How to check and refill oil in your car

I was driving yesterday and my car started making a crazy a noise and the oil light was blinking telling me “STOP-ENGINE OFF” so I screamed and pulled over to turn my car off.

This happened to me when I had my 1991 VW GTi so I knew what the deal was. I went to a gas station, bought 1 quart of 5w 30 oil (that’s what is in my car) then put that bitch in. My car is due for an oil change anyway so this will hold me over until my lazy ass does it.

VWs are known for having glitches, and I was coming off the freeway, so the fluids in my car weren’t level which could also cause a false alarm, but my car was also very low on oil anyway. Oops.

If this happens to you, don’t freak out and have your car towed to a mechanic. Save some money by checking the oil and refilling it yourself. Most of the time car issues are simple problems that can be fixed on your own. No clue how to work on a car? Watch YouTube tutorials.

I auto-crossed and have experience working on my own cars, so I know the basic stuff. Checking oil is very simple though. There should be enough oil on the dipstick to cover halfway between “min” and “max.”

Favorite Music of 2013

According to Spotify, I listened to these the most:

Hippie Sabotage – Stay High

Autre Ne Veut – Counting

Death Grips – Get Got

The Range – Everything But

The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather

Danny Brown’s album Old was was really awesome. My favorite song from it:

Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – Thank You

Miguel – Adorn

Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough

MisterWives – Coffins (saw them at the Troubadour, great show)

Pusha T. feat Kendrick Lamar – Nosetalgia

Daft Punk – Instant Crush

J. Cole – Power Trip

Disclosure – Latch

Big Sean – Fire

Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home (his show at Staples was awesome)

Dan Croll – From Nowhere

Haim – The Wire (Saw them at the Fonda, amazing show)

Rhye – Open

Bastille – Pompeii

Kanye West – Blood on the Leaves

2013: Awful/Amazing

Lotttttttta stuff happened last year, and I posted it all on Instagram.  Here are my favorite photos & moments of 2013:

Went to St. Louis and saw the golden arch:

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Saw my face in a commercial on Sunset Blvd.

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Went to some raves with Lizzy:

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Was in Vice:

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Went to London for the first time and saw the River Thames:

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Flew over the Atlantic with Wesley to see James in London:

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Went on the London Eye:

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Got an agency in London:

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Enjoyed the shit out of London:

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Worked in London:

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Took some more #ModelsOnPhones photos:

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Went to Portugal:

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Went to the Iron Man 3 premiere in London:

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Was in my first movie:

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Saw this awesome dog in NYC:

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Booked a job in Manchester:

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Saw a rainbow on my last day in the UK:

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Met James Franco Doll:

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Hung out with Lizzy:

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Went to Yosemite:

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Kitler was adorable:

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Lived in Brooklyn for six weeks during the crazy heat wave:

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Did some serious airport bathroom modeling:

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Went back to Kalamazoo for the first time in three years (unfortunately under sad circumstances):

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Drank beer with my dad:

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Saw how much everyone loved my Grandpa:

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Found this photo of my Great Aunt Maria, Grandpa, and Grandma back in the 60s in Germany:

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Waited for the subway. A lot:

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Met Beavis Cumia:

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Did a runway show with pink eye:

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Enjoyed the views of NYC:

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More #ModelsOnPhones:

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Did standup for the first time:

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Found these kittens in my backyard:

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Got an amazing shirt:

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My first essay was on the front page of Digg:

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Met Todd from Breaking Bad!!! (aka Landry from Friday Night Lights):

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Saw the Bill & Ted’s Universal Halloween Special before it got closed down for being homophobic and racist:

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Started writing for The Style Con:

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Spent Halloween in Yosemite with my sister:

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Saw Blink 182:

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Saw Panic at the Disco play Jimmy Kimmel Live:

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Hung out with this knucklehead a ton:

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Played Beavis & Butthead NES on a projection screen!

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Had Thanksgiving outside:

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Went to the Magic Castle with these guys:

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Went to Disneyland for the first time:

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I was on Key & Peele:

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Saw snow and some garbage on fire in NYC:

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Got another writing job:

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This jockey flirted with me then lost the race:

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Found out I’m .2% Ashkenazi Jew. Shalom:

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I hope 2014 is even better.

