I Don't Start Trouble...
...but in less than a week, it may finish us.
Yesterday was like night and day both literally and figuratively. After having to postpone seeing The Avengers with my sons a week ago, we rescheduled for yesterday (Btw, it's the best superhero movie ever, IMHO, and I've literally seen them all). It was the first time the three of us saw a movie together since Spider Man 2 came out in 2004.
So, a good time was had by all and after the matinee we got in the car, left the mall but the boys wanted to stop off someplace for a drink. After walking out of my local Walgreen's, the car wouldn't start. It had been having issues the week prior, starting sluggishly sometimes first thing in the morning. But once it got going, it was fine for the rest of the day.
Not last night. I was stranded with my kids in the Walgreen's parking lot until people had to come from all over to rescue them and take them home. As if that wasn't humiliating enough (it happened 8 years ago), I had to fight tooth and nail with AAA to get them to rescue me because the membership is in Barb's name and she was at home a mile and a half away. After talking with a supervisor, the guy agreed to let me act as her proxy for this one time.
By the time I finally got the car towed to my regular mechanic and walked the rest of the way home, it was close to 9 PM. It seems to be a bad starter, even though I'd had it changed out roughly a year and a half ago. Back then, the job was about $265 and it may be even more now. And, like millions of other people, in six days it'll be time to put money either directly or indirectly into a bank's pocket so we can keep a roof over our heads for another month.
If it had to happen, at least the car had the courtesy to die close to home and not in Worcester or Franklin, Massachusetts, which is where I was on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, for job interviews (both places are about 20 highway miles from our house). But bottom line, less than a week before our rent and electric bills are due, we got slammed with what'll surely be another $250-300 bill and we'd surely appreciate any help you could give us so we don't wind up on the street come June first.
Addendum: The garage just called. The job's almost $400, which is going to set us way back with the rent due on Friday.