This was my headlight bulb. Right before Shore Leave, my driver’s side low beams went out, and while I went to Advance Auto Parts on York Road to get a replacement, for deadlines and other reasons I didn’t install the bulb until the following Saturday, before I went to Camden Yards and briefly saw my … Continue reading Fun With Headlight Bulbs
I broke my key off in the Beetle’s ignition lock last night when I left the office. The Beetle has always had, shall we say, a “sticky” ignition. Sometimes it takes a little fiddling in the lock to turn. I’d actually found that the easiest way to turn it was to turn it from the … Continue reading The Best Week Ever
Friday morning, my driver’s side headlight bulb blew on the way to work. I noticed, stopped on Shawan Road at the stoplight there that I didn’t have two headlight reflections in the bumper of the car in front of me. Just one. On the passenger side. Hum, I thought. Hum. At the office parking lot, … Continue reading Fun With Lightbulb Replacement
For reasons I’m disinclined to share, I went on a somewhat unplanned road trip this weekend to Virginia. I use the word “somewhat” as I had a few hours to prepare for it, so I burned a few mix CDs for the drive and planned a trip that would take me through Richmond because I … Continue reading Scenes from a Road Trip
I am a super-genius! I’ve had a dashboard flower in my Beetles since 2005. In the first one, I didn’t have the official Volkswagen vase, so I ran the stem through the hole, hooked it inside the mount for the vase, then stabilized it with little plastic shopper cards. The new Beetle came with the … Continue reading A Flower for the Beetle
My friend and companion through many adventures over eleven years, my Volkswagen Beetle made its last ride the week of Memorial Day. Now I need to replace it, and for help with that, I’ve started a GoFundMe campaign. Who are you? I’m Allyn Gibson, a writer. I’ve published some short fiction over the years, including … Continue reading Replacing the Beetle — Starting Up a GoFundMe Fundraiser
This is a thing that happened. The Beetle broke down on 83 coming home tonight. I’d stayed at the office until almost seven working on the UK supplement, then headed home. Somewhere around Belfast Road, the Beetle seemed to be sluggish, underpowered. Near exit 31, on the long upcline, the console beeped at me and … Continue reading A Breakdown on the Expressway
I bought a flower today. It’s a fake flower, a silk flower. VW Beetles have a mini-flower vase built into the dashboard. After three months, I needed a flower for it. It looks really nice.