Jeremy is gonna run away, I just know it. I literally wrote so much after that too. I need to take a chill pill
So I spent like an hour editing a text to Jeremy about my car origin story? I like left out like huge details and it’s still so fucking long. I thought y’all would like to see, bc I am proud of this story…
My car hobby origin is a long story, here’s the highlights:
I was CLUELESS about cars and had easily avoidable car trouble all the time.
I hated feeling dumb; I resolved to learning some basics. I texted questions to an old classmate who posted about cars. I paid two different men on Craigslist to teach me about car basics. I found a book called “Girls Auto Clinic - Glove Box Guide” by a chemical engineer turned car mechanic turned mechanic business owner Patrice Banks. I read an influential article about how otherwise high achieving women turn to men about cars and house appliances.
I wanted to practice my car knowledge but didn’t want to ruin my reliable car. So, I budgeted $2000 to buy an easy to work on project car to destroy. I always wanted a *truck*. I found a stick shift, and I rehired the better Craigslist guy to teach me how to drive it and help me buy it. So, I’ve owned a 1993 Ford Ranger stick shift pickup since August 2018.
With my new truck and desperate to learn more, I realized I’m better in a classroom setting, so I signed up for two car classes at Eastfield CC. One of the teachers said I was the reason he didn’t quit that semester and secretly gave me a $100 Fluke multimeter that I still use. I made awesome, mechanic friends. I was exhausted working 40 hours a week and driving 30-45 minutes to school each way, 4 days a week for 4 hour classes. But I was so happy.
AutoZone happened a few months ago because I wanted that feeling back, and I wanted to take my learning further without torturing myself with school again. I unexpectedly made friends at work, and I started to like the money, especially now w the debt I’m gonna be in.
Me liking car mechanics is like you liking Disney songs. You like them but you’re not like a pro in it, you just like it. And that’s how I am with car mechanics. I know how to do basic things, not intermediate or hard things; I am also not interested in cars, just the mechanics.
Jeremy asked me how I got into cars and it’s like a huge story. And idk if he wants the whole version or part of it. And I’m doing it again, over sharing.
If he does not appreciate how fucking COOL and AMAZING you are for that sort of story he BETTER run.
Like omg that’s so cool. It was cool watching you go through it, super cool to hear it all at once.
I’d date you. I’d be INTIMIDATED by you, and also ask you out. That’s fucking cool! The initiative! The knowledge!