I'm seriously considering becoming a luddite again.
At first things seemed to improve: the laptop was finally fixed; a new router and printer and scanner were acquired; all seemed well.
But then with spring I decided it was time to turn my attentions to my car. Especially what with me needing to drive it about 6000 miles starting in the next few weeks.
First I decided to finally get the chip in my windshield fixed. I'd actually called my insurance company about it in August. But then I got busy with school, and then there was three feet of snow on it, so I never got around to getting it repaired. Until now.
About a week ago I called the first people on the list of people the insurance company recommended, and they said they could come out on Wednesday. That was several days off, which seemed like a while to wait, but I was free then, so ok. But then on Wednesday it was raining, and they can't replace the windshield when it's raining because the glue won't dry. ("It would be like holding the windshield in using scotch tape," a technician told me.) So they couldn't come that day, and the next available appointment was on Monday.
Alarmed that this was now threatening to drag on even longer than I'd already forced it to drag on, and concerned that the company wasn't trying very hard, I left it (I thought) that they would come by again Monday, but in the meantime, I hedged my bets and called another company that said it could come today. BUT THEN! The first company actually turned up on yesterday! Huzzah! Such customer service! But alas, he only had a windshield with tinting, and I didn't want that. So he promised to come back next Tuesday with a clear one.
Of course, I still had the appointment for today with the other company. Who came. Also with a window with tinting. So he too left, and promised to call to reschedule next week.
I feel kind of bad about two-timing the glass repairers, but at this point, the first company to show up with the right windshield is going to get the business.
To be sure, I could have avoided the delay entirely if on Wednesday I'd just driven the car into the shop. However, that would have required ALL the wheels of my car to spin. Sadly, only 75% of them do. Thus rendering the car pretty much useless. They may have built the ancient pyramids in Egypt without the help of the wheel, but without four functioning ones my car isn't going anywhere.
So add "making car go" to the list of things that need attending to.
Meanwhile, my VCR is making frightening noises and threatening to eat my Huey Lewis and the News videotapes, which is extremely unsporting of it.
I suspect it's in cahoots with the car.