Thursday, January 14, 2016

For the record

It's been a rough couple of months. I am posting this so that I can remember later exactly what happened -- I couldn't make this stuff up.

Tuesday, Nov. 24 Rob drove to Menomonie to bring Garrett home for Thanksgiving. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country died near Wabasha on the way home. They had it towed to Wabasha. The mechanic took a look at it Friday and said it blew a cylinder. Sent to salvage.

Evan's truck died. Distributor. $400 to replace.

Monday, Nov. 30 we had the 2004 PT Cruiser towed to Virgil's to have what we thought was a hose leak fixed. Turned out it was the water pump. Simple, except the engine had to be pulled in order to get to the water pump. Estimate? $1200. Sent to salvage.

Thursday, Dec. 3 we looked at a 2005 Dodge Stratus with an automatic transmission and bought it for $500.

Somewhere in here the fridge died and cost us $160 in repairs.

Sunday, Jan. 3 Rob went to take Spence to choir and the transmission on the Dodge was frozen. Had it towed, and it was deemed irreparable. Sent to salvage, but they can't pay anything for it without a title and we still don't have the new title from the state.

Evan's truck died again. $300 for a new ignition relay. 

Evan hit a light pole on Thursday, January  7 in his truck. I can't even.

Sunday, January 10 -- dishwasher latch broken. Runs but will leak water all over. Ordered replacement part on eBay; fortunately Rob can fix this one.

Also bought another $500 car (a 2002 Saturn with a manual transmission).

Monday, January 11. Below zero temps. Saturn won't start. Battery? No. Turns out it's the ignition. Order replacement part from Rock Auto.

7 weeks.
3 cars salvaged. (All Chryslers, tyvm.)
2 cars purchased.
About $1000 in car repairs and tows, all told.
Just over $250 in appliance repairs.

I am not even certain this is everything, but I feel better that I got it recorded somewhere. Through all of this, I often thought of the line from "Rosalita": "Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny."

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