漫长的回家之路

Darry Madden的故事

Merou Rosner ‘21 wanted to fix up a 1965 Volvo during her first project week as a commuter vehicle. 经过四年的停停停停,它终于实现了通勤.

在一个初冬的夜晚,一辆银色的、锈迹斑斑的65年款沃尔沃车来到了这里, 被扔在木工店旁边等待命运的降临.

在早上, ninth grader Broden Walsh ‘21 got behind the wheel while classmate Merou Rosner ‘21 and their advisor Glenn Littledale ’76 pushed it into the shed under the gas kiln 在哪里 Rosner and Walsh would take their first ever whack at fixing up a car. Their goal was to have it running soon enough for the two day students to use it to commute from Marlboro to Putney.

这是他们的第一个项目周, 罗斯纳和沃尔什花了一个星期的时间来寻找那辆车, 只剩下一周时间让它运转.

他们在卸车时注意到刹车似乎失灵了. 所以他们开始,很自然地,用紧急刹车.

而利特尔戴尔则让他们去研究刹车是如何工作的,并着手去做.

“最困难的部分是一些真的生锈的部分. 试图把刹车鼓下来是一个困难的任务,”罗斯纳说. “格伦会过来帮忙,365娱乐平台注册365bet体育表演一个魔术,比如跳上扳手. 但除此之外,这是一个很容易解决的问题.”

但这是他们在那个项目周完成的唯一补救措施. 12月的一个下午,这辆沃尔沃被拖回罗斯纳在万宝路的家, 冬天太阳落山时它藏在谷仓里的地方.

罗斯纳说,那个冬天太冷了,没法在上面工作,也太黑了. 而且,他们需要利特尔戴尔提供的东西太多了,他们自己也做不了什么.

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最终,她花了整个高中的时间. Rosner watched as her friend and co-mechanic Walsh moved on to other art forms and ideas and experienced a range of project weeks. 她看着几乎所有普特尼的其他学生都这么做. 她会一次又一次地回到车上. 她慢慢地、从容不迫地工作. 她一个人在Keep名下的车库里工作, 在哪里, 如果她把门关上, 她可以从教员公寓吸收一些热量. 她焊接、焊接、接线、弯曲钢,然后拆卸再组装.


在前往其他“地平线”项目之前,沃尔什继续进行第二周的项目. They wanted to skip all the other likely issues with the car and go straight for the jugular—ignition. 他们想让它开始.

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开始, they drained all the fluids and performed an oil change (The oil was “disgusting;” the gas was so full of rust, 它是红色的, 和粘性.)

“We knew that it needed a lot of work, but we decided we were going to ignore that for the moment. 所以365bet体育试着发动汽车,但当365bet体育转动钥匙时,什么都没有发生.”

他们试图启动它. 他们观察到起动电机和螺线管工作不正常. 他们仍然不知道引擎是否正常工作, 但他们知道,如果没有一个功能正常的起动机,他们甚至无法进行测试.

他们把它从车上拿下来,进了教室. 在那里, 在Littledale的帮助下, 他们拆卸了起动机, 清理出来, 焊接和编织一个新的连接.

“365bet体育把它放回到车上,再次启动它,看看它是否会翻车, 听起来很有希望. 你可以听到东西在工作,”罗斯纳说. “然后它就着火了.”

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Glenn Littledale served as the advisor on this and many other projects that involved car repair, 自行车的建筑, or, 真的, 任何需要创造或修复的机械.

“我天生就喜欢齿轮. I feel like my highest best use is as someone nursing old machinery and that I’m a fake teacher and 真的 more of a machine nurse,”他说.

他见证了许多长期项目的成功, 包括个人与一个项目, 就像太阳系的机械模型一样, 项目在学生之间传递, like the telescope that has been the main telescope of the astronomy project for over a decade.

“You can string time together either as the same individual or you can string time together with the project being the unifying idea. 连续性的概念可以有几种不同的形式,”他说.

He thinks of these longer term projects as similar to Putney still teaching traditional chemical darkroom photography—it is explicitly not about instant gratification. 这一过程本身就涉及其中,需要奉献和投资.

坚持不懈当然也是一个关键因素.

“Merou worked with persistence, she worked with intelligence, she worked with attention to detail. 只有很少的人,你可以把接线图递365娱乐平台注册他们,然后告诉他们, ‘Make sure you have continuity every在哪里 there appears to be continuity in this system.她不仅做到了这一点, she was able to identify 在哪里 her car departed from the wiring diagram in front of her. 你说的是一个有着非凡分析能力的聪明人. I might offer direct instruction about a thing and then she was routinely able to generalize the result. 所以她一直在利用自己的知识. 她保留了她所知道的. 这使她成为一个特别强大的新手机械师.”

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When we left our mechanics, they had made a connection between the starter motor and the solenoid. But it didn’t make a strong enough connection, and that was the part that caught aflame.

