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Well, I suppose now is as good a time as any to try and get back into LiveJournaling.

So, for those of you that didn't already know, I had some fun with the car on the way home from work yesterday. About half-way home, I started smelling something acrid. Traffic was slow and tight, so I waited to see if it was another vehicle. After a couple of minutes, the smell went away so I figured I was right. (Spoiler Alert: I was wrong.)

I quickly realized that I was losing systems (cooling, alternator, power steering) and got the heck off the freeway. Luckily I was near South Station. "They must have parking there," thinks I. And after a stressful couple of minutes, and a scary climb up a really steep ramp, I finally got parked. There was a trail of coolant behind me, but I could still hear it boiling, which suggested that I probably hadn't cracked the block or anything.

After some calm inspection, I realized that the Serpentine Belt had come off. Well, that explains that. No belt means no cooling, no power steering, no alternator, and I suppose no AC, not that I noticed. So I left it there and headed to Diesel Cafe, where people were waiting to help me celebrate my new job. (Yay!)

Nine of us made our way from Diesel to Orleans, where the combination of good company and good food made me forget temporarily about my damaged vehicle. The Steak Tips were just as good as I had been lead to believe, and I discovered that three years of French in High School had apparently been wasted on me, as I was unable at the time to identify what the heck a "haricot vert" was until [ profile] shadesong informed me they were just Green Beans.

So today, I got a new belt, and made my way back to South Station. Spent about an hour trying to put it on with the wrong tools in a parking lot and finally give up. Helpful parking attendant points me to a local garage, and I decide to risk driving it. Made it most of the way before the battery finally gave out, but I was able to recharge it from my portable jumper to get the rest of the way.

Garage people were nice and friendly to the dumb computer guy who couldn't make his car go. They informed me that it was a good thing I didn't replace the belt, as the belt tensioner had seized up and I would have just broken another one pretty quickly. After several false starts, and trying to get the right part for my car, they finally fixed it, and I was able to go home, only eight hours after I had started.

And that was my day today. And some of Yesterday.


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