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Moving Is Terrible And Moving David Is Worse: Day One On The Road (UPDATE: St: Louis Reader Meetup!)!)

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Why is everything David seems to own and deem worthy of moving made of metal and heavy and cold and pinchy? Why are we having to load all this cold, pinchy, heavy crap into boxes or crannies of cars when he had literal months to pack some of this shit away, before we had to do it all in the dark and snow? Why is he like this? This jackass better fucking be happy my love is powerful and pure and boundless because this suuuuuuuuccccckkkkkssss. 

Day1 Garage

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See that picture up there? That’s David’s garage. See how much is packed up? The number you’re looking for is called, technically, “fuck all.” As in none. This man that I’m in business with, that I’ve tied to my literal financial future, is a monster. Plus, I learned that he eats in the shower. Who does that? Spaghetti! He fucking eats fucking spaghetti in the shower! Who is this animal?

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On the plus side, major shout out to this little electric winch that says it can pull 2,000 pounds but more than doubled that rating when it slowly, slowly inched 4,300 plus pounds of inert Golden Eagle up onto the tow dolly.

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Otto is being a great sport about all of this and, while not technically helping, is keeping things fun. Plus, he got to visit the backrooms:

Day1 Ottoroom

We’re now getting back on the road, hoping to hit Joplin, Missouri tonight! Who’s in the area and wants to hear me kvetch?

UPDATE: Readers, go meet the boys!

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Idiot_with_a_garage
Idiot_with_a_garage
1 year ago

Didn’t Kramer make a meal in the shower on Seinfeld, then feed it to unsuspecting guests? Torch, did you guys have pasta for dinner while visiting? Did it have a hint of PB Blaster to it?

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago

Otto, you can use all this documentation later in life with your therapist and lawyer, I promise.

YeahMoto!
YeahMoto!
1 year ago

This will go one of two ways – David will move out to the California desert with his dog by himself and surround his “house” with “project cars” . He will be the guy that’s singularly focused on rusty Chrysler products and become something of an Oracle for like minded Dudes (they will all be guys). Or he will meet a nice, sane, girl/guy, and they will bring some domestic balance to his life while nudging him away from the empire of rust. I’m kinda hoping for the former – it’s way more entertaining.

alwaysbroke
alwaysbroke
1 year ago
Reply to  YeahMoto!

He does have a lot in common with Granville King

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago
Reply to  YeahMoto!

Me too, as soon as the love bug bites, all this entertainment disappears.

ZeGerman
ZeGerman
1 year ago
Reply to  Parsko

I fear that for David, finding a life partner may never actually happen. Seeing photos of his garage, house, cars, and learning that he eats spaghetti in the shower shows that he has lived too long as an adult with habits that can only be described as antisocial. It has metastasized by now and cannot be undone, and as nice as David seems to be, you’d have to be more than a little crazy to live in that type of environment.

Swirl Of Embers
Swirl Of Embers
1 year ago
Reply to  YeahMoto!

Ah. You’ve experienced Victorville, then.

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
1 year ago

Are y’all nuts towing a jeep through a dangerously epic weather event?

The Toecutter
The Toecutter
1 year ago

I just noticed the meetup in my city about 45 minutes before it was set to occur while browsing this site. My microcar is currently out of commission because it is being upgraded for triple-digit top speeds and I have it disassembled in my basement down to the bare trike frame that I built it off of:

https://i.imgur.com/SzrJUyk.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/2A4V7q3.jpg

My electric Triumph GT6 is currently my only legally-defined “car”, but it is not yet road legal, so that was not my vehicle of choice. Pics of that here:

https://i.imgur.com/E4pduC3.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/fhtXgK2.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/1g7dh1a.jpg?2

Instead, I took the unmotorized Milan SL velomobile that I bought last year, which I’m using as a template for the next body design for my pedal-electric microcar:

https://i.imgur.com/27RDHrX.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/0uyALPF.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/KufY24X.jpg

