Where farce meets comedy. I didn't think it would
be a problem.
But it was. The only reason we drove the
questionable jeep in was to
have a tune-up because it had been running funny.
After 2-hour drive
we got to Sears ten minutes ahead of our 10 a.m.
then it was canceled by the powers that be. The
whole Sears trip
was disconcerting. It was like stepping back in time
to the 1970s--
which in some ways were simpler because I was a
child but now
knowing this once mighty corporation is in a death
spiral and all
these jobs are hanging in peril made me feel strange
So then we went to one place then another in search
of a tune-up
but these things can't be done at the drop of a hat
because of so few
mechanics. Settled for a lube job, $44, walked to
the nearest post
office to drop letters, found folded dollar blown
just when I'd been wondering: When am I gonna find
Had $21 store credit at Ace I wanted to trade for a
pair of little red pliers; got 'er done; then the
stalled out when we started it. Funny thing, too,
because we were parked on the sidewalk. Then
it died in Paia, ironically near Pit Stop. A good
Samaritan helped push start it downhill, then it
died going back up when I pulled over to offer
him beer. Push-start backwards down Baldwin
didn't work; failed jump start; had it towed...