austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Time is marching on and time is still marching on

Pretty near five years ago I finally gave up on the repeated failures of the Mercury Sable that I'd been driving and committed to buying a new car. A brand-new one, not previously owned by any person unless you pretend that a car company is a person, and at more expense than I've put to any one thing except grad school. This month I make the final payment. And a bit over a week ago, my car reached sixty thousand miles and the end of its original warranty.

So I got to the dealer at my appointment time, and got complimented on being so very near on the dot. I was braced, emotionally, for all sorts of things to be found wrong and be judged to need repairs, particularly since over the winter the car would start slowly, hinting of the battery getting fatigued. Or maybe it was just that horribly bad a winter, since they didn't think the battery needed any particular attention. The brakes were also in good shape although they're coming closer to where they'll need new linings. Maybe after the summer. They did ask if I wanted to schedule my 65,000-mile servicing, although since I'm driving under ten thousand miles a year it seemed absurd to project when I might be near that milestone.

I passed the actual 60,000th mile on my way to Horrock's, a farmer's market/garden store/supermarket on the west side of town that has all kinds of wonderful stuff to buy, including vegetables for our rabbit and a tofu salad that's just so, so good that if we could have it for every meal we probably would. I think we managed to turn that two-pound tub into three separate meals. I felt like celebrating a little.

Mostly I'm glad to have the servicing done before any important amusement park trips for the year. It bugs me way out of proportion to be fifty miles late for a servicing; to be, say, six hundred as a Pennsylvania trip might imply would just kill me.

Trivia: An overdose of aspirin kills by making the blood too acidic, which causes the body to breathe rapidly and boost kidney action, which leads to dehydration. Source: Molecules At An Exhibition: The Science of Everyday Life, John Emsley.

Currently Reading: Revolutionary Russia 1891 - 1991: A History, Orlando Figes.


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