Ups And Downs, Ins And Outs

I had a fairly decent day yesterday. The CES work project was moved forward by leaps and bounds when I figured out the two major bugs which had me stymied and fearful that I would not be able to produce the project in time (and let it be known that neither bug was created by yours truly!). I took a temporary respite and joined some coworkers for dinner at Taco Mac. I could have stayed in and ate leftovers but I thought that getting out of the office for a bit would do me some good. In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have because it really made me sleepy and I wasn’t very productive afterward.

Having dropped the Jackmobile off yesterday morning and not having the chance to retrieve it “forced” me to spend the night at the office. I’m feeling the affects of thinking it was too warm to use my sleeping bag last night — I’m somewhat stiff and sniffling slightly as I got a bit chilled during the night.

The Jackmobile has had its oil and oil filter changed, as well as its rear brake pads replaced — all for a staggeringly high cost. I’m not going to tell you the cost, but when I go to pick up the car today I will be extremely interested to find out why an oil change and rear brake job costs so much. I’m trying to put the repair into perspective:

  1. In Atlanta I need a car.
  2. That car needs brakes.
  3. I am unable/unwilling to do the repair work myself.
  4. The cost, while high, is far less than the cost of a new car. Though this never guarantees that there won’t be new problems arising in the future. [see also: 2009’s $2700 worth of repairs and 2010’s $3000+ worth of repairs].

Happy Thanksgiving, Or Happy Seventh Day Of BetsyFest, Tomorrow
In year’s past I would have wished those ITP-Readers who live in the United States a Happy Thanksgiving, and to the rest a Happy Thursday. I’m fairly certain that the ITP readership has dwindled to a population only residing in the United States, so I’ll wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. And if I’m wrong about my demographic assumption, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Ups And Downs, Ins And Outs

  1. While my nice warm shower and current cup of hot tea haven’t slimmed me much they have done wonders for altering my mental state.

  2. Barb says:

    brakes can be very expensive, depending what had to be replaced. But -definitely quiz them, I always do.

  3. Steve says:

    If they had to tun the rotors, that could do it as well, but if it was just a matter of replacing the shoes and bleeding the system, that shouldn’t be too much.

    I hope everyone has a great Turkey Day.


  4. I haven’t had the chance to go but I don’t think that they had to turn the rotors. I’ll know more after lunch when I go get the car.

    And good luck to all who run the half marathon tomorrow (I know ITP-Reader Betsy will be one). I think that I’ll be breaking with tradition by not going out to hang out at the finish — in part because I was unable to fill a music request made by one of the runners.

  5. Suzanna says:

    Hey, Paul,

    Not an international reader… though Oklahoma and the people that live here feel very foreign to me…

    I don’t think that I have ever commented on your blog, but I haven’t missed a day reading it in years!

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.


  6. Wow, you’ve just made my day. 🙂 Hope all is well with you and Mark. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Steve says:

    So what was the final verdict on the Jackmobile?

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