I have just had one of those days. A couple of weeks ago I took my car–which was running fine–in to get an oil change and the fuel system flushed. They ended up also doing the coolant system, while they were at it. I made a comment about them getting the work done fast, but didn’t think anything more of it…until I got home. I parked my car and smelled an eye-watering, burning odor coming from the vehicle. Again, I didn’t think anything of it. I figured either oil or coolant had gotten splashed on the engine block. Not great, but it would burn off in a few days. (I don’t drive much so I knew it would take a while.) Fast forward three weeks. My car still stank whenever I drove it for more than fifteen minutes. So I take it back to the place that worked on it. They show me where something was spilled on the engine (shocker–NOT) and then take it in to look at it. A few minutes later the guy tells me I have a leak and that he’s rinsed out the area and dried it well, then greased it. So I ask the obvious, did that fix the leak? Should have, but maybe not. If it hasn’t, then I need to go to a different garage to get this gasket/valve replaced because it’s not leaking low, it’s leaking high and hitting the engine block. So I reply, I thought you said it wasn’t leaking. And he repeats what he did to it, which of course doesn’t answer my question. When I suggest I go to the dealership, he tells me no that it may be fine. Now I don’t know much about cars, especially now that they’re computerized, but in my opinion either you do or do not have a leak. There is no maybe. So the guy tells me to drive it some more and see if I still smell something burning. If I do, I should take it to this shop he recommended. (Been in business thirty years, cheaper than the dealership, but still uses dealer parts.) I left angry and confused because I have no idea what is wrong with my car. I don’t know if they screwed up during the oil change, then fixed it when I came in or if there is really something leaking under the hood.
So then I get home and find out that I won’t be getting any of my book covers for at least a couple of weeks. I was supposed to get them yesterday, so that was disappointing to say the least. Then I went out to get the mail, let me just say that there are pros and there are cons to e-publishing. One big pro is that you can make good money once you build your audience. The BIGGEST con for e-publishing is accurate accounting because there is absolutely no way to prove or disprove sales. Yep, you can get robbed blind and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it.
I haven’t managed to get any work done yet today, which just adds to my
pissy lovely mood.
I’ve decided to workout, then I think I’m going to have a beer. Today, I really, really need one. How’s your day?