I try not to get bogged down by the bad things in life. Shit happens to everybody, it's a part of living on this planet, and there's nothing you can really do but accept it, deal with things the best you can, then move on to better times.
But then you have a day where so many things are going wrong at the same time that you can't help but feel defeated.
Last night I felt a cold coming on. Sure enough I woke up this morning in miserable shape with a hell of a cold setting up shop in my sinuses.
Things just went downhill from there.
After work I had to drive into Wenatchee to pick up something for my grandmother. There I was driving down the road... I go to shift into third gear and... there is no third gear! Apparently my transmission just blew, so I pull into a restaurant parking lot to call AAA.
And now I'm without a car...
You will note that there are three tow trucks in that photo (a dark grey one is hiding behind the yellow one jacking up my car). This is because there was a FRICKIN' TOW TRUCK DRIVERS MEETING going on in the restaurant where I parked my car.
What a hilarious coincidence!
But the best part? Of the half-dozen trucks that showed up for the tow truck convention, the guy who came to tow my car wasn't there for the meet-up! Maybe he went back there to join in the fun after having towed my piece of shit to the garage, I dunno.
And now I get to wait for the repair shop to open in the morning so I can find out how much it will cost to fix my pile of junk. I'm guessing at least $1000.
Which means I will probably end up buying a new vehicle since the last thing I want to do is sink more money into the heap of crap that is my car. So much for living in a paradise without a car payment. I suppose it was good while it lasted.
Time to take some cold pills and veg out in front of the television while I wait for something new to go wrong.
The night, after all, is still young.
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I hate car payments, too. My truck is a ’99 (purchased with 30 miles) with 128,000 miles. Previous vehicle was ’89 ( with 8 miles) died with 168,000 miles.
I’m sorry to hear you’re sick and so is your car, Dave!
My transmission blew once or something along those lines, either way, scary! And, yeah, the cost to repair was a big chunk of what the car was worth. Not worth it ultimately. Hope it all works out without too much hassle!
I’m having a seriously crappy week too. Maybe it’s something in the air, like a life plague! 🙂 So, what kind of car are ya gonna get?
Gah. I hate the car payment, but sometimes it’s worth getting a new(er) car to avoid the repairs, etc. and just be safer.
Feel better soon.
Can you pay cash for an inexpensive one and save up for a better one later? That’s what I try to do to avoid a car payment…my ’01 BMW was only $7k. It runs and looks great! In law school, I bought an ’87 Mercedes for $4k that I drove to nearly 200k miles before it was stolen! Just a thought…
That is one bad day. I hope you get over your cold soon! That sucks about the car and probably having to get a new one. Ugh. I hope it’s not too much of a hassle. 🙁
If you do end up getting a new car, please post something about the process since I’m thinking of doing the same in the next year and am interested in reading about what kind of car other people get (but apparently not interested in enough to start reading blogs about cars or anything like that).
Here’s hoping a squirrel got stuck in your gearshift and you just couldn’t shift into third.