Real Life Dumb Shits

Ever since I jacked up my Jeep last week my headlights have been out of adjustment. Most oncoming traffic flicks their lights to remind me to dim mine even though there were on low beam. Some drivers have even given me a few well thought out hand gestures.

Yesterday I decided to take the Jeep by the inspection station and get an oil change while I ate lunch at one of my favorite local watering holes.

The guy came out with his clip board and asked me a few questions. I have instructed these people not to bring and present a nasty car part to me, just change a filter if it needs changing. They know me here and I have been bringing my cars there for years.

This guy was new, I didn’t know him.

I said, “Oh by the way, adjust my headlights back to inspection standards.”

“We don’t do that sir.”

“Sure you do.”

“No sir.”

“You do inspections, right?”


“Imagine then that you are inspecting my Jeep and the headlights were out of adjustment, you would correct that right?”

“Yes sir.”

“Well then, act like you get to that part of an inspection where you discover the light is out of adjustment and adjust it. Charge me for an inspection, I don’t care, but you can adjust my lights.”


I came back from lunch and the owner was saying “Hello Mr. Hunnicutt,” and treating me all nice while he adjusted my head lights at no charge.


Anonymous said...

After the title I was expecting something about Hanna park!!!

Liv said...

for the record, i always like that you are delicate in explaining to your readers how you really feel.



Reggie Hunnicutt said...

Jay I was gonna explain that but it would take too long and I might stroke out reliving the stupidity. It's good blog material for you.

Liv, I read recently that your title should reflect your content. They were sure enough dumb asses so the title fit. You make me all blushy with that smooches stuff.

Michael said...

Wait a sec. You spent a full day under your jeep putting in the lift kit, but you couldn't adjust the lights?

I'm told that most new cars these days you can't even make the adjustments (this is another example of gov't, or big bus., or both, trying to protect consumers from themselves) so you can expect that soon, no garages, or inspection places, will know how to perform this basic task.

This does not bode well for us down here, because almost all our cars come from the US and the lights tilt into oncoming traffic, rather than toward the shoulder. Most people can't be bothered to correct this. Personally, I think dealerships should be required to, but they don't. But soon, even the conscientious few who want to correct it won't be able to.

Reggie Hunnicutt said...

Well, you need this special aiming target to bring it up to standard which I don't have. If I knew which way to point it I would have done it myself.

Mine is an 89 Jeep which is darn near an antique so they are adjustable. It's the Jeep with the square headlights.

I didn't want the Charlotte or Mint Hill police to have a reason to stop me. You get ticketed for minor crap like that around here.

Chris said...

Maybe he got a look at your jacked up Jeep, and realized that you're a force to be reckoned with....

I'd love to go 4 X 4 in that thing...

Wayfarer Scientista said...

Hi, came here from Liv's site.

I hate when you have to explain to people what their job is. My favorite is explaining to people that Alaska really is a part of the USA and yes, they do ship to it and no we don't use any other currency then the US dollar.

none said...

I like adjusting headlights ;)

Michael said...

OK. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

BTW, when we were in town on Saturday night we saw your Jeep's brother:

Testicules Twin


Then we saw another jeep. These people didn't deserve to drive a jeep. They couldn't put the top back up proper and did a crappy job parking. A disgrace to the Jeep Brotherhood.

Bad parking

Worse top job

Reggie Hunnicutt said...

No doubt a man of taste Michael. It a YJ just like mine.