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A side of the film industry most people never see.

Not again…

The car I’ve been driving for the past year has just broken down.

On the way home from work*, it started making a rattling noise (which stopped once the engine warmed up, which is why I kept driving even though I spent the entire drive begging the car to make it home), lost oil pressure at idle (the pressure was fine when I pressed the accelerator) and when I got home and opened the hood to have a look, noticed the whole engine compartment was covered in coolant.

Gods, I hope it’s just a hose, but I can’t do anything about it until Monday, since I’m working all weekend, and my call tomorrow is so early that I’ll never get to the garage (I have to be at work at 6:30, and the garage doesn’t open until 8).

Luckily, I’ve got a ride to work tomorrow and Sunday. We’re rigging the LA Sports Arena for some movie – I don’t even ask what it is anymore. I just want to know what it pays.

*At Culver Studios – there’s a rumor around town that it’s being torn down to make way for condos, and I’m happy to report that the rumor is 100% false.

The studio was bought by some real estate types, but according to our best boy, they have no desire to tear out 15 or so stages, and undertake a possible hazmat cleanup of the site in order to maybe make a profit in three years if LA’s real estate market doesn’t crash before then.

They’d much rather do nothing and rent the stages to film crews. Besides, Las Vegas has about half the stages there, so they’ve certainly got some coin coming in from those guys.

Filed under: Non-Work, Work

6 Responses

  1. Mob says:

    Interesting blog, I can’t imagine driving a car hemorrhaging fluids in such an urban sprawl. I had to do it in my small Texas town for sevaral years and thought I’d lose my mind. Best of luck..

  2. moneyca says:

    Hope it’s nothing that can’t easily be fixed.

  3. Dave2 says:

    Poor car. I hope she feels better. :-(

  4. Anonymous says:

    I heard that it’s the Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach that are scheduled for luxo-home conversion; a more credible rumour given the reputation of MB schools, cost of real estate in MB, and the proximity to complaining residential neighbours…

  5. Not sure if you’re even in the area, and you probably have a mechanic you’re happy with, but if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Silver Lake and you’re displeased with your repair shop, I’d recommend Long Automotive on Rowena across the street from Edendale Grill. Long has done right by me for the past couple years.

    Best of luck with your ride!

  6. Peggy Archer says:

    Everyone – it was the water pump. $300 later and it’s all good.

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