If You Didn’t Fix It, It Ain’t Fixed

“It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.”


War Story. I bought a used car just before I moved to the East Coast from northern California. As I made my way across, I passed through Los Angeles; there’s a steep, long hill leading into the foothills north of L.A., and I had to floor it to keep my speed up. But before I got to the top of the hill, the engine suddenly and completely died. I hit the clutch and coasted to a stop in the breakdown lane. I cursed and thought about what to do, and, for lack of any better idea, tried to start it again; when I turned the key, the engine started right up. I carefully ...

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