The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Edgy and Irritable 


I am feeling edgy and irritable today.  There are several reason for this.  But, I am striving hard to release my irritation and aggravation so that I can go on and have a happy day.  In order to do this, I am going to try to get a few of these irritations off my chest:

1.  A colleague of mine here at the U  has decided to quit due to some rude, obnoxious behavior of some of the "higher-ups".  It is a shame and a great loss for the U.  I consider him a good friend as well, and it is therefore a loss for me as well. 

2.  My wife's vehicle has been acting up this week and after taking it in, we find that the mechanic found good and bad news.  The good news is that most of the problems were due to the ancient battery we had in the vehicle (it is a 9 year old battery, in a 9 year old car, with 150,000 some miles on it).  Our trusted mechanic, also however, told us that one of the problems is that the engine is VERY likely going to need a head gasket replacement within about 6-8 months.  This process will cost roughly $1400 and will keep the vehicle out of commission for roughly a week.  The age and mileage of the vehicle makes such a costly repair at the cusp of whether we should dump the vehicle and buy a different one or repair it and plan to keep it a lot longer.   Right now, because of other aspects of the aging of the vehicle (electronic door locks have quit working on one door, even after repair this Summer, the air conditioning is not as good as it used to be (it feels too feeble and weak), tires are getting near needing replacing again, seat upholstery and especially the front seat cushions themselves are very worn and needing of some sort of servicing, and the CD player quit working), I am leaning towards getting my wife another vehicle.  It is just a lot of work and effort, though.

3.  I myself, am unfortunately reliving anger about my own issues with the people I had issues with at the U last year.  I need to let it go, but it keeps resurfacing.

4.  One of my collegues here at the U (not the same one in #1 above) lost his mother this past week.  I feel quite sad for him.   

5.  I myself, am also unfortunately reliving sadness about my mother's passing due to all the talk about my colleague's mother passing this past week.

That is it.  But it is enough to be weighing me down.  I am hoping that putting it down on "paper" here for you will help me to better let go of most of the emotions. 

PipeTobacco

7 Comments:

Blogger amelia said...

Writing things down always helps me.
I hope it helps you...

Friday, 14 September, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

Our trusted mechanic, also however, told us that one of the problems is that the engine is VERY likely going to need a head gasket replacement within about 6-8 months.

As a long time master mechanic I call bullshit on that, no mechanic can predict head gasket failures, unless that rig has a history of that.

You didn't say what kind of vehicle it is but that sounds like a lot of problems for a rig that age, but that's what you get for making good wages and buying rigs with a lot of fancy shit on them.

My 96 Dodge Dakota is still ripping along just fine with little money spent on it.

You sure talk about your anger a lot when in fact you have a great life compared to many. Just whack off, maybe you'll feel better about things.

Friday, 14 September, 2012  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

BBC:

My wife's vehicle is a Voyager. My mechanic says that the situation my wife had (a few momentary and sudden changes of the temperature guage from normal to HOT and then back to normal within about 15 seconds) is a symptom he has seen in this vehicle type indicating the likelyhood of a head gasket going south.

My 96 S-10 is plugging along well at 180,000 with hardly any service and my Jeep, although newer, is performing likewise.

I unfortunately have had a lot of anger about things the last 2 years, and I am trying to figure out how to deal with it and get rid of that anger.

PipeTobacco

Friday, 14 September, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

It'll start using water if the gasket starts failing, just watch the water level. Sounds like the thermostat was sticking some, or the fan wasn't kicking in.

Saturday, 15 September, 2012  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

BBC:

Actually, I apologize, I forgot to mention that it also *did* require a quart of water to be added (the amount to fill the reserve coolant tank back up to the "Full Cool" line). This was over a two month period.

PipeTobacco

Saturday, 15 September, 2012  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

And, also, (I forgot to add) I had told my mechanic of the water addition. He put the vehicle thorough its paces and did pressure checks etc. His prediction is based upon what he has seen for this vehicle of this age range in the past.

PipeTobacco

Saturday, 15 September, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

Well, you make great wages so just buy her a new rig.

Saturday, 15 September, 2012  

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