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Aug. 22nd, 2008

Today has been one big day of major suck with an interesting note.

So we go out to the car this morning for Mark to go to work, and I can have the car for the day, to go get groceries, etc. And... it won't start. We had to get a jump from the neighbor. I hope it's just the battery, as I've said before, we need to consider getting a new one as this one was looking rather ragged.

We get to Mark's work, he turns it off because he wants to make sure the car will start again for me.

It won't start. The battery should have been recharged by then.

He ended up taking a sick day, so we could go get a new battery. Yeah, there went the extra money we had set aside from this week.

We went grocery shopping with what we had left, got only what we needed or would run out of in the next week. We did good, I must say.

Get home and my damn cell phone is ringing. My father in law had wanted me to call him yesterday, only they weren't home. So he called me back today. Apparently, when the bro and sis in law were up in New Jersey last weekend, they mentioned my thinking of selling the Demon Truck to a junkyard.

He wanted me to consider donating it to Goodwill or an organization similier. I'd already thought of that, when I first thought about getting rid of it. Only Goodwill and similier around HERE, won't take a non-running vehicle and it's not worth it to me to fix it. Kelley Blue Book only goes back to 1988, the Demon Truck is a 1986 model, so I can't even really get a market value on it, essentially it's worthless.

I have also considered calling up the local high schools and seeing if they have any shop-type classes that might be interested in it. Told him all this. Well, he had a name/number of an organization that apparently takes vehicles in any condition, running and non. Hmm. Ok, worth checking into to see if they're in my area.

Then he said, well, you consider donating the Truck, I'll give you $3,000 towards a new vehicle.

I looked at Mark, my jaw dropped. Then I explained that we weren't planning to replace the Truck with getting ME a new vehicle, but that sometime in the next year, we hoped to trade in the Car for a newer vehicle. So he said he'd give us the $3,000 towards that if we wanted.

Wow. Just wow.

So now I need to look up this organization he gave me and see if they're in my area, as well as go get a new title for the Truck.

So lately, I've been really missing Dante. Just her companionship in general. Really wishing it was January already so we can start looking for a Rescue pup. Been trying to come up with a good name for our next Akita as well, one that would sound relatively nice in Japanese, to keep with the naming thing we had with Dante-Inu (French-Japanese for Devil Dog) and to go with the fact that Akitas are Japanese dogs.

Well, I had thought 'Phoenix' would be a good name. 'Phoenix Rising' would be even better. Hmm, let's translate that to Japanese...

Phoenix- Fenikkusu Not bad, ok, not great but, we can work with it. Let's continue...

Rising- Joushou, Kishou, Shinkou, Botsubotsutaru, OR Ryuuki

Err, yeah... No.

Any combination of Fenikkusu with ANY translated Rising just... doesn't work for us. Bummer. Just doesn't sound good.

Back to the drawing board. *sigh*

Patience is a virtue...

In that regard, I finally was able to get a couple good, clear shots of the newest resident. He still needs a name, despite being here nearly a month. He thoroughly enjoys the 30g fish tank-

He is currently mad at me, if fish can be, as I used a flash on that shot. Otherwise he looks likle this when the light is low-

Eventually, I'll come up with a name.

Nov. 29th, 2007

Dear Demon Truck...

Why must you be hating on me today???


You've been soo good for months, and hnow, when I have Christmas shopping to do.. you act up.

You knew we had spare money, didn't you? That's why you did it, isn't it?

Damn Truck.

No love,

So I'm heading over to Mark's work, cause the bank is a pain in my ass (BofA) and I need him to cash the damned Christmas check from the Inlaws.

I get half way there and the Demon Truck starts smoking. So I called Mark up and said I'm pulling it over, something's wrong. Funny thing is, it was right by the same gas station where I'd run out of gas over a year ago. Heh.

I thought I'd found which gasket seal it was. We limped it to the Auto Zone a block away, replaced that seal, and dumped a quart of oil in.

Then we limped it home. It was sounding rough, way worse than usual. Mark calls me up and says whatever the problem is, it's causing the fluid to just 'run out the bottom'.

Get it home, take him back to work after cashing the check, do some running in the Banshee Car, and come home..

In the process of putting a piece of cardboard under the Truck to try to determine where the leak is originating, I realise that the ENTIRE bottom is coated. Just soaked. With what appears to be oil (we hope).

So while Mark is positive it's a gasket seal, and I'm only 75% sure, the Demon Truck is out of commission for awhile. Until we figure out what seal gave out anyway and whether it's worth fixing.

I told Mark, if it's the head gasket, I'm emptying the Truck out and calling a junk yard to come get it, cause it won't be worth fixing. He agreed.

On a good note, 75% of my Christmas shopping is finished. Heh.

I need a Demon Truck icon, methinks.

Jan. 25th, 2007

I know it's a Piece of Shit, but gods damn...

It's still MY fucking Truck!

Seems Mark was downstairs playing City of Heroes, looks out the front window to see the lights on in my Truck, and a cop coming up to the door.

He comes upstairs and says, Come downstairs, I pause Sims2 and ask why? He shows me a set of keys and says, Are these your keys? Uh, no..

Then come downstairs he says.

Some drunk asshole was trying to steal my Demon Truck!

