day. I loved the car & it hurt a little looking at this one. Honorable Mention was this 1987 MASERATI BITURBO I came across at a tow yard in Twin Falls. Neat old car. It was just sitting there, complete as can be. It was definitely showing it’s age though. Cracks in the dash and all, but real wood trim inside. I thought about buying it to fix her up. That is until I looked it up and saw the car only booked for $2k-$6k. But mostly, I would have taken forever to find parts for it. I’ve got little spare time as it is. So there she still sits… Lastly, I may have mentioned that when I was a kid (teenager) I worked at Norm Reeves Acura in Temecula CA for a time in the parts department. I also worked at the Dodge store next door (same owner). Well it also happened to be the first year the NSX was released and the sales manager had one. He’d pay me on the side to polish it up for the weekends & even let me drive it a couple times to gas it up for him. I’ve been in love with that car ever since and promised myself that one day I would have one of my own. Well, a few days ago I got this in the mail from my credit card company…Is somebody trying to tell me something?