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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Martial Arts and Car Repair

Yesterday I was driving to Longmont and the car felt funny. I checked around and there were no symptoms of any kind, other than it feeling not right. I drove carefully for a few miles, checked the brakes and then went and had a fabulous lunch.

On the way home, I noticed the air conditioner wasn't working (it had worked on the way to Longmont). I looked down and realized the car was about to overheat. Never having had this problem before I had a moment of panic but then I remembered the 5 D's.

I had already Discerned and realized there was a problem. Now I needed to Defend, which meant pull over before I had a bigger problem. Then I Disrupted, which meant turn off the car. I also called Kevin who at least has a small car maintenance skill, where I was working off raw intelligence. Turns out the car cools quickly so I could limp home by turning the car off for 5 minutes, driving a mile and then repeating the wait cycle. It took about 30 minutes to make the 10 minute drive under these circumstances. A $5 bottle of radiator fluid fixed the problem. Now I'm monitoring to see if we have a leak, or if they forgot to top us off at the last oil change. What I love most about the martial training I do is that there's so many stories of avoiding tragedy. Be ninja--where luck is a skill we train for.
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