Sunday, January 31, 2010

Southland Distribution Odyssey

Hi, All!

Below is a timeline of the L.A. distribution run. I made it, but just barely...

Friday, 1/22/10, 8:00 PM: after driving 6.5 hours on the 101S through intermittent rain, arrive in Los Angeles on 3 cylinders, -2 windshield wipers, and 0 heat.

Saturday, 1/23/10, 10:00 AM: car won't start; enlist friend (and friend's car) to distribute matchbooks throughout city.

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM: distribute matchbooks to the following stores:

Skylight Books
Counterpoint Records & Books
Book Soup
Metropolis Books

Sunday, 1/24/10, 11:00 AM: return to car, install new spark plugs; car still won't start.

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM: check/adjust the following:

distributor and rotor
points and timing
gas and carburetor

No dice.

Monday, 1/25/10, 6:55 AM: call supervisor, inform that I'm stranded in L.A. and won't make work.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: panic, ask myself, "In order to get home today, do I...

a) buy new parts, install, and maybe solve car problem, or
b) tow car to mechanic and let the experts do their thing?

9:30 AM: tow car to E&C Motors in Reseda.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: stump veteran VW mechanic with mysterious car problem, think, "Will I ever get home?"

11:30 AM: try last possible solution--car STARTS!

11:30 AM - 6:OO PM: after driving 6.5 hours on the 101N through intermittent rain, arrive home on 4 cylinders, -2 windshield wipers, and 0 heat.

Big thanks are sincerely given to the following friends and saviors:

Owen & Emily, for cool-headed advise, a blow-up mattress, and whiskey.
Rob & Anat, for transportation, navigation, conversation, and libation.
Leagh, for cellular roadside assistance.
Brandon, for cellular roadside assurance.
Natalie, for holding it all together.

Keep On Keeping On,



  1. I guess no one ever said that being a publisher was dull. Congratulations on making it back to the Central Coast more or less in tact.

  2. This isn't really relevant to this post, but what I'm curious about how long your submissions have been, that is, are people using all 300 characters or are they doing a little less when it makes sense...
    Myself, I feel compelled to use exactly 300 every every time, like a point of honor (single space after the period of course).

  3. Hey, D.C.
    Like you, most folks feel compelled to use all 300 characters-or almost all 300. And, yeah, I retract my previous statement about two spaces after the period. Apparently, those nuns from Catholic school really worked that into me (also as a point of honor, I suppose).