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my car is healthy, & ponderings...

August 3rd, 2010 at 05:05 pm

Yes, that's right. I picked it up yesterday afternoon and other than a few things (the something bearing had come loose and something something, which was why it was making a noise, and the something had to be changed because there was oil leaking over the something something).

Total cost $257, after a couple of non-ordinary things were replaced. (average service is about $150-$180)

On a slightly related note, because I'm rather nosy and interested in people's personal affairs:

I think my mechanic LIVES at his work. Which might be normal for some... but this place is a shed in an industrial area, right next to an airport. (read: not a very desireable place to live). How did I come to this conclusion? Well, there was a caravan next to his work shed. Sure, maybe he might want a nap sometimes, but there were sheets and tarps hung over the awning part to screen off a private area, and (because it was windy) I could see a CLOTHESLINE with clothes on it, in that area. How interesting.

Which leads me to thinking that either he's not doing that well financially (which would be a surprise, because even though he's quite young, he's been established in that area for yonks), or he's broken up with his girlfriend (I know he had a girlfriend, because apparently she has the same car as me), or both. Or, maybe he just likes the convenience of being able to stumble out of bed and immediately be at work? In the middle of winter, when it's about 5 degrees C in the morning, somehow I think that's unlikely. But hey *shrugs* each to their own.

Makes me wonder what other types of odd living situations there are out there? Have you ever come across something that you've just thought 'Well now, that's a bit strange. Not really my cup of tea, but okay then...'???

4 Responses to “my car is healthy, & ponderings...”

  1. sagegirl Says:

    Finding a good mechanic you can trust is awesome. We've been going to the same guy about 10 years..he's great, never overcharges us (hubby worked in auto parts in his younger years and has a decent idea of what things should cost), and always gets repairs done when he says they will be done. Very lucky to have him.

  2. Homebody Says:

    I agree with Sage, good mechanics you can trust are worth their weight in gold. Case in point... my Toyota Camry is starting to have trouble starting. It's like it is not getting gas. So mechanic could not find anything really, so told us just to push on the gas pedal quickly before trying to start it. That works!

    I am like you White, I love hearing about people's lives, even people I don't know, that's why I love reading the blogs!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    When I was still in NC, I went to a garage sale where the sellers were downsizing because they were moving into a friend's (unheated) garage. So sad.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    When I was a little girl my parents bought a building with an apartment upstairs. They had their furniture store downstairs. I grew up there so it was normal, but we didn't live in a van like your mechanic. Perhaps he's also living there to protect his tools -- there was a news report in our town last night about how many more break ins there have been from January-June of this year to what it was the same time last year.

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