I work with a lot of people, including The Man, who have different things they like to stockpile. One of these is Hope. In my line of work, hope is not the same as it is for, say, a starving child or a desperate artist. (there may be some exceptions for the desperate artist) The hope i see in my line of work is usually along the lines of “I hope it lasts until i can afford to get it fixed” or “I hope they have that part in stock”.

We had a car come in yesterday with the instructions: “Please turn off all of the red lights on the dashboard.”  The estimate included repairing various systems. They declined the repair. Seems we misunderstood. They didn’t actually want anything fixed, they just wanted the lights out. I don’t know why they came to me, a roll of black tape costs a buck.

There is an old saying: “hope in one hand and crap in the other, and see what your left with.” A few miles to the west of us is Chino, where cow manure is a big business. It is clear to me after years of being a mechanic that Hope is not a good investment. Crap, however, is lucrative.

Today, whenever a mechanic hears the word “hope”, keep in mind he may be seeing this: big pile of crap

One Response to “Investments”

  1. hi!!!!
    my name is jamie,
    i am really interested in learning how cars work/are repaired. I’m having some trouble though because I have no clue where to start, and my only source of information is the internet at the moment, any suggestions?

    The first place i would start is at your local college. many have a basic automotive class for beginners. Also check local parts suppliers. some have “shop days” where people can sit in and listen to a mechanic talk about basic maintenance. (usually involving a sales pitch). If those dry up, just visit local mechanics and ask them. If they aren’t willing to talk to you, they aren’t a good shop to visit anyway.

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