My Beetle is now sitting in my garage at home. After being told that we had to have the transmission rebuilt for $6K, we couldn't do it. And by that, I mean we just didn't have the money. All we could do was get the thing towed home. So my husband went to the dealer and went to get some stuff out of the car before calling the tow. Well, he started the engine and guess what? IT STARTED. Not only that, but he was able to drive it around the block four or five times with no problems. It didn't idle, stop, all the lights that had been on before weren't flashing, and more.
So we took it up to a transmission mechanic that one of our friends knows personally. He took a look at it and said that it did not need to be repaired - it only needed a new valve. Granted, the valve costs $2K, but that is considerably easier to come by than $6K. He didn't understand why the dealer would flat out lie to us like that, nor did he understand why they were not helping us in regards to the warranty. So he suggested we contact the VW PR department and wait to get it fixed to see what they think about it.
We contacted the PR department. Yeah, they were NOT pleased with the way the dealership is tarnishing VW's name. PR people do not care for that stuff, if you know anyone in that line of work. So I am currently dealing with them. It's kind of a long process, but it's much more positive than the dealer. In the meantime, I am leaving the Beetle alone. It has been able to drive in and out of the city twice, which is about five miles one way from my house, but I still don't want to chance it stopping on me again. Especially in this weather. Moral of this story: always get a second opinion!
My house is still driving me nuts, but it has been since June (that was when we started the refinance), so I guess I'm just getting used to that now, lol. Good lord, if you want to refinance, just hope that you're not married to a business owner. The US government now needs literally EVERY scrap of paper they have run through the business. I can't say I blame them. It's the lack of research that didn't really help this whole recession. I'm wondering if we're going to have another Roaring 20's this century. That would be nice. Of course, a Roaring Teens would be fantastic as well. The sooner, the better.
My stepson turned 18. He got kicked out of school. Yeah, that's awesome. He has a lot of problems. From the outside, he looks like just a brat, but when you know someone who has a lot of problems, you know if they are a good person with problems or just a bad person. He's a good person, he just has all these damn issues. His mom's side of the family has a lot of mental issues like depression and such and then both sides have the real addictive personalities. Well, he refuses to take any anti-depressants that his doctor has prescribed because he doesn't want to be dependant on drugs. Yet, that doesn't stop him from smoking pot all the time. I understand this because when I was 14 I was on 16 pills a day for my epilepsy because it was when I first was diagnosed with it. It wrecked my body for a year. When I was 15, I tried to kill myself because I didn't want to live like an invalid forever. That obviously failed. Finally, I realized that if I did not take the stuff, I would end up dead because without them (and I've tried this before), I have multiple grand mal seizures a day.
As of today, I take 12 pills on a good day for my epilepsy and depression. In case you're wondering, I was born with cerebral palsy, which is sort of the root of all this crap. I'm 27 next week and I have learned to live with taking all this stuff. But people who haven't had to do that don't understand why one wouldn't want to take pills everyday. It can bring you down from time to time.
I just worry about him. For anyone that has a form of depression, you probably remember what it was like before you took any kind of pills or treatment. It was hell. You felt like you were a loser all the time, or at least I did. That's how he feels. And no matter what we do, we cannot convince him that it will go away , or at least diminish slightly, once he finds the right treatment. But again, I've been down that road.
Onto some other news - a good friend of mine is a model. Not like a supermodel or anything (that would be badass), but she does catalog stuff and has me do a lot of touch ups for her. She's in my LJ a few entries back. See here, here, and here. Anyway, she has tried to get me to do a photoshoot FOREVER. Everyone always tells me how photogenic I am, but I just don't see it, although there are a couple nice photos of me out there. Anyway, we were out boozing it up at my husband's work party the other night cuz she works for him and she finally talked me into it because one of her photographers needs someone who will do nudes. Personally, I have no issue with nudity. I could care less and I have seen this guy's photos. They would be really nice. So she goes and sets this all up for me and we get all excited about it. Well then he calls and cancels, saying he can't do a shoot for free, even though I'm a friend of hers. And not free is $299 an hour. Um, have you ever heard of building your portfolio? It's not like I'm charging! He hasn't seen a photo of me, so maybe he's just worried that I'm hideous...
I've been writing like a damn fiend these past few days. I'm up to 49,000 words. SO AWESOME! I'm really excited about this because it's my first adult based novel (and I have to give kudos to octoberland, bl_graphics, ehlwyen, astrothsknot, and bre2004 for help with getting my foot in the sex scene door!) and so far, people that I thought wouldn't like it at all (my mom and sister) and people who never read any of my writing (my sister and my husband) all really enjoy it. And my sister would tell me if it was shit. She would. Right to my face. Granted, they are my family, but some of those are just NOT readers, let alone stuff that isn't actually published. So having some reading and constructive criticism before submitting it to an agent is always helpful. I wish I could put it online, but if anyone ever stole any of it, you would actually see a girl come through your monitor. NO JOKE. Also, for those of you who left me links for mental illness and mental breakdowns - BIG THANK YOU! That's a huge theme of the novel. It's in the last third of the novel, as far as the outline I have goes anyhow, and everything is starting to fall apart for the character. It's the part I have been waiting to write.
So happy Friday to all. I think that's enough for now. Living in MN, all I am hearing about is the effing NFC game on Sunday. Yeah...I'm a Packer fan married to a Viking fan. It's Viking day at work today. Funny how we have never had one before, oh yeah, that's cuz the Vikings suck without the Packers former QB! I'm just kidding, I'm not one of those psychos who gets so far into sports that it runs my life. It's all in good fun.
Oh, btw, I now have two new obsessions, in case you care. Jackson Rathbone. GOOD GOD. I saw Dread and all I could do was stare at his eyes in certain scenes. Beautiful man. And my newest pairing is Bella/Alice. Why are all my pairings so uncannon and not that popular????