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"This must be November... I never could get the hang of Novembers...." - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"This must be November... I never could get the hang of Novembers...."
Just the other day, Eleanor posted about how proud she was about how well the kids were doing on their own- one of their headlamps blew out and they fixed it by themselves. And we're still proud of all they're accomplishing. But November? Really. LEAVE OUR DAMN KIDS ALONE.

Last year, a week before this weekend, was their car accident.  They survived that and wound up with what had been my car for the previous seven years.  Other than needing new tires (which I put on it a year ago) and an occasional oil change, they've had no problems with it whatsoever.  As for the new apartment, that's been going great for them, too- more room, more opportunities to cook more interesting things.

Then, this weekend hit.  After the tired grups here went to bed around 10:30 Friday night, phones started ringing- Emily calling. Everything, by then, was okay, but they'd had a scare: Em had spilled some sugary sauce on one of their stove burners, and Cameron turned that one on and set the remaining mix afire. They got it out quickly enough, but the smell of the fire extinguisher material was eerily close to the odor from the airbags when they went off in their car last November, so that sent Emily into panic-attack territory.  By the time Eleanor talked to her during the day yesterday, they'd settled down from it, had it largely cleaned up and were planning a low-key day....

until I got the next round of calls from both of them, closer to 4:30 in the afternoon. Their car had begun a bit of electrical craziness with assorted accessories turning on and off, but it seemed okay to drive until Cameron was out by himself in it on the same Route 21 we'd traversed a week or so before- and the car suddenly jolted and everything turned off.  That's when he discovered that Emily's AAA membership doesn't mean squat if she's not with the car (silly me, I'd always thought he had his own card through one or the other of his own parents) and that they had no idea if he could even get the car towed home to her, much less if he could pay for it.

There were several rather distressed calls among the three of us, but ultimately AAA did show, did tow, and did not charge him- this time. But they're carless for the time being and have no idea if it's a simple issue like the battery (I replaced it a little over four years ago), or something worser and expensiver like the timing belt or alternator. Any of the above would be consistent with what happened.  I got in touch today to see if they'd tried jumping it (which would give a clue about whether and how much of a charge the battery can get), but they're still pretty freaked out from the events of both days and asked if I would just get there at buttcrack o'clock tomorrow.

Which I will. Our snow's almost entirely melted and there's no heavy weather expected other than flooding in the areas (not theirs or ours) that got the massive tonnage of snow, so I will be dealing with this tomorrow and, perhaps, Tuesday as well.  I'm catching up on chores of both home and work variety today in anticipation of being away from both for most of the next two days, and will be checking with them to see what they need in the way of a Wegmans run before I head over there in the morning.

On the bright side? It'll be December in just over a week:P
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yesididit From: yesididit Date: November 23rd, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
well shit! heres hoping december is much better than november!
liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: November 24th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an exciting time, when your car stops talking to you. :( My timing chain gear shattered once -- at 70mph in the middle lane of the Mass Turnpike. I'm glad they're OK!
tilia_tomentosa From: tilia_tomentosa Date: November 26th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! I do hope December is better!
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