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Today is the 4th Annual Worldwide Go Topless Day! For awhile now, I've gone topless almost every day, weather permitting, from spring through fall. But it's still nice to have a specific day to honor it.

Before you get too excited, note that this event is intended as a social event for Jeep owners sponsored by All Things Jeep.com and your local Jeep enthusiasts club. The club here in Newnan is called the Georgia Crawlers 4x4 Club. And the Newnan 2011 Go Topless Day activities are sponsored by The Alamo (the bar, not the famous Spanish mission -- that shouldn't be too hard to remember).

To be clear, I don't participate. Certainly not because I'm opposed to Jeeps. I'm not even specifically opposed to the people who drive them. I like waving at drivers of other Jeeps as they pass me on the road. However, as a general rule, I just don't like social gatherings or really anywhere else there will be people. (Some days, even the super market is too crowded.)

Today's celebration should not be confused with National Go Topless Day sponsored by Go Topless.org. That Go Topless Day is celebrated on August 21 this year as a political protest to remove sexist laws from the United States that prohibit women from baring their chests as men are allowed to do. Now there's an event I can really get in front of!

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How does that old saying go? Believe all of what you see?

Quick, before it gets dirty again!

Mark the date: I will eventually want a record of what my '95 Jeep YJ Wrangler Rio Grande Edition looks like clean and polished. Next time I wonder how long it's been since I washed it, I can look back and say, "it used to be green?"

From this angle, you can barely even seen the paint disintegration on the hood or the broken rear rim! And you can't see the torn tire cover! Or the leaky radiator. Or the loose muffler, torn vinyl seats, bent rear bumperettes, shattered canvas top latch, rusted gear shifts, malfunctioning stereo, dislodged dashboard lamps, or the carpet discoloration! Nope. From here it looks perfect.

Perfect. Believe it.

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According to an article at dailymail.co.uk, the online portal for London's Daily Mail newspaper, Haynes will be releasing a guide for the U.S.S. Enterprise. My Haynes mechanical manual failed miserably in helping me with the relatively simple wiring for the dashboard and brake lights a few years back (before it was "accidentally" caught in a week's worth of downpours as the Jeep sat open-topped at the mechanics). I advise that Scotty tread carefully around the warp core with Haynes manual in hand: poorly written instructions are far more dangerous than any Klingon.

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It's been a busy week. I'm painting Dad's house, repairing Mom's front landscaping, and replacing brother's PS2. It only complicated things when I got stuck in the middle of a four-car chain reaction pile-up at the tail end of rush-hour a thundershower this afternoon. I was car #3. Car number 1, the one that started it all, is pictured below. It was driven by an hispanic 17-year old female. I was shocked into silence: I didn't know if I should complain about female drivers, minority drivers, or young drivers. (She took it much better than her father did: he looked like he was trying hard to choose between thanking God that she was alive or beating the life out of her.)

Ouch.

My Jeep suffered only the destruction of its bumperettes (yes, that's a technical term: it's those small D-shaped steel loops on the rear bumper) and the driver's seat now won't maintain an upright position. Worst of all? My Batman tire cover now has a tear in it. It will have to be replaced.

Last month I was complaining about mandatory seat-belt laws. It just so happens that I was wearing one when I got rear-ended. Go figure. You may have won this round, "The Man," but this war isn't over yet!

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To be continued...

 

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