Sunday, October 10, 2010

Where's Fred Sanford when you need him?

I don't know if I mentioned this last week but Frank's van died.  The transmission went on the van and honestly, I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.  The van is old.  I mean really, really, REALLY old.  It's a 91.  So while it was old and had 219,000 miles on it, the very LAST thing that we need right now is to have to buy a vehicle.  

I put the van out on Craigslist.  It ran fine until the transmission went and so really, if someone knows something about cars or knows someone who can do transmissions cheap, it would be a good thing.  For us?  Well, Frank has been saying for a long time that he needed another vehicle.  But because of this, I have had to sacrifice my nice, clean Santa Fe to him to get back and forth to work.  I know that I should not look at it that way, I mean, he IS working and I am not.  But man, oh man!  I am HATING being stranded.  I mean hating it to the point that I am a heinous person to be around.  

In all fairness, Nick has let me borrow his car while he is at work and while I greatly appreciate it, I am a little too old to get in and out of a car that rides so low to the ground.  I love my SUV and miss it desperately.  

So what does all of this have to do with Fred Sanford?  Well, since I put the van on Craigslist, it has occurred to me that people may actually want to come and see this van.  Now remember, this was Frank's work van.  Imagine, if you will, that you built a small city while living in your van and THAT is what the inside of his van looked like.  I opened the doors and almost cried.  I had Michael come outside with me and it took the two of us TWO HOURS to get it done and to be honest, it looks...okay, not great but okay.  I think it's the cleanest the van has been in YEARS.  

I pulled tools, lumber, empty cigarette boxes, empty water bottles, half-full water bottles, half eaten food, paint cans, paint brushes, nails, rags, loose was endless.  By the time we were done I was just about ready to drop. the end I did a nice thing for my husband.  Not really because I wanted to but because I had nothing else to do because I was stuck at home.  

I guess I need to work on my attitude, huh?


jenn said...

We drive a van, and the kids have to step over Juniors tool and crap every time they get in. Even when it is clean, there are still tools and tools and, oh, did I mention tools, all over the place. This is our only vehicle, so if we want to go anywhere, the kids climb in. I refuse to clean it. Even if I was stranded at home for three years I wouldn't touch it.

You are a much better wife then me! lol!

sara said...

Stacey: With this beautiful weather, you need to walk downtown. Even if it's just window shopping, it's still something to do AND you'd be getting some exercise. :)

Christy said...

As much as I understand money woes, right now is a great time to haggle on a new vehicle. They are introducing the new line, preparing for the winter (fewer car sales) and wanting to have high numbers of current sales to get them through. If you can find a good interested rate I would start looking.

livintheblues said...

I bet Sanford and Sons would give you a decent buck for it now...:)

Petula said...

LOL... Well, a little attitude adjustment may help a bit. I don't like to be stranded either and I have a friend who gives her husband hell when his car breaks down. I kind of understand though 'cause he'll go to work then decide to go out and do something else (in her car!) without even asking is she needs something or whatever. LOL... Well, at least you have access to your son's car. Good luck selling the van.

Becki said...

Major bummer! My car is dead right now, so I feel your pain :()

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