Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Recall, but wait.

So, yesterday we get a notice from General Motors telling us that our 2008 Saturn is being recalled for a problem with the transmission shift.

OK, what does that mean?

According to the letter, it sounds quite serious.

"Your vehicle was either built or serviced with a transmission shift cable that has end fitting tabs that may fracture and separate. If the tabs were to separate the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. With the condition, you would be able to move the shifter to Park and remove the key, but the transmission gear may not be in park. You may not be able to restart the vehicle and the vehicle could roll away after you have exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning."

What will GM do? They will fix it at no charge. Thanks for that.

What should we do? Contact your nearest dealer in January of 2013, to arrange a service appointment.

What? My car may not start. It could roll away and possibly crash without prior warning?

And we have to wait until January to make an appointment. So I don't have to worry about these things happening prior to January?

Well, now off to get into that car and go to work.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cousin love

Today I went back to one of my favorite Sunday morning past-times. Reading the obituaries.

The thing I was going to write about was the phrase "love of her/his life". There were six mentions in today's paper about this and it made me wonder if those are the words of the deceased or their children. Thoughts for another day.

Then I was going to write about Beverley who was a "hoot" and made up half of a handsome couple on the dance floor.

Then I was going to write about Stephen who "passed away peacefully, intentionally and without regret" and what that might do to life insurance, but again for another time.

I decided this week's winner is Patci who did not have to change her name when she married her "life long friend and cousin", yes that is right. Her cousin. One of the lines in the obit is "Mom set sail from this life as she lived it (on her own terms) with trust, strength, courage, grace, integrity and wisdom."

I do think Patci must have had some courage because we all are aware of of the crazy ideas about cousins marrying each other. I wonder if their family was for it or against it? I wonder how many people looked at this couple and thought how fucking weird. I wonder if anyone thought their cousin love would last 52 years. And yes, they had children and grandchildren and there is not one mention of mutants of any kind.

I will admit my first real kiss was with my first cousin. In a tent in my grandmothers back yard during my first and only summer trip to Georgia when I was about 12. Hmm maybe there was a reason it was my only trip?? Just thought of that now.

Now if things had gone in a different direction, well, many different directions, not only would I not have had to change my last name, my husband would have my brother's name. Now that is weird.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

For Sale - Ex Con

I don't usually blog from work, but I had to do this before I forgot.

I as going to bring lunch to a friend that had an accident last week - she fell visiting New Orleans.  No, from what I understand she was not drunk.

Anyway, I as on my way to her house and pulled up next to a parked car with a for sale sign on it.

It said

06 for sale ex con
low mileage
followed by a phone number.

Hmm, I thought.

For Sale Ex Con

Does this mean

For Sale owned by an ex-con so has low mileage cause said ex-con was in jail


Does it mean

For Sale excellent condition and we just did not drive it much?

For some strange reason, I really like the first thought better than the second.