Discussion in 'Santa Cruz, CA' started by Master--Kenobi, Feb 6, 2006.
/\ GREAT!!!! Anyone else in Wales that can check up on him? How about Timburton?
I think Tim is in Midlands/central England.
Day 1: Stove takes a dump and the oven won't turn off. Can't be fixed, has to be replaced. Fun.
Day 2: Dishwasher takes a dump and begins to leak. Can't be fixed, has to be replaced. More Fun.
Day 3: Asthma type cough gets really nasty..trip to Doctor = Chronic Bronchitis/borderline pneumonia from a.. Mold reaction?!?! Ah yes, from carpet that was supposed to have been taken care of when house was still under warrenty LAST year. (i.e. the company sent people in, they tore up a piece of carpet, checked underneath, put carpet back down and this time used carpet gun so carpet would stay in place) Discovered that they never took care of small mold problem when they were here so am now SOL, out of warranty, so sensitivity to carpets anyways now increased 1000 fold.
Result is that carpet and padding must be pulled up and Order 66'ed. Dr STRONGLY "suggests" that carpet not be replaced by more carpeting, due to said now enhanced sensitivity. Result, ENTIRE floor must be covered with either hardwood or laminate. (Which also means everything must be moved out of house to put in said laminate...which was the cheapest way to go. Price of said laminate and carpet removal and floor sterilization... ARRGGHGHHH Don't even DARE mention this to insurance company as same company cancelled neighbor's policy for even inquiring about his wife's lost wedding ring. (Policy cancellation is very very common now among homeowners..you don't claim or even ask about anything other than complete distruction of home from some kind of disaster.)
The "Joys"of being a homeowner: Priceless.....
Initial cost of Ford Explorer (Rogue) $3600
Initial bumper to bumper check: Was told that the front brake calipers were bent out of shape (bull! made of cast iron!) minor leak from rear main seal (we can't fix that, we only do suspension 'Firestone') Cost of check? $20
Repair 1: Last April, blown radiator hose (fix with duct tape for a week until payday) Cost to replace? $45
Repair 2: Last August, grinding from from passenger wheel turns to screech of metal against metal. The bad rotor destroyed the brake pad (took me 2 hours to replace brake pads on passenger side, 10 minutes on driver's side. (discovered I was right about calipers, Firestone full of sh&T and 'preying' on the 'stupid' female with a 4x4!) Cost of new brake pads? $10
Repair 3: Last October, transmission in Rogue decides it's needed elsewhere (while husband is DRIVING said vehicle at 70 mph on the interstate!) Cost to rebuild? $1600
Repair 4: February, finally got front wheel bearings replaced (was told they were bad back in October) Cost of replacing wheel bearings, rotors, and brakes? $485
Repair 5: Last week, start having transmission shifting problems (standard transmission). Have to have Rogue IN GEAR to start, shifting out of first was hard, shifting INTO first required shutting truck off, putting it in gear, and turning truck back on. (Stalled out on me coming home from class last Thursday night, in the middle of a bridge, with a cop trying to get by me with lights and sirens going.) Find out on Friday, master AND slave cylinders are completely shot (husband forgot to tell me that mechanic told him that they were in bad shape last October!) Husband wants to cancel trip in June to SoCal to help pay for repairs (can't cancel trip, NON-refundable tickets to DLand and NON-refundable plane tickets) Talk to mechanic, who will let us pay half now and remainder next month. Cost to fix transmission again? $350
Initial cost of truck? $3600
Total cost of repairs so far? $2465 (our mechanic LOVES us!)
Joys of owning a 15 yr-old 4x4 truck: Priceless
For everyone else, there's the bus!
We have had similar problems with our Ford Escort. BUY TOYOTA, my truck was running up and down the hill every day like a demon even being 24 years old and 350,000 on the original engine. Paid $5,000 for it brand new, it probably cost maybe another $2,000 over it's entire life. I'd still be driving it if it weren't for Bambi's Daddy charging into it and totalling it.
Summary: Hate Ford, Love Toyota, Will BUY Toyota for life.
And as far as homeowner problems, thanks Kim, needed the additional paranoia while comtemplating the big leap to ownership.
*starts looking at large collections of things and thinks "EBay"*
/\ NP, Sid. What's over $13,000 in the carpet fiasco alone?!? (AND if they find that they have to do have to apply a moisture seal..that's another $4,000 - $6,000 on top of that) HomeDepot Best prices and best warrenties ever... The reason we didn't go with Hardwood... over $26,000 for the entry level stuff and we would STILL maybe have to do the moisture seal. (1 in 10 chance that we wont...so light candles, Summon the Force or whatever...just NO MOISTURE!!!!! So,, between built in appliances and this...Yeah.. I just LOVE being a homeowner right now. ("Can you Feel The Love Tonight?" - NOT!!!)
Just got back from a calculus AND a biology final. Back to back.
Biology was 18 pages of FILL IN THE BLANK.
And I have a physics final tomorrow morning.
Eeeww....I should remind myself that no matter how much getting up for work sometimes sucks, it could be worse..I could have finals. I feel for ya Rach!
I'm sorry, Rach...HUGE Mommy/Daddy Hug!!!!!!!
That's it..Nothing else...just her......
(counting down the minutes until the retirment!)
*insert ALL of your favorite curses and cussing here!*
My local bus system, RTD (Regional Transportation District), is now changing its name to RTD (Rapidly Trotting Donkeys).
