I Had another slow week at work this week. But I did get to go out to Jordan Valley to see This Series of disasters. It all started with someone burning some cut branches in the ditch by this persons property. Which also managed to catch the old trees on the proprtyline on fire as well. Some of these trees are over 100 years old. This is a family owned cattle ranch that spans hundreds of acres and has been in the family for 110 years. The fire spread right down the line and also caught some other trees on the property. All that was left was the sad remains of these old sentinels and resembled something out of a Tim Burton movie. I was surprised that this one was still standing. Some of these trees were over 6 ft thick at the trunk. Another casualty of the fire was this little Kia. All that remained was the skeleton of this sad little ride.So down the property the fire went until it got to this tree here…See the two trees on the left? Well, the one on the rights upper branches snapped off and pulled down the power line you see here (it’s since been replaced). So, during this time of power outage at this house, one of the neighbors offered to loan them their new diesel generators. A fully loaded, state of the art generator with radio remote. How this unit works, is when you place it on a ridge, up to 20 miles away, and it’s linked up to a water pump that sits yet another (up to) 20 miles away, by radio frequency. This pump supplies water to the cattle out in pasture and has a water level sensor in the tank. When the water level gets to low, it triggers a signal to the water pump to refill the water tank. These generators can be used in tandem & as long as they’re withing eye shot & 20 miles or less of each other, these units can water quite a range and distance without the need of driving trucks out to the site every day to check water levels and refilling the tanks.
Anyway, the neighbor had a few of these and loaned one to their neighbor in need. Well, on the way there, the kids that were hauling the generator to the neighboring farm lost control of the 4Runner they were towing it with & ended up rolling the vehicle and the generator. The generator & the 4Runner both are total losses. The sad part of this tale is that one of the kids (teenagers) was not wearing a seat belt & was thrown from the vehicle during the loss. He was roughed up pretty good with a punctured lung & had to be life flighted out as the ranch is 85 miles from the closest hospital. as you can see in the next two pictures, they are literally out in the middle of no where!After driving over 20 miles on dirt roads to do this inspection, I noticed it was time to clean the inside of the TSX. With all the driving I do it seems like I sometimes live in the car. It had been quite a while since I gave it a good vacuum and scrub to the inside. I didn’t take a lot of “before” pictures, but I was pleased with the outcome… Here’s the “Before”You can even see the outline of the floormat & stains on the driver floorboard & dust & dirt everywhere. But she cleans up pretty good as you can see.
Notice the Blue sill protective plastic is still intact? 🙂 Many moons ago I used to detail cars for a car dealership when I was a teenager. I no longer have any of my old tools, but with a little extra time & care, you can still get good results. I even scrubbed down all the plastic panels and door trim panels to get the built up dirt & stains out of the texture. Sadly, I did notice that after all these miles, I’m finally starting to see the first signs of wear on the left driver seat bolster…
During this time, my niece (the one I call Maynard) came by with some new headlights for her Mitsubishi Eclipse. So we, (& by “we”, I mean mostly her) switched out her headlights. The old Lamps we reconditioned a year ago & they were already breaking down and oxidizing again. She doesn’t have a garage to park in and the constant exposure to the sun wreaks havoc on the lenses as you can see.
She went with some new aftermarket lamps that looked pretty cool.These new lights have the “Halo” effects if wired properly. We just did a quick light swap. Maynard will need to do a little research to see what she’ll need to do to get the halo effects set up. But even with out them, they still looked way better than the stock OEM lamps.I also had a chance to do a quick clean up on the Princesses RDX. It was pretty easy as it’s still such a new car. But I did notice a couple things during the clean up, the biggest surprise was this little door on the front right floor board (under the floormat) that opens to reveal a VIN stamp on the unibody frame underneath.
During the first month of ownership of the RDX, we went out to dinner at one of our favorite places and came out to find this dent/ scrape, dead center on the right rear door. Of course, there was no note, but the offender did however take the time to find another parking spot… When we parked there was no one parked on the right side. When we came back out 45 minutes later, still no one in the spot next to us, just the dent. Needless to say, the Princess was NOT happy. Vacuuming out the back cargo area with our Acura cargo cover was a breeze. The sand from the stroller wheels never had a chance to work it’s way into the carpet. It literally took 1 minute to vacuum the back. A great investment!It even has a hole cut out for the rear subwoofer so when Luke is rocking out, there’s no sound dampening.Lastly I noticed that I was way off in my initial estimates as to how many miles Josie would be driving. Originally I thought she’d be putting on a mere 3k-4k miles a year. Well, She’s already past 4500 miles in 6 months! Give a girl a new RDX and she’ll drive it I guess.