21 hours ago
Monday, April 28, 2008
...but not soon enough.
Hell, it could have ended at around 10:00 this morning if you ask me.
A while back, I mentioned the car photographer D. loaned me. Well, thanks to his taking off (kicking and screaming, as usual) for his annual month in Italy, during which time he blows most of a year's income, I still have the car.
Not that I'm complaining, you understand. It was kind of him to answer my call for wheels when I was in need, but the stupid thing broke a mount for the exhaust system, and it's making a hell of a racket.
So I whisked it off to a muffler shop, where I was told the system is shot and needs a full replacement. Not true, by the way, but the guy didn't want to tackle the Alfa's muffler, and so racked up the price considerably.
PARENTHETICAL GIVE-ME-THE-ESTIMATE-PLEASE THOUGHT: When you come right down to it, the car needs new u-joints, shocks, engine and transmission mounts, four matching tires, a good tune-up and other items I haven't identified yet. It will never get them. D. doesn't do that kind of stuff. If I had the coin to get all the problems cleaned up (and I would, if I could), he probably wouldn't notice.
Some clever engineering work by yours truly with a couple of coat hangers (a skill I learned from my first car, which dropped mufflers like seagulls drop...ummmmm, you know...) got me past that temporarily.
And then, on the way to Trader Joe's on a damn hot (95 degrees) mid-morning I discovered that the little knob marked with a blue snowflake doesn't do a damn thing.
I've been spoiled by new cars, I guess.
The rest of the day, from buying gas at $4.07/gallon to other irritants, made me long for an end to Monday. I could do without all Mondays, but this one seemed to be worse than many.
At least I don't have to report for jury duty tomorrow. Which is good for all defendants scheduled for trial at the local courthouse.
Posted by MrScribbler at 10:07 PM