On attracting attention


Yes, the insurance company is going to total it, but if they give me a little money and take out the salvage fee we can probably pull the bumper back out, replace the muffler and be good to go if one doesn’t mind a few dents and mashings in the back.  The last mechanic I paid said the engine had another 100,000 miles on it, easy.  I hate to just throw it away!  The stereo works!  The Heat/AC works! It gets 26-27 mpg!  Stand on the gas pedal and you can still pass people!


I knew I shouldn’t have bragged so much on Andrew.  It made the universe look askance at him.  He got rear-ended, hit and run, on the freeway tonight.  In my old car that he borrowed.

Andrew is fine except for being confounded that someone would do that to him.  The woman behind the rear-ender pulled over and made sure he was okay – What a peach! – but she didn’t get any better look at the car.  He at least got her name and number as a witness.  CHP said they had no units available to come look, and that he would just have to file a counter report tomorrow.

Pretty sure the insurance company will deem it Totaled.  Sounds like about $4k worth of damage on my $3K car (that I dropped a $1,000 on 6 months ago …sigh) (and just registered it early for next year … sigh).

Right now he’s on hold with my insurance company.  The car’s not drivable, so he’s sitting next to the freeway freezing to death waiting for his father (closest) to come get him OR waiting on the insurance company tow truck.  Or both.  Poor kid. 😦

Good news from the home front

I am so happy for Andrew!  He’s been working for this place he likes a lot, doing tech consulting, supporting the City offices.  This means his company does the desktop support for the mayor’s office and the various other offices in that little area.  It’s a good job, and he likes it and likes the people very much, but they were only paying him $13/hour.  He’s an “intern” at 30 hours/week and going to school for his IT degree.  Underpaid for sure.

He saw a job opening for another place and applied, and had to go through a bunch of fingerprinting malarky because the workplace was actually an offshoot of the state.  He thought they were not nearly as fun and nice, but they were offering $18-$23 an hour, which is a nice bump up.

Two months later after MUCH back and forthing, they offered him the job at $18.20/hour.  He decided to take it, even though he doesn’t like them quite as much.  The money was too good to pass up.  So he wrote his letter of  resignation and gave it to his current boss this morning, and she promptly offered him $20/hour to stay.  $7/hr raise, people.  And offered to take him on full time as soon as he gets his degree.  YAY!!!   She knew what she had.  Smart lady!  He’s one of those rare and talented geeks who can talk to people, not just machines, and be completely social and nice.  And who also shows up for work every single day.  And bathes regularly.  And picks things up so fast it makes your head spin.

Happy days!