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2 in 6,000,000,000 served

March 23rd, 2010 Comments off

I want to give a special thanks to Andrew of Arizona for sending his kind comments regarding my door repair blog. When I posted these instructions a couple of years back, it was met with stiff resistance and skepticism from many around me regarding the logic and purpose behind my action – so much so that it’s almost made me retract my instinct to litter the web with yet another long-winded instruction illustration on a niche subject so narrow in scope that no one in the world could possibly have a use for, and if they did, would never be able to find. With Andrew’s comment, I now have concrete evidence from two confirmed cases of real people who’ve stumbled upon my website for the information and have hopefully benefited from it.

The serendipitous events surrounding this seemingly superficial instruction blog has caused me to become overtly optimistic when dealing with the subject of information-based altruism. Perhaps an anecdote describing the first confirmed case would better clarify: When the door mechanisms failed on my girlfriend’s Honda Civic coupe she once owned, they both failed at the same time. Being the pompous ass that I was*, I thought I could easily handle the repair of both doors in under 10 minutes. Long story longer, I never got around to fixing the driver-side door. At the time, my girlfriend and I were on a long-distance relationship and we only met up five to six times a year, traveling back and forth between California and Florida. Oddly, she grew impatient at having to wait a couple of months before I could get back to the replacement part sitting in the trunk, and decided to have it installed by a mechanic recommended by our mutual friend. A couple of months down the road, the mutual friend of ours who recommended the mechanic who repaired the door told him that this door repair job was unusual because of its scope, but luckily, he was able to find information online through a website called

So, the moral of the story is this: not every action in life needs justification or explanation. Sometimes, just putting yourself out there for the world to see, regardless of how insignificant it may seem at the time, is the only thing we need to do. I followed my gut instinct on this one and it’s hopefully saved some frustration for a fellow man/woman, and a couple of door panels from being mangled. Until next time…

*I’m now much better at over-estimating my ability

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