Holy frickin' crap . . . Christmas is tomorrow! This Christmas season has definitely had its ups and downs for me, but in the end, the very idea of family, good food and boxes wrapped in pretty paper just outweighs all those negative feelings attributed to debt, uncertain futures and bad eggs.
Kayla often says I'm quite the negative individual, so I've set a goal for a New Year's resolution to think more positively and politely. And with Christmas just around the corner (in fact, in exactly twelve hours) how could I possibly be negative?!
My frickin' car died, that's how!
Or rather it's severely wounded. Earlier in the week, I made it to work okay but when it came time to leave at midnight in the 20-degree weather my car started, but that's about it. Steering . . . gone . . . acceleration . . . gone; diagnosis . . . it's a 1998 Chevrolet piece of s**t!
I mean seriously, she was a good car but this was the very end of what became a rapid, spiraling deterioration. For the past five years I've dealt with the car's alternator crapping out, the driver side window motor crapping out, the back-passenger side window motor completely breaking altogether, the brake-pads and rotors going bad, new tires, a cog/gear for the serpentine-belt broke off and went rattling through my engine while I was driving home one night . . . then there was that whole ordeal with the standard antifreeze Chevrolet uses ruining gaskets, which owners were advised to flush it out and replace it with new antifreeze, which I frickin' did, and yet my gaskets still ended-up in ruins . . . and now, to top it all off, the alternator casing has cracked completely apart, whereby it is disconnected from the car (i.e. in terms of being bolted down) and it now dangles there under the hood, where it subsequently tore the serpentine-belt.
So . . . frustrated, upset and suffering an existential crisis as my thirtieth birthday approaches, I cried (just a little) three days before Christmas as I stood there in the parking lot, shivering with Kayla while we waited for her father to pick us up at one-in-the-morning.
But now, it's Christmas eve! Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells! Who can be upset on such a holiday as this?! And why would you want to be?! So what if I don't have a car, tomorrow I get presents! Presents! PRESENTS! STUFF! MATERIAL OBJECTS! Yay!
Seriously though . . . it is rather frustrating that my car chose three days before Christmas to torment me, her engine screaming suffer sucker! as I tried to leave that night. But within a day, I was smiling once more as Kayla suggested that I step-it up and get a new car, sort of a Happy Thirtieth Birthday to myself. So I figured, why not? I'm not going to fix up my old car anymore (I've fixed it her up one-too-many times) and it is time to move forward with life. What better way to begin said journey than in a new ride?
So hopefully in the next week or so I'll be able to scout out a few dealerships and find some good deals before the end of the year. I already have a car or two in mind and as my credit is in real good shape, I should be able to get one I want.
And with Christmas only a day away, I'm so excited right now! I still have a lot of presents to wrap, then the next few days will be filled with nothing but family parties, joyous occasions, good food, presents and a new car! Yay! Stuff!
"Rough Music" by Simon Kurt Unsworth
5 years ago