October 29th, 2002


Dead car

When I brought my car in this morning, the guys at the shop told me that hrafn's car is dead (sometimes it pays to have an unusual last name). Dead in the sense that it would need its engine rebuilt. And, since it's a piece of crap, it's just not worth it. hrafn is taking care of the funeral arrangements, and I'm going to loot the corpse when I go to pick up my car later today.

I hope my car is just a leaking brake line and not a kaput master cylinder.

We were given "homework" at the training for new editors yesterday. So, I guess I should do it if I'm going to go to the session today. I don't really feel like it, though, and I may want to take off a bit earlier to get my car so that I still have time to get to class tonight. I think I'm really ready for these classes to be over.

The co-worker came and bugged me this morning, and I guess we're going to be meeting at 11. I just really did not need to deal with her today. I should have just called in sick. Of course, since I have no days off, calling in sick would mean making time up later. I've already got enough extra time saved up for the two days I'm taking off to go to Indiana in December, but I'd like to be able to take a fun day off sometime, and making up all of that extra time is not going to be very much fun. Oh well. Anyway, I didn't take today off.

Time to do some work. Someday, I may even start the work I was hired to do.

It never rains . . .

Split front brake hoses are under warranty from when they fixed my brakes in March, so that doesn't cost me anything.

The clutch, however, is almost gone, so it needs replacing. $900. The front tires are bad, but I'm just having them rotate them with the rears, and I don't have to worry about that. Cooling system needs flushed, and I need an oil change. All told, it's going to be $1184. And, with all the work, they might not get it done today. Whee.

We've put quite a bit of money into the car, but at least the engine is still good. Last time I had it in, they said they wouldn't be surprised if it lasted another 100,000 miles. And it's already well over 200,000 miles. So, yeah, I want to hold onto this car.

Hmm, maybe it would be worth it to have hrafn get a couple-years-old used car, something where we'd have payments for a while, so that we'd at least have one car that we wouldn't have to worry too much about.

With all of this car crap, I don't see how I can afford to take any time off when this contract is over. Fuckity, fuckity.