starter on a 1969 Bronco, I get dirty.
Dirt in my mouth, on my glasses, hands, in my ears.
Whatever I have been carrying around comes down.
When the starter
falls it is heavy, I should prepare but I never quite
can, it thumps my chest like a sneeze.
My hands could
get in and around in ways his couldn't.
It was why he wasn't a surgeon.
It seemed important
to do something big
so we bought the shop from J. W. Everett
who'd owned it since 1951 and had receipts.
One battery, installed, a dollar fifty. We paid
too much for everything.
What do you
want to know?
I changed one, my husband handing me
directions like tools.
I don't think
I would do it again
to scrape, someone to
position the gaskets, check
for grit and build-up.
DO YOU REGRET THE MARRIAGE?
It was good
because I learned to do all the work.
It was good because I learned to do all the work on my own cars.
WHAT I LEARNED
It could get
complicated. The nun
who needed a master cylinder
we didn't have had cash
but the guy who needed a serpentine belt
we did had only a credit card
so I drove them to Kingman
where he put her part on his plastic
and she paid part of his bill in cash.
tow truck driver arrives:
Is my car out of gas?
We kept every
account paid up.
Maybe we shouldn't have.
HUMAN ERROR BY JAMES REASON
there is a problem.
These are called "slips" or "lapses."
management of a problem.
There are two
Rule-based (RB) errors occur when
you apply routine solutions
to problems they are not adequate to solve.
(KB) errors occur when
you run out of routine solutions.
Mistakes at the KB level
have hit-and-miss qualities
not dissimilar to the errors of beginners.
he smoked little though
he might light and leave
several burning at once.
little ghosts on top of
empty beer cans.