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Brakes
I got the brakes fixed on my car yesterday. They were squealing something fierce over the weekend when F and I drove it down to Cincinnati.

I've had the "to-do" in the back of my brain for quite some time, knowing I needed to get them taken care of. But I've been really busy, and getting my car fixed is always such a hassle, so I kept putting it off and putting it off. Finally the weekend convinced me that it needed to move up in mental priority, so I got it done.

The difference is amazing. My brakes degraded so gradually that I never noticed. I thought the amount of pressure I felt was normal, and the distance before they started sticking was the same as it has always been. Was I ever wrong!

It's like that frog/boiling water thing. They say you can toss a frog in boiling water, and he'll jump right out. But put a frog in cool water, and set it on a flame? The poor little guy will cook without ever noticing the gradual change in temperature. That was me and my stopping ability.

Now my brake feels like it's closer to my foot than it used to be, even though the gas pedal is in the same place. The car responds to much less pressure and distance on the pedal than it did on monday! Quite strange.

Strange but good. I'm glad I finally got it taken care of, and I'm glad my car seems healthier now.

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From: stilldocked Date: July 27th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's like that frog/boiling water thing. Toss a frog in boiling water, and he'll jump right out. But put a frog in cool water, and set it on a flame? The poor little guy will cook without ever noticing the gradual change in temperature.

The Legend of the Boiling Frog...

I have heard this a lot lately and part of me wants to try it, you know, to verify it but I really don't want to kill a frog.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: July 27th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just independantly went out and found the exact same link. I've always hoped this story wasn't true, and reading this post made me want to see. It's not mentioned on Snopes.com, though there is a Wikipedia entry (that links to the above linked article).

Thank goodness.

And thank goodness for stopped cars! :)
jenx From: jenx Date: July 27th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know the boiling frog isn't factual, but it's an excellent analogy. I use it to illustrate what happens if you're in a dysfunctional or crazy situation for too long - you think that's the way things are supposed to be.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really bummed, because I've always loved the frog analogy. It's one of my more favorite life-metephores.

I'd still like to believe it's true, maybe only for certain KINDS of frogs. Or maybe newts? It's just a great analogy; it really makes me think.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really bummed, because I've always loved the frog analogy. It's one of my more favorite life-metephores. I DO want to see for myself, but I certainly don't want to kill a frog either....

It may depend on the KIND of frog. Yeah, that's it, only certain frogs have this response maybe.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: July 27th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm more interested in what will happen if you put a Rennie in cool water, and set it on a flame... hot tub experiment?

Glad you didn't die from improper car maintenance. This is a good argument for having someone else drive your car once in awhile!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I generally get out of the hot tub voluntarily when I turn approximately lobster-colored, and usually before I start feeling nautious. Not always though... I have found that (for me) alcohol and hot tubs are a bad idea, and cold medicine + alcohol + hot tub is a REALLY bad idea!

Even in those extreme circumstances, I've never actually ended up cooked like a froggie.

You're somewhat of a frog expert... can you confirm or deny the frog analogy???

Excellent point, having somebody else drive your car occasionally is a very good idea!
joline From: joline Date: July 28th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
That frog analogy is in An Inconvenient Truth! I was going to ask whether you got it from Al Gore.... or if Al Gore got it from you!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I saw it there too! That Al Gore, he's always stealing my material. He's been nothing but trouble, ever since that one night....

...never mind, I've said too much already. (;
nishar From: nishar Date: July 28th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad your car is fixed. That way you can be safe and accident free now. Brakes are a very good thing.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I've found brakes to be very helpful indeed! Thanks.
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