kiffie: Karmann Ghia decklid script. (Ghia)
2017-07-15 11:12 am

Fire Season's Here...

...and people are using even less logic than normal.

There are fires all over SLO, at the moment, and at least three of them have been caused by vehicles. Two on the exact same stretch of road, for the exact same reason.

People. People, listen. If your car can't make it up a hill, don't try to drive it up a hill.

And when it catches on fire because you tried to make it climb said hill, do not pull over into the dry, flammable brush on the side of the hill.

This is not rocket science.
kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)
2017-06-12 03:34 pm

Summer Means... Speedos?

Speedometers, anyhow.

The Bug's speedo started making the dreaded death chatter, which means it's time to start looking for a replacement.

Unfortunately, rebuilt speedos are upwards of $200. I don't have that kind of money. Used are cheaper, but you really have no clue what you're getting when you go that route. And even the best used speedo is still a 50 year old bit of machinery.

Our old mechie, down in LA, has a used Ghia speedo listed for ~$70. That's not bad, but see above for why that might not be the best idea. Plus, Ghia speedos are slightly smaller than Bug speedos, so I'd have to make a bracket to get it to fit properly in my dash.

Ghia speedos also don't have an integrated fuel gauge. But I've had the Bug's sending unit disconnected pretty much since I bought it, so that's not really an issue.

I could also just buy a completely aftermarket VDO gauge and be done with it.

But I've never had a good experience with aftermarket anything. So I'm a little leery there.


kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)
2017-06-06 09:41 pm

Gears-- ! ( ._.)9

So, is the slamming feeling when shifting gears just a Type 1 thing?

I've never experienced it with either of the family Type 3s, but much like Voodoo, the Bug occasionally kicks like a mule when she shifts.

Volkswagens. v(._.)v

kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)
2017-06-01 05:41 pm

They Suspect Nothing

A VW Beetle in a MINI Clubman car cover; the wind has filled the cover like a balloon.

So, a Clubman cover fits a VW Bug.

If it's windy, it also provides the perfect disguise to hide amongst MINIs.

kiffie: Star Trek's Enterprise-D. (Default)
2017-05-17 06:41 pm
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*rocks out with Spock out*


kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)
2017-05-16 01:21 am
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Car Update(?)

I will potentially be wandering down south this weekend so that I can ride back up with the Bug when it's towed.

I'm not 100% sure, because arranging tows with AAA is complicated and confusing and requires more luck than skill.

Further, since our original plan (which was for my folks to come up this weekend) changed, the upset has had an unintended domino effect on everything else, and it's making this entite month feel like an uncertain, wobbly table.

On the upside, the sooner the Bug is back up here, the sooner I can look for work, again. My current job is okay, but you really need more than just a part-time job to live here comfortably. And I'd like to not have to survive off ramen and macaronis at the end of every pay period.
kiffie: Animated gif of Sir Percy Blakeney, smiling. (Percy)
2017-05-14 10:32 pm
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As A Follow-Up... cleaning my room up a bit, I now have a new loft bed!

IKEA recently put their Tuffing loft bed on sale. I am nowhere near an IKEA, but my folks are. They were able to bring it up this past weekend, and my mom and I put it together (with occasional assists from my dad, because my mom and I are both small).

It's a considerable upgrade from the camping cot I'd been sleeping on for the past 2+ years, and which had begun to stretch past the point of usefulness. And comfort.

They also brought up my little rocking chair. I am so happy. It's one of the only chairs I've found that doesn't aggravate my hip/tailbone.

*curls happily into a bed that is actually a bed*

kiffie: The Rum Tum Tugger making bweeface. (Tugger)
2017-05-12 07:13 pm
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aw yiss

Vaccuumed floor get!

*rolls around on the clean carpet*

kiffie: Chauvelin, from the Scarlet Pimpernel musical. (Chauvelin)
2017-05-07 10:49 pm
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*sits in front of the computer*

*stares at Sculptris window*

*looks at the absolutely shit-awful design of the recent B&tB Beast*

*realizes that, if she tried to sculpt a less-annoying version to soothe her own anger, Sculptris would actually implode into a black hole of negative RAM*



kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)
2017-04-29 06:36 pm

For Those Of You Just Tuning In...

A dark blue Volkswagen Beetle in a supermarket parking lot space.

This is the Bug.

She's a 1968, with a dual port (later) engine, and the most ornery transmission I have ever met. She's gotten me stranded multiple times, cost me more than I care to ever mention, and seems to think that puking gasoline on people is hilarious.

