November 01, 2004

ATTN:UK folks!! I'm coming to do a short DIY tour in the UK starting November 12th. I was just checking to see if there are people out there who would be willing to help spread the word about shows (Passing out flyers, posting stuff on the websites in England, etc.) Also, I have a few days off on Nov. 10th and 11th (MY BIRTHDAY) Any ideas of things to do? Would love to hang out with the locals. I'll be in the London area, so get in touch.

11:42 AM
My left bottom molar is in pain. It has a heart beat and is pounding. Ouch. Perhaps a cavity. I went to a Halloween party in Santa Cruz last night. I went as Bruce Lee. 70's attire and big shades attached. Monica went as a baseball player. We didn't quite have the matching outfits I hoped for, but at least we dressed up. The best costume goes to my friends Matt and Jessica. Dressing up as Mitch and Mickey from the movie A MIGHTY WIND. And they even performed two songs from the movie. AMAZING!! I took lots of pictures that I'll make sure I get up on the website. FUN FUN FUN

We left at around 11:20 PM and started our journey back over HWY 17. Hwy 17 is a 2 lane hwy that goes up and down and curves quite a bit. It's the gateway to and from Santa Cruz and the beautiful scenic drive is void of much civilization like gas stations, etc..

To my dismay, my beautiful 1994 Mazda mini van started over heating to a degree I've never experienced before. Just a few months after similiar radiator problems, I reached the peak of car trouble. Complete shut down. Engine light on, smoke pouring from the hood, and a car stuck on the side of the road with complete darkness. I don't know anything about cars.

I popped the hood and just let the engine cool down. Luckily I had a flash light. And could survey the area though it really didn't mean anything since I have no idea what I'm doing with a car. Just a few days prior I had read an article about deaths on the freeway. They say that people that are pulled over on the freeway are most likely to get hit. The blinkers somehow attract the cars to you. I started to worry as I was under the hood and imagined myself being propelled into the woods after being hit by a car.

Stress started kicking in as my cell phone wasn't getting any service. So, we just sat there. I thought we would just let the engine cool down. After 30 minutes I pulled the radiator cap off and let the steam continue to pour out. I urinated in a cup and poured that in and then started the engine back up. BAM!! IT worked and I was back on the road. Call me the master mechanic. Well, it didn't last long. Probably less than 2 minutes, my engine light is back on and we are blowing smoke like crazy, plus it now smells like pee.

I see a sign that has a gas station in 3.5 miles and I just put on my hazards and hope for the best. We roll into the gas station just pouring smoke. There's a hose and I just let the cold water pour on the engine trying to cool things down. After ten minutes I try to take the radiator cap off. With my head turned to the side getting ready to have something shoot out I could only relate this to something like setting a mouse trap where you feel like it's gonna go off or knocking down a bee hive and getting ready to run away. Does this make any sense??

Anyways, nothing shot out as it was bone dry. I filled it up with water and it was like a friggin' geyser going off. Water would just start shoooting out of it. What did this mean?? Was it so hot that the water couldn't even stand the heat. This geyser reaction continued at least 5 times. And finally it seemed as if the radiator was full. Thank god.

But I still had no idea if it was going to hold. So I bought two gallons of water just in case I needed to add more on the drive. And then I just went for it. Man, I was so scared and nervous on the drive. I was driving so slow. About 45 miles an hour of the freeway.. DOH!! Cars were pissed. But FUCK em!! Safety first. Now, I don't know what to do? I'm thinking it's time to retire the van and get a new one. It's a sad day for me. Cars mean more than transportation. They're like family. By the way, this van is called PANDA. because it looks like a panda. Just thought you'd like to know. Be well.

Peace always,
Mike Park