Stay Cool

Owning a car without A/C can be hectic for some. When I used to live in Sacramento, this is how I cooled off. 🍧🥤

Speaking of cooling off, did y’all get your free slurpees this past Thursday?

I remember waiting for the temperature to drop to tolerable levels in Sacramento, then I would pick up a slurpee and cruise around. Vivid-bright colors, like the ones you see in slurpees, always sets off that summer time vibe, and Thrilla Krew does just that with their clothing. Peep out this Thrilla Krew x Slushcult collaboration:

This also brings back nostalgia for me. Gas stations served as sanctuaries during the hot days and nights. Though, us Runners never trashed anything, the way the characters are acting resembled how we acted on the highway. Steve Nazar is the man behind the drawings. If some of you don’t know his artwork, look up T&C (Town and Country) Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage. I remember playing the NES game as a kid, I used to suck at the surf level 😅.

Since moving to San Diego, beach life is second nature out here. It’s another reason why I like Steve Nazar’s work. It’s the cool color combinations that’s easy on the eyes, and the way he draws his pictures puts you in a beach party realm, which is something you will see out here. I’m glad the weather hasn’t been too hot lately, unlike my home town in the state capital. Temperatures have been getting rather cool at night, making it good kickback and beer chugging weather lol

Stay cool y’all. Remember to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the little things. Peace.

P S., did you know JHPUSA sells Thrilla Krew gear?

Something Different part 2

I made a rookie mistake. I had everything taken out to replace the old AC compressor on the Odyssey…

Just to find out the new compressor arrived damaged. 😠

Always check your parts when it arrives and prior to install! 😅

I wanted to post this failure, because I’m not ashamed of it. I would rather learn from mistakes and have others learn from it as well. When you accept yourself with all your flaws and imperfections, you become powerful. You are embracing who you are, you realize that you don’t lack anything. You appreciate yourself for what you are. We are all unique and authentic in our own way, but ego makes us forget all of that. Ego makes us seek acceptance from outside of ourselves. When you accept who and what you are, you gain power and freedom. Welp, time to order another part and it better not arrive damaged lol ☮️

Something Different

“Something Different” is right. When it comes to owning a Honda, an image of a EG or EF comes to my mind; with the interior gutted and stripped, coilovers, engine swap, and a grocery list of mods. You already know this. Especially if you own a modified car. But this one is a whole different approach than what I’m used to.

When I initially bought the van, I had plans to drop the height and maybe a motor swap. But after cruising around, I actually like the higher ground clearance (this car is soo easy to drive btw, I love it!) I had the stock SOHC in my EG only for a few months back in 2004. So, I didn’t really have much of an experience with that type of motor. This 2.2L SOHC serves as a good platform. My new goal is to get it running as if brand new. Or at least close to new. Just like the one in the Motor Week video.

It’s going to be an “Odyssey” though… (Pun intended.) You don’t even wanna know what kind of things I found wrong with this van. But as always, anything can be repaired. The interior was filthy but everything else was in tact and in good condition. Here are some before and after pics of the OEM mats:

Before 🤮

After 😁

Next step is to get the AC running properly and definitely some tires before wet weather comes back. But overall, I am happy that I bought it. I had a moment this past weekend. It was a cool evening in San Diego. I had the windows down, music bumping while I reached over and grabbed a French fry… I felt like a champ. Words can’t really explain it lol. But it was an ill moment for me. I’ll leave this as a part 1 of perhaps many. Peace y’all, I hope everyone had a good weekend.