September 4th, 2008

krazy koati

But I found a driver and that's a start

My car: I warned about getting ready for the next problems, and they turned up soon enough. My father had said he'd seen something leaking under my tire, and I was really quite annoyed by that, but when I went to Jiffy Lube for an oil change and asked them to look at it they said they didn't see anything. Of course, I specified the rear passenger's tire because that's what my father said, but when I got home and reported this he said that he told me it was under the front of the car and If I Was Satisfied With What Jiffy Lube Said Then He Had Discharged All His Responsibilities In This Matter And It Was All On My Head Now. Is it a wonder I went to live 135 degrees of latitude and 180 degrees longitude away when I had the chance?

Well. A few weeks after this my father reported that now The Neighbors were asking about this leak. So I gave in to him and called the car repair guys he trusts, an hour away, for them to look at and deal with it. I don't like going up for car repairs and really could use other budgetary pressures right now, but, if it's broken I do have to fix it. And they do give pretty good service. And I can use the time while waiting for the car's fixed to read and wonder at new cartoon shows like Johnny Test.

However, there'd be no sitting in the waiting room reading this time. My father needed to go to my brother and his wife's house --- which actually is near there --- and do some home fixings, and he wanted my help, and I couldn't find a graceful way to refuse. So I spent the day at that instead, report to follow. The car repairs --- the transmission gasket was leaking oil or something like that --- came to $150, but they always do (which, admittedly, is a good thing about this place despite its distance). It did take until 4 pm before they were done, though. In fact, it was noon before they had a diagnosis. Usually I'm out of there by 1 pm. Maybe it's better if I do sit in the waiting room, reading.

Trivia: The word ``pay'', as in to do with a salary, derives from the Latin `pacare', meaning to pacify; in the Middle Ages specifically in the meaning `to pacify a creditor by paying a debt'. Source: Webster's Dictionary Of Word Origins, Editor Frederick C Mish.

Currently Reading: The Most Famous Man In America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, Debby Applegate.