In which I gripe, but still try to count my blessings.
GOOD NEWS: I took my car into the dealer for a state inspection and regular service. I got it there really early, so I could wait for the service and still be on-time for work.
BAD NEWS: They kept me waiting for four hours. I certainly was late by that point.
GOOD NEWS: I have a job in which I don’t have to punch a clock. Thanks to being able to check my e-mail via my iPad, I knew there were no emergencies.
BAD NEWS: My car needs a new head gasket.
GOOD NEWS: I found out about this before taking a 200-mile trip to Free Spirit. If the head gasket had blown while on the highway, I’m not sure what I would have done.
BAD NEWS: This repair, plus all the other work required to keep my car in shape, will run me close to three grand.
BAD NEWS: Replacing a head gasket means taking the engine apart. It’s the kind of work that takes days to do.
GOOD NEWS: The dealer was willing to give me a free loaner car. It’s a Honda Accord with about 36K miles on it. The car’s stereo doesn’t have an audio jack for my iPod, but there’s such a thing as being too picky.
BAD NEWS: It’s not clear how long it will take to get the repair done. If I don’t have my car back in one week (Friday June 11), then I can’t go to Free Spirit.
That last one may require some explanation: It takes time for me to pack my car, especially the yurt. I need the time since I’m not in good shape and I’m doing this by myself. I can’t pack that yurt onto the Honda; I need my mini-SUV to transport it. If I don’t have my car back by next weekend, I won’t be able to pack it (and everything else) in time for the trip.
GOOD NEWS: If I couldn’t go to FSG, at least I could catch up on my sleep.
I know, it doesn’t make up for FSG, but I’m trying to end on something that resembles a positive note.