Advice to Engine Widows

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Enthusiasts, I'm sure I need not inform you that cooler weather is here. Soon the engine shows will be over for most of us until next spring.

I'm sure most engine widows will be relieved by this. Now you will be geared up to go tackle those little things that need to be done. Probably by now, though, your wives have done these jobs. Not to worry, there surely are some big jobs left for you.

Maybe if you get bored you can do a little housekeeping or babysitting. Even better, try taking your wife out for an evening to help compensate for all those times you left her alone so you could be with your engines. Then you hope she will forgive and forget. She must think you had forgotten her, temporarily.

This will be a chance for some of you to get your sons to clean up their acts, or at least themselves, after a summer of setting them free in your paradise of grease, rust, sandblasting, and painting all this dirt which your widow must contend with on laundry day. The least you can do is stock up on Lest oil, detergent, and stain remover this coming season for this poor woman.

It is now time to put away your engines in your workshop in a place where you can easily sneak out to work on and tinker with them. The only problem is that things usually seem to pile up around this place and by spring you will have to pick up, load up, and pack up all those things that were picked up.

You also had better clean out your mode of transportation. Whether it be truck or car. This is a must if you are to recover the food and snack remains. This cleaning should be followed immediately by a proper burial of the remains.

You may not say anything but you realize how good your wife's cooking is. Do you believe they have the nerve to call some of that stuff you consume 'food', and I use that term loosely. Then again I guess you'll eat just about anything after syphoning gas and smelling kerosene fumes for hours.

Seriously, I'm sure all of you appreciate the patience and support during the engine season. I myself have learned to avoid being an engine widow. I go to all the shows with my Engine Bug and help start engines. I also try to learn as much as I can understand of what I'm told. Still, I get a bit confused when my Darling is talking to other enthusiasts about this doohickey that triggers this thing to start that what cha-ma-callit and therefore this makes the engine run.

So advice to engine widows who are tired of mourning: if it be for you, think of the old add age 'If you can't beat them, join them.'