Posts Tagged ‘Cars’

Arguing With Inanimate Objects . . . And Losing

December 8, 2022

“Listen, car, I know you think my passenger isn’t wearing their seatbelt right now, but it’s not a passenger, it’s just heavy and truly doesn’t need a seatbelt.”

A little while later . . .

We’ve covered this before, it’s just a big leaf!”

Yes, I Know, And It’s Fine

November 30, 2022

While I appreciate the convenience and safety of a car’s proximity sensor, it’s a little disconcerting to have a car essentially screaming at you, “Leaf! Frond! Whatever it is, it’s big and it’s close!”

And I Live Even Farther Away

May 2, 2022

My grandfather used to say (for real, this time) that he’d “take that car to California” to express his faith in the reliability of a vehicle. (And given that the distance involved from where he lived was around 1500 miles, this was no small expression of confidence.)

I still say this for the same reason.

And Some Days The Universe Laughs At You

January 26, 2022

Yes, I was feeling pretty proud of myself the other day. This lasted right up until the following day when I went to get something from the car and it wouldn’t unlock.

Sighing heavily, I began to prepare myself to deal with what it could mean if the battery I had just tested and installed the other day was dead already, when I noticed the car’s security system (which, of course, requires power) was still active.

Turns out the battery in my key fob (which had worked the day before) had died.

Leave It Under The Tree For A Week And It Starts To Turn Into Foliage

August 23, 2021

It’s not like I’m unfamiliar with how quickly Nature can reclaim something. For instance, I saw what happened to my grandparent’s house after it became abandoned (or more accurately, I didn’t see it thanks to all the trees), but I’m frankly amazed at how much Nature seems to want to reclaim my car.

Progress Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Simpler Or Easier

June 9, 2020

Today I swear that I’m actually resting and healing, but yesterday I became intimately familiar with why it’s standard to charge an hour’s worth of labor to replace the battery in the particular model of car we have here.

Quick Public Service Announcement

May 4, 2020

If you’re going to be exclusively staying at home for prolonged periods of time, remember to go out and start your car now and then if you don’t want to find out the hard way your battery is dead.

In the words of Freakazoid, “That was important, and I forgot it!”

Speaking Of The Car . . .

May 1, 2019

After taking the car in yesterday, one of the headlights literally burnt out as L’s Mother was on her way to work early this morning.  Once I was informed of this, I started refreshing my memory on how difficult it was to change the headlight on our particular model of car.

Funny I don’t remember off the top of my head, I thought to myself.  Usually I prefer to do relatively simple things like this myself, but I don’t think I’ve ever changed a headlight on this car.  I wonder why?

“The first step,” the instructional video told me, “is to remove the tire so you can pop off the front fender . . .”

Annnnnnd that would be why!

A Conversation I Overheard Today

January 15, 2019

Person #1: You be careful if you take your vehicle to him to work on.  If all he has to do is wipe some oil off your engine, he’s still going to charge you because it costs money to launder the oil off that rag.

Person #2:  He’s right.  I will because it does, but . . . if I don’t wipe enough oil off the first time, I’ll comp you the cost of the second rag.

Thank You

September 9, 2014

Today I got the news that my mother’s beloved car, the car she promised to keep until one of them was dead and/or beyond all practical repair, has finally reached that point.

So this candle is for “Black Beauty” for all her years of faithful service, and in the hope that she enjoys her arranged retirement with the person able to devote the profoundly impractical amount of time and money she now requires.