Had a set of keys in the ignition, lights on, and when the cops came up (props to Roanoke City, either they were following the guy, or somebody who knows me saw the guy trying to steal the Truck and call them, cause we sure hadn't, Mark saw the lights go on and by the time he got the door open, they were there.), he was trying to put it in gear. Of course, he didn't even get the fool thing started.

One of the cops comes into the store. Heh. So he knows for certain it's my Truck.}:P Especially since I had the keys and showed them.

No clue who the drunk asshole was, but damn. Stay the fuck away from my Demon Truck!

You know, I've always said that if someone were to steal the Demon Truck, I'd prefer they do it without breaking any windows. But i wasn't serious about it! Sheesh!

And I told Mark that putting his computer desk near the front window was a good idea}:P

That's a first in 6 years. The mind, it boggles.

Aug. 18th, 2006

Hey idiot!

Yeah you! The one driving the mini van thingy! Yeah you there who was tailgating me...

You didn't take the hint when I dropped my speed from 35mph to 30mph. So I dropped to 25mph.

You backed off for a few moments.

But then, as sdoon as I get back up to 35mph, you think in your idiotic little brain that means you can tailgate again..

Wrong answer, dipshit.

Hope you like having to clean the shit out of your drawers when I suddenly came to a complete STOP on you.

No love,

Me and the Demon Truck who really would have loved being rear ended cause YOU, idiot, would have bought ME a new Truck.

Moral of the story? You simply DO NOT tailgate someone driving a beatup Truck, especially when they are already going 5mph OVER the speed limit. Unless of course, you have the money to throw away on buying them a new vehicle as well as paying any possible health claims.... in which case, by all means, tailgate away!

Mar. 15th, 2006


Demon Truck has passed State Inspection and has a new sticker. After the Boys' vet appointment, it can gladly break down again or completely fall apart for all I care. As long as it does it at home, mind you.

Mar. 9th, 2006

Demon Truck Saga..

I guess the Demon Truck was abit miffed at being left out of the fun we had with getting the Banshee Car fixed. Which no longer squeals and runs great according to Mark.

Yeah, I got pulled again for the expired inspection sticker, on my way to get the light bulbs to replace the left turn signal and hopefully make the damned thing work. No I didn't get a ticket, but I have a feeling Mark's ticket will be twice as much now. Oops.

So last Sunday, he and Chris tore the inside of the door off to fix the driver's side handle. Yeah I let Chris and Mark mess with the Truck again. I figured after what they did to the starter, they couldn't mess up an already broken door handle too badly.

4 hours later, they figured out that the handle itself needed to be replaced.

So they replaced that. I'd replaced the burned out bulb and the damn thing still didn't work. They cleaned out the corrosion in the socket and it still refused to work.

But the door handle was fixed, 1 out of 2 wasn't too bad, I guess.

Monday, I'm out running around. Door handle works great... for all of twice.

Yeah the stupid Truck decided that we'd had it too easy. So now we have to tear the inside off again and figure out what's wrong this time. Personally, I think they didn't tighten something down.

They'll be working on that while I possibly run a transport up to Lexington and back.

Oh and the turn signal?
Works great for me. Yeah, it works. Go figure.

Feb. 8th, 2006


Banshee Car is acting up. Won't shift out of second gear. Which, according to Mark(laughs at this part), it could be anything. The last time it did this, it was the altenator. Saturn has a safety feature that when the altenator goes bad/starts going bad, it won't shift out of second gear.

Now, he's describing exactly what happened last time, yet clams "It could be anything."

Well bullshit. You'd KNOW if it was the transmission. Simply because the last time the car was low on tranny fluid, you could tell because it strained to shift. So if it's not doing that, and is acting like it did the last time the altenator went out, chances are, its the altenator again.

He wants me to call the garage down the street and have them come get the car. Umm, why not take it down to Advanced Auto and have them test the altenator first before we fork out 75.00 just for a tow and then who knows how much for them to simply tell us what's wrong with the car? Why? Because that's too easy, of course.

So now, he's driving the Demon Truck, and I cringe every time I hear him not only start it(he revs the engine ALOT), but drive off in it, cause he treats it like the car and I'm sorry but you simply cannot jam the gas pedal and expect it to suddenly take off. Grrr.

Now I gotta talk him into taking the car to Advanced Auto and having them check the altenator and probably take him to work in the morning so I have a semi-reliable vehicle. *sigh*

Edit-9:25- Email from Mark-
"I stopped at the light at Edgewood & Brandon. While I was waiting for the light to turn green, I noticed the sound on the speakers had gone to shit. They sounded like all four blew at once, but the distortion was in time with the engine. When I tried go, the transmission was locked in 2nd gear and did not shift out of it.

I talk to my parents, Dad said to go out and see if it will start. If it doesn't, then take it to a Saturn Dealership (I pass one every morning) and have them fix it. They will take care of the bill."

Sometimes I like my father in law.

Edit-1039- Just talked to Mark. Apparently there's a stipulation on his dad paying for the repair of the car. It depends on how much it will cost. If its too much, then apparently he has said he'll help with a down payment for a new used vehicle. Umm, right. Whatever.

So I wash my hands of it. I told Mark to do whatever, its his car, if he gets another one instead, then its going in his name and I was having nothing to do with any of this. I told him to do whatever. I don't care anymore.

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