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  1. goodwood

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    How is this for "Kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck fantastic!"?
    ...drove an hour to catch up wtih a friend today for lunch and on the drive back having just left and gotten a couple miles down the road, the engine in my car (1996 Saab 900 with 250,000K miles on it) blows up.
    After a $250 tow back home I walk in the house to find a message telling me that I got the job I interviewed for on Monday and could I please start tomorrow.
    I returned that phone call to explain my present situation with follow up information in the morning.
    What aboslutely slays me is that this "job" I was offered is a simple, factory job which in my entire life I would never deign to consider. Having been cut off from the parents and needing to generate some sort of income, I thought "Hey - lots of people do this. I could do this. I could be one of the hoi polloi" and so decided to forego being a dilletants and join the working rank and file.
    Then, the day before I entusiastically embark on my new, humble undertaking, the engine in my car blows up.
    Is this a sign? What to make of it. Just dumb luck, bad timing?
    The kicker is - I could buy a car from a friend and incur more debt in so doing. OR - I could go back to the parents I have just successfully set distance from and ask them to borrow the old, extra car that is kept for friends and neighbors to borrow at no charge.
    What would you do? What do you suggest I do? :confused: Thanks! - Chris
     
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    That's a tough one. You could try and make amends with your parents and ask to borrow the car, but they might see that as you giving back into them. How much would it cost to rent a car until yours gets fixed?
     
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    If you really want to prove your independence from your parents, you absolutely cannot go back with your tail between your legs asking to borrow the car! You are beginning to experience the problems of the working class my dear Goodwood. This kind of thing happened to me before and it was a God-send though I did not see it at the time. My husband and I were seperating and so I needed to find a job pronto which I did. I was to work as an orthodontic chairside assistant to be trained on the job...I couldn't believe my luck because they are hard to find. Anyway...long story short...My first day on the job I was late due to being issued a speeding ticket...that same day, I left on my lunch hour to a deli about a 10 minute drive...my battery died in my car. Of course since I didn't expect that to happen I didn't count on being late back to work because of the 30 minute walk. When I got there and explained, there response was why didn't I call...well, back in the stone ages we didn't have cell phones and his office had the answering machine on...the kind that only takes emergencies. Also that day I was feeling not quite myself...kind of shakey, sweaty, weak...I thought it was nerves until about 4 pm when I knew I had a fever and went to the bathroom only to throw up my lunch. Seems it was the flu and I was told not to bother to come back...Anyway, it turned out to be best for me because of some other things going on in my life at the time ( a friend was murdered and dismembered). I certainly hope your first day goes better for you, but if by any chance you should have one like mine, just try to remember that there may be something else for you...
     
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    As it turns out....when I telephoned to make that colossal concession, and ask the parents, my sister got to the phone first and offered me her car in exchange for payments since she doesn't work and really has nowhere to drive anyway. So it is done. Ta-DAH! And since this "fabulous" new job offers no vaction for a year, I am legitamately out of family Christmas. Woo-hoo!
    So the fam. is scrambling to arrange weekend car drop off rendesvous and work in a "family Christmas" this weekend. The engine blowing up on my car turned out to be a great day! lol.
     
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    36 - holy CHRIST - I am shocked and deeply saddened to know of your friend's tragic end. Truly, I am sorry for you (and for your friend of course).

    So you were a chairside assistant??? Like the kind when I was twelve years old and got to look down their tops as they brushed their breasts against my chest? lol! I wish I was in your chair to be sure! : )
     
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    I would suggest to myself that I learn how to type correctly *dilletante and quit trying to multi-task, i.m. with many people and post at the same time.
    Duly noted. All apologies.
     
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    Glad it worked out for you. A bit karmic if I may say so.
     
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    Thanks Jason - how is it Karmic?
     
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    Just when you were prepared to not need them, you did.

    Just when you were prepared to go back to them, you didn't need to.

    Just when you were looking to get out of Christmas, you got out of it.

    Just when you did get of Christmas, another one was arranged just for you.

    So you got the car, kept the job, and Christmas on your terms all because you were prepared to go back to them but didn't have to.
     
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    WOW Jason. THANK YOU. Holy cow. And yes I said that on purpose given the holy cow status in India.
    You are correct. What a karmic thing to have an engine blow up.
    As it was happening, I was laughing. I thought "Thre must be some sort of reason for this, but I can't think what that would be."
    Your input puts a great perspective on all of it. Thanks again.
     
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    So that's where I know you from!:biggrin1:
     
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    LOL! - Not so fast there...
    Sister just rang in a panic to tell me that Dave and val (our parents who we reference by their first names) told her that if she loaned me her car, they would cut her off. Period.
    My sister was able to help her brother and Dave and Val didn't get their way and so they want to punish her and me. What kind of people treat their children this way?
     
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    Not a problem, grasshopper :chinese:.

    There indeed was a reason!

    It's a Saab.
     
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    Unfortunately yours...It boggles my brain too...thank god I have the parents I do and come from a wonderful family that loves unconditionally. It was always so difficult when I was married as my in-laws play favorites with only "true blood"...whatever...
     
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    36 - piss on the in laws. And btw - perhaps that IS where I know you from. lol! You never worked in upstate New York did you? LOL.
    I will get this sorted out one way or another. How ridiculous. I need to e-mail Dave and remind him that if I take over the payment that he won't have to pay that. Hmm.
     
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    No...sorry, California babe here.
     
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    Now that's just cruel. I've always loved SAABs, well, until... My most recent one is/was a convertible, that I just totally adored, but post-warranty, it's repair bills got to be more than what the payments ever were. :sad:

    In response to "What kind of parents...?" No offense, but the simple answer is: "Bad ones". Trust me, I'm familiar with it. As has been said a million times before, you have to have a license to hurl around a ton of metal (and a lot of plastic), at will, but any two idiots can have sex and produce offspring. And having kids doesn't automatically make them "good" parents. My favourite is when bad parents say, "You don't know, cuz you don't have kids," as an excuse for their own inabilities.
     
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    P.S. What part of MI, goodwood?
    *Holds up hand, and points to mitten* :tongue:
     
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    LOL. bottom. Think 'Tulip City'. Hmmmmm. where could that be? lol!
    Per people having children - put a couple drunk, beautiful people together without a condom and well, here I am. Very unfortunate.
     
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    36 - ever a regular at Viper Room, Tattou, Whiskey-a-go-go and other clubs that no one knew about in 1993?
     
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