Took Toby and Mrs. IM on a little road trip to Sacramento to look at a very cheap Mazda3 manual. I found what I expected, a shady flipper selling cars of questionable provenance. It was amusing watching him try to explain why the fan for the climate control didn’t work. Some of you were suspicious of this car when I posted it earlier, and you would not have been disappointed.

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The car looked good when you stood back from it, but a closer inspection revealed serious issues.

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The pictures really don’t do justice to how off the hood was and the size of the gap, and don’t show the imperfections and drips in the paint. My guess is that this car had a serious collision at some point. A hard no. But worth the trip because we needed to get out of the house because we were getting stir crazy. I know many of California’s prettiest books and crannies, so we took the opportunity to visit one along that San Joaquin river where I knew no one would be.

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This is the George Hatfield Recreation Area outside of the little town of Newman, California, near Hilmar. This is a dairy and farming center, and this little park is one of my favorite places to stop and find a little peace. It is perfect for that purpose. No one but us was there, as the park is remote and parking was closed, even though the park itself is open. So we parked one rural road and walked in. Toby enjoyed himself, and came within a breath of catching and killing a squirrel before the creature escaped down a hole. It was ad close as he has ever come, so close that Mrs. IM averted her eyes to avoid the impending horror. But alas, it was not to be, and the rodent lived to tell the tale.

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Have one of my favorite Tom Petty songs from one of my favorite Petty albums for your time. It is a cover of a Lucinda Williams song from the late 80s.

The album has been largely forgotten, as good as it is. It got no mention in the 4 hour Petty documentary, and was not included in the 2015 high-resolution reissue of his catalog. I think only 2 albums were not included. I highly recommend it, though, it is fantastic. Avoid news and politics these days. Those are worse for your health than Twinkies. That shit will rot your brain. Hang out with a dog. You’ll be happier.

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