Tuesday, April 18, 2006

the week of wonderful continues ...

So I hit the snooze alarm a few times, thinking I deserve a little more sleep after the past few days I've had. Finally get up, shower, get dressed.

Still plenty of time to make it into the office.

Get downstairs, slide into truck, insert key into ignition and turn.


Not a sound.

No urrr-urrr-urrrrrr.

No clicking.


I knew what it was, even as I didn't want to admit it. I call a friend to come get me and, while he's here, try to jumpstart my truck. No luck.

It's the starter. I just know it is. Fuck.

Into the office, do a meeting, a couple of other things, then get friend to drive me back at lunch time, call a tow truck. $35 to get it to a repair shop about a 1/4 mile away. Shit.

Owner of the shop agrees. Starter.

Lucky I go to this guy for tires and alignment and other issues. He only charges me $65 labor. Part is $217. At least it's an easy job and they're done with it before 4 p.m.

Just not the best time to have to shell out more than $300 — day after paying off taxes and penalties plus a full week and a half till next payday.

Oh well. I like grilled cheese, tuna and other homemade sammiches. Good thing, since that's about all I'll be eating for a little while.

Hell, at least all the bills for the month are paid off already and any new ones that come in will wait till payday. Could be much worse.

And, you know what? I've had this truck since April 1994. It's 12 years old. This is the second time the starter's gone. I'm on the fourth battery. The air conditioning and radio haven't worked for a looooooong time. But it still runs well. It gets me around. It's totally paid for. So I am grateful for all the years it's given me ... and will continue to give me.

OK ... tomorrow I vow to write something fun, funny and/or uplifting. This is the last bitch-and-whine post you'll see here for a little bit.

Or at least until the next time I get fucked by the cosmos.


Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• Today, on Guam, was Tuesday. Sorry, that's all I got for today.


Kristen said...

That sucks........

Good morning

Chrissie said...

im sorry... did i tell you Seans bronco dided on Sunday? On the way to my Moms... 95$ tow :o/
I paid it he owes me. Good thing I made them leave first... I was able to pick them up on my way over... after waiting for 45 minutes for the tow truck... it sucks but to wait for a tow.. that was a new experience for me.


Natalia said...

The cosmos seems to be very horny of late because it has been fucking a lot of people in the last few weeks. I am one as well.


DZER said...

kristen: yes it does ... and thanks ... morning to you too!

chrissie: no ... having to get towed from the highway sucks; hopefully it won't cost too much to fix ... and lucky you did leave later! thanks baby ... *smooches*

natalia: It all goes back to my theory that 2006 is just bound to suck major ass ... hope you were fucked over too badly by Mr. Cosmos!

Suze said...

Dzer, that's a bummer but at least you have a vehicle, mine got totalled last year and now I can't afford a new one.

I suppose sometimes we have to cope with the bad things to balance out the good. Your truck has served you well.

DZER said...

suze: yes, things could always be worse ... and some of your admirers in blogland would love to give you something to ride ... heh

and, hopefully, the truck will continue to serve me well for a while longer ...

Madame X said...

I forgot what I was going to say cuz now all I can think about is a grilled cheese sammich...

DZER said...

madame x: have I ever told you that I make the very best grilled cheese sammiches in the whole world? heh

Kristen said...

MMM, I want a sammich

Kristen said...

I meant to tell you that my blog is back

Mimi said...

I feel your pain Dzer. My car is 12 years old too. And all those little things (ok some NOT so little started in a couple of years ago) however it still beats the holy hell out of a car payment.
BTW that pounding your gohpher comment on Murphs blog.......totally made me blow coffee out my nose...funny fucker you are!

Strumpet said...

Mmmmm....grilled cheese.....

And, tuna.....


I rather enjoy the 'bitch-and-whine' posts.

They are all too human.

terry said...

dayumn, the cosmos really IS having its way with you right now, isn't it?

that's just wrong.

but grilled cheese sammiches? so, so right.

ArtfulDodger said...

Hey! I've got a trophy that says Best Grilled Cheese Sammich in the Whole World! :) I had a friend once whose great uncle worked for the mafia for twenty years, his job? Starting the mob bosses car every morning and driving him around. One day he starts the car and KLABOOIE!

At least your's was just the starter.

ell said...

murphy's law strikes again! at least you were able to get it fixed.

here's to better days ahead. AND grilled cheese sammiches! hang in there, d.


DZER said...

kristen: I'll make you a sammich, honey ... heh ... and yay!! I'll be there soon!!

mimi: old cars both suck and rock, don't they? and I have some small skills in being a funny fucker ... glad you are enjoying them ;)

strumpet: I make killer super-tuna sammiches too ... there's a post in my archives about my uber tuna sammiches, complete with picture! ... and I guess I'll continue to bring you my humanity LOL

terry: no shit, huh? *sigh* but I'll put you down for a couple of grilled cheese sammiches! order up!

art: you stole my frickin' trophy!! soon, YOU will sleep with the fishes, my friend!! LOL

ell: murphy's law or murphy, the ohio blogger? LOL and yes, at least it was fixable. You wanna grilled cheese sammich too? *lovin' the xoxo*

SignGurl said...

Is it wrong that I think getting fucked by the cosmos sounds sexy?

DZER said...

signgurl: not wrong ... just very naughty ;)

Chrissie said...

i disagree with Mimi.. i'd rather have a car payment where things are covered by a warrenty and everything runs right! :)

and i just noticed... dided? LOL umm ok, at least you KNEW what I meant!

DZER said...

chrissie: well, I can see your point there, but it's nice to actually own something and not owe the bank or anyone else.

And soon, I hope, I'll have those new car no-worries ... over there somewhere ;)

also ... I translate chrissie-ese very well after almost 10 years ... LOL *smooches*

SignGurl said...

I was so excited by the cosmo thing that I missed the random Guam fact of the day. That was hilarious!

DZER said...

signgurl: what can I say? I'm a kuh-mee-dee-unh.