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Marilee J. Layman

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07:34 pm: The Van is Back
and very expensive. It turns out it doesn't have a carburetor, but it needed new air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, and wires. So much for being able to use the Social Security COLA to buy some things first. I took the trash and recycling out, got next week's money, and tried a new gas station. The one I've been using actually makes more money from cigarettes than gas and they've started neglecting the pumps. So I tried a Sheetz which is closer and a bit cheaper, but I couldn't get the hose handle lock to stay locked and had to hold it, trading hands frequently. I'll try another pump, but then I'm looking for another gas station. I went on to drop a DVD in the post office drive-by box and then had quacamole and a baked potato at Ruby Tuesday's.

I worked on the doll sweater during Love, Actually yesterday afternoon and Beyond the Sea last night and got to the vest stage -- just sleeves and edgings and I'm done. I hope to finish tonight, but as soon as I review the second DVD, I'm going to take a nap.

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Date:December 27th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)

I think it's van repair time

We took the van in to the dealer to replace a knocked off side mirror plus odds and ends, AND also ordered tires from Costco (they're coming Monday...). I noticed about three weeks ago that the front tires were dangerously low on tread. I'm just glad we had a bit of unexpected money come in.

Then again, the van is a 2005, and this is the first time we have replace tires. On the other hand, the passenger-side rearview mirror has been off since February and it is taking me time to learn it's there again.

good luck!
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Date:December 27th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)

Re: I think it's van repair time

Must be! But mine is an '87 and the shop told me this needs to be done every 25-30K miles, so I've marked 145K in my mind to do it again. At my normal yearly driving rate, that means 10 years. I hope the van lasts that long and doesn't cost too much in the meantime!
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