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Wednesday's adventure... [Jul. 5th, 2002|01:48 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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Yeah, it's been a few days since you've heard anything from me. Working email makes it harder for me to post LJ entries at work.

Anyways, you don't want to hear about that...You want to hear about my horrible day I had on July 3rd. A little bit of background first. I got my car tuned up about a month ago. The mechanic warned me then that I should get my water pump looked at in 3 months or less, because it was making a weird noise. So, I knew this was coming eventually, and was planning on doing something about it.
But, of course, it exploded in my face before I had the chance. Almost literally...I started driving home from work Wednesday night, and the water pump was making worse noises than before. This horrible squeaking noise. Once I got up to a higher speed, it stopped. I got on the freeway, and kept an eye on the temperature gauge...It was cooler than it normally is, but not tremendously so. Then, traffic came to a slow. When it did, I watched the temperature gauge start creeping up. There's a C, then the word "NORMAL", then an H. Usually, the guage sits around the O or the R of normal. Now, it was up at the A, and looking at the L...I pulled off the freeway, and went into the first gas station I could find. I let my engine cool back down, then I opened the radiator. I can't see any water in there, so I start filling it up. Three minutes later, it's still not full. I look underneath the car to see coolant and water pooling up underneath my car. It's definitely pouring out from where the water pump is. So, I think "Well, let me try to find out if someplace is open that's near here. I can drive it for a little bit, but going all the way home probably isn't a good idea." So, I call AAA to find out. But, of course, since I'm calling at 8:00pm, nothing's open. So, I decide to fill it up as best as I can, and drive a little longer on it. I try to find my way back to the freeway, but now I'm turned around, and I'm watching the temperature gauge creep back up. So, I pull over and call AAA again.

While I'm waiting for the tow truck to arrive, I realize that I have to get to work tomorrow, otherwise I'm out two days worth of salary (paid double time on holidays...), which I really need. So, I start calling rental places. Of course, at this time of day, only places next to the airport are open. Plus, I have to find a place that accepts an ATM check card, instead of a full credit card. Dollar Rent a Car fits the bill, and they give me a AAA discount. So, it's $26.99/day. That's worth the $160 or so I'll be taking home the next day. In the meantime, the tow truck has arrived. The driver takes me to a place that he thinks might be open. Sure enough, the owner's still there watching TV. He takes the car in, but he's going to be closed on July 4th, so he'll get to it first thing Friday.

Now, I just need to figure out how to get to the airport. Currently, I'm here, and I need to get here. I call a cab company. They're asking $37-40 to take me there. No. So, I call MTA to see what bus route I can take. They're closed. Fortunately, the car shop owner comes to my rescue again, and says "One of my workers used to take that bus down on Lexington, and he lives near the airport." So, I take the risk and go hop on the bus. I explain to the bus driver where I'm trying to go, and she tells me how to get there. An hour and a half later, I'm at a bus stop, five minutes away from the airport, waiting for the bus. A taxicab pulls up at the stop light, and I make eye contact with him. He gestures to the backseat, and I figure "It's much cheaper at this point, and he can get me to exactly where I need to be." So, in I hop. I'm glad I did that, because I don't know how long it would have taken me to find the rental place on my own...

So, finally, I get my car, and I drive home. It's around 1am when I finally get home, after getting off work at 8pm.

My car's ready today. All told, $275 to repair. $75 for the rental. And money was already tight before this. Ick...