I am Jack’s Raging Bile Duct.

I am dumb-founded. I took the car back to the shop today and sure enough the radiator is busted. It isn’t just a little leaky, it is spraying anti-freeze and water up into the air and onto the floor. The guy at garage immediately reassures me that he will get an estimate ($300). At this point I am mad, I have been driving this car everyday for 6 months to and from work and only once have I put water in the radiator, exactly half a gallon. When they fixed the car they also flushed the radiator and had that gash been there before them doing the radiator flush the technician would have seen anti-freeze spraying and they would have informed me I would have to get that fixed as well. As it were, they did not inform me my radiator was busted. This leaves two alternate possibilities, either the radiator burst as a result of the radiator flushing OR it randomly failed. Now, is it possible that the radiator could have failed on its own, of course. But is this likely? Not really. My theory is, the tech who flushed my radiator caused the damage, whether he knew it or not I can only speculate. But, one thing is certain he did not inform anyone. Thanks.

December 20, 2005. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Update.

I picked up the car last night, all seemed well, the drive home was smooth. I drove to work this morning and upon getting out of the car I noticed it smelled like the car was over heating. To my suprise there was a steady stream of anti-freeze flowing from under the car. It would appear that the radiator is busted; more to follow.

December 20, 2005. Daniel, Miscellaneous. 1 comment.

The Damage.

Well I managed (with a little help from a friend) to get the car to a garage. The total estimate for the repairs is $520, bear in mind the car worked one day and then without reason failed the next. I like to consider my self somewhat of an analytic but the reason for such an explainable and seemingly random failure escapes me. Maybe that is why this whole ordeal bugs me so much. I wonder if the people who designed this car ever thought someone might want to know a little more information about the current status of the car other than the speed and odometer reading. I guess Oldsmobile just makes cars that are so advanced they do not need such unnecessary “luxuries”. So, after buying a new cell phone ($150) and agreeing to let the garage do $383 dollars of the total $520 in repairs, this has shaped up to be an expensive weekend. (Sorry Liz, no more Christmas presents)

December 19, 2005. Daniel, Miscellaneous. Leave a comment.

Smite Me.

My New Nokia Phone

There are times in life when it seems the entire universe is conspiring against me; this weekend for example. Saturday afternoon while making sure my wife’s car was safe for the 200 mile trip to Nashville, I left my cell phone on top of her car. It wasn’t until she drove off and I got in my car to head home that I realized my mistake. Trying not to panic I was searching my memory for some forgotten alternate location that I might hope to find the phone, it was just then that my car cut off in traffic. So here I was broken down in traffic on Union Ave without a phone. Stricken with anxiety I hastely tried to turn the engine over, to my suprise on the thrid attempt the engine fired and I was off. I quickly realized the car will start, it will drive but when ever I stop it cuts off. I managed to drive home while avoiding stopping (don’t ask). Now it may have occured to you earlier that losing ones cell phone isn’t that big a deal, usually it is not. However, in this particular situation, my cell phone is my only phone. And, even if I were to go to a pay phone I know virtually no one in Memphis and even if I did all the numbers are stored in my cell. I spent the rest of Saturday at home, with no phone, no car, and no way to know my wife had made it to Nashville safely not to mention no way to see King Kong. I am a bit reluctant to claim that these disasters always seem to happen in pairs or triplets, but it is more than ironic that they do. I guess the old saying holds “When it rains it pours”.

December 18, 2005. Daniel, Miscellaneous, Photos. 2 comments.

Hide That Nose

Hide That Nose

Today’s Photo
Otis’ nose gets cold easily so he covers it up to stay warm.

December 16, 2005. Daily Photo, Daniel. Leave a comment.

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