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Feb. 27th, 2012 02:53 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
So someone broke into my car this weekend. Thankfully what could have been a big deal turned out to be a minor inconvenience. The insurance paid to fix the window and the only thing the thieves got was a broken GPS.
gwynhefar: (Please)
My car ended up needing a $1500 repair this weekend, so I'm offering custom poems, short stories, or whatever else you can think of to try to raise the money to pay the bill. Go here if you think you can help.
gwynhefar: (Please)
Ok, so I just found out that the little problem where my car has started taking two tries to start in the morning was actually a symptom of a much larger issue to the tune of around $1400. I don't have $1400. What I have is an awful lot of debt and an uncertain job future. Since I absolutely need my car, the $1400 is going on the credit card, which I really don't want to have to do, but I don't really have a choice.

So here's where you come in. I hate begging for money, but I don't do it often, so here it goes. Click the button below to donate to my 'pay the car repair bills' fund. Every little bit helps. I am offering what little services my poor talent allows. $10 gets you a custom written poem on a topic or prompt of your choice. $20 gets you a short story. Check out my "poetry" and "writing" tags to get an idea of what I'm capable of. $30 or more gets you just about anything you want that's in my power. I do make bead jewelry, and have a decent collection of materials - ask and I'll be happy to make you something. Want an audio file of me reading your favourite poem or short story? No problem. Want an audio file of me singing your favourite song (badly)? I can do that too. I can also do icons, avatars, and custom wallpaper within certain limits.

So yeah, I know times are tough for everyone, but if you can spare just a little to help me through this minor crisis, I would very much appreciate it.








gwynhefar: (hitchhikers guide)
Luck? Notice anything about our luck lately? Some kinda pattern?

*sigh*

Seems like no matter what I do lately something, be it big or little, goes wrong. Took the turn into the work parkinglot too sharp this morning and drove over the curb. Scraped up my bumper and hubcap something fierce, and probably knocked the wheels out of alignment, not to mention possibly damaging the tire. Seems ok at the moment, but that kind of stunt can cause slow leaks so I wouldn't be too surprised to find it flat when I leave today. In a way, it's worse, because it's my own damn fault for being careless. I don't really care about the cosmetic damage - I plan on driving her into the ground like I've done for all my cars and a few scrapes just add personality - but dammit I can't afford any repairs, even minor ones, right now. I was over budget last month, and I'm over budget again this month already. And my budget doesn't have much in the way of wiggle-room so when I end up over budget it tends to come from the overdraft, which then sits there gaining interest until I get an under budget month where I can pay it off.

I can't help but figure the world's trying to tell me something, but damned if I know what it is.

Two Things

Jul. 31st, 2009 04:33 pm
gwynhefar: (four things)
* I just had to pay a $100 diagnostics fee to find out the problem with my car was a $40 gas cap. Figures.

* In the last 72 hours, I have had about 10 hours of sleep. I'm getting really sick of this.
gwynhefar: (Default)
The "check engine" light in my car came on yesterday. As if I need another expense. *sigh* Guess I'll have to have it checked out this weekend.
gwynhefar: (defeated)
So this morning I get out to my car and there's a nice big crack in the windshield. Apparently it was hit by a rock and I didn't notice, and last night it got cold and the crack expanded. It's too big to repair, so someone's coming this afternoon to replace my windshield to the tune of $267. *sigh*

When it rains, it pours.
gwynhefar: (as shackles)
So, a tire blew on my car yesterday. So instead of going home and resting like I wanted to, I got to limp my car to the garage, with irate rush-hour folks behind me, and then pay money I don't have to get my tire replaced.

On the other hand, This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn finally arrived, so I can get back to reading it tonight.
gwynhefar: (Ooops!)
So when I bought my car, they gave me my key on this fancy little spring-loaded keychain thingy with the dealership logo on it. I attached it to my hunk o' keys and didn't really think more about it. Yesterday, I went to check my mail, taking my keys with me, and walking across the parkinglot to the other side of the complex past the pool where the mailboxes were.

This morning, I went to go get in my car to leave and realised that the car key wasn't on the chain. The little spring-loaded keychain thingy had come unfastened, and it was still there, the key was not. Now I know it was still there when I left for the mailbox yesterday, and I hadn't touched my keys since I put them back in their place after coming back from the mailbox, so somewhere between my apartment door and the mailboxes lay my key. I walked the path back and forth about five times, but still couldn't find the key.

