Yesterday, contrary to my intentions to work, I spent most of the day trying to fit my new headlights. I did do some work, until my housemate pointed out that it was in fact a Bank Holiday and I didn’t need to. That was all the excuse I needed, and spent the rest of the day in the garage.
Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with everything I do on this car, it wasn’t exactly straightforward. Some obstacles I was expecting, others I wasn’t. The first obstacle to overcome was wiring the light in, which mean cutting and connecting wires. So that meant a trip out to a shop to buy a wire connector, since I didn’t have a soldering iron or electrical tape or anything useful lying around. With that done, I had one sparkling new crystal headlamp installed and working. On coming to the other headlight, I discovered that one of the screws wouldn’t undo. Bother. I pushed and I prodded and squirted WD40 at it, but didn’t get anywhere. I also went out and bought myself some heavy-duty spray stuff that is supposed to loosen rusted screws, but that didn’t seem to do much either. So that left me stuck with one new and one old headlight, which is far from ideal and probably illegal.
Today, however, I squirted the offending screw again and managed to turn it about one whole turn, which is something of a breakthrough! The head is rather chewed up though, so I’m not going to take it right out just yet in case I can’t get it back in. I shall hopefully find a replacement screw first so that when I do finally get the screw out I can put a brand new one in its place. Watch this space for pics of my new headlights!!
Last night I went with some folks from the Chaplaincy to watch The Da Vinci Code at the cinema. It was a very interesting film, a very clever plot indeed. Afterwards we all sat in Burger King and talked about it, and came up with some interesting discussion. My main feeling though was that people seem to be making more out of it than necessary. Sure, it’s a good story, but it’s not exactly based on fact! It’s a theory, based on some assumptions and some twisted facts. There may well be people who believe what it’s saying as fact, but I suspect they are the same people who believe that Star Wars is a documentary and that it’s possible to recreate dinosaurs from DNA found in a prehistoric fly. It’s just like any other story – it presents certain things as facts and bases the storyline on it, because without that the story wouldn’t hold up. That doesn’t mean it also applies to the real world, it’s not a textbook after all! We can pick apart the arguments if we want to, but I really don’t think that’s necessary – it’s not a theological argument to pull down Christianity, it’s one man’s fiction novel to make himself lots of money, and we shouldn’t confuse the two!