I am in love.

She's currently down in LA with my folks, having just had a trans adjust by our Old Mechie. I'll be getting her back up to SLO within the next month.

I can't wait.

kiffie: Animated gif of Sir Percy Blakeney, smiling. (Percy)
2017-04-28 12:59 am
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Meme: Just gonna post this again...

In case anyone wants to try another round.

Post with a character from a fandom I follow, and I'll respond with...

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.

Feel free to post any character I've not gotten to, from past memes. I think Toro was in there, at some point?

Or repeats, if you want a new/updated opinion. Hey, sometimes things change!

kiffie: A startled cartoon cat. (Leopold)
2017-04-27 01:31 am
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*uploads a few new icons*


*feels disproportionately accomplished*

kiffie: Animated gif of Sir Percy Blakeney, smiling. (Percy)
2017-04-23 01:51 am


Successfully moved over from LJ!

kiffie: A male bettafish. (Frankie)
2013-06-26 10:52 pm

An Update

I know this is long-overdue, and I apologize.

As many of you know, I left SLO back at the end of February. I'd like to say it was my own choice, but it wasn't. Several things all converged at the same time: My landlord passed away, I got a job offer in Altadena, and my dad's available funds to help me stay on the Central Coast ran out, all at once.

After leaving San Luis, I returned home to LA and started work at a local veterinary hospital. What was supposed to be a 40-hour week turned out to be a near-60-hour week, and I haven't had much time to myself since. What time I have had has been sporadic, stressful, and filled with that horrific manic energy that you only get when something horrible awaits you at the end of the day.

Right now, I'm home sick with a throat infection-- the second I've gotten since starting this job --and I think I'm not really cut out for such long hours.

On to other things: I haven't forgotten that I have commissions due; I've arted a little since the move, but nothing concrete due to the inability to take a full day to do much of anything. I'm hoping I can find some way to allot my time to allow for proper arting.

And a big thank you to the people who sent me birthday wishes. I'm sorry I didn't really respond. I hope this internet hug makes up for it: ( ._.|._. )

You are all awesome, and I'm really grateful to have such great internet buddies.
kiffie: Star Trek's Enterprise-D. (Linocut Owl)
2013-01-25 11:10 pm
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Meme: Posting This Again...

Because, why not?

Post with a character from a fandom I follow, and I'll respond with...

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.

Also: After a trip to LA tomorrow, expect an art update within the coming week or so. :3
kiffie: Star Trek's Enterprise-D. (Enterprise-D)
2012-12-11 03:33 am

Drabble: Love

Oh god I hope this isn't gonna be a running theme -- kiffies drabbling at been-o-clock at night.

Love. )
kiffie: Star Trek's Enterprise-D. (Steve)
2012-12-09 09:51 pm

Drabble: Perks

An Avengers Movie-verse drabble, because I needed to get it out of my head.

Perks. )
kiffie: Star Trek's Enterprise-D. (Owlship)
2012-10-17 04:44 pm
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What Happened Today ( ._.)

Voodoo went into the shop around three, and I went off to go rent a car for the day while the mechies did their thing. While I was at the rental place, a very sad looking lady walked up to me, and asked if I was headed to Big Sur.

"No," said a kiffs, "I'm headed South." And the lady looked even sadder. She was trying to get to Treebones, a resort in the forest, to stay the weekend. I told her that if she made her way to Highway 1, she'd have better luck in finding someone to take her North. Or, better, she could head to the train station and see if any buses were headed out that way.

She thanked me and got a ride with one of the other folks to the train station.

As I drove home, I felt bad for her. She'd gotten so close-- SLO is about 60 miles from Big Sur --but couldn't manage the rest of the trip. So I ran inside, double-checked the directions, and hopped back into the rental.

I found her at the train station. I offered her a ride. She shook her head, sadly. She'd just cancelled her reservation, and was heading back on the last outbound train. It just wasn't meant to be.

She said she'd try again another time. I hope she makes it. She seemed so excited about getting to Treebones, and I felt terrible that her weekend had been ruined.
kiffie: Karmann Ghia decklid script. (Ghia)
2012-10-17 11:34 am
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Good News, Bad News

Good news:

Kiffies has a job as a pizza jerk/delivery kiffs!

Bad news:

Voodoo decided that her starter was no longer a necessary part, and made me (and a Friendly Stranger) push her out of the Alberston's parking lot.

I hope she gets her shit together by tomorrow, because I have work at 9am. B|