Since I was not given a spare, I was finally forced to call the local Chevy dealership and inquire about getting a replacement key. They told me to come in, bringing proof of ownership, and they'd cut me a new key. So I got a ride from a helpful neighbour, and 10 minutes and $100 later I have a new key to my car. Then the person tells me, 'you know you have to get this programmed, right?' Apparently what they failed to mention over the phone is that there's a computer chip in the key that needs to be programmed to match the car before the key will work in the ignition. Oh, and in order to program the key, they need the car.

So now I'm back in my apartment, waiting for the tow truck to come and tow my car to the Chevy dealership so I can pay another $50 for them to program the key. The soonest the tow truck can be here is in 3 hours. There goes another day of leave I can't afford to lose. Guess I better start volunteering for more weekend shifts *sigh*
gwynhefar: (Default)
It figures that on a day when I'm exhausted and just want to go home, I find my car has a flat tire which delays my departure 45 minutes and puts me smack in the middle of the rush hour I *usually* avoid by going home at 4pm.

I'm even too tired to think about watching the lovely Johnny Depp movie that showed up from Netflix today.

New car

Mar. 4th, 2008 05:30 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
cobalt

Ok, so this isn't *my* car, because I haven't taken pictures yet. But this is a car just like my new car. She's a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, the same colour as the one in the picture. She's a pretty nice little car - only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have power locks or windows. Not quite sure why, since it's got all the other bells and whistles: CD player, automatic headlights, etc. She was more expensive than I'd have liked too, although my other options were pretty much significantly worse than the car I had before, and I'd rather get one that would last so I don't have to do this again any time soon.

She's even got a name - Elise-Thérèse. Because somehow she struck me as a glamourous 1920s seductress type, and that's the name that came into my head when I thought about it. Yes, I know I'm weird.
gwynhefar: (duckling)
So yes, the car's been totalled. They're giving me enough to pay off my loan with about $2000 left over. I can keep the rental car until March 5th. So now I once again have 2 weeks to get another loan, and another car. I've done a little looking around the internet, but I haven't found any cars for sale that won't put me in significantly more debt than I was in before the accident.

I think I'm going to go curl up and curse the world now.
gwynhefar: (Default)
So I'm just settling in on desk when my cellphone rings. I took it with me in case the insurance company called, but it's intermittently busy today and I really can't spend time talking. I pick up to tell them I need to call back and the first thing I hear is, "Hi, I'm 'X' from State Farm's Total Loss Department" Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit.

So of course I really can't talk until I get off desk in another hour and a half, so now I get to worry about exactly how bad the worst really is. Clearly they've decided to write off my car. Will I get enough to even pay off my loan? How long can I keep the rental while I'm trying to find another car? How the hell am I supposed to find and buy another car *now* while I'm going through my reappointment process at work *and* trying to get ready for my surgery in two weeks?!

Dammit, why?! Why me? What have I done recently to piss Fate off? I still have to find some time this week to go in for my pre-op blood work. Oh and my pre-op physical next Monday. And clean the apartment so that my mother doesn't kill me when she sees it. And go shopping to stock up on stuff for while I'm laid up, which I'm going to need help with because I can't carry a months worth of cat food and cat litter up the stairs. And somewhere in there I'm going to have to find and buy another car. How the hell am I going to manage that?
gwynhefar: (four things)
So State Farm has been relatively helpful so far. They've accepted responsibility for the accident, and yesterday they set me up with a rental car -- a cute little red Ford Focus that is driving me insane because it only has one cigarette lighter/outlet (my GPS/mp3 player needs two -- power for the unit itself and for the gizmo that makes it play through the radio). It also has that 'feature' that makes the volume automatically go up when you're going fast and go down when you're going slow or stopped, which is very annoying in stop-and-go campus traffic as the volume always fluctuating distractingly. I need to figure out how to turn the 'feature' off, if it's even possible.

At least I have transportation now, though. And hopefully State Farm will continue to be helpful and the assessor they send out this week will *not* total my car. I've got my fingers crossed.
gwynhefar: (Default)
So this evening the GBLT group on campus was having an Alternative Valentine's party for singles and relationships that felt left out of traditional Valentine's celebrations. One of my friends from work is President of the group, and it sounded like fun, so I went. We're all in the Women's Center on campus, about halfway through "But I'm a Cheerleader", when all the sudden there is a squealing of brakes and a big crash outside.

Everyone rushes out and I'm already getting a foreboding feeling when I finally make my way out to discover that yes, it is *my* parked car that has just been hit. The poor freshman in his parents' SUV that hit my car was almost apoplectically apologetic, but the damage is pretty bad. Pretty much the whole corner from the back driver's side wheel well to the back bumper is torn away. The muffler is dragging the ground and the back left wheel is bent, although I wasn't able to tell if it was the axle or only the wheel that was damaged.

