Cliff's brother, Don, does mechanic work for a living. He's also rather hyper, and doesn't "sit around" well. So when he visits, Cliff lines up several tasks that they can do together. They can chat while they're working, Don can smoke because they're in the shop, and life is good.
Cliff had never changed spark plugs in our Mercury Grand Marquis, so that was task number one for Don. In the old days, changing spark plugs was a simple task. Not so any more.
Don also changed the air filter, fuel filter, and transmission oil and filter. These are things Cliff wasn't confident about doing, although he says, "I could do it now, after watching him."
Now Don is a Chevy man, and is always badmouthing Fords. When I told him we planned to keep this car as long as it would run because we like it, he said, "Not if I don't work on it for a whole day."
"Why is that?" I asked.
"It's got a Tritan motor, and it'll need the timing chain replaced soon."
Oh, by the way: Happy, happy birthday to my only baby boy, Jimbo!