An Odd Couple Of Days

When driving the other day my check engine light came on.  It has come on before, and it was usually something simple (loose gas cap, etc).  But this time it stayed on – and when I got into slow traffic the A/C seemed to stop blowing cold air.

I took it in to the dealer and was told that I might not get it back until “tomorrow” – that was yesterday. Today they called to tell me that someone had tried to steal my catalytic converter – it was actually partially cut off from my car!  And that I wouldn’t be getting it back today.

But after dropping the car off I came home to a house that was NOT being cooled – it was 86 degrees in here!  So I called the A/C people, and they came this morning.  What they found was pretty scary – the unit in my attic is so rusted they locked the gas supply – basically condemning my furnace.  I need to replace the entire system.  Ugh.

And this morning, first thing, I sat down to see where Hurricane Dolly was going to hit and my power went out.  I heard the familiar beep, beep, beep sound that trucks make when backing up.  A truck had backed into my utility pole.  Two hours without Internet, phone or cable.  Great!

Then a very mild storm hit (part of the hurricane, I am sure) and my Internet, phone and cable went out again – for over an hour.

So far this hasn’t been my week :)  I figure $2,000 for the car (insurance and warrantee cover most of that) plus who knows how much for new heat and A/C ($13K is a ballpark estimate – ductwork needs replaced too).

Most of all I was just frustrated that I couldn’t get to the office – or even talk to the office for much of the day!

And tomorrow I will go in late (even if I have to take the bus – gads!) and then on Friday the A/C company is coming in the morning to give me an estimate on replacing my entire system.

And my Internet went out again for 20 minutes while I was writing this post. I should just go to sleep 🙂


  1. @Paul @Kami @Deannie – There really isn’t anything you can say about a couple days like that – “Wow” summed it up pretty well.

    Today was MUCH better though – I was reminded why life matters – but that is a post I’m not ready to write yet (and NO – I have not “fallen in love” or anything that dramatic)!


  2. @Kaylyn – Nope – I stay away from things I can fall off of (ladders), and things that hiss and scratch (cats and ex wives) 🙂


  3. @Kami: There is ALWAYS something else that can be said!


    Try it! DO it! You will be surprised how easy it is…

  4. Wow, I don’t think anything else can be said.

  5. Rob: “@Deannie – I DO listen to Paul. Then I do exactly the opposite of what he suggests”

    Right! And that’s exactly why you’re in deep shit now!

    Disclaimer: the above tactic however DOES work, when it comes to investments: Look at what Paul buys and sells, and do the EXACT oposite. And you will be a millionaire in no time. This ALWAYS works.

  6. Dang! Have you walked under any ladders? black cats crossed your paths? broken any mirrors? Whatever you’ve done, fix it! 😀

  7. @Paul – keep the generator. One day (well, probably more like 12-14 days in a row) you will be thankful you have it. I sure was during the FOUR hurricanes that hit when I lived the same place you live in Florida!

    @Deannie – I DO listen to Paul. Then I do exactly the opposite of what he suggests 🙂

  8. oh my goodness! When it rains it pours! Sorry to hear about all the extra expenditures (!) but what can you do…I mean obviously besides always listening to Paul? 😉

  9. That’s what you get for laughing at my offering you a used, but good working generator, a day or two ago! (I have NO use for it myself! I should never have listened to you when you sold it to me and made me believe there would be hurricanes in Florida, when I moved there 3 1/2 years ago! There just aren’t!)