Thursday, September 1, 2011

Next Time, Keep That Info!

Well, we have finally heard back from the dealer repair shop.

They provided us with a rental while they repaired the only other thing they could put under warranty, a crack in the fuel line that apparently happens on occasion with this model.

Then they hit us with the big news. The service manager called and asked if the car had run over any obstacles recently. Thinking back, #1 Son told me a few weeks ago about his near miss accident in which he was run off the road.

Bingo. There is a good $4,500 worth of damage under the car, including the a/c problem, and it has to be from that. The car only cost us about $5,000.

A quick questioning of #1 Son turned up the distressing fact that he did not keep the name and insurance information from the lady who caused this debacle, so it has to go on our insurance, as we just don't have the money to either repair or replace the vehicle. He figured, since the car seemed fine, that he wouldn't need it.

News flash, always keep that info!

Meanwhile, as we wait to see how this will play out, we are down to two cars for the foreseeable future.

Today is:

Anniversary of the Start of the Armed Struggle -- Eritrea

Bonnat Pig Fair -- Bonnat, France

Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day

Chicken Boy's Day -- the mascot of the now defunct restaurant by that name, the 22 foot statue of a boy with a chicken's head was saved from destruction and is now a pop icon in L.A. on Route 66

Constitution Day/National Day -- Slovakia

Day of Knowledge -- Estonia

Disaster Prevention Day/Kanto Earthquake Memorial Day -- Japan

Ecclesiastical Year begins -- Orthodox Christian

Festival of Juno Regina and Jupiter Liber -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Ganesha Chaturthi -- Hindu

Hassaku Oshi-tsuki -- Tsuma, Oki Island, Japan (bull sumo, with bulls pushing each other out of the ring)

Independence Day -- Uzbekistan

Knowledge Day -- Russia

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and Fair -- Morgan City, LA, US (through the 5th; celebrating the importance of the shrimping and petroleum industries in Louisiana)

National Cherry Popover Day

National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day -- the day to celebrate the amazing words in the English language that do not rhyme with any other words

Nutt Day (For Emma M. Nutt, the first female telephone operator)

Oyster Season begins

Partridge Day -- patridge hunting season begins in UK

Presidential Message Day -- Mexico

Random Acts of Kindness Day -- New Zealand

Sneeze-Wobbling Festival -- Fairy Calendar

St. Fiacre's Day (patron of gardeners, cabdrivers)

St. Giles' Day (patron of the disabled, beggars, nursing mothers)

St. Simeon Stylites' Day -- Eastern Orthodox Christian

St. Verena's Day (patron of millers)

Teacher's Day -- Singapore

Wattle Day, Australia

Birthdays Today:

Gloria Estefan, 1957
Dr. Phil McGraw, 1950
Barry Gibb, 1946
Lily Tomlin, 1939
Seiji Ozawa, 1935
Conway Twitty, 1933
"Boxcar" Willie, 1931
Rocky Marciano, 1923
Yvonne DeCarlo, 1922
Vittorio Gassman, 1922
Edgar Rice Burroughts, 1875
Englebert Humperdinck. 1854 (composer, esp of opera Hansel and Gretel)
Johann Pachelbel, 1653

Today in History:

Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem, 1267
Adi Granth, now known as Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs, was first installed at Harmandir Sahib, 1601
The first yacht race is held, between England's King Charles I and his brother James, 1661
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California, 1772
Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids, is discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding, 1804
Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to settle west of the
Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington, 1836
The first Pullman sleeping car is put into service, 1859
The Solar Superstorm/Carrington Event: a huge solar sunspot and solar flare storm that disrupted telegraphy and allowed the Aurora Borealis to be seen as far south as the Caribbean occurs, 1859
Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery, 1865
Robert T. Freeman becomes the first African American to graduate from the Harvard Dental School, 1867
The first underground rapid transit system in North America, the Boston Subway, opens, 1897
One of the first science fiction films ever, A Trip To The Moon, opens in France, 1902
Alberta and Saskatchewan become the 8th and 9th Canadian provinces, 1905
Martha, the last passenger pigeon, dies at the Cincinnati Zoo, 1914
The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty, 1951
In Reykjavik, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky and becomes the world chess champion, 1972
Canada adopts the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as part of its Constitution, 1982
A joint French-American expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, 1985
Luxembourg becomes the first nation to complete the transition to all digital tv broadcasting, 2006


  1. Urk. Isn't that the way it goes. I have mislaid, thrown away, or otherwise lost the occasional important bit of paper. I empathize...


  2. Lots of growling over here, too. Thanks Cat and Merry for the sympathy.


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