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In which it just fell off

It wasn’t my intention to be home right now.  I had planned on working out and then running a bunch of errands however my car had a different idea.  As I was driving around my rear view mirror fell off the front window.  You heard me (or read me I suppose) IT. FELL. OFF. THE. WINDOW!

 

Now it’s dangling by a wire and swinging around and smashing into the window.  In short, it’s driving me nuts. So what did I do?  I drove directly to my friend Mike’s car shop where they specialize in oil changes, inspections, etc.

 

Now I know that my car is getting older.  After all, it’s a 2003 and it has over 136,000 miles on it but I have decided that I can tough it out until I no longer need to move any kid stuff to college and back.  I know I’ve already bitched about the lack of cup holders (they’re broken for the most part) and lately the rear view mirror has been shorting all the time turning the automatic night adjustment on at infrequent periods.

 

I’ll just be driving around and then BOOM.  The rear view mirrors will be all dark because the sensor thought I wanted “NIGHT VISION” or something.  Then I press the button and back to normal.  So yeah, that’s been driving me a bit nuts but getting a new car was still pretty low priority.  Also, I’ve been feeling like an excellent person driving a car with so much mileage.  It makes me feel like I’m not shallow trading it in for a newer car.

 

However, the other day I noticed that the rear view mirror seemed out of whack.  I checked it out and told Kevin that it didn’t seem very tight any more.  I needed to have an oil change and figured I would have it taken care of then.

 

But, this morning I got into my car and I was driving towards my destination when it just fell off.  It’s annoying enough not having a rear view mirror but having one swinging around and smashing the front window is crazy.

 

So I got to Mike’s place and we had this conversation:

Me:                  Mike, my mirror just fell off

Mike:               really?

Me:                  I need some double-sided tape or something

Mike:               that won’t work. This mirror weighs a ton

Me:                  can you fix it?

Mike:               yeah, but you’ll have to leave it a few hours

Me:                  why so long? I have errands to do

Mike:               we’ll have to use an epoxy to fix it

Me:                  damn, well fix this message that I need maintenance too then

Mike:               when is your next oil change?

Me:                  ummmm…it says May

Mike:               Lynn, it says May 2012

Me:                  well, I guess I missed that

Mike:               I’ll drive you home and bring back the car

Me:                  what about my errands

Mike:               you’ll have to do them later

Me:                  ok

 

So I start driving home so Mike can take my car and he say’s that the mirror is incredibly annoying (I know).

 

By the time we got home he insisted that I find some tape so we could tape it down before he drove it back.  Now he has the car, I’m home and nobody is doing my errands.

 

Hmmmm…perhaps I DO need a new car.

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8 Comments

  1. Julie
    October 18, 2012

    When I start my car the rear view mirror automatically goes to night mode so I have to push the little green light every time I go somewhere (I hate the night option and always have). I’m sure there is a way to switch it, but in the 3 years I’ve had the car I just haven’t found the time to read the manual.

    • Lynn
      October 18, 2012

      OMG! me too…but i’ve had the car forever and it just started. I didn’t even know i had a night mode

  2. Jester Queen
    October 18, 2012

    Here is the rationalization you need.
    1) Old car. More emissions. New car. Fewer emissions.
    2) Old car. Shitty gas mileage. New car. (If you get the right one) Better gas mileage. (Uh no Hummers)
    3) Old car. Higher potential for dangerous breakdowns on the way to and from Duke while schlepping. New car. Lower potential for dangerous schlepping breakdowns.
    4) Old car. Hid cupholders from you for years. New car. Will be required to disclose cupholders before ink is dry on paperwork.

    • Lynn
      October 18, 2012

      hahaha..i love number 4. I don’t actually WANT a new car. I love my car with all it’s secrets

  3. Philipa
    October 18, 2012

    I drive a 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser……teeny cup holders as it was imported from Japan (they drink tiny coffee?) – luckily my husband has been driving these things for over 20 years and can fix most stuff himself, but I must admit, a nice new vehicle with all the luxuries sounds good when I’m waiting for mine to warm up in the winter. :)

    • Lynn
      October 18, 2012

      Yeah…but when I get a new one I want a smaller one and I still need the big one so I’m going to wait

  4. Melanie
    October 18, 2012

    This made me laugh so hard. I drive a 2000 Civic and love that car to bits. My passenger side rearview mirror seems like it will fly off at any moment, as I caught it on the gate at the end of my driveway when I opened it one morning, then the wind blew it closed a little as I was backing out. I went and looked at used Subarus but I decided I’m driving her until I have to leave her on the side of the road. The thought of a car payment plus full coverage insurance does not appeal to me. Plus, I am pretty sure I can salvage her for another 3 years, cigarette burns and ripped interior and all.
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    • Lynn
      October 19, 2012

      it’s difficult to let go isn’t it???

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