Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Nobody Gets Dazed and Confused

Nobody Flashes

I was standing in line at my local cable company today, because they had just told me my “introductory” rates were over and I now had to pay another $100 for services, when I just couldn’t help myself—-

I started a conversation with the man in front of me.confused

It seems, he was an insurance broker and the first words out of his mouth were, “They really screwed everything up with Obamacare.”  As I listened to the man, he was complaining that nobody knew what was going on, the doctors were refusing to “lower” their rates, and therefore, many people were going to hospitals and doctors, where they were NOT covered and didn’t even know it.  He couldn’t get answers from anyone, and everybody was paying MORE money, and well…to be fair, I did start the conversation with, “What do you do?”

So, there I was…there to cancel my phone and Cable service, but I had to keep the internet, which of course also went up another $30 dollars, and I was realizing the vast network of money being sucked up by everyone that can.

When it was finally my turn, I asked the lady why my internet kept going up, and she shrugged.

“Well, how about I cancel it, and then go home, and join up again for the introductory price and save myself thirty dollars a month?” I said.

“That sounds like too much trouble.” she said.

So, because I truly do need the internet, I decided to go home and think about it.

This is such everyday stuff I know, and boring, but Americans are having to make these decisions every day, because everything is going up…and the salaries are not. It’s like we are all trapped in one of those movies where the people are at the bottom of a well, and the water is rising, and they keep trying to keep their heads above the water and then there’s screaming…AHAHHHHH!!!

That’s me.

Which is what I feel like doing today. Scream. My Santa Fee broke down last Saturday, in the middle of a very popular main drag, and luckily, my girlfriend had AAA or I would have had to pay a big tow fee. And I was feeling guilty about it…the dealer had told me that at 60,000 miles I needed to replace the timing belt…which of course was $600. But I thought…WHY? My old Pontiac Firebird went on for over 125,000 miles without me having to do anything to it but change the oil and tires.Dazed

So…I didn’t get it done.

I found out today, from the garage it was towed to, that it was going to cost over $800. Timing belt had to be replaced along with the OTHER thing that broke.  (Some kind of drive shaft)

“So” I asked,” I should have had the timing belt replaced like everyone says and this wouldn’t have happened? ”

“Well, no.” he said. “We might have replaced the timing belt and not seen this and you would have had to bring it back and it would have cost you even more.”

So, here’s the deal.

They say, all the ‘sensors’ in all these new cars are the problem. They may all do great things, but the parts in them? They break.

Thomas Edison made a light bulb that shone for over 100 years, and they use to make cars that did not have to have major engine work every 60,000 miles. I know, I have owned a few.

What don’t I get?

 

April 20, 2015 - Posted by | economy, Uncategorized |

2 Comments »

  1. Yes…they replaced the timing belt, the water pump, and the crank sensor…and it was the cheapest price around, but I really don’t remember any of my former cars ever having to have major work done… I drive like my foot is on an eggshell.

    Thanks for your insight and your pity! I feel better already snopercod! Thanks!

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    Comment by Joyanna Adams | April 20, 2015 | Reply

  2. Trust me. Have the timing belt changed. If one of those snaps, you’re looking at a MAJOR rebuild on the engine. I’ve never worked on Hyundai. but on a Honda it’s a major job to change the timing belt. IMHO, they’re not ripping you off at that price. Sorry you have to cough it up…

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    Comment by snopercod | April 20, 2015 | Reply


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