found out while i was getting an oil change, that a new oil change was impossible, as the threading on my oil pan has been shredded. how, i will never know, but urgh. luckily Shige's Auto can do that for me, and I can still continue to drive the van.
my new goal within the year is to airbrush the van into a glory something like this:
then as i drive into the sunset while listening to Bats for Lashes, I can feel as epic as life could be.