It came back on. The boys at the shop gave me a free diagnostic check and cleared it.
They said drive around, probably a loose gas cap.
“If it comes back on in he next few days we will delve a bit deeper.”
I drove home.
As I pulled away from the shop, the familiar yellow indicator glared at me.
The delving of the deeper produced a neccessary valve replacement.
The replaced valve price I was quoted was a quarter of what I expected to pay.
So here is my question: Last time I visited “Italy Service” I cooked for the boys ‘Fresco Timpano’.
When I returned to shop with Fresco Timpano in hand, I discovered they have no microwave, no refrigerator, no formal table nor chairs nor dining utensils. It is an open garage.
There is no heating system so warm dishes will get cold. Sandwiches are an easy answer but I would love something a tad more satisfying and hearty in winter. Something they can go back and enjoy during the day. What can I bring to offer as a thank you?
I caught an episode of Dr. Phil. In videotaped clip, I watched his guest walk into the kitchen stand next to the refrigerator and ask her maid for a yogurt. She then turned, left the kitchen for seating underneath a patio umbrella and waited for her requested yogurt. The maid stopped what she was doing, walked to the very refrigerator the hungry woman previously stood next to, and then removed the requested snack. The next clip showed the maid with plated yogurt serving the woman on the patio. Dr. Phil stopped videotape and looked to his guest for an answer. The guest excused her behavior by saying she feels cared for when others do things for her. Dr. Phil noted the woman could have consumed the yogurt in the time it took her to find the maid, request the snack and wait for the snack. I flipped channels soon after.
As I surfed, I chuckled and I mused. I wondered how long it would take someone like the maid in the Dr. Phil clip, to crack and rebel in her own way. I wondered, when the cameras had stopped filming, if the maid might have abused her abuser. I wondered what sweaty orifice the maid might have ran the spoon over before lovingly plating it aside the yogurt. Did the maid have time to open a few blouse buttons and wedge the silver utensil into her arm pit. Or did she possibly use the spoon to dig a little lint out of her belly button. If the maid wore slip on shoes she might have been able to shove the spoon in between support hose and bunion-ed toes just before offering it up to her boss: the boss that is so insecure and empty she needs to misuse her position over others to proclaim her own worthiness in the world.
My guests at the brewhouse are not at all desperate or empty. I look forward to seeing them and talking to them and doing things for them. I’m very happy about that. Also, I don’t wear slip on shoes.
Purchase some dried sage or cedar burning stick. Some sandalwood incense or mini-charcoal burning disks (seen at Whole Foods or a health food store) would work just as well. When you awaken on New Year’s Day, take a salt bath; one cup of salt (epsom or sea salt) in a tub of water. Feel free to enjoy your morning cup of coffee while soaking, I do. After five minutes of immersion, lather up and finish your normal grooming routine. Dry off with a freshly laundered towel and put on freshly laundered clothes.
Light the sage stick or cedar or charcoal disks according to directions and wait until it begins to smoke. Begin at the front door. Make a counterclockwise circle around the perimeter with the smoking sage/cedar. Then going to the left (counterclockwise) walk the entire perimeter of the house. (If the house is two stories or more, begin at the front door and then go up and circle each next floor counterclockwise. If there is a floor above and below, do the main level first then the next level up, then below).
This counterclockwise circle releases negative energy.
Once back at the front door, still keeping the sage and cedar smoking, make a clockwise circle of the perimeter of the front door, then turn to the right (clockwise) and follow the perimeter of your home again. When you’re back at the front door, do one more clockwise circle at the door. The clockwise circle seals in positive energy.
Then go to the kitchen and pour enough water on the smoking sage, incense etc, to make certain it isn’t a fire hazard before you throw it away. Open every window in your house and turn on the fans. That will clear out the smoke and bring fresh air into your house.
While the house is airing out, go to the freezer and dump out all the ice into the sink. We’ll even begin the New Year with new ice!
Close all windows and turn off the fans. Your house is now ready for a new beginning. Have the following four items at the same meal before midnight.
Black-eyed peas: This is for luck in the New Year.
Some sort of leafy vegetable: spinach, collards or even lettuce. This is for money in the New Year.
Meat from an animal that doesn’t scratch backwards (chickens and turkeys scratch backward). Pork is a good choice. This is so you don’t go hungry in the New Year.
Something sweet: cookies, candy, cake or ice cream- so you can count on sweet surprises in the New Year.
Betty White delivered this monolouge in an old episode of The Mary Tyler Moore show. I thought it was appropriate.
“Snow always inspires such awe in me. Just consider one single snowflake alone.
And yet, let a billion of them come together through the majestic force of nature,
they can screw up a whole city.”
I love you my family and friends.