Heya! Well, it’s been an… interesting… week so far. If you’ve been reading my twitter (or what little I’ve been posting on there recently), you’ll know that I had _soo_ much fun(!) with my car… *smh*
Basically, Monday, as you know, I took it in for a service and MOT, and apart from a couple of things, everything was fine. Switch to Wednesday, and I’m on my way back from work, and it break down. Like, one moment, I was driving down this road, the next, my car decided to just suddenly lose power, and start slowing down. Thankfully, I was going through this hamlet, where I knew there was a parking area nearby, next to the road… And I had just enough momentum (and no-one’s coming down the other side of the road) to get in there before the car conked out completely.
Lucky eh? …Or so I thought, at the time. I contacted the car repair people by text (thankfully in recent years these car repair people started making allowances for deaf people by allowing people to contact them by text), and told them where I was and everything else… And was told that while I was a priority (like everyone else, I know…), I was basically lower down the list because I was in a parking area lot. *bang head* Had I been on the road, I would’ve been higher up the list.
So… Yeah. Basically, by being able to get the car into a parking area, good stuff, Angel, you managed to avoid holding everyone else up during rush hour, have a pat on the back, but we’re just gonna move you down the list because you’re not on the road. *cries and laugh at same time*
…Anyway. Long story short, it was getting dark before anyone came to look at the car. *sighs* I was there for something like 90 minutes or so. And I was freezing cold, even with blankets on me and everything.
And it didn’t help my mood any that after I contacted them by text, I was getting calls on my mobile. Being unable to hear, and seeing my phone light up with numbers from people… *ugh* After the third occasion, I texted the car repair people and asked them if it was them, and if it was, could they please remember I’m deaf and can’t hear over the phone…?
Finally, one of them (who did call first, but cancelled his call quick) sent me a text, and managed to get to where I was quickly. I explained what happened to him, tried turning on the car for him and he just nodded and said it was the cambelt – although the number of times I’ve heard it over the past 24 hours or so, I’ve been hearing camber belt, fan belt, whathaveyous… I had to do a internet search to kind of guess what they’re saying. I think it’s cambelt anyway. The description from the search and from what I understand from people, they seems to match pretty well. (I honestly cannot emphasise just how little I know about cars. I know enough to drive from A to B and that’s it!)
I got back, finally, and I was still freezing cold. As soon as I could, I got straight in the bath, and the water was probably slightly too hot, but… Yeah.
He didn’t fix the car, by the way… All he did was tow it – giving me a lift at the same time, obviously – back to my place, and the intention was, the car repair company would then come and pick it up the next day and take it to a garage somewhere to get it fixed.
So, first thing this morning, I was intending to e-mail work and tell them my car broke down, and get looking for a garage that I could get the car to, while allowing me to get back to my place relatively easy… And then, before 6am, I received a text from my parents saying my dad is on his way. (I do leave here around 7am, since I start work at 8am, so that’s why)
When he arrived, he told me what he’d planned to do. Because he has full authorisation to speak to the car repair company on my behalf, and because he can hear, especially if it’s a noisy garage, I would borrow his car (I’m insured to drive any car, I’m licenced for, basically) and go to work as normal, and he would sort things out with my car. So that’s what happened. My car’s now at a garage, and hopefully it will be a quick and simple repair job (and that nothing else went wrong when the cambelt broke – I was told there could be problems with pistons and valves or something like that?) and I’m borrowing my dad’s car for the time being.
I am not a huge fan of my dad’s car, I gotta say… I freely admit, for two main reasons: Firstly, because I have to get used to the differences between his and mine, like the gear stick and the brakes and so on… *lol* And secondly, quite honestly, I’m just praying constantly that nothing happens – that I don’t get in any accidents, get any suicide animals, or hit something, or even worse: that this car also break down as well. I know it’s paranoid, but the kind of week I’ve been having, when I was coming back from work today and approaching that same hamlet… I was kind of half-expecting the car to break down in the exact same place! *lol*
But thankfully… it was fine today. Just hope it stays fine.
I just dun understand how it’s possible that I could have a service and MOT done on Monday, only for the car to have a broken cambelt just two days later. *smh* That’s gotta be ridiculous, surely? *sighs*
Oh, and work’s been crazy busy – there’s this job that I’m working on, which is high importance, and I just seems to be answering the same question from the tester over and over again. *sighs* So what I’ve done is I put together a long e-mail that basically explain what the process is doing step by step. Hopefully that will answer the question, and we can move on. Most of the work, I think, is done, and I’m working on something else (which is taking a long time, and is tedious and boring to boot), but… *shakes head* I just dun understand why I seems to be answering the same question after explaining it about seven or eight times already. *sighs* I just really hope that the step-by-step explanation will work…
And if you add to that the fact that Monday evening to something like Wednesday mid-morning, I was suffering from a bad headache, which occasionally got to migraine levels… I think you can see why my week so far has been “interesting”! *smh*
Hopefully, things will pick up from now on. I’m just glad I didn’t have anything else happen, even after being stuck in a place (albeit with the road that I was stuck beside being a fairly busy road) for that long.
…Whew. Thank you for putting up with my rant, and next time, hopefully, I can write about something better.
(Oh, and before I forget… I am aware that something happened in London yesterday (Wednesday), but work has been busy, I had a broken-down car, and I was freezing and rushing around trying to work out what to do today… So this is like the first spare moment that I’ve had since like Monday (since we can’t count the period of severe headaches as having a spare moment…). I only know the basics, so… Yeah, dun expect me to say anything about it.)
Okay… See you guys soon! Hopefully with better news!