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My truck of 11+ years is starting to show its age, sadly.. Not too too long ago I started having weird vibrations coming through the steering wheel as I drove, which scared the bejeesus out of me that my wheels were going to fall off every time I got on I-95. I took it to the shop and they told me that my rear brakes had locked up and were just riding the discs constantly. They wanted a thousand to replace them and to replace my oxygen sensors, which apparently have gone tits-up as well. I told them that the truck wasn't worth that much as it sat, so it wasn't worth it. I was going to just clamp off the brake lines and remove the brakes entirely, but I guess I just wore through the calipers or something, b/c the vibrations have stopped :) Although there's no way in hell I'll pass another VEIP emissions test in this thing, and my registration got revoked b/c the police never registered my completed repair order. So.... I'm going to buy a new car this year.

And no more pickup truck for me. I'm not too keen on schlepping my friend's stuff around for them at 15mpg (at best). I will sort of miss not worrying about how closely I part to the assholes who park next to the parking-space lines, or how quickly I back into brick walls, though.. Oh well. I need a car that doesn't scream 'hillbilly' and assault my wallet every week when I get gas :(

I'm thinking either I'll get a tiny car like the new Scion iQ or perhaps a small hatchback (in the 14-17k range). Something with 30+MPG would be beautiful for my poor wages. I still have BB and plan to start riding her in a month or so, but at some point I'll get the state after me for the truck so I wanna just trade it in for the $500 they'll give me or donate it.



In old news, I hit up the replacement-con for New Year's Furry Ball over new years w/ my friend, and boy oh boy did that suck. 3 days we stayed in that hotel... and we spent all of about 20 minutes in the actual con-space. Hopefully next year the NYFB will be back. I'm leaving tomorrow for Furry Weekend Atlant to stay with some friends and help throw a party. I've never been to FWA but I hear good things about it. I'm planning to skip Anthrocon this year (omg rly?), which will break my 11-year streak for that con. But frankly AC just isn't that fun anymore, at least for me, to justify the cost and lying to my boss about skipping 2 days of work. Instead I'll be at FWA.... and Midwest FurFest this November! That is, if I can still afford it by then.


PS I really don't post here very often anymore, but I do post quite a lot on Twitter - find me there or on FurAffinity if you like :)

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brownspotz
Mar. 16th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
I don't talk or interact with you anymore but that's not a good enough reason for you to get fucked on getting your truck repaired. I can beat that price sight unseen. also if you have your signed copy of the SERO you are in the clear if not, you'll have a flag on your license along with fines and that sucks.

I still exist enough sometimes to read the eljay. ;)
floyd_mephit
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hm I honestly dunno if I still have a copy of that sero here... I had to mail one copy off to the state back in October when they sent me a reg suspension notice. I've been on 'borrowed' time since then, even though I thought they had done their end of the paperwork. This busted up truck is really getting to be more trouble than it's worth and the gasoline bill every week is ridiculous, I just want to be rid of it and trade it in, let it be someone else's problem (although I'll still prolly have to pay some fine to the state or something). Even with a different car If I can throw my business your way I definitely want to, though. I trust you with my car/truck/bike/whatever way more than anyone else.

And yea I hadn't seen you online since FF - I've been wondering if you gave up LJ altogether!
wildfox34
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I've been liking my van for the cargo room, but yeah I wish I had better gas mileage. I know I'm going to look for something that fits in both categories the next time I go car hunting.

Hope you can make it to MFF! Will have to introduce you to a couple fellow skunks that regularly make that con.
floyd_mephit
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I will try to hit up MFF if I can - with me it's always down to the last minute deciding whether I can afford the tickets & reg & room, and if I can sneak away from work to make it happen.. But I'm optimistic this year, way moreso than I was last year so happy thoughts! haha. If I make it over there with my skunk, we should get a big skunk photo together :)

I used to drive a mini-van and I absolutely loved the space in there.. and my truck currently has a ton of it as well. But it's old, uncomfortable, ugly, and very expensive to bother with anymore. I want to down-size everything in my life that isn't doing me any favors, and that truck is in the top 5 for sure, so out it must go while I can still afford to make the change.
shockwave77598
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Consider a used Civic. The current year model is a piece of crap, but I adore my 2006 and only one problem (battery) has occurred.
floyd_mephit
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who just got a late-model Civic and it's pretty impressive. I'm definitely keeping it on my list of possibles...
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