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i'm too sexy for this motel room

his afternoon, while traveling through southern Mississippi en route to Houston I discovered that the clutch on the truck needed a lot more than a simple adjustment. The clutch is completely shot. I pulled it into a shop here in Hattiesburg and discovered that I will be sitting here until Friday morning until it can be replaced. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the hotels in the area have been essentially booked non-stop since the storm, but the shop managed to find me a room for the next two nights. Sadly, it's a non-smoking room and there are no others available. Tomorrow I'll see if one is becoming vacant I can snag for the rest of my time here. You can expect to see the long-delayed second part of the Rochester Subway entry.

nother thing I decided to do since I have a lot of extra time on my hands, not to mention a great deal of privacy and wide-open space, is take some pictures of MY legs.

You are so not ready for this

I told you you weren't ready for this. Now let's see YOURS.

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Absolutely, no question about it. The miles your losing now are probably just about cancelled out by the money you're not having to pay for the repairs (plus the lost time then, too). ;-) I mean, I'm not sure how much a clutch job is on a truck, but I remember on my old car in '96, it was $350 for around a 3 or 4 hour job. And I know the water pump they're replacing on my tractor now is a 12-hour job, and that's right on the front of the damn engine.

t's an 11 hour job. $840 in labor + $575 for a re-manufactured clutch. So, yeah, I wouldn't have made $1400 in these next two days.

Minga. Forget this driving jazz, I should be turning wrenches. That's one hell of a labor-rate.

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