 

Why isn’t anyone questioning the “Diane” story?

Yesterday, my pal Elan Gale live-tweeted his note exchange with an angry woman called “Diane” on a delayed flight. Buzzfeed is obsessed with it so you can read their post here. He sent “Diane” a letter and a glass of wine after the plane took off, and throughout the entire flight they exchanged notes.

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He said “Diane” even threatened to call authorities and actually slapped Elan when they got off the plane.

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Not one single article questions the legitimacy. Why does this bug me? I’ve done both real and fake funny twitter things. I posted a fake winning lottery ticket that got picked up by a few media sites, but I admitted it was fake a few hours later. I got harassed, berated, and endlessly questioned for my Brian Presley live-tweeting that people still ask me if it actually happened. Yes, it was completely true. I had websites writing about how I was taking anti-depressants so I MUST be lying. People went deep into my history to try to prove me wrong. The Daily Mail claimed I was a liar because I dated a radio show host who likes “radio pranks.” Is it because I’m a woman who confronted a guy that my story needed to be set straight? Had Elan been a woman, and the passenger a guy, would more people think he was lying? The story itself doesn’t bother me, just that it’s being accepted so easily. I’m sure if someone wanted to really investigate it, they could get a report from the airport where he was slapped or ask the airline attendants if it actually happened. I find it hard to believe an employee wouldn’t report violent behavior, since “Diane” was boarding a connecting flight. Any type of violence in any airport would cause the police to be called, especially since the recent shooting at LAX.

Instant fame from shock-worthy social media incidents keeps getting more and more popular. It’s like how MTV’s The Real World is total shit now because all they’re interested in are people who are willing to do stupid things to get short-lived media coverage. Content is being ignored and attention is all that matters. Remember last week when we all believed the lesbian server who claimed a family wrote something homophobic on a receipt and it ended up all being fake? In that case, she profited from her stupid prank, which is just so morally wrong. The only thing Elan is gaining is popularity and the contentment of making people laugh. Who doesn’t want that? That’s more or less the entire reason for Twitter anyway.

If I were to dig deeper into the “Diane” story I could simply Google Elan and see his history with similar online incidents:

1. Neighbor drama posted on Tumblr. Notes being left on doors, Elan claiming to have sent flowers to his neighbor’s girlfriend to cause drama. Also, the note left on Elan’s door had quotes around his name too, just saying. Why hasn’t anyone examined this and questioned him?
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Does this really truly matter if it was fake or not? Not at all. We were all entertained. I’m just annoyed that his his blind-date tweets and neighbor drama posts haven’t been brought up as a possible reason for the story being a hoax. He didn’t even post a picture of “Diane” or take a picture of the back of her seat. I was torn apart after I live-tweeted that douche bag actor, and the female server was investigated too. Why is Elan not being questioned? Why are women the only ones being questioned? Is it as simple a reason as misogyny? Women aren’t as powerful as men, therefore their actions must be questioned?

We are all just lemmings taught to believe anything we read on the internet. If it’s a fun story and makes us laugh, there’s nothing wrong with it. But in the case of the lesbian server and the homophobic receipt, finding out it was fake hurt a lot of people, including the restaurant owner and the people who donated money to her. She’s a real piece of shit. From my experiences with Elan he is the opposite of a piece of shit. He’s a very friendly, creative guy with a great sense of humor. I can definitely say he “won” the internet yesterday.

Pink Eye During Fashion Week

My latest for The Style Con: I wrote about awful things that I’m thankful for. Click here for article.
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Hot Girl #2

I wrote an essay for Aeon about my life as a model.

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I’ve been writing for The Style Con…

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I write a bi-weekly column giving awful relationship advice, calling out the married guys who send me twitter messages, things guys shouldn’t do, and a letter to Joaquin Phoenix about his nineteen year old girlfriend.

All of my articles are here: http://www.thestylecon.com/author/melissastetten/