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I NEVER HAVE LUCK

My one and only....

My one and only....

My friend’s mother’s favourite saying is “I never have luck” said with a thick Albanian accent. 

So, I had my own “I never have luck” moment this weekend – right before I saw this friend and her mother – what a coincidence, eh?  I was on the highway on Sunday, on my way to my friends place, and there was squealing coming out of the passenger side of my engine.  I knew what it was, it had been squealing for some time now, but I had been ignoring it.  I had been in a rush on Friday and decided not to have my mechanic look at it, I thought it’d be fine.  Well, the squealing got louder and then all of a sudden it died down and then it stopped.  I heard a few “clunk, clunks”, some rumbling, and then nothing.  I checked my rear view and couldn’t see any flying pieces coming from my car.  I figured it wasn’t anything cause my car was still working.

First thing I noticed was the air conditioning had conked out.  Then when I exited the highway my steering wheel was stiff.  My power steering was kaput.  Great…and to think I could have prevented this.  What are the odds, eh?  My car has done this to me before.  I’d go to the mechanic, things would be fine and next thing you know the car decides to call it day and breaks down. 

My dad figured out it was a belt that had flown off – the one I couldn’t see fly off – it was for the compressor for the AC and my power steering.  Luckily (hm, maybe I’m not that unlucky) my car is an older model, so unlike some newer cars, I don’t have just one belt that runs everything.  Otherwise I would have been in trouble if that was the case.

So, the car’s fixed now, I wanted it done before I left for my business trip and it works beautifully now, even better than before.  I’m switching over to my dad’s mechanics, they are better priced and seem to know what they are doing, better than my own mechanic.  And, I’ve learned my lesson – next time I hear bad noises, I’m taking it in right away before I have another “I never have luck” moment.

HOT HOT WEATHER

Toronto is going through a heat wave right now.  One day it was cool and the next it was muggy hot – crazy ass weather!  And, the gas prices, wow, they’re going up along with the temperature!  Thank goodness I work much closer to home now and only need to fill my tank once a week whereas I use to have to fill my tank twice a week.

Anyways, the weather is wrecking havoc on my poor car.  It’s over 10 years old and has withstood much abuse from me.  It’s been overheating – and it needs a few things fixed/serviced – oil changed, flush the rad (might help with the overheating), fix the compressor on my air conditioner (the noise is not only starting to worry me but embarass me too) – but I just haven’t had the time.  Although the weather is going to get hotter and hotter.  This is only the beginning.

My friend and I were driving in my car and we were yapping about something.  We were really into the conversation so I wasn’t paying much attention to my car and all of a sudden it was dinging when she pulled to a stop (my friend was driving my car).  Panicked, I wasn’t sure why it was dinging and then I looked at the dashboard and noticed immediately that my engine was overheated.  Shit!  So, I immediately turned off the a/c and turn the fan on high and pushed the dial from cold to hot and about 45 seconds later my engine cooled off and was back to normal.  Yikes. 

So, after this episode of my car almost exploding…ok, I’m being dramatic, but it could have!  I’m hauling it off to the shop in two weeks time and getting it fixed so it’ll be all good again.  Why two weeks?  Because it’s my next free weekend day where I have the whole day to take it into the shop.  So, here’s hoping I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to repair it, ugh.  😐