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Small Silver Linings - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Small Silver Linings
On Wednesday evening my car started running roughly and the engine light came on. This was yet another thing that was not going well this week. Of course I called first thing the next morning and got an appointement at the dealership because this was clearly not good.

Midnight limped into the dealership for her appointment yesterday evening and I told the cheerful guy behind the counter that I would wait for them to fix her. I had yarn with me, and I had cramps that were bad enough that I did not feel like walking to Harvard Square to get the T during rush hour. I went to the waiting room.

In the waiting room there was a familiar looking red head engrossed with her palm pilot. I sat down next to her, and when she finished being all geeky she noticed me. (Actually she noticed my knitting first, but it worked.) It was Leah whom I knew from MITPSG and whom I hadn't seen in probably ten years. We had a nice conversation for the better part of an hour while she waited for her Passat to get a new headlight prior to a long car trip. When her car was ready, she asked me if I wanted a ride home. I asked the guy behind the counter how long it was going to take. I was told that I needed a new feul injector and it would take an hour. I accepted Leah's offer of a lift.

Having car trouble is usually a pain. Midnight is still under warrenty, so it wasn't a money pain, but trips to the dealership aren't usually my idea of fun. In this case, though, I got to catch up with a friend I hadn't seen in ages. I'll call that a fair trade.

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mijven From: mijven Date: January 6th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

car dealership silver linings spotted here too!

Took my car into the dealership this morning. (Day after Christmas it got well and truly ditched.) Traffic there was pretty heavy, but could have been mistaken for early and bad rush hour. Once I got there I discovered there'd been a major accident this morning (which had gotten cleaned up before I showed and so I was in the aftermath.)

Dealership offers a shuttle service, which obviously I need as the kids have things to do. Shuttle guy looked at where I needed to go and asked if I couldn't just wait for it instead rather than force him through that mess both ways. (Soon after he apologized when he realized it was a ~24 hour wait. ;) Our silver lining is that the first person he dropped off got me close enough to roads I know so I could direct him via a back route. (I'm usually a decent seat-of-my-pants navigator, but New Jersey roads easily confound me. I had no good alternate route suggestion - which is how I ended up driving through that nonsense in the first place.)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 6th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: car dealership silver linings spotted here too!

Boston VW also has a shuttle, but it doesn't run in the evenings. Given that they have mechanics working until midnight so that I can bring the car in after work and have it back in time to drive to work the next day I'm not about to complain about that detail.

Yay for getting to known back roads! I really should learn more back road routes.
mijven From: mijven Date: January 6th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: car dealership silver linings spotted here too!

Oh that's fabulous! I'd so much rather do a car drop off with Francis at 7-8pm than this first thing in the morning nonsense. (Which I do because Francis can delay going to work until 9am and stay home with the kids while I drop off the car. It's much too cold outside to be doing multiple installs of carseats in and out of their courtesy vans.)
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