Here’s some photos of The Minion, a project I helped a friend with, whose design is based on my microcar:

https://i.imgur.com/82gCI0U.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Clqm3Qn.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/qAJ4S92.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/dDrugym.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/ouPexI0.jpg

And here are old pics of the microcar before disassembly:

https://i.imgur.com/1KvhZN8.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/j75uGn7.jpg

And since David is gradually warming up to all things “Strong and Bitey”, here’s little Nippy, a friendly, cuddly, tail-wagging venomous scale-puppy I used to keep:

https://i.imgur.com/31rYo2C.jpg

Meeting David and Jason as well as fellow Autopian Will was a treat. We talked about a wide variety of automotive topics. We also discussed the possibility of a less-expensive long range EV using a smaller battery pack. We also took a look at Will’s Jeep XJ, with a surprisingly clean underside. I took photos of the group for them(I choose not to be in photos given the type of society we currently live in). It was cool to meet them in meat space and I look forward to contributing content to this site in the future.

Hope you all make a safe trip to LA. Enjoy the weather there, David.

I’m glad they invited me to join. I hope Jason can get the Chang Li running again.

Gary Moller
Gary Moller
1 year ago
Reply to  The Toecutter

Wow! Great pics! Very impressive work. Are you sure that you and David are not related somehow?

The Toecutter
The Toecutter
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Moller

We’re both engineers. Him a mechanical engineer, me an electrical engineer.

Gary Moller
Gary Moller
1 year ago
Reply to  The Toecutter

I think of the ChangLi as a reef in progress.

The Toecutter
The Toecutter
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Moller

It could use a high voltage upgrade, IMO. Imagine doing 50 mph on a Chang Li!

Jalop Gold
Jalop Gold
1 year ago
Reply to  The Toecutter

Agreed. I’ve offered to build him a lithium pack as well (I’m not too far from Torch).

Dennis Frederickson
Dennis Frederickson
1 year ago

DT is clearly a savant syndrome-type personality.
A brilliant, focused to the point of obsessive automotive mechanical genius with a personal life that is a completely out of control shambles.
You tolerate this because you could not find a more kind, generous human being.
For the reader, endless entertainment observing the life of this manchild.
I do laugh inside when I think of him actually being the lead actor in running a new business start up.
Good luck with that!

Curtis Loew
Curtis Loew
1 year ago

I atill don’t get the reasoning behind dragging rusty cars to LA. But it looks like you are having fun doing it.

ZeGerman
ZeGerman
1 year ago
Reply to  Curtis Loew

It’s the hoarder’s mentality.

pliney the welder
pliney the welder
1 year ago

Where else do you get ” Shower Spaghetti ? “

pliney the welder
pliney the welder
1 year ago

Man , I am enjoying this Autopain thing way more than that German Lighting Website. You dudes are just bats*it effin ‘ crazy .

Phil Layshio
Phil Layshio
1 year ago

What Pliney said.

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
1 year ago

You never realize how much crap you have until it’s time to move. My garage looks better than that, thanks to some ruthless moving and clearing and storing the two least used bicycles in the living room. I still can’t fit a car in there but have some walking around space and two workbenches.
I don’t envy you being in Joplin, I high tailed out of there ages ago, but there was a good barbecue place on the main drag in 1994

JerryLH3
JerryLH3
1 year ago

That is the garage of a man who looks like he’s about to leave half his crap there. I don’t think this is the case though, because of the well-documented good relationship he has with his landlord.

Nauthiz
Nauthiz
1 year ago
Reply to  JerryLH3

I’d assume that relationship would extend to David leaving enough cash for his landlord to call 1-800-Got-Junk to deal with the leftovers, and also the extensive refinishing that’s going to be required to remedy the grease and oil that’s likely seeped into every surface of that house.

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago
Reply to  Nauthiz

What do you think the first 10 memberships were earmarked for????

