February 22nd, 2011
Started Out Bad And Didn’t Get Better

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?

8 comments to “Started Out Bad And Didn’t Get Better”

  1. Bummer about the car stuff. I swear it’s like Murphy’s law lately! My life’s been insane and yep that includes car stuff too. *sigh*

    I’m sorry about the book covers. 🙁

  2. Patrice, It is like Murphy’s. Sorry your life has been crazy and that your car has been giving you gruff.

    Yeah, me too. I’m really bummed about those. 🙁

  3. It’s an unfortunate truth auto repair shop owners know – coincidence is rare. If a car wasn’t leaking before servicing it shouldn’t leak after servicing. How the shop owner deals with that particular axiom is, as the old cliche states, where the rubber meets the road. It is vital however to go right back when something like a strange smell or leak happens because a small mistake can become an astronomical one on today’s cars. I’m sorry it happened to you, Jordan. If you get more info on it, e-mail me with the specifics. I might be able to clear up something confusing or advise you as to what to do next if your leak doesn’t go away.

    I’ve wondered about e-book accounting and how we really have no way to actually keep track other than trust. Working out is a good outlet for the kind of day you’ve had. I hope tomorrow’s a better one for you.

  4. Bernard, Yeah, I thought the same thing. The car was fine until I got the oil and fluids flushed. Ever since then, it reeks every time I pull into the garage to park. I wish I could explain it to you, but I really didn’t understand anything past it wasn’t leaking near the bottom. It was leaking (or maybe not) near the top. He said the valve that brings air into the system to push the fluids appears to not be sealing correctly. He flushed it with water, greased it and then reattached it to whatever it’s supposed to be a attached to, then washed off the engine block. I believe it has something to do with controlling oil pressure. Like I said, he was being very vague. (ie it could be this, I don’t think it’s that, but keep an eye on it, etc.) Not helpful.

    E-book accounting is scary.There is no way to tell if any publisher is being truthful and that sadly is a fact.

  5. {{hugs}}

  6. Thanks Sherri! 🙂

  7. Beer, chocolate, whatever gets you through. Pale Demon is out if you want to curl up with a good book. : )

    Hope you get your covers quickly and they’re worth the wait. Fingers crossed your auto woes are cured.

    My day so far: lots of snow, children at play, and much progress on the current story. Woot.

  8. Charli, I had beer and a cupcake. They helped. *ggg

    I’m currently waiting for March 1st. I need to get my hands on Jennifer Ashley’s new pride book, Patricia Briggs’ River Marked, and order the hardback of Christine Feehan’s original Dark Prince book.