Started by Tom, September 03, 2002, 08:42:40 PM
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QuoteAww, gee! Thanks Fellers.I feel about 96 tonight, after the day I've had. Got off to a rip-roaring start, when my truck overheated on the way to work, and things went down-hill from there. Left the truck at a truck stop(appropriate term, huh?) and had someone pick me up. Found a WHACK of tasks awaiting me. Didn't get off till after 7, loaded tools and test gear in Company truck to find and fix problem tomorrow. SHEESH! DanG! Is this the curse of the forestry forum? My birthday was the 5th (I'm now 51- working on the 2nd half-century..)- and it was automotive h***. Started out with the 'check engine' light going on about halfway to work. Cussed thing talked me out of half a can of oil and some coolant, and off we went again- only to have it act insane about another 5 miles down the road. 'Air bag' light flashing on and off constantly, 'check engine' coming on, engine making a weird wailing noise that changed pitch every time I touched the brakes. Then she just went DEAD in the middle of the road before a very busy intersection. No cell phone. Rich folks' houses all around and none of them home. So I set the flashers to feebly working and went on down about 1/8 mile to the first live person and open building- called AAA- called work and said I'd be late- went back and directed traffic for 30 minutes- was passed by a cop that didn't stop- and got a jump from the AAA guy. Off I went again. Got to the parking lot and she went berserk and died again as soon as I put it in reverse and coasted into a spot. So I liked the portable power pak the AAA guy had had- called up NAPA and they delivered one- I charged it up at work, had security ready to jump me again but she started (why?..)- and made it about 10 blocks in bumper to bumper fore she died again.. 3 jumps later still no progress and it was clear the alternator had burned a wire off- the one that charges the battery (why?..) I was fortunate enough that a free-lance mechanic pulled up and ferried me around town after parts, got his tools, and set me straight for only $40 for labor. By the time I was home I had a new battery, new alternator, and new power pack- all for my birthday- imagine that! Thanks be to Visa card..(I keep it paid up every month..) I was starting to wonder if I should just pick up a new car while I was at it.. : lw
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