Tuesday, October 04, 2011
From my Inbox:
Chinese numerology and Feng Shui for 2011 This year we are going to experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11, and that's not all; Take the last two digits of the year you were born and the age you will be this year and the result will add up to 111 for everyone!!!! This is the year of MONEY. Also, this year, October will have 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays & 5 Saturdays. This happens only once every 823 years. These particular years are known as Moneybag years. The proverb goes that if you send this to eight good friends, money will appear in the next four days, as is explained in the Chinese feng shui.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Two weeks ago - on a Thursday - my car blew a rod. Major car repair.
One week ago - on a Thursday - my back-up beater minivan finally died the final death.
A smart person, seeing where this trend is headed, would have stayed in bed this past Thursday. But I like getting paid so off to work I went. On the drive in...no problems. I did not go out to run errands at lunch so as not to tempt fate.
But on the drive home I looked down at the dashboard and saw a warning light. Having learned my lesson two weeks ago about warning lights I immediately found somewhere to pull off the road and shut off the car. Out came the owner's manual to discover what the Third Bad Thing was going to be.
Low tire pressure.
OK, I thought, this isn't bad at all. I found a gas station, scrounged up a quarter and started to fill up the tires. Then I looked at the tires.
Bald as a baby's behind.
All 4 of them.
They were a blow out waiting to happen. Today I went to the tire place to get them replaced. Tire Guy #1 gave me a quote, I paid, and went off for a walk.
When I return Tire Guy #1 has "bad news"...the tires he quoted to to me were the wrong ones for my car. And this is my problem how? After some back and forth Tire Guy #1 agrees to eat the difference while Tire Guy #2 is waiting for us to finish.
Tire Guy #2 has "bad news"...one of my rims is bent. I go out with him to look and sure enough, it is bent. "Yes," he responds to my question, I can still drive it as is but it will probably cause problems and really isn't a good idea.
So I order the new rim and get to spend next Saturday at the tire place as well. As I am leaving, just to make the experience that much more special, Tire Guy #2 says "You're brake rotors are getting pretty bad, you might want to get them replaced before they really start grinding and you lose your brakes."
Does he not understand that if it is bad and you say it, it will happen? There is another Thursday coming up in not too many days.
So next weekend after the rim is replaced off to the brake shop I will go.
It could have been a lot worse. I don't really begrudge the tires or brakes too much because that is routine upkeep that has to happen. But all at once?!?
Late tonight, when it is dark and there are no witnesses, my car and I are going to have a discussion about what happens to bad cars which cause their owners distress.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Today I actually do not have anything planned, no extra curricular activities for myself or the kids, no appointments, nothing I HAVE to do today or anywhere I HAVE to be.
I don't know what to do with myself! LOL!
So for my lazy Sunday I am doing laundry, chopping garden veggies for the freezer, drying herbs, changing a few more light switches and outlets, cooking the eggplant casserole I've been meaning to make for the last month. I might even get around to scrubbing the bathtub and setting up the "new" laptop I got from work (they sell off the old ones every couple of years for $50, can't beat that!).
I finally got a light bulb for the floor lamp I found last week so now I can sit on my new couch at night to relax and read...when I remember I actually have furniture now. Seriously. I didn't have furniture for me to sit on for so long I don't remember that it is there now. Before I had the room where the kids would be & I wasn't "allowed" to turn the lights on so I never went in there, and the other room was my grandmother's area...and sitting with her every evening was not conducive to relaxation.
I will also go to the gym and do some ST and cardio before they close at 6.
Reading this list over it somehow doesn't sound like a lazy Sunday after all!
I hope everyone is doing whatever it is they want to be doing today! Happy Fall!
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Beat the Geezers! (30 something's Challenge)
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Last Thursday my car threw a rod and blew my engine. Major car repair cost. I have been driving my old beater "just in case" minivan. It runs VERY loud and slow and I have always known it would eventually die.
Today it died. In the middle of morning rush hour on a road under construction that was down to a single lane less than a mile from the gas station where I had just filled it up. Two guys stopped and pushed me into the construction lane so I didn't hold up traffic too much.
Next Thursday I plan to just stay in bed, I do not have a good trend going right now.
I knew last week that my normal commute would strain the minivan but right up until the moment it quit it had been running "normally". It gave no indication it was about to die. It just stopped.
I'm not too upset about it; I knew it would probably happen and it lasted a week, so that's one week of car rental I did not have to pay. What upsets me is the $55 in gas I just put in the tank. The stupid thing could have had the decency to die BEFORE I went to the gas station.
I don't think I will get it repaired. Based on how it had been running I suspect it won't be cheap...both the motor and the transmission and issues. I paid $350 for it three years ago and have put on new brakes, a muffler and replaced the tires. So all told I've got maybe $850 into it. My sister drove it for a year when she didn't have a vehicle and it saved me about $150 in car rental this last week so all in all I feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of it. The tires are only a few months old so I can sell them, or I can just donate the vehicle to charity and take the tax write off (the say they take non-running vehicles although I still feel weird about dumping it on them). As a bonus saving the plate registration is due in a month so I won't have to pay that now if I get rid of it, and my car insurance will drop by a few dollars.
My son has his permit and the minivan was going to be what he would drive when he gets his license. He's still a few months away from that; we will have to come up with another plan now. His dad said he might be able to do something in Jan/Feb to get Matt a car to drive so he can get to school and get a job.
The only car the rental place had when I got there was a Dodge Charger. It has a push button start which is major cool. Yes, I am easily impressed. I am also 100x more likely to get a speeding ticket now, this car and my luck (and, I'll admit, driving habits) all scream "I'm speeding, give me a ticket!". It's like I am a beacon for police radar and I don't seem to be able to do the helpless "poor me" act well enough to get out of them like other people I know have done. Oh well, I will deal with that if it happens...and try to make sure it doesn't. Maybe I'll track it here as an Other Goal..."Do not get a speeding ticket 1x per day".
I signed the invoice and put down the deposit at the car repair place Tuesday night so they should have ordered the motor yesterday. Depending on how fast it ships I might have my car back by the end of next week.
Now I'm just waiting for the third bad thing to happen, because problems seem to come in 3s.
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