“As long as you stay true to exactly who you are,
you will be rewarded in ways
you can’t even imagine.”
~ Ellen Degenerous
Yesterday I came this close to driving a Porsche!
This closes as in…my fingers are close together in the formation of a pinch without touching but as close as you can get without touching.
That is how close I was!!
This is my background picture on my work computer (and I have two monitors so that gives me and others double the viewing pleasure) and on my laptop at home.
This is my goal. This is a 2008 Porsche Boxster. I am so not opposed to used if the car has been well maintained and has low mileage.
That is how I landed my Honda S2000 and was able to afford it. It is a 2002 model and I bought it in December 2007.
Honda only manufactured this car from 1999 to 2009.
Back when I test drove a brand new yellow S2000 in 2006 the base price was @ $40k. Um, I couldn’t afford that.
Also, that was the only time in my life up to that point that I test drove a brand new car. By test driving it, I was visualizing my future.
And lo and behold, one year later, I got exactly what I wanted for half the cost and I have enjoyed the hell out of that car ever since.
In the office my computer background has caught the eye of any guy that has come into my office, even contractors who came in to do work for us. They all know what I want.
One of my bosses with such sincerity said – Wow that is a really nice car!
I looked at him and said – Dude you could buy that if you really wanted it.
Those days have passed for him according to him.
Only one co-worker said – Dude that is so lame!
I said – What, why is that lame?
He said – Why do you need to have a picture of your car up on your computer?
I said – Dude that is not my S2000. That is a Porsche Boxster.
He said – Oh. It looks the same. But in that case, nice car!
About a month ago, I was talking to my mom about resolving the issue I had with a garage that dorked up my oil pan on my S2000 (if interested, please see previous post).
She said – We saw the prettiest little yellow Porsche convertible out on the road today.
I said – Dude that is my next auto goal!
She said – What? You are going to trade in your little yellow car and your jeep for one?
Me – Um, no. I want one in addition to what I have now. I tried to tell you guys, Jay Leno really is my hero. I want a garage with these vehicles – My Black Harley, My Yellow S2000, My Yellow Jeep Wrangler and a Yellow Porsche Boxster & an Alfa Romeo Spider (color will probably be white like the last one).
People collect different things. So I want to collect rides.
For me, I truly enjoy driving. Except during rush hour. That sucks no matter what you are driving.
All these vehicles bring me such great joy, and the feeling of freedom. They are all convertibles and I love to feel the wind.
I have owned at one time or another and driven all of these vehicles except one – The Porsche.
It is not like you can walk into a Porsche dealership and say – Um yeah, I’d like to test drive one please.
However, it does one well to have friends in high places!
My other boss is looking into buying a Porsche 911 convertible or a BMW something or other convertible (I don’t speak BMW).
He has already test driven the BMW something or other convertible.
Now he is going to test drive the Porsche and in my mind it looks something like this…
And he offered to let me TEST DRIVE IT!
Holy. Bleeping. BLEEP!!
That blew my mind.
I will be happy enough just to see one up close and personal and to sit in it!
Yesterday was a false alarm.
The leasing agent could not find one in the area in time to bring it over to the office for him to test drive.
But guess what?
The test drive is going down on Monday!!
It gets even better.
God’s honest truth. This is the car that drove behind me on the highway all the way home last night –
That has got to be a freaking sign!
Even if it is not, in my head it is!
I mean what are the chances?
And the damn thing was yellow!
I’d look up in my rear view mirror and think two things…..
That is such a beautiful car.
That is my future following me around.
It has been a looooooong three weeks working on getting my car repaired at no cost to me.
Last post I shared that the oil pan in my S2000 had been damaged because someone used an aftermarket oil plug while performing an oil change on my car.
By doing this, it stripped the original threading and resulted in my car leaking oil.
I have never had an oil leak, and the car is 15 years old, so this really freaked me out. I don’t like when something it not right with my car.
But when I found out that this problem was due to someone else’s negligence, someone who didn’t have the courage to let me know what had happened, I guess hoping I’d never find out, um, I got pissed.
