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:
Counterpoint Records & 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
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,