Saturday, May 26, 2012

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.


At May 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM, Blogger Marcia said...

JP, I'm sorry to hear things are going badly - when it rains it pours. I hope my new contribution helps. Much love to you!


At May 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM, Blogger Marcia said...

JP - very sorry to hear about the recent difficulties. When it rains it pours, eh?

I hope this new contributions helps in bringing you to better times. Be well, and keep looking forward.

At May 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

OK, you know what, Rusty Shackleford? Your comments, as with Mooser's, are going straight into the spam folder from now on and will continue going into the spam folder until Blogger gets the message and immediately assigns it spam status. You've been trolling me with your right wing shit for years and it utterly amazes me why you continue coming here aside from a sick motivation that would elude anyone but a stalker. In a way, you're like that Billy Crystal SNL character who gets naked, rolls around in broken glass, rubs salt on his wounds then complains about it and asks, "Don't you hate when that happens?" While I do not take great pleasure in being an object of charity year after year, the fact that I've been able to keep a roof over our heads and our bills paid gives me a warm feeling that there are plenty of people all over the world who are the complete opposite of you. And I would think that even a psychopath like you, if he had his balls to the wall, would be smart enough to swallow his pride and, if he was offered a choice between taking enough money keep a roof over his head for one more month or face eviction, you would take the money. I do not make any apologies for surviving in a harsh environment that I neither created nor deserve. So you keep stroking yourself with your Jergens and Kleenex as you keep trolling my blog on Friday and Saturday nights year after year like the obsessive compulsive loser that you are. You are officially banned from commenting from here on in because life is too short for pathetic nasty little losers such as you. Begone and may God have mercy on your cum-stained soul. Just remember: Suicide is always an option for people like you.

At May 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, JP,

So sorry about your troubles. I've been there.
This blog rocks! Thanks for your smart thoughts.
Hope my small contribution will help a bit for my fellow Bay Stater.


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