last week sorta sucked for the smock, but even the dark cloud has a silver lining. on wednesday my vehicle went kerplunk. not one, but both of my batteries died. ever had to pay to replace a battery on a diesel? how about two? yeah, not fun. anyhoo...
what i thought was a transmission fluid leak for the past several months -- that can wait, right? -- was actually a fuel leak. so, while my mechanic was replacing the batteries, he found the fuel leak. right next to something with a big name that shoots sparks. he tells me it's a miracle that the engine hasn't caught on fire. so, after all of this time cursing the fate of having to replace my batteries, it looks like my hefty guardian angel was really looking out for me.
so then i had to pay to replace this fuel line thingie. also not fun. but again, the saints were smiling, as my mechanic offered to replace the fuel thingie for cost. no labor. have you ever had a mechanic offer to take off over $150 worth of labor (i know this because i peeked at the invoice before they revised it -- they never would have told me how much it was, they aren't like that) out of the kindness of their heart?
so, thanks, barnabas. you rock!