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The van is not happy

September 18, 2011

We absolutely hate having to cancel a show. In fact, since our first show on Halloween 2010, we have not canceled a single one, until yesterday.

Even when we broke down outside of Mobile, Ala. back in May, with the help of friends and family, we still were able to play. (Read a related article about that at the Capital City Free Press.)

We were excited to return to The Squeaky Lizard in Ocean Springs, Miss. That is a great venue run by some of the nicest people you will ever meet, and we love to play there. But our  van, Ragnarok, was not happy.

Yesterday morning, I (Josh) took the van over to my neighbor’s house. He was helping me with an oil change, transmission fluid change and tune up – basic maintenance stuff. Once most of this was done, we cranked the van and saw water leaking near the front, passenger side tire.

After investigating the source, We found out that it was coming from the heater core. It seemed to be the hose, so the other band members went to get a hose and clamps. After attaching the new hose, it still leaked.

To make a long story short, after finding the problem to be the heater core, we found a large gas leak. And now, after further investigating these problems – even taking the entire dashboard out of the van – one window is not rolling up or down.

The camera on my phone sucks, but here are a couple of photos sent out via Twitpic to our Twitter account:

The van is not happy on Twitpic

No more dashboard on Twitpic

The bright side to the story is that all of this was discovered at home, and not on the side of the road between Montgomery, Ala. and Ocean Springs, Miss.

Our apologies to the folks who were planning to see us last night at The Squeaky Lizard. We’ll be back at the end of October for the venue’s one-year anniversary.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2011 11:33 am

    So glad that happened at home and not on the road! Stay safe!

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