I mentioned in a previous post that my car died on the way home from the concert. Here’s a few more details. We were on I-5 in Federal Way when we noticed that my dash lights were really dim and the CD was skipping for no apparent reason (and no it wasn’t the crappy pavement of that section of I-5 – it doesn’t skip when I’m going down my parents’ road and it’s about 15x worse).
So I pulled over and we called my Dad, who is a mechanic. It was acting like the alternator had died, but I had just replaced it on Superbowl weekend. Granted, it was from my black escort, but it was a working part at the time. Anyway, we were visited by a State Patrol officer who wanted to make sure we had someone on the way while we waited for my parents to come out and help us. They arrived and dad showed me a wire that had melted off the alternator, possibly due to it arcing. So we hooked it up to a jump box to it and drove it to my dad’s shop, which was, quite literally, around the corner. They drove us home so we could get some sleep and make it to work the next day. Now, my car works great and has a five-year warranty on the alternator.
Also, about a month ago, my computer crashed. I took it down to my parents, to have dad look at it, since he’s good with hardware problems. I thought it might be the motherboard, but it turned out to be the RAM. All’s fixed and working now though. For his troubles, Dad got lunch at Chang’s Mongolian Grill, on of our favorite places to eat, on Saturday. Thanks Dad!
First off, I know I missed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week. Oh, freakin’ well. I was busy at work and couldn’t post. And my birthday was Wednesday. Cut me some slack.
My birthday was fun. Mom surprised me by showing up at work with some gifts and a “Death-by-Chocolate” cake. So work stopped for a short while so everyone could eat cake and watch me open presents. I got the new Larry-Boy (which I will be watching tonight for the first time) DVD, a hand-held mixer and a Cookbook program. Mom was being funny with that last one. Read the rest of this post »