And I'm sure most people that read this are also k5ers. Y'all know me as Locus27 over there. SO here I am, mostly because k5 is down will some time next week, and I've got time to blow right now because the boss is finally off my back.
So anyway, here's a quick update of what's been going on in my life for the past few weeks. That's what a diary's for, isn't it?
Dumpsville: Population: me.
Yeah, Jess dumped me a few weeks ago. 3 maybe? I can't remember. I'm sure I posted something to k5 about this. I'm just rehashing for the sake of my own mental processes. Why'd she dump me? The real reason, or the one she gave me. The one she gave is that she wasn't over her ex, and she wasn't ready for a relationship yet. The real reason, I've no idea. Whatever. She wasn't my type anyway. Brown eyes... bleh.
Thanksgiving was phenomonally mundane. This was the first time in 6 years that I didn't have to do the double dinner thing. You know, eating at my parents place, and the gf's parents' place. It was a refreshing change. I, of course, gorged myself, as I typically do. We had a 24lb turkey, I ate about a third. 4 plates full of turkey, mashed potatos, stuffing, corn, and cranberry sauce. The way Thanksgiving's supposed to be. I was hungry again an hour afterwards, so I ate half a pumpkin pie. This is all leading me to believe that I do, indeed, have a tapeworm. What should I name him?
Round about the time Jess dumped me my car started leaking oil, noticably. For a 6 year old car with only 45k miles on it, this should no be. It was time to get the oil changed anyway, so I took it to the local Monkey Wrench and had 'em change the oil and take a look at what was leaking. They told me it was the rear main seal. For the less gearheaded of you, that's the seal between the engine and the transmission. This, is of course, a bad thing. So I scheduled it to go into the dealer this week and set about calling my extended warranty company. Lemme tell ya something. When buying a used car that's going to run out of the factory warranty while you're still making payments on it, an extended warranty is a good thing. Mine covers everything but fluids and wearables (brake pads, rotors, shocks, wiper blades, etc.). So it went into the shop wednesday. I called 'em up later in the day to find out what was wrong. Not the rear main seal, but the head gasket. I was riding in my friend's truck at the time and appearantly the sound that came out of my mouth was precisely "eep!". Not to worry, they say, it's covered on the warranty. Oh, I say, but what about the head. I have an aluminum head. Aluminum tends to warp easily when hot enough to pop a head gasket. They said it was fine, no warpage, no cracks, happy happy. Two day job, and we'll get a loaner for ya. I call 'em up at the end of the day to see when I can pick the loaner up. "Well... we kinda loaned it out. Don't worry though, we're gettin a rental for ya, and it's on us." Well, that's awefully kind. "It's probably gonna be a truck, can you handle that?" It's got wheels and moves, I can handle it. So I get to Enterprise to pick it up. "I'm afraid all we have is an Explorer, is that okay?" the cheerful and somewhat cute chick at the desk says. Let's see, I think, tooling around in a brand new Explorer, versus a Ranger, versus nothing at all... yeah, I think I can handle it.
So that was wednesday. I gotta say, the Explorer is nice. It's a nice change to be up above everything for once. It's an even nicer change to be able to pull into a parking lot without having to slow to a crawl for fear of scraping. It's really really nice that I'm not paying for it.
I should be able to .. mmkay, Diana from the dealer just called, my car's done and all happy. So, with the $50 deductible, tranny flush, oil change, and filter (and I just had that done last week... *grumble*), it's $150. My warranty company's gettin stuck for $560, plus whatever the rental cost is. Warranties are a good thing. Now I only have 4 things to fix myself, including replacing plugs, a turn signal light bulb, the switch for my e-brake light, and the relay for my driver's side door lock (bang on it with a screw driver, the tech says). Oh, and there's the power antenna motor and mast, but that's another $500 job, and it's not covered, so I hafta find one at a junkyard. I love cars. Just talked to a tech. E-brake light is fixed, it was just low on fluid due to pad wear, plugs weren't cracked, just loose, he tightened 'em, and the door lock is probably a sticky actuator, WD-40 it. They're also throwing in a light bulb for me, to the tune of $1. Happy fucking happy. I love fridays. :)