Sunday, July 17, 2011

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was the Worst of Times ...

It really was the best of times, our daughter arrived Friday night to spend her birthday weekend with us.  Leaving work a bit early she was on her way by 5:30 and with plane changes she was here by 9:30.  She's an only child and we miss her very much, wish she lived closer!  But since we moved to the east coast we do get to see her oftener than we use to.
I'd asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday and she said she wanted to see the new Harry Potter movie that was opening this weekend.  Knowing that everyone wanted to see this movie  I'd ordered tickets in advance and that's how we spent Saturday afternoon.   We all enjoyed it and thought it was a pretty good conclusion to the series.
 Sunday, her actual birthday, was time for gifts and a brunch at a local restaurant.  In between was time for talk, talk, talk and more talk.   But all too soon it was time for her flight home, though we're hoping to see her again in August.
It was also the worst of times for when we got back to our car at the airport after meeting her plane our car wouldn't start.  It didn't come as a huge shock because it's quite old, 17 + years,  and it has been ailing for awhile.  So the decision was made to leave the car  at the airport, rent a car for the weekend and call AAA in the morning to have the car towed home.  Unfortunately most of the car rental places were out of cars by the time we got to them, but we were finally able to get a behemoth of a car that was as big as a city block.  I won't name names because it turned out to be a decent car, just HUGE.

We also had a bit of trouble getting someone to tow our car the next day because it was in the parking garage and AAA said most of the tow operators felt their trucks were too big to go in there.  But I got on the phone, found someone who said they could do it and before noon the car was at home, at not too bad a price. which AAA should reimburse.
Now our daughter's home and this week we're going car shopping.  It's no longer economically responsible to keep pouring money into such an old car.  So the car games begin.


  1. Glad you enjoyed your weekend with your daughter - August isn't that far away:) Shame about your car but 17 years is a pretty decent age and the time comes when it's cheaper to buy new rather than keep pouring money into an old car. Hope you find something soon.

  2. Sounds like you had a super weekend with your daughter. What a shame about the car - ours is coming up to 10 years old and we don't want to part with it but I expect like you we will eventually have to say goodbye as it will start to cost a lot of money to keep it running. glad yours got towed back home safely:)

  3. Glad you had a good weekend with your daughter. We have an old banger of a car too (well, 11 years old - nearly an old banger). It's still going though, so we'll keep it, I expect, until the dreaded day it conks out on us.

    Good luck with the car hunting.


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