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18 December 2002 @ 12:04 pm
So, been a while since the last update, let's just cut to the chase and say it's been busy.

The hot newz! After the midnight showing of The Two Towers last night, got to the car, battery light came on (but the car turned over, lights and radio worked, etc. No power steering. And it's almost 4 AM by this point. I call Agent Dieter and Toltec (who were just at the movie with us) and they graciously go far out of their way to drive us home.

Mind you, I *just* had the oil changed on Monday. If JiffyLube screwed something up, heads will roll. Limp the car into the Colombia Merchants this morning, after some shenanigans, for which Red Queen was vastly patient. And they say they probably won't be able to look at the car until *tomorrow.*

Because what I needed, a week before Christmas, when I don't have much money and haven't bought many presents, and a daughter being born in a few weeks, is a gigantic car repair bill.


More on the wizard and elf movie later, so the less h4rdc0r3 fans have a chance to see it. In general, I was eminently pleased.
keep it darksnidegrrl on December 18th, 2002 11:39 am (UTC)
GRR. it's always just when you think you have things under control. i hope it's nothing much.

i know you already sent it over to merchant's... do you have someone you know there? because i think merchant's are all evil bastards. i know you don't want to hear that, but just want to say i had a REALLY bad experience. i have only heard about the laurel and college park ones though.
PMMJ: Gorillacheetahmaster on December 18th, 2002 07:47 pm (UTC)
Merchant's was closest, and the car was limping and I didn't want to have it towed.

I think Merchant's charges too much. But, I have yet to find a place that a.) doesn't overcharge and b.) does the work right. Believe me, I have no love for them.
rshackleford: sadrshackleford on December 18th, 2002 04:48 pm (UTC)
that completely sucks. they, uh, upgraded the oil plug in my car with one from a different make the first time i went there (incidentally, also the last time i ever went there).
PMMJcheetahmaster on December 18th, 2002 07:49 pm (UTC)
Feh, I say. Feh. I bet they don't have problems like this in Canadialand!
Jen: sluggyexamorata on December 18th, 2002 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, /crap/. And we probably just missed you guys having the car trouble! You were getting into the car when we pulled out, I believe. I'm so sorry. I didn't have to get up for work today, I would have happily helped! Well, yes, I hope it's not too bad overall.
PMMJ: Jade Scorpioncheetahmaster on December 18th, 2002 07:48 pm (UTC)
Got in car, started engine, let it sit for a minute to get the heat going, and then when moving noted the lack of power steering. So everyone was gone by then. Luckily, Agent Dieter forgot to turn off his cell during the movie.