What is build, break, learn?

1y ago


I was not raised as gearhead or petrolhead. I did not have the chance to grow up on a farm tinkering with mechanical devices and learning about machinery. Dad worked at a car dealership, and as a result, hated cars. Having a son who read all of the big 4 car magazines and spoke of nothing accept 0-60 times and cowl shake ratings (that used to be a rating criteria) was an irritant to say the least. Mentorship on the automotive front was non-existent. I remember one occasion my father coming home; I had the hood up on my car. My father inquired; “What’s the matter with it?” “Nothing. I was just…” “Then why’s the hood up?” “I just wanted…” “Put the hood down and quit fiddling with it before you break something.” So my education had to come after I set out on my own. I had some basic understanding of how cars worked, but my education came from mistakes. Lots and lots of mistakes later, I am only slightly better with a wrench, which is to say, I am incredibly stupid. But I have learned some very expensive and solid lessons. Unlike other activities I have tried, golf for example, this has not deterred me. You would think I would learn. Stop breaking things, stop ruining perfectly good and several not good ones. I would stop getting in over my head and farm out a lot more work to professionals. But what fun is that? So I started thinking, there is no way I am the only one. So who else has done a lot of bonehead engineered disasters. So tell those stories here. I will share many of my own misadventures and future plans. I hope you can do the same, maybe we can we learn from each other.

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