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That red spec is the Desert Truckster

Saturday, April 24th, 2021 Alive 18,260 days

Death Valley, as seen from a hill in the Pahrump Valley Wilderness

My wife bought me a new lens for my camera for my birthday. Seems like a good excuse to visit Death Valley again.

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Watch out for Yogi!

Monday, April 19th, 2021 Alive 18,255 days

A hungry Darcie

Hereʼs Darcie sitting in the trunk of the Desert Truckster, waiting for me to set up our picnic lunch.

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Wash me

Monday, April 19th, 2021 Alive 18,255 days

The back of the Desert Truckster, caked in filth

The Desert Truckster usually ends up covered in sand and dust after a day bounding through the desert, but it doesnʼt mind

The next owner might, though.

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Go go Desert Truckster

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 Alive 18,160 days

I drove to the drug store today, and realized that I'm still using the same tank of gas I bought in July. And it's still half full. Itʼs hard to believe I used to drive across the country, bounding through the dunes and mesas and tumbleweeds just a year ago.

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Walking works, too

Sunday, June 28th, 2020 Alive 17,960 days

Maybe if I didnʼt drive on “roads” like this, I wouldnʼt have transmission problems

I left the house today. Just a short trip down the road to Walgreens for medicine and M&Ms. Itʼs the first time Iʼve driven my car since Saint Patrickʼs Day.

It started OK, but it wouldnʼt go. When I tried to move it, it just sat there and the dashboard showed “Transmission error. Place car in N, turn off car. Turn on car. Place car in R or D1.”

Iʼve had a lot of odd problems with this carʼs transmission over the years. Once while driving off-road across the desert in deep sand the screen showed a red message with some gears icon and the message “Transmission overheat.”

A couple of years ago, I had to replace the transmission computer entirely for $400, plus labor. Iʼve also had to replace every single light bulb on the car at least twice.

The engine and transmission were made in Italy. The rest in Serbia. I guess thatʼs why they say FIAT stands for “Fix It Again, Tony.”

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Sunday, January 13th, 2019 Alive 17,428 days

The Desert Trucksterʼs indicator panel

Darcie was disappointed with my man skills when I had to look in the Fiat manual app to find out how to turn on the carʼs defroster.

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Friday, January 11th, 2019 Alive 17,426 days

A negative GPS reading

♫ Iʼve got friends in low places… ♫

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Thursday, January 10th, 2019 Alive 17,425 days

How not to use a toilet

Itʼs a good thing the motel has this sign in the bathroom. Because I was totally going to park my car in the toilet.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 Alive 17,332 days

A Twinkie in the Desert Trucksterʼs visor

It annoys Darcie when I keep mozzarella sticks in the visor of the Desert Truckster, so Iʼve decided to stop.

Thatʼs a Twinkie.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2018 Alive 17,330 days

A muddy mat

Worst. Souvenir. Ever.

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Friday, October 5th, 2018 Alive 17,328 days

A mozzarella stick ready to go

Darcie loves road trips. My habit of storing Arbyʼs deep fried mozzarella sticks in the visor is something she is less fond of.

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Friday, October 5th, 2018 Alive 17,328 days

The Desert Truckser ready for one last adventure

Final road trip in the Desert Truckster. Darcieʼs lost faith in the old girlʼs ability to safely convey us across the wastes.

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 Alive 17,326 days

When I ordered a Lyft to go pick up my car at the repair shop, the app gave me the option of taking a self-driving car. Itʼs the future!

I was so preoccupied thinking about my impending repair bill that I forgot to take a screenshot.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 Alive 17,325 days

What might end up being an expensive ride home

If the garage gives me a free limo ride home, I should probably worry about the repair bill, right?

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 Alive 17,313 days

My carʼs warranty expired September 4.

Itʼs now September 20, and the car needs $600 worth of repairs that would have been covered.

Yet another reason Iʼll never buy another Fiat.

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 Alive 17,305 days

My car showing me all of its warning signs

“Today was an OK day.” Three minutes later…

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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 Alive 17,266 days

The dashboard hula girl has fainted in the heat

Hula girl down! HULA GIRL DOWN!

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Thursday, July 19th, 2018 Alive 17,250 days

Today I learned that if you take a sharp turn very quickly, my car thinks itʼs upside down and the hazard lights go mad. So thatʼs a thing.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 Alive 17,227 days

A warning from the Desert Truckster

So, I guess I should stop?

The good news is I donʼt have to look at that annoying “Change engine oil soon” alert anymore.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2018 Alive 17,222 days

An exhausted hula girl

Itʼs so hot that my dashboard hula girl keeled over while I was driving.

In other news, my dashboard hula girl wears bloomers.

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 Alive 17,186 days

The end of the road

Sometimes in the desert, the road just ends.

Actually, more than sometimes. Quite often. And often quite abruptly, as the Desert Truckster's skidplate will testify.

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