The kid's parent seem to have pretty good insurance, but what I'm really worried about is if they decide the damage is severe enough to total the car. What I'll get for it will be lucky to pay off what I still owe on the car, and I certainly won't have enough left over to buy another car.

So everyone, please, good thoughts that the car is repairable the insurance companies involved not *too* difficult to deal with.

GPS devices

Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:27 am
gwynhefar: (I love this planet)
Ok, so for some reason my grandparents have decided to buy me a GPS unit for my car. I have previously indicated that I wanted one but couldn't afford it, but that was awhile ago, so I don't know what inspired this generosity but I'm not going to question it. Apparently after looking at the options they decided that the best course of action would be to let me decide what model I wanted and just have them send me a check to cover it.

So . . . Anyone have any experience with these? What should I look for/make sure to avoid? Any specific recommendations?

Pictures!

Dec. 12th, 2006 09:20 am
gwynhefar: (Roisin)
Unfortunately, the pictures I took of Fionn when I first got them didn't turn out. However, I have a few more recent ones of him, and two of my new car, here. Keep in mind when you see Fionn, that this is him *after* gaining several pounds. He's still too thin, but getting better.
gwynhefar: (alone)
So last night was the Ani concert, which I did actually get to go to, despite much adventure on the way. There was a really bad car crash on I-10 into New Orleans: this one, in fact, and everyone was slowing down and rubbernecking. I started to slow down when I realised that the car in front of me, despite the fact that her brake lights weren't on and there was open space in front of her, was essentially not moving. I slammed on the breaks, but the car skidded and rearended the person in front of me. It really wasn't much more than a fender-bender -- from what I could see, the other car got off with a few dents and scratches on the bumper, while my front bumper is shoved crooked and the glass on one headlight busted. No one was hurt on our end, and the cop who finally processed the scene must have noticed how people were driving and even told me it wasn't really my fault, although by law he had to write me a ticket anyway.

Since we were very close to New Orleans and the car seemed to be driving fine (even the busted headlight is still working, albeit without a glass cover), we went ahead and went to the concert anyway. Good thing we decided to leave early. Ani was wonderful, although my experience was somewhat dimmed by bad sciatica pain and delayed nervous reactions to the wreck.

Right now my car is in the shop getting the tires changed (which was probably why the car skidded -- the front tires were in pretty bad shape, which *was* my fault, as I hadn't been playing close enough attention to them). The mechanics are going to double check anything, but they said the brakes are fine and the crash doesn't seemed to have damaged any essential parts, which means although she'll look even uglier than she already did, I probably won't bother having the front end fixed. So long as both headlights work and it's not a hazard I couldn't care less what she looks like.

Increased sciatica pain again today, although I'm 99% sure it has nothing to do with the actual crash itself (although the general state of tension I was in afterward probably has a bit to do with it). I came very close to having an all out panic attack, but managed to stave it off, no small part due to the presence of [livejournal.com profile] babysprite who was very helpful and supportive throughout the whole ordeal.

So there you have it. I turned my "coming in late" day to a "staying home" day. A very kind person from my UU group is helping me get done what needs to get done today -- namely picking me up from the car repair shop, picking up some necessary groceries, and taking me back to pick up my car when it's done. This means that I can spend large parts of today on the sofa with my heating pad, and pop the occasional post-traumatic Xanax until my nerves calm down.

Fionn has also got an appointment to go back to the vet, as despite the medicine being shoved down his throat twice a day he's still having diarrhea issues.

Not to mention playing more phone tag with my doctors . . .

Fun, fun day.
gwynhefar: (Rose Sunshine)
Ok, so all's well. I took the car in and apparently the noise was caused by the tire being low. And it wasn't running smoothly because I needed an oil change. I knew I was way overdue for one, but I still hadn't gotten around to it. Mea culpa.

Anyway, they checked everything out, including the transmission, and said that other than it simply being an old car, there was nothing wrong with it that needed attention. So yay. Nothing to worry about at the moment.
gwynhefar: (duckling)
Ok, I jinxed myself. Just Sunday I was talking about how just about everything on my car has been replaced except the transmission.

Today my car is making strange noises and shifting gears slowly. It just figures. So it's going to be straight to the shop after work, but I'm not holding out much hope that it will be easily or cheaply fixed.

I guess it's time to start looking a little more closely at those used car ads.

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