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October 17th, 2008
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Ooof.
So, on the way driving back home from Sled Dog University[*1], I noticed the wiper blades moving slowly and the interior lights dim. This.. has happened before on my way home from work, but that was a 10-mile drive, not a 40+-mile one. And that time Meefer needed a new battery.. and a new alternator.. and mind, that was back in MAY. I managed to make it about the ten miles of previous experience to Foxy Fast Lube. Yes, that's the real name of the place. I'd gotten my oil changed there two days ago and they seemed like solid professionals,a nd they diagnosed it was the alternator.

Thankfully, with some calm-down help from Warphammer and a few phone calls from one of the employees, I managed to get a tow to a house. Not my house, which was still 35 miles away, mind; to the house of Javier[*2], a local mechanic. As all the garages were closed that day, and I needed Meefer moving if possible, that night, I was prepared to take the risk of putting things in the hands of a guy working out of his backyard.

He rapidly concurred with the Alternator diagnosis; he removed said alternator and we took it to AutoZone in his beat-up Toyota with the Flag of Panama dangling from the rear-view mirror. They did a test, confirmed that the 5-month-old alternator was shot (And my regular mechanic who sold me it will hear about this...), and I bought a new one. Or a 'remanufactured' one, since that's what they had.

Thankfully this one worked- Javier did rapid and excllent work, while telling me of his three years in jail for selling drugs. "The worst times. Glad that's behind me.", he relayed, in his decent-enough English.. A quick juant tot he ATm to get enoguh cash to settle the bill, and I'm on my way.

So, while I was in the hands of good, capable people after the breakdown: this, plus computer trouble. (Spontaneous reboots happening almost every time after 20-30 minutes now. I'd think it's overheating but everthing's whirring along nicely it seems.) have made for a very rough day. and I'll only manage abotu 3 hours of sleep tonight, then be off to work, THEN be driving to FurFright. If I'm acting like a zombie there this weekend, it won;t be thematic, it'll be exhaustion.

--Chi

[*1] Not the four-year public university's real name.
[*2] Not his real name out of politeness, since I'm mentioning he was a felon.

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From:haystack
Date:October 17th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
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It's good that you had someone close by who could help. I hope you'll be feeling better enough to really enjoy FurFright when you get there. *snugs tight* Here's to better days ahead!
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From:chefmongoose
Date:October 17th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
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I'm glad it all came together, yes. It was basically that series of events, or try to find a car rental shop for the next four days. Glad it worked out. Still. oof.
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From:tyrrlin
Date:October 17th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
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It's good you were able to get Meefer fixed up in a timely manner. *hugs*
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From:chefmongoose
Date:October 22nd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
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*hugs* Yupyup.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:October 22nd, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
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What were you doing in Kentucky on Sunday night? :)
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From:chefmongoose
Date:October 23rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
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Ahh, I see. much the same as my paternal grandparents, Grandma passed away about 5 years back, also in Tennessee..
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From:octantis
Date:October 17th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Argh, that sucks. Here's hoping that means you've gotten all the worst out of the way.
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From:goggremlin
Date:October 17th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Yay an auto adventure!

Glad things worked out. :)
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From:drakegrey
Date:October 17th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Yup, nothing better than realizing your in the car of a convicted felon. A HELPFUL felon to be sure, but... :)

Seriously, glad you got Meefer running again. I think you showed more resourcefullness than I would at a time like this.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:October 22nd, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
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I am quite cognizant of that, but any port in a storm. Thankfully Wilimantic's hispanic community is fairly trustworthy, I found. :)
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