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    04-05-2013, 03:58 PM
Today is my Thursday, I'm in work tomorrow but delighted the day is over. I turned my phone off Tues and Wed so that work couldnt ring me as the new girl calls me about a dozen times a day... she's there about 6months now and has been told NOT to call me yet she still does. My phone bill doubled since she started so I'm cutting the apron strings - unless they want to pay me for my time/phone they can sod off.

Well, I'm still carless. Finally heard from mechanic today and he hasn't touched the car yet even though it's been there since Tuesday morning - doesn't know whats wrong and apparently a petrol x-trail is VERY rare - only in this god-forsaken country.. argh! So it's now the weekend, still car-less and have to figure out how to get kiddie to and from school on Monday.

I've spotted a few cheap cars for sale - but hubby is a snob and completely quashed them. Like seriously, if they are cheap, small and affordable to drive whats the problem?

I'm having a real pity-party of a day, and so fed up with everything. Just can't seem to get one step ahead, and when I do something comes along to bring me crashin right back down. I haven't seen my horses since Sunday - I FINALLY get them to a yard with an arena and I can't get out to ride them. Kiddie's shows will start in about 6 weeks and I need her to spend as much time in the saddle as possible and it's not possible right now.
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    04-05-2013, 04:15 PM
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Faye, the problem with turning 30 is that then you blink and you're halfway to 40 already. Ugh. Why is it that getting older mean life goes at warp speed?
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    04-05-2013, 04:54 PM
Maple, the issue with cheap cars is that they are usually cheap because they have a lot of mechanical issues. Take my Thunderbird, for example. I paid $875 cash for it. I've had it for not quite a month and a half. Already we've had to put two tires on it (because of their size and lug pattern, they were difficult to find, so we ended up paying $250 for the pair), and, if my dad wasn't a car guy/home mechanic and my uncle a certified master mechanic, I'd probably have another $300-500 in it, just on getting it into okay running shape. So, calculate on the low end, I've got $550 already sunk into this car, not counting the $30 worth of power steering fluid I've had to put in it (severe leak in the power steering system) and the $40 it cost to register and tag it. So, I'm now almost $1500 into a car that I could maybe resell for $1000 with all the work we've put into it...and let's not go into the fact that it needs a coat of paint (it's down to primer right now).

So, cheap isn't always a good thing.
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    04-05-2013, 05:01 PM
I understand that Drafty, and if I could afford a good car I would get one - but I can't and need to get something cheap to tide me over. I had already told him I needed something much smaller as petrol ranges from 1.65 - 1.75 per litre and the big car drinks it, I could easily spend €100 per week on petrol - and that's just the school & 3 days of work. Add ontop of that almost 1k a year of road tax.. It just isn't economical. A small 1 - 1.2L while not "pretty" is far cheaper on tax (about 200/year) and fuel.
    04-05-2013, 05:05 PM
Y'all are making me extra thankful to have a friend who is a car mechanic.
    04-05-2013, 05:11 PM
Congrats Demon! Look forward to seeing her after a pedi and a bit of pampering that I'm sure she'll get.

Drafty I don't envy you with the brother situation. The family member put on guilt trip is never fun. I'd tell him to cough up the cost of your data package on your phone ;)

Maple - good luck with the car thing. I bought my first brand new (had 3 miles on it) car last year. Hate the payment but the 100,000 mile warranty is such a huge peace of mind. Especially after my last truck that we dumped thousands into repairs, diesels run forever my a$$. My "new" truck is an antique, a 1990 Ford 3/4 ton with a gas hog 460 motor, no rust, low miles (just rolled 45k), runs like a champ and I haven't had to put a dime into it aside from fuel. Best part is she was cheap and I don't have payments on it.

Welcome to the old fogies club Faye! It's all good, none of us are really 30. I've been celebrating my 25th birthday for a while now Maple says I'm a dinosaur because she's still 21 haha.

Will get more pics on here of Hondo. I got a new scanner, now I just have to dig through storage boxes of pics to find the good ones. You'll all love my super fashionable 80s show clothes. They were pretty stellar. Here's a sneak preview with my first mare, Bunny. Apologies if your eyes hurt least I had a hat on so I wasn't sporting the 80s big bangs!
    04-05-2013, 05:12 PM
Originally Posted by Cynical25    
Y'all are making me extra thankful to have a friend who is a car mechanic.
My bro in law is a mechanic.. this backwards little island just doesnt know how to deal with automatics. I'm finding that even though they are getting more and more common, the mechanics are stuck in their ways and are just blinkered to learn about them.
    04-05-2013, 05:18 PM
MH - found a lovely pic of you:


That pic is so sweet! I have lno pics of myself and horses as a kid - the joys of non-horsey parents who wonder how they ended up with somebody obsessed with the ponies!
    04-05-2013, 05:24 PM
Does anyone with a ranch need a good hand? I am SO done with my job! I make minimum wage to start with ($7.80/hr here in AZ), then I did some damage to a Camry backing it out of my little 7-foot wide wash bay and they're making me pay a $1000 deductible (showed a pic of the damage to my boyfriend's best friend who does body work and he said that even using all Toyota parts, it's maybe a $500 job for the company). The GM wanted to take $500 this check and $500 next, but since I only make $530 per check, the service manager convinced him to go lower. So instead, they "only" took $200, leaving me $300 to pay board ($185 due today), buy dog food ($50) and put gas in my car ($80 to fill it this morning).
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    04-05-2013, 05:32 PM
Drafty - you can move in anytime you want to. Couldn't pay ya but you'd have a roof over your head & one for Aires ;) I'd totally love having a pooper scooper helper but having as many horses as I do, not in the ol' budget lol.

Bummer on no kid/pony/horse pics Maple. I've got tons, I just have to find them. Videos are even worse than pics but thank goodness they are all old 8mm or VHS tapes and they will never see the light of day! While on the embarassing kid pic front, I've shared this one before but it's my absolute favorite picture of myself.

The original safety vest? (This was the first equine I sold myself, a roly poly pony that racked. I was 7 and my gpa let me because I wanted a horse, he then bought me the mare in the last post)

And one older one of Hondo that I had on my pc. He's early-mid 20s in this one.

Anybody else have embarrassing kid & pony pics? I surely can't be the only one! Let's see 'em!
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