Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Trying to be self-reliant!

I took the truck in for safety and emmisions inspection and FAILED. The mechanic gave me a list of things to fix and then said come back in and he'd give his OK. First on the list were seat belts, mine don't retract (we just tie knots in the belt to make them fit). New seat belts are $100 each, YIKES, so I made a field trip to "Pick A Part" a car junkyard where you go out and pull the parts you need right off the car, much cheaper option. As I walked down a row of cars a man gave me a startled look and said, "Well, I've never seen a woman out here before!" I didn't end up finding seat belts there, but it was definitely an adventure in another world.
I attempted to replace the windshield wiper fluid pump but got in a little too deep over my head (I'll be going to the mechanic for that one). But I was able to replace the cab brake-light and the tail brake-light as well as both seat belts! I'm quite proud of myself!


Katy said...

Excellent work! You could also just move here--they don't do emissions tests. Crazy Floridians!

Kurt Knudsen said...

So proud too! Good job on the repairs.

Ann said...

Way to go! Where did you take it in?

Katy said...
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Katy said...

Im with Katy--come here and you can drive anything. It kindof makes you worried what is out there.

So proud of you Ashley--our van is at the repair shop as we speak.

They tell me that "it is not broken".
Hmm, I commented--well I didn't bring it here just to have something to do.
These things I tell you about do not work.
"they work fine now" So I guess in their way they have fixed them.


Rebecca said...

Hooray for you! Doesn't it make you feel like you beat the system a little?

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Kemp Kuties said...

wOW Ashley! I had no idea you were a "grease monkey." :) Where did you find the Pick-a-part junkyard? Sounds like an adventure in itself. How's teaching going? Brian's schooling? I hope you're doing good - miss you!

Megan Midori said...

Wow! That's a lot of work. You and Brian are so diligent in what you do. It's fantastic!