Last night Darren and I changed the oil in my car.
Yes, I learned how to change the oil. No, I can't change a flat, or even jump-start the beast, but I now know how to change the oil.
Probably the most useless thing one can know about their vehicle. I mean, in the case of an emergency (say, a flat tire or a dead battery) how will this knowledge help me out?
Answer: It won't.
But there you have it.
Before this I was proud I could check my oil and add window-washer fluid when necessary.
I learned how to drive the car up on blocks of wood so we could crawl under it, which, by the way, is probably on the top-ten list of claustrophobic moments of my life. I learned how to drain the oil into a bucket, take out the filter, put on a new filter, and fill the car back up with oil.
And as an added measure, I also learned how to check the transmission fluid. Never would have thought to look there.
Overall, an educational evening. Next up: changing a flat and using my jumper cables. I just hope no one gets hurt.