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Posted on Thursday 12 March 2009 at 4:24 pm

Blahs and Car Trouble

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Today started out very blah. My stomach was acting up, I was tired because I haven't slept well the past few nights, and the weather isn't great. I didn't want to do anything: work, play, read, it doesn't matter, I didn't want to do it. I spent all morning doing nothing, finally deciding that I should just curl up and watch TV or a movie, but couldn't come up with anything I wanted to watch. In the midst of this malaise, I got an email saying that a book I had requested was available for pickup at the library. Finally, I had a purpose! My stomach was doing a bit better, though I was starting to get a slight headache from being tired, so I decided it would be worth it to get dressed and go to the library just to do something. I dressed, I went out to my car, I put the key in the ignition, and nothing. Not the engine wouldn't start nothing, the key wouldn't turn nothing. I turned the steering wheel (causing it to lock), I wiggled the now locked steering wheel, I tried the key in the door to make sure it would work there, I got the spare key and tried it... nothing. No matter which key I used or how much I wiggled the key and steering wheel, I couldn't get the blasted thing to turn!

I called my dad. His main idea was that the steering wheel was pushing on the key and told me to wiggle the steering wheel. I told him I'd been wiggling it. He said he was out of ideas then and the solution would probably be to take the steering column apart to see what is pressing on the key mechanism preventing it from turning. I informed him that he might be able to dismantle and reassemble a steering column, but I certainly can't (the taking apart bit I could probably handle but no guarantees on the getting it back together in working fashion bit). So we decided I should call AAA for roadside service. I did and they are sending me a locksmith who should be here in 45 minutes, at which point I am sure the key will magically work with little to no effort on the part of the locksmith who will decide that I am the biggest idiot (s)he has ever met.

To be fair, I didn't have anyplace I needed to be today and I am currently sitting on my couch playing on the computer while waiting. I could be standing in an empty parking lot somewhere, in freezing rain, staring at my watch as I get increasingly late for a very important meeting. In other words, it could be a lot worse and if things were going to go wrong this is probably the ideal circumstance. I acknowledge that. But I'm tired, my stomach is still a little upset, and my headache is getting worse. I don't want to deal with this today (I'm going to assume there is some theoretical day on which I would have wanted to deal with this). Blah.

Watch this space and I'll update after the locksmith arrives.
EDIT: When the locksmith got here, he said they had sent him to me but hadn't given him all the information so he asked what my problem was. I said that I have a Ford Focus and the key won't turn. He looked at my and said "You're in trouble." Isn't that exactly what you want to hear a locksmith tell you? The long and the short of it is that there is a part in the ignitions that Ford used that will suddenly and randomly break. When it breaks, you can't turn the key. Ford knows this is a problem and has a newer ignition that they use on the newer model Focuses that doesn't have the part that breaks. My lovely locksmith is of the opinion that Ford should issue a recall on the part but they won't because it is financially better for them. He'll be back tomorrow with the part. He said his labor should come to about $150, which is how much AAA will cover, so I'll have to pay for the part, which is probably going to be $120 or so. Could be worse, but I'm not thrilled. I've got to email the teacher I work with at the elementary school to let her know I won't be there tomorrow since it is supposed to be miserable out so I can't ride the motorcycle and I need to be here in case the locksmith decides to come back in the morning.
Feeling: Blah
Exploring: Living room
Listening: Whatever my roommate is watching on her laptop


Calyndra Ralline
calyndra at 9:41 pm on 12 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Poor you!

I had stupid car issues at the beginning of the week, and I have the tired-headache with you, so I certainly feel your pain!

I hope everything goes well with the locksmith!
bratty_jedi at 10:19 pm on 12 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
It could be better and it could be worse. I updated the entry but the short story is that the locksmith will be back tomorrow and it will cost me over $100.
Calyndra Ralline
calyndra at 11:42 pm on 12 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! That's terrible! I would have wanted to smack Mr. Locksmith in the face initially, I think.

Your icon!! The Hogwarts Care Bears!! OMG!

Off to face the music (litterally) of my Grade 1 and 2 program. Continued good luck!
bratty_jedi at 1:52 pm on 13 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I love that icon. When the idea first came to me, I expected it to take maybe 10 minutes to make. It ended up taking much longer because there has never actually been a red Care Bear. I had to play with an orange one and couldn't get the color balance just the way I wanted it for a red. Feel free to take it if you want it, though a credit would be nice.

The locksmith was actually a nice guy. He could have been a bit more gentle with the way he broke the news, but he was cool.
littlepixiechic at 2:27 am on 13 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that really, really sucks! And that's definitely not what you want to hear from the locksmith. Let us know how it goes tomorrow.
bratty_jedi at 1:54 pm on 13 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
It does suck. Any word on your craptastic car noises yet?
littlepixiechic at 4:57 pm on 14 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Not yet, I'm taking it in on Monday (well, I begged Ron to take it in for me because I'm being a wuss and don't want to talk to the scary mechanics).

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