So I changed the oil in my car last night. Got a little antifreeze in the windshield washing fluid (oops) but managed not to burn myself on the oddly-placed exhaust manifold (yay!) so I think it’s a draw. I spilt a sad amount of motor oil, too, and still feel rather guilty about that, dump no waste drains to ocean and all. Sorry fishes!
Now that I am a certified car owner and caretaker, though, I can understand why people talk about babying their auto-machines. When there’s something squirting noxious fluids, which you must catch and dispose of and replenish lest the thing stop working, what else can it be but a baby?