What do you do with a 17-year old car that you are completely upside down on, as in you've spent much more on it than it is worth? Easy answer - you keep throwing more money down the same rathole. And keep hanging on to the thing for sentimental reasons.
Yesterday my old 1996 AcuraTL 2.5 - one of the increasingly rare 5-cylinder versions - threw a bit of a vehicular fit when the alarm rather alarmingly went off for no apparent reason when my son tried to start it. With no way to stop the alarm - the only remaining key does not have a mechanism for that - he had to disconnect the battery.
Well it turned out that an old problem - bad battery cables - had reared its head again. I had asked our automobile repair shop (we've used them for 15 years+) to fix the problem about 2 years ago but they ignored me. Not this time. The new cables have been ordered and will be installed today.
What is next? Can't be the air conditioning, radiator or alternator, those have all been fixed. As was the - ultra expensive - oil leak. Every time I pick it up from the Hondacar Center it is $500+, never less... And sometimes much more. I console myself with the thought that the car is paid for. Most of the time.
Getting back on a more strict 'No S' regimen is showing results very quickly. Just since last Sunday, my weight has dropped by nearly 3 pounds. I think running again - albeit just 3 times per week for about half an hour per outing - is also starting to make a difference.
I will make it a mini-goal to be down to 180 lbs by next Tuesday for the weekly boot camp at Terry Hershey Park with Miriam Terc.
July 10 2013:
Bodyfat percentage: 22
Miles run: 0
Strength + conditioning: 50 minutes @ LA Fitness with Amy
Mountain bike: 8 miles (40 minutes)
July 9: 'No S' GREEN day