Michael's Blog

Stupid, funny things.

27 July 2004

My car is broken... or is it?

Today I heard a really strange noise coming from my back right tire. I couldn't figure out what was going on. I thought maybe the breaks were warped thus producing the rubbing sound. I thought maybe the axle was broken.

I got really worried because I dreaded that I would have to take my car into the shop and ask them what was wrong with it. I have done this many times before, as I am sure many of us have, and we all know that there is no way to tell weather or not the mechanic is telling us the truth or not. I have taken my car in for tire rotation and I 've gotten calls saying that this that and the other thing is broken, and I had better fix it or my car is going to fall apart. So I take it in thinking I may spend 70 bucks and then all the sudden they have talked me into 500 bucks of work my car needs.

I decide that before I go subject myself to the shop, I will take a look myslef and see if I can figure what is wrong first. So I jack up my car and spin the tire. I hear the same sound coming from behind the tire. I still can't figure out what it is so I stick my hand behind the wheel hoping to be able to feel the problem. Sure enough, when I put my hand back there, a sticker falls out. I have no idea where it came from or what it was even for. Maybe I got it from the road. I figured that was the problem so I took my car for a spin. Sure enough, the sound was gone.

I kind of wish I could have seen what was wrong before the sticker fell off. Then maybe I could take my car into the shop to see what they would charge me to fix it. I have never been able to tell if what they have charged me for repairs was really ligit or not. I would love to be able to test it.

Maybe I will stick the sticker back on and take it to different shops to find out who is honest and who isn't.

Update::: A friend sent this to me. A perfect example of what I am talking about. The poor girl doesn't know anything about cars.


25 July 2004

I wonder what will happen next?

I always wonder what will happen next in life.  I am about to move out to a new place and I have no idea where or with whom I will be staying with.  Nate and I have looked at this one condo and it seems really cool. You have to apply to live there and so we still don't know if we are going to be able to get it or not yet.  If we do get it, it will be awesome.  $250 per month and there will be 4 roommates with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  Pretty dang sweet if you ask me.  I really hope we get it.  Anyway, time to go to bed. I just committed to running an hour earlier in the morning.  I am going to regret it.