现在只有一个人了(沃尔什出国了), Rosner started tracking the ignition system wiring so that she didn’t have to hotwire it for every attempt at a start. 当它起作用的时候, 她把化油器拆开了, 清洗它, 而且(奇迹般地)它运转正常. 她调整了气门定时,她说这“事关重大”.”

“格伦非常重视这件事, which was good because I had to be 真的 careful that no gunk was getting into the engine—I was in the engine at that point.”

在那里 was still no evidence that the engine would function even if all the moments leading up to it turning over were. 但现在,前面所有的步骤都已经准备好了. 所以, 屋顶上有一个外部燃料系统, with Littledale and Pete Guenther ’80 under the hood spraying starter fluid and poised to extinguish any fires, 罗斯纳转动钥匙.

它起作用了,汽车启动了. 引擎运转了,引擎工作了. 这听起来很神奇,就像一个运转良好的引擎. 它不是在发出什么恶心的声音,它只是在咕噜. 我太高兴了. “在我的脑海里,我想,‘哇,365bet体育就快完成了. 太酷了.’”

“如此接近”是相对的. 在接下来的两年里,她一直坚持着. 她修理了整个刹车系统和燃油系统. 到了大四的春天,她已经准备好尝试驾驶它了. (It gave her another run for her money by not starting when she tried, but eventually she won out).

With fire extinguisher in hand, she and Littledale backed it out of the garage under Keep. 那辆有56年历史的车在山上经过诺伊斯, 经过光秃秃的苹果树, 在卡车路上, 在谷仓那边转过身来, 下来走, 然后回到Keep. 完美的.

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在她毕业的那天, Rosner sat behind the wheel of the Volvo and waited with the tractor and hay wagon to process down to the ceremony. Since it had not been ready to commute before graduation, the procession became the goal. She had eight other students crammed in it—maybe more (“I wasn’t sure if that was too heavy for the brakes that I’d done,“她说). When they got to the stand of locust trees and the waiting crowd of family and friends on the East Lawn, 他们一个接一个地出来——一辆小丑车. Rosner left it there, on the truck road, and ran off hand in hand with a classmate to join the group.

她从这次经历中学到了什么? 她, 正如一些老师所建议的那样, lost out on the diverse and eclectic opportunities afforded her from a Putney education?

利特尔戴尔认为,坚持一个项目是有“机会成本”的, 但这是值得的. “It’s the same for kids in the theater who are year in year out participating in theater. 还有那些喜欢艺术的孩子,他们整天都在跳舞. 你要告诉他们不要跳舞吗? 不,你不能告诉他们不要跳舞. 他们是舞者,他们喜欢跳舞.”

He gave her exhibition about the project the working title “How I Wasted Four Years at Putney” as a nod to that. “那倒是真的,”他说. 但是不这样做就够了吗? 在研发这辆车的过程中,有了很大的进步.”

“It taught me so much about commitment and about the way that I should be viewing success and feeling satisfaction with the progress that I’ve made. 在开始的时候, 我真的以为这是个很快的项目, 我不知道修理一辆车要花多少钱. And it initially felt disappointing to have the first couple project weeks not 真的 result in something that felt like a huge change. But now after so much time, I’ve learned that none of it was 真的 about having a drivable car. That was always the general goal but there was so much value hidden in every single step,”Rosner说, 她现在是卡内基梅隆大学物理系的一年级学生.

“如果我放弃了, 或者我停下来了, 或者我一开始就认为它没有365娱乐平台注册我足够的满足感, I wouldn’t have learned about that and I wouldn’t have developed a mindset that it doesn’t always have to be solely product-oriented. 项目本身就是奖励.”

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毕业后, 那辆车停在野外小屋附近, 俯瞰羊驼牧场和太阳能电池板, 六辆斯巴鲁Outbacks之间的时代错误.

Towards the end of July, Rosner’s father arrived to help get it back to their property in Marlboro. 他以前帮过很多次忙, 总是有卡车和拖车, 但这一次——这是最后一次——他们决定开车回家.

365bet体育的目标是检查它,登记它,使它完全合法. 时间所剩无几,但事情并没有发生. 所以他们走小路以免被拦下. 他开着沃尔沃,她开着自家的车跟在后面. About two miles from their house, two Vermont State Troopers came around the bend in the other lane. 罗斯纳看到他们放慢了脚步,停了下来,好奇而又怀疑地看着那辆沃尔沃. 她父亲也看到了这一点.

所以他决定放弃.

“我爸爸让它跑得尽可能快, 用尽全力去赶最后两英里到我家. 这是疯狂的. 感觉像是在追车,但365bet体育成功了.”

利特戴尔从这个故事中得到了乐趣.

他说:“我希望Merou记得365娱乐平台注册拉杆和轴螺母转矩。.

最后,它确实做到了通勤,哪怕只有一次.

 

 

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