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Amusing update

Rather than answer everyone individually in the last entry, I'll update all here. Tuesday morning: I get up and find there's a message on the machine -- I hadn't heard the phone ring at all overnight. Anyway, it was our neighbor, letting me know that the brake lights on the truck are on, apparently running down my battery. I dressed quickly and went out to find they were, fortunately, still on (powerful new battery), so I pulled the fuse and went to work. I stopped at the place where I'd had a brake inspection and some miscellaneous work done on Saturday, and they fixed the problem gratis, letting me know that there's some gear or other down where the wires attach that's touchy and it got displaced, and that was keeping the brake lights from going out. That's what ran down the old battery, since I hadn't driven since Saturday afternoon. But since the guy at Checker said the sides of the battery were bulging, it probably wasn't long for this world, and I'll bet it was gone before Sunday morning.

So now all should be well in truck-land (knock wood). Although I have to say I'm seriously considering taking the bus a couple of times a week now that I know the route -- with gas having reached nearly $2.20 here in Phoenix, it's going to cost me approximately $50.00 every two weeks, as opposed to the $7.50 a week that riding the bus ALL week would take, and less if I bought a bus pass. It may have been annoying in the extreme for the woman AT the transit office to think the "most direct" route was through Scottsdale, but I found better on my own, and I managed to get a lot of reading done, which I remember was one of the best things about riding the bus. As a plus, busses have air conditioning. And maybe I'll save enough money to finally fix my bike. I'm in good enough shape now that I really could ride to work and back, at least come cooler weather!

Barb says she's feeling better, but she sounds awful. I want to wrap her in a quilt and pet her.

Sideshow Collectibles still hasn't delivered her 12-inch "Spike." I need to send them an email.

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sillymagpie
May. 11th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Barb says she's feeling better, but she sounds awful. I want to wrap her in a quilt

You might want to wait until it cools down a bit for that. ;-P

Seriously, I hope Barb feels better soon, and I'm glad you resolved the battery problem.

--Maggie
wildrider
May. 12th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
Well, yes... :D
typographer
May. 12th, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
Brake lights on all weekend would explain much.

Gas passed $2.20 at most of the stations in the city a couple weeks ago. They creeped all the way down to 2.199 when I filled up this last weekend.

I'm worried about how long the county will put off raising bus prices, though.
wildrider
May. 12th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
True. But even if the bus is $2 or $2.50, it's STILL cheaper than filling up the truck -- and I don't even let the tank run out before filling it up. That $50 is for HALF a tank... (The old girl still gets about 14 miles to the gallon, fortunately, but she IS old, and a few days on the bus might be good for her even without the gas price thing...)
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