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Monday, January 5, 2009

The Park Ave. Strikes Back

In retaliation for the fact that I didn't drive my 1991 Buick Park Avenue anywhere since last Wednesday, it refused to start for me this morning. Flat out refused. I asked nicely too. Because even though the Park Ave. is falling apart piece by piece and bit by bit (an 18 year-old car can be expected to do that), I still have a good relationship with it. I may resent the fact that the heater doesn't heat quite hot enough fast enough, and that the air conditioner doesn't cool quite cold enough... ever. But it's always been a dependable vehicle for its age, and I have a fond connection to the damn monstrosity. It took me across the country after college, for god's sake! I mean, we got there after breaking down in Chicago, but still, the Ave. and I have been through a helluva lot together.

So I was deeply disappointed by this slight.

I was also deeply disappointed that this meant I had to walk to work this morning. Now, I don't mind walking when it's warm. My office is only a mile away from my apartment, so it only takes about 20 minutes to walk the distance. But it was about 20 degrees F this morning, and I thought my cheeks might freeze and fall off on the way. They didn't, happily. But it took a good half day before my bones warmed up at the office.

Luckily I had Ian to pick me up after work, but when we got home, we still couldn't get the car started. I think it's just too cold and maybe there's a freeze in the water line. I don't think it's going to start until it gets warmer, and I have no idea how long that's going to take. So now I have to figure something out. Ian goes to and gets off work much earlier than I do, so we can't really do the pick up / drop off thing. I could keep walking to work so long as it doesn't storm too much. It wasn't snowing this morning, just cold as hell frozen over, but then it blizzarded lightly in the evening. It's just too unpredictable.

My office manager offered to give me a ride if I can't get my car started tomorrow, but I feel badly leaning on other people like that. I don't think it's too much of an imposition for one day, but I don't know how many days this weather is going to put me out of a car.

Well, I guess that's life, and you have to roll with the punches.

Some things I am thankful for:

(1) People who adequately shovel/salt their sidewalks. Thank you for providing me with sure footing on my walk this morning. (As for the rest of you... DIE!!!!)

(2) Stainless steel vacuum thermoses. Because of you, I still had piping hot burr-ground coffee by the time I got to the office, even after 20 minutes in 20 degrees. Thank you.

(3) Scarves. Without you, I think my cheeks might have really fallen off, and then I couldn't show my face anywhere.



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10 comments:

jess said...

oh god, i hope you can get your car fixed soon. i'm sooo sorry. at least you can walk to work. i don't have that option...

Dena said...

I will agree with Jess that at least you have the option to walk to work. But 20 degrees is inhumane! I'm sorry - I hope you resolve this soon!

Sra said...

Absolutely, I am very pleased that I can walk to work. I know most people can't do that. Today was about 10 degrees warmer, so it wasn't bad at all.

B.R. said...

Based on experiential knowledge, a couple of possible options:

-bike?
-jog?

I realize it gets messy when exercise time is scheduled before work but at times I have found it helpful if the schedule is simply too packed. When I lived in SLC, I biked a good deal but when the snow lacked mercy, I resorted to jogging or speed walking to work if the wheels were not implemented.
And since you do have a great thermos, how about making the mile a crisp, caffeine-fueled experience?
Be that as it may, 20 degrees is not conducive to exercise. I hope it gets better over there.

sovknight said...

Actually, jogging or exercising on cold weather burns calories faster. You could simply add the walk to work to the workout routine.

Sucks about the car though. I'm sure the car knows full-well that you're trying to save up for law school, so it will probably do its best to break down as often as it can. I had a couple of cars like that.

Sra said...

Well, seeing as how I'm an ueberklutz, I think it would be ill advised for me to mix slushy, icy, slippery conditions with running or biking. I do like the speed walking idea, though. It's good for me to keep both feet on the ground. I used to speed walk to school, mostly because I was running late, but also to keep warm in the winter months. It's actually a great workout.

Aside from the day I wrote this post, which was very very cold, I've been enjoying walking to work. It invigorates my usually tired self.

As for the car, I think it's got a bad battery, and I'm going to try replacing it tonight. If it ends up breaking down with any problem that can't be fixed with, say, $1,000, then I'm just going to scrap it and get a vespa.

Miss Pants said...

Oh Sra, I'm so sorry. That totally sucks.

Sra said...

Well, seeing as how I'm an ueberklutz, I think it would be ill advised for me to mix slushy, icy, slippery conditions with running or biking. I do like the speed walking idea, though. It's good for me to keep both feet on the ground. I used to speed walk to school, mostly because I was running late, but also to keep warm in the winter months. It's actually a great workout.

Aside from the day I wrote this post, which was very very cold, I've been enjoying walking to work. It invigorates my usually tired self.

As for the car, I think it's got a bad battery, and I'm going to try replacing it tonight. If it ends up breaking down with any problem that can't be fixed with, say, $1,000, then I'm just going to scrap it and get a vespa.

sovknight said...

Actually, jogging or exercising on cold weather burns calories faster. You could simply add the walk to work to the workout routine.

Sucks about the car though. I'm sure the car knows full-well that you're trying to save up for law school, so it will probably do its best to break down as often as it can. I had a couple of cars like that.

Sra said...

Absolutely, I am very pleased that I can walk to work. I know most people can't do that. Today was about 10 degrees warmer, so it wasn't bad at all.

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