AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Are You Freaking Kidding Me?

WAKE UP! I have got to wake up! Am I still sleeping? Someone please pinch me, I keep having the same nightmares over & over, just with a different cover of darkness. I open one eye & then the other. Hmm...I am awake. Ok, so I am in the movie "Groundhog Day", right? (I really hate that movie.)
Consciousness established.
It's just really bad luck all at once. With a glimmer of hope, I ponder that maybe, just maybe, the universe might be purging all negativity from my path for the entire year to come. (or the next few years) And if not, then my year is going to be hell.
It started with my computer, as I detailed in the last post. Then, the day after New Year's, my car decided to let gravity take over.
I purchased this car in February from a friend for $2500 after my '96 Neon decided it had enough. Not wanting to put any more money into repairs, I got a '96 Mercury Grand Marquis. My friend wanted a new truck & had this car from her parents that had passed on during the year. It was a nice looking car, & quite a bit larger than the Neon. I should have known from the beginning, when things started failing, that I would have nothing but problem after problem with this car. It started with a brake pad falling off when my DH was going to bring it home. Then a trans leak, followed by windshield wipers working intermittently & an oil pan replacement that would cost us $600. Did that stop us from keeping the car my Babcia called a "Gangster" car? Well, no, of course not. I'd just put oil in about every 2 days till we could "afford" to replace to oil pan. So what if the windshield wipers wouldn't stop until you shut the car off. A minor inconvenience.
I believe my friend's parents had been trying to let us know that we were not the rightful owners of that car from the very beginning. So, the day after New Year's, I started the car to go visit Babcia, drove out of my spot & into the street wondered why the rear end of my car was so low & the car was bouncing at a nauseous pace. Driving around the block & back to my spot, I exited said vehicle & noticed the rear end hanging so low it was like me not wearing a bra! This model of Grand Marquis has an air suspension which I found out costs a mint to repair (& no one will touch) or $800 to install a standard suspension. So that was pretty much the last straw on this car since I would still have the oil pan replacement to deal with after this was fixed.
For a couple of weeks, my DH drove myself & my DD to the school in the morning & I had my middle sister pick up DD while i got a ride home from someone at work. During this time we asked people to keep a lookout for something decent but not too expensive. It's really hard to buy a car when you don't even have the money to repair the one you have. Of course, my DH's alternator went bad during this time, costing us $200 that we had to borrow. But, a friend of the family heard about a good used car & we did end up getting it. It's a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. It has a couple things that need to be done, but the guy we bought it from is making sure everything is taken care of . He owns a garage & used car place so we can take care of things through him.
I didn't realize how long this post was. So, I will leave you, my dear, patient readers, with the knowledge that there is more to come. (ok, quit acting like you're sleeping over there) Not too much more, but enough to gain sympathy make another post out of my curse from the unknown.

So until we meet again, I remain,

The Babushka Brigade,



f8hasit said...

You know, if I could get a guarantee that if I deal with 3 bad things, it'll clear the next year of all negative influences...I think I'd sign up for it.

I hope it works that way for you!
Damn cars and their problems.

ReformingGeek said...

Is that a zombie cookie or a voodoo doll?

It's adorable. ;-)

Cars were made for torturing us.

Thanks for entertaining us at your expense!

Jayde said...

I know exactly how you feel right now. I had a hard time with getting a vehicle last year, thought I had a curse that would break down any car I was driving if I used it longer than a week. Had 4 cars break down on me a week or two after driving them. Horrible! Hope you have better luck!

Ron said...

First of all, I love the photos you used in this post - GREAT visuals!

Second, "AAAARRRRGGGHHHHHH......#!?#@"

Don't ya just love when things start to fall apart all at once? It's like, "What do I replace first? What do I need the most?" And yes, a car is something someone definitely needs to get around. So sorry to hear about the Mercury, but I'm glad to hear about the Chevy. And even more glad to hear that the guy will be able to take care of mechanical things.

Sending ya a BIG hug with this comment, dear friend!

{{{{{{{{ Collette }}}}}}}}}

Anonymous said...

Aw Sweetie! That sucketh majorly!

I hate having car problems. They are the worst. I totally hear ya on the "expense" of keeping one working.


B.S. I like that zombie doll! A lot.

Collette said...

@f8hasit-Oh, then that should make me set for about, oh, the next 5
@Reffie-Supposed to be a voodoo doll, but it does look more like a zombie. Glad that I can keep you entertained...LOL
@Jayde-It must be something in us that zaps the hell out of cars (or into
@Ron-Ya know, I just use google images & I really find some good stuff there. But I have to figure out what I picture in my mind first. That's the hard AARRGGHHH! :)
@Quirky-Wish we could just snap our fingers & make things work right again. And, if I did any sewing, I would make you one of those dolls. But it wouldn't be nearly as purdy as that one is...:)

Kelly said...

Yep, when it rains, it pours, doesn't it? We've recently renamed my car "Christine". For all the money I've put into it, the damn thing should be made of solid gold with diamond accents. As soon as we fix one thing, something else goes wrong. I'm ready to trade it in for a horse.
Hoping that your "curse" is almost over with...

Anonymous said...

Recurring bad dreams is our subconscious trying to tell us what we already know. Broke is a verb AND a noun. There. No more nightmares for YOU!

MomZombie said...

There must be a curse around here. We had our vacuum wheeze its last breath, a coffee maker bite the dust, a computer hard drive keel over, and a food processor lose its seal and spew liquified crap all over our kitchen all in a period of two months. Expensive. Expensive. I hope your car troubles lighten soon.

Kathryn said...

Okay! Soooooo....this shall be the END of the problems with the CAR. RIGHT?? You are on your way, sweetie! I like your idea of getting all the crap for the whole year over and done with NOW.

I'd say it's all smoooooth sailing from here, but I'm sensing another post coming soon that might mean there's a teeny bit more to come???

THEN it'll DEFINITELY be all done!
xoxo Hang in there!!

Collette said...

@Kelly-It seems that a lot of people are having car problems lately. The winter is a bad time for that.
@Dana-I hope the nightmares quit following me into the
@MomZombie-ALways when 1 thing goes wrong, there is an avalanche of others to follow. Never just 1 thing at a time. UGH!
@Kathryn-I was hoping the same thing & I'm writing them. I seriously don't need for bad things to happen to get blog

Clare said...

Cars are an evil necessity. We are facing a $3000 bill next month. Plech. You have a really fun, interesting blog and I really appreciate you taking the time to visit and follow me. I will be doing the same.


Aunt Becky said...

Cars, man. You poor thing. Those Cobalts are awesome. Good call.

VE said...

My post today will fit right in then...

Chrissy said...

I had the necessary eveil called a car. This is why I lease. I'm so afraid that if I buy, everything will go wrong, I won't be able to afford it and I'll have to take the bus.

Good luck, sweetie!

Chrissy said...

I meant, I "hate" not had and "evil" not eveil. Sheesh, I gotta go to bed...

Enchanted Oak said...

Hi, Collette! Sorry about the car! But I'm so glad you had plenty of simple blessings to share on my blog today. Best wishes!

Collette said...

@Clare-Sorry you have a $3000 bill to pay. Life sure does pile it on, doesn't it?
@Aunt Becky- I do like the little thing so far:)
@VE-If that was the Murphy's law post, I totally get it & agree!
@Chrissy-With my luck, the bus would break
@Enchanted Oak/Chris-It made me feel food to write about the good things in my life that don't cost money.Thx

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