Boredom causes me to do strange things and we all need those little projects in our retirement years. Nothing to laborious just a simple project to keep our mind and hands busy. First, without my wife realizing that I was gathering materials primer sandpaper wire brush rags and alike I tried to convince her it was for the rust on the bottom of the front gate, as if I really thought that plan would work. There are “GUY’s” to do that she explained.
(I did take care of the rust on the bottom of the gate, because I kinda had to.)
I went to the workshop in back and I found the hydraulic jack I bought back in 2001 in case I ever had a flat here on the mountain I could easily remove the tire and hire a “GUY” to take it to the vulcanize for repair. I never needed it not once in all those years.
The jack had sat beside the battery charger and electric air compressor (For inflating leaking tires) two more items that I never had to use. But my neighbors in my purok used them all the time over the two decades I have owned them, along with my tent. So I guess I did need them after all!
That’s when I had my full eureka moment, something that had been on the back of my mind since I replaced those cheap plastic hubcaps on my car with nice custom rims. For over a year I’ve been looking at the four rusty wheel hubs on my car and now was the time to deal with it. “Never rush into anything.” I always say.
Mayang figured out my scheme, and the next thing there is a “GUY” standing by to do the work for me, well I asked; ”Where is the fun in that?”
I slipped him 50 pesos and told him I changed my mind.
Next she takes me to the car accessory “Guy” and tells him what I want done. The labor and materials will cost PhP 2,335.00 (Damn near fifty bucks.) But the money was not the point; I wanted to do it myself. I yearned for that manly sense of accomplishment. Those bragging rights while consuming SMB’s with my friends seeing the envy in their eyes, and plus I get to brag about it on LiP, a total win-win!
Mrs. Thompson figured out that I’m going to be the one to be the one to paint the fore and aft wheel hubs on my car. Male dominance once more prevails, I did it for all of us guys, I took the bullet for manhood.
I decided to do the front hubs first as they had the most rust. Jack up the Attrage-Mirage G4 by Mitsubishi and start cleaning the rust. After two hours I’m rethinking my letting that “Guy” go, but out of pure perseverance I forged ahead wire brushing and sanding and when I was done it was shining, I polished it and decided it looked better than paint ever would. Oh my, the shine from those front hubs was magnificent. But short lived and rusting again within two days. But I didn’t sell the jack, and cleaned them again and this time primed and painted them red.
Moving to the rear wheels Mayang decided they would look good painted silver, and since she gave in to my original request, I returned the gesture, and yes she was the one who was bringing me those chilled beverages that I do so enjoy. So silver it was, why the hell not!
I’m done now it took me four mornings and then two extra mornings more, but now with pride I can look at my handy work and say to myself; “Self, the next time you idiot, spend the damn fifty bucks!”