Life has turned in to a comedy of sorts right now. Probably more like a horror, but the extent of events heading one in to the other is mind boggling.
It all started Saturday night. My best friend and I went out looking at Christmas light shows in the area. Whilst travelling on a crowded motorway at 70mph, my best friend noted that the car was becoming hard to steer. Safely ensconced in a car park under a light near security cameras, we looked under the bonnet to find the power steering fluid reservoir empty. That seemed an easy fix, given the shop where we were parked sold power steering fluid.
Upon retrieving said fluid and pouring it in to said reservoir, I cranked the car and reversed out of the parking spot. With much difficulty, as the car still didn’t want to turn. And the battery light came on. And a sound like gravel trailing behind the car could be heard. I somehow steered us in to another spot and phoned for a tow truck.
Sunday, the day of my major work deadline, I awoke feeling a bit under the weather. As the day progressed, I got worse and worse. By late Sunday/very early Monday, I could barely breathe from the congestion. Mid-morning Monday, I phoned the mechanic to see how things were going with my car. He told me it would be Tuesday before he could finish it. As my doctor is located approximately 50 miles from my house, that was right out. As I was still choking whilst trying to breathe, what’s called here an ‘urgent care clinic’ was in store. I was diagnosed with flu, given medication and sent on my way. That part is improving.
Next it was Tuesday and the day my car was to be complete. Except that, whilst he was tightening the new part, my mechanic noticed another part fall off. And now it will be Monday before the car is finished. It will, in theory, be a much nicer car to steer after this. It’s just costing hundreds and leaving me in debt. No idea how I’ll make my bills next month, and no idea how I’ll cope with the claustrophobia of having no way to get out of here without my car.
So that’s the plight of December so far. I wish I could say I knew it would only get better.