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
1 year ago

Man, if this isn’t being filmed for a reality show you guys need to hire a producer or something.

Turkina
Turkina
1 year ago

You’re taking Otto to the City Museum in St. Louis, right? There is no answer that is not “Yes, immediately!”
https://www.citymuseum.org/

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 year ago
Reply to  Turkina

This is an absolute must. Get a headlamp and some knee pads and GO!

Otto, put your foot down! Show those jokers who’s in charge and get yourself to the City Museum!

Turkina
Turkina
1 year ago
Reply to  MATTinMKE

Knee and elbow pads +1. Be the beast. Warning: Adults do not fit in the under-floor tunnels. Can be skinny as a twig, but the geometry doesn’t work unless you’re an extra on Willow.

Frankencamry
Frankencamry
1 year ago
Reply to  Turkina

Unless anyone is afraid of heights. Then you’ll probably become good friends with the turtles in the lobby.

10001010
10001010
1 year ago

I can’t tell from the photos but I’m imagining the Golden Eagle was loaded tot he roof with loose clothes, kitchenware, spare parts, and random tools before being loaded onto the trailer.

A. Barth
A. Barth
1 year ago

I saw the pic of Torch with his hand on the winch lever, and for a brief terrifying moment thought he was actually using a manual come-along to load that beast on to the trailer. :-O Glad to hear it was a capable electric winch instead.

Safe travels, guys!

A. Barth
A. Barth
1 year ago

GAAAAAHHH!! *dies*

After a closer look at the pic, it appears you might have used the winch for the bulk of the work and then switched over to the come-along for the final positioning – yes?

Either way, the joy of the manual approach is written all over your face. If I were David, I would make that your contact pic. 😀

Have fun at the meetup tonight!

ChetRiply
ChetRiply
1 year ago

If you make it to Springfield I’ll buy you all dinner tonight or breakfast tomorrow, your choice.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  ChetRiply

Will you buy David some shower spaghetti?

ChetRiply
ChetRiply
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Is there any other kind? Throw in a shower Caesar salad and you’ve got somethin’!

Dave Horchak
Dave Horchak
1 year ago
Reply to  ChetRiply

Salad is more of a bath food.

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
1 year ago

Did anyone think it would go any differently?

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
1 year ago

“lus, I learned that he eats in the shower. Who does that? Spaghetti! He fucking eats fucking spaghetti in the shower! Who is this animal?”

Well at least he doesn’t shit where he eats. Or at least, I hope that’s the case…

James Andrews
James Andrews
1 year ago

Eating waffles and doing the waffle stomp!

Live2ski
Live2ski
1 year ago

I hope he installed a garbage disposal in the shower. Contact David Puddy (he’s also a good mechanic)

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
1 year ago

The ol’ wafflestomp

K Sheff
K Sheff
11 months ago

It’s probably the cleanest spot in the house.

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
1 year ago

Statement: David’s garage looks worse than mine, so I now feel better about this.

A bit more honest statement: David’s garage looks slightly worse than mine, so I now feel slightly better about this.

An even more honest statement: David’s garage looks slightly worse than mine, so I now feel far better about this than I should.

Complete honesty: David’s garage, although in slightly greater disarray than mine, nonetheless looks significantly emptier and therefore probably more usable with less preparatory effort, but I shall now arbitrarily define its condition as “worse” as a sop to my feelings. Also I want an engine hoist.

Tommy Helios
Tommy Helios
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Harrell

David can at least walk in his garage. Mine is so full of shitboxes and parts for ones I don’t even own anymore that I can barely move around in it. My move is 2 years out though.

Frankencamry
Frankencamry
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Harrell

Ah, but remember to balance this with the amount of time you’ve been preparing to move halfway across the country.

For most people, that would involve their garage being cleared and becoming home to all the “ready to load” stuff. David clearly had premonitions that his might flood, and didn’t go that route.

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