Friday, October 08, 2010


I'm frustrated. I don't really care that we missed the weather window, and will probably be here till at least next Wed. Eureka is nice, and I'd much rather be here, nestled in a marina, than out in 40+ knot winds when we don't really know what's going on with the engine.

I don't care if you know the basics, or how something 'should' work. When it takes the experienced mechanic two hours methodically going through things, and narrowing them down to figure it out... well I think, that just goes to show there is *always* more to learn.

The first thing you find that might have caused the problem, may or may not be it.

If you ignore it, it most likely will not go away.

If you don't fix it now, it will still need to be fixed later.

When you don't understand how something works, or all of the parts involved... you might as well be trying to guess how Houdini escaped.

Here's the gist of one of my favorite MASH exchanges was between Hawkey and BJ... and why "I just don't know" isn't a good answer to why something isn't working.

Hawkey: Hey BJ, how much do you know about kidneys, and dialysis machines?
BJ: The basic stuff from med school that we had to take to graduate... why?
Hawkey: I don't know anything about them either, so how do we know we *can't* build a dialysis machine?
At 28/09/2010 3:57 AM (utc) our position was 40°48.44'N 124°09.79'W