Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pass the Umbrella, Please

Can someone please explain to me why when one expensive and necessary object breaks or stops working, other expensive and necessary objects in the general vicinity tend to follow suit?

The list of things going haywire in my life right now is growing at an astonishing rate.

First there was the living room TV. We were watching it one Saturday afternoon and there was a loud POP and the color went out, the picture skewed and that was that. In an effort not interrupt our evening ritual we dragged the bedroom TV out to the living room. After a lot of grousing and complaining that it was too small to enjoy, we settled in and figured it was better than nothing.

We discovered that TV is also on the way out, so it might end up being nothing after all.

Note to readers: There is a reason they no longer make DLP TVs. (Both of ours were Samsung). They do not last long and before you know it you will be having to replace them with something more reliable. These were only 5 years old. Both color wheels failed and in the case of the big set, one of the electronic boards went out at the same time.

An-eeeeeeeee-way. Moving on.

Jeff's computer fan is making a terrible noise and you have to turn it on and off several times before you can get it to boot up without making a horrific noise. Now this is a little more understandable because the poor thing is at least 8 years old and neither of us knows how its lasted this long in the first place. There was a period of time when we had an office and warehouse in Agoura Hills and it was on 24 hours a day so Jeff could remotely access it. It was only a matter of time before it started to break down. And now of course seems like a good time.

And the cherry on top of the failing cake: our Honda Odyssey has been having transmission trouble for the past few months and we have been babying it and getting it cooperate. Until last week.

On the way up the hill towards home it was slipping so bad we had to turn around and go the long long way around to avoid the steepest part of the drive.

That was basically it's death knell.

$3200 later it's fixed and we're eating cup of noodles until we can replenish the bank account.

The list goes on but I think you get the idea.

When it rains it pours.

And I seem to have lost my umbrella and I'm now I'm completely soaked.

Looking forward to a little sunshine in the hopefully not too distant future.

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