Monday morning at 2am sharp, they (the union) decided to stop talking the RTD bosses. Why you may ask? Because the union didn't like what RTD was offering, $250 signing bonus', matching medical, $1.80 raise over the next 3 years. (which would make the drivers the highest paid in the nation) That would mean a .15 cent raise every 3 months over the next three years to a high of $19.85. My husband, who has the training and skill to repair computers and related items makes slightly over $16 at his job and hasn't got a bloody raise of anything in 3 years!!!!!!
Yesterday the union was DEMANDING our governor to step in and order arbitration. To which our gov wisely said, "You didn't want arbitration BEFORE the strike. I'm not getting involved in your mess. Think of the riders and get off the picket line yourself."
Today, RTD, hires security for the contract drivers that it does have working, and for all of its equipment. To which the union says, "RTD should be thinking of its workers and not hiring goons." (exact quote that one.)
RTD normally covers the Greater Denver Metro area, which is classified as Boulder to the NW, Northglenn and Thornton to the N, DIA to the NE, all the way south to Parker in the SE, Lone Tree in the S, and Evergreen in the SW. This is an area that covers roughly 40 miles N to S, and 50 miles E to W. Contract drivers have kept 45% of the lines running, mostly to the E and S, but including central Denver. The lightrail is shutdown, which means anyone coming out of the S into downtown now has to drive, and find parking in the downtown area, which was short on parking already.
The bad news here? The ONLY busline that comes closer than a mile to my house is NOT one of those buses. I'm trying to get a job in downtown Denver, a 30-minute bus rider away, if I get the job, then my husband will have to take me downtown BEFORE he goes to work so I can go to work also.
I absolutely HATE and despise unions!!!!!!!!!!!
*drags thread to the top*
Gah! So apparently I only applied to UCD with TAships in Avian Science when I should have applied to Bio Sci, Animal Sci, and lord knows what else. Did they TELL me this when I was applying????? NO! So now I am out of luck with grad school because they seem to be playing a game with the potential grad students making them GUESS at what they are supposed to do. All for a slip of paper that says "I worked my tail feathers off and deserve a little more money for what I do".
So I'm "in" to UCD grad school...but unless I find funding and a professor willing to take me on I'm out of luck. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it.
*hangs head and sighs* at least I still have a job and friends who let me rant and rave.
The lender is dragging their heels and nitpicking which has screwed up the closing date. We have things lined up for cleaning carpets, cable installation, moving vans, people to help, all may just go foom if they don't get off their butts and do what they promised. They've known for 45 days when the closing date is, known who the insurance carrier is for weeks, known for days they needed to finish off this last bit, but now it comes down to this. Just got a call, the loan funded, but because of "policy" they won't wire the money the same day. Tight fisted *******, they got our down payment for nearly a week...
Next few days is gonna be hell enough with moving, I DID NOT NEED THIS too.
On top of that, it's supposed to rain this weekend. Three million cardboard boxes in the rain.
Just ignore the squishy thumping sound, that's just me beating my head into mush on the keyboard.
Aww Sid...that bites. I hope it doesn't rain on our multi-group gathering Saturday.
It's now official...Thursday has beaten out Monday as the worst day of the week.
*joins Sid in the head thumping*
Well, if it helps... I still have my Wayne Campbell "Waynes'World" hat and costume... if we have to Head Thump...we can all pile into the car...crank up Queen's Bohemian Rapsody and at least do it in time to the music!
I SO need that right now. Just blast Queen and forget about today.
SO don't want to go to work tonight. I'm going on about 15 hours of sleep in the past 3 days.
Does a virtual hug help?
(Wait for it...)
Aww, Sid! That almost warmed my cold, Imperial TIE pilot heart.....almost.
Wow! A "maybe" from Sid! That's like getting an "almost!"
It figures. We finally schedule a costuming workshop in Sac and I get scheduled to work that Saturday!!! GAAAAAAAH! I'm not a weekend person, but we have to sign up to volunteer in case people call in sick or they don't have enough. So of all the weekends I put down (mind you, way before we scheudled the costuming thing) they HAD to pick me for this one. GRRRRRRRRRRR.
*can I just say that I am SO glad we have this little thread to gripe on. It helps immensely.
We finally get moved in, still some stuff in storage, but we're out of the old place. Spent all last week moving in and out, two full days of vacation Wednesday and Thursday cleaning out the old place. Got to Baycon burned out and exhausted. Now I've caught some bug, probably because I've been just running myself into the ground and have to take a couple of days off on sick time. But it's hard to rest when surrounded by boxes, so I'm still doing a little work at home instead of veg'ing in front of the TV, where I should be. Meanwhile, all hell breaks loose at work and they call me at home the moment I'm out getting more meds. So today I'm back at work, had to get out of the house early as they are sealing the road in front of the house starting at 6AM, so I get to work and nap in the car for an hour and a half before going in to confront a nasty little computer problem with everyone looking over our shoulders going, "Is is done yet". I try not to cough in their direction. It's good I was in early because I'll probably be here late.
No rest for the mov'ed. Baycon was fun, but it passed in a fog, I think I need a vacation from my vacation.
Sorry, I think Sacto is out next week; If we're going to go to DLand later this month we need to take time off and just regroup.
This part cracks me up: Someone said that while I'm doing Sid or the Dark Jedi with the wild contacts at the convention that it makes me look "Unapproachable".
Isn't that the idea?
From now on I'm looking into characters which dress in shorts and t shirts, maybe I'll put on shave my head and do Locke from LOST...
Hmmm why can I suddenly picture Koza as the Ultimate Party Aniimal in shorts and T-shirts. (Or even Sid.. OMG That would be hysterical)