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Feb. 21st, 2003

I was just driving down my street, and the roads were choked with crowds of children going home for lunch - or so I assume. I live right between two elementary schools.

About halfway down the street, there's about ten children, all travelling en masse. They are mostly walking *in* the road. They are *blocking* the road. I slow down, try to honk at them, but my horn's not working. It's almost ten seconds before they seem to notice the engine noise, and turn to look at me. And then they stand there, staring at me, for another ten seconds, before they finally get the hint - they look at each other, and slowly move off the road, all the while I'm yelling at them, though of course they can't hear me, because my window's closed. "Move, children! What do you *think* I want you to do? Do a *dance* in the middle of the road? No! Get out of my way!"

Is it just me, or are little kids getting stupider? I mean, when I was that age, one did not walk in the middle of the road. It was considered to be dangerous, and therefore a no-no. I certainly did not *stand* in the road in front of a car, staring at it, basically daring the driver to mow me down into little child-cakes for the sheer stupidity of the expression on my face. Gah.

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wrin
Feb. 21st, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm you should get that fixed.

I think driving around with no horn is technically illegal.
chandri
Feb. 21st, 2003 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re:
I think so, too. My car's electrical system is utterly buggered. In addition to the weird only-works-sometimes horn, the radio has a tendency to cut out at random intervals, requiring concussive mechanics (aka: repeated whapping) to get it working again. Also, the emergency brake light has recently taken to staying on, all the time, heedless of whether or not the emergency brake itself is actually on.

Oh, and this morning, we discovered some weird dragging-transmission thing (which we dearly hope is just lack of transmission fluid). I really should get her checked, I suppose. It's only my certainty that any repair work would cost more than the value of the car that's stopping me, thus far.
wrin
Feb. 22nd, 2003 11:00 pm (UTC)
Either way, you should get it fixed -- ESPECIALLY the transmission bit, unless you basically want your whole engine to either melt together and fall apart all at the same time, and I AM talking topping up your transmission fluid. At least check the level and check and see if it's dirty or not -- it needs to be replaced every three years, at least, and if you haven't had it done, it would be a good idea to do it -- especially considering that tranny problems, left unchecked, can ruin your transmission, which, in an automatic, we'll start talking repair bills at around $2k.

Yeah. Not pretty.

As far as if it's expensive, so what, write it off. I mean, it's useless to you unrepaired, you can't afford to repair it (or it's stupid to repair it when it costs more than the car's worth,) and honestly, you can go to an auction and buy a reasonably decent car for under three grand. Reasonably decent as in, 1990s, maybe with slightly high mileage, but that isn't a problem if you've got a mechanic who doesn't delight in anally raping his customers.
dianahobart
Feb. 22nd, 2003 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ari, the Imbittered Old Woman at the tender age of 20...

*sigh*
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