Students with automotive skills
Here are students who can do cool stuff with cars. Include good stories to illustrate.
Drive Stick Shift
Evan Miller (maniacally)
Daniel Rooney (erotically)
Brendan Dougherty (smooth as shit out of a duck's ass)
Joe Shoer '06 (that's what she said)
Katie Montgomery (could drive anything from a '82 Toyota Tercel to a forklift, or so she believes)
Jessica Chung (She learned in a week.)
Samantha Peterson (automatics are for women)
Janey Waney Lee (She doesn't even need to say anything.)
Leah Joy Weintraub (In her other life, she actually is a race car driver.) (So she has problems making right turns.)
Helena Harnik (I have two driving licenses, one for each side of the road. Yeah that's right- I can use either hand to shift. That makes me 2x more stick-savvy than everyone else)
Ronit Bhattacharyya '07 (Only ever driven stick shift; now I just wish I could drive on the right side of the road)
Anne Royston '08 (can shift from both driver's and passenger's seat; working on backseat)
Matthew Earle '07 (Double-clutch downshifts saves wear on synchros, but may have caused the expensive timing chain misalignment he just had fixed)
Nela Vukmirovic '08 (Drives only stick shift. Has driven automatic only once, when she was 14. Doesn't have a driving licence 'cause she never has time to actually do the driver's test (gimme some credit here, getting driving licence in Europe is way harder and more time consuming than you think!). If she gets caught driving w/o one, she'll be in biiig trouble.)
Travis Vachon (Including sketchy old truck clutches)
Clara Hard (West Coast style)
Nick Colella (Has to watch out for moose)
Katie Josephson (Can drive and teach all her guy friends who, shamefully, ask not to be named)
Drive Really Fast In Reverse
David Rodriguez likes to go as fast as he can when he sees speed bumps and likes to think he gets an inch or two of air in his 2-ton SUV every time.
Change a Tire
David Rodriguez '06 has changed more than his fair share of tires and learned that salt+rust will effectively glue a wheel onto the axle. Solution? Wedge the flat edge of your hubcap-removal tool into the jammed area and whack the crap out of it with a hammer. Eventually, if you're lucky, that wheel will pop right off.
Jumpstart a Car
David Rodriguez '06 has also had his fair share of car jumpstarts and knows not to connect the black plug to red and red plug to black. If you do, you will blow the battery fuse in your fusebox and burn out some expensive component in your car. Through his learning processes, he found just how costly it is to replace the stock amp that powers your stereo.
Jonathan Landsman (who's been zapped)
Leah Joy Weintraub (but only if you ask nicely)
Jonathan Landsman, native New Yorker, has parked in spots so tight that getting in and out depended on using room provided by nudging cars parked in front and behind, counting on the flexibility of their shocks. His record in Williamstown was set when moving into his Morgan East room for the Summer of 2004, when he parked at the top of Spring Street, leaving enough room on either end of the car to fit one finger, but not two.
David Rodriguez is also a native New Yorker and often takes it upon himself to giggle at the non-city folk that have such a tough time parking in huge spots on Spring Street.
Toby Hall, yet another native New Yorker who never had the luxury of a parking garage. I got three words for you: "Alternate Side Parking"
Get Parking Tickets
Chris St.Cyr (5 tickets and the infamous car boot to the front tire in first two months here as a freshman)
Evan Miller (6 in as many days, although 4 were successfully appealed.)
Jonathan Landsman '05 two in three days in Queens, NYC. Both while at the vehicle, one while inside it.
David Rodriguez accidentally left car parked illegally outside of Mission for days to find 4 tickets upon his return.
Lucy Cox-Chapman forgot that her car was parked at the end of Spring St. for four days and found 3 tickets when she finally remembered.
Charlie Giammattei, who left his car in front of Bryant House in 2005 for four days, incurring TEN tickets from security. He then claimed to Dave Boyer that the car was broken and he had taken it to Flamingo Motors for repairs. Dave Boyer knew Charlie's car was American-made and Flamingo only deals with foreign-made vehicles... needless to say, Charlie paid the price.
Toby Hall 2 tickets at the greylock parking trap, 1 in NYC, from a meter-maid who was waiting by the car until expiration, 1 outside of Weston for being an idiot and parking overnight because he had forgotten where he left his car.
Get Speeding Tickets
David Rodriguez (2 tickets, 88 in a 55 in Virginia and 91 in a 65 in New Jersey--cut down to 84 by the nice state trooper--within a month) Total fines: 275+170 = $445
Total amount in fines saved by the purchase of a high-end radar detector: more than you can imagine
Matthew Earle $605 ($305 ticket + $300 NY State fee for points on license) on I-87 south of Plattsburgh for 88, that they know about, in a 65)
Evan Miller (88 on I-88 in Bainbridge, NY, incurring a reasonable $155 fine.)
Andrew Wang ($115 on I-80 in Wayne, NJ for doing 88 in a 55...I swear to God I thought it was a 65...)
Cat Vielma 4 tickets, over 70 mph in a 45mph speeding zone...it's called Lake Shore Drive, and no one will stop me... not even $115 City of chicago tickets
Sarah Steege 1 ticket, $200ish, at the beach in Wilmington, NC... doing 43 in a poorly marked 25mph school zone (that only applied from 2:00-3:00), ticketed at 2:55 pm.
Danny Fischler 1 ticket, $239, going 75 on Route 7 N. Don't speed in Pownal. Ever.
Richard Zhang You should all get a radar, it works wonders on Mass Pike and has saved me thousands at the 110mph I was going.