New car I mean. With the end of the year here, tax time is coming. So is bonus. So it would make sense to wait for that money to come in. Nothing I get will be loved except by me.
Took the truck into the shop last week to get the squealing looked at. Turns out there was a power steering fluid leak that was spraying the stuff all over the engine and belt. They replaced the hose and checked the belt tensioner… tensioner is good but the belt was soaked. Wiped if off the best they could but it still squeals. Charlie thinks it just needs to ‘dry out’ which is only done when the belt warms up. Which means until all the power steering fluid dissipates from the belt, it’s going to squeal. Fail.
I picked it up on Tuesday and left the Del Sol. The SRS light came on, but the airbag wasn’t deployed or anything so Charlie thinks it might be the seatbelt sensor. It also needs an oil change and new brake pads.
When I got into work after picking the truck up, I noticed a screw in one of my tires. Pun: I was screwed.
Turns out it was in a tread, and wasn’t a long screw so it didn’t puncture the tire. Went to Pep Boys today and they looked at it, gave me the all clear. Had there been any chance of a problem, they’d have fixed it. So… Tire Win.
New car… so I threw the XV off the table when D told me she and K thought I should get a big truck. Then today I asked if we’d be buying a truck soon, and she asked me why I want a truck. Color me dumbfounded. She asked what car I really want, and I said the XV, at which point she called it a uterus on wheels, and said she’d never want to drive it because it’s ‘meh’ and not sexy. Non truck-wise… the XV is the only ‘car’ I want. (it’s technically a crossover)
She mentioned we don’t really NEED a truck, I just want one. Which is true. I’m a truck guy and I feel like a part of me is missing when I don’t have a truck in my ownership. But I’m willing to deal with that for the XV.
Logically speaking we DON’T need a truck. There wouldn’t be a lot we’d use it for. MTB transport can be a hitch mounted bike rack. MC transport can be a rented U-Haul trailer. Snowboards can be either a roof rack or folded down seat.
The XV isn’t just meh to her, she didn’t find it very comfortable either.
I think no matter what I get, she won’t be happy. If I get a truck, she’ll say any time we take her car is because the truck gets crappy mileage. If I get the XV, she’ll hate it because she doesn’t think it’s sexy.
Ultimately it’s my life savings I’m spending, so I should get what I want. Right? If only it were that easy.
Going back to yesterday, while I didn’t have a second trip on the hershey highway, I did use the urinal a couple times in the afternoon. I gotta say, what kind of mess is in the bathrooms of these guys’ houses if they can’t even get their piss into the urinal? I mean it was all over the floor. It made the floor sticky, the bottom of my shoes sticky, and it makes the carpet in the hall look NASTY.
If you don’t have a piercing down there, you might need to see a doctor about your aiming problem.
For the longest time I had a problem with just giving gift cards as gifts, I felt like they were meaningless and ‘empty’ gifts, so I always make it a point to get actual gifts for people.
Then my mom died. That’s when I started valuing physical possessions less. As such, I find I have less of a desire to give people ‘stuff’, but still don’t want to subscribe to the ‘gift card’. Not everyone appreciates donations in their names, and more often than not getting someone an experience is either too expensive, or they never find time to do it and it expires.
More thought needs to go into this. I know there’s a solution for me.
Turns out there was no follow up. Not yet anyway. Still can’t think of what it was that did that to me. Oh well.
On a completely unrelated note, the Omelet Parlor in Santa Monica is closing tomorrow. Kinda sucks, they had good breakfast-for-lunch plates.
I’m having a bad bum fire day. Once in the morning when I first got up, and now again just a few minutes ago. I can already feel another session brewing too. What the hell man?
Looking at how pricey Tundra’s are, I’ve put the Ram 1500 back on the table, and just recently added the Ridgeline.
Of the 3, the Ram gets the best mpg, but the Ridgeline is the cheapest (not by much). The Tundra looms at about $8k more. But that’s for a 2014. A 2013 would likely be on par with the other 2 trucks.
2013 Ridgeline – 15 city / 21 hwy / 17 av. ~$37k
2013 Tundra – 13 city / 17 hwy / 15 av. ~$38k (best guess for the model year)
2013 Ram – 16 city / 23 hwy / 19 av. ~$37k
Downside to the Ridgeline is it isn’t as roomy as the other 2 trucks, but does have heated seats and is the middle child of MPG.
Downside to the Ram is it doesn’t have heated seats, but does have the better MPG.
Downside to the Tundra is the MPG, but it has heated seats, a lot of room, and neat features.
I like the Ram because I just like Dodge trucks. And while I’m not into astrology at all, I am an Aries, which is a Ram. That’s why I root for the St. Louis Rams, so why can’t it be why I like a truck? lol
I like the Ridgeline just because every Honda I’ve owned has been good to me, and it isn’t a HUGE truck.
I like the Tundra because of all the features, and it IS a huge truck. Hypocrite, I know.
Must have features: Heated seats, tailgate extender, side steps (for the Tundra and Ram, not sure about the Ridgeline), bed liner, tow package, Bluetooth for the phone.
I think I need to sit in all 3 within the span of a few days. Maybe test drive them. I guess ultimately it might come down to price. If I can get the Tundra at a comparable price to the other 2 trucks, I’d go with that since it has all those neat features. MPG is negligible after all when it’s only a few numbers different, right?
It’s that time again. Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. I haz it, on the repeats.
So I was shopping at Hell after work and they had Christmas songs playing. While shopping, I caught myself in a happy-go-lucky state, humming/singing along with the songs and not being angry like I usually am when I’m in Hell. I hadn’t felt that in a long time, so I just went with it.
Then on my way back to my truck, a sense of guilt or remorse or something hit me as though I SHOULDN’T have let myself be in a good mood. I’m pretty sure it’s the pain I still feel with regards to my mom. Admittedly there’s a level of pain that I hide, because if I didn’t I’d probably be a wreck and crying all the time. Can’t have that.
At this point, I’m glad I had that sense of Christmas spirit, even if it didn’t last that long. It felt good.
Obviously I changed the theme of the site. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary. I don’t typically enjoy decorating for the holidays, but this is easy to do so… here it is.