You mess with my family, my cats or my cars and you are very much going to wish you did not do that.
I don’t go ballistic much, but in those three areas, I will rip you a new one and become your worst nightmare.
To make a long story short, I sent the garage a courier package with a letter that said in essence, you have got to be out of your mind if you think I am going to spend $650 to repair a mistake your garage made.
Well, I really did say that part among other stuff.
I also sent pictures of my home and work parking spaces featuring the oil leak in all of its glory, a repair estimate my normal mechanic (who has been working on my cars since 2000) prepared, along with copies of the receipts of the work they performed and a copy of my attempt to reach them sooner via email that bounced back.
I advised them to fix this, or refund me the cost of the oil change and the $650 needed to repair the damage, or they would be hearing from my lawyer.
Enter said lawyer.
I cannot share the letter he wrote and had FedEx’ed to them because I do not have his permission, but let’s just say, I sure as hell would step up to the plate if I had received that letter.
His letter also stated that all contact of any type going forward should run through him.
On Friday, the lawyer decided to draw up lawsuit paperwork to send over. I think the paperwork was due to be sent out on Monday.
Friday evening I received a voicemail. The garage owner asked that I bring my car in on Saturday so we could review and resolve the situation.
They put my car up, we went through the whole drill again about what was wrong and we were getting nowhere.
Then all of my pent-up anger about this whole unfair situation that has plagued me for three very long weeks tricked out and the f-bombs came flying out of my mouth.
I was hopping mad, like I said; one of the three things you do not want to mess with when it comes to me is my cars.
Three hours later, yes I spent three hours at the garage today supervising any and all work done on my car; asking question as they explained every step of the way what they were doing, we resolved (hopefully) the issue…at no cost to me.
They installed a larger oil plug that required creating new threads, which is very tricky and time-consuming.
And, I did eventually sincerely apologize for being rude and mean with my language explaining that my car means a lot to me and it is not fair that costly damage could be done without my knowledge or consent.
Kinda funny, the owner asked me – Do you work on cars?
I was quite knowledgeable and in the mix the whole time.
I said no, but whenever I take my car in and I am on site, I am in the garage under my car with the mechanic to learn everything I can.
And you know, the people who helped me today, I do not think they are responsible.
But I did notice one person who was missing from the scene.
The mechanic who I am pretty sure preformed the oil change on my car that started all of this.
I get vibes about people, those that helped me today, I truly believe they care about the work they do.
That other dude, hm, something about him rubbed me the wrong way from the start and we didn’t even talk.
To me, he was more disengaged and seemed to be there only for a paycheck and not happily so.
Moral of the story. Do not be afraid to stand up for yourself. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
I am pretty sure if I had not asked the lawyer for help, I would have had to pay $650 to repair something that was not my fault.
And the lawyer helped me, did not charge me, helped me because he is good and kind, and he does not like when people try to harm others by not taking responsibility.
I am going to buy him a $50 Starbucks gift card to say thank you.
And if he doesn’t drink coffee…he can re-gift the card and become someone else’s hero.
A message I sent this morning to a Garage that recently did work on my car. I am beyond livid and open to any suggestions any of you may have –
My name is Lisa and I own the yellow S2000 that your garage did $1,221.88 worth of work on in early February. I allowed your garage to do the work because the prices you quoted me where in line with the prices I had been charged before for the same work.
However, I do have a serious problem with the damage your garage has caused my car’s oil pan due to either negligence or sabotage. Either of which are unethical.
I brought my car back in to you yesterday morning because I have had an oil leak ever since I got my car back from you after receiving an oil change. That has never happened to my car before. And after you and your son wasted 20 minutes trying to convince me that there was not an oil leak, lo and behold, once you put my car up on the rack like I asked, there indeed was an oil leak and there was oil coating much of the front under carriage of my car.
You found that someone had used an aftermarket oil plug on my car’s oil pan. It had to have happened in your shop because I have not had this problem before, and the oil leak did not appear until after your garage did the last oil change that I have had done on the S2000. That means someone in your garage most likely lost mine, and used whatever they had handy.
