We took Mary to an instant oil change place in Lansing. She passed all the inspections except one. The dipstick or cap or whatever for the transmission fluid was stuck shut. We got some WD40 but can't unstick it. Been running around crazy (Pittsburgh and back) since then and haven't had a chance to take it to a mechanic. This is potentially disasterous, cuz if it's stuck, that might indicate the running loud as problems with the transmission. These problems will only be getting worse with us driving it like this. Before we did half the expensive work back in Milwaukee we got an assurance from the mechanics that the transmission is fine. We're hoping this assurance doesn't turn out to be false.
We're at THE LARGEST TRUCKSTOP IN THE WORLD right now. Where we found an amazing device for warming up liquids in the car. You know what that means? We can finally easily prepare the case of soup we bought!
Other vehicle related adventures:
ODOMETER READING: 114546
MILES TRAVELLED: 4426
MILES PER GALLON: 28.164 (thanks to new high grade oil)
SANDWICH TALLY: Kate - 8.5 Ben - 7
SALSA JARS CONSUMED: 7?
Oatmeal, dates, almonds and raisens are all at around 1/4 of the original stock.
SOUP CANS CONSUMED: 4
THIS AMERICAN LIFE EPISODES LISTENED TO: 3
STATES WE VICTORIZED: WI, IL, IN, OH, WV, VA, MD, PN, NY, CN, MI, MA, RI
STATES THAT VICTORIZED US*: MD, MA, RI, IL, OH, PN
STATE WE VICTORIZED MOST: Ohio, with Michigan in close second.
STATE THAT VICTORIZED US MOST: Massachusettes. DO NOT DRIVE IN BOSTON!!!
NIGHTS SPENT SLEEPING IN THE CAR: 11. 5 in truck stops, 2 in sleepy neighborhoods (Ann Arbor and Buffalo), 1 in a state park (Monongahela), 1 in a Wal Mart lot (outside Bloomington), 1 in a urine soaked rest stop (middle of Connecticut) and our favorite, in a cozy little cul de sac named "B'JAYSVILLE LANE" in Iowa City.
* states that victorized us are ones in which one of us just about lost our shit for one reason or another (usually traffic)