Pragmatic Car Repair

I love this picture.  I didn’t take it, and don’t know who did, but I’d love to meet the guy (I’d be prepared to wager it was a guy) who came up with this wonderful idea.

There’s a philosophy behind this, which essentially says that “I’ve got things to do with my life that DON’T revolve around doing things ‘properly.'”  It’s the idea of pragmatism: if it works, it’s good.

Say, for instance, your brake light sensor has broken, but you don’t have the time or the money to get it fixed so it looks and works like new.  Or, honestly, it’s just not all that important to you.  Well, all you need is some way to turn the current on and off; a $2 light switch from Home Depot will do the job.  A little cardboard, a little duct tape, and you’re in business.  It’s not pretty, but it doesn’t have to be pretty.  It gets the job done, and you can be on to higher priorities a lot faster.  Just condition yourself to flip the switch when you hit the brakes, and you’re in business.

I’m not mocking.  I’m genuinely respectful and admiring of the kind of ingenuity and lateral thinking that gets this kind of thing done.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.