Monday, March 18, 2013

A Streak of Bad Luck

While I can be thankful that it does not happen often to me, I must say that it really sucks when it does...I am having a streak of bad luck at the moment.

It started out with the hot water tank busting and then getting ants.  While I'm not sure, I think the ants may be linked to the water because not long after the water issue was solved the ants started to come through the cracks between the wall and the floor right where the water was.  I spent some time trying to get rid of them.  It was stressful because nothing really seemed to be working.  Then I bought the bait traps and those seem to be doing a better job although they are not all got yet, better but not solved.  So I still have in the back of my mind that I'm going to walk into a house full of ants like I did before using the bait.

Then somewhere around this time I get a ticket in the mail for going through a red light (€227).  I still think it was not my fault but more the guy in front of me who slammed their brakes in the intersection with me behind if he would have kept going there would not have been a problem...looks like I get to pay for that, great.

Then my car breaks on the way to work and have to spend almost €300 on getting it fixed.  About 2 weeks later, it breaks on the way to work again!!  I knew it was something different this time just by the way it was behaving.  I took it to the garage today with an appointment at 9:00.  I did not get a call all day which I thought was a good thing (usually it is) but when I got there I saw that my car was not outside and I thought (oh no).  Told them that I was there for the Peugeot 206 and they told me that it was not done yet, they still had no idea what was wrong.  He showed me a whole list of things that they checked and the things they still needed to check.  So the car is still there and I'm just hoping that they find it tomorrow and that whatever it is is not going to be too expensive but I feel like if they had all day today to find it and did not then it is not looking good.

I need some good things to start happening again.  I don't like all this bad stuff coming in a row like this.  Maybe this will be the end for a while, I really hope so because bad things are supposed to happen in clumps right?  Well I think this is enough for now!  I'm still really worried about the car.  I hate cars.  I wish I could just get rid of the stupid thing...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Car Fun

As you all know, I'm not a huge fan of having to drive to work everyday.  Well, over the past week it was interesting to say the least.

Last week a couple times I heard the belt whining but then it stopped so I though okay, good it's not a problem.  Well, last Thursday I was driving to work and then the battery light came on.  I totally forgot about the belt and was thinking o man, my alternator is bad.  I continued driving to work since that is where the normal garage is that I go to anyways and a car is still drivable with no alternator.  The whole way there was really no issues so I was like maybe the light will just go out.  Well, then I had to make a sharp turn and noticed that my power steering was gone too :-(  Crap, I guess I have to make an appointment.

I called the garage and they could not take me until Monday.  O well, I thought.  Then I remembered about the belt noises so I went out to check.  It was indeed the belt, shredded to pieces!

On Monday I was hoping that my car would start so I could drive it the 2 blocks or so to the garage.  It almost started but did not make it.  Kris was nice enough to jump it for me.  I got the the exit of the parking lot and it stalled, right in the way of people trying to get in an out and right in the middle of the bike path!  Of course people on bike and in cars were going around me with mean confused looks on their faces.  Finally one lady got out of her car and she steered my car while I pushed it into the bike path.

My appointment was in 15 minutes at the garage so I walked over and told them I was going to be late because I was going to have call a tow truck.  The guy said he would just come and help.  He brought a battery and jumped it again.  The car started but then stopped just as I was going to put it in reverse.  So the guy had a cable and connected his van to my car and pulled me to the garage!  That was interesting.  I had to steer my car while it was off and make sure to brake with the handbrake so I did not run into the guy who was towing me!

The car is fixed now after a few new parts.