Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday 1/27/2012

Finally Friday.  I (think) I am getting better.  All tests that were done came back negative - looking for more serious stuff that is, a bit of a relief there for sure.
I'm just ready for a couple of days of laying in bed, to be honest, versus getting up early and heading off to work.
Hopefully by Monday I will be feeling right as rain again.

Caleb called me last night, something up with the car.  He tends to get flustered and give up easily.  The car isn't the greatest vehicle in the world, but for the most part has gotten him around without too much hassle.  I, however, am tired of dumping money into it and am thinking of some alternatives here.

The Phoenix area is immense and widely spread out.  Getting around without a car isn't impossible, but if you try to take the bus system, you are going to spend hours getting somewhere that should take 20 minutes.  That was the reason I kept that car and have tried to keep it running for him, but at some point, a person has to consider it a money dump and let it go. I am already at that point - I have no love for that thing - but I have no alternatives, yet, either.

So, gonna try to keep it running for another 4 months and then that trailer will be paid off.  I will try to either sell it or trade it for a good, running compact car that gets good gas mileage.  I haven't told him that, yet, I haven't firmly decided about that.  He has a job, albeit not making a huge amount of money, if I got him a car I would expect him to pay me back for it, even if over a long period of time at small payments.

I am firmly decided to get rid of that old Buick, however.  I have dumped enough money into it that it should just stay running.  Instead, it comes up with new ways to break down.  However, what it was doing this time is simply that the brake lights were on and the lights on the dash were all on, but the car wouldn't start.  Sounds like a computer reset needs to be done.  At the same time, he got back in and the thing fired right up .
He then informed me he would walk to school tomorrow.  I don't think so.  Get in the thing and drive it. If it breaks down, I will have it towed to the electrical place one, last time and hope they can figure it out.  Well, no, I will go to wherever the car is, actually, unhook all the battery cables from the battery and do a computer reset.  See if that does anything for it.  It already HAS a brand new computer module in it, I replaced that last year.  The real problem is the car is a 1994 model.  18 years old.  140,000 miles, which actually isn't that much for a car that old.

So, I hope not to hear that it broke down again, nothing else to say about it, really.  I am not going to drive it anymore, that's for sure.  My son will have to figure something else out if he decides he doesn't want to drive it anymore, I will sell it for $700 or whatever I can get out of it and be done with it.  It isn't totally worthless, the engine runs great when it does run, doesn't smoke, no leaks, great tires, all the stuff I have already had done with it.

Anyway, work day is here and time to get outta here.

ben

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