Result, now my car needs a new oil pan. The cost of that alone is about $250, not including labor.
Either you guys were sloppy and caused this damage, or you did it on purpose so I would need to return to have more work done by your shop. Either way that is despicable.
You have two options.
You can order the new oil pan for my car and replace it – all for free. I will then take my car to my normal mechanic so he can review the work to ensure that all is well and no other damage has been done.
Or you may refund my credit card for the synthetic oil change, as well as refund my card for the cost of a new oil pan and the labor costs involved. Then I will have my regular mechanic do the work himself.
If you do nothing, I will reach out for help because this is unfair and unlawful.
I will contact NBC4 News On Your Side and ask for their help, I will report this garage to the Better Business Bureau , I will use every online tool available to share this message so others will be aware and I am in contact with a few other people to help me broaden my outreach for help.
My car means a lot to me. I spend a great deal of money to keep it well maintained.
Your garage took advantage of the wrong person.
You will receive this letter via certified mail, along with all of my contact information.
Friday I bought a pack of cigarettes. Not smart, I know.
The clerk was ringing me up. She was ready to hit the final key that would prompt me to insert my card for payment, when she stopped.
She looked at me funny and said – I have carded you before, right? You are old enough to buy cigarettes, right?
I assured her, that although my actions weren’t all that smart, I was indeed old enough to purchase cigarettes.
She was relieved and said – Oh good. I certainly did not want to sell to someone who was underage.
Yesterday I went to the ABC store and bought a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila.
Again, prior to hitting the final key to prompt me for payment, this clerk also asked – You are old enough to make this purchase, right?
Once again, I assured her that I was more than old enough to make the purchase and she too was thankful that she wasn’t selling to someone who was underage.
I mean, who hit the jackpot? Um, me. Within 72 hours I was “carded” twice!
Granted, I obviously am not all that bright based on my purchases, but I must still look young.
Now before you try to rain on my parade by pointing out that there are signs posted stating….
I’ll take it!
After all, I am pushing 46. So to be mistaken for a 30ish year old…I am good with that.
I mean like I am really, really, really good with that.
That is all I’ve got.
It is my birthday month so I figure I should really enjoy the gifts each day holds.
Plus, as I told my dad last night – I need to relish this because, um, it cannot go on for very much longer! hahaha
Go back to school?
Buy a condo?
Seems to me if one keeps pondering the same things, perhaps one should do something about it.
This is the year I’d like to open myself up to having a relationship.
I mean for real.
I have been single for 10 or 11 years.
Yep. You heard me right. I am like a born again virgin.
I have had some dates over the years, but I have not been intrigued enough by anyone to want to do anything about it.
There for a while I even had the opportunity of being “Mrs. Robinson.”
I tried it out a couple of times, but it didn’t work for me. It is not my style, although, it was extremely flattering.
I have become quite comfortable being single.
And it took a while, but now those closest to me are comfortable with me being single too.
I think that shift happened in the last few years.
It is just a given, Lisa is single.
Before my dating hiatus, I had two long-term relationships, back to back, with one year off in-between.
My exes wanted what most people want – marriage, kids, etc. I didn’t.
There are other reasons the relationships didn’t work out, but the underlying theme was simple – we each wanted different things and envisioned different futures.
Both of my exes are married now, and I believe one has children.
I recently found out that my first ex waited to get married until the fall of 2014.
That brought me comfort.
He took his time, like I have.
He is the one that got away in my world.
I wouldn’t change anything. Things did not work out for a reason.
But he is the one I have cared for the most in my life.
As for me, I have made a couple of false starts of maybe wanting to date again.
But now I think I am ready, now as in on the other side of tax season.
Last month I was extremely busy with a January 31st deadline.
I remember waking up one morning at 3:30 am thinking about work – I need to do this, I need to do that, this needs to changed and oh, don’t forget that other thing!!
And then I thought – Holy Cow! I need to get a life!!
And that is when I started thinking about how nice it would be to be in a relationship again.
So on the other side of tax season, I will seriously get out, get involved and meet new people, because I could use more friends too.
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