Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Bad News Is...

The white-death blizzard they predicted for us, which all the school children prayed so fervently for, petered out to nothing more than a couple of slushy puddles.

Had to laugh that all of the local TV stations were worked up into such frenzies, they forced all of the morning news anchors to come in at 4 AM, to report on the massive traffic tie-ups and school closings, none of which happened. So they all look a wee bit irritated.

The trip to the muffler store was loads of laughs. Even better, I get to do it again today.

They had to order a part.

It is going to be expensive.

Naturally, two of the three parts of my exhaust system have been replaced are under warranty. The piece that went bad? (Shakes head slowly side to side)

I learned all of this after slip-sliding through the storm’s worst (predicted to be first, but turned out to be only) droppings from heaven.

Entered muffler store with a light coating of sleet on hair and coat. Shook it off like a golden retriever to see the man at the counter intently focused on a movie on the TV in the vacant waiting room. Announced myself, signed form and settled in to uncomfortable chair. CounterMan said (hesitantly, and with fear and loathing in his voice) “Uh, I can change the channel if you want” (as he gulps with longing look at TV).

I can tell he has been watching the movie, and say “Nah, it’s fine.”

He sighs with relief.

Minions inspect vehicle, report back to CounterMan, who is chuckling at the hijinks in the movie, which I later learned was
“Tomcats”
. It included an uncredited (I wonder why? Snicker) appearance by Bill Maher of Real Time on HBO, former host of Politically Incorrect.

CounterMan tells me the bad news. Part will be in tomorrow, parts and labor will be $228. Then he grins. Karma is smiling on me for not changing the channel to Oprah, allowing CounterMan to enjoy raunch and nudity. He says “Just a sec,” and scoots off to back office, returning momentarily with big smile and coupon for $20 off.

I thank him, and head out in the sleet.

Pick up Son at McDonalds. He hears car coming from several blocks away. Wonders why repairs didn’t happen. Explain situation. See his face fall. Take him home, where we assuage our sorrows with chocolate chip cookies.

Ah, panacea of the gods.

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EDIT/UPDATE 6:45 AM Took this picture of light snow falling on daffodils in front yard.






11 Comments:

Blogger dddragon said...

It's kinda funny when the weather predicts alot of snow and then not much happens. Here in southcentral PA, it results in people wiping out the supply of bread and milk (no, I don't know why those two items).

And to answer your question, UUs aren't associated with the Unity church. Here's a link w/ some info on UUs
http://www.uunashua.org/100quest.shtml

11:25 AM  
Blogger Laina said...

LOL, we were supposed to get the "big storm" too. There is NO snow here. Not even on porch roofs.

Love the karma story. I'll have to remember this one. :D

12:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

We've been smacked by storm after storm here (not that we get the snow you do) but the mountains are just getting slammed with snow (about 30 minutes from us) - this weather is just insane!

Hope all goes well with the new muffler!

1:18 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

How much did he say? I SAID, HOW MUCH DID HE SAY?

I SAID, HOW MUCH DID HE SAY?

5:55 PM  
Blogger Geggie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my site. I wish we had snow.

9:17 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I admit I'm a little jealous of the snow. Even Paradise can get boring after a while ;-)

1:37 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Me want coooookie!!

We had about two and a half days of lots of rain. I'll take that over snow any day. I'm glad you didn't get a big dump of snow.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Deborah said...

So, what caused the muffler to go bad? And is Middle Son grounded for it?

Stories like these make me glad that my husband is mechanically inclined.

6:59 PM  
Blogger StringMan said...

Enjoyable post, Marti. It must be one of Murphy's Laws about those two out of three muffler parts. That has happened to me. Best thing about snow this time of year is that there is more and more of a chance that it will just melt away in the following days.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

We have had a couple of the same kinds of storms. People flocked to the stores to stock up for being trapped at home. We wake up to a dusting....
...I got wiped a few weeks ago - $600 for a fuel pump! Add that to a $643 home heating oil bill, and a $300 Electric bill - well that makes for a period of debt on the heels of Christmas. (sigh)
...Just caught up on all the bills - finally!
...Good luck with muffler. Fingers crossed that there are no more problems with both our vehicles.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Blogman Dan said...

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7:11 PM  

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