Taking the car into the shop today

So I’m taking the Altima into the shop this morning. Swift Auto, to be precise — the same folks who looked over my car before I decided to purchase it. Simon’s going to drive me back. I’m going to get them to call me with an estimate before they do any work on the “timing pulley” issue — it could get expensive. So expensive, in fact, I’m going to get them to look at it before anything else. It might not be worth it to fix the rest of the car if that costs too much!
Also, the rest of the costs are fairly straightforward:

  • Needs cooling system flush – 55 est
  • Needs outer c/v boot or axle – 100 or 225
  • Needs tune-up – 75 est
  • Hoses feel good but 7 years old – 200 est for all

    New things about the car that I’ve discovered need repair since I bought it: the driver’s side lock does not unlock from outside; windshield washer fluid resevoir has a crack in it (any fluid you put in it leaks straight out); and of course the muffler disconnection problem I obtained 10 days ago while driving down Tuttle Ave to play Ultimate. For the muffler, the plan is to get a muffler specialist to look at it.

  • Pogue lambastes MS

    Speaking of ethics, David Pogue of the NY Times just wrote an article about MS’s botched switch ad.
    Also, here’s a bit of satire, from Slashdot.org, relating to the text of Microsoft’s pulled switch ad (click for a larger image):

    The MS ad, I might add, is no longer in Google’s cache (can you say “big horde of MS lawyers attacking Google” 10 times really fast?), but the always-great Mac vendor Other World Computing has meticulously preserved it here).

    I mean, how old do I look?!

    Guess what? I want a digital camera again. Simon presented me with a few good arguments — paying $200 for a scanner is a pretty hefty investment for something that’s mostly going to be used just to scan photos. “That’s half a digital camera!”, he said, “rounding up and stuff”.
    The Apple Store in Tampa called me this afternoon to let me know the scanner I wanted had arrived. I’ll have to let them know I don’t want it anymore.
    Anyway, the Sony Cybershot DSC-F717 looks pretty nice. Maybe if I have any money left over after fixing the timing belt on my car. 🙂
    Tomorrow, I’m going on the longest road trip ever (a.k.a. “the Sarasota to Gainesville and back again” trip). Jeff & I are going up with Mike and his wife Carrie for a football game. Mike’s a big college football fan and invited me along. Should be interesting. Jeff’s a big techno/electronic music fan, so even if the game is lame, I’m guaranteed six hours of rockin ch00ns!
    Oh yeah, today, Ron, the guy who hired me – said he thought I was 23. He was pretty shocked when I told him I wasn’t.