Oh good, you’re here! Thank you for meeting me today, I’ve had such a rough week and I could really use a friendly ear. It really felt like everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I swear the week even had extra days in it! To be honest it wasn’t all bad. The ending was pretty good!
If we were having coffee I would tell you that some of what went wrong was carry over from last week. The refrigerator had gone out and we had to wait until Monday to get the new one delivered. My lady wasn’t too happy about having to miss part of her work day for this but because she is salary she can take the time off. I am hourly and can only miss 5 “unapproved” days a year.
So she took the afternoon off, the refrigerator was delivered, and the water hook ups we had were not going to work. The water supply was an old copper pipe that came up through the floor from the laundry room below and it was too short for the new fridge. We spent most of the evening looking for tools, cleaning up leaking water, and browsing the hardware store for connectors. We eventually got everything hooked up though but it should have just been an easy job.
I was frustrated by the amount of things that could go wrong during such a simple task.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that the following morning my girlfriend took a trip to Starbucks and our car, our only car, our piece of shit car, decided to start fucking up. If I sound like I hate that car it is because I do. It has been nothing but trouble and as soon as we get some money saved it we are replacing it.
What happened was the tie rod gave out. The tie rod is what ties your vehicle’s steering rack to the steering arm. The steering arm is attached to the wheel. This means that the steering wheel could turn but the car would not. I am glad this happened in the parking lot of the Starbucks and not on a busy road or on the interstate. I’m also glad it wasn’t too expensive to fix but it did take the whole morning, and a lot more work missed, for us to get it towed and worked on.
Thank God we have mechanics that work at our job. We’d be screwed without them.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that we also needed a front end alignment done, which took two days to accomplish due to one shop charging too much and another not having the time. Also a tire blew in the middle of all of this so we’ll need tires too. By Thursday the car was done but by now we were beyond stressed and just waiting for another thing to go wrong. You see this is typical of this car. It’ll be fine for awhile but then a bunch of things will go wrong all at once. This car is filled with bad juju I tell you!
If we were having coffee I would tell you that some good things did happen too. One thing I can tell you about, another I could tell you about but I think want to wait. The one good thing was I got to see my very favorite horror film, The Shining, up on the big screen, on 35mm film, in my favorite movie theater, the Alamo Drafthouse. The were showing it as part of the Mile High Horror Film Festival that is going in this weekend. The tickets were a bit pricey but there was a special horror movie themed menu and really, really good Bloody Mary’s to drink.
There was also a special “Q & A” session with Joe Turkel, who played Lloyd the Bartender, and Lisa & Louise Burns, who played the very creepy Grady sisters. I thought about getting pictures and autographs but the prices they were charging seemed a bit outrageous, especially after paying such a high price for the tickets in the first place. I really did enjoy the experience though and I plan to see more movies for next year’s festival.
I might even spring for autographs next time too.
If we were having coffee I would tell you we’ll talk about the other good thing later. I don’t want to ruin the surprise :)
If we were having coffee I would thank you for allowing me to vent about my troubles this week. I feel so much better now. I hope you enjoyed our visit too. I’d love to hear about your week too, I trust you will update me in the comments. I hate to rush off so quickly but I have so much to do today. Sunday’s are for preparing for the upcoming week you know. I hope you have a good rest of your day. I look forward to our next visit :)