The Beast -- Wounded, but not Fatally
Last Friday, a week ago, I was on my way to make rounds at the hospital, where about 1 1/2 blocks from home there was a horrible, grinding and scraping sound as the Beast came to a sudden halt. I gingerly got out of the car, and amid a horrid smell, there was the right front tire, deader than the proverbial doornail.
I called our favorite car-fixit-place, and gave them my name and said, "My car just died." "Oh," he said, "The Lincoln?"
You know you've taken your car in waaay too many times when all you give is your name and they know the car.....
So they took it away on a flat bed -- evidently you don't just *tow* a Lincoln, and Chris drove me home -- you also know you've been there waaay too much when they know exactly where you live and don't need to ask directions any more.
Called me back later with the news. The good news: it's fixable. The bad news: not until Monday afternoon -- and I was leaving for Springfield on Sunday. The worse news: it was gonna cost me....
But the really good news was -- I was only one block from home, and not on I-55!!
The ball bearing that does something funky with the tire on the left side had shattered and punctured the tire. I had had the right one replaced already (I think this is sort of like knee replacement surgery -- or maybe hip replacement -- in a person), but had had plenty of warning with the Beast just dying in the middle of the road for that one.
So -- I rented a car to go to Springfield. It was a nice, 2009 Toyota Camry (30 miles to the gallon!!).
But it wasn't the Beast.
She is home now, and driving just fine, thank you very much. But the verdict is that it might be time, just might be time to start looking for a new car.
I'm going to rent a car to go to Vincennes this coming week -- Bob is nervous about me taking TB on a long trip.
I'm not ready.....
I need a bit longer.
Of course, when I have to actually pay the bill for this last surgery, I might be a bit closer to readiness.