Tuesday, September 26, 2006

We Live In A Mechanic Shop...

Well, life has been no less than interesting lately. The alarm goes off at 7am, and every five minutes thereafter. At 8, we're finally roused by the sound of machinery clanking to life. Weak light streams into our cave. Mens' voices echo outside. We sit and wait. Sit and wait. Wait. Sit.

We've been stuck in Anchorage for the last 10 days, waiting (and sitting) on a mystery diagnosis for our not-so-precious Günther and living in the garage of Arctic Import Repair. Bruce, the kind owner with a marvelous mustache, lets us stay, granted we hunt the shop rats and stay out of the grease buckets. It's always dark, but we have everything we need. Except for a running vehicle, that is.

Turns out, Günth has a case of "terrible engine death". After sputtering and spurting up the Alcan, he's gone and blown his piston like a little brat. The guys here finally know what's wrong, after days of trying, as Günther died in their arms. They are doing surgery. I've felt let down, stir crazy, discouraged, and depressed. Our remaining time here is unknown.

On the bright side, things are finally starting to turn around. We've hooked up with some distant relatives of mine, right here in Anchorage. My mom's stepmom's brother's daughter, to be exact. They set us up in their motor home, which basically feels like a 5-star luxury suite at the moment. We've been on a Six Feet Under marathon. We're out of the rain and the cold. And, to top it all off, Bruce has agreed to trade some our massive car repairs for a website! Yes, I love the bartering system!

I'm not sure how much longer we will be here, but I just hope it's before the snow creeps down the mountain. It's this ominous pending thing, as it starts at the top, works its way down, then sticks by Halloween. At the moment there's a dusting barely covering the peaks. It wasn't here when we arrived. I'll keep you posted.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean Günther can't but Al can?


9/26/06, 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

told you Six Feet Under would come in handy somewhere along the way...isn't it the BEST!?!?

thinking of and missing you guys a ton...I think I've said it before but at the risk of being repetitive...LA just isn't the same without you!

since you updated us, i'll update you...briefly...we started classes yesterday, as well as jim's new church internship in Redondo Beach and my practicum training here in Pasadena. all is going well so far, but it's only been 2 days...

call us again sometime, since you don't seem to have too much time on your hands ;)

you (and Gunther) are in our prayers,
jim & kenz

9/26/06, 9:59 PM  
Anonymous joey's maui mama said...

ooooo that's sad. It's not what it should be, not what it could be, it just is what it is...life in a mechanic shop.

I'm glad to hear that there are little tender mercies along with the disappointments--a plush motor home, the barter system, and God watching over you before you got back on the Alcan with a doomed vehicle.

We love you and pray for you....

9/27/06, 11:28 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Wow,I bet your cursing the Grateful Dead guy in AZ,yeah? If it is any consolation I put that rad picture of you guys acting like gazelles on my screen saver..love you.ps Aidan has been praying every night for you both!!

9/27/06, 1:59 PM  
Anonymous nene said...

why you'm do dat?

9/30/06, 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to start the official ditch Gunther petition. That crazy hippy ripped you off!

10/3/06, 3:14 PM  

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