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Traverse City North Coast (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Traverse City, MichiganSaturday March 21, 2015 North coast 3 i discovered the International language this weekend paranoia. Its the same word in Many tongues. In danish paranoia. Catalan paranoia. Filipino the wildly divergent paranoia. My state needed Little translation As we chugged Down the Road with the Check engine Light illuminated. Yulia from Ukraine sat in the passenger seat. She listened politely As i launched into an extensive verbal diagnostic. I tend toward a nattering Sherlock Holmes deduction and nausea when i know very Little about something. Had i gotten my Oil changed Check. Enough Gas in the tank Check. Followed the maintenance schedule Check ish my car is 15 years old i fix whats affordable then raised Catholic i veered into full throttle self blame. Yep i trundled my wee Low clearance car Over a few tall snowdrifts. Yep i ignored a scraping sound last week. Was i risking the lives of my precious cargo my cherished child and Yulia gulp. The questions caught fire As i started to smell Gas. Is my engine on fire downtown patrons might get More than dinner and a show when my car explodes into a fireball on our slow Roll Down front Street. Yulia listened politely. She did not know much about cars she demurred. She does not have one. Then the car began jerking and shuddering at every Stop. The Orange Check engine lights glow seemed to intensify its visual reprimand. The chugging sent my deductions into hype drive but Yulia remained unflappable. Thatus unusual she allowed after a chug Flung Back our Heads like Wayne and Garth with Queen on the radio. Something similar happened to my friends car in Costa Rica Yulia said. It was i dont know the word in English something with the Gas burning. It stops the Gas. Great a problem with Gas. Dont All those exploding buses in Hollywood have problems with Gas another line of questions what if it was the fuel line the fuel pump did i have a fire extinguisher in the trunk and enough cellphone Battery to Call 911? i think you have i dont know the word in English paranoia Yulia said. Why my brain slammed on the brakes. Yulia had a Point. The car seemed Fine besides the chugging the Light and the possibly imaginary Gas Vapours. Why was i so revved up another diagnostic later and i got it misfiring expectations. I assume things must work right perfect otherwise they Are dramatically absolutely wrong. Yulia did not expect the car to be right. Or wrong. Its just a car. One with a glitch sure but thatus part of the ride. Might As Well enjoy it in any language. Misfiring expectations a l l i s o n b a t d o r f f local columnist North coast Pete Rodman left part of the traverse City Central robotics team custom robot. Below competitors put their skills to the test on the floor at the traverse City first robotics District Competition at traverse City Central High school. R boots r Umble at c Competition

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