Sticker Shock At The Dealer

Hi everyone!

Today we took a car in to a dealer to get some standard service done. We have never taken our car to this particular dealer, but we wanted to have the little car checked out carefully. All of the service has been done on this thing regularly since it was brand new, so we didn’t really expect anything too large.

Imagine our surprise when we got an alert right away that it was going to cost over $1000 to fix a headlight, that something was wrong with the horn, and that several hundred dollars worth of brake work needed done immediately.


Exploding Head Image

Whoa, what?! Um……. no?

Please no?

So after talking about it, we decided to hold off on part of it. One of the headlights, it turns out, does have a problem, but $1000 was quite excessive. The brake ‘problem’ was that they just needed new pads soon, not something awful that had to be replaced (At a VERY inflated cost) by them. The horn problem was not a problem, they just wanted us to upgrade to some optional horn that was available on the car when it was new.

So yeah… crisis averted.


I think I can actually fix the headlight myself (At least I think so), and the other stuff we can do somewhere much, much, much cheaper.


Talk about stress inducing.

How was everyone else’s week?

Imploding Shoes?


It’s weird how in the summer I seem to have to much less time. I think it’s because I’m off doing fun things with my wife while she’s off, and so I’m not at my computer as much.

So wonderful.

But it will sometime in a couple of weeks come to an end, and I will be sad to see all the good times end:( Well, okay, so we’ll still be able to go out and do things on weekends, and sometimes even in the evenings, but I always miss the extra time together when things start back up and she is no longer on break.

Friday I bought some new shoes from Burlington. Just some gray Fila shoes to wear when we’re out and about. I wore them Saturday, and they were comfortable. The left one seemed to kind of slide my foot toward the inside a bit, but I figured they were just new, and they would soon break in.

So we got home and there was white stuff on our rug. My wife thought one of us had stepped on something powdery somewhere (it looked like parmesan cheese), so we checked the bottoms of our shoes and didn’t see anything. We kind of shrugged it off and went on with life. This morning we went to Taco Bell, and when we were in the car we noticed that the floor mat on the side I had been on yesterday had white powder all over it.

Strange, no?

Later on, while we were at home, we decided to head out for some shopping. I went to put on the new Fila shoes and suddenly there was white powder all around again. Hmm. I raised my foot up, and we didn’t really see anything at first. Then I moved my foot a little. The shoe bent a little, but the bottom did not. I touched it with my finger and it was like the entire sole of the shoe was a deflated balloon. Like the very bottom layer was not attached at all to the rest of the sole, with the exception of the very out edge. Upon closer inspection we could see that there was a tiny hole in the bottom, and the inside of the sole was leaking out in a white, powdery mess.

My brand new shoes were disintegrating!

Needless to say, those suckers went back to the store. Sure they were only $20, but I’m not paying $20 for a pair of shoes that fall apart the first time I wear them. Nope. No way. Hu-uh.

So anyway…

We’ve found this game, Pathfinder, that we’ve been trying out. Turns out this is just a slight variation on an older version of Dungeons and Dragons, I guess. Anyways, I’m trying my hand at game master. It’s the first time I’ve tried writing a quest for something quite like this. I used to do it for a different game, but it had much more defined rules and limitation. This one let me do just about anything I wanted, which was great for a writer because it let me flex my creative muscles a bit. It’s also demanding. It took a while to create the world my string of quests are taking place in. We tried it out the other night, though, and it was kind of fun. I think this game master role kind of spurred my creativity a little, so it was probably good for me in the long run.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and I hope the rest of your July goes great!

Sum Sum Summer


I would have written hello everyone, but my hand melted off.

It’s hot. Wow is it getting hot lately. Maybe it’s me, but it feels much hotter at 100 than it used to feel at 100. Like, much hotter. Like so hot that this is actually what happened to me while I was walking from the car earlier:

Okay, so just imagine the melting ice-cream was me and you’ll understand. What, it’s not like I have an actual image of a person melting. That would be disgusting!

Honestly, what are you thinking?!

So anyway… I’ll stop whining and move on.

In our efforts to find an old copy of Heroquest around, we instead found this other game, Dungeonquest. It’s not quite as story heavy, and doesn’t have anywhere near as many neat little miniatures and furniture, but it’s an interesting game. Hard. Very, very hard. Not difficult to learn, it’s just that you die a lot.

Actually, scratch that; you die constantly.

We have tried playing it with modified rules that let you continue even after you die, you just fall back to half health and lose some of your treasure, and we still haven’t even had one of us make it out alive in three games. Reviews online tell me this is actually really normal, that somewhere in the neighborhood of %10 of games end with someone living.


And yet it is still really fun!

Not as much story as Heroquest, and it will never take the place of that one, but it is a lot of fun and we got a great deal on it at a Half Price Books store, so it was definitely worth it for us.

Oh yeah, and I didn’t get a chance to post last week. Sorry about that. I went out of town on the 4th, then had family visit here the 6th and 7th, and this kind of threw me off. But the plus side was that I got to have a nice time with my family on the 4th, and we grilled and had some really good food. The 6th we took my wife’s family out to dinner, then on the 7th we visited a museum with them